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There was this Pho restaurant by my house growing up and one of the menu items was "Bible Tripe."
I thought bible tripe was an actual thing, depending on the cut of the stomach.
What the Pho? I've looked it up before just because I was curious about the etymology and all I could ever find are things like reviews calling the Pho "heavenly" or weird religious websites.
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Found "sushi of child" on a menu in Akita once.
Really hoping they meant child-sized sushi order.
The weirdest one I've seen is this store front called "Husky or Maltese Whatever" It's a place that apparently serves hot dogs and little else but is never open. The women owns a few creperies downtown and I guess just needed a bigger home base. The owners didn't speak English all that well and asked her what she wanted on the sign: I guess she has a Maltese, but just said "Husky or Maltese, Whatever." So that's what they did. As far as I know the place is now officially closed but the sign remains. I really want that sign.
There was also a Chinese place called Hung Far Low and they had this big sign in Chinatown, and one day it either fell at half mast or was about to fall completely, can't remember so they took it down. The owner, an American who owns a number of restaurants called Pok Pok bought the place and started a campaign to put the sign back up after he bought the property, calling it the "Re-erect Hung Far Low." Sign's back up, and all's well in the universe.
So yes, John Oliver, you're right. I do live in a cartoon. And a dick joke.
|infinite zest |
Don't get me started on Japan: I almost bought a knock off Beavis and Butthead t-shirt that said "The Simpsons." I love this stuff. I always feel bad laughing though because if I were to try to ask a question about the taxis at the airport in Japanese, I'd probably get thrown in jail because I just told the security guard that I was about to blow up the subway.
A friend of mine went to Japan some years ago for one of those teach English in Japan programs, and stayed, got married and now speaks fluent Japanese, including writing in Kanji, which is damn impressive. He comes back though to visit his family in South Milwaukee, and when he visited me on the west coast his wife seemed very uncomfortable at the place we were at, like it was super-weird or something. They live in Shybuya Ken for crying out loud. Oh well.
The place I saw it at was at some open air shop in Sapporo. Our group was supposed to stay in Tokyo but because of the subway bombings they posted us up in the Olympics village in Sapporo instead.
Jet Bin Fever
I collected a lot of Engrish when I was in Japan. It was really satisfying.
When I was in Thailand last month, I noticed quite a few places had "Chicken Gordon Blue" on their menu. I thought Gordon Blue would make an excellent, Ron Mexico-style alias. You know, for giving herpes to people.
This made me laugh hysterically and I don't know why.
Surely it's not that funny.
Must watch. Deserves awards.
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