Off topic: Any websites with funny translation stories?
Thread poster: Jan Sundström

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Jan 13, 2014


I'm looking for examples when translation has gone wrong, with a funny twist to it.
Something like, but I'd love to read more about the history how the error came about, not just a photo with a sign.

I found a few web pages, but the stories are too short and vague. Some of them might be urban myths, because there isn't enough detail to verify the time and place:

On the contrary, here's a news article about something that actually happened, with real persons quoted and interviewed:

If you can find any site that have more of these real translation stories, I'd love to read them!


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