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Shakesbear
04-26-2013, 10:52 PM
I know that there are people with severe allergies to peanuts, but surely anyone with an allergy would not buy the nuts. This really is, imo, an over the top reaction.

"A supermarket chain has withdrawn bags of nuts - after failing to declare they may contain peanuts."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-22308165

"Barm pot is British slang for crazy, silly, eccentric."
http://www.encyclo.co.uk/define/Barm%20Pot

cornflake
04-26-2013, 11:05 PM
Lawsuit tags are classic here. There's usually a warning on hair dryers that say to not use while actively showering.

That said, I clicked the link because your post said it was a bag of 'nuts' and I thought it was maaaaybe possible that it was like, mixed tree nuts and they didn't warn it had peanuts in or peanuts that had been made on the same line with tree nuts or what have you, which I can kind of vaguely see, as they are two different allergies.

However, those are bags of peanuts. I've never heard them referred to as 'monkey nuts' but if you have a peanut allergy, presumably you know what a peanut looks like.

Shakesbear
04-26-2013, 11:09 PM
Are you serious about the hair dryer? :roll: that is - well, barmpottiness taken to an extreme!

I think they make the distinction in the article that monkey nuts are peanuts that are still in the shell, casing? But yes, if you are allergic to something, you should know what it looks like!

cornflake
04-26-2013, 11:39 PM
Not kidding. :)

It's a thing - there are many (http://www.mlaw.org/wwl/pastwinners.html)different webpages (http://www.octanecreative.com/warning/)devoted to chronicling the hilarity found on lawsuit tags (product warnings inspired by actual or feared lawsuits).

Some examples from the above pages -

A label on a baby stroller warns: “Remove child before folding."

A cartridge for a laser printer warns, “Do not eat toner.”

Found in a television set’s owner’s manual:
Do not pour liquids into your television set.

and, as I mentioned -

Found on the instruction sheet of a Conair Pro Style 1600 hair dryer:
WARNING: Do not use in shower. Never use while sleeping.

Liralen
04-26-2013, 11:50 PM
You can bet that if there's a warning, it's because someone, somewhere, tried it.

I liked the one in the owner's manual on the BMW 750il . . . after explaining the ski storage through the back seat and into the trunk it warns that one should never attempt to drive while wearing ski boots.

Shakesbear
04-26-2013, 11:54 PM
Not kidding. :)

It's a thing - there are many (http://www.mlaw.org/wwl/pastwinners.html)different webpages (http://www.octanecreative.com/warning/)devoted to chronicling the hilarity found on lawsuit tags (product warnings inspired by actual or feared lawsuits).

Some examples from the above pages -

A label on a baby stroller warns: “Remove child before folding."

A cartridge for a laser printer warns, “Do not eat toner.”

Found in a television set’s owner’s manual:
Do not pour liquids into your television set.

and, as I mentioned -

Found on the instruction sheet of a Conair Pro Style 1600 hair dryer:
WARNING: Do not use in shower. Never use while sleeping.


You can bet that if there's a warning, it's because someone, somewhere, tried it.

I liked the one in the owner's manual on the BMW 750il . . . after explaining the ski storage through the back seat and into the trunk it warns that one should never attempt to drive while wearing ski boots.

:roll::roll::roll::roll::roll:
:roll:

:roll:Remove child before folding! :roll:

Caitlin Black
04-27-2013, 02:03 AM
LOL, nice.

I love warning labels. Struggling to remember one I kept seeing a few years back... Ack! Memory fail!

GailD
04-27-2013, 04:06 PM
:roll:Doolallies!!!





Warning!

Drinking hot beverages and other liquids while reading this thread could result in hot beverages and other liquids being spewed all over your keyboard.

Class action suit on this one, I think.

Liralen
04-27-2013, 08:11 PM
There ought to be a special section on warning labels titled, Just In Case You're Stupid.

Really, at some point shouldn't we let natural selection run its course?

Shakesbear
04-27-2013, 11:43 PM
:roll:Doolallies!!!





Warning!

Drinking hot beverages and other liquids while reading this thread could result in hot beverages and other liquids being spewed all over your keyboard.

Class action suit on this one, I think.

Should I put a warning in the first post saying that reading this thread is hazardous?

Liralen it is not people that are necessarily stupid but the state bureaucracy that takes away all responsibility for safety from the individual. Common sense is not allowed a say in these things.

Liralen
04-28-2013, 12:08 AM
If one allows bureaucracy to diminish one's independent use of common sense . . . then I have to put that down to stupid, or at least so irresponsible as to make any differentiation immaterial. ;)

After all bureaucracy and common sense are necessarily mutually exclusive. Where common sense reigns there can be no tolerance for bureaucracy.

No one can "take away" our responsibility for ourselves -- that's something we abnegate.

Caitlin Black
04-28-2013, 02:18 AM
Warning: Buying this product with a credit card will still cost you money, possibly more in the long run than if you use cash.

I think they should have the following warning on cheap electronics:

Warning: 3 out of 5 units of this line do not work and will have to be returned.

AlterEgox5
04-28-2013, 05:26 AM
Warning: 3 out of 5 units of this line do not work and will have to be returned.

Now that's a warning I can get behind!

Of course, there are also the classic ones for cleaning products that essentially say things like, "Don't drink this, don't dump it on yourself, and don't pour it into your eyes."

Shakesbear
04-28-2013, 11:40 AM
If one allows bureaucracy to diminish one's independent use of common sense . . . then I have to put that down to stupid, or at least so irresponsible as to make any differentiation immaterial. ;)

After all bureaucracy and common sense are necessarily mutually exclusive. Where common sense reigns there can be no tolerance for bureaucracy.

No one can "take away" our responsibility for ourselves -- that's something we abnegate.

I think that common sense and bureaucracy are a loop tape chasing each other, and that is stupid. Bureaucrats must lack common sense and have a view of the populace that is patronising in the extreme.

There are, of course, some people who just do not want to think for themselves and are happy to have decisions made for them. So, lazy and possibly stupid?

Caitlin Black
04-28-2013, 02:57 PM
I'm sorry, I don't have time to think about that right now.

Could you form an opinion for me?

;)

Shakesbear
04-28-2013, 03:45 PM
I'm sorry, I don't have time to think about that right now.

Could you form an opinion for me?

;)

What sort of opinion would you like? Negative, positive or sit on the fence?

Liralen
04-28-2013, 07:42 PM
And the things that we AREN'T warned about . . .

like toothbrushes.

I worked in a toothbrush manufacturing plant, on the line, and you'd better believe I disinfect that new toothbrush before I use it! But there's not a single thing written on the box to suggest that it be done.

BenPanced
04-28-2013, 11:42 PM
I don't know about other states or countries, but here in Minnesota they include the phone number for an assistance line for gambling problems on advertising for the lottery.

Liralen
04-28-2013, 11:53 PM
They do that here, too, Ben.

Mr Flibble
04-29-2013, 04:53 AM
I worked in a toothbrush manufacturing plant, on the line, and you'd better believe I disinfect that new toothbrush before I use it! But there's not a single thing written on the box to suggest that it be done.

A mate of mine used to work in the line that made plastic 'sterile' tweezers for hospitals. Ofc, they weren't quite so sterile as one might expect

Came the day he pranged his motorbike, and begged the doctors to use the metal tweezers to take the gravel out of his skin. 'But-- ' the doctor said. 'But nothing, I know where those bastard plastic ones have been!'

jjdebenedictis
04-29-2013, 05:31 AM
I think that common sense and bureaucracy are a loop tape chasing each other, and that is stupid. Bureaucrats must lack common sense and have a view of the populace that is patronising in the extreme.

There are, of course, some people who just do not want to think for themselves and are happy to have decisions made for them. So, lazy and possibly stupid?See, the problem is that stupid people exist--and I don't even mean that disparagingly. People who are barely above being classified as mentally deficient are out there making the best life for themselves that they can.

Part of the government's job is to protect the weakest and most vulnerable members of society, and they certainly can't say that stupid people deserve to die or be maimed--they must treat every citizen as valuable and worthy of life. Thus: warning labels.

I feel a bit of a dolt coming to this thread and defending the cosseting of the barm pots, but I understand why those labels exist, and it's not just due to society getting litigious. The warning labels don't hurt those of us who are normal, but they could help those who aren't well-equipped to deal with a complex world.

But I tell ya, I'mma gonna start washing my brand new toothbrushes a WHOLE lot more carefully from now on.

Liralen
04-29-2013, 06:41 AM
Ironically, the people I've worked with who are -- by "normal" standards -- mentally deficient who had enough cognition to be able to read and comprehend warning labels had the sense to not need the kind of warnings we're talking about, the obvious, idiotic ones.

One of the ladies who worked with me at the toothbrush factory was fairly significantly impaired, but she and I had several giggling sessions over "the smart ones" who gave her a hard time doing some really idiotic stuff. Sharon was always fun to work with, the night went by fast. :)

Soaking in an antibacterial mouthwash, like old fashioned Listerine, is a good way to kill anything that might be on the brush.

Caitlin Black
04-29-2013, 06:50 AM
Hmm. Damn. I better soak my toothbrush now!

The damage is probably already done though - I've had this toothbrush for over a month. Ack.

bettielee
05-01-2013, 12:35 PM
They need to take all these labels and shiz off and let evolution take its natural course.

Caitlin Black
05-01-2013, 12:48 PM
*goes off in search of warning labels that mention "May cause sterility." :tongue*