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Mi bosco de Social Security office

*Jedi hand wave*

This door is not an actual public entrance to ThinkGeek HQ or anywhere else in our office complex. It is locked and signed, but as soon as we moved in, strangers would try to open it. So we plastered it with "This is not the door you're looking for. You can go about your business." and "DO NOT ENTER".

The signs do not work.

Then we realized that many of the would-be infiltrators are looking for the Social Security office (located around the corner) and might not be English-speaking. And if we wanted to account for all languages, we should just translate the sign a bazillion times. But that would be a lot of work. Hey, let's crowdsource this thing!

So you can be a chucklehead and give us a maliciously mistranslated phrase. But if enough people participate, we can weed those out. So please, take a moment and submit a translation, keeping in mind we don't want to offend our visitors. Unless they're wermos and then they deserve it.

UPDATE 6/10/11 5:40pm: Wow, you guys don't mess around. We received over 800 translations in 251 languages, including all the major ones you'd expect and: 1337, Anagram, Astromech Droid, Base 64, Binary, Elvish, Hexidecimal, Huttese, Judoon, Klingon, LOLcats, Morse Code, Na'vi, Pikachu, Pirate, R'lyehian, Rick Astley-ese, robots.txt, Samuel L. Jackson, Shriiwook, Squirrel, Swedish Chef, Undead, and Yodese.

We're working on updating the signage now, and we'll post our PDF and a photo of the freshly bedecked door soon. For now, here's a handy infographic illustrating the top ten translated languages:

Just as we suspected.
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meaningless icon! FIRST POST! ... but seriously, please post the results online. I'd like to have a few of those on my own door. :)
Natanael L said this 2931 days ago.
meaningless icon! YES! We can absolutely hook the internet up with a giant PDF.
CarrieGouldin said this 2931 days ago.
meaningless icon! What is Mi Bosco de supposed to mean? bosque = forest mocos = buggers busqueda = search for Busco la oficina del Seguro Social "I'm looking for the SS office" ?Busca la oficina del Seguro Social? "Are you looking for the SS office?"
FlautaMom said this 2931 days ago.
meaningless icon! FlautaMom, It's actually Huttese, and yes, it means (or should, if we got it right), "I'm looking for the Social Security office."
CarrieGouldin said this 2931 days ago.
meaningless icon! If only I knew my Korean like I am supposed to, I could actually translate =/ this reminds me to brush up on my mom's language, pronto!
KiwiPanduh said this 2931 days ago.
meaningless icon! Please can someone try this in Judoon? Because that would be awesome.
Cam42 said this 2931 days ago.
meaningless icon! Cam if the Tardis can't even translate how do you expect us to? How about Klingon instead? BachHa' bop bachHa' choghvat je ghang nej baj. LeSpoH DaH bot DIvI'may'Duj.
Gallifrey Girl said this 2931 days ago.
meaningless icon! Random, non-door-translation-related question: What font/typeface did you use for that sign above?
RaDragon said this 2931 days ago.
meaningless icon! I gave you my trnaslation for french. Now low down your shipping price for France so i can finally buy something with the little money i have :'(
kupogame said this 2931 days ago.
meaningless icon! RaDragon, good question! It's PF Din, the same face we use around the site.
CarrieGouldin said this 2930 days ago.
meaningless icon! Submitted pig latin translation. I also know French, but someone already did that one.
TheWordMaster said this 2930 days ago.
meaningless icon! Can't you, or a landlord, just remove the outside door handle? That has worked for me in the past.
CEMurphy said this 2930 days ago.
meaningless icon! By the way, can we see the translations anywhere?
Natanael L said this 2928 days ago.
meaningless icon! YAY! Binary and pig latin are on the top 10!
TheWordMaster said this 2925 days ago.
meaningless icon! So, any news, pix, PDFs?
Sylvaroth said this 2918 days ago.
meaningless icon! sounds like this project went into a corner and died... so sad~ (enter sad, pouty face)... say it ain't so~~
akutenshi said this 2869 days ago.
meaningless icon! Akutenshi: You're kind of right, and thank you for the reminder! We pulled the best translations from your responses but haven't printed out the new sign yet. Putting it back near the top of our to-do list now!
CarrieGouldin said this 2868 days ago.
meaningless icon! Funny how I couldn't find a genuine Irish Gaelic translator online. Working on a Cumbrian dialect translation
NatDoorHandlesLee said this 2813 days ago.

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