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Old 02-18-2024, 10:36 AM   #16
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@hazel, you seem to be in the UK, I do not know about there but I think in the US the "open mouth" instruction would be there. Along with a bold warning "The knife is sharp, we are not responsible for any injuries".

The US is the Gold Standard of idiots
 
Old 02-18-2024, 10:38 AM   #17
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from the first few lines of your post i would have reported this as a spam tachover.
 
Old 02-18-2024, 10:40 AM   #18
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from the first few lines of your post i would have reported this as a spam tachover.
Ha ha! A real spammer would have included a link to a website selling cakes.
 
Old 02-18-2024, 04:09 PM   #19
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I can sort of understand the psychology of that. Peanut allergies can be very dangerous, so manufacturers adopt a belt-and-braces approach. Incidently, when I was growing up, you never heard of anyone being allergic to peanuts or indeed dangerously allergic to anything. "Allergy" just meant hay fever or itchy bumps on your skin. Asthma existed but there would be at most one child in one's year that suffered from it.
Agreed.
Never heard of a peanut allergy as a child or even as a young adult (but I'm old ), but was aware of asthma.
 
Old 02-18-2024, 04:09 PM   #20
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From my Nikon camera manual:

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When adjusting the viewfinder diopter control with your eye close to the viewfinder, care should be taken not to put your finger in your eye accidentally.
See, this is why reading manuals are important!

 
Old 02-18-2024, 08:17 PM   #21
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Personally I do not think LQ is last sane and normal place on Earth. I might be some weird guy but I can't stand Creative Commons licensing. Basically you must open source nearly it all with no commercialism possible. For that I think LQ is one sane group along with other places.

I am no promoter so I won't mention other sane places but I take that like is this last sane place as slightly unsulting to everyone including me. Made me laugh reading this. It is to an extent like locking keys in a car, some people have accidents or are careless. Even Albert Einstein could not tie his own shoes. If someone as smart as that can have stuff like that, can't we all?

I think of it as like you say, things cater to those dumb things people can do. That is not to say people are necessarily dumb just anyone can do dumb or careless stuff. Also what disclaimers and stuff like "we take no responsibility for your actions" is for. Just try to get that people doing stupid stuff does not always mean they are stupid and printing stuff as warnings about stupid stuff does not mean all are stupid or insane. X E.
 
Old 02-18-2024, 08:45 PM   #22
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for everything you see on a label, chances are SOMEONE did/tried it.
I think TBone is onto something here. Back when I worked for the railroad (gosh, that's almost three decades ago now), there was a strong emphasis on safety. Indeed, one of the rules of conduct on every U. S. railroad was "Safety is of the first importance in the discharge of duty." There were separate safety rule books for each environment, including a fairly lengthy one for persons who worked in offices, which are hardly as fraught with the dangers as the yards and repair shops and open road, which included rules like (I'm working from memory here) "if you are carrying a package, make sure not to block your view as you walk down the corridor."

I was chatting about this with one of the safety officials one day, and he said, "Remember, Frank, every safety rule memorializes an injury."

(I do also think there's some truth in the theory that some of these instructions stem from companies' desire to protect their anatomies.)

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Old 02-18-2024, 09:03 PM   #23
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Remember someone spilled hot coffee on self, sued McDo and won ?
 
Old 02-18-2024, 09:47 PM   #24
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..........I was chatting about this with one of the safety officials one day, and he said, "Remember, Frank, every safety rule memorializes an injury.".......
Along that line...... It is a long story, but way back when, when I was
younger, thinner and had more hair and in the military, my unit was
evacuated to "safer ground." The base they flew us into had these
huge aircraft hangers. Painted in red, on the side of one hanger, in letters that must have been 3 stories tall, was, "Safety Rules Are Written in Blood."
Something long that line. It was almost 50 years ago.
 
Old 02-18-2024, 09:50 PM   #25
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Remember someone spilled hot coffee on self, sued McDo and won ?
True.
 
Old 02-18-2024, 10:44 PM   #26
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I say if someone wants to eat a sponge, let them.
 
Old 02-19-2024, 05:27 AM   #27
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I remember having a random safety quiz at works years ago. One of the questions was multiple choice. "Which of the following did not happen?" One of the choices were "someone tried to cut a thin piece of plastic (shrink wrap) off of their arm with a razor blade". I was thinking no one could be that stupid. I got that question wrong.
 
Old 02-19-2024, 07:16 AM   #28
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I'm sure I heard a story about a woman who sued Winnebago and won after hers crashed. She switched on the cruise control and went back to make coffee.

Play Bonnie!

 
Old 02-19-2024, 07:54 AM   #29
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I say if someone wants to eat a sponge, let them.
Agreed, as well as the packaging as apparently no instructions on opening the package. Cute that sponges are given names 'victoria'.
 
Old 02-19-2024, 08:17 AM   #30
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Hazel is referring to a Victoria Sponge cake which is named after Queen Victoria. She was known for eating those cakes with her afternoon tea. A sponge cake is made with just eggs, flour and sugar. It is obvious that some you do not watch the Great British Baking Show...

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