Thursday, 2 February 2006


I'm not sure of the total veracity of the stories about bags or cans of peanuts bearing the warning "May contain nuts".

There is, though, a good reason for this. Peanuts are not, technically, nuts.
Although a nut in the culinary sense, in the botanical sense the fruit of the peanut is a woody, indehiscent legume or pod and not technically a nut.

That is, they are more pea than nut.

Speaking of warning labels, Googling for peanuts "may contain nuts" did bring up a rather cute article in The Times on seemingly daft warnings you can find on products. It had the following list of favourites:

Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly
Child’s Superman outfit

Do not turn upside down
On bottom of a tiramisu

Warning: Not intended for use as a dental drill
Household DIY drill

Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands
Swedish chainsaw

This product moves when used

Child’s scooter

Use this door only when entering/exiting
An office door in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

(inspired by Robot Wisdom)


Steve said...

No word of a of my patient's bollocked a local butcher for advertising "Half cooked chickens".

Paul said...

And so he should. I mean it's just confusing. Is the butcher selling half a cooked chicken or a chicken that's not fully cooked?