Wacky Warning Labels

Don't climb in here

For the tenth year in a row the Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch has held their Wacky Warning Labels Contest. According to their site the contest is conducted by the group “to reveal how lawsuits, and concern about lawsuits, have created a need for common sense warnings on products.”

This year’s winner from shown here on a washing machine wisely advises “DO NOT put any person in this washer.” Good advice? Sure, but I love that M-LAW has taken it upon themselves to point out how foolish this type of warning really is. Personally I think the funniest part is that it specifies “this washer” which on some level implies there is a washer that it is safe to put a person in.

On the other hand I can’t help but think of when the Free Beer and Hot Wings show gave their producer a ride in a big clothes dryer. Of course no warning label would have stopped them anyway.

So before you microwave your cell phone or iron your winning lottery ticket check out this year’s top 5. Also worth a scan is the list of past winners. I’ve thought about sending them the box to my drinking bird but never quite got around to it.

Thanks to Don Burleson for letting me know the new winners were in!

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Idiot Test

Think you can follow directions? Here’s a challenge for you.

The Idiot Test from Browser Arcade is a fun way to test your attention to detail. I remember tests like this on paper.

It’s lots of fun, but not particularly friendly to the colorblind.

Thanks to Don Burleson for sending this to me.

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TSA List of Permitted and Prohibited Items

I’m getting ready to travel for business next week. Since I haven’t flown in about a year I figured I’d check the TSA website to see what I can and can’t carry on.

Well, the list is more detailed than I would have expected. It seems if I want to carry-on toothpaste it still needs to be in a 3 oz or less container, but at least I can carry on my Optimus Prime!

TSA List

Thank goodness. I hate to think of the little guy shivering in the cargo hold.

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USB Missile Launcher – Hands On Review

USB Missile LauncherWhat do you get for the geek who has everything? Of course! Their very own USB Missile Launcher! But is it really worth it? Yes! Read on and find out why.

Overall Rating: 9 out of 10

Pros:

  • Roughly 12 foot range
  • Accurate within a foot or two even at range
  • 180 degree pan
  • Limited but reasonable tilt control (about 30 degrees above to five degrees below level)
  • Fires three darts one at a time
  • Soft foam darts are safe around the office
  • High quality molded plastic construction
  • Free Mac software better than included PC software

Cons:

  • Couple second delay between clicking “Fire” and actual launch
  • Batteries required (3xAA)
  • Included software does not allow for simultaneous pan and tilt (movign diagonally)

Details:

Launcher in boxThe USB Missile Launcher came to me from the folks at KlearGear.com who have quite a line of toys and gadgets appropriate for the office. They sell the USB Missile Launcher for $55 which I consider a fair price for a toy this cool.

It comes quite attractively packed… the type of thing that you wouldn’t be able to keep on shelves in the right locations. It would make the perfect trade-show giveaway for the same reasons. Have a stack of three or four of these at your booth and you’ll get some attention (hell, at the price just give away a dozen.)

The USB Missile Launcher was equally impressive out of the box. The unit quickly pans through 180 degrees and tilts about 35 degrees. The PC software that ships with the unit is limited to only moving in one direction at a time, while the free Mac software allows movement in two directions.

You can fire one missile at a time and the missiles shoot out with surprising speed, propelled by a small spring which is compressed when you load the missiles. Both software versions suffer from a second or two delay when firing. I have a feeling this is a limitation of the device, but it’s the only major flaw in what is otherwise a great piece of office artillery.

The launcher is solidly constructed and the darts have held up well for me. There is nothing with the unit or on the KlearGear site about replacement missiles, but I’m sure if there’s a demand they’ll become available.

Conclusions:

This is a great office toy and would be a great gift idea for anyone who regularly engages in cubicle warfare. At a cost of $55 from KlearGear.com the USB Missile Launcher is one of the most unique toys you could get someone this holiday season.

I had hoped to get a couple videos up of the launcher but haven’t been able to get any I’m happy with. Perhaps it’s time for a new digital camera.

Thanks to the folks at KlearGear.com for giving me the chance to evaluate the USB Missile Launcher.

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White & Nerdy

A nice compliment to the Star Trek/Knights of the Round Table video, “Weird Al” Yankovic’s song “White & Nerdy” is absolutely hilarious.


Remind you of someone you know?

“White & Nerdy” is from Weird Al Yankovic’s album Straight Outta Lynwood which just came out last month.

Thanks to Matt for sending this on to me.

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