Sky Map comes with no warranties! If you choose to use it to navigate the high seas and you hit an iceberg, it’s your responsibility. If you tell your kids that the bright thing in the sky is Jupiter and it turns out to be a UFO and you are subsequently kidnapped by aliens – not our responsibility. If your kids subsequently fail their science homework – not our responsibility. If it wipes all the data in your phone, including the photos of the UFO that were going to make you rich – not our responsibility. If it causes your phone to tear a hole in the fabric of space and time, OK – that one is on us. Any other calamities not listed above — not our responsibility. Don’t use it while driving or carrying scissors.
That’s the summary of the end user license agreement for the app “Sky Map”. After the summary, it says “Boring legalese version follow.” I avoided reading that.
I am a fan of funny disclaimers. My favorite disclaimer appears in the radio show Whad’ya Know? Micheal Felman, the host, is seriously funny. They have quizzes on the show. Here’s the disclaimer, read by an audience member, for what to expect of the quiz and who is eligible to play:
- “All questions used on Whad’ya Know? have been painstakingly researched, although the answers have not. Ambiguous, misleading, or poorly worded questions are par for the course. Listeners who are sticklers for the truth should get their own shows.”
- “Persons employed by the International House of Radio or its member stations are lucky to be working at all, let alone tying up the office phones trying to play the quiz. Listeners who have won recently should sit on their hands and let someone else have a chance for a change.”
- “All opinions expressed on Whad’ya Know? are well-reasoned and insightful. Needless to say, they are not those of the International House of Radio, its member stations, or lackeys. Anyone who says otherwise is itching for a fight.”
OK, so what’s on your mind? Ask me anything.