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Friday, August 21 12:00 AM ET

Famous Quotes Lost in Translation

By Brian Briggs follow me on Twitter.


I was having fun with Translation Party, which translates from English to Japanese and back again until it reaches a steady state. I wondered what would come out if I feed it some famous quotations. For fun see if you can guess the original quote. Highlight the quote for the answer. Have fun:

Result: "I do not remember the name of the book for the elderly." -George Santayana
Quote: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." -George Santayana

Result: "No, I understand, what is known as the most popular movie in the world?" - Einstein
Quote: "The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible." - Einstein

Result: "To break the encryption is easy to avoid bad habits." -Ben Franklin
Quote: "It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them." -Ben Franklin

Result: "Performance, a large hole in the back." -Henry Ford
Quote: "A bore is a person who opens his mouth and puts his feats in it." -Henry Ford

Result: "I hope not to attend the funeral of a letter of approval." - Mark Twain
Quote: "I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." - Mark Twain

Result: "In fact, in the future, we are the world's second short." - Winston Churchill
Quote: "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on." - Winston Churchil

Result: "June 2007, for me, my health and hunger, if necessary, cutting and eating pizza." -Yogi Berra
Quote: "You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six." - Yogi Berra

Result: " SENAI, all problems of corruption will be removed from the smart table." -Abraham Lincoln
"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." - Abraham Lincoln

Result: "Time is a fantasy. Double lunch." -Douglas Adams
Quote: "Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so." -Douglas Adams

Result: "I can play another night of hockey." -Rodney Dangerfield
Quote: "I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out." -Rodney Dangerfield

Result:"If the heart of hell, bite me. To my last breath is bad." -Khan Noonien Singh
"From Hell's heart, I stab at thee... For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee." -Khan Noonien Singh


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