A Mini-Series: Warning! Stupidity is Contagious – part 1

Ever wonder about the warning labels on your various appliances, products, and general merchandise? More importantly, have you ever thought about the circumstances that caused a manufacturer to think it necessary to print some of those warning labels? Here are a few that might leave you scratching your head!


Found on a warning tag for a steam iron: “Never iron clothes while they are being worn.”
On a label for a digital thermometer: “Once used rectally, the thermometer should not be used orally.”
Warning tag on a collapsible baby stroller: “Remove child before folding.”
And a new one for the warning to not wash the potatoes in the dishwasher (gentlemen, hope you are reading this one!): “Do not allow children to play in the dishwasher.”

How about these?:
Warning label on quick light fireplace logs: “Caution – Risk of fire.”
From a blanket made in Taiwan: “Not to be used as protection from a tornado.”
Found on a bag of airline peanuts: “Instructions – open packet, eat nuts.”
What about the TV remote control with the label: “Not dishwasher safe.” (what is with all the dishwasher labeling?)

We can’t skip over a few of these:
On a roll of Life Savers candy: “Not for use as a flotation device.”
On a hair dryer: “Do not use in shower. Never use while sleeping.”
On a disposable razor: “Do not use this product during an earthquake.”
On a cardboard sunshield that keeps the sun off the dashboard: “Do not drive with sunshield in place.” (I saw this actually happen in a Wal-mart parking lot in Florida!!!)

Finally, we have a few more:
Found on a bar of Dial soap: “Directions: Use like regular soap.”
On a pair of Odor Eaters shoe inserts: “Do not eat.”
Label found inside a wet suit: “Capacity – 1.”

Last, but certainly not least, and one of my personal favorites:
In the fine print on a package of children’s alphabet blocks: “Letters may be used to construct words, phrases and sentences that may be deemed offensive.” (Have you got a “P“?)


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