Monday, January 13, 2014

¡Hola, 404Care!

One of the most (unintentionally?) humorous things I ever saw on TV was back in the 70's: The Streets of San Francisco paired an older, experienced detective (Karl Malden) with a younger partner (Michael Douglas). In one episode, they arrive at the storefront of a Latino business, only to see a sign on the door: "El Close-o." (Really!)

I was reminded of this by the news that the Spanish-language version of the train wreck website isn't any more well designed or implemented than the English one. In fact, well, it was apparently written by Adam Sandler:

"The site,, launched more than two months late. A Web page with Spanish instructions linked users to an English form."

Not only that, but the translations themselves are straight out of 'Spanglish:'

"...the name of the site itself can literally be read "for the caution of health."

On second thought, that may actually be a case of truth in advertising.

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