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Tom in London
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Aug 20, 2016

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I recently bought a hot water bottle. Here are the instructions.

Hilarious hot water bottle instructions


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Agneta Pallinder  Identity Verified
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Sweet concern for baby Aug 20, 2016

I thought the "let the heat water bag a little far from baby" was the best bit.

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oxygen4u
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I knew it! Aug 20, 2016

So... Water does have a temper! I've always suspected that.

My favorite was the "sour, alkali, oil and sunlight shoot". What??


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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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This really was... Aug 20, 2016

... a mistranslation phenomenon.

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Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
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A little master piece. Aug 20, 2016

Did they get even one single word right?

How did this one get approved and find its way to the buyers?

My favorite one is #8.


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Randy Wong
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Hilarious Chinglish Aug 21, 2016

Well... that happens a lot in China, manufactures don't really care about their English version product instructions, or, they have no idea about how capable the translator they've hired.

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Glyn Lloyd-Jones  Identity Verified
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CE Mark Aug 21, 2016

Just out of curiosity, did it sport the mandatory (at least until Brexit takes effect) European CE mark, or the bordering-on-fraudulent China Export CE mark?

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Tom in London
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May I point out.. Aug 21, 2016

Glyn Lloyd-Jones wrote:

Just out of curiosity, did it sport the mandatory (at least until Brexit takes effect) European CE mark, or the bordering-on-fraudulent China Export CE mark?


May I point out that only the UK is leaving. The CE mark will continue to apply. British-made products will not have the CE mark because they will not be compliant with EU standards. Enjoy your Brexit and, as the hot water bottle says....common live to get warm!

[Edited at 2016-08-21 08:36 GMT]


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Robert Rietvelt  Identity Verified
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Same experience Aug 21, 2016

In a previous century I bought a video recorder. Never got the damn thing working properly because I didn't understand the manual, but the electronic clock worked great, I always had the right time.

[Edited at 2016-08-22 07:57 GMT]


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Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
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Nice weather outside. Aug 22, 2016

Better to just go out and enjoy the sunlight shoot!

No need for heat water bag until the winter shoot.

Actually one time I received a text like this from a Chinese agency to translate from as a test (in their first inquiry, they just attached the test!). They promised me a project if I passed the test (probably at something like 0.03). Then I asked them who wrote their source texts and received just silence.


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Tom in London
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on. Aug 22, 2016

I once bought a Japanese audio amplifier, and the first page of the instruction leaflet said "Turn on/off switch to on".

I found that very helpful.


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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Yeah Aug 22, 2016

Tom in London wrote:
I once bought a Japanese audio amplifier, and the first page of the instruction leaflet said "Turn on/off switch to on".
I found that very helpful.

Indeed it is so nice when manuals have the basics covered!


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Texte Style
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Time being of the essence Aug 22, 2016

Robert Rietvelt wrote:

In a previous century I bought a video recorder. Never got the damn thing working properly because I didn't understand the manual, but the electronic clock worked great, I always had the right time.

[Edited at 2016-08-22 07:57 GMT]


So Tom, does your heat water bag have an in-built clock as well as the temper?


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Tom in London
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NO but Aug 22, 2016

Texte Style wrote:

Robert Rietvelt wrote:

In a previous century I bought a video recorder. Never got the damn thing working properly because I didn't understand the manual, but the electronic clock worked great, I always had the right time.

[Edited at 2016-08-22 07:57 GMT]


So Tom, does your heat water bag have an in-built clock as well as the temper?


No but I am having trouble with the leak water phenomenon.


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Helena Chavarria  Identity Verified
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Thank you for posting this! Aug 22, 2016

It's nice to have a good laugh once in a while

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