I just have to pass on this list of useful military warnings. I think this approach to things is great–a little dry humor is certainly going to make such reading memorable, eh? Here are a couple of my favorites:
“A slipping gear could let your M203 grenade launcher fire when you least expect it. That would make you quite unpopular in what’s left of your unit.”
– Army’s magazine of preventive maintenance.
Understatement is a great tool of communication–except when you’re dealing with extremely literal-minded people.
“It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed.”
– U.S. Air Force Manual
This is one of those where you just know the dry tone is because the person writing it is thinking, “it’s ridiculous that I even have to SAY this, and yet…”
“When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend.”
– U.S. Army
This one gives me an image of a grenade with a face painted on it.