Who Says China Is Not Ready For Olympic Tourists?

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Who Says China Is Not Ready For Olympic Tourists?

Postby Daniel Rogov » Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:39 pm

It is said that puns are the lowest form of humor. Perhaps true, but I could not resist posting these photographs here, those sent by one of my faithful correspondents. What the heck, some are food related....

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Re: Who Says China Is Not Ready For Olympic Tourists?

Postby Paul Winalski » Fri Aug 01, 2008 6:15 pm

I bought a condiment once that was imported from China. According to the label it was produced by the "China National Native Produce and Animal By-product Import and Export Corporation" (catchy name, that). One of the ingredients listed on the label was "monosodium grutamate".

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Re: Who Says China Is Not Ready For Olympic Tourists?

Postby alex metags » Sat Aug 02, 2008 2:21 am

Funny stuff, but FYI not all from China. The "Robster" sign has Korean hangul, while "Rocking Elmo" has Japanese written on the box. "Make Yourself Fucking Lovely" is from Seoul as far as I know.
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Re: Who Says China Is Not Ready For Olympic Tourists?

Postby EY Han » Sat Aug 02, 2008 8:10 pm

alex metags wrote:Funny stuff, but FYI not all from China. The "Robster" sign has Korean hangul, while "Rocking Elmo" has Japanese written on the box. "Make Yourself Fucking Lovely" is from Seoul as far as I know.


Alex, you not only beat me to the punch on the "Robster" sign, but also brought up another interesting point about the clothing store being in Seoul. Yeah, so the "Thanksgiving Day" lobsters sale is the fourth pict, right? I figure it has to be a Korean American sign, because it says "$ 6.99" and then "LB"

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Re: Who Says China Is Not Ready For Olympic Tourists?

Postby alex metags » Sat Aug 02, 2008 10:04 pm

Good observations, E.Y. If you trace the picture back to its original posting on engrish.com, the "Thanksgiving Day Robster" sign is indeed attributed to a Korean supermarket in the U.S. See http://tinyurl.com/36c95z

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Re: Who Says China Is Not Ready For Olympic Tourists?

Postby Shlomo R » Fri Aug 08, 2008 2:27 am

I have a brother in law who went to China and during his stay happened to tour a food processing plant. While there he noticed a sign with instructions at a hand-washing station, and felt compelled to photograph it in order to prove that the internet rumors are true - these mistranslations do occur. The final English phrase in the hand-washing instructions was "Fuck the hand," shown directly beneath an illustration depicting drying hands under a hot air blower.
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