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I've got this hand truck / two wheeler, and I've had it for several years now. It came with this sticker on it, and I've never removed it because it's how I ruined my last one.
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You chewed the paint off the last one, ruining it, cause you didnt know you couldn't? Lol. Im not understanding....
 
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You chewed the paint off the last one, ruining it, cause you didnt know you couldn't? Lol. Im not understanding....



It was an attempt at being funny. Of course I know better than to chew on hand trucks

When I saw that sticker on it when I was buying it, I couldn't believe it. It made me think that someone, somewhere did take to chewing on one and got sick it died, and the manufacturer put that sticker on them so they can't be held responsible for harm caused by ingestion.
 
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In the Viking comic strip Hagar the Horrible, Hagar is attempting to go over the wall of a castle as arrows rain down, rocks are rolled over the edge and hot oil is directed toward him. Still he hesitates when he sees the warning on the top rung saying, This Is Not A Step. :-)
 
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Apparently, in France, this is necessary. It's at the airport. I was quite thirsty so I'm glad I saw the sign. I decided not to drink from the urinal.
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I've heard/read that the labels you see on everything that the device you're buying can cause cancer in the state of California are so ubiquitous that manufacturers are just putting the sticker on everything instead of bothering to worry if there is actually lead in the part they're making.
 
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Haha...before I read that sticker, my first thought was don't drop something on the base of the dolly when your face is anywhere near the handle part.  I've only done that twice...not sure why I didn't learn after the first time?...now I'll have to quit chewing on it too?

We bought a lead testing kit to check out the many layers of paint on the exterior of this house.  I made the mistake recently of checking the interior walls and found lead paint there also.
 
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Jack in the Box restaurants have some really great warnings on their bags and coffee cups.  They were forced to put warnings on packaging to stave off lawsuits I imagine, and apparently they think it's stupid too, so they have warnings that say things like "Warning:  Hot coffee is hot."
 
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A woman successfully sued McDonald's about 20 years ago when she held the coffee between her legs and burnt her private regions. Since then, fast food people have put warnings on everything. Whenever I get something heated at Starbucks or at the grocery store Deli I have to tell them to make it twice as hot as normal. Then I say, I'm not stupid enough to burn myself. Even then, they often give it to me barely warm.
 
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I've always rolled my eyes about the lady who sued McDonalds for burning herself with coffee.  Then I found out the burn in her crotch was so bad it required 8 days in the hospital and skin grafts  Wikipedia link
 
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Love the humor here!  One thing though....it's strange to me that people are allowed to sell stuff painted in lead paint.  Why ban the use of lead paint in the US and then let products into the US that don't meet our standards?  Some international trade rule or something?
 
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My friend once bought a wok whose packaging contained the warning, “Do not apply to face or groin when hot.” I always wonder, is it fine to apply it to other body parts when hot? Or to apply it to your face and groin when cold?
 
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What? First they say not to eat the tools, then don't drink the toilet water, & now no hot woks in the face. What is going on in this crazy world? They're taking the fun out of everything.
 
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I once saw a washing machine that had warnings concerning using it to wash dishes and people. Apparently no one is to go inside and if they do you are not to turn it on. Sound Advice.

I really like the ones that show someone's hand being placed inside a grinder or chopping device or grabbing the wrong end of a chainsaw. They always use fairly simple graphics for this. I don't want to see a stick figure losing a limb. I want it to be more realistic looking, like a good Ridley Scott movie.
 
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I opened a civilian MRE type meal, to taste test it. The heating element part has  Do Not Eat labels on it,and it is also pointed out in the instructions that it is not edible. After eating the crackers that came in the thing, the heater might be one of the better tasting parts of it :) There's a fine line between crackers and unsalted hardtack, this is dancing on the line, not sure which I'd say it was. Kind of afraid to try the main course, but I would want to try the heater after it had been used, I think the salt water would help it, flavor-wise  :D
 
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Boxes of laptop batteries bought in bulk come with a warning paper that includes not eating & not driving nails through them. Both are good advice but does that really require documentation?
 
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I saw a youtube video of a teenager microwaving a glow stick, then pulling it out of the microwave and playing with it.  Unfortunately it kind of gently exploded and got hot lumenescent goo all over him.  His dad came into the kitchen (due to the yelling/crying) and was looking at the box to see what to do.  I think the words he said as he read were "Jesus Michael, it says not to microwave these things.  What were you thinking?  Now you ruined your new shirt."
 
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Ok I found these on the internet, but thought worth sharing in this thread. However the internet being what it is, their validity may be in question. Or maybe they just show a sense of humor for the maker of the sign/owner of the property.













 
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Devin, I love the picture of the guy with the coat hanger shaped neck! Good one!
 
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James Freyr wrote:Devin, I love the picture of the guy with the coat hanger shaped neck! Good one!



Yep I saved that one for last because it was my favorite as well.
 
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The saddest part of this whole thread is that there are people in the world that need this sort of reminder. (there really are, I have witnessed some of those cautions being ignored and the results weren't pretty)
 
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Pearl Sutton wrote:I opened a civilian MRE type meal, to taste test it. The heating element part has  Do Not Eat labels on it,and it is also pointed out in the instructions that it is not edible. After eating the crackers that came in the thing, the heater might be one of the better tasting parts of it :) There's a fine line between crackers and unsalted hardtack, this is dancing on the line, not sure which I'd say it was. Kind of afraid to try the main course, but I would want to try the heater after it had been used, I think the salt water would help it, flavor-wise  :D



MRE crackers are designed to last 100 years per the military specifications. Which is weird since the actual MRE comes with a best if used by date.
 
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My pressure canner has a warning sticker stating that the " surface of the pot may be hot when in use".  I am concerned that if the pot is not hot then you are  using it wrong.
 
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Bryant RedHawk wrote:The saddest part of this whole thread is that there are people in the world that need this sort of reminder. (there really are, I have witnessed some of those cautions being ignored and the results weren't pretty)



Douglas Adams had a character in one of his books build an inside out house due to seeing instructions on how to use toothpicks. too keep the crazy people locked inside.


Sad thing is, there really are toothpicks with instructions. Douglas Adams did not just make it up for the comedy of his book.

 
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OK not a warning, but it is a rather odd thing to see on a clothing label. (I found this while looking for other images and just know I had to post this here as soon as I saw it)

 
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I love it!
Look at the color of the area where it says that, that's been photoshopped in. Nice job, but if you look close, it doesn't match.
The idea is hilarious though, and whoever thought it up needs an apple as well! :D
 
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Bryant RedHawk wrote:The saddest part of this whole thread is that there are people in the world that need this sort of reminder. (there really are, I have witnessed some of those cautions being ignored and the results weren't pretty)



Ultimately all the warnings are plastered everywhere, so that when someone sues the owner/maker, they can point at the warning and say "caveat emptor!" It's all for the litigious society we live in.
 
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On a bag of pellets for the pellet stove.  In case you were  wondering,  
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Dale Hodgins wrote:Apparently, in France, this is necessary. It's at the airport. I was quite thirsty so I'm glad I saw the sign. I decided not to drink from the urinal.


Below the warning in English, the French text says that the airport takes part in preserving the environment by recycling rain water ;-)
 
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It all makes sense now. You're not supposed to drink it because it's untreated rainwater. Not because there's piss in it.
 
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Pusang: I don't know, 3-4 year old kids usually need washing :)
 
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Pearl Sutton wrote:Pusang: I don't know, 3-4 year old kids usually need washing :)

Hi Pearl, I remember my niece back then. Here's another one for everybody:
 
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Nothing wrong with washing clothing with the kids in them. Put a little bit of soap in the kiddie pool and let them go nuts.

I was ten in the summer of 74 when I had a contest with my younger brother to see if we could wear the same clothing day after day after day. I went something like six weeks. But I swam in my clothing regularly. He couldn't swim very well. We also had a no bathing contest. He avoided the bathtub all summer and finally just before school started, my mother made him get in the tub with some stuff called Bio Ad, which I think may have been a laundry soap. His neck was stained with dirty sweat streaks. I had been cheating on the bathing thing whenever he was asleep,  just to see how dirty he would allow himself to get.

Mom was not keen on doing laundry and there were enough kids running around our messy house that I'm not sure if she kept track of what we were up to.
 
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I was looking at getting a bigger excavator bucket, and on the online site to buy it, it said, "Known in the state of California to cause cancer and reproductive health concerns".

It was an all steel bucket.

When everything has a warning on it, it kind of dilutes the waring overall. (insert shaking of my head, and walking away, still shaking my head at this one).
 
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