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User currently offlineADG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 3 months 7 hours ago) and read 860 times:

Yes, there is a town called Yass, it's 45 minutes from Canberra. Yes there is a MacDonalds in Yass and yes, MacDonalds should read their signs before putting them up....





VH-ADG

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User currently offlinePacific From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2000, 1050 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 7 hours ago) and read 810 times:

"Nothing sucks like electrolux"-Vacuum cleaner ad. Got more so I'll dig them up later. After being used successfully in Europe, it got pulled off the US after 3 days!

Pacific


User currently offlineGoodbye From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 912 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 7 hours ago) and read 809 times:

My Donkey/Mule Hybrid - open 6am

User currently offlineIhadapheo From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 6027 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 7 hours ago) and read 800 times:

ADG, SUPER POST, Please take the sign down and FedEx it to me, it would look perfect on my front lawn. Or on second thought I could give it to one of the Gastro-Intestinal docs for HIS front lawn


Pray hard but pray with care For the tears that you are crying now Are just your answered prayers
User currently offlinePendrilsaint From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 776 times:

I remember a year or two back an advertisement at LAX in Spanish read "Feliz Ano" If any of you dont know what this means in Spanish...its "Happy Anus" ...Always remember your tildes (sp?) in Spanish=)

User currently offlineLindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3103 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 769 times:
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Anybody recall why the Chevy Nova wasn't successful in Latin America?

User currently offlineKing penguin From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 768 times:

yeah, not the best choice of name for a car...

i used to know a number of these, the only one that comes to mind is that pepsi slogan, which when translated ended up meaning something like 'pepsi brings your ancestors back from the grave' -- i think this was in china.

cheers,

kp


User currently offlineDragogoalie From Australia, joined Oct 2001, 1220 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 758 times:

*Shakes head*...I woulda loved to be the first one to see that, though I would have probably had a car acciden't I would have been laughin so hard.

--dragogoalie-#88--



Formerly known as Jap. Srsly. AUSTRALIA: 2 days!
User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 747 times:

Nova was a flop because 'No va' is Spanish for "It doesn't go." (something like that)

ADG, that's hilarious!



"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlinePacific From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2000, 1050 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 715 times:

Why didn't the Ford Pinto sell in Brazil? Pinto is a Brazilian slang for "Tiny Male Genitals!"

I've got the Pepsi one as well.
"Live with the Pepsi Generation" got translated into "Pepsi will bring your Ancestors back from the dead" in Taiwan.

Also, KFC's "Finger lickin' good" got translated in chinese into "Eat your fingers off"

Hunt-Wessen introduced its Big john products in Quebec as Gros Jos before learning that it means "big breasts" in French.

Rolls Royce thought of calling its next model Silver Mist until they found out that "mist" meant "dung" in German.

Pacific


User currently offlinePacific From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2000, 1050 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 715 times:

"For those who cannot read, this leaflet will tell you how to get reading lessons"

Pacific


User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 375 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 707 times:

ADG-I feel McDonalds did that ad deliberately, perhaps the Australians should protest and have it replaced Smile


.....up there with the best!
User currently offlineWing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1554 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 700 times:

French car manufactuarar Citröen bruoght up a new model called "Saxo"to Turkish market and could't make too much profit,because when it translated it meant "oral sex" in vulgar in Turkey.


Widen your world
User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 692 times:

In Aberdeen, Washington, there is a seafood store that has its slogan proudly displayed on its window

"We have crabs"

Greg



Chief A.net college football stadium self-pic guru
User currently offlineTwa902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 688 times:

i saw this written on a train car in the Cape Canaveral Space Station in Florida... "Do not hump"

twa902



life wasn't worth the balance, or the crumpled paper it was written on
User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 682 times:

I have seen a hairdressing salon in the South of England called 'Blow Jobs'


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineMegaptera From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 658 times:

Sorry to disappoint you TWA902fly but "hump" in railway terminology means to push an unpowered vehicle up and over a hump in the track and allow it to free-wheel into a siding. Now if it had said "Do not shag"....

User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 656 times:

Disgressing a bit, my favorite story of translation screw-ups was a southern politician in Russia (I think it was Russia?). Anyway, he said "I'm tickled to death to be here." The translator said to the crowd in Russian, "I so happy to be here, I want you to scratch me until I die."

DOH!!!!!!!



"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlineDg_pilot From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 856 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 653 times:

Here are some names of hair salons I've seen. They are not screw-ups, but still are interesting.

The Hair Force
Headhunters
The Mane Thing
Hair It Is!

I saw an eatery that was featured on Leno one night that had the name of: "Sam A. Nella's". I think that's how it was spelled anyway.



User currently offlineKcle From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 686 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 649 times:

My two most recent ones:

Hooters - Kids Eat Free After 4 PM!

Boston Mills Ski Resort - We Have Snow!


User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 648 times:

Joe's Crab Shack has good one's.
Here's my favorite...




"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 636 times:

Theres a Joes Crab Shack right by us! ehehhe








One of my favorites, aussie roadside assistence, they pick you up with a 747F if you break down!




HEHEHE

Taco Bell heh?









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User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 41
Reply 22, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 615 times:

I got one off a church sign right by me - I have a picture of that but I don't know how to put it on. Anyone knows how?

Anyway, here it is. There was something like this written on it -

Worship - 8:30-10:30
Satan divides and subtracts
God adds and multiplies.

Basically, from the first look it said - Worship Satan. I wanted to prank call that church, but they changed the sign 5 days after I took the picture.

Again, please tell me how to post pics on here. Thanks.



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