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#4317 - 09/18/01 08:10 PM Stating the obvious  
pauluk  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
Is it just me, or do you guys find some of the warning notices these days really annoying? I'm thinking of the ones that assume everyone is a total idiot.

Recently I installed a new electric oven. There was a tag on it which actually read "Caution: Oven gets hot during baking."

Gee, thanks for telling me, Mr. Manufacturer. I might have mistaken it for a refrigerator otherwise!

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#4318 - 09/18/01 08:22 PM Re: Stating the obvious  
sparky  Offline
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Posts: 5,311
Do your tea cups have the 'Caution-HOT' like our coffee cups everywhere here?

seriously though,
we are probably one of the worst offenders of oversimplified intructions and disclaimers , due to our litigate nature.

Many a darwinian has retired wealthy here having won a case on what normal humans would consider embarassing to present publicly.

i'm sure the doorlactch on my microwave can be accidently defeated long enough to try to use as a hair dryer... [Linked Image]

#4319 - 09/18/01 08:24 PM Re: Stating the obvious  
Bill Addiss  Offline
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No doubt a result of our over-litigeous society.

I hope that you didn't miss the picture that shows that you can't stand on the door when it's open!

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#4320 - 09/18/01 08:26 PM Re: Stating the obvious  
Dallas  Offline
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Posts: 151
North Salem, IN 46165
That "little ol'lady from Pasadena" that sued McDonalds for the hot coffee in her lap has the fast food places putting the message "Caution: contents hot" on their hot coffee cups (in three languages).

Well, no kidding. If I got COLD coffee, I'd drive back around and tell them about it!!

#4321 - 09/18/01 09:59 PM Re: Stating the obvious  
mickky  Offline
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Posts: 43
"Shin pads will not protect any part of the body they do not cover"

#4322 - 09/19/01 07:08 AM Re: Stating the obvious  
pauluk  Offline
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Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
Ah, glad to see it's not just me then! I like your examples.

I'm afraid that the litigation is getting bad here as well. Yes, all the styrofoam coffee cups in McDonald's here now have the "Caution: Contents hot" warning on them - Only in English though. I wonder if I could get them to serve a milk shake in one & then sue them because the contents are cold??!

I bought a rotary pipe cutter a while ago. The packaging said "Warning: Do not rotate on finger."

The ultimate statement of the blindingly obvious was the microwave-ready meal with a notice which read "Caution: Contents may be hot after heating." Duh.....

#4323 - 09/26/01 08:26 AM Re: Stating the obvious  
electure  Offline

Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 4,260
Fullerton, CA USA
Saw a great one yesterday while connecting up a CNC machine from Japan. It had a dedicated 25KVA 480x200V transformer with warning label that showed and read:
Exclamation Point - "Falling Down, Corner" (do not drop)
Fire symbol - "No Over Road" (overload)
Shower head - "No Water, Huminity"

It came in a crate that was originally sent to
"Indiana...Polis" [Linked Image]

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#4324 - 09/26/01 07:18 PM Re: Stating the obvious  
Tom  Offline
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Posts: 1,044
Shinnston, WV USA
How about hairdryers marked " Do not use this appliance while sleeping".

I heard a comedy routine on the radio a while back that covered this topic pretty well. Sorry I can't remember the examples, but I do remember that it brought tears to my eyes, I was laughing so hard.

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.

#4325 - 09/26/01 07:31 PM Re: Stating the obvious  
pauluk  Offline
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Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
Originally posted by Tom:
How about hairdryers marked " Do not use this appliance while sleeping".

They've gotta be kidding! Who would try to use a hair dryer while asleep?!

I'm just waiting for the handbooks with a new car to have a warning on pg. 1, something like: "Caution: Driving into walls may be dangerous" or "Warning: Hitting other vehicles can be hazardous to your heath."

Maybe they should include something about not driving with your eyes shut.....

#4326 - 09/27/01 06:19 AM Re: Stating the obvious  
pauluk  Offline
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Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
Just been reminded of another one (non electrical):

On all our bottles of sleeping tablets now - "Caution: May cause drowsiness."

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