autophile writes: Idiot Jeremy Clarkson, host of Britain's popular car show Top Gear, had made an ass of himself by claiming that the fuss over the loss in the post of two unencrypted CDs containing the entire database of child benefit claimants, complete with bank account details, was much ado about nothing. He further assified himself by publishing his own bank account numbers in his Sunday Times column to prove no harm was done. Oops. A day later, someone had already taken £500 from his account and donated it to charity. Now he's saying, "Contrary to what I said at the time, we must go after the idiots who lost the discs and stick cocktail sticks in their eyes until they beg for mercy." Who's the idiot now?
autophile writes: "It's official: M-Law's 10th Annual Wacky Warning Label Contest is over. First prize has gone to a washing machine label urging not to put people in washers. Started to promote awareness of excessive litigation, the contest highlights common sense warning labels, such as the one that warns not to dry cellphones in microwave ovens. Companies find it necessary to stick crazy warnings on their products because of previous insane lawsuits: "A front loader (washing machine) is just at the right height — speaking now as a mother and not a corporate spokeswoman — for a four-year-old," said Patti Andresen Shew of Alliance Laundry Systems. Personally, I think a four-year-old precocious enough to read and understand all the warning labels hidden all over a product probably doesn't need those labels."