Wacky Warning labels

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Shivetya, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. Shivetya macrumors 65816

    Jan 16, 2008

    This year's 2010 Wacky Warning Labels Contest finalists tell the tale. We'll be picking the "winners" in a nationally televised poll later this month, but the finalist list always attracts attention.

    * "Never operate your speakerphone while driving," warns a label on a product called "Drive 'N' Talk."
    * A motorized go-cart helpfully warns consumers that "this product moves when used."
    * A bottle of swine growth supplement called "Piglet Blast" cautions, "For animal use only."
    * The Bluetooth headset alerts its users that "use of a headset that covers both ears will impair your ability to hear other sounds."
    * And a pair of swim goggles alerts users to the risk of pulling them away from the face, lest they "spring back and cause injury."

    Got to love the go kart warning. Yet as the article goes onto note the use of warning labels can get a exaggerated as we have a culture that dictates that some else is at fault for every mishap.
  2. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    My favorite was on a jar of dry roasted peanuts I recently bought.

    "Warning: Product may contain peanuts or peanut products".

    Really? I never would have guessed a jar of dry roasted peanuts may contain peanuts!

    Second would be on this automatic shower cleaner thing. I forget the brand, but basically, you hang it in the shower, press the button, and it sprays that shower cleaner stuff all over your shower.

    "Warning: Not to be used as a body wash."

    Thanks, I'll keep that in mind.
  3. MattSepeta macrumors 65816


    Jul 9, 2009
    375th St. Y

    My favorite is one that you see at gas stations: "Warning- Do not siphon gas with mouth" and then there is a little diagram of a guy siphoning gas with his mouth. lol
  4. samiwas macrumors 68000

    Aug 26, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    I hate those stupid labels.

    At my job, we end up using a lot of the Home Depot type shop extension cords for various runs. Every single one of them has no fewer than four massive white tags on it with numerous warnings about how not to use the cords in water, how you can be shocked by electricity, and numerous other things. And the tags are a pain to remove because they put them on with such strong adhesive. I actually have to pull someone off of the main job to sit for an hour or two and go through all the new cords every time...it's annoying.

    But, like someone else said, the culture of "blame someone else for my stupidity" has brought this on. I wonder if it's only going to get worse, or if one of these days, people will stop trying to cash in on their own idiocy.

    You'd be surprised...this is the way it was done way back when. My step mother tried to get me to do this (back when I was in high school some 20 years ago) with our lawn mower at the end of the season, so that it didn't sit all winter with gas in it. I said NO WAY, and proceeded to just go run the mower around the yard until it ran out of gas.
  5. Elixer macrumors regular

    Aug 15, 2006
    I wish I could find a photo of it but the warning label on the Hyundai Tiburon. It's so you don't hit your passengers in the head when closing the hatch since there isn't a lot of headroom in the back seat.
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    You can thank lawyers and the stupid lawsuits that people file to make a quick buck for those labels :(
  7. Gonzo3333 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    One of the toner packs for a photocopier at work has a terrible Japanese to English translation:

    Do not throw toner of toner container into fire as it may consider to get burn

    Go figure.

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