Drooling on the Pillow

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Label May Cause Head to Explode 

John Stossel's column in the New York Sun this morning deals with the absurd proliferation of warning labels.

You know the cardboard shades you put in the windshield when you park your car? They now say "Remove shade from windshield" before driving.

Power drill: "Not intended for use as a dental drill."

Hair blower: "Do not use while asleep."

Bullet: "Harmful if swallowed."

Toilet brush: "Do not use for personal hygiene."

There's even an organization that tracks these things, the Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch.

The best was a company that had been making fishing lures for almost a century. Some lawsuits in California forced them to label their lures "Harmful if swallowed" at a cost of $10,000. The hooks? No, it was because they contained lead.
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