Take it from the labels: Don't eat rocks, drink toilet water

Subject: Take it from the labels: Don't eat rocks, drink toilet water
From: Sharon Key <sharon -at- dra -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2001 10:11:29 -0600

Yet more bizarre warnings. Who writes this stuff?

Take it from the labels: Don't eat rocks, drink toilet water
January 17, 2001
Web posted at: 8:34 PM EST (0134 GMT)

DETROIT (AP) -- Be warned: "Shin pads cannot protect any part of the body
they do not cover."

That label on a pair of shin guards beat out nearly 100 competitors
Wednesday to win the Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch's Wacky Warning Labels

"I picked up the label and found it absolutely ridiculous," said Joe
Schanderson, who won $500 for submitting the entry.

M-LAW, a nonprofit group formed in 1997, seeks to call attention to the
effects of product-liability lawsuits. Contest winners were announced
Wednesday after Michigan Talk Radio Network callers voted on five finalists
two weeks ago.

Schanderson's find beat out a label affixed to a toilet inside a public
restroom: "Recycled flush water unsafe for drinking."

Other runners-up included:

-- "Warning: Riders of personal watercraft may suffer injury due to forceful
injection of water into body cavities either by falling into the water or
while mounting the craft."

-- A warning on an electric router: "This product not intended for use as a
dental drill."

-- A warning on a novelty rock garden set (called "Popcorn Rock"): "Eating
rocks may lead to broken teeth!"

Robert B. Dorigo Jones, M-LAW president, said many entries are discarded
each year so as not to defeat an important message. Among those was a label
printed on children's toothpaste instructing parents to keep the paste away
from children.

"It's kind of funny on the surface, but we also know that if kids eat too
much toothpaste, they can get sick," Dorigo Jones said.

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