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Title: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Adam Whetham on February 13, 2007, 10:25:00 pm
I recieved a package at work today for a neighboring business of ours and just had to laugh at the label on it.... thus i was wondering what other funny ones you've seen... I'm going to have to take some pictures of the other ones We have around the shop that are funny.


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Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: RYAN LOUDMUSIC JENKINS on February 13, 2007, 11:58:52 pm
I don't have any pictures but I used to work in the exotic animal trade.  I worked sales for one of the largest reptile wholesale company in the country.  Although we could not sell venomous reptiles in California we would often get boxes that were labeled "Caution, Live Venomous Reptiles"
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: John Roberts {JR} on February 14, 2007, 12:23:38 am
RYAN LOUDMUSIC JENKINS wrote on Tue, 13 February 2007 22:58

I don't have any pictures but I used to work in the exotic animal trade.  I worked sales for one of the largest reptile wholesale company in the country.  Although we could not sell venomous reptiles in California we would often get boxes that were labeled "Caution, Live Venomous Reptiles"


Did you ship them on planes?

JR
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Stephen Thorpe on February 14, 2007, 12:33:52 am
I'll bite

http://xark.typepad.com/my_weblog/images/snakes_800x600.jpg
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Noah Waldron on February 14, 2007, 02:34:01 am
I remember seein one on a cereal box that said,"If you are not happy with the contents of this package, please return box un-opened, for a full refund".
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Ken Dowell on February 14, 2007, 07:10:31 am
Don't have a pic but when I sold construction equipment we sold a roof sweeper for roofing contractors and on the warning decals at the operators controls it read:

"Warning roofers consuming alcohol are prohibited to operate this machine."

I guess if you're not a roofer and you've been drinking it's OK! Rolling Eyes  
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Tim Hawn on February 14, 2007, 07:17:31 am
I can't remember any funny warning labels right now.  Perhaps a nice breakfast of silica gel can jar my memory.

-TH
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: RYAN LOUDMUSIC JENKINS on February 14, 2007, 09:03:55 am
John Roberts  {JR} wrote on Tue, 13 February 2007 22:23

RYAN LOUDMUSIC JENKINS wrote on Tue, 13 February 2007 22:58

I don't have any pictures but I used to work in the exotic animal trade.  I worked sales for one of the largest reptile wholesale company in the country.  Although we could not sell venomous reptiles in California we would often get boxes that were labeled "Caution, Live Venomous Reptiles"


Did you ship them on planes?

JR


Yes the aminals were shipped on planes, however we never got to play with the venomous stuff because they are illegal in California.  We only got the pansy "Live Harmless Reptiles!"

We did get some really nice and very dangerous Arachnids though.
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Eric Wong! on February 14, 2007, 10:10:18 am
Stephen Thorpe wrote on Wed, 14 February 2007 00:33

I'll bite

http://xark.typepad.com/my_weblog/images/snakes_800x600.jpg

 

I hated that movie.  Waste of 2 hours of my life, haha.  

Well, in my car (2 seat GM sports car) in the glove box the airbag warning label says "The safest place for children is in the back seat".  Umm, there IS NO back seat.   Very Happy
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: John Roberts {JR} on February 14, 2007, 11:12:46 am
Eric Wong! wrote on Wed, 14 February 2007 09:10


 

I hated that movie.  Waste of 2 hours of my life, haha.  

Well, in my car (2 seat GM sports car) in the glove box the airbag warning label says "The safest place for children is in the back seat".  Umm, there IS NO back seat.   Very Happy

Perhaps that's just their subtle way to say they'd be safer in some other car...

JR
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Rick Byers on February 14, 2007, 11:28:47 am
ever since litigation really took off in the UK we get companies covering their rears in all sorts of hilarious ways.

The best had to be the packet of peanuts, containing the label:

'Warning: may contain nuts'

The world has, offically, gonr mad!  Very Happy
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Mac Kerr on February 14, 2007, 11:36:02 am
Rick Byers wrote on Wed, 14 February 2007 11:28

ever since litigation really took off in the UK we get companies covering their rears in all sorts of hilarious ways.

The best had to be the packet of peanuts, containing the label:

'Warning: may contain nuts'

The world has, offically, gonr mad!  Very Happy
I guess that would be because the peanuts were probably processed on machines that were also used for actual nuts, the peanut being a legume, not a nut.

The warning is still pretty funny.

Mac
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Eric Snodgrass on February 14, 2007, 01:11:13 pm
I'm still amused by the warning and instruction labels on hammers.  
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Doug de Werd on February 14, 2007, 01:33:27 pm
here's some for the scientific geeks...

http://www.netfunny.com/rhf/jokes/91q1/prodwarn.html

Doug

Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Mac Kerr on February 14, 2007, 01:33:45 pm
I few years ago I did the annual John Deere product show Louisville. I was really amused by the safety lables on farm equipment. The yellow signs of dismembered bodies were particularlly compelling. I wish I could find a copy to post.

Mac
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Andy Peters on February 14, 2007, 02:25:50 pm
Eric Wong! wrote on Wed, 14 February 2007 08:10

Well, in my car (2 seat GM sports car) in the glove box the airbag warning label says "The safest place for children is in the back seat".  Umm, there IS NO back seat.   Very Happy


The owner's manual for my Honda 2-seat sports car simply says, "Children under 12 not permitted to ride in this vehicle."

-a
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Eric Wong! on February 14, 2007, 03:19:03 pm
Andy Peters wrote on Wed, 14 February 2007 14:25

Eric Wong! wrote on Wed, 14 February 2007 08:10

Well, in my car (2 seat GM sports car) in the glove box the airbag warning label says "The safest place for children is in the back seat".  Umm, there IS NO back seat.   Very Happy


The owner's manual for my Honda 2-seat sports car simply says, "Children under 12 not permitted to ride in this vehicle."

-a




No wonder GM and the other american auto makers are in trouble... but that is another discussion altogether   Twisted Evil
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Ian Hunt on February 14, 2007, 04:23:14 pm
I have 2, neither are labels, and only one is a warning, and I have no idea whether it's real or made up, however it is funny.

Said to be a sign on a farm fence:

Warning, Aggressive Bull. Trespassers will be gored, Survivors will be prosecuted.

And this is one I have seen.

On a large empty billboard: Do Not Throw Stones at this Sign...

and like many I drove a long way just to throw stones at what was by then a very battered sign.

Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Charlie Jeal on February 14, 2007, 06:58:39 pm
I think the best 3 warning labels I've seen are

1: On a TV dinner "Warning Product may be hot when heated"

2: On the bottom of the packaging for a Tiramisu dessrt from Marks & Spencer in the UK "Do Not Invert" by the time you've read it it's a bit too late !!

3: On a bag of chicken shit manure/fertiliser available from home improvemnets places etc here  "Not for Human Consumption"



Charlie
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Michael Prasuhn on February 14, 2007, 09:50:07 pm
Mac, I grew up around that kind of stuff, and had ag classes in high school. I wish I could describe how funny some of the live safety demonstrations I had to watch were. Sad thing was, that the danger was very very very real, and many brushed off safety for speed and efficiency when working, not unlike some people try to do in another industry we talk about 'round these parts.

Just last fall my parents called to tell me a neighbor was in ICU with a grim outlook after literally re-enacting one of those safety labels you saw. It does happen Sad

-Mikey P
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Jake Scudder on February 14, 2007, 10:53:40 pm
When I moved to Phoenix I bought one of those sun shield things to put in my windshield.  It carried the warning, "Do not drive with shied in place."

Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Brad Ferguson on February 15, 2007, 07:25:33 am
Mac Kerr wrote on Wed, 14 February 2007 13:33

I few years ago I did the annual John Deere product show Louisville. I was really amused by the safety lables on farm equipment. The yellow signs of dismembered bodies were particularlly compelling. I wish I could find a copy to post.

Mac


My family's business is a John Deere dealership -- I have many of these laying around..  Particularily the spare French and Spanish copies they send with certain pieces of equipment.

Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Derek Williams on February 15, 2007, 09:44:34 am
Didn't Cadbury's just recall 1000's of easter eggs because they forgot to put the may contain traces of nuts warning on them?
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Scott Raymond on February 15, 2007, 12:15:23 pm
Mac Kerr wrote on Wed, 14 February 2007 12:33

I few years ago I did the annual John Deere product show Louisville. I was really amused by the safety lables on farm equipment. The yellow signs of dismembered bodies were particularlly compelling. I wish I could find a copy to post.

Mac


Here's one from the manual for ya!  The others could apply to everyone here as well.  The third one goes at monitor beach!  Laughing
What Mikey P says is so true.  I've known a couple older guys who lost an arm in harvest accidents.  One area now that's not just related to farm is ATV's and kids.  People aren't paying attention to the warning signs and letting kids run around on 500# plus machines.  The kid always loses when it rolls on top of him.
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Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Noah Waldron on February 15, 2007, 03:37:45 pm
Doug de Werd wrote on Wed, 14 February 2007 11:33

here's some for the scientific geeks...

http://www.netfunny.com/rhf/jokes/91q1/prodwarn.html

Doug




These are some of the best I have ever seen! I'm gonna place some on my cases to see if the crew is paying any attention. haha
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Tom Manchester on February 15, 2007, 08:39:53 pm
Not a warning but still kind of funny:

In one of my audio classes we were discussing hearing safety and protection. So the next class I brought in free cheapie sets of foam earplugs to give out to everyone. One of the other students happened to be reading the bottom of it and it said

Quote:


E-A-R, the color yellow, and the pillow pak package are trademarks liscensed to Aearo company


So if you are doing lighting be sure to use red, green or blue gels or you might be sued for copyright infringement!  Laughing
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Clarke LaPlante on February 16, 2007, 01:16:25 pm
Found this backstage at the arena in Sheffield this afternoon:

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Laughing  Twisted Evil

-Clarke
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Dave Slater on February 17, 2007, 10:38:09 am
Rick Byers wrote on Wed, 14 February 2007 16:28

ever since litigation really took off in the UK we get companies covering their rears in all sorts of hilarious ways.

The best had to be the packet of peanuts, containing the label:

'Warning: may contain nuts'

The world has, offically, gonr mad!  Very Happy


beat me to it...


Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Adam Whetham on February 17, 2007, 11:55:07 am
Here's another one of my favorites...

This was on one of those thing foam things that go around an LCD monitor that we bought.

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Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Andy Peters on February 17, 2007, 02:22:43 pm
Tom Manchester wrote on Thu, 15 February 2007 18:39

Not a warning but still kind of funny:

In one of my audio classes we were discussing hearing safety and protection. So the next class I brought in free cheapie sets of foam earplugs to give out to everyone. One of the other students happened to be reading the bottom of it and it said

Quote:


E-A-R, the color yellow, and the pillow pak package are trademarks liscensed to Aearo company


So if you are doing lighting be sure to use red, green or blue gels or you might be sued for copyright infringement!  Laughing


Don't use cyan, magenta, yellow or black ... I think Pantone owns those.

(note the lack of a smiley)

a
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Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Rob Burgess on February 18, 2007, 03:15:51 pm
Andy Peters wrote on Sat, 17 February 2007 14:22

Don't use cyan, magenta, yellow or black ... I think Pantone owns those.

(note the lack of a smiley)

a
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And UPS owns brown.

--
Rob
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Rob Burgess on February 18, 2007, 03:23:27 pm
I first saw this stuck to a ladder, I'm guessing it was a transplant but you never know these days Smile

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--
Rob
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Mike Butler (media) on February 19, 2007, 08:55:25 pm
John Roberts  {JR} wrote on Wed, 14 February 2007 11:12

Eric Wong! wrote on Wed, 14 February 2007 09:10


 

I hated that movie.  Waste of 2 hours of my life, haha.  

Well, in my car (2 seat GM sports car) in the glove box the airbag warning label says "The safest place for children is in the back seat".  Umm, there IS NO back seat.   Very Happy

Perhaps that's just their subtle way to say they'd be safer in some other car...

JR

Heh heh! But that doesn't stop them from installing baby seat anchors in the Vette passenger seat. Smile
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Robert Fielder on February 20, 2007, 12:23:02 pm
Mac Kerr wrote on Wed, 14 February 2007 11:36

I guess that would be because the peanuts were probably processed on machines that were also used for actual nuts, the peanut being a legume, not a nut.

OK - dumb question time.

If peanuts are a legume, not a nut, then....

If you are allergic to peanuts, are you allergic to nuts?

If you are allergic to nuts, are you allergic to peanuts?

If peanuts are a legume, and you are allergic to them, can you eat other legumes?

If they are two different things, how can one allergy effect you this way?
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Michael 'Bink' Knowles on February 20, 2007, 01:32:55 pm
Quote:

...If you are allergic to peanuts, are you allergic to nuts?

If you are allergic to nuts, are you allergic to peanuts?

If peanuts are a legume, and you are allergic to them, can you eat other legumes?

If they are two different things, how can one allergy effect you this way?



No, no, usually yes and I don't know.

Everybody's different but most peanut allergy folks can eat peas and soy beans etc. Have your doctor do a broad test to make sure.

-Bink
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Mike Babcock on February 22, 2007, 10:11:38 am
A little dark, but no stagediving or body surfing

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Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: E. Lee Dickinson on February 22, 2007, 11:49:02 pm
My favorite warning EVER is the picture of a drowning baby that appears on 5 gallon buckets of Mayonnaise.

Some more:
http://www.leedickinson.com/warns/dance_lift.bmp
Do not rehearse production numbers in the lift.

http://www.leedickinson.com/warns/smack_dustpan.bmp
Do not smack anyone with the dustpan. Unless they deserve it.

http://www.leedickinson.com/warns/party_lift.bmp
Do not dance, cavort, drink, be merry, or throw a party in the lift.

http://www.leedickinson.com/warns/wind_lift.bmp
Do not operate the lift in the vicinity of an angry cloud.
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: John Roberts {JR} on February 23, 2007, 12:24:15 am
WARNING- Do not wave while standing, because standing waves can alter bass response.

JR
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Ales Dravinec 'Alex' on February 23, 2007, 01:35:28 am
John Roberts  {JR} wrote on Fri, 23 February 2007 05:24

WARNING- Do not wave while standing, because standing waves can alter bass response.

JR


Laughing  Laughing
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: ThomasDameron on February 23, 2007, 12:06:45 pm
Here's a real life application of the axle one already shown.  The funny thing to me is the care taken to warn against the drive axle when you look at the "contraption" as a whole.index.php/fa/8091/0/
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: ThomasDameron on February 23, 2007, 12:08:01 pm
And the big picture:

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Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Scott Raymond on February 23, 2007, 12:39:19 pm
Yes, nice floating guard on the PTO but no guards on the u-joints and open shafts, flat belts and the tire, let alone the saw.  Lots of things to catch loose clothing or hair.  Of course it's safe if everyone has the sense to stay well away from the moving parts when in operation.  OSHA would have a hay-day however!

Is this a small commericial or personal mill or a working museum?  Slick job of adapting to the old flat belt main drive!

P.S.  I know a guy here that has numerous vintage engines that could power that mill.
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Eric Snodgrass on February 23, 2007, 12:50:42 pm
Scott Raymond (Scott R) wrote on Fri, 23 February 2007 09:39

Yes, nice floating guard on the PTO but no guards on the u-joints and open shafts, flat belts and the tire, let alone the saw.  Lots of things to catch loose clothing or hair.  Of course it's safe if everyone has the sense to stay well away from the moving parts when in operation.  OSHA would have a hay-day however!

Is this a small commericial or personal mill or a working museum?  Slick job of adapting to the old flat belt main drive!

P.S.  I know a guy here that has numerous vintage engines that could power that mill.
pssst... Scott, your farmer is showing.
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Scott Raymond on February 24, 2007, 08:16:01 am

Oops, Wrong hat.  Actually, there can be a lot of noise involved in both of them.  Evil or Very Mad   And I have tried micing a musical saw, just not one that big.  Shocked  Right now working on taxes for both I really wish the "Paperwork Reduction Act" actually meant something.   Rolling Eyes
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Mike Butler (media) on February 24, 2007, 04:14:32 pm
Scott Raymond (Scott R) wrote on Fri, 23 February 2007 12:39

Yes, nice floating guard on the PTO but no guards on the u-joints and open shafts, flat belts and the tire, let alone the saw.  Lots of things to catch loose clothing or hair.  Of course it's safe if everyone has the sense to stay well away from the moving parts when in operation.  OSHA would have a hay-day however! ....

Is Connecticut far enough away?  Very Happy

We sometimes run across "guard-free" configs like this in the countryside of New England. My first instinct is to RUN LIKE HELL! Shocked
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: ThomasDameron on February 24, 2007, 09:07:05 pm
Scott,

I don't know much about it really.  It's a museum piece, but just sitting around at an Rv campground where I did a festival.  There were a couple of other pieces that I don't remember well.  They seemed to be out of operation completely, but the fresh sawdust on this one made it seem like still got some use.  All I know is the term "fearfully respectful" comes to mind.

thomas d.
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Tom Danley on February 24, 2007, 10:32:28 pm
Oh yeah “"fearfully respectful", that’s good,  that old time stuff was before osha haha.
Safe as long as you never take your mind or eyes off what your doing.

Those flat belts had a nasty habit in that the cleats that held the sections together would often fail an leave something like the end of a big staple, shaped like a hook, whizzing along the belts travel. These could snag your shirt or you if you weren’t careful..
I’ve got  a big old engine that powered flat belts once and is full of safety features too, kind of like a big open knife switch. (below)

It’s a dainty 6600 Lbs for the engine, 48 inch dia 7 inch wide flywheels, an 8 by 12 bore and stroke and a whopping 15 HP at 350 RPM.
Having been made in 1919, Its slightly hard to start by “modern terms” but you can do it (just like moving it around I suppose).
It starts by filling the injection pump reservoir with kerosene to make starting easier than on diesel and filling the blow torch..  
Once filled, one starts a fire in the kerosene blow torch which heats up the torch body and you pump up the air supply.
This only takes a few min or so.    Once the torch is blasting, you heat the ignition “glow plug” in the cylinder head with the up firing  torch for 45 min or so.
This is a good time to feed mosquitoes while you anxiously monitor the roaring flame and keep the torch pumped up with air.
When you can see part of the head is red hot, it is time to go.
You climb up on top of the engine and give the oiler 50 fast turns of the crank to send oil everywhere and then lower the torch setting.
Having a dry crankcase, most of the used oil eventually drips out into a “drool bucket” below with the blackest filthy oil you can imagine.
You, open the compression release and rotate the flywheels back 2/3 from top dead center. You close the compression release, grab the injection pump handle and give it a squirt, then and this is the fun part, you step up on a wheel spoke, grab a flywheel spoke high up and hang off of it to get it going as fast as you can.  When it comes up on compression, if everything is right, it stops with sort of a clunk and then reverses direction and then goes CHUUF out the 5 inch pipe with a modest cloud of grey smoke.  If your lucky, it fires again next time around and picks up speed and your home free.
Oh, yeah, you have to let go of the flywheel and do not intersect it or other bitd while rotating.
I like to set it to run about 90 Rpm, it has a nice thump thump thump along with a bunch of mechanical noises. To hear a bunch of old engines running is sort of like music.
Best,

Tom Danley

Somewhere on 35mm slides I have some warning signs from White Sands that were humorous.
One picture I took was a Black Brandt rocket booster on a 4 wheel trailer, halfway pointed out a big set of open doors towards the desert, with a sign that said “No Smoking”. The perfect Bart Simpson moment.
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Scott Raymond on February 26, 2007, 01:41:31 pm
Mike Butler (media) wrote on Sat, 24 February 2007 15:14

Is Connecticut far enough away?  Smile


Oh definitely....Even if the saw blade breaks loose and rolls down road (as in the cartoons) I don't think it'll make it to you.  Laughing

Quote:


We sometimes run across "guard-free" configs like this in the countryside of New England. My first instinct is to RUN LIKE HELL! Shocked


Yup!  I'm not shrugging off safety, just a bit of frustration at some of the extremes companies have to go to in protecting us from ourselves because of lawsuits.  A lot of accidents are people taking shortcuts or getting in a hurry and not shutting off a machine first (or putting hot coffee between their legs  Rolling Eyes) .  I WOULD be "a bit" apprehensive  or fearfully respectful Shocked as Thomas says about working around a blade that size.  That sucker would have the ability to chuck a piece of wood quite a ways as well as relieve you of your body parts. Oh BTW, when you RUN don't trip or step in a hole.  Twisted Evil
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Scott Raymond on February 26, 2007, 02:08:21 pm
Tom,

Nice pic.  Is Clare the engine or the child?  Twisted Evil  It is amazing how far technology has come in engines.  My neighbor here has a big Rumley Oil Pull as well as dozens and dozens of engines and old tractors.  I think what you call an AVID collector.  Smile
Title: Re: Your favorite warning labels
Post by: Philip Roberts on February 26, 2007, 03:07:53 pm
Scott Raymond (Scott R) wrote on Mon, 26 February 2007 13:41

Quote:


We sometimes run across "guard-free" configs like this in the countryside of New England. My first instinct is to RUN LIKE HELL! Shocked


Yup!  I'm not shrugging off safety, just a bit of frustration at some of the extremes companies have to go to in protecting us from ourselves because of lawsuits.  A lot of accidents are people taking shortcuts or getting in a hurry and not shutting off a machine first (or putting hot coffee between their legs  Rolling Eyes) .  


Yes running guard free is very dangerous (in fact my grandfather lost use of one had by moving a running saw in the 1930's, not that having a hook hindering him much).

I will say however that the often cited hot coffee incident is often misunderstood. The facts of the case are that McDonald's kept their coffee much hotter than other restaurants (40-55 degrees hotter). Hot enough to cause third degree burns in seconds. If you don't know to expect coffee that hot . . . (see http://www.lectlaw.com/files/cur78.htm for more info)