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March 20, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Smoothie menu


With all the warning signs, I decided not to order.

Also, it's broken for people to use genuine warning symbols (like the radioactivity icon) as jokes. That "crying wolf" makes them less effective in the real world, outside the smoothie shop.


what kind of a clientele are they expecting?

Posted by: gmangw at March 20, 2006 12:32 AM

Ok, this has nothing to do with this item, but...


Go to this website! It's hilarious!

Posted by: This isn't a fake name at March 20, 2006 01:16 AM

Those must be some X-TREME shakes!!!!!!

Honestly, although I think it's stupid, I get what they're trying to do with the warning symbols. But even then, why would you ever want to use the word "contamination" in any form when relating to food product?

Posted by: Chris B at March 20, 2006 02:32 AM

If you think a radiation warning symbol on a smoothie menu is legitimate, then the menu ain't the only thing broken...:-)

Posted by: furd burfel at March 20, 2006 02:49 AM

Thanks goodness I don't drink smoothiez!

Posted by: Splatman at March 20, 2006 03:28 AM

That is definitely true about the non-serious over use of universal hazard warnings like the radiation indicator. If you see it enough on shop fronts and whatnot, you begin to filter it out like you do the rest of the ad fluff - and that makes it dangerous if you continue to filter it out while you are walking through, say, a hospital.

Posted by: Maurs at March 20, 2006 03:30 AM

Hmm, I dunno. I think people are generally smart enough to figure out when it is being used legitamitly.

Posted by: Eliot at March 20, 2006 10:25 AM

Legitimate use of the symbols or not, that menu is just stupid. It looks cluttered and clumsy to navigate. The little warnings aren't cute, and I agree that using the word "contamination" in any context when ordering food is bad.

Posted by: glycolized at March 20, 2006 11:14 AM

On second look, I guess I'd know what to tell the counter-person to order one of thse drinks. My local coffee shop's sign is more difficult (but no warning symbols).

Posted by: glycolized at March 20, 2006 11:17 AM

Good lord, they even have a biohazard sign there. What the hell were they thinking?

Posted by: E.T. at March 20, 2006 11:25 AM

After watching shows like "Jackass", I understand these warnings much more.

Posted by: JAC at March 20, 2006 12:35 PM

One problem with using those warning signs out of context isn't day-to-day, it's when your shop is burning down and the firefighters won't go in until their hazmat team arrives.

Posted by: rich at March 20, 2006 01:16 PM

gotta have the biohazard sign. for that favorite "raw pork aplenty" smoothie, or the "salmonella strawberry slush".

and if you're going to give your food categories unappetizing labels like "liquid" and "solid," shouldn't you label the third one "gas" or "plasma" - just for consistency?

Posted by: denaliwoman at March 20, 2006 01:30 PM

Our EH&S (Environment, Health, and Safety) folks would have kittens on the spot.

Misuse of hazard warning labels, even as a joke, will get you in serious trouble.

Posted by: Steve at March 20, 2006 01:39 PM

Could be one of those radon water coolers from the 1900's...

Posted by: was I suppose to put my name here? at March 20, 2006 04:51 PM

has anyone noticed that they have a worm coming out of an apple as a logo? these people need marketing help pronto

Posted by: falcon at March 20, 2006 07:39 PM

_@_v - yeee! 22 megatons of fun for your nuclear family! glowing reviews all 'round!

Posted by: she-snailie_@_v at March 20, 2006 08:07 PM

One nuclear bomb can ruin your whole smoothie.

Posted by: Fuzzy at March 20, 2006 10:01 PM

I really hate it when people go all clipart happy. it's really hard to take a buisness seriously when my neighbor used the same picture on a garage sale flyer.

Posted by: BannanaSam at March 20, 2006 11:17 PM

broken broken broken!!!

When this place gets a health inspection, or if the labor board ever came to inspect they should under the law be fined HEAVLY. Your health and safety people are anal about the misuse of these signs because 1) its dangerous, 2) they can be fined for inproper signage.

Posted by: Mike Robinson at March 21, 2006 01:01 AM

"the firefighters won't go in until their hazmat team arrives"

Very good point.

Posted by: J. Scott at March 21, 2006 10:47 AM

When I clicked on the picture, my very first impression was that "Liquids" and "Solids" referred to bodily waste. From there, I somehow mentally associated "Smoothie" and "Additives" with laxatives. (I know, I'm probably more twisted than the sign designer!)

And the bio-hazard and contamination symbols didn't exactly help clear things up, either. Only upon closer examination do you realize it's a menu. But by then, you're no longer hungry.

I'd say the sign's broken, but what do I know. Maybe it works (and is funnier) if you're actually in the shop. Or maybe not.

Posted by: Gotta Go at March 21, 2006 11:23 PM

It could be worse, they could be using signs like the one that shows you why you should not stick your fingers under a lawnmower.

Posted by: Timm at March 23, 2006 04:59 AM

Liquids, solids, and additives. Along with biohazard signs, a "contaminated area" warning, and various other cautions.

What exactly are they trying to sell here?

Posted by: James at March 25, 2006 12:32 AM

"But mommy, I don't wanna join"

"Shut up, kid, and drink your smoothie!"

Posted by: LagunaLoire-Leonhart at March 28, 2006 01:56 AM

The feds are paying them millions to put their toxic waste into their smoothies so they can say they found a safe way to dispose of the hazardous material that is a byproduct of their nuclear fission plants.

Posted by: joe at April 13, 2006 08:07 PM

Joe: The feds are paying them millions to put their toxic waste into their smoothies so they can say they found a safe way to dispose of the hazardous material that is a byproduct of their nuclear fission plants.


It's been done before with city water companies. (Flouride)

Posted by: Scott at May 14, 2006 05:37 PM

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