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       Beware! To touch
       these wires is instant
       death. Anyone doing
       so will be prosecuted.
       Sign at a railroad station
       Sign at a railroad station



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Come visit the farm,                   It takes a virile man to
taste our milk & smell                 make a chicken
our sweet dairy air.                   pregnant.
Alaskan dairy farm ad
Alaskan dairy farm ad                  Perdue chicken ad as
                                       Perdue chicken ad as
                                       mistranslated
                                       mistranslated




Coors put its slogan,                  Clairol introduced the
Turn it loose, into                    Mist Stick , a curling
Spanish, where it was                  iron, into German only to
read as                                find out that mist is slang
                                       for manure. Not too
                                       many people had a use
Suffer badly from                      for the manure stick .
diarrhea...



An American T-shirt maker
An American T-shirt maker              Pepsi's Come alive
in Miami printed shirts for
in Miami printed shirts for            with the Pepsi
the Spanish market which
the Spanish market which
promoted the Pope's visit.
promoted the Pope's visit.
                                       Generation translated
Instead of II saw the Pope
Instead of saw the Pope                into Pepsi brings your
(el Papa), the shirts read II
(el Papa), the shirts read             ancestors back from
saw the potato (la papa).
saw the potato (la papa).              the grave , in Chinese.


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When Gerber started selling baby
 When Gerber started selling baby             Frank Perdue's chicken
                                              Frank Perdue's chicken
food in Africa, they used the
 food in Africa, they used the                slogan, it takes a strong man
                                              slogan, it takes a strong man
same packaging as in the US,
 same packaging as in the US,                 to make a tender chicken was
                                              to make a tender chicken was
with the beautiful Caucasian baby
 with the beautiful Caucasian baby            translated into Spanish as “it
                                              translated into Spanish as “it
on the label. Later they learned
 on the label. Later they learned             takes an aroused man to make
that in Africa, companies routinely           takes an aroused man to make
 that in Africa, companies routinely          a chicken affectionate .””
put pictures on the label of what's
 put pictures on the label of what's          a chicken affectionate ..”
inside, since most people can't
 inside, since most people can't
read.
 read.




The Coca-Cola name in China
The Coca-Cola name in China                   When Parker Pen marketed a
                                              When Parker Pen marketed a
was first read as Ke- kou- ke-la
was first read as Ke-kou-ke-la ,,
                   Ke-kou-ke-la               ball-point pen in Mexico, its ads
                                              ball-point pen in Mexico, its ads
meaning Bite the wax tadpole or
meaning Bite the wax tadpole or               were supposed to have read, it
                                              were supposed to have read, it
female horse stuffed with wax,
female horse stuffed with wax,                won't leak in your pocket and
                                              won't leak in your pocket and
depending on the dialect. Coke
depending on the dialect. Coke                embarrass you .. Instead, the
                                              embarrass you Instead, the
then researched 40,000
then researched 40,000                        company thought that the word
                                              company thought that the word
characters to find a phonetic
characters to find a phonetic                 embarazar (to impregnate) meant
                                              embarazar (to impregnate) meant
equivalent ko- kou- ko-le,
equivalent ko-kou-ko-le,
            ko-kou-ko-le,                     to embarrass, so the ad read: It
                                              to embarrass, so the ad read: It
translating into happiness in the
translating into happiness in the             won't leak in your pocket and
                                              won't leak in your pocket and
mouth
mouth                                         make you pregnant
                                              make you pregnant




Actual instruction label                      Actual instruction label
on a Sears hairdryer:                         on a bag of Fritos:
                                                           Fritos:
Do not use while                              You could be a
sleeping.                                     winner! No purchase
                                              necessary. Details
                                              inside.


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Actual instruction label          Actual instruction label
on a bar of Dial soap:            on some Swann
Directions: Use like              frozen dinners:
regular soap.                     Serving suggestion:
                                  Defrost.




Actual instruction label          Actual instruction label
on a hotel provided               on Tesco's Tiramisu
shower cap in a box:              dessert: Do not turn
Fits one head.                    upside down. (printed
                                  on bottom of the box)




Actual instruction label          Actual instruction label
on Marks & Spencer                on packaging for a
Bread Pudding:                    Rowenta iron:
Product will be hot               Do not iron clothes on
after heating.                    body.



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Actual instruction label          Actual instruction label
on Boot's Children's              on a Nytol sleep aid:
cough medicine:                   Warning: may cause
Do not drive car or               drowsiness.
operate machinery.




Actual instruction label          Actual instruction label
on a string of                    on a Japanese food
Chinese-made                      processor: Not to be
Christmas lights:                 used for the other use.
For indoor or outdoor
use only.




Actual instruction label          Actual instruction label
on Sainsbury's                    on an American
peanuts: Warning:                 Airlines packet of
contains nuts.                    nuts: Instructions:
                                  open packet, eat nuts.



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Actual instruction label          Caution: Cape does
on a Swedish                      not enable user to
chainsaw: Do not                  fly.
attempt to stop chain
                                  instructions on Kenner’s
                                   instructions on Kenner’s
with your hands or                Batman costume
                                   Batman costume
genitals.




 Caution: Blade is                In a laundromat:
 extremely sharp!                 Automatic washing
 Keep out of children.            machines. Please
                                  remove all your clothes
 warning on knife blade
 warning on knife blade
 manufactured by
 manufactured by                  when the light goes
 Olfa Corporation
 Olfa Corporation                 out.




In a department                   In an office: Would the
store: Bargain                    person who took the
Basement Upstairs                 step ladder yesterday
                                  kindly bring it back or
                                  further steps will be
                                  taken..

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In a staff room: After          On a church door: This is
                                On a church door: This is
                                the gate of Heaven.
                                the gate of Heaven.
the tea break, staff
                                Enter ye all by this door.
                                Enter ye all by this door.
should empty the teapot         (This door is kept locked
                                (This door is kept locked
and stand upside down           because of the draft.
                                because of the draft.
on the draining board.          Please use side entrance)
                                Please use side entrance)




Outside a second hand
Outside a second hand
                                Danger Quicksand!
store: We exchange
store: We exchange
anything - bicycles,
anything - bicycles,
                                Any person passing this
washing machines etc.
washing machines etc.           point will be drowned.
Why not bring your
Why not bring your              By order of the
wife along and get a
wife along and get a            District Council.
wonderful bargain.
wonderful bargain.




Notice in a dry                 In a health food
cleaners window:                store: Closed due to
Anyone leaving their            illness.
garments here for
more than 30 days will
be disposed of.

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Spotted in a safari           Seen at a conference:
                              Seen at a conference:
                              For anyone who has
                              For anyone who has
park: Elephants
                              children and doesn't
                              children and doesn't
Please Stay In Your           know it, there is a day
                              know it, there is a day
Car                           care on the first floor.
                              care on the first floor.




Notice in a field:                MESSAGE ON A
The farmer allows                 LEAFLET: If you
walkers to cross the              cannot read, this
field for free, but               leaflet will tell you
the bull charges.                 how to get lessons.




REPAIR SHOP                       Watch Batteries
DOOR: We can                      While You Wait
repair anything
(Please knock hard                sign in jewelry store
                                  sign in jewelry store
on the door - the
bell doesn't work)

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  Athletes Foot                         Caution: Road wet
  Welcome                               when raining

  mall sign announcing a
  mall sign announcing a                highway sign in NH
                                        highway sign in NH
  new sport shoe store
  new sport shoe store




Caution: Alligators in              Ladies may have a fit
water. No swimming.                 upstairs
Survivors will be
prosecuted                          Clothing store, Hong Kong
                                    Clothing store, Hong Kong

sign by roadside pond in India
sign by roadside pond in India




  Fur coats made for               Ladies, leave your
  ladies from their                clothes here & spend the
  own skin                         rest of the afternoon
                                   having a good time
  Furrier, Sweden
  Furrier, Sweden                  Laundry, Rome
                                   Laundry, Rome


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Teeth extracted by the             You are welcome to visit the
                                   You are welcome to visit the
                                   cemetery where famous
                                   cemetery where famous
latest methodists
                                   Russian & Soviet composers,
                                   Russian & Soviet composers,
                                   artists, & writers are buried
                                   artists, & writers are buried
Dentist office, Hong Kong
Dentist office, Hong Kong          daily, except Thurdsay.
                                   daily, except Thurdsay.

                                   Cemetery, Moscow
                                   Cemetery, Moscow




 We take your bags                     You are here
 & send them in all
 directions                            Blank wall, Narita
                                       Blank wall, Narita
                                       Airport, Japan
                                       Airport, Japan
 Flight operator, Denmark
 Flight operator, Denmark




Don’t take a chance                    Ears pierced while
on ruining your                        you wait
vacation - come
to us & be sure                        Jewelry store, Ontario
                                       Jewelry store, Ontario

Travel office, Nova Scotia
Travel office, Nova Scotia

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Shoplifters will         Safety First! Please
be persecuted            putting on your
                         seatbelt & preparing
Mountain store,
Mountain store,          for accident
Tennessee
Tennessee
                         Taxi, Thailand
                         Taxi, Thailand




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