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

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

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

  5. jan

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

  6. 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.

  7. The Chaos Realm

    Ack! LOL

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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