Be Ye Warned

Warnings are everywhere.  I know that they’re well-intentioned, but come on, folks, we know that sometimes they’re just downright silly.  Like these warnings on products (my comments in parens after the warning/statement:

Jonsreds Chainsaw:  Do not attempt to stop chain with hands.  (If you do, you won’t try that again, we guarantee it.)

Komatsu Floodlight: This floodlight is capable of illuminating large areas, even in the dark.  (Unfortunately, it couldn’t enlighten the person writing this warning….they were obviously still in the dark.)

Fritos: You could be a winner! No purchase necessary. Details inside.  (Just steal the bag, get the details, and you could go to jail!!!  Wonder if that was the prize?)

Craftsman Push Mower: Warning: Do not attempt to remove blade while lawnmower is running or plugged into an outlet.  (See comments on chain saw, above.  Ditto.)

Mark and Spencer’s Bread Pudding: Product will be hot after heating.  (And it will also be gone after eating, so what’s the big deal?)

Energizer AAA 4 Pack: If swallowed, promptly see doctor. (That is, if you can sit still with 4 Energizer bunny batteries in your belly.)

And to think, someone gets paid to write that stuff.  But, I guess in our litigious society, one can’t be too careful.

Take today’s picture and the warning sign posted on this little garage/barn.  “POSTED: No Trespassing, Keep Out”  I get the gist of it.  But isn’t it a bit redundant?  Wouldn’t just “No Trespassing” been sufficient?  I mean, how could you get inside without trespassing?  It’s a shame, because it looked like it would have been an interesting place to explore.  There might have been piles of dead bodies in the garage.  Or gold doubloons.  Or Santa’s elves hard at work.  Who knows what mysterious wonders this building holds? Perhaps Rapunzel is sleeping in there.  Now, I guess we’ll never know…all thanks to some one who spilled hot McDonald’s coffee on her lap and claimed, “No one told me it was hot!”…and now she’s probably sitting on a beach in Tahiti as a result of her lawsuit winnings.

Oh, well.  Such is life.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1703, the real “Man in the Iron Mask” died in the Bastille prison in Paris, France.  His true identity is the cause of much intrigue and was celebrated in the writing of Voltaire and also of Alexander Dumas.  Of course, several movies have been made about it.  But, we know the truth: it was Leonardo DiCaprio, right?!?!?!  Or Richard Chamberlain (depending on your generation).

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  the leaf-cutter ant can make anthills up to 16 feet deep which cover as much as an acre or more.



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