HOW DUMB CAN SOME PEOPLE BE?
For the past 10 years, the people at Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch have been giving out awards for the worst warning labels. . . people from all over the country send them ridiculous warning labels, and they pick the absolute DUMBEST.
And. . . for 2006, the WORST warning label was one on a washing machine in a Laundromat that read, quote, "Do not put any person in this washer." The runners-up are:
On a Jet Ski, quote, "Never use a lit match or open flame to check fuel level."
On a California lottery ticket, quote, "Do not iron."
In a cell phone owner's manual, quote, "Don't try to dry your phone in a microwave oven."
And, on the cover of the Augusta, Georgia, Yellow Pages, quote, "Please do not use this directory while operating a moving vehicle."
Alliance Laundry Systems, the company that put the no-people warning on the washing machine, says they don't think the label's stupid. . . a spokeswoman says there've been lawsuits against other laundry machine makers after small children got into the machines.
HOW MUCH DO YOU TRUST YOUR BOSS?
According to a new survey, two out of five bosses are LIARS. A new study of U.S. managers by Florida State University finds that 39% of bosses LIE to their staff. . . and 27% talk smack about the people they supervise to other bosses. In addition, 37% of bosses have taken credit for their employees' work. . . and 23% have blamed their staff to cover up their mistakes and minimize their embarrassment.
ARE WE TALKING ABOUT VALENTINE'S DAY ALREADY?
A new survey by the chocolate company Lindt & Sprungli finds that 70% of men say they're going to be giving their wife or girlfriend a Valentine's Day gift. . . but REALLY don't expect to get a gift in return.
And, a lot of women agree. . . only 52% of women in relationships say they plan on giving their husband or boyfriend a Valentine's gift.
SO, DO DIET PILLS REALLY WORK?
Weight loss pills DON'T work. . . I mean, if there was one that actually worked, wouldn't everyone be taking it??? But companies keep making them, marketing them and selling them... and now, the Federal Trade Commission is stepping in.
The FTC has announced that they're FINING four major weight loss drug companies for a total of $25 MILLION for FALSE ADVERTISING. The false advertising? Saying the drugs actually work. The four drugs they're going after are Xenadrine EFX, CortiSlim, One-A-Day WeightSmart and TrimSpa.
In one study, the FTC found that people lost more weight taking a placebo than by taking Xenadrine. They also found that the people who appear in before-and-after pictures for the companies got their results through DIET AND EXERCISE. . . not popping a pill.