Those of you read my Sprinters and Milers post and liked it, will also like this:


In April 2004, someone called attention to the fact something was a little odd about the care instruction tags found on backpacks and laptop cases produced by manufacturer TOM BIHN of Port Angeles, Washington.

Specifically, what was unusual was that the English and French statements on those tags didn’t quite match – while both versions included the usual admonitions not to use bleach, not to machine dry, and not to iron the bags, the French-language version included an extra phrase: “NOUS SOMMES DESOLES QUE NOTRE PRESIDENT SOIT UN IDIOT. NOUS N’AVONS PAS VOTE POUR LUI.” Roughly translated, this statement reads in English as: “We’re sorry our president is an idiot. We didn’t vote for him.”

Tom Bihn, president of the eponymous company, said he doesn’t know which of his 10 employees are responsible. “They know my French is so bad they could sneak it past me,” he said. But he doesn’t appear to be too determined to root out the guilty party and said he’s “not opposed to the sentiments” about Mr. Bush.

“We haven’t looked really hard to find out who did it because it’s good for us. When we find them, we’ll give them a raise,” said Mr. Bihn, who insists the “president” mentioned on the tag is a reference to himself as the company’s president and not to Mr. Bush.

The tag has “hit a resonating chord” all over the world, including France, where some customers believe the reference is to their president, Jacques Chirac. “People out there think a number of presidents are idiots,” said Mr. Bihn. “It’s a universal message.”

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