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05:03 AM on 04/16/2013
Why would IKEA call an expensive pillow rapeseed ?

Swedish people associate rapeseed with the bright yellow rapeseed flowers. Rapeseed fields are beautiful.
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Katrin55
A man's reach should exceed his grasp
08:50 AM on 04/16/2013
Yes, they are. I saw them in Romania. (And obviously we call rapeseed "canola")
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kostya
Ineluctable modality of the visual
03:22 AM on 04/16/2013
As Huffpost now has resorted to trying to pull in pageviews with 8-year-old tricks (Rape seed is funnier than Canola seed) you might as well know the three words that do the most to goose sales of "yellow" or afternoon daily newspapers: Sex. Win. Free.

Want more pageviews, Huffpo. Try this one: "Win free sex!"
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02:09 AM on 04/16/2013
Google translated Gosa correct. Rape translated to Swedish is "våldtäkt".
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North Light
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01:55 AM on 04/16/2013
Silly article.

Raps is the yellow canola flower.
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01:42 AM on 04/16/2013
Transliterations are hard to get correct.
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LemmonHerk
12:34 AM on 04/16/2013
How could a list like this EVER leave out the famous Chevy Nova debacle? They couldn't understand why sales were flat in Latin America until someone told them that in Spanish, "Nova" means "it won't go" (no va). Strike One for Mad Men!
01:57 AM on 04/16/2013
because it's an urban myth. check it out on snopes.
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LemmonHerk
02:09 AM on 04/16/2013
Well, how about that!! I've read it in so many places (not viral emails) and never heard it was an urban myth. I learned something today, thanks.
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andycooke
I'm just here for the yummy
11:53 PM on 04/15/2013
Here we call it "safflower pillow".

Also, why is it so hard to find safflower oil? It is the best for high heat gourmet cooking.
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BrianK1967
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10:55 PM on 04/15/2013
My favorite all time "lost in translation" is from Narita Airport in Japan. The moving walkway's pleasant feminine voice announces in English, "Beware, the end is near".
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North Light
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01:59 AM on 04/16/2013
Lol awesome.
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cabinetmaniac
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10:42 PM on 04/15/2013
If you type "rapeseed" into Google translator the Swedish result is "raps."

Also, if you translate "Gosa Raps" and click on the word "rape" there are alternate translations of canola and rapeseed.

Genders
Love, Tolerance, Enlightenment
10:27 PM on 04/15/2013
blame google. They should have had the idiomatic expressing in their translator.
schlinky
someone still cares
10:14 PM on 04/15/2013
Whatever they call it,as long as it stays in Peoples Minds People will buy it no matter what it means in a particular language.Ikea knows Controversy sells and they be laughing all the way to the Bank.
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Dosadi
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10:13 PM on 04/15/2013
Well that is not nearly as bad as what most of us dream of signing, a mortgage.
The word mortgage is derived from two Latin words. Mort means death and Gage means pledge.
So why do we all want to sign a dang death pledge?
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LemmonHerk
12:37 AM on 04/16/2013
Because it refers to the "death" of the debt. Yes, really. So called because the deal dies either when the debt is paid or when payment fails.
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Dosadi
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12:44 AM on 04/16/2013
Or the payer dies.
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Milly Combs
08:33 AM on 04/16/2013
Years ago that's what it was, people paid on mortgages usually til they died, or dang close, so in essence it is a death pledge.
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Mark Cee
Daddy, i want an oompa loompa now !
10:10 PM on 04/15/2013
WHO would ever rely on a GOOGLE PRODUCT ?

DUMB, DUMB, DUMB......
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10:05 PM on 04/15/2013
So Google incorrectly translated chose rape over rapeseed. And Ikea has to explain or apologize for this? How does this even get written, much less end up on the front page of HuffPo?