SOURCE: Center for America

Center for America

June 07, 2016 09:00 ET

2016 Wacky Warning Labels™ Contest: Finalists

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - June 07, 2016) - The internationally recognized Wacky Warning Labels™ Contest, now in its 19th year, has selected the 2016 FINALISTS! The top five finalists are:

"For Accessory Use Only. Not to Be Used as a Battle Device."

A label on a toy Star Wars lightsaber

(Submitted by Susannah Peate, Carmel, Indiana)

"Blades are sharp."

A warning on a common utility knife

(Submitted by Debbie Kronstain, Bentleyville, Ohio)

"In California, do not release outdoors or near electric power lines as it may cause power outages."

A label on a helium party balloon

(Submitted by Connor Byrne, Walled Lake, Michigan)

"Cycling can be dangerous. Bicycle products should be installed and serviced by a professional mechanic… Failure to heed any of these warnings may result in serious injury or death."

A warning on a bicycle bell

(Submitted by Bill Childs, Austin, Texas)

"Do not hold over people."

A warning on a glass coffee pot

(Submitted by Connor Dial, Tyrone, Georgia)

Contest creator Bob Dorigo Jones, bestselling author of Remove Child Before Folding: The 101 Stupidest, Silliest and Wackiest Warning Labels Ever, has reached hundreds of millions of Americans in the past decade and has appeared on television and radio programs around the world. He has discovered that these common sense, obvious warning labels exist only in the United States and says: "Absurd and silly labels surround us in America for one reason -- we have a lawsuit-happy culture unlike anywhere else in the world, and without the warnings, manufacturers and retailers will be sued!"

Hilarious and thought-provoking past winners include:

  • "Remove child before folding" -- on a baby stroller!
  • "Does not supply oxygen" -- a label on a common dust mask (2011 Contest Winner)
  • "Never operate your speakerphone while driving" -- on a hands-free cell phone product called the "Drive `N' Talk!" (2010 Contest Winner)
  • "Not for use on moving vehicles" -- the warning on the "Off-Road Commode," a portable toilet seat that attaches to a trailer hitch!
  • "Danger: Avoid Death" -- a warning on a small tractor!
  • "Harmful if swallowed -- a warning on a brass fishing lure with a three-pronged hook
  • "This product moves when used" -- a warning on a popular children's scooter!

Bob has been talking about the Contest on his national weekly radio commentary, "Let's Be Fair!" and in his "Let's Be Fair!" blog (

The Wacky Warning Labels™ Contest is a project of The Center for America, a dynamic non-profit organization educating, motivating and empowering the American people to reduce barriers to free enterprise. The Center for America also coordinates the "American Jobs for America's Heroes" project that helps unemployed National Guard members, veterans and spouses find jobs in the private sector. See more about CFA and Wacky Warning Labels™ at

Bob would love to talk to you about the Wacky Warning Label Contest and his observations about America's lawsuit-happy culture.

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