January 6th, 2005, 09:42 PM
Pandering to the lowest common denominator
DETROIT - The sign on the toilet brush says it best: "Do not use for personal hygiene."
That admonition was the winner of an anti-lawsuit group's contest for the wackiest consumer warning label of the year.
The sponsor, Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch, says the goal is "to reveal how lawsuits, and concern about lawsuits, have created a need for common sense warnings on products."
The $500 first prize went to Ed Gyetvai, of Oldcastle, Ontario, who submitted the toilet-brush label. A $250 second prize went to Matt Johnson, of Naperville, Ill., for a label on a children's scooter that said, "This product moves when used."
A $100 third prize went to Ann Marie Taylor, of Camden, S.C., who submitted a warning from a digital thermometer that said, "Once used rectally, the thermometer should not be used orally."
Does anyone except the terminally frigging stupid need these warnings?
Don\'t SYN us.... We\'ll SYN you.....
\"A nation that draws too broad a difference between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards, and its fighting done by fools.\" - Thucydides
January 6th, 2005, 09:47 PM
Yes. The companies that make these products because if they don't they'll be sued until they go bankrupt.
Remember, coffee is hot.
But as the joke goes, if we just removed all the warning labels, stupidity would be eliminated. Rinkworks has a nice collection of them here. For those unaware, Rinkworks is more well known (to me, at least) for Computer Stupidities
January 6th, 2005, 09:50 PM
I hope they didn't get a complaint before they put that one on.
A $100 third prize went to Ann Marie Taylor, of Camden, S.C., who submitted a warning from a digital thermometer that said, "Once used rectally, the thermometer should not be used orally.
Sometimes on children's medicine you get the 'do not drive or operate heavy equipment' warning.
Please don't let Johnny play Tonka trucks at recess. He has a jag on.
Signed Epstein's mother
\"You got a mouth like an outboard motor..all the time putt putt putt\" - Foghorn Leghorn
January 6th, 2005, 10:31 PM
Kinda makes you wonder about the label on Sun Light dish detergent (the original lemony kind) - Do NOT Eat!
Alas, stupidity should be painful. These warning labels are well out of hand, and unfortunately for us, our legal system won't help in stopping it anytime soon.
Even a broken watch is correct twice a day.
Which coder said that nobody could outcode Microsoft in their own OS? Write a bit and make a fortune!
January 6th, 2005, 11:00 PM
"Warning: choking hazard"
"Remove wrapper before eating"
West of House
You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door.
There is a small mailbox here.
January 6th, 2005, 11:25 PM
"Ambian" sleeping pill, warnings: "May cause drowsiness"
January 7th, 2005, 12:29 AM
Warning on my curling iron: "Do not use internally"
I'm sorry, but that one just made me say What. The. F***.
Who would stick that inside themselves? And for what ungodly reason?
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
January 7th, 2005, 12:31 AM
Wet joy stick comes to mind.
January 7th, 2005, 12:53 AM
Wet joy stick comes to mind.
January 7th, 2005, 01:59 AM