翻译国外愚人节整蛊

日期:2009-10-15 10:20:35    阅读:2537

北京天译时代翻译公司精品翻译知识导读:

瑞士面条树

在1957年,由于暖冬天气和面条树虫大灭亡,使今年瑞士农民的意大利面条树获得了大丰收。伴随这条新闻还配有一些画面,我们看到瑞士农民正在从树上摘意大利面。于是BBC接到了数百个咨询电话,人们想知道他们如何才能在自家也种上面条树。对这件事情BBC用很官方的态度进行了回应, “把一枝面条树干插到一听番茄酱中,接下来就是抱着希望等待它丰收啦。”

1957: The respected BBC news announced that thanks to a very mild winter and the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. It accompanied this announcement with footage of Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees. Many called the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this the BBC diplomatically replied, "place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best."

变彩色电视

1962年,瑞典当时只有一个电视频道,而且是以黑白色率播出节目。电视台的技术顾问谢尔斯坦森先生愚人节那天出现在新闻中,他跟大家说,由于最新技术的发展,观众们可以转换他们现有的设置,使自己的电视画面呈现彩色。观众们需要做的就是把一条尼龙袜蒙在电视机上,然后就可以看到彩色画面了。他自己还亲自示范了这个步骤。于是成千上万的观众都被骗了。

1962: In 1962 there was only one tv channel in Sweden, and it broadcast in black and white. The station's technical expert, Kjell Stensson, appeared on the news to announce that, thanks to a new technology, viewers could convert their existing sets to display color reception. All they had to do was pull a nylon stocking over their tv screen. Stensson proceeded to demonstrate the process. Thousands of people were taken in.

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