Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Department of Redundancy Department

It was a long flight to Boston, I even read the back of the package of peanuts. Good thing they warned me that they were produced in a facility that processes peanuts.

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A Paperback Writer said...

While I lived in Scotland, I once bought some powdered milk in a box. It had the following on the label:
Allergy Warning: contains milk.


I also found peanutbutter with the warning that it contained peanuts.

Max said...

Yeah, thanks to courts that reward stupid people with a total lack of common sense, we now have to warn people that coffee could be hot, milk contains milk, peanuts are packaged around peanuts, lawn mowers shouldn't be used for anything other than mowing lawns and Rum Cake may contain alcohol. Sometimes I'm just so proud to be a member of the human race.

A Paperback Writer said...

In Douglas Adams' book So Long And Thanks For All The Fish, there is a character that builds his house inside out after he becomes disgusted after finding directions on a box of toothpicks....

One of my personal favorite was on a cardboard sunshade I used in one of my old cars. It actually said on it: Warning: do not drive with sunshade in place. (Glad they told me because, y'know, I might have wanted to hit the freeway with my entire view blocked otherwise.)
It also contained the following gem: Helpful hints: sun moves from east to south.
Now, I'm not quite sure where these folks went to school, but even most of my 7th graders could tell you that statement was a bit off.....