Saturday, 21 December 2013

Do They Think We're Stupid?

These are genuine instructions:

On Boot's Children Cough Medicine:
'Do not drive a car or operate machinery after taking this medication'

On packaging for a clothes iron:
'Do not iron clothes on body'.

On a Myer hairdryer:
'Do not use while sleeping'.

And here are some bad translations:

On a Taiwanese shampoo
'Use repeatedly for severe damage.'

On a Korean kitchen knife
'WARNING: Keep out of children.'

And then there are just the plain stupid:

On a frozen Chow Mein from China

On a New Zealand insect spray
'This product not tested on animals.'

On the BOTTOM of a Tesco's Tiramisu dessert
'Do not turn upside down'

Warning: Peanuts - May contain nuts.

Puma shoe box - Average Contents: 2

International Yacht Varnish - Not suitable for marine use. 

Birthday Card for a 2-year old - Not suitable for children under 3.

Superman outfit - Does not enable wearer to fly.

Child's Scooter - This product moves when used.

Sleeping Pills - Warning, may cause drowsiness.


  1. With some of these, I think they're just covering themselves against spurious legal claims (a useless import from the US). With others, I think THEY are the stupid ones. ;-)

  2. They're also very amusing and, yes, they are the ones whose English leaves much to be desired. Certainly if anyone is stupid it is they. :-)