Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Lost in Translation

We’ve noticed over the last week or so that we’re having a bit of a “lost in translation” problem.


The first signs of this communication problem came in the form of one our interns complaining about Lumpy’s alien language. Had we paid more attention back then, we would have figured out that Lumpy was actually speaking Japanese.

What should have been the real wake-up call for us was the sign that Lumpy had made to congratulate the Promo Code Contest winners.

We did a bit of digging, and we discovered the reason for this intergalactic communication mess.

As it turns out, Lumpy studied Japanese before he came to Earth from Zgrunturos.

Lumpy’s agent told him that he was going to be starring in a game show on Earth. Based on that information, Lumpy started to research game shows on Earth. During his research, Lumpy discovered Japanese game shows and got hooked on them because he thought they were the most cutting edge programming he could find on the planet.

After watching hours and hours of Japanese game show footage, Lumpy wound up thinking that everyone on Earth spoke Japanese. So, in an effort to prepare for his debut on Earth, Lumpy took various online crash courses in the Japanese language.

So, the semi-good news is that Lumpy can communicate a little bit with his fans in Japan. The bad news is that until Lumpy gets up to speed in English, we’re stuck with his agent interpreting or translating for him.

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