everyone knows it’s a big no-no to throw batteries into the trash can (well, almost everyone). and my best guess as to how a dead battery (or two) ended up in our “good battery container” is that someone (the beau) put it there. knowing full well that dead batteries don’t go in the trash but also not having a proper home for dead batteries to lay in waiting until they go to the safe center—he made an error in judgement and tossed the old battery into the battery pile (using the like with like organizing principle). unfortunately they are now no longer as similar as they once were; as one (or two) are kaput and the rest bring my label makers to life. solution? grab a sharpie and write ‘dead’ on your old batteries. what’s that? you don’t own a sharpie? i can’t imagine. okay, any permanent marker will do. i would even boldly suggest that you mark up dead batteries even if they have a separate place to live from your ‘new batteries.’ that way, there will never, ever be a question to whether or not the battery works—you’ll just know (and how rare is that in life).