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    This "Fun and Games" thread got diverted into a serious discussion about Evolution, Creationism, the Bible, and the Tower of Babel so I created a new thread by that name. Click the link to continue the conversation.

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    Mistranslations from all over the world

    If English is easy, think again:

    Western Europe
    Cocktail lounge, Norway: LADIES ARE REQUESTED NOT TO HAVE CHILDREN IN THE BAR.

    Hotel, Vienna: IN CASE OF FIRE, DO YOUR UTMOST TO ALARM THE HOTEL PORTER.

    Doctor's office, Rome: SPECIALIST IN WOMEN AND OTHER DISEASES.

    A laundry in Rome: LADIES, LEAVE YOUR CLOTHES HERE AND SPEND THE AFTERNOON HAVING A GOOD TIME.

    In an Italian cemetery: PERSONS ARE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING FLOWERS FROM ANY BUT THEIR OWN GRAVES.

    Hotel brochure, Italy: THIS HOTEL IS RENOWNED FOR ITS PEACE AND SOLITUDE. IN FACT, CROWDS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD FLOCK HERE TO ENJOY ITS SOLITUDE.

    In a Swiss Mountain inn: SPECIAL TODAY - NO ICE-CREAM.

    On the menu of a Swiss restaurant: OUR WINES LEAVE YOU NOTHING TO HOPE FOR.

    A sign posted in Germany's Black Forest: IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN ON OUR BLACK FOREST CAMPING SITE THAT PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT SEX, FOR INSTANCE, MEN AND WOMEN, LIVE TOGETHER IN ONE TENT UNLESS THEY ARE MARRIED WITH EACH OTHER FOR THIS PURPOSE.

    A sign seen on an automatic restroom hand dryer in Germany: DO NOT ACTIVATE WITH WET HANDS.

    On the grounds of a private school in Scotland: NO TRESPASSING WITHOUT PERMISSION.

    Eastern Europe

    In the lobby of a Moscow hotel across from a Russian Orthodox monastery: YOU ARE WELCOME TO VISIT THE CEMETERY WHERE FAMOUS RUSSIAN AND SOVIET COMPOSERS, ARTISTS, AND WRITERS ARE BURIED DAILY EXCEPT THURSDAY.

    Hotel catering to skiers, Austria: NOT TO PERAMBULATE THE CORRIDORS IN THE HOURS OF REPOSE IN THE BOOTS OF ASCENSION.

    Taken from a menu, Poland: SALAD A FIRM'S OWN MAKE; LIMPID RED BEET SOUP WITH CHEESY DUMPLINGS IN THE FORM OF A FINGER; ROASTED DUCK LET LOOSE; BEEF RASHERS BEATEN IN THE COUNTRY PEOPLE'S FASHION.

    From the "Soviet Weekly": HERE WILL BE A MOSCOW EXHIBITION OF ARTS BY 15,000 SOVIET REPUBLIC PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS. THESE WERE EXECUTED OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS.

    On the door of a Moscow hotel room: IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST VISIT TO THE USSR, YOU ARE WELCOME TO IT.

    Tourist agency, Czechoslovakia: TAKE ONE OF OUR HORSE-DRIVEN CITY TOURS. WE GUARANTEE NO MISCARRIAGES.

    Australia & New Zealand (say, don't they speak English there?)
    On a poster in Sydney : ARE YOU AN ADULT THAT CANNOT READ? IF SO, WE CAN HELP.

    In a New Zealand restaurant: OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, AND WEEKENDS TOO.

    On a highway sign in Australia: TAKE NOTICE: WHEN THIS SIGN IS UNDER WATER; THIS ROAD IS IMPASSABLE.

    Far East
    NEW ADDITIONS FROM CHINA


    In 2002, a sign in front of a rock garden in the Forbidden City in Beijing warned tourists: PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB THE ROCKETRY.

    Sign over the information booth in a Beijing railroad station: QUESTION AUTHORITY

    Included with the package of complimentary wares in a Chinese hotel was a pair of workout shorts marked: UNCOMPLIMENTARY PANTS.

    A paragliding site near Beijing has a sign that reads: SITE OF JUMPING UMBRELLA.

    The translation of the Ethnic Minorities Park in Beijing for a long time was RACIST PARK.

    Road closed with a signboard : "Road Closed for No Fucking Reason".

    A Big Signboard on a StarBucks restaurant in China: "StarFucks".

    —From the BBC News (http://news.bbc.co.uk:80/2/hi/asia-p.../6052800.stm); brought to our attention by Susan Lister.

    Supermarket, Hong Kong: FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, WE RECOMMEND COURTEOUS, EFFICIENT SELF-SERVICE.

    An advertisement by a Hong Kong dentist: TEETH EXTRACTED BY THE LATEST METHODISTS.

    The box of a clockwork toy made in Hong Kong: GUARANTEED TO WORK THROUGHOUT ITS USEFUL LIFE.

    Booklet about using a hotel air conditioner, Japan: COOLES AND HEATES; IF YOU WANT CONDITION OF WARM AIR IN YOUR ROOM, PLEASE CONTROL YOURSELF.

    Translated from Japanese to English and included in the instructions for a soap bubble gun: WHILE SOLUTION IS NOT TOXIC IT WILL NOT MAKE CHILD EDIBLE.

    Tokyo hotel's rules and regulations: GUESTS ARE REQUESTED NOT TO SMOKE OR DO OTHER DISGUSTING BEHAVIORS IN BED.

    Car rental brochure, Tokyo: WHEN PASSENGER OF FOOT HEAVE IN SIGHT, TOOTLE THE HORN. TRUMPET HIM MELODIOUSLY AT FIRST, BUT IF HE STILL OBSTACLES YOUR PASSAGE THEN TOOTLE HIM WITH VIGOUR.

    Hotel room notice, Chiang-Mai, Thailand: PLEASE DO NOT BRING SOLICITORS INTO YOUR ROOM.

    Africa
    In an East African newspaper: A NEW SWIMMING POOL IS RAPIDLY TAKING SHAPE SINCE THE CONTRACTORS HAVE THROWN IN THE BULK OF THEIR WORKERS.

    In a Nairobi restaurant: CUSTOMERS WHO FIND OUR WAITRESSES RUDE OUGHT TO SEE THE MANAGER.

    On a South African building: MENTAL HEALTH PREVENTION CENTRE.

    In a South African maternity ward: NO CHILDREN ALLOWED.

    Mexico and South America
    Hotel, Acapulco: THE MANAGER HAS PERSONALLY PASSED ALL THE WATER SERVED HERE.

    Author: Unknown / Contributor: Deane Rothenmaier (most items)
    Discovered by Susan Lister:
    In a restaurant window: "DON'T STAND THERE AND BE HUNGRY. COME ON IN AND GET FED UP."

    NEW: Translator Brett Jocelyn Epstein's favorite menu entries:
    A rasher of joints
    Duck with dry fruits and jewels
    Well-hung meat (aged?)
    Cloudberry consume


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    Another humorous English dialogue...He is Me, I am You... Have a look:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU4lY...eature=related

    So is English dialogue easy?
    Ask and You shall receive,
    Seek and You shall find,
    Knock and the door will be open unto You.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWH View Post
    Another humorous English dialogue...He is Me, I am You... Have a look:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU4lY...eature=related

    So is English dialogue easy?


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    Quote Originally Posted by CWH View Post
    Another humorous English dialogue...He is Me, I am You... Have a look:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU4lY...eature=related

    So is English dialogue easy?
    Thanks RAM, and that is exactly what is happening in this forum and in many other forums.

    Sounds familiar isn't it? I Am Who I Am.


    Many God Blessings to all. Amen.
    Ask and You shall receive,
    Seek and You shall find,
    Knock and the door will be open unto You.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWH View Post
    Thanks RAM, and that is exactly what is happening in this forum and in many other forums.

    Sounds familiar isn't it? I Am Who I Am.


    Many God Blessings to all. Amen.
    I think you are right - that is what often happens on forums. People don't understand each other but think they do so the start yelling when the other person responds in a totally unexpected way. It's funny in small doses, but pretty tedious if it happens over and over and over again with no resolution.
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    Bump!

    It's been a while since this post has had any comments:

    Why is it that we drive on a parkway and park in a driveway?

    Why do you recite at a play but you play at a recital?

    Why do we ship by truck and send cargo by ship?

    Why do feet smell and noses run?

    How can a SLIM CHANCE and a FAT CHANCE be the same, while a WISE MAN and a WISE GUY are opposites?

    Why is QUITE A FEW the same as QUITE A LOT?

    Why do we put SUITS in a Garment Bag, and put Garments in a Suitcase?

    IF "Con" is the Opposite of "Pro", is CONGRESS the opposite of PROGRESS?

    For that matter is CONGRESS the same as REGRESS?

    If a mute swears, does his mother wash his hands with soap?

    If a stealth bomber crashes in a forest and no one is around to hear it, will it make a sound?

    If a man speaks in the forest and there is no woman to hear him, is he still wrong?

    If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do humanitarians eat?

    What do you call a defective Milk Dud?

    How come abbreviated is such a long word?

    If it's zero degrees outside today and it's supposed to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold is it going to be?

    Why are they called apartments, when they're all stuck together?

    Why are there 5 syllables in the word "monosyllabic"?

    If women wear a pair of pants, a pair of glasses, and a pair of ear-rings, why don't they wear a pair of bras?

    If white wine goes with cooked fish, do white grapes go with sushi?

    If olive oil comes from olives where does baby oil come from?

    If a book about failures doesn't sell, is it a success?

    Respectfully,
    Mark
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    Eschew obfuscation.

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