The Nintendo 3DS arrived in Japan Saturday, bringing with it a couple dozen hee-larious safety warnings, in the kind of universal visual esperanto-for-illiterates that you see on airplane safety cards. If this isn't the most exploitable batch of drawings we've ever offered, we should just stop having 'Shop Contests.

Browse that gallery for one you like or, if it's easier, just download this zipped file of all 20 and go to town. Instructions? This is self explanatory. And I wasn't joking when I said I expected this to set a record for entries.

Source File: Hilarious Nintendo 3DS Warnings [1.1 MB, .zip]

Now, in yesterday's mea culpa, a lot of you raised the valid point that the changes to how images are uploaded in comments, under the new redesign, may be discouraging to participation. I want to make this as easy as possible for everyone.

This is your no-frills step-by-step procedure to participate.

1. Create your 'Shop.
2. Upload it to a free image hosting service. I suggest imgur. It's stupid simple. No account is necessary.
3. This is very important: You must use the URL of the image itself. In imgur, this is the second URL it gives you after you upload the image. It's under "Direct Link (email & IM)"
4. At the beginning of the comments roll, click "Start a New Thread"
5. To the right of your name, select "Image."
6. Paste the imgur URL in the image URL field. It's the field that says "Image URL."
7. You can add editorial commentary if you want, but you can hit submit and your 'Shop entry will be uploaded to the comments.

Now that we've gotten that addressed, you know the rules: The 20 best will get rounded up and published at the end of next Saturday. Meantime, I and the rest of the starred commentariat will approve and promote as many as we can so folks can see them and pass judgment.


As an added inducement, I want to let you know I do star commenters who send in worthy/funny submissions - whether or not they're chosen for the final 20. This may not happen immediately. I usually start rounding up a gallery by the middle of the week. This is my subjective call, but I do want to recognize as many contributors as possible, and show gratitude for making this such a popular feature on weekends.

Thanks. Now get to it!