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Posted: 1/8/2006 5:36:33 AM EDT

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/01/06/ap/strange/mainD8EVE8O8J.shtml

Heat Gun Wins Wacky Warning Label Contest

DETROIT, Jan. 6, 2006
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(AP) A warning that consumers shouldn't use a heat gun that produces temperatures of 1,000 degrees as a hairdryer has won an anti-lawsuit group's award for the wackiest label of the year.

The Wacky Warning Label Contest, in its ninth year, is conducted by Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch as part of an effort to show the effects of lawsuits on warning labels.

"When judges see it as their job to dismiss cases that are rooted in frivolous theories, we'll see fewer wacky labels and more fairness in the courts," said Robert B. Dorigo Jones, the group's president.

The $500 first prize went to Tom Brunelle of Holland, who spotted the heat gun warning.

The $250 second prize award went to Jam Sardar of Grand Rapids for a label on a kitchen knife that warns: "Never try to catch a falling knife."

Third prize of $100 went to Alice Morgan of La Junta, Colo. She found a cocktail napkin with a map of the waterways around Hilton Head Island, S.C., printed on it that cautioned: "Not to be used for navigation."

An honorable mention went to Kirk Dunham of Seabrook, Texas. He found this warning on a bottle of dried bobcat urine used to keep pests away from garden plants: "Not for human consumption."
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 5:47:20 AM EDT
so this was the gun used in Heat?
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 5:47:59 AM EDT
DUHHH!

Link Posted: 1/8/2006 5:52:22 AM EDT
An honorable mention went to Kirk Dunham of Seabrook, Texas. He found this warning on a bottle of dried bobcat urine used to keep pests away from garden plants: "Not for human consumption."



Link Posted: 1/8/2006 6:12:11 AM EDT
I have a circular saw that reads, and I quote, "Do not stick fingers into moving blade."

There's only one reason for a label like that:

Some idiot, some time ago, cut off his fingers; subsequently sued the manufacturer, claiming he should have been warned not to put his finger in the blade ; and won the lawsuit.

Link Posted: 1/8/2006 6:17:54 AM EDT
I have heard that there is a chainsaw out there with a warning something like "Do not grab moving chain to try to stop it."
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 6:19:14 AM EDT

Originally Posted By wolfman97:
I have heard that there is a chainsaw out there with a warning something like "Do not grab moving chain to try to stop it."



most chainsaws have that warning on them
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 6:19:18 AM EDT
If you actually read the manual on the Husky Chainsaw, it states

"Do not stop chain with crotch"

I dont know if it is a bad Swedish translation, but it is pretty funny
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 6:20:52 AM EDT

Originally Posted By UmlautArms:
If you actually read the manual on the Husky Chainsaw, it states

"Do not stop chain with crotch"

I dont know if it is a bad Swedish translation, but it is pretty funny

I thought it said genitals, not crotch?

Kharn
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 6:31:01 AM EDT
I read:

"Heat" Gun Wins Wacky Warning Label Contest



So, this isn't really about the FNC, is it?

B_S
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 6:31:40 AM EDT
the best i've seen was a folding stroller that said "do not fold while baby is in stroller"
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 7:43:17 AM EDT
Best I ever saw:

"Do not post to ARFcom while drunk"
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 7:53:54 AM EDT
I've never seen it myself, but I've heard a hairdryer had the warning "Do not use while sleeping."
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 8:04:17 AM EDT

Originally Posted By NoVaGator:
so this was the gun used in Heat?



When I saw the title, thats what I thought it was about....
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 8:04:30 AM EDT
My Christmas lights say "for indoor or outdoor use only".

The science lab at my university has a big sign in the back saying "_________ University not responsible for damages, injuries, illness, death, or catastrophic destruction on apocalyptic levels due to stupidity."
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 8:04:36 AM EDT

Originally Posted By chips:
the best i've seen was a folding stroller that said "do not fold while baby is in stroller"



I laughed till I cried on this one.
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 8:23:44 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Admiral_Crunch:
I've never seen it myself, but I've heard a hairdryer had the warning "Do not use while sleeping."



i've seen hair driers that say "Do not use in shower" - i guess that's why my hair was never getting dry ~shrugs~.
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 8:33:45 AM EDT
On a Speed Queen commercial washing machine I was called out to a service call on.

High speed spin- DON'T PUT PEOPLE IN MACHINE


I guess the the wash cycle is OK for people.
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 8:54:50 AM EDT

Originally Posted By wolfman97:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/01/06/ap/strange/mainD8EVE8O8J.shtml

Heat Gun Wins Wacky Warning Label Contest

DETROIT, Jan. 6, 2006
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(AP) A warning that consumers shouldn't use a heat gun that produces temperatures of 1,000 degrees as a hairdryer has won an anti-lawsuit group's award for the wackiest label of the year.

The $500 first prize went to Tom Brunelle of Holland, who spotted the heat gun warning.



There have got to be better than that. I could've won this award years ago.

I think the Navigation one was better.
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 8:56:10 AM EDT
I soooooooo thought the FN-FNC was getting an award for something!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LIke a warning that it can cut down bank robbers with ease!
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 5:06:33 PM EDT
I got a cheaper version of a dremel tool for Christmas. In the manual it said not to use the tool for dental surgery.
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