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Seems to me, in this era of McDonalds hot-coffee lawsuits these warnings are not so much stupid as ways to cover you ass from litigation. I swear there are people who make a living by frivolous lawsuits.
In the 1970's when I was a member of the Teamsters union I wore sweatshirts to work that read " NO " on the front and " Warning Defective Robot " on the back. This proved an effective way to shun nonsense.
The only one I saw that was, actually, not so strange was the "No Stopping or Standing" at the bus stop, since that's a traffic message telling drivers to neither "stop" (leave their car) nor "stand" (halt their car, but remain in it) where the bus is expected to stop. A simple "No parking" would not exclude the "Standing."
Edit: One they missed -- "Warning: Contains peanuts" on a jar of peanut butter, and another "Warning: Contains soy" on a tofu (soy-bean curd) package.
Last edited by PTrenholme; 02-12-2006 at 11:57 AM.
" Warning - Defective Robot " means that pushing this human's buttons will not bring to you the results that you expected.
Instead of being a " yes " type of person; I was/am a " No " person. Therefor Prone to refuse all requests for yes answers.
Somehow this all reminds me of one of my pet projects which has not quite yet reached the implementation stage: Develop a comprehensive assessment of the societal implications of discovery of a cure for stupidity.
Not real sure when I'll be getting to this....
I'm now going to start a parallel thread on bizarre responses from tech support--some of which are know to be robotic.