Power Genitalia
June 17, 2003 4:57 PM   Subscribe

Power Genitalia? If only we could harness that power...
posted by kirkaracha (28 comments total)
 
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OK, so it's Powergen Italia (watch that space!), but wouldn't it be misunderstood for the same thing in Italian?
posted by kirkaracha at 4:58 PM on June 17, 2003


The Lumberman's Exchange used to be at www.lumbermansexchange.com, but somebody must have clued them into the problems that domain might present.
posted by jonson at 5:10 PM on June 17, 2003


Oh man, unfortunate, but funny. I love it when companies accidentally name themselves something that has a less then consumable meaning in other languages. The Chevy Nova in South America, the whole Bite-The-Wax-Tadpole thing in China and Malacca Gin.

Some members (heh) might not think this is enough for a front page post. (giggle)
posted by elwoodwiles at 5:12 PM on June 17, 2003


Also www.gotahoe.com.

(Both links in NTK last week).
posted by influx at 5:17 PM on June 17, 2003


Related to gotahoe.com, I used to live in Tahoe City, (near Fanny Bridge for those of you in the know) and the local Bus system was called "TART" for Tahoe Area Rapid Transit". Being a juvenile at heart we always thought that would be great for Fresno, or Fremont....
posted by Eekacat at 5:23 PM on June 17, 2003


Powergen Italia seems to have harnessed the power of AT&T's logo.
posted by tomorama at 5:53 PM on June 17, 2003


You have to admit it, though--that scale of trademark theft takes real cojones.
posted by tss at 5:55 PM on June 17, 2003


I think it's easier since they're not in the United States. There's a Brewery somewhere around Eastern Europe that was calling itself Microsoft.
posted by tomorama at 6:07 PM on June 17, 2003


I once spent four months in Parma, which is in the part of Italy that gave birth to Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Giuseppe Verdi, and... Smeg.

Online dictionaries would seem to indicate that "genitalia" is not a word in Italian; "genitali" is, though.
posted by tss at 6:32 PM on June 17, 2003


Hooray for a real Metafilter post for a change!
posted by PigAlien at 7:28 PM on June 17, 2003


Kinda, anyway...
posted by PigAlien at 7:29 PM on June 17, 2003


My favorite is Go Ogle. There's boobs in the logo. I swear.
posted by pedantic at 7:39 PM on June 17, 2003


Cool. Do they sell t-shirts?
posted by ZenMasterThis at 8:16 PM on June 17, 2003


there's also whorepresents.net.
posted by edlundart at 8:43 PM on June 17, 2003


You want burgers and fries? HELL NO!

You want chicken and biscuits? POPE YES!
posted by soyjoy at 8:56 PM on June 17, 2003


I'm glad to see I'm not the only person who thinks "pope yes" when they see "popeyes".
posted by zztzed at 10:18 PM on June 17, 2003


The public transit system in Montréal is STCUM (which stands for something or other). Since les Quebequois have a habit of naming a lot of things after saints (towns, streets, etc) friends of mine have taken to calling the public transit system "Saint Cum".
posted by ODiV at 10:43 PM on June 17, 2003


And then there's the Make 7 UP Yours campaign.
posted by kirkaracha at 10:47 PM on June 17, 2003


And Me Tafilter! Me Tafilter! Hah!

Oh, wait...
posted by tomorama at 10:57 PM on June 17, 2003


I'm fond of doing that sort of thing myself. For example, the fan over my kitchen stove is made by a company called Nutone, or as I like to call them, Nut One.
posted by kindall at 11:10 PM on June 17, 2003


maybe it's because i'm a former chemistry geek, but until yesterday i thought that alumshubby was "alum shubby."

i have been confused for a long, long time.
posted by mokujin at 6:48 AM on June 18, 2003


The Lumberman's Exchange used to be at www.lumbermansexchange.com, but somebody must have clued them into the problems that domain might present

Likewise expertsexchange.com was once the leading authority in....well, not that, but you get the point.
posted by m@ at 6:49 AM on June 18, 2003


sarasota county area transit.....

yup...

SCAT.

jesus..you'd think somebody would have mentioned something by now. from reading this thread it's obvious why public transportation is having its share of problems....people running the show are fuckups.
posted by taumeson at 8:00 AM on June 18, 2003


I think the site is down. Possibly someone explained the problem to the webmasters?
Their italian adress is "under constructions".
posted by talos at 8:27 AM on June 18, 2003


My college radio station at the University of Minnesota, Morris was KUMM. Which led to some great t-shirts.

Better yet, the only local competition was a country station named KKOK.
posted by COBRA! at 9:04 AM on June 18, 2003


Possible prank.
posted by kavasa at 10:20 AM on June 18, 2003


Wesleyan University has a habit of using "Wes" as a prefix. The crew team T-shirts used to say: WESCREW . When women arrived in 1970, the athletic department thought it would solve the problem by spelling it out: WESLEYANWOMENSCREW.
posted by hippugeek at 1:32 PM on June 18, 2003


snopes article.
posted by donth at 5:00 PM on June 24, 2003


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