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What Does Japan Think of American Cops?

There’s a funny image that’s been circling the internet ever since I gained access to the internet in the late 1990s of an American policeman surrounded by an absurd amount of fast food. There’s also Japanese text all over the place, like it’s a magazine cover or something. I always assumed the image was a fake, like “haha American cops are lazy and fat”. But it turns out, that magazine is real. And it’s incredible.

The magazine isn’t making fun of American cops at all. In fact, it’s a fanzine! This is Wild Mook issue #44, released in 1980. The Wild Mook magazine focuses on lots of different stuff, mostly military. I found issues on eBay about the US Navy, Japanese model airplanes, military combat suits from around the world, and weapons from the Imperial Japanese Army. But this police one is great. Take a look inside:

If you ever have the opportunity to buy this issue, get it! The magazine is very thick and every page is fascinating.

Splatoon Ramen?!

Well, close. It’s seafood ramen with squid ink, and the packaging just happens to be covered in colorful paint splats.

They know what they doing.

Grasshopper Gorp

In Funky Fantasy 4, the word “gorp” is used. We thought the machine translator was making up words again, but it turns out that gorp is another word for trail mix. Lo and behold, I was able to find some actual gorp, so I bought a bag for photos. But I failed to notice that this particular gorp has an unconventional ingredient…

 

Yeah… there are grasshoppers in there.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Sukky

We received some weird snacks from Japan this week. These Pocky boxes were a special Valentine’s Day promotion. The names are really weird:

I see what they were going for with “Papa” and “Mama” in there, but what is “Sukky” ?? Maybe 好き (suki)?

Here’s a candy with an unusual name:

I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks delicious!

And we found some funny English on a bag of garlic butter-flavored Cheetos:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh no, Japan discovered comic sans…