by Amy Atkins
We have all become accustomed to finding what looks like a little salt packet rattling around in the packages and boxes that electronics, shoes, vitamins and food come in. Of course, we all know it is not salt, it is silica gel, a desiccant that absorbs moisture. The "DO NOT EAT" warning written on many of the packets is stern but must be necessary: Some numbskull probably opened the silica gel on and sprinkled it on his popcorn, thinking, "Man, that sure was nice of Nike to send me a free gift after I spent $100 on these new kicks."
But Altec Lansing takes product protection to a new level.
I don't even remember if there was a packet of gel in the box that my new iPhone speaker system came in. All I remember is the little piece of paper that fluttered to the floor (pictured below), with a warning that was both overly harsh and subtly hilarious. It's not like I was in mortal danger if I didn't charge the battery first, but the intensity of this guy's stare and his giant hand startled me enough that I left it plugged in for a couple of days before I dared hit "play" ... just in case.