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18th Nov '16 12:04:01 PM HiddenWindshield
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* In the first ''{{Literature/Dune}}'' novel, after meeting Duke Atreides the Fremen representative spits on the floor, and before the Atreides' guards can go for their weapons because of the insult someone familiar with the Fremen culture steps in to explain this is actually a sign of deep respect -- Arrakis is a desert planet and water is so scarce that "offering up one's water" (to the point that dead bodies have their water recycled) is an almost sacred act. Both sides laugh it off and continue introductions.

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* In the first ''{{Literature/Dune}}'' novel, after meeting Duke Atreides the Fremen representative spits on the floor, and before the Atreides' guards can go for their weapons because of the insult someone familiar with the Fremen culture steps in to explain this is actually a sign of deep respect -- Arrakis is a desert planet and water is so scarce that "offering up one's water" (to the point that dead bodies have their water recycled) that "offering up one's water" is an almost sacred act. Both sides laugh it off and continue introductions.
24th Sep '16 3:23:40 PM Maverickface
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*''[[{{Videogame/Xenoblade}} Xenoblade's]]'' Metal Face had his name changed in the American release from the original: [[spoiler: Black Face]]
14th Sep '16 11:41:13 PM PaulA
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'' had a plotline involving giant hostile insects, and featured Max complaining about "these buggers"; it's not clear whether this was a deliberate attempt at GettingCrapPastTheRadar, a ShoutOut to EndersGame or genuine ignorance, but it created a bit of a problem when the episode aired in Britain... without anyone having thought to watch it all the way through first. [[OhCrap Oops.]]

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'' had a plotline involving giant hostile insects, and featured Max complaining about "these buggers"; it's not clear whether this was a deliberate attempt at GettingCrapPastTheRadar, a ShoutOut to EndersGame ''Literature/EndersGame'' or genuine ignorance, but it created a bit of a problem when the episode aired in Britain... without anyone having thought to watch it all the way through first. [[OhCrap Oops.]]
26th Aug '16 3:13:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[MarvelUniverse Marvel's]] [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/schutzheiligruppe.htm Schutz Heiliggruppe]]. Sure, the intention (portraying superheroes from [[TheBerlinRepublic modern Germany]] [[MustMakeAmends who hunt down Nazi war criminals]]) is laudable, but the execution... Oh boy!

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* [[MarvelUniverse Marvel's]] [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/schutzheiligruppe.htm Schutz Heiliggruppe]]. Sure, the intention (portraying superheroes from [[TheBerlinRepublic [[UsefulNotes/TheBerlinRepublic modern Germany]] [[MustMakeAmends who hunt down Nazi war criminals]]) is laudable, but the execution... Oh boy!
18th Aug '16 12:47:01 PM Tre
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* The American SciFiChannel changed their name to Syfy, which in Polish slang is a colloquialism for syphilis and is also used as an derogatory indicator of extremely low quality, an equivalent to English 'crap'. Something not at all lost on Americans who dislike the change, some of whom have taken to calling it the "Syphilis Channel".

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* The American SciFiChannel Sci-Fi Channel changed their name to Syfy, Creator/{{Syfy}}, which in Polish slang is a colloquialism for syphilis and is also used as an derogatory indicator of extremely low quality, an equivalent to English 'crap'. Something not at all lost on Americans who dislike the change, some of whom have taken to calling it the "Syphilis Channel".
5th Aug '16 12:44:03 AM ScotieRw
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* The German baby food company Gerber once tried to enter the African market. In Africa many food companies put pictures of the packaging's content on the packaging, eg. a can of chicken meat has a picture of a chicken, because of high analfabetism figures. Unfortunately, Gerber food had a picture of a baby on its packaging, thus making the jars look like they contained human meat.

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* The German baby food company Gerber once tried to enter the African market. In Africa many food companies put pictures of the packaging's content on the packaging, eg. a can of chicken meat has a picture of a chicken, because of high analfabetism figures.illiteracy rates. Unfortunately, Gerber food had a picture of a baby on its packaging, thus making the jars look like they contained human meat.
26th Jul '16 6:54:27 PM LaughingGiraffe
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* In Brazil, Durex is a brand of tape. In North America, it is a brand of condoms. Travellers be warned.
19th Jul '16 7:46:15 PM Yalsaris63
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** The bundles of wood sticks called "Faggots" were also on stock in IKEA's stores for some time. Granted, the word may be an archaic term for said wood sticks, [[GetBackInTheCloset but by modern standards...]]

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** The bundles of wood sticks called "Faggots" were also on stock in IKEA's stores for some time. Granted, the word may be an [[HaveAGayOldTime archaic term term]] for said wood sticks, [[GetBackInTheCloset but by modern standards...]]
19th Jul '16 7:45:49 PM Yalsaris63
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** The bundles of wood sticks called "Faggots" were also on stock in IKEA's stores for some time.

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** The bundles of wood sticks called "Faggots" were also on stock in IKEA's stores for some time. Granted, the word may be an archaic term for said wood sticks, [[GetBackInTheCloset but by modern standards...]]
19th Jul '16 7:43:42 PM Yalsaris63
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** The bundles of wood sticks called "Faggots" were also on stock in IKEA's stores for some time.
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