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homesalad
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Icon 1 posted January 23, 2002 17:31      Profile for homesalad     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Well, I don't, but I had a friend over to the house, and she started reading all the labels on the glues, and epoxies that I use for boat-building. Here's my favorite:

This product contains a chemical known in the state of California to cause cancer

Hmmm...maybe there are some benifits to not leaving your computer screen all day. Needless to say, I went to the store and bought a box of latex gloves to use while glueing.

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"This product contains a chemical known in the state of California to cause cancer"

You should be safe enough. Apparently it only causes cancer if you're in California.

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Humm, what does a monitor have to do with glue in Californa?
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People in California like to sniff glue while using the computer.

or... soemthing...

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Icon 1 posted January 23, 2002 22:00      Profile for joliet_jane     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I almost never read warning labels because they usually say obvious things like "Do not consume" or "do not use outdoors" or some other thing you'd have to be a moron to do. This is crying wolf-- what if it is an actual warning for something rational people don't do?
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quote:
Originally posted by joliet_jane:
I almost never read warning labels because they usually say obvious things like "Do not consume" or "do not use outdoors" or some other thing you'd have to be a moron to do. This is crying wolf-- what if it is an actual warning for something rational people don't do?

Exactly, dear!

Sleeping pills with the warning against driving or operating heavy machinery after taking them.

Electrical appliances with the warning not to immerse in water.

The warning on windshield screens: Do not attempt to drive with screen in place.

Maybe we should bring back the definition of resonability to society? Some basic level of personal responsibility that each of us must meet before damages can be awarded in court?


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I don't think it is responsibilty but more so common sence. then again it is said that common sence is very uncommon.
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Lots of great warnings over at Dumb Warnings. For an amusing collection of warning labels that the web author would have liked to have seen before certain events in his life transpired see Personal Injury Warning System.
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Quoth LifetimeTrekker
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Maybe we should bring back the definition of resonability to society? Some basic level of personal responsibility that each of us must meet before damages can be awarded in court?

We've seen a number of cases recently where teenage tennis (and the like) stars have been declared legally adult to protect them from exploitative parents. How about having the converse where the courts are empowered to declare those who bring ridiculous lawsuits as legal minors.

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quote:
How about having the converse where the courts are empowered to declare those who bring ridiculous lawsuits as legal minors

Yeah sounds reasonable to me. heh heh. Who would become the guardians though? No one wants a stupid child.

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This topic reminds me of a story I saw not long ago on Yahoo!'s Reuters feed, where a European Central Bank board member actually felt the need to warn people to not eat euro bills. Apparently the ink used is toxic in large quantities (as in you'd have to eat four hundred bills or so to get sick.)

As Senor Domingo Solans (the aformentioned board member) put it, "``There is a product in the ink which, if you ingest 400 notes become toxic. So, besides being expensive, it is not recommendable to eat euro notes.''


http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20020111/od/euro_dc_1.html

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You know the scary thing about these warnings is, that at some point during the product testing, *someone* did what they were warning about. That just frightens me.
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quote:
Originally posted by Eponine:
You know the scary thing about these warnings is, that at some point during the product testing, *someone* did what they were warning about. That just frightens me.

More likely than that is that some idiot did whatever it is the warning forbids, sued the company, and won. Take for example, the incident with the woman and her too-hot McDonald's coffee. Such labels, though obvious, apparently deflect liability since companies can say "See, we told you right there not to do that!" when faced with ridiculous lawsuits.

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kinda reminds me when my manager at work said not to eat to many pan pizza's right after they get done rising do to the wine used to make them. Be it you would have to eat about 40 or 50 large pans for that to happen, he still felt the need to warn us. LIke anyone could eat 50 large pans in one sitting, i can hardly eat one.
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Icon 1 posted January 24, 2002 20:43      Profile for homesalad     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
yeah, people are just dumb. Ay any rate I dug up the 'ole respirator before getting to work today. How nice it is to breathe clean air...
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Now see, if you lived out in rural canada you would have clean air more often. I enjoy that clean air a lot.
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Icon 1 posted January 25, 2002 18:42      Profile for homesalad     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
well, we do get a lot of clean air here in (rural) western washington, just not in the shop!
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Icon 1 posted January 26, 2002 11:49      Profile for Janeway   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
A good warning label for diet pills: "Not to be taken lightly."

Sorry, this popped into my head as I was reading and couldn't resist.


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Ok that was kidna funny.
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You know what I hate? On bags of Doritos they put things like,
"win a car!" No purchase nessary, details inside.
So what are you supposed to do, rip open the bag while in the store and see if you won?

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Typically, when there's "no purchase necessary", it means you can send a SASE to get a game piece.

The one I'm trying to figure out, though, is the latest Hershey's promotion. They'll have people at store exits, and if a randomly-selected person walks out with a Hershey's bar, they win an SUV. No purchase necessary.

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EngrBohn wrote:
The one I'm trying to figure out, though, is the latest Hershey's promotion. They'll have people at store exits, and if a randomly-selected person walks out with a Hershey's bar, they win an SUV. No purchase necessary.

That's easy... you can still win even if you shoplifted the candy bar


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warning labels are great, the best part is knowing that some idiot out there did the very thing they made the label for........Z
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The one I always remember was one of those stepladders. It said:
Do not use on icy slopes.

What gets me is that I can just see someone stupid enough to open up a step ladder and use it on an icy slope.


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We've noticed that smoke detectors come with batteries these days (as opposed to "batteries not included). My wife commented that it was a Good Thing, since it meant the smoke detectors were much more likely to be used. My suggestion, though, was that it was pure economics: The cost of including one battery with every smoke detector, combined, was probably less than the legal fees involved in waiting for the judge to laugh at the the plantiff for even one lawsuit of "Gee, I didn't know it needed batteries".

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