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Deep Thoughts, By Product Developers

Recently, I was reading a completely ridiculous story about crazy warning labels on products. The article talked about some of the crazy warning labels found out there in the market, and the winners of this year's Wacky Warning Label Contest. From the article:

"This year, first prize went to a heat gun that removes paint by blasting it with air heated to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The warning label said: "Do not use the heat gun as a hair dryer."

Second prize went to the warning label on a kitchen knife: "Never try to catch a falling knife.""

Sometimes I wonder exactly what it is that makes some product managers out there tick. Seriously - what kind of deep emotional scarring was present in the person who decided it was necessary to warn the world not to dry their hair with a 1000 degree heat gun, or catch a falling cleaver as it fell through the air?

And where's the label on the knife package that says: "Warning: throwing this knife at someone could result in serious injury."?

In reading the knife label, I couldn't help but remember an episode of Deep Thoughts, By Jack Handey:

"If you ever fall off the Sears Tower, just go real limp, because maybe you'll look like a dummy and people will try to catch you because, hey, free dummy."

Except that he wasn't serious.

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