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Top 10 intercultural blunders of 2011

Published: Friday, Dec. 16 2011 8:06 a.m. MST

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Evan Agostini, Associated Press
In August, while promoting the film "Cowboys and Aliens" in Switzerland, actress Olivia Wilde tweeted that she was prepping her speech “in Swiss, Italian and Apache just in case.” Many followers and reporters felt this was a “gotcha” moment and helped her know there is no “Swiss” language, but citizens of Switzerland speak a handful of other languages. The star may have been joking — how serious could anyone really be about brushing up on three or four languages, including Apache, before the screening of a movie about aliens in the old West? If this was not a true intercultural blunder, the joke fell flat because the audience did not understand.

Winner: Even if few saw the original tweet as a joke, at least Wilde showed a sense of humor in her follow-up tweet, saying, “Oh good, turns out there's no Swiss language. That makes things simpler. I’ll throw in Cantonese just to keep things interesting.”
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Salt Lake City, UT

Another pizza-themed cultural blunder from 2011...

Donald Trump and Sarah Palin walk into a pizza shop in Manhattan. Except it's a chain restaurant. And The Donald eats his slice with a fork.

No self-respecting New Yorker would go to a chain pizzeria (especially when showing a guest the city). And the only proper way to eat it is to fold the slice in half lengthwise in your hand. Save the knife and fork for your pizza margherita in Napoli.

Sandy, UT

Seriously? You include Olivia Wilde about preparing "in Swiss" and let Obama go for his comment on the "Austrian language?"

Adam Wooten
Pleasant Grove, UT

Good point, ComSen1. That "Austrian language" comment could have been a good one to include. Thanks for the feedback!

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