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A fine example of Engrish, the mangling translation of an instruction manual into another language.

This particular instance is a classic, having been floating around on the internet for many years. The product itself is a sticky gumlike length attached to a plastic frog shaped base. I'm sure most of us have either had one or seen them in the store before, you whip them out to snag bits of cardboard and small coins for the thirty seconds (or so) it takes for them to be completely and utterly covered with lint and dust.

I proudly present to you; Tongue of Frog
(all typos are quoted verbatim from original)


  • A product has the stickness and is just like a soft rubber band with high contractility. It can be played to stick the remote objects.
  • Inspite of it is sticky, it is never like the chewing guns which is glued tightly and cannot be separated.
  • If the stickness is not good enough, it can be washed by soap. After it is dried, it cab be used continously many times.
  • The packing paper has printed the bug picture, which can be cut as per the black frame and placed on the table, then you can stick the picture with your tongue of frog.
Separate it with two hands, then release one hand, throw it with the full of your strength out.
interesting illustration showing a whipcracking tongue of frog

The key point for throwing far away is the same as the throwing of fishing rod, i.e to throw out slowly with full of your strength.
interesting illustration showing more of a casting motion

boxed illustration of a round ball of tongue of frog with an arrow towards an unwrapped, wormy tongue of frog with text: No matter that you make a round ball, it will recover the original shape.


  • Never throw out to other person's head.
  • Keep away from fire.
  • Inspite of it is non-toxic, it cannot be eaten
  • Never pull out tongue of frog hard, as it might be separated.
  • Its content has the oil, so if it touches on cloth, precious object or wall, the stains will remain if you don't care about it.
  • Never put on surface of any object, shall keep in a polybag.

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