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Top 10 intercultural blunders of 2011

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

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In November, PUMA launched a new shoe design sporting the United Arab Emirates (UAE) flag colors for the 40th National Day in the country. Sadly, Emirati citizens expressed serious anger over this marketing attempt to place a respected symbol on an item considered very dirty in Arab culture. PUMA recalled all the shoes and issued an apology.

Winner: Despite the fallout from its good intentions, PUMA should be commended for attempting to use a locally created design that was identified via its Creative Factory website.
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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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