Monday, April 11, 2011

The what?

Some years ago my friend visited a Japanese pharmaceutical company which has just introduced the contraceptive pill to Japan and whose shares were going through the roof as a consequence. She was asking ten company officials, each with a pile of files, detailed questions (in English which was then translated into Japanese) about sales, pricing and distribution and they were consulting their papers and replying, their answers relayed in English by the translator. She then asked, "Do you think that the Morning After Pill will affect your sales?" The officials consulted with one another. One was sent outside the room and returned with another large file. There was much discussion and the translator said, "The morning after what?"


Blogger Eurodog said...

Very funny,WW.

10:16 am  
Anonymous Portinari said...

The What!

I fail to see the connection between your tale and the picture. Have I missed something?


2:46 pm  
Blogger Angus said...

Analyst or fund manager ?

3:37 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Bonjour ED

Greetings Portinari - I suppose it is more of a before than after photo

Fund manager, Angus

9:50 am  
Anonymous kinglear said...

yes the lack of rumpled hair is a give away I suppose. Anyway, surely " It" is usually referred to as " the other" No wonder the poor japs were confused...

11:08 am  
Blogger elleeseymour said...

Yes, definitely a "before" picture.

5:51 pm  

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