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Does anyone have any good examples of Global Marketing translations gone wrong?

In Mexico "Got Milk" translated to "Are You Lactating?", and American beer company "Coors" had a campaign "Turn It Loose" which translated in Spain to "Suffer From Diarrhea". Does anyone else have some good ones?

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    Mar 6 2012: Hahahaha that's amazing, I like it! One of my favourite failures is the "Where The Bloody Hell Are You" campaign. It was banned in England for the use of the word "bloody", it was banned in Canada for advertising a brandless beer (in the ad a bartender says "we've poured a beer for ya" and in Canada it is illegal to advertise alcohol unless it is branded), and in Singapore "bloody hell" was omitted for the negative connotations, leaving the tag line as "So where are you?". What a disaster. A very expensive disaster.
    • Mar 6 2012: That's brilliant. I heard about the ban in England for the use of the word "bloody" but I was not aware of what happened in Canada and Singapore.

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