Bing Should Have Googled ‘Bing’ In Chinese

Source : Tech.li

There’s a reason why American companies can’t seem to grasp Asian markets. Why?

Culture.

Startups and established companies need to understand that simply throwing a branch down in a random Asian country is probably going to result in an embarrassing and costly mistake. The Asian markets vary too much in complexity and culture from the United States or Europe to fool hardily enter hoping for the best.

One of the biggest mistakes a foreign startup can make is neglecting to check the Chinese translation of their brand or slogan. Even some of the world’s most popular brands make the International mistake:

Bing!

Pronunciation: Bing!

Translation: Disease and Malaria!

Google

Pronunciation: Guge

Translation: Millet song (Old McDonald doesn’t inspire confidence)

Facebook

Pronunciation: Fei-shi-boo-ku

Translation: You must die. (Unequivocally)

Coke-Cola

Pronunciation: Ke-ke-ken-la

Translation: Female horse stuffed with wax

Pepsi:

What they meant: Pepsi Brings you Back to Life

What they actually said: Pepsi Brings Your Ancestors Back from the Grave

Kentucky Fried Chicken

What they meant: Finger lickin’ good

What they actually said: Eat your fingers off

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Osama keeps an eye on earth from hell !

Source: Deccan Chronicle

May 1,2012, a year after Osama bin Laden was killed by US Navy SEALS in the Pakistani garrison city of Abbottabad, the world’s number one terrorist was busy tweeting from hell!

Dozens of fake accounts were floated on Twitter shortly after bin Laden’s death and ever since, there has been non- stop updates and ‘fatwas’ from ‘hell’.

“My ex-wife is talking to ABC News. This is even more disrespectful than the time she asked to look out a window…,” read a tweet by a fake account operated by ‘Osama’.

Another one pronounces that ‘hot chocolate is haram’. The descriptions of Osama on the many fake accounts are hilarious.

One such account describes him as ‘former public enemy #1′.

One tweet on a fake account went: “…faked my own death, now travelling the world. Maybe I’m coming to your city! Check your local Al Qaeda branch!”

On other accounts, the messages are matter-of-fact: “I was the leader of Al Qaeda. Now I’m dead” or “Those still alive can reach me at OsamaInHell” or “I was once the best terrorist of all time! Greatest ever at hide and seek!”

Sometimes the tweets are scary. “I may be dead…but life continues!!!” or “71% of the Earth is covered in oceans. So I may be anywhere!! (Remember that!)”

The American commandos took away bin Laden’s body after shooting him in his compound located a short distance from the Pakistan Military Academy. His body was later buried at sea.

Bin Laden’s three widows and 11 members of his family were recently deported to Saudi Arabia. One tweet on a fake account on the first death anniversary of bin Laden was rather philosophical.

“It’s been almost a year… Time flies when you’re dead!” Another one read: “What is it with Obama and surprise visits on May 1st?”

A popular spoof website went a step further and published an interview with bin Laden: “The guys in Heaven all want to come down here. There’s no hot stuff up there – not even a Lamb Tikka Masala. Man, I tell you, it’s sure great fun here in Hell”.

Bin Laden claimed he was friends with Stalin and Hitler. “Stalin’s a great guy. Vow! If only I had met him while I was still in your Earth zone. Adolf is a nice guy too, but he is a bit of a stiff. Keeps on about how he should not be down here in Hell but up in Heaven ’cause of the good things he’d done in his Earth life”.

Unfortunately, the biggest spoof-like story emanating from Pakistan on bin Laden’s first death anniversary is for real.

The Express Tribune reported that people were visiting the site of bin Laden’s razed compound to offer ‘fateha’ and witness a ‘miracle’ – water gushing forth without use of an electric motor.

Though this could have been caused by a fractured water line, many claimed that water gushes forth like a spring because those killed at the place were innocent.

Book Review : The Red Market : On the Trail of the World’s Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers and Child Traffickers by Scott Carney

Title: The Red Market: On the Trail of the World’s Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers and Child Traffickers
Author: Scott Carney
Publisher: Hachette India
ISBN: 978-93-5009-351-1
Pages: 241
Genre: Non-Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5/5

Let me make you aware right at the outset: The Red Market is not going to be an easy read. If you are looking for something nice and warm and mushy, then don’t even pick it up, however if you want to know reality and what goes unnoticed and unseen, then this is the book you must read. Through ten detailed, sometimes nauseating chapters , Scott Carney removes the mask from the many layers of exploitation, experimentation, harvesting, and piecemeal selling of humans and human organs.

Targeted subjects include: the organ harvesting of corpses; the selling of kidneys and lungs and the thin red line of social acceptance it has reached in certain provinces in India; the kidnapping and subsequent cross-continental adoption of children from third world nations; the pharmaceutical practice of using willing human guinea pigs to test potentially dangerous new medicines; and even the growing market for real human hair.

To know what takes place behind the curtain is discomforting for sure, however this kind of education is much needed. Carney an investigative reporter is allowed that insider’s perspective into the on-goings of the market of organ trafficking and selling. The book is full of individuals whose lives have literally been taken from them – who have been coerced into selling their blood (drained almost), women and men who owing to circumstances have no choice but to sell their kidneys and other body organs, of parents whose child is taken away from them (in the name of adoption) and settled in America, only to be abused for work.

The writing is frank and not for once does Carney mince his words. He tells it the way it is even if it means that readers have to squirm at the thought of it. It is not easy to take note that even during the age of globalization and policies and procedures, there are brokers who are adept at finding loop holes in the system – from selling of organs to surrogate pregnancies to stealing babies. Carney also takes a close look at the underlying issues – the anonymity in organ donation (which works best for the middlemen), the nature of fluctuating demand where growing technology is concerned and the relationship between the free market and the individual’s choice or the lack of it.

Carney writes in first-person, making you feel that you are right there as the events unfold. The reading is not difficult – it is simply written. Just that one has to pause several times while reading it, so one can move on with it, considering the topic. Scott Carney has done an outstanding job with this book. He has unearthed the darker side of humanity and the extent to which human beings reach the bottom-most level. He asks difficult questions for which there are no answers. The Red Market is a gripping account of an invisible crime wave that lurks between us and wings itself in every medical breakthrough. It will make you wonder and think a lot about the issue on hand.