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Wednesday, July 21, 2004

BORED AT WORK?

Here's a fun thing to do. Using Alta Vista's Babel Fish translator, take some text (in this case Warren Zevon's "Lawyers, Guns, and Money" ) and translate into any language. Then translate that text into a third language, then back to english. See what you get.

Well, I went home with the waitress
The way I always do
How was I to know
She was with the Russians, too
I was gambling in Havana
I took a little risk
Send lawyers, guns and money
Dad, get me out of this
I'm the innocent bystander
Somehow I got stuck
Between the rock and the hard place
And I'm down on my luck
And I'm down on my luck
And I'm down on my luck
Now I'm hiding in Honduras
I'm a desperate man
Send lawyers, guns and money
The shit has hit the fan
Send lawyers, guns and money...

In Spanish:

Bien, fui a casa con la camarera la manera que lo hago siempre c�mo era I a saber que ella estaba con los rusos, yo jugaba tambi�n en La Habana tom� un peque�o riesgo env�o a abogados, los armas y pap� del dinero, me consigo de este I'm la persona presente inocente consegu� de alguna manera pegado entre la roca y el lugar y el I'm abajo en mi suerte y el I'm abajo en mi suerte y el I'm duros abajo en mi suerte ahora I'm que oculta en Honduras I'm un hombre desesperado env�a a abogados, armas y el dinero la mierda ha golpeado el ventilador env�a abogados, los armas y el dinero...

In French:

Bien, je suis all� � la maison avec la femme de chambre la mani�re qui le fais toujours comment il �tait I � savoir qu'elle �tait avec ce qui est russes, je jouais aussi � La Havane ai pris un petit risque envoie � des avocats, les armes et pape de l'argent, mo'avec lui de cet I'm la personne pr�sente innocente j'ai obtenu d'une certaine mani�re coll� entre la roche et le lieu et l'I'm vers le bas dans ma chance et l'I'm vers le bas dans ma chance et l'I'm douros vers le bas dans ma chance maintenant I'm qu'il dissimule au Honduras I'm un homme d�sesp�r� envoie � des avocats, armes et l'argent l'excr�ment a frapp� le ventilateur envoie des avocats, les armes et l'argent

And back:

Well, I went to the house with the chambermaid the manner which always do it how it was I with knowing qu'elle was with what is Russian, I also played Havana took a small risk sends to lawyers, the weapons and pope of l'argent, mo'avec him of this I'm the person present innocent j'ai obtained d'une certain manner stuck between the rock and the place and l'I'm downwards in my chance and l'I'm downwards in my chance and l'I'm douros downwards in my chance now I'm qu'il dissimulate in Honduras I'm a desperate man sends to lawyers, weapons and l'argent l'excr�ment the ventilator struck sends lawyers, the weapons and l'argent

Comments:
you must be seriously bored at work to do this kind of stuff.

Frodo
 
You must be seriously bored at work!
 
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