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    1. On Earth packages are commonly labeled "This Side Up". Would it make any difference out in space? (Contributed by Don F.)
    2. You know how most packages say Open here. What is the protocol if the package says Open somewhere else? (Contributed by Don F.)
    3. Why do they mark containers "This end up?" If you can read the marking isn't that end already up? (Contributed by Don F.)
    4. Why is it that international magazines that advertise products will have the same description of something in different languages but the description of each language is written in english? Who's that supposed to benefit? (Contributed by Don F.)
    5. Why is it that if a package says Easy open package then its almost assured that it is not easy to open? (Contributed by Chatzie Massey)
    6. Why do they put a warning on the outside of a box of light sensitive photographic paper that reads "OPEN ONLY IN TOTAL DARKNESS. SEE FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS INSIDE"? (Contributed by Lynn S.)
    7. On a bottle of children's antihistamine tablets why do they show the warning 'May cause drowsiness do not drive or operate machinery. Avoid alcohol'? Is this medicine only for people who let their little children drive their vehicles? Or drink their booze? (Contributed by Julie Perham)
    8. If truth in packaging works shouldn't it be beans with pork instead of pork and beans? (Contributed by Jim Adams)
    9. Why do they call the largest size King Size when in fact most kings were pretty small? (Contributed by Jim Adams)
    10. Nytol is a sleep aid medicine right? So why do they put a warning on it's label that reads 'May cause drowsiness'? (Contributed by Blated)
    11. On some food boxes why do they have the words 'Do not turn upside down' printed on the bottom of the box? (Contributed by Bob Dickson)
    12. If the product says 'Do not use if seal is broken' how are you supposed to open it and use it? (Contributed by Brain Candy)
    13. Before they printed the warning labels were plastic bags common childrens toys? (Contributed by Renfairboy)
    14. What does 'shake well' really mean? Is it the same for whipped cream oven cleaner and hair mousse? Does someone actually test the product to determine the number of required shakes for the product to work properly? If so why don't they print that number on the can? (Contributed by Leigh)
    15. On the Healthy Choice sandwich boxes why do they proudly proclaim that the sandwich within was made with 'oven-baked bread'? Is this any different from other sandwiches? What do they bake their bread on? The engine block of a truck or something? (Contributed by Lisa Fournier)
    16. Why do some strings of Christmas lights have warning tags that read 'For indoor or outdoor use only'? What else is there? (Contributed by Jordan)
    17. In Canada all products being sold are required by law to have all wording on the product in both English and French. So why doesn't this apply to automobiles? (Contributed by Don F.)
    18. Why do new hammers have a sticker that says "Caution - Do not use this hammer to strike any solid object"? Just what are suppose to use them for? (Contributed by Don F.)
    19. Why do the little washer towels that some restaurants provide you with after you have had something messy to eat say "Open unfold and use"? What else would you do with them? (Contributed by Don F.)
    20. Why is it that only adults have difficulty with childproof bottles? (Contributed by Don F.)
    21. What's the point of the 'do not eat' warning on the little packets in shoe boxes? If a child is so young that they'll eat things out of a shoe box, then they're probably too young to read the warning message, right? (Contributed by Sue G.)
    22. Why, on a box of Ibuprofen tablets, does it read 'do not take if allergic to ibuprofen'? (Contributed by Richard W.)
    23. Why does ginger ale (and other relatively clear sodas) come in green bottles? (Contributed by Ladyhawk)
    24. Why do Campbell's soup cans always say to mix the milk and condensed soup 'slowly'? What happens if you mix them quickly? (Contributed by Tom Luckett)
    25. If you read the small print on a cassette or CD, it tells you not to duplicate the music because it's illegal. So why is it that if you buy a stereo, you get instructions on how to do exactly that? (Contributed by Laurel)
    26. Can we really be a technologically-advanced society, if we need detailed instructions and warnings printed on things like bars of soap and boxes of toothpicks? (Contributed by Mark Bakke)
    27. Why do they put recipes on the backs of can labels and then make it so you can't get the label off without ripping up the recipe? (Contributed by Kristy)
    28. How does a child-proof cap know who's trying to open it? (Contributed by Bill Keane)
    29. The wrapping on some 6 inch diameter candles give the instruction 'To Extinguish Candle, Blow Out The Flame'. Is this really necessary? Should they be selling candles to people who don't know this? (Contributed by Pat F.)
    30. A warning on a can of insect spray says 'This Product Not Tested On Animals'. If this is true then how do they know if the product works? (Contributed by JoLene)
    31. If things are shipped in those little styrofoam packing peanuts, what are those little peanuts shipped in? (Contributed by Jessie)
    32. Does anyone save all those 'YES' stickers that National Geographic sends out in their mailings? (Contributed by Don F.)
    33. How come the simple enclosed instructions never are? (Contributed by Rodney & Cathy's Joke List)
    34. Why, on a package of 'Skin Guard Krazy Glue', does it say 'Does not bond skin instantly', but RIGHT ON THE TUBE it says 'Warning: Eye irratant. Bonds skin instantly'? (Contributed by The Duke of Endor)
    35. How come everything we buy, from CDs to food, is packaged as though the manufacturers are afraid we're going to get into it? (Contributed by The Vent on AccessAtlanta.com)
    36. Why do they make life rafts in the colour 'international orange' when that is the colour that attracts sharks? (Contributed by Steven)
    37. Have you ever wondered why on all champagne bottles, there is an aluminum covering at the neck of the bottle? (Contributed by WhoDaMan)
    38. How come the artwork on the cover is always inversely proportional to the literary content within? (Contributed by The Duke of Endor)
    39. Why do they sell hot dogs in packs of 8 and hot dog buns in packs of 12? What's up with that? Do they think we eat the buns as a light desert? (Contributed by The Pink Gorilla Girl)
    40. Why do 'boil-in-the-bag' rice packets say to stand in boiling water for 10 minutes? Wouldn't that hurt your feet? (Contributed by Hemail)
    41. Why are fire extinguishers labeled 'Non-Flammable'? (Contributed by Joe Howard)
    42. Whatever became of those little triangle coffee cream containers, you know, the ones that squirted on your shirt or all over your hands when you squeezed them? They were fun, weren't they? (Contributed by Janis G.)
    43. How do the people who pack new sleeping bags in those itty bitty sacs do it so neatly? (Contributed by Janis G.)
    44. Some medicine bottles say to not drive a car or operate machinery after taking the medicine, right? Does this mean that if you take the medicine, you are forbidden from driving or operating machinery for the rest of your life? (Contributed by Darrel)
    45. When commercials say that something has a pearly texture, does that mean that its made with real pearls? (Contributed by Wouldn't U. LikeToKnow)
    46. Why is a bed the only thing that can be 'queen size'? And shouldn't a single bed be called 'knave size'? (Contributed by A.J. Bodnar)
    47. Why is it that if something says 'do not eat' on the packaging, it becomes extra tempting to eat? (Contributed by Dennis)
    48. When it says on the top of a cookie box, 'Open Here', what does it mean by that? Do they think I'm going to go to a different country just to open a box of cookies? Wouldn't I be perfectly fine opening a box of cookies in my present location? (Contributed by The Infamous Chocobo Mixer)
    49. How do they get the air inside the bubble wrap? (Contributed by Chuck)
    50. How do you ship boxes? (Contributed by R.F.)
    51. Why do water bottles have nutrition facts but beer bottles do not? (Contributed by The Vent on AccessAtlanta.com)
    52. Wouldn't it be difficult to read the instructions of an eye wash station when you have chemicals in your eyes? (Contributed by Nathan Ryhard)
    53. Why on bottles of hair re-growth medication, for MEN, does it say "May be harmful if used when pregnant or while breast-feeding? (Contributed by Valerie)
    54. Why is it that only non-smokers are fooled by the ‘light’ and ‘mild’ labelling on cigarette packages? (Contributed by Don F.)
    55. How do they get the juice inside the juice box? More importantly...how do they get the plastic inside the foil inside of the cardboard of the juice box and then close it without ruining any of that? And how to they get the straws inside of the plastic without ripping the plastic off the package? (Contributed by Dreamer)
    56. What exactly do they mean by labeling people? (Contributed by Dreamer)
    57. You'll notice on a bag of un-popped popcorn "This Side Face Down", well what would happen if you actually put that side face up? (Contributed by Robert S.)
    58. Why does honey come in plastic containers shaped like bears but not plastic bees? (Contributed by Ralphie)
    59. Aren’t Nutrition Facts just too depressing? How about some Nutrition Fiction? (Contributed by Ralphie)
    60. How come the label on some vitamin C bottles says “natural with Rose Hips”? Does that mean that my hips are going to turn pink? (Contributed by The Vent on AccessAtlanta.com)
    61. Why does some non-daily creamers have a warning label that reads, 'contains milk'? (Contributed by Candi)
    62. Did you ever buy a $200 toy for the baby so he or she could play with the box it came in? (Contributed by Jim W.)
    63. Why don't ketchup packages have a "use by" date on them? (Contributed by The Vent on AccessAtlanta.com)
    64. Why do "Spitz" sunflower seeds come with a sticker that says "Now without cholesterol!"? Nuts don't contain cholesterol, do they? (Contributed by Julie)
    65. Why do they put designs on toilet paper? (Contributed by Ralphie)
    66. Why on package of pliers does it say that you need pliers to open the package to get the pliers that are inside? Isn't that why you bought the pliers in the first place? (Contributed by Houndz)
    67. Why is it that we can child proof a bottle of aspirin but not a gun? (Contributed by The Vent on AccessAtlanta.com)
    68. Why do manufactures of ladders put stickers on the top step of ladders warning you not to step on that step? Wouldn't it be better if there was no top step to step on? (Contributed by LB)
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