The Claymore, a "directional" fragmentation mine (meaning that the explosion and shrapnel mostly go in one direction) first fielded by US forces in Vietnam, bears a famous label on its case:
The warning is famous in infantry circles (of which I've never been a member) and in technical writing and training circles (of which I've been a member my entire adult life) for its pithiness and, to put it mildly, the importance of following its stated directions. (The mine is basically a plastic box holding over a pound of high explosive and a hell of a lot of ball-bearings. You definitely want the nasty side pointed away from you.)
I've often thought that some of the better bloggers deserve a similar label -- "Front toward idiocy," perhaps.
Why, just last night, I pointed Chapomatic at this op-ed piece in the New York Times.
And look what he came up with this afternoon.
I wonder where I can get him a T-shirt?