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Bashing the Opposite Sex
 by: Austin Culley

Way back in time, when men used to roam the earth with club in hand, women prayed that the man who knocked her out cold was "the one" - the caveman of her dreams.

Sadly though, many a headache and broken dream was the only result, as the majority of men in the day were not at all that good of a catch by today’s standards. It seemed they only concerned themselves with fending off saber-toothed tigers and really never had much time to hone their romantic skills. They were just the okay kind of a man according to modern ways, and in fact, all of them were like this. The good men – the romantic cavemen - were usually eaten by predators, and to this day, when a fossil is found of such a man, usually a prehistoric flower can also be found right next to him. Scientists figure stargazing at the moment of impact from the fangs of a large animal was the most common way of death for these sensitive characters.

In all the commotion of daily life three thousand years ago, protecting the home front from woolly mammoths and maintaining the sharpness of spears and such took up a lot of time, but supposedly good cavemen somehow managed to muster up enough romantic inclination and ten minutes of time to produce cave babies with their newly captured brides.

Once these cave babies were done crawling around in the dirt of the lair, it was the assumed duty of their cave moms to grow these missing links into strong law-abiding citizens. However, due to the shortages in manpower, and the ever-increasing size of predators grown fat from sensitive brethren lost; the young male cave teenagers had to go out and help the cave dads fight to protect the cave kingdom. Once again, missing out on another poetry lesson carved on the wall by mom.

It seems that in prehistoric days, romantic and sensitive natures were actually “not” what qualified a “good man”, but rather the qualities of strength to provide family safety and goods for survival were the prerequisites. If this were true, then in fact good men were all over the place, because human beings still live today long after extremely large carnivores.

Today however, the needs are different, and therefore the standards of what makes up a good man have changed. Survival is now a vote away, and instead of keeping an eye out for predators, women keep an eye for a straight guy. With brute strength fading behind beer-bellied monkey suits, and spines dwindling away, the sensitive man has been born. The cave men of old can now only be found riding motorcycles, fixing your car, acquiring the company you work for, fighting fires or running down criminals in between football games on tv. As a matter of fact, the day could soon come when it is men who are ruthlessly bashed over the head and taken home. However, and luckily for women, the question of whether to drag him by the hair, or by the feet, was solved by the invention of the wheel.


Labels That Brink On Silliness
 by: Samson Bateson

Many reckless lawsuits are pushing companies into using labels on their products that just seem silly. While labels should provide useful and relevant information like instructions, warnings and ingredients, sometimes the wording used on these labels seems a little off kilter. All too often labels serve no other purpose than to overstate the obvious. What happened to the days of relying on common sense and telling it like it is?

One morning at a McDonald's drive through window, an elderly woman received a coffee that was too hot to sip and ended up spilling on her lap. She won a lawsuit mainly because the coffee did not warn her that it might be hot. Hence, "caution: hot" was since imprinted on all McDonald Styrofoam cups. Of course, you could argue that this type of information needed to be stated. Most labels try to inform a consumer about contents and processes used in making the goods. However, do you really need to be told that a bag of carrots contain "Ingredients: Carrots"? Also, many labels offer valuable warnings or guidelines such as age appropriateness. However, do you need to be warned that a Harry Potter broom "does not actually make a child fly"?

Various sources in the different industries decide on label regulations. For example, the Food and Drug Association (FDA) regulated ingredient and nutrition labels for the U.S. food industry. As for label warnings and instructions, most company lawyers and some federal laws advise the wording.

Some websites poke fun at labels currently on today's market. One site, for example, DumbNetwork.com, has a large supply of examples that would amuse nearly every consumer:

  • "Instructions: Put on food." Product: Heinz Ketchup
  • "It is not suitable for driving under the conditions of poor light." Product: Ray Ban Sunglasses
  • "Never iron clothes on the body." Product: Rowenta iron
  • "Do not use while sleeping." Product: Blow dryer

Many labels contain instructions on how to remove wrapping or the box's content first. While these instructions sound silly, many first time users lack basic skills and need a lot spelled out. In other words, what seems obvious to you is not so obvious to someone else - perhaps this explanation would make a great label! Occasionally, manufacturers include instructions to discourage certain unwanted behavior. For instance, many golf carts contain the warning "Not for highway use" to discourage mischievousness.

Even though many labels sound ridiculous, these labels must be worded carefully to ward off frivolous lawsuits and from preventing consumers from doing something harmful. One hair-coloring manufacturer may have hit the real reason on the head when it used this warning on the side of its box, "Do not use as an ice cream topping".

12 Humorous Ways to Stay Safe and Healthy in Today's Hazardous World

Stop breathing ozone immediately. You know you can if you try.

Do not strike matches near an open nuclear power plant.

Do not rub either your scalp or your bosom with the latest scientific breakthrough.

Never sit next to strangers in movie theaters, churches, or hot tubs.

Never ride with a teenager wearing a Dukes of Hazards T-shirt.

Do not store feminine hygiene products in a microwave oven.

Avoid harmful fats -- particularly those name Gloria.

Never go swimming immediately after eating a day-old tuna and mayo sandwich.

Avoid death-defying rides at amusement parks -- especially those that have carried 10 million people without an accident.

Avoid wearing tight designer jeans, since the dye used in some designer labels, when sat on by laboratory rats, caused dishpan tail.

Avoid medical care by licensed physicians. Even if the treatment causes no harmful side-effects, the bill can prove fatal.

Be satisfied with what you have. Stay away from pyramid parties, gurus, Nigerian email offers, and marriage counselors.

Follow the wise though goofy suggestions above and you will have an excellent chance at survival. But just in case, always wear clean underwear.





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