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December 11, 2006



Like many Americans, I suspect, the extent of my exposure to humor of Japanese origin is contained in a file folder of owner's manuals for various household gadgets (which once upon a time were all made in Japan) that are translated to English, often with side-splitting ineptitude, from the native tongue. Honestly, some of the usage exemplifies the phrase "you couldn't make this stuff up." What makes them so satisfying, of course, is that the meaning, against all intuition, is left intact. The caption under the polar bear video reminded me that I should dust off the assembly instructions to, like, my water-pik for a few nostalgic yucks:

"Details: A girl and a polar bear gets up and personal. The young girl doesn't seem to get together very well though."

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