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18th Nov '17 4:17:00 PM LB7979
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* As noted on the BiteTheWaxTadpole page, a German company released an MP3 player called the "i.Beat," in a range of colors with XtremeKoolLetterz. The black one was labeled "Blaxx," making the full name "i.Beat Blaxx." This naturally caused a stir among American observers over the possible racial connotations of the name.

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* As noted on the BiteTheWaxTadpole page, a German company released an MP3 [=MP3=] player called the "i.Beat," in a range of colors with XtremeKoolLetterz. The black one was labeled "Blaxx," making the full name "i.Beat Blaxx." This naturally caused a stir among American observers over the possible racial connotations of the name.
15th Nov '17 3:21:32 AM LondonKdS
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* Pete Doherty, formerly of Music/TheLibertines, received hostile reactions at a German show that was being broadcast live on radio when he sang the original first verse of the German national anthem, the ''Deutschlandleid'', not being aware that only the third verse is currently used in official situations and that use of the first verse in public can have controversial political implications.
15th Nov '17 3:09:37 AM LondonKdS
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* Dave Mustaine of Music/{{Megadeath}} made a similar error during a gig in Northern Ireland when he dedicated a song "for the Cause!" during an encore, not realising that [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles not all people in Northern Ireland]] see themselves as rebels against the British, and started a riot. The band subsequently received serious death threats during the remainder of the tour. The incident partly inspired the lyrics of the song "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due".

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* Dave Mustaine of Music/{{Megadeath}} Music/{{Megadeth}} made a similar error during a gig in Northern Ireland when he dedicated a song "for the Cause!" during an encore, not realising that [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles not all people in Northern Ireland]] see themselves as rebels against the British, and started a riot. The band subsequently received serious death threats during the remainder of the tour. The incident partly inspired the lyrics of the song "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due".
15th Nov '17 3:09:10 AM LondonKdS
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* Dave Mustaine of Music/{{Megadeath}} made a similar error during a gig in Northern Ireland when he dedicated a song "for the Cause!" during an encore, not realising that [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles not all people in Northern Ireland]] see themselves as rebels against the British, and started a riot. The band subsequently received serious death threats during the remainder of the tour. The incident partly inspired the lyrics of the song "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due".
20th Oct '17 2:30:58 AM jamespolk
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* The Swedish movie ''Film/ThePhantomCarriage'' end with an TheEnd title card reading "Slut" (Swedish for "End").

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* The Swedish movie word for "TheEnd" is "Slut". This can make for odd moments for an English-speaker watching old Swedish films with end title cards. Silent films ''Film/ThePhantomCarriage'' and ''Film/{{Haxan}}'', both deadly serious dramas, end with an TheEnd title card reading "Slut" (Swedish for "End").title cards.
26th Sep '17 11:35:18 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Woolworths put a children's bunk-bed for sale on their website under the name {{Lolita}}, and seemed genuinely baffled that people didn't take it well. Between that and Zyklon, you'd think someone would at least run the names through Google. On that note, remember Reebok's [[HornyDevils "Incubus"]] brand [[http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4182/is_19970220/ai_n10104158 running shoe for women]]?

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* Woolworths put a children's bunk-bed for sale on their website under the name {{Lolita}}, Literature/{{Lolita}}, and seemed genuinely baffled that people didn't take it well. Between that and Zyklon, you'd think someone would at least run the names through Google. On that note, remember Reebok's [[HornyDevils "Incubus"]] brand [[http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4182/is_19970220/ai_n10104158 running shoe for women]]?
9th Sep '17 2:06:27 PM nombretomado
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* If you're a student of the German language, the name "Immanuel Kant" is unintentionally funny/vulgar. Most English speakers would assume that the pronunciation of the 18th-century philosopher's surname is the same as the British or [[AmericanAccents Northeastern American]] pronunciation of "can't." But because in German vowels are pronounced very short when they occur in the middle of a syllable between two consonants, the correct pronunciation of "Kant" actually [[ScunthorpeProblem sounds more like the English vulgar slang term for a woman's private parts]]. (Of course, English itself has words that might cause this problem, such as "continue", but in that particular case the first four letters don't stand alone - and the syllable break is after the "n" anyway.)

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* If you're a student of the German language, the name "Immanuel Kant" is unintentionally funny/vulgar. Most English speakers would assume that the pronunciation of the 18th-century philosopher's surname is the same as the British or [[AmericanAccents [[UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents Northeastern American]] pronunciation of "can't." But because in German vowels are pronounced very short when they occur in the middle of a syllable between two consonants, the correct pronunciation of "Kant" actually [[ScunthorpeProblem sounds more like the English vulgar slang term for a woman's private parts]]. (Of course, English itself has words that might cause this problem, such as "continue", but in that particular case the first four letters don't stand alone - and the syllable break is after the "n" anyway.)
5th Sep '17 2:03:17 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'' is a Finnish webcomic written in English. At some point, it had a gag in which the cast KnowNothingKnowItAll identifies Chinese writing as "Ching-Chong", which the author considered to be a light-hearted joke. In America, "Ching-Chong" is an extremely crude slur for Chinese people. The reactions from some American readers of the comic were bad enough that the page's comment section had to be shut down and the "Ching-Chong" replaced by "Kung Fu".

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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'' is a Finnish webcomic written in English. At some point, it had a gag in which the cast KnowNothingKnowItAll identifies Chinese writing as "Ching-Chong", "Ching-Chong" due to not knowing the correct name, which the author considered to be a light-hearted joke. In America, "Ching-Chong" is an extremely crude slur for Chinese people. The reactions from some American readers of the comic were bad enough that the page's comment section had to be shut down and the "Ching-Chong" replaced by "Kung Fu".
5th Sep '17 1:52:17 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Is a Finnish webcomic written in English. At some point, it had a gag in which the cast KnowNothingKnowItAll identifies Chinese writing as "Ching-Chong", which the author considered to be a light-hearted joke. In America, "Ching-Chong" is an extremely crude slur for Chinese people. The reactions from some American readers of the comic were bad enough that the page's comment section had to be shut down and the "Ching-Chong" replaced by "Kung Fu".

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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Is ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'' is a Finnish webcomic written in English. At some point, it had a gag in which the cast KnowNothingKnowItAll identifies Chinese writing as "Ching-Chong", which the author considered to be a light-hearted joke. In America, "Ching-Chong" is an extremely crude slur for Chinese people. The reactions from some American readers of the comic were bad enough that the page's comment section had to be shut down and the "Ching-Chong" replaced by "Kung Fu".
5th Sep '17 1:49:43 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Is a Finnish webcomic written in English. At some point, it had a gag in which the cast KnowNothingKnowItAll identifies Chinese writing as "Ching-Chong", which the author considered to be a light-hearted joke. In America, "Ching-Chong" is an extremely crude slur for Chinese people. The reactions from some American readers of the comic was bad enough that the page's comment section had to be shut down and the "Ching-Chong" replaced by "Kung Fu".

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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Is a Finnish webcomic written in English. At some point, it had a gag in which the cast KnowNothingKnowItAll identifies Chinese writing as "Ching-Chong", which the author considered to be a light-hearted joke. In America, "Ching-Chong" is an extremely crude slur for Chinese people. The reactions from some American readers of the comic was were bad enough that the page's comment section had to be shut down and the "Ching-Chong" replaced by "Kung Fu".
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