The reality is that more people die in their sleep than anywhere else. Does this mean that beds should have labels that say to warn people of their lethality?
As a society, we do go overboard with warning labels saying what should be obvious. Such warning labels have become so ubiquitous that most of us have become completely oblivious to them.
That said, one of the cleverest uses of warning labels occurred during our nation's experiment with prohibition nearly a century ago. Forbidden from selling wine, the wineries in upstate New York merely started shipping grape juice instead -- with a very conspicuous warning label on each package.
"WARNING: DO NOT MIX FIVE GALLONS OF GRAPE JUICE WITH FIVE POUNDS OF SUGAR AND STORE AT 70 DEGREES FOR TWO WEEKS, AS THIS WILL CAUSE THE GRAPE JUICE TO FERMENT AND BECOME WINE, WHICH IS ILLEGAL."
That warning label probably got more attention than most!
We shouldn't forget about gun manufacturers putting a warning label on the end of the barrel near where the little round hole is to remind people to not look into the hole when the trigger is pulled.
Re/ cruise ships having warning labels painted on their hulls, if they did they would have to print the info in every known language, otherwise they would have some Joe from who knows where say he was injured because he couldn't read the warnings--this would give new meaning to " hull art. "
Someone said many years ago, I don't remember who now, but their quote was " common sense is not such a common thing ."
I think they pretty much had it right.
Everyone should be warned to use common sense when they travel. Of course we all need to be cautious in our own backyards as well.
Carnival Liberty New Year's Eve 2007
Liberty of the Seas 5/2008+11/2009
Allure 1/16/ 2011