US News Norway’s Olympic team given 15,000 eggs due to translation error

11:23  09 february  2018
11:23  09 february  2018 Source:   The Week

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However, due to a blunder caused by Google Translate , which was partially used to render the order into Korean, team Norway got ten times as many eggs as 15 . 000 ble levert på døra. Vi ønsker lykke til og håper at de norske gullhåpene er glade – veldig glade – i egg : 😁 pic.twitter.com/qaWVpq1Xgy.

(Chicago Sun Times) A Google Translate error resulted in Norway ’ s Olympic Team receiving 15 , 000 eggs . Norway ’ s Olympic Team chefs were compiling a grocery list for its Olympic athletes competing at the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea. Due to the language barrier

Norway’s Olympic team given 15,000 eggs due to translation error © Christian Cable/Flickr Norway’s Olympic team given 15,000 eggs due to translation error

Omelette, anyone? A Google translation error meant that Norway’s PyeongChang 2018 squad were presented with 15,000 eggs upon their arrival in the Olympic village - 13,500 more than they wanted.

Chefs in charge of catering for the 109 Norwegian athletes taking part in the winter games had ordered 1,500 eggs for a team menu which includes “omelettes, boiled eggs, fried eggs, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs,” team chef Stale Johansen told Aftenposten.

Johansen recalled the moment the delivery van arrived and the team began to unload pallet after pallet of eggs. “It seemed endless,” he said. “It was extraordinary.”

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Team Norway ends up with 15 , 000 eggs thanks to translation error . Norway ' s Olympic team ended up with 15 , 000 eggs -- 13,500 more than expected -- because of a translation error that was made in the order.

Norway ’ s Olympic chefs say they used Google Translate to order supplies and wound up with 15 , 000 eggs . Eggs are a rich source of protein, and athletes tend to eat a lot of them. But nobody could eat as many eggs as the Norwegian Olympic team received this week, after a translation

However, the team had used Google Translate to place the order with the South Korean supplier, who was apparently led to believe the team needed ten times more eggs that they actually wanted.

The Guardian suggests that the miscommunication could be a result of South Korea’s “complex counting system”. The way that numbers are written means that “changing one syllable would mean the difference between 1,500 and 15,000”.

Fortunately for any Norwegian athletes dreading three weeks of frittata suppers, the supplier allowed Team Norway to send back the 13,500 surplus eggs when chefs explained the mistake.

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