An old friend emailed me late last week and suggested that I take a look at a strange online news aggregator which seemed to be reprinting news stories after multiple translations.
He flagged a Hawaii story about the autistic student at Kailua High School who was forced to run until he dropped. Apparently it was drawn from this story in the Huffington Post.
The funny thing was what apparently happened in translation.
“Huffington Post” became “Huffington Submit”.
“Civil Beat” became “Civil Conquer”.
“Kailua High School” appeared as Kailua Superior Faculty, Kailua Significant, or Kailua Substantial.
The aggregator site, www.bulletinstandard.org, is no longer online. That didn’t take long. I’m kind of sorry, in a way, because its linguistic twists were pretty humorous.