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Thursday, January 06, 2005

Keeping Consumers Safe

posted by Jazz at 1/06/2005 09:38:00 AM

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I've always gotten a sense of wry amusement from the ridiculous warning labels that get put on various products, ostensibly to protect the consumer, but more likely to protect the manufacturer from lawsuits brought by idiots and opportunists. The McDonald's coffee cup (Warning: Hot Coffee may be Hot) has become ubiquitous. Opening any shipment from Amazon, I find small desiccant packages with a big label which says "Do Not Eat." (Personally, I think anyone who would eat desiccant packages is either too young to read the warning or shouldn't be reproducing anyway.)

Finally, somebody has decided to honor the people making these wonderful warnings with a new award program. The first winners were just announced. Among the top contenders:
  • A thermometer with the warning, "Once used rectally, the thermometer should not be used orally."
  • A child's scooter telling the user, "This product moves when used."
And the winner? A toilet brush labeled, "Do not use for personal hygiene."