As journalists tweet the difficulties and unpreparedness of the Sochi Olympics, it's a good time for a debunking of some of those fake viral photos. In particular, most images of menus with bad translations and badly-made toilets are not from the Sochi Games.
Let's start with the English translation of Russian menus, which, as any traveler can tell you, is often a source of humor for bad translations. Hey, languages are difficult. Just look at this menu:
Sochi menu. Not a joke. pic.twitter.com/OAnXN9h5rk— Eugene Gourevitch (@gourev) February 5, 2014
That menu reads "Ice cream in the ass." "Ass.," of course, is a shortened version of "assorted" flavors, in this case referring to ice cream. Ass is also a curse word for a derrière. Get it? Hah!
But sorry Mr. Gourevitch, that is actually a joke, and not from Sochi. A quick Google search of that same photo shows it from at least June 2012 on College Humor. It also appeared in November of 2012 on Engrish.com. Like many things online, it may be "real" but not what is seems.
That assorted/ass confusion has been the biggest joke-maker today. The photo to the right is another menu with a prominent "ass" that has been going around as well. It appeared on EnglishRussia.com in October 2007, and was also picked up in BBC Russia in 2008.