Thursday, December 13, 2007

Year's Most Ridiculeable Warning Labels Announced: But Does Any Top the Classic "Once used rectally, the thermometer should not be used orally"?

Posted by Alan Childress
Sharpedges_2Pedantics tell me that you cannot feel nauseous, just nauseated.  If so, then the word ridiculous makes no sense, or at least should mean that it describes a person who ridicules a lot.  That would be me.  Something that receives much ridicule, thus, should be ridiculated or at least potentially ridiculeable.

I enjoy ridiculatious warning labels, and last year I posted in detail on several years' worth of winners.  Here is an update story from the Associated Press:  the same Michigan tort reform center has announced a winner for 2007 for a label on a tractor:  "Danger:  Avoid Death."  I have seen tractors, and people using them in bizarre ways (live--not just Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash, or Kevin Bacon in Footloose), so I actually think that one is appropriate.  The second place goes to an iron-on transfer patch: "Do not iron while wearing shirt."  [The center's official site announcing the tractor winner is here.] Oneway

The 'bridge out' sign above is, I presume, a fake.  I got it from this funny sign site (which includes many real ones, like the one I call "res ipsa loquitur," shown right), thanks to a student in my Torts class.

I still prefer the warning labels that won in years past, worth considering their652600_signs_02_1 origins:

  • warning on electric drill for carpenters cautions: “This product not intended for use as a dental drill.”
  • cartridge for a laser printer warns, “Do not eat toner.”
  • digital thermometer: "Once used rectally, the thermometer should not be used orally."

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