“Caveat emptor” in the Twilight Zone

The laws have gotten rather strict about providing warning labels in the public’s interest.

That said, you have to wonder about the intelligence (or lack thereof) of those who devised these for consumers in the UK.

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On Sainsbury’s peanuts:

“Warning: contains nuts.”

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On Boot’s Children Cough Medicine:

“Do not drive a car or operate machinery after taking this medication.”

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On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding:

“Product will be hot after heating.”

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On a Sears hairdryer:

“Do not use while sleeping.”

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On a bag of Fritos:

“You could be a winner! No purchase necessary. Details inside.”

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On a bar of Dial soap:

“Directions: Use like regular soap.”

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On some Swanson frozen dinners:

“Serving suggestion: Defrost.”

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On packaging for a Rowenta iron:

“Do not iron clothes on body.”

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On Nytol Sleep Aid —

“Warning: May cause drowsiness.”

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On most brands of Christmas lights:

“For indoor or outdoor use only.”

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On a Japanese food processor —

“Not to be used for the other use.”

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On an American Airlines packet of nuts:

“Instructions: Open packet, eat nuts.”

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On a child’s Superman costume:

“Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly.”

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On a Swedish chainsaw:

“Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands or genitals.”


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