Legal Disclaimers We Really Need

May 17th, 2007
 Legal Disclaimers We Really Need

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Legal product disclaimers have gone too far.

We’ve all seen and ignored them in the past: those huge slabs of tiny writing that lawyers put onto the packet to tell you that what you’ve just bought doesn’t actually work.

Disclaimers are getting ridiculous. The other day, I saw a disclaimer on (of all things) a kids’ coloring book. It said:

Disclaimer

The illustrations and information contained and conveyed in this book are not intended to be exhaustive for educational purposes and are merely examples of actvity to stimulate fun. Readers are advised to acquaint themselves with all the relevant facts and circumstances which may give rise to harm or loss of any nature and howsoever arising.

- IGA Colouring-In & Activity Book 2007

Pure genius.

Someone did some risk analysis. “If a frog gets colored in red, we could scar a kid for life, and have to pay millions in compensation,” someone said as a joke.

“Call a lawyer,” said their manager in a panic.

And it was done.

But it got us thinking about other legal disclaimers that the world really needs.

  • Beer cans – “Warning: excessive consumption may lead you to kiss a fat chick.”
  • Toy trucks – “Trucks are not really this small. A real truck is too heavy to lift, and if you crash it into another car, it will kill the occupants. Do not attempt to squeeze yourself into this toy truck and drive it as it has no engine.”
  • Chocolate Easter rabbits – “This is a chocolate rabbit. Real rabbits do not taste of chocolate. Do not use this rabbit in a recipe for rabbit casserole.”
  • Washing machines – “Warning. Clothes may come out wet. Any cold symptoms developed by the customer due to putting on a wet sweater are at your own risk.”
  • The Sun should have a sign saying “May cause cancer or blindness.”
  • Windows – “Hitting this window really hard with your fist may break the glass, causing pain, bleeding and a really bad owie.”
  • Toilet paper – “Warning: this product is not intended for use as a gift wrap.”
  • Due to a bad experience we had, gift wrap needs: “This product is not intended for wiping away faeces.”
  • Lego needs to remind us: “This product may not be fun to use if you have no imagination.”
  • Telescopes – “Warning. Telescope may cause objects to appear closer than they really are.”
  • Books – “Reading skills required to operate this item.”
  • World globes – “Warning: world is actually flat.”
  • New babies – “Caution. Babies poo. Not cute when crying.”
  • McDonald’s burgers – “Warning: not for human consumption.”
  • Chocolate – “This product may go straight to your hips.”
  • James Blunt – “Warning: may induce coma.”
  • Mobile phones – “Disclaimer: text-messaging at 2am may cause loss of friends.”
  • MySpace – “Please do not enter into suicide pacts with other MySpace users. Entering into said deal may have adverse outcomes.”
  • Meat pies – “Warning: may contain traces of meat.”
  • Celebrities – “Disclaimer: being a well-known celebrity does not make you an interesting person.”
  • Money – “Contrary to popular belief, this note did not in fact grow on a tree.”
  • People magazine – “Knowing the current status of Brad and Angelina’s relationship does not make you an interesting conversationalist.”
  • The Internet – “Caution: may contain traces of fact.”

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Legal Disclaimers We Really Need

What other people want

  1. Baby oil Keep out of reach of children.

    Current score: 0

    Anti Cyclonic [21/06/2007]

  2. School Dances May lead to excessive amounts of hair gel and Brut 33

    Current score: 1

    DOm Wilkinson [21/06/2007]

  3. Your Dad May be the dealer of many bad jokes.

    Current score: 0

    Ryan The Great [20/06/2007]

  4. Your Mum May be the subject of many bad jokes.

    Current score: 0

    Ryan The Great [20/06/2007]

  5. Freezer Not for storage of living beings.

    Current score: 0

    Ryan The Great [20/06/2007]

  6. Telephone May involve you listening to someone.

    Current score: 2

    hollia 08 [18/06/2007]

  7. Showers May get you wet.

    Current score: 0

    hollia 08 [18/06/2007]

  8. Clothes Dryers are not a fun cheap substitute for ferris wheels.

    Current score: 0

    bob mcgee [12/06/2007]

  9. Nuclear Waste Rolling around in radioactive nuclear waste will not result in super powers

    Current score: 0

    bob mcgee [12/06/2007]

  10. Star Wars Movie After watching this movie we recommend you do not try ‘the Old Jedi Mind Trick’ on any police if they pull you over. (This is just a bloody movie)

    Current score: 0

    Wee Mad [09/06/2007]

  11. A Country & Western CD Please do not play this CD backwards; you will get your wife, car, house, children & friends back.

    Current score: 0

    Wee Mad [09/06/2007]

  12. Los Angeles County Sheriff Letting crybaby celebrities out of prison may not be the best career move.

    Current score: 0

    Wee Mad [09/06/2007]

  13. Superman Costume WARNING! This suit does not give you the power to fly!

    Current score: 0

    Vampyrecat The Female Feline [01/06/2007]

  14. Emo Music may result in suicide attempts made to avoid having to hear any more of said music.

    Current score: 0

    Ryan The Great [26/05/2007]

  15. Suicide Potentially fatal.

    Current score: 0

    Ryan The Great [22/05/2007]

  16. Oral Sex May result in amazing time followed immediately by broken neck.

    Current score: 0

    Ryan The Great [22/05/2007]

  17. Disclaimers Use of disclaimers may result in heavy smug pollution.

    Current score: 0

    Ryan The Great [22/05/2007]

  18. Grey’s Anatomy Use of this product may result in self-induced lobotomy.

    Current score: 0

    Ryan The Great [22/05/2007]

  19. Australian Idol May make you look like an even bigger wanker than you already are.

    Current score: 0

    Ryan The Great [22/05/2007]

  20. Sex May cause a child, STD, or relationship. In severe cases, you may be required to listen.

    Current score: 0

    Silent Dan [21/05/2007]

  21. Exercising May make you fit, healthy and attractive.

    Current score: 0

    Silent Dan [21/05/2007]

  22. Singing at karaoke May cause you to break windows with your voice, gain a false sense of confidence, and lose not only your ability to sing, but to make friends as well.

    Current score: 0

    Silent Dan [21/05/2007]

  23. Crocodiles May eat you.

    Current score: 0

    Silent Dan [21/05/2007]

  24. Paris Hilton articles in magazines May induce fits of sluttery and credit card splurging on pink mobiles and lip gloss in your 13 year old daughter.

    Current score: 0

    Silent Dan [21/05/2007]

  25. World Of Warcraft In the real world you don’t go round ganking people for fun. Oh and people don’t think you are cool when you go round calling people NOOBS.

    Current score: 0

    Wee Mad [18/05/2007]

  26. MySpace Caution. You WILL meet dumb ass Emo’s.

    Current score: 0

    Wee Mad [18/05/2007]

  27. Brittney Spears CD May cause your child to shave their head and attack cars with umbrellas.

    Current score: 0

    Wee Mad [18/05/2007]

  28. Little Juinor Sword Swallower Kit Swords not to be taken internally.

    Current score: 0

    Wee Mad [18/05/2007]

  29. Bottle Of Rum Caution may cause AIDS!!! (Alcohol Induced Dizzy Spells)

    Current score: 0

    Wee Mad [18/05/2007]

  30. Gorskys.Comedy: After submitting a suggestion, your comment may not be posted. Don’t take it personally; you’re just not funny.

    Current score: 0

    Wee Mad [18/05/2007]

What do you think needs a disclaimer?

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