But seriously folks, never assume that fresh batteries really are, always test before putting into service.
A few years back I found a Duracell AA that was completely dead, even though the expiration date indicated recent manufacture, and the other 11 or 15 batteries in the pack were all just fine.
"I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further."
Darth TiVo, 14 February, 2011