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Top 10 intercultural blunders of 2011

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

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Charles Rex Arbogast, Associated Press
During the Super Bowl in February, discount website Groupon ran a mock public service announcement about Tibet with a message that quickly changed from “Save the Tibetan people” to “Save the money.” This incited a bit of a backlash; however, as with many controversial advertisements, it is difficult to tell if the added publicity only helped the company.

Winner: In spite of the controversy, nonprofits including The Tibet Fund received additional publicity and donations via Groupon’s voucher program and matching funds.
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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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