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Old 01-21-2012, 06:28 AM   #31
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Thinking of Kodak, I always think of this... it may be an apt illustration, somehow - the more so since the Dutch word 'kaduuk' means 'busted' or 'broken'.

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Old 01-21-2012, 09:44 AM   #32
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Indeed. I'm not certain you *could* manage a load like that today.

Aside/Askance: Did you know that there are several airports in the US that require you to go through full security to LEAVE? That is, you come in on an international flight, you go through customs and then have to go through (in at least one case, mine) a tougher security check than when you got ON the plane outbound.

All I can figure (and devoutly hope) is that this is because they're renovating/reconfiguring the terminal and are temporarily unable to send arriving passengers one way and transferring passengers another, so *everybody* has to line up for abuse.

That, or maybe the terrorists have won and we're too stupid to realize it.

   
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:51 AM   #33
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Ah these backward-and-forward-writing Asians. No respect for which way is which in Engrish.

Occasionally signs on the sides of vehicles in Japan would mystify me. I could read the phonetically written ones but sometimes couldn't make any sense of them.

Su ba?
Shi ku ta?
Huh?

Then ... a light bulb goes on, dimly:

If you're on the right side, it reads: "Shi ku ta" left to right.
If you're on the left side, it's "Ta ku shi"

And if you always read front-of-vehicle-to-back, it's always "Ta ku shi". Taxi.

Perhaps they copied the sign in your photo from the wrong side of the delivery vehicle.

   
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Old 01-21-2012, 11:08 AM   #34
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Ah these backward-and-forward-writing Asians. No respect for which way is which in Engrish.
I have a brilliant example of that from China, too. I think we already discussed that here sometime in the past? ANIHCFOKNAB ring a bell?

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And if you always read front-of-vehicle-to-back, it's always "Ta ku shi". Taxi.
Perfectly logical, of course.

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Perhaps they copied the sign in your photo from the wrong side of the delivery vehicle.
Hmmm. I've seen plastic shopping bags with the exact same text in other countries, too - at least twice. (Sorry, no photo.) There could be all sorts of reasons: just the same mistake, or everything comes from the same stupid manufacturer, or it's deliberate 'brand copying' (like the Chinese 'ePhone' and 'aPhone' or fake clothing brands). I suspect it's just the same, honest mistake occurring more often because it's an easy one to make for those not familiar with our Latin script.

   
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I've seen "iPone" here in the UK. Even though it was white I suspect it was a grey import. It may have been an alarm clock, so not so good to call someone on.

   
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:55 PM   #36
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>> I suspect it's just the same, honest mistake occurring more often because it's an easy one to make for those not familiar with our Latin script.

Or how about this: "We're making the real thing for Kodak, let's just flip the art and make knock-offs too." ;-)

Yeah, I know it doesn't work in this case, but it's fun to think about; I read somewhere recently that it's likely that some of the knockoffs out there are indistinguishable from the real thing, other than slight alterations to the brand name/logo, because they're produced by the same factories.

   
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Or how about this: "We're making the real thing for Kodak, let's just flip the art and make knock-offs too." ;-)
That's what I was thinking about those bags I saw... and even in the different countries (hard to compare details without pics and with a few years in-between) they might have been imported from the same manufacturer.

   
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That, or maybe the terrorists have won and we're too stupid to realize it.
How long did it take you to catch on?

   
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How long did it take you to catch on?
About the time we sent our troops into harm's way in Iraq.

A kid down the street pops a rock through your picture window, then runs between two houses down the street. You don't like the guy who lives across the street from these houses, so you burn HIS house down. No, wait. You send your neighbor's kid, knowing that the guy's armed and likely to shoot first, ask questions later.

I'll never understand these guys. From the head, maybe, but not from the heart.

   
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Kodak’s last days - Editorial - New Straits Times

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