In the mid 1990s, many hamster generations ago when the internet was new and websites few, the service employee who cared for my ancestors read every web page she could find about hamsters. She was particularly amused by those based in Asia that used less then perfect - and sometimes hilarious - translated English.
Times have changed, but the translations have improved little if at all. We did a little surfing just for fun.
At a website in Japan, for instance, we found the cute hamster calendar pictured above. A note to the buyer, in Google-English, advises: "This product is discontinued in stock as long as there is a case where I am allowed to cancel if the stock was found after an order reception desk." Okay. Gotcha.
The product description, also translated by Google, reads as follows: "2013 edition THE HAMSTER calendar is a calendar of cute animals will heal you every day. All color. It is a calendar of cute hamster was taken with a fisheye lens. BIG original seal."
Wikipedia. As you may have guessed, it comes in many languages, including Japanese. The entry under "Hamster," when translated to English from the original Japanese, includes this alarming content: " Extinction is threatened Golden hamster wild, but, for breeding, breeding is easy, pet name recognition is high is breeding as experimental animals."
Ouch! We think they're saying that Syrian hamsters in the wild may be on the verge of extinction. But our species remains common because of "easy" breeding. But as lab animals? Is that what they wrote? God forbid!
The Googlese translated Wikipedia also points out that the Syrian hamster "tail is short" and "hides under the fur." As to our ability to see and hear, we're told this: "Vision of hamsters also, without so good and colorblind is.....Further, it is said to be able to listen to high-frequency, it is believed to also have to communicate with each other by the ultrasonic."
In other words, our vision is limited but we hamsters can communicate with each other at a frequency that you humans can't detect. Hah! Your red teeshirt may look like gray to us, but we can talk about you and you can't hear us! So there!
The first time a hamster was elected President of the United States by popular vote was in 2000, and the Supreme Court of the United States overturned that election.
In the year 1920, the price of gasoline was thirty cents a gallon, 88 per cent of Los Angeles didn't exist, and all Syrian hamsters still lived in Syria.
Where have all the hamsters gone? You see Syrian hamsters in movies and TV commercials, on greeting cards and calendars. Everywhere but pet stores. Where are they? What's happening? Where have all the hamsters gone?
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