Monday, March 12, 2007

Translato-Bot Strikes Again

I’m going to interrupt Haiku week just for a second for a brief note to share a few lines of superb machine translation I just stumbled across.

This little gem of inadvertent robot humor is from a blog of random news articles about animals, apparently translated by a malfunctioning Brazilian android or something, with the imaginative name of “Animal News”.

Monday, January 22, 2007

The bees of the assassin infest the area of Katrina-Ravaged


The residents of the flood-damaged parish of the St. Bernard, still that recovers of the Katrina hurricane, have a new preoccupation: bees of the assassin.

The article goes on to explain that “Sometimes they call the ‘bees to you of the assassin’ because their intense attacks can be fatal.” Who would have guessed that Portuguese-(or whatever)-to-English translation mechanoids were also such masters at writing kung-fu movie dialogue?

1 comment:

mairin said...

It makes me proud to say that even my WORST ESL student could have written better than this.......