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Wacky Warning Labels : )
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DD    Posted 05-19-2004 at 14:03:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
You Have Been Warned

In 1997, Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch (M-LAW) began a contest to
expose how frivolous lawsuits, and a concern about potential
frivolous lawsuits, have led to a new cultural phenomenon:
the wacky warning label.

You have probably heard about the lawsuit over a spilled cup of
coffee. However, there are many other silly lawsuits involving
products that have received far less attention. For example,
did you know a man received $50,000 when he sued a small company
that makes basketball nets because he claimed the company was
responsible when he caught his teeth in a net while dunking a
ball? People who make products hear about these outrageous
lawsuits, and they often decide to slap common sense warnings on
their product... “just in case.”

Over the years, M-LAW has received hundreds of warning labels
from people around the world. M-LAW verifies the authenticity
of each label and selects the “Top 5” for each year.

Following is a list of some of the best labels from the first
five contests:

A warning on an electric router made for carpenters cautions:
“This product not intended for use as a dental drill.”

A warning label found on a baby stroller cautions the user to
“Remove child before folding”

A prescription of sleeping pills says,
“Warning: May cause drowsiness

A sticker on a toilet at a public facility in Ann Arbor,
Michigan actually warns:
“Recycled flush water unsafe for drinking.”

A massage chair warns: "DO NOT use massage chair without
clothing... and, Never force any body part into the backrest
area while the rollers are moving."

A snowblower warns: "Do not use snowthrower on roof.²"

A dishwasher carries this warning: "Do not allow children to
play in the dishwasher."

A CD player carries this unusual warning: “Do not use the
Ultradisc2000 as a projectile in a catapult.”

An “Aim-n-Flame” fireplace lighter cautions,
“Do not use near fire, flame or sparks”

A label on a hand-held massager advises consumers not to use
“while sleeping or unconscious”

A container of underarm deodorant says,
“Caution: Do not spray in eyes”

A cartridge for a laser printer warns, “Do not eat toner”

A household iron warns users:
“Never iron clothes while they are being worn”

A label with a hair dryer reads,
“Never use hair dryer while sleeping”

A 13-inch wheel on a wheelbarrow warns:
“Not intended for highway use”

A cardboard car sunshield that keeps sun off the dashboard
warns, “Do not drive with sunshield in place”

A Bathroom Heater says:
“This product is not to be used in bathrooms”

A can of self-defense pepper spray warns users:
“May irritate eyes”

A warning on a pair of shin guards manufactured for bicyclists
says: “Shin pads cannot protect any part of the body they do not

A popular manufactured fireplace log warns:
“Caution - Risk of Fire”

A box of birthday cake candles says: “DO NOT use soft wax as ear
plugs or for any other function that involves insertion into a
body cavity.

You can read other wacky warning labels at

Thank you for inviting MountainWings in your mailbox.
See you tomorrow.
Ya know, the saddest part about all this is ya know some idjit actually DID these things ; )

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