Dear 100 Hour Board,
What are some of the most unnecessary and pointless legal notifications ever in existence? I was reading a Star Wars novel recently and the standard “X is a work of fiction...” warning got me wondering, why was this sentence even necessary in a clearly fictional sci-fi book? Who would think Princess Leia is a real person or Coruscant is a real planet? I can understand the importance of this notification if the film or novel is set in a more realistic world, but it’s just useless for fantasy or science fictions.
Here's my personal favorite, on the back of the box for my copy of Pokémon Y. To my knowledge this warning still appears on the back of every Pokémon game box as well as a handful of other Nintendo titles.
Your guess is as good as mine as to whom this warning is directed to, since it seems the audience that would benefit most probably wouldn't be able to read it.
Behold the Cherynobyl warning sign:
Truth be told though, I am legit more scared about Ukrainian authorities than the radiation at Cherynobyl. So maybe it's not that pointless or crazy.
Dear Cassette Player,
Warnings that FIREworks are flammable.
My parents are lawyers so I have the worst time recognizing stupid warning labels. My brain, since I was a kid, automatically translates them into a renouncement of liability. I think "Oh wow. I guess they could get sued for that." So they all make perfect sense to me.