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November 9, 2004

Brain Drain

Some of my friends have wondered why I often have so little faith in humanity.

Perhaps this excerpt from a Nikon camera manual will explain for me:

Should you notice smoke or an un usual smell coming from the equipment or from the AC adapter (available separately), unplug the AC adapter and remove the battery immediately, taking care to avoid burns. Continued operation could result in injury.

We live in a society where you have to explicitly spell out "If the camera bursts into flame, discontinue use" or risk lawsuits when some moron claims he didn't know flaming cameras were dangerous to his health.

That shouldn't need to be in a manual, nor should the additional notes about strangling children with the neckstrap, not looking directly at the sun through the viewfinder, and not to disassemble the battery.

Common sense just isn't anymore.

Edit: You've got to be kidding me. I advanced another page in the manual and found this gem, which far outweighs the "do not use burning camera" warning.

When operating the diopter adjustment control with your eye to the viewfinder, care should be taken not to put your finger in your eye accidentally.

Posted by Colin at November 9, 2004 8:41 AM

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Ok, nevermind the idiocy. I suspect you snagged a D70. Am I right?! I demand details!!! :)

Posted by: Trinity at November 9, 2004 9:23 AM

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