Lost in Translation

One of the great things about travel is the ability to see what is different both different and the same around the world. But what is most fun is to explore what is different…and why it makes us laugh.

Some things are just quintessentially Chinese…

Nothing says snack time like Roasted Squid flavoured Lays…

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Proof that McDonald’s menus reflect regional tastes…

McPork..gray buns, pork, bacon. Because bacon makes everything taste better. Even pork.

McPork..gray buns, pork, bacon. Because bacon makes everything taste better. Even pork.

And now for a selection entitled, “Maybe run that sign by someone who speaks English before going to print.”

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Paddling? My canoe?

Especially in Beijing traffic. No one needs to add drunkenness to that chaos! Photo courtesy of Sameer Kamal.

Especially in Beijing traffic. No one needs to add drunkenness to that chaos!
Photo courtesy of Sameer Kamal.

Um what??!! This is from the state-sanctioned silk shop in Beijing. There were plenty more of these curious and confusing instructions describing the processing of silk. Clearly no one who's first language is English was consulted in the making of these signs. Makes me wonder if the Chinese is any more clear. Anyone know? Photo courtesy of Sameer Kamal.

Um what??!! This is from the state-sanctioned silk factory in Beijing. There were plenty more of these curious and confusing instructions describing the processing of silk. Clearly no one whose first language is English was consulted in the making of these signs. Makes me wonder if the Chinese is any more clear. Anyone know?
Photo courtesy of Sameer Kamal.

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Will do. Who is this Slippery, though?

But it's made of concrete!

But it’s made of concrete!

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It’s hard to argue with the sentiment…

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Inspiring confidence in the boat.

Think about it first.

Indeed. One must think about it first.

...nor rolling, one imagines. Photo courtesy of Sameer Kamal.

…nor rolling, one imagines.
Photo courtesy of Sameer Kamal.

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Cottage? We are at a temple. Photo courtesy of Sameer Kamal.

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