Friends, Germans, Countrymen...

Seeing me heating up some canned corn to go with my dinner, my German roommate told me an amusing story that occurred at some point during the Marshall Plan: After World War II, Germany (and much of Europe) was so badly damaged that economic output took several years to reach prewar levels. Indeed, many Germans were on the verge of starvation because food production was so lackluster. When the United States government began pouring money and resources into Western Europe in an effort to help with the recovery, they asked the Germans what foodstuffs they wanted, to which the Germans immediately replied that they needed grain.

Unfortunately, the German word for grain is korn, so instead of sending the stuff of sourdough, the Americans sent the stuff of Squanto--the German word for corn is mais, incidentally--and soon enough, Germans were up to their ears in, well, ears.

All things considered it was a minor mishap, of course. Sure, it was inexcusably bad intelligence, but it's not as if it were the sole basis for an otherwise unjustifiable war or anything...

OH SNAP!