The Max Planck Institute — a prestigious research group in Germany, named after the famous physicist — wanted the latest issue of its journal to focus on China. So its graphic designers picked some attractive Chinese characters for the cover.
This is how those characters translated:
With high salaries, we have cordially invited for an extended series of matinées
KK and Jiamei as directors, who will personally lead jade-like girls in the spring of youth,
Beauties from the north who have a distinguished air of elegance and allure,
Young housewives having figures that will turn you on;
Their enchanting and coquettish performance will begin within the next few days.
Yep, that's pretty much what you think it is.
Clearly this is an advertisement for some kind of burlesque business. I did find quite a few references on the Web to a "KK Juggy" from a group called "Machine Gun Fellatio," and apparently the KK in her name stands for "Knickers" and "Knockers."
The resulting "apology" is delicious:
In its apology, the institute – which is named after the German physicist credited as the founder of quantum theory – said the Chinese text "had been chosen by our editorial office in order to symbolically illustrate the magazine's focus on China".
"Unfortunately, it has now transpired that this text contains inappropriate content of a suggestive nature," the apology states.
"To our sincere regret, however, it has now emerged that the text contains deeper levels of meaning, which are not immediately accessible to a non-native speaker."
Meaning "our graphics department copied the sign at that hootchie bar totally not knowing that it was suggestive."
Methinks someone is going to be looking very closely at this month's expense reports from that editorial department.
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