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Wackiest Warning Label Contest Winner: Avoid Death!

Every year, Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch or M-LAW holds a contest to select the year's wackiest warning labels. The group contends that lawsuits (and fear of them) have driven the proliferation of silly warning labels on US products.

This year's winner is this label to the left, affixed on a small tractor, that warns its user to "Avoid Death!"

See more entries in this year's contest: Link | Gallery


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Sam Heldman needs a sense of humour.

It's funny because it sounds so odd. I remember the sign at the baggage check in the Vatican Museum advising "do not leave your clothes here". It sounded like they were trying to prevent people from stripping down and strolling through the museum in the buff.

AVOID DEATH is pretty simple. It was probably chosen as a clear warning for people with limited English skills.

Those darn anti-lawsuit people, trying to keep the courts clear of frivolous lawsuits. How dare they!
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Most are dumb, but the one on the Bobcat loader-thing seemed very sensible - doing it wrong would be easy, seem sensible and be dangerous. Perfect conditions for a warning label, I'd say.
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