Archive for Lost in translation

"Purple mist coming from the east" cake

Here is an interesting picture that Francois Dube took today in a cakeshop in Yinchuan, capital of the Ningxia Hui (Muslim) Autonomous Region, People's Republic of China:

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Qishan smell of urine yellow croaker

Tom Hancock sent in this photograph of a poster seen yesterday outside a Shaanxi restaurant just inside Beijing's third ring road:

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Kein Durchgang

Multilingual sign near the entrance to a toilet at the Cologne Main train station, posted by Simon on douban, via Joel Martinsen:

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QQ chicken frame / skeleton / bones / whatever

David Rowe took this photo of a sign on a market stall in Sydney Chinatown:

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Sanit(ar)y

Nathan Hopson found this in a public bathroom at the Nagoya prefectural children's center last Monday:

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Smoking cessation

Joseph Williams sent in the following photograph of a Japanglish sign that he took on a ferry traveling to the famous Itsukushima Shrine (also called Miyajima) in Hiroshima:

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Crimes against English

Sign on the front door at the Taitung County District Prosecutors Office in Taiwan (via Kerim Friedman):

This is from an article in Want China Times (4/21/15):

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In a daze

Photo taken on a lane leading from Beijing's Nanluoguxiang:

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Suffer the consequences

Sign in Guilin, China:

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No striding

Another photo from Dean Barrett:

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Please micturate in the urinal

We have just emerged from a discussion of how to refer to dog excrement on public notices: "Scoop the poop" (4/15/15). The same sort of uncertainty surrounds notices concerning public urination by humans.  From a men's room in the West Beijing Railway Station:

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Black Mighty Sub-Package

From Mia in Shenzhen, China:

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Couque D'asse

Nathan Hopson sent in this photograph of a package of cookies:

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