Thank goodness for warning labels--if it wasn't for them, we'd all be eating Silica Gel packets like popcorn.
The Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch website has an amusing contest on the stupidest product warning labels. In litigation-happy America, companies often have to put ridiculously idiotic labels on seemingly everything as a lawsuit-dodging measure, resulting in such gems as:
- Do not put any person in this washing machine
- Do not iron while wearing shirt (on an iron-on decal)
- Safety goggles recommended (on a letter opener)
- Remove child before folding (on a baby stroller)
- Harmful if swallowed (on a fishhook, and ironically it's not written in a language fish can understand)
Some ideas of our own:
- Do not use to accidentally shoot family members you've mistaken for intruders (on a shotgun)
- Do not eat this if you're already feeling kind of full but find yourself craving the taste anyway (on a cheeseburger)
- Do not crash (on a car)
The winner of this year's contest was a tractor label beginning with the helpful "Avoid death." Click here to see what else our lawyers hath wrought.