Lost in Translation: Camel Balls Gum

Today’s product is sold in the UK, among other places (e.g. Amazon).  In and of itself, it may not be lost in translation so much as a marketing gimmick, but I came across an article of the UK’s Mirror titled, “Bubblegum called Camel Balls sold to girl, 7, gives mum the hump”.  Their choice of that last word in this particular context is unfortunate, given its connotations in some English dialects…


LIT - Camel Balls Gum


Filed under Humor, Images, Mistranslations

24 responses to “Lost in Translation: Camel Balls Gum

  1. Alex Hurst

    Ummmmm….. well, that’s one way to market a candy and ensure people make unappetizing faces while sucking on them… 😛

  2. They might not taste bad, but in this case I would think it’s more the thought that counts… 😛

  3. Looking at the picture on the ad, I can only say “YUCK and YUCK”

  4. Sugar… what a way to go! 😉

  5. OH MY!!!!!!!!! I can’t even believe those are real!! Hahaha!

  6. I’m not sure I could get past the concept to enjoy the taste, even if they were good… 😛

  7. I’ve had the great fortune of never seeing those anywhere. Totally unappealing. (Though I’m laughing). 🙂

  8. Hahaha I didn’t think I would be able to either but I just loved them!

  9. If I ever see them in the UK, I’ll take a photo as evidence… I might even be tempted to try one, just to say, “I’ve eaten camel balls”. 😉 LOL!

  10. Now you can list them under extreme cuisines you’ve eaten! 😉

  11. LOL is right! You might not want to admit it!

  12. LOL! 😉 Oh, I’ve eaten some bizarre things, believe me! Rattlesnake, shark, dog (in Asia), horse… just to name a few. I think I could handle camel balls!

  13. jan

    Hahaha! Not very appetizing. I’m glad I already had breakfast!

  14. Maybe I should have put out a warning to that effect first. 😉

  15. This piece is right up there with the great classic about “mouse balls” dating from around 1989. Here is a link:
    How did computer mice work before they used light? They used a little ball full of tiny magnets. A hole in the bottom of the mouse (narrower than the width of the ball) kept the ball in place while letting it rotate as the mouse moved. Modern computer mice work better but evoke fewer laughs.

  16. I remember those old-style mouse balls… I remember using computer before the dawn of Windows; I wrote letters through DOS, from formatting to print out! It’s now lost knowledge, alas. 😉 Thanks for the link – I’ll check it out!

  17. The Snopes “memo” is hilarious! 🙂

  18. The Chaos Realm

    Ack! LOL

  19. I’m in the UK and I’ve never seen these before, not that I was looking mind you. I’ll have to keep an eye out as I’m sucker for terrible marketing.

  20. Let me know where you find them – next time I go to London, I’d like to pick one up just for the fun of it. 🙂

  21. Found these in a local shop a couple of months ago (Holmfirth, West Yorkshire) caused a giggle for me and my 11 y/o son.

  22. Next time I go to Britain, I’ll be looking for them. 😉

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