Absurd product warnings: Are we really that dumb?

hot coffee
hot coffee

Warning: Do not use this blog post as a resume or a grocery list.

Yes, it has gotten that far out of hand. Products in all categories, and from every known country, now carry warning labels which might cause you to wonder if we humans still have any brains at all. Take for instance the Italian motorcycle manufacturer that feels the need to inform consumers that its motorcycles contain no edible parts. Better yet, my friend emailed me about a chain saw manufacturer which warns against stopping its saw blade with your genitals. That's been a big problem, you know.

I'm not sure if it's a symptom of our degrading mental capacities or just a spin-off from decades of predatory litigation which thrives on things like the ignorance of the fact that coffee is served steaming hot. I suppose I can see the value in being instructed not to use a clothing iron to iron clothes which I'm currently wearing, but do I really need to be warned that a sleeping aid may cause drowsiness?