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Mariboro – Cancer Stick Fail!

If you’re looking for information about the Slovenian city of Maribor (or Mariboro), you’ve come to the wrong place!

Today’s WTF travel photo is about an unfortunate spelling of a company name that makes “cancer sticks” for a living that ends up causing those who use them to become dead.

I received it from Brett Minor, who’s been living in Beijing, China for the last few years. Check out his blog at The Transformed Nonconformist (love the name!).

He’s sent me a tonne of Chinglish gold so I’ll be sending it out on the site over the next little while! And this is the first of it!

Now before you accuse me of adversely promoting such a company, I’d be the last person in the world to take up smoking for obvious reasons.

I just thought this was funny as I love how when things that don’t translate very well into English cause a Translation Fail!

Anyway here it is!

The Mariboro Hat!


Don’t worry, I’m sure the proceeds from the sale of these Mariboro hats aren’t going to a tobacco company.

That’s because it’s probably a knock off product that some stall trader is flogging off in some Beijing street to to make a living, and they’re looking at any means to do it!

And the thing is, with China having some of the highest smoking rates in the world (not sure if you’re able to distinguish the cigarette smoke from the rest of the atmosphere), I’m sure there are a few fans of this hat.

But they won’t be in a couple of decades time when their habit comes back to bite them on the arse!

Anyway, I’m going to have the last word (and laugh) here!

Cancer Jokes - Cancer Does Cure Smoking Eventually!

So sad, so true. As Yul Brynner said – ‘whatever you do, just don’t smoke’.

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  1. January 29, 2018    

    Thank you for the shout out. Much appreciated.

    I took this picture in the coastal city of Qingdao. It was along the boardwalk in a tourist trap with tons of little shops. These hats weren’t even geared toward Chinese people. It was to be sold to the foreign tourists who would know better.

    • January 29, 2018    

      Ha ha! Thanks Brett. There’s a lot more of your stuff coming! Thanks for letting me use your great pics!

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