Look on any of those technical sites by companies that are not based in English speaking countries. I have seen some great ones by Telemechanique where in the middle of a bizarre English explanation they put the key words into French.
If you have the manuals for your DVD player, VCR, TV, gas grill, etc., they might have some bad writing.
Find any set of " Instructions for Non- Readers" on anything- they're almost always ***-backwards from the ones that are written out. Or the Assembly Instructions form any Power Wheels vehicle for kids. You might make a ton of cash on the Power-Wheels one- the instructions are for non-readers, and no bigger than a letter-size piece of paper. They are ridiculous. Good Luck. And please- if you re-write Power Wheels- can I have copies?
I can help you with a product and, unless the instructions have GREATLY IMPROVED since June 2, 2002, people who read them, despite their being printed in approximately 4 languages, are lost because too many steps aren't included. Before I tell you the product, may I say something and, if you are studying to become a technical writer as opposed to just taking a class toward another type of degree, you can make the world a better place for the general public: I consider myself to be reasonably bright, but if I've never dealt with a particular object technically and the obvious doesn't work as the next step (ie: I tried to use common sense, but the manufacturer didn't provide a solution on the instruction paper either), how am I to know what the solution is? Don't assume that the customer knows the most simple step(s). Write it--they'll "love" you!
The product is a Timex w/ a "Indiglo" feature. I believe my dad got it at Sears or JC Penney.
Good luck on your paper! If this is for a Creative Writing course, I took one several years ago. Aren't they fun?!
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