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#99981 - 04/16/03 07:27 AM Brand name solutions
AnnaStrophic Offline
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Anu's wife, Stuti, runs a company that handles precisely this type of challenge. [is this a commercial no-no, Jackie? If so, please delete for me].


#99982 - 04/16/03 09:40 AM Texaco (or perhaps Exxon)
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I thnk it was Esso who proved that a big oil company didn't have to be Humble.


#99983 - 04/16/03 10:02 AM Re: Brand name troubles
Rubrick Offline

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Any other examples?

Yes, In Ostraylya there used to be a brand of sticky tape called Durex. It must have been a bugger to get off. fnar, fnar.

I think it's changed its name now.

#99984 - 04/16/03 11:35 AM Re: Brand name troubles
RhubarbCommando Offline

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useful for sticking up the sign that says, "Buy me and stop one!"

#99985 - 04/16/03 12:38 PM Re: Brand name troubles
RubyRed Offline

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>The Nova story is also pre-internet and has been fairly well demolished.<

Yes, I am quite familiar with the bogus Nova story....precisely why I added my note regarding the origin of the Enco story. It was some 30 years ago, and as I mentioned, there was no Internet to perpetuate a story like that. Besides, I just feel in my heart of guts that Paul Harvey would not have broadcast a bogus story. But, then I was but a mere child at the time and could have misunderstood the whole thing.....

#99986 - 04/16/03 01:06 PM Re: Enco
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I did look up enko in a Japanese-English dictionary this morning. Didn't have time to make a detailed research attempt. What I *did find didn't look all that problematic. Don't remember what it was.

The internet didn't create urban legends; it just makes them easier to propagate. They used to get passed around on mimeographed sheets. POSH from Port Out Starboard Home predates the internet by many a year.

I think I heard the Nova story around thirty years ago, too, for that matter.

#99987 - 04/16/03 02:25 PM Re: mis-translation
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The other one I know that can't be substantiated is the salted crackers which didn't sell well in France when marked as "Biscuits Sale" which without the correct accent ( that I don't know how to put on the above e) means dirty crackers.

#99988 - 04/16/03 02:39 PM Re: Dirty crackers
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They sell Dirty Potato Chips® in the USA.


#99989 - 04/16/03 02:45 PM Re: Dirty crackers
Zed Offline

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Mud flavoured chips, hmmm.They have to be as good as the ketchup flavored ones in England.
A Dutch friend travelling in the southern US asked for chips and was given a little bag of , to her, crisps. She managed to confuse everyone by responding. "No, no, I want chips. You know, the things you eat with mayonaise."

#99990 - 04/16/03 02:55 PM Re: Chips aka French Fries
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Chips (French Fries) with MAYONNAISE ?
GAAaaaaaarrrrrrrkkkkkkkkkkk © !

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