I'm Afraid I do Not Understand?

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services 607851

Once in a while we totally misunderstand what is going on around us just like Philemon didn't think the garland was edible while Joe on the other hand though Philemon might mistake the garland as a relish.

I'm sure something similar has happened to all of us. Some warnings seem totally unnecessary, especially on product labels today. Here are a few real examples.

"Do not iron clothes on body." -- On packaging for a Rowenta iron. ❖ "Do not drive car or operate machinery." -- On Boot's children's cough medicine. ❖ "For indoor or outdoor use only." -- On a string of Christmas lights. ❖ "Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly." -- On a child sized Superman costume.

Of course not all warnings are silly,

but it's always fun to share those that are.

I also say "duh" about the ads big pharma puts on TV when they say "Don't take XYZ if you are allergic to XYZ" and when the list of possible problems is twice as long as the benefits list... especially when that list includes death as a possible side effect.

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Comments (30)

Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Exactly Kat Palmiotti , how do we know if the drug works unless we try it. As Laura Cerrano and others said, what ever happened to common sense. Who would have thought that coffee needed a label "coffee is hot"... duh.

Nov 30, 2023 06:08 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I have only crossed our boarder once in my life Bob Jakowinicz BUT I have noticed even going from one State to another there are differences.

Nov 30, 2023 06:10 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

At this time of the year, many need to be reminded not to turn their trash cans into a fire hazard. 

I hope all is going well for you this week.

Nov 30, 2023 08:10 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Except for  a health issue all is well with me Roy Kelley . To your point, yes we often hear of fires by people cleaning out their fireplaces and not knowing a hot ember is in with what they throw into the trash.

Nov 30, 2023 08:34 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Top of the morning Bob.  One of my biggest eye openers was a Management 'turn about' excercise.  Years ago.  But asked members to do questionaire on their manager.  I was much younger and thought I was ripping the program.  Until that is when I got the results back...   Most of employees, department members, were seeing or feeling was 180 degrees the opposite of what I thought had happened.  Quite the honest eye opener.  Make it a great day.  m

Nov 30, 2023 08:49 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I "get" that Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho . I discovered I was not management material long ago which is why I kept my Brokerage small. I needed agents who didn't need me or all heck would break loose.

Nov 30, 2023 08:54 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Bob... those kinds of warnings always crack me up. And then I think there must actually be idiots in this world that generate the need for them.

Nov 30, 2023 09:56 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Oh I'm with you Bob on this craziness!  Especially the drug ads that list a ton of side effects that could happen as a result of taking the drug including death.  No thanks!

Nov 30, 2023 10:06 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Funny stuff, Bob! Those Pharma commercials are beyond ridiculous. I did see a clothing label that said Remove Child Before Washing...LOL!!!

Nov 30, 2023 11:24 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

You know some kid (or adult) had to try that Superman Cape out by jumping from a rooftop don't we Nina Hollander, Broker . When it didn't work they most likely sued, thus the warning.

Nov 30, 2023 11:29 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Well Anna "Banana" Kruchten if it killed you I guess the medicine cured what ailed you... permanently. 👻

Nov 30, 2023 11:31 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! Yikes! Do parents today really have NO parenting skills to the point that the government has to be a constant nanny?

Nov 30, 2023 11:33 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!

You'd be surprised, Bob. A woman shot up with heroin, then drove her kids and another friend around in a car, crashed into another vehicle and then died from an overdose.

A woman, who was nearby, tried to resuscitate her in the parking lot until the EMT's got there. The little ones were toddlers, crying and screaming, beside themselves!!! What kind of loving, caring parent does that?

Nov 30, 2023 11:44 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

What a horrible story Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! Having a jail ministry I am amazed at all the 30 to 50 year old women that have a drug addition these days. The numbers are staggering.

Nov 30, 2023 05:45 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!

It's an epidemic, Bob. God bless you for ministering to those who truly need it. Anyone/everyone can change and create a better life for themselves.

Nov 30, 2023 05:50 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bob "RealMan" Timm  I guess I am late to the party, it drives me crazy how everyone is trying to make society more stupid than the level it is already at..... just curious the ones that would need to read these warning DO THEY??? probably not, Endre

Nov 30, 2023 04:27 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Bob,

Glad Bill Salvatore - East Valley re-blogged your post as I missed it! Common sense has been thrown out the window....dumbing down seems to be what they are after!! 

Nov 30, 2023 05:09 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Good point Endre Barath, Jr. maybe those that need to read them are illiterate because we don't teach the 3 R's in school anymore.

Nov 30, 2023 05:46 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I did not know Bill Salvatore - East Valley did Dorie Dillard Austin TX so I better head over there and thank him. Thank you for the heads up.

Nov 30, 2023 05:47 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Bob- A lot of the "disclaimers" stem from CYA (Cover Your A__)  We have litigated society to the point of having to provide disclaimers for everything. If you watch a program with someone lighting themselves on fire as a stunt, the announcer must first say "Do not try this at home."  

Nov 30, 2023 08:04 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't know enough about snakes to know which ones wouldn't harm me, so I try to stay away from them, haha.

Dec 01, 2023 10:51 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

CYA is a common Air Force term around here Kathy Streib . People just don't think for themselves anymore do they?

Dec 01, 2023 12:02 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

You and I both Brian England but I am pretty sure I can out run any snake so they don't bother me much. I can also out run spiders but I'd rather squash them.

Dec 01, 2023 12:03 PM