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Wacky Warnings

Caution: This Sign Has Sharp Edges

Caution: This Sign Has Sharp Edges

I can remember seeing a warning label posted on the window leading to my hotelroom balcony warning that if you stand on the balcony railing you might fall and it could result in death.   No Freaking Duh!

Have you heard of the Foundation for Fair Civil Justice?   The Foundations for Fair Civil Justice is intended to show how frivolous lawsuits distort the U.S. civil justice system.   They say the fear of lawsuits has driven companies to spend millions on common-sense warnings.   Have you ever seen these common sense warnings?

Every year they run a wacky warning labels contest.   This year’s winner is attached to a portable toilet seat for outdoorsmen called The Off-Road Commode because it is designed to attach to a vehicle s trailer hitch.

The warning label reads “Not for use on moving vehicles”.

Here are some other examples:

If you do not understand, or cannot read, all directions, cautions and warnings, do not use this product

on a bottle of drain cleaner (2003 contest winner)

Not to be used as protection from a tornado

on a blanket from Taiwan

Caution Risk of Fire

on a fireplace log

Shin pads cannot protect any part of the body they do not cover

on a pair of shin guards manufactured for bicyclists

This product not intended for use as a dental drill

on an electric router made for carpenters

Instructions open packet, eat nuts

on an American Airlines packet of nuts

For indoor or outdoor use only

On a string of Chinese-made Christmas lights

Warning: May cause drowsiness

on Nytol Nighttime Sleep-Aid

May irritate eyes

on a can of self-defense pepper spray

Don’t use while sleeping or unconscious

on a handheld massager

Eating rocks may lead to broken teeth

on novelty rock garden

Remember: Objects in the mirror are actually behind you

on a helmet-mounted mirror

Do not eat toner

on a cartridge for a laser printer

HT: DallasNews.com

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.


  1. Tim · June 8, 2009

    Ha! I bought a little bag of peanuts from a vending machine once. Opened it up, and the back of the bag said WARNING: May contain peanuts. Seriously, I was sure hoping!

  2. Anthony Prince · June 8, 2009

    Matt McKee’s gotta love this post, eh?

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