Norway’s Olympic Team Ended Up With 15,000 Eggs Instead Of 1,500 Thanks To Translation Blunder

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

Athletes from around the world have descended on Pyeongchang to compete for the 2018 winter Olympics.

To perform optimally in the competitions, these world-class athletes need to fuel up appropriately. Their meals and nutrition are carefully monitored, and the countries they represent dictate the meals the team eats.

Of course, protein is an important source of fuel, meaning that teams are ordering a lot of it. Eggs make up just one of these sources, and Norway’s Olympic team chefs ordered 1,500 of them.

Or at least, they thought they did.

According to CNN, the chefs put in an order  with a local supermarket using Google Translate — and ended up ordering a whopping 15,000 instead!

When the truck carrying the eggs arrived, the chefs helped unload all the cartons. The task seemed endless, and so they asked the driver how many eggs he had brought. He replied that there were a total of 15,000 in the truck, and that’s when they realized that they had made quite the translation blunder.

Luckily for the chefs, the South Korean supermarket was willing to take back the extra 13,500 eggs Norway’s Olympic team didn’t need.

Thank goodness that crisis was averted!

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Photo: Twitter / Olympic Channel

CORRECTION: February 9, 2018

In a previous version of this article, the country of Norway was misspelled as ‘Noway.’

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