Team Norway's Chef Orders Eggs...What Could Go Wrong?

photo credit: Kai Pfaffenbach

"Absolutely Unbelievable" says Stale Johansen, team Norway's chef, after a simple order for eggs goes way wrong. Using Google Translate to place an order with a South Korean grocer for 1,500 eggs, you can imagine the team's surprise when instead 15,000 eggs arrive. "There was literally no end to the delivery," says Johansen, to USA Today, which notes the situation ended up being more of a waste of time, not food as the excess eggs were returned.

Had they kept the order the team of 109 athletes would have to consume nearly 7 eggs per day of the 20 day games. which for an athlete that really doesn't sound like a lot right? 

Reports lay the blame on Google Translate, however it seems there could be another explaination. It points a finger at South Korea's complex counting system. It is common for restaurants to buy eggs by the crate in multiples of 30 in South Korea, but changing one syllable would mean the difference between 1,500 and 15,000.

Still, that's a lot of omelets. 

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