The annual Wacky Warning Label contest challenges Americans to find the most ridiculous warning labels in the country, as reported on Forbes. (link above)
This years winner was The Jabra Drive 'N' Talk which is a Bluetooth speakerphone accessory for cellphones to be used in the car. The Drive 'N' Talk carries this contradictory warning label: "Never operate your speakerphone while driving."
Below are some other honourable mentions!
This product may contain nuts.
Often found on bags of peanuts, including those made by Sainbury, as well as on those yellow bags of Peanut M&Ms. All of which makes you wonder what some conspiracy theorists think they're buying.
May cause drowsiness - sleeping pills
Let's hope, for GlaxoSmithKline's sake, the warning rings true.
Do not hold the wrong end of a chainsaw.
Many chainsaws bear this digit-saver, in sticker form, right on their sides.
Never use a lit match or open flame to check fuel level.
This little ditty can be found on gas caps for personal recreational vehicles such as jet skis and ATVs.
As reported on GardenWise Online, plants have evolved many strange features in order to survive in our harsh and ever-changing world.
Occasionally these features make them same unusual to human observers, but they are actually clever and useful adaptations.
This is a supersized version of the common and familiar waterlily (Nymphaea). Each leaf can reach 2 m (6½ ft.) across and has a vertical rim up to several centimetres high. They evolved in deep-water parts of the Amazon River. These hefty leaves require strong engineering – one good look at their undersides gives their secret away. A sturdy structure of ribs and cross-ribs keep these monstrous green pads afloat in strong currents.
Dutchman's pipe vine
Dutchman's pipe vine is the common name for a genus (Aristolochia; pictured) that sports bizarrely shaped flowers resembling old-fashioned Dutch meerschaum pipes. These floral marvels hold a special appeal for tiny flies and gnats, for they have the ability to warm up and release an aroma of decomposing meat. Curious, their insect visitors climb into the mouth of the flower, searching for a meal. It's then a slippery slide into the swollen base of the flower, but their exit is blocked by backward-facing hairs. The insects' unwitting role is to pollinate the flower, and once this has happened, the hairs wither, making escape possible!
Since flies are often on the hunt for rotten meat, many species of plants are able to pump out eau de carrion. Members of the Arum Family, such as skunk cabbages (pictured), are well known for this feat, as is their relative, the dragon arum, Dracunculus. It also has glistening red flowers that could pass for a steak if you were missing your glasses on a dark night!
Man-eating plants are strictly imaginary – but hundreds of species of plants do digest insects and other small organisms to supplement their nutrient intakes. Amazingly, this propensity seems to have evolved independently in about five different instances. Most carnivorous plants evolved in water-logged soils that lack the bacteria necessary to take nitrogen gas out of the air and turn it into a form that the plants can then take up. Nitrogen is an essential component in proteins and DNA, so without it life doesn't go on.
Carnivorous plants trap insects in "pitfall" traps or sticky traps. Once a victim has been captured, the plant excretes digestive enzymes similar to those produced in your own small intestine. The prey's amino acids are absorbed by the plant to supplement its nutritional demands. Making the required pitfall pitchers, sticky sundews and snap-shut flytraps costs a "carnie" a huge energy expenditure – that's why you find them only where there is plenty of sunlight to drive all the expensive machinery!
Cyclamen repandum (pictured) is native to Europe, where it is most often found in shade or part shade, nestled into the roots of deciduous trees or pines. A challenge faced by all plants, since they are not mobile, is how to extend their range. This is often done by producing seeds that catch a breeze and sail off from the parent plant.
Since seed dispersal by wind is not an option on the sheltered forest floor, Cyclamen species enlist the help of their insect neighbours. Ripe Cyclamen seeds are covered with a sticky sugary coating. Ants seek out the seed and carry it back to their nests. Along the way, however, they always drop a few, and these eventually germinate and grow into new clumps of Cyclamen.
BuzzFeed has put together a hilarious post with all the best headlines of the year gone by. Whether they are unintentional puns, overly obvious or just hard to believe, they're all there. Below is a selection and you can view the full list of 50 crazy headlines here.
Every city has a museum or two, with some such as Paris, London, New York or Washington having world famous displays. However if you want to get away from the mainstream there are some unusual smaller museums hiding in various parts of the world. Thanks to the Woman's Day, here are the strangest museums on the planet. See the full list here.
Museum of Bad Art
Judging artwork is such a subjective thing that, in fairness, we aren’t going to say that the art featured at the Museum of Bad Art is awful. Instead, we’ll say the pieces aren’t likely to be displayed anywhere else (especially since some of the works were “acquired” from trash cans). With two gallery locations in Massachusetts—one at the Dedham Community Theatre and the other at the Somerville Theater—the museum showcases paintings and sculptures that fall into tongue-in-cheek categories like “In the Nood,” “Unlikely Landscapes” and “Here the Symbols Crash.” The museum’s admission is free and its motto remains “Art too bad to be ignored