Monday Fun-Day Giveaway: Thinking Putty & Funny Product Warnings


Congratulations to winning members: michele13, AndyWarhol, and zyla1969!

Why should Monday’s be dreaded? Let’s start the week off with a little fun and a giveaway! Welcome to Monday Fun-Day on FatWallet’s Facebook, Twitter, & Blog!

Funny Product Warnings

Have you ever read the warnings on your kid’s toys? I think they are hilarious. I remember when we bought my baby daughter a jumpy-saucer-toy-seat thing (whatever they’re called), the warnings on the back said that the toy was not to be used to send the child sledding down a hill, as a flotation device and to never pull a child in the saucer behind a boat. What?

So you mean to tell me that some stupid parent tried these things, they didn’t work and they complained to the company about it, causing them to rewrite the warnings on their products? Do companies like this have a panel of lawyers who brainstorm all the idiotic things someone might use that product for in order to cover themselves legally?

I don’t know how the legal stuff works, but I really enjoy reading them anyway.

Stupid Parent Tricks:

This weekend I had my own stupid parent moment. FatWallet gave us some thinking putty in my welcome basket when I started here last summer. The kids stumbled across it again this weekend and everyone was playing with it off and on at the kitchen table while my husband, my dad and I were outside putting up a new swing set.

I should have been supervising them, but I wasn’t thinking that they could do much harm with it, until my mom called outside to me, laughing, “Heather, we need you in here. We have a situation I don’t know how to handle.”

My 4 year old son had put the thinking putty into his hair, thinking it would make a neat texture like it does when you smash it into your palm. His warm little hands had made the thinking putty really soft, and it had melted into his hair, right down to the scalp.

We couldn’t pull it out without pulling his hair and I was at a loss for ideas. We tried icing it, picking at it and nothing worked. And then my mom suggested massage oil. I totally doubted whether it would work, but sure enough it made his short hair slippery enough to slowly work the silly putty out of it.

So while the Thinking Putty label says don’t hit it with a hammer, maybe it should also say don’t put it in your hair! And maybe the “not suitable for children under 3 years” should be raised to 5?

Monday Fun-Day Thinking Putty Giveaway!

Here’s what you have to do to enter:

    1. Sign up or Sign in to FatWallet.

    2. What funny product warnings have you read? Have you or your kids gotten into any funny ‘sticky’ situations like this? Share them in the comments below!

I’ll pick 3 random winners to receive some FatWallet Thinking Putty Schwag!

Eligibility: Eligible entries will be received by 8:30 am central time tomorrow morning, May 1, 2012. Limit one entry per eligible individual.

Three lucky winners will be chosen randomly to receive FatWallet Thinking Putty. Please read the Official Rules of this giveaway.

(Hey NY, FL and RI members, please join in the fun!)

Please remember to check back soon after the end of this promotion. Winning member will be notified by PM (private message) and listed on this blog post upon confirmation.

Happy Monday!

:) Heather

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