Thursday, July 2, 2009

From the Dept. of "You Can't Make This Stuff Up" ...

... comes Nigaz, the joint Nigerian-Russian international corporate gas venture.

I'm serious. Gazprom, the Russian petroleum conglomerate, has merged efforts with the Nigerian government to form a new natural gas venture. And they called it Nigaz.

Apparently, the folks in charge of branding at Gazprom are, as they say in Korean, 바보들. That is, they're freaking idiots.

I understand that the racial slur "nigger" is somewhat peculiar to the Anglo West, but given the predominance of Western media (especially film) every moron moron with a TV should know about its existence by now. It seems, however, that the people in charge of Gazprom are not your average morons. They're extraordinary morons. They're "make Larry and Steve in Dumb and Dumber look like Rhodes Scholars"-type morons. Otherwise, they wouldn't have named their joint venture with an African country Nigaz (pronounced "nye-gaz", but still).

I think it's hilarious, though. And very, VERY stupid. It's like something straight out of a Dave Chappelle skit. If I read it in a story, I wouldn't believe it. It's too dumb. But I suppose this proves that truth really is stranger than fiction sometimes.

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