The company behind cold remedy Airborne has just been officially slapped on the wrist by the Federal Trade Commission. Mentioned in Mental Floss’s list of shameless false-advertising schemes, the ads and packaging dubiously claimed that Airborne could somehow prevent you from catching a cold. Now, the FTC is ordering the company to pay consumers back for as many as six purchases each, at an estimated total cost of $30 million. If you bought Airborne between 2001 and 2008, you have until Sept. 15 to apply for a refund. This ruling comes after a class-action suit on the same subject was settled earlier this year for $23.5 million. In addition, the lying liars have to change all their packaging and marketing language. Let’s look on the bright side: Changing the packaging is a great excuse to get rid of one tragic line in particular. "Created by a school teacher!" doesn’t really scream "medically legitimate."
—Posted by Rebecca Cullers