Fair enough, I admit to being the sort of person likely to pass on jokes in an e-mail. Especially if they are funny. I know, it's so very 1999 in these days of Wikis, social media and erm, other techy things. Anyway, my translation partner, a fine firm called Softtalk, has the following mistranslations on its Web site. I think they are really quite good:

In a Norwegian cocktail lounge: "Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar."

In an Acapulco Hotel: "The manager has personally passed all the water served here."

In Krakow station toilets: "It is forbidden to steal the station's towels. Please if you are not a person to do such a thing do not read this notice."

By Krakow ticket office: "We take your bags and send them in all directions."

In a Tokyo Bar: "Special cocktails for the ladies with nuts."

On Zakopane street stall: "SPECIAL TODAY.....NO ICE CREAM"

In a Zurich Hotel: "Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the opposite sex in the bedroom, it is suggested that the lobby be used for this purpose."

In a Zakopane Dry Cleaners: "Men drop your trousers here for best results." and "Ladies leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time".

In Witow mountain Pass: "Take one of our horse driven mountain trips...We guarantee no miscarriages."

Advertisement for donkey rides in Thailand: "Would you like to ride on your own ass?"

Outside a Paris dress shop: "Dresses for street walking."

In a Krakow hotel bedroom: "You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid."

In an advertisement by a Hong Kong Dentist: "Teeth extracted by the latest Methodists."

In a Bangkok Temple: "It is forbidden to enter a woman even a foreigner if dressed as a man."

In a Tokyo Shop: "Our nylons cost more, but you'll find they are best in the long run."

Thought you might like those.

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