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Old 01-06-2007, 08:42 PM
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Bride's Joke Breaks Off Austrian Wedding

By Associated Press

document.write(getElapsed("20070105T143541Z"));Fri Jan 5, 9:35 AMUPDATED 1 DAY 4 HOURS 42 MINUTES AGO
VIENNA, Austria - Wedding jokes aren't always funny. When a bride in Austria jokingly answered "no" instead of "yes" when asked if she wanted to marry her husband-to-be, the official performing the civil wedding promptly broke off the ceremony.
Not even the bride's sobs could reverse the decision and the couple had to wait two and a half months before they could give it another _ successful _ try, the Austrian newspaper Oberoesterreichischen Nachrichten reported Friday.
Officials at the registry office in the city of Steyr where the mishap occurred declined to comment directly but noted the incident was highly unusual, according to the newspaper.
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CNN Apologizes for Mistaken Headline

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document.write(getElapsed("20070102T210930Z"));Tue Jan 2, 4:09 PMUPDATED 1 DAY 2 HOURS 25 MINUTES AGO
NEW YORK - CNN apologized Tuesday for mistakenly promoting a story on the search for Osama bin Laden with the headline "Where's Obama?"
A spokesman for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama said the apology was accepted.
The blunder came Monday evening on Wolf Blitzer's news show "The Situation Room." Both Soledad O'Brien and Blitzer offered separate apologies during CNN's morning show Tuesday.
CNN called it a "bad typographical error" by its graphics department.
"We want to apologize for that bad typo," Blitzer said. "We also want to apologize personally to Sen. Barack Obama. I'm going to be making a call to him later this morning to offer my personal apology."
Tommy Vieto, Obama's press secretary, said he appreciated the bloggers and activists who brought the error to light so quickly and helped make sure it was corrected.
"Though I'd note that the `s' and `b' keys aren't all that close to each other, I assume it was just an unfortunate mistake, and don't think there was any truly malicious intent," Vieto said.
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Bride's Joke Breaks Off Austrian Wedding

By Associated Press

document.write(getElapsed("20070105T143541Z"));Fri Jan 5, 9:35 AMUPDATED 1 DAY 4 HOURS 42 MINUTES AGO
VIENNA, Austria - Wedding jokes aren't always funny. When a bride in Austria jokingly answered "no" instead of "yes" when asked if she wanted to marry her husband-to-be, the official performing the civil wedding promptly broke off the ceremony.
Not even the bride's sobs could reverse the decision and the couple had to wait two and a half months before they could give it another _ successful _ try, the Austrian newspaper Oberoesterreichischen Nachrichten reported Friday.
Officials at the registry office in the city of Steyr where the mishap occurred declined to comment directly but noted the incident was highly unusual, according to the newspaper.

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Keep People Out of Wash, Label Warns

By DAVID N. GOODMAN, Associated Press Writer

document.write(getElapsed("20070105T193409Z"));Fri Jan 5, 2:34 PMUPDATED 2 DAYS 2 HOURS 7 MINUTES AGO
DETROIT - Don't clean your kids in the washing machine. Don't dry your cell phone in the microwave. And be sure not to read the phone book while driving. Those are among the winning entries in this year's Wacky Warning Label Contest, run by an anti-lawsuit group.
Backers of the right to sue have a warning of their own _ don't be so quick to poke fun at labels, which help save lives. They say the contest is part of an effort to pass laws that shield businesses from liability for those they hurt.
The Wacky Warning contest winners were chosen from about 150 nominations received by Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch, said the group's president, Robert B. Dorigo Jones. The group picked five finalists, and callers to WOMC-FM's Dick Purtan show chose the winners.
The top vote-getter was a warning tag from a front-load washing machine.
"DO NOT put any person in this washer," it read.
Bob Wilkinson, the owner of a coin-operated laundry in Northville Township, a Detroit suburb, won $500 for the submission.
Wilkinson said he always wondered why the Huebsch Originators triple-load washer carried the warning and was told it was because of a suit over a death of someone inside a running washing machine.
"I've had little children who come in here and get into one of the dryers or the triple loaders," said Wilkinson, 66. "But nobody turns it on."
Americans are too eager to sue when something goes wrong, regardless of who's at fault, he said Friday.
"That company's trying to protect itself against some vicious lawsuit," he said.
A spokeswoman for the manufacturer said the washer warning label is far from wacky.
"A front loader is just at the right height _ speaking now as a mother and not a corporate spokeswoman _ for a 4-year-old," said Patti Andresen-Shew, marketing director for Alliance Laundry Systems LLC in Ripon, Wis.
She said there have been lawsuits filed against companies _ "fortunately not ours" _ after small children got into coin-operated laundry equipment and an older child started the machine.
The Center for Justice and Democracy, a group fighting legislation to limit the right to sue, said warning labels play a vital role in protecting the public.
"Often, it is only through lawsuits brought by injured consumers that manufacturers have been forced to place critical warning labels on dangerous products, saving millions of lives and preventing innumerable injuries," it said in a statement.
Warning labels are important, Dorigo Jones agreed, but he said unwarranted lawsuits lead to labels so bizarre that people ignore them.
"People are more likely to get hurt as lawsuit-driven labels get longer and more absurd," the contest organizer said.
Dorigo Jones wrote the 2007 book "Remove Child Before Folding: The 101 Stupidest Silliest and Wackiest Warning Labels Ever."
Second place went to a warning on a personal watercraft that said, "Never use a lit match or open flame to check fuel level."
There was a tie for third place between a statement on a Super Lotto ticket that said, "Do not iron," and a warning on a cell phone that said, "Don't try to dry your phone in a microwave oven."
Honorable mention went to a telephone directory with the cover statement, "Please do not use this directory while operating a moving vehicle."
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i dont know if i should laugh or cry at the warning labels :/
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Woman in Water Drinking Contest Dies

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Sat Jan 13, 9:47 PMUPDATED 11 HOURS 59 MINUTES AGO


SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A woman who competed in a radio station's contest to see how much water she could drink without going to the bathroom died of water intoxication, the coroner's office said Saturday.

Jennifer Strange, 28, was found dead Friday in her suburban Rancho Cordova home hours after taking part in the "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" contest in which KDND 107.9 promised a Nintendo Wii video game system for the winner.

"She said to one of our supervisors that she was on her way home and her head was hurting her real bad," said Laura Rios, one of Strange's co-workers at Radiological Associates of Sacramento. "She was crying and that was the last that anyone had heard from her."

It was not immediately know how much water Strange consumed.

A preliminary investigation found evidence "consistent with a water intoxication death," said assistant Coroner Ed Smith.

John Geary, vice president and marketing manager for Entercom Sacramento, the station's owner, said station personnel were stunned when they heard of Strange's death.

"We are awaiting information that will help explain how this tragic event occurred," he said.

Initially, contestants were handed eight-ounce bottles of water to drink every 15 minutes.

"They were small little half-pint bottles, so we thought it was going to be easy," said fellow contestant James Ybarra of Woodland. "They told us if you don't feel like you can do this, don't put your health at risk."

Ybarra said he quit after drinking five bottles. "My bladder couldn't handle it anymore," he added.

After he quit, he said, the remaining contestants, including Strange, were given even bigger bottles to drink.

"I was talking to her and she was a nice lady," Ybarra said. "She was telling me about her family and her three kids and how she was doing it for kids."
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"Often, it is only through lawsuits brought by injured consumers that manufacturers have been forced to place critical warning labels on dangerous products, saving millions of lives and preventing innumerable injuries," it said in a statement.
I know there are a lot of dumb people out there, but no way there are millions of people who think microwaving their baby when they run out of towels is a good idea.
If someone is really that dumb, (s)he won't be able to read anyway.
This is about lawsuits, and lawsuits only.

Maybe some of those people are in it for the money, but I shudder to think they believe sacrificing their baby is worth a few coins.
Perhaps those people actually did not like losing their baby, are just that dumb, and want monetary compensation, or want "proof" that it's not their fault, but somebody else's, anybody else's.

The United States should have never encouraged the suing business.
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agreed on that Retodon but then again im in Australia less stupid labels ^_^
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