I just love it when you can buy a (clear) bottle of peanuts which clearly lists peanuts in the the ingredients and then gives peanuts as the main allergen warning. :-) What a glorious age of litigation! In the 1980s my dad bought a ladder on which he counted no less than 21 warning labels! Of course, ladders are dangerous if used incorrectly, but it’s ridiculous the amount of warnings people now a days require to “be safe”.
The following are supposed to be actual warnings people found on various products. Some of them might be hard to believe except that I’ve seen some pretty hilarious things myself. I wish we’d written them all down over the years! I have a plastic cup that was made somewhere in Asia, and it came with a sticker on it that said something to the effect, “Do not pour the boiling water in the merchandise.” (Which presents a rather awkward picture in my mind of someone pouring boiling water into a store display of “merchandise”.) Also, on the treadle sewing machine that I purchased recently there were all the usual electrical warnings that would appear on an electric machine. There isn’t even a light on the treadle machine that requires power! :-) (They obviously just used the outside body of a regular machine and fit it with the treadle capabilities, but….why did they put on the stickers?)
1. On a blanket from Taiwan -
NOT TO BE USED AS PROTECTION FROM A TORNADO.
(If this one is true, I’d like to hear the back story on that. It has to be unusual.)
2. On a helmet mounted mirror used by US cyclists -
REMEMBER, OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR ARE ACTUALLY BEHIND YOU.
3. On a Taiwanese shampoo -
USE REPEATEDLY FOR SEVERE DAMAGE.
4. On the bottle-top of a UK-made flavored milk drink -
AFTER OPENING, KEEP UPRIGHT.
5. On a New Zealand insect spray -
THIS PRODUCT NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS.
6. In a US guide to setting up a new computer -
TO AVOID CONDENSATION FORMING, ALLOW THE BOXES TO WARM UP TO ROOM TEMPERATURE BEFORE OPENING. (Sensible, but the instruction was INSIDE the box.)
7. In some countries, on the bottom of Coke bottles -
OPEN OTHER END.
8. On a packet of Sunmaid raisins -
WHY NOT TRY TOSSING OVER YOUR FAVOURITE BREAKFAST CEREAL?
9. On a Sears hairdryer -
DO NOT USE WHILE SLEEPING.
10. On a bag of Fritos -
YOU COULD BE A WINNER! NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. DETAILS INSIDE.
11. On a bar of Dial soap -
DIRECTIONS - USE LIKE REGULAR SOAP.
12. On Tesco's Tiramisu dessert (printed on bottom of the box) -
DO NOT TURN UPSIDE DOWN.
13. On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding -
PRODUCT WILL BE HOT AFTER HEATING.
14. On a Korean kitchen knife -
WARNING KEEP OUT OF CHILDREN.
(A good reminder to proofread carefully to see if you any words out.)
15. On a string of Chinese-made Christmas lights -
FOR INDOOR OR OUTDOOR USE ONLY.