The results are in for the 2009 Wacky Warning Label Contest. The contest, now in its 12th year, seeks to find the strangest and silliest real-world warning labels on products. This year’s winner is a portable toilet called “The Off-Road Commode.”
Wacky Warning Labels
The Wacky Warning Label Contest is operated by the Foundation for Fair Civil Justice. Despite the obvious humor involved, its creators have a serious purpose: showing how “out-of-whack” they believe America’s civil justice system really is.
“The contest reveals how lawsuits and the fear of lawsuits have driven companies to spend millions on common-sense warnings,” the organizers say.
The Off-Road Commode
Case in point: The winning entry, “The Off-Road Commode,” is a portable toilet seat for hikers or campers. It’s evidently made to be hooked up to a trailer hitch on a car or truck. On it is a warning label stating: “Not for use on moving vehicles.”
Other top contenders in this year’s Wacky Warning Label Contest, according to the official site:
• A wart removal product instruction guide that warns, “Do not use if you cannot see clearly to read the information in the information booklet.”
• A label on the underside of a cereal bowl warns, “Always use this product with adult supervision.”
• A small, 1″ x 4″ LCD panel warns, “Do not eat the LCD panel.”
• A bag of livestock castration rings warns, “For animal use only”