Monday, May 12, 2014


"88" and "18" are  forbidden numbers!

Ariel detergent has sparked outrage in Germany after placing a neo-Nazi code on a new line of promotional packages.

The boxes feature a white football shirt with a large number '88' - which far-right extremists use as a code for 'Heil Hitler' to skirt the country's ban on Nazi slogans.

The number was intended to show how many loads of laundry buyers would be able to do with one package.

However, it is common knowledge in Germany that neo-Nazis have given the number a new meaning. The symbol derives from that fact that 'H' is the eighth letter of the alphabet.

The brand's parent company, Procter & Gamble, has issued an apology for 'any false connotations' after shoppers took to Twitter posting pictures of the offending powder.

Haessig said the company has stopped shipping the offending powder.

They have also pulled a liquid detergent that was being promoted as 'Ariel 18' - which represents 'AH', as in Adolf Hitler.

SOURCE

Sounds like old Adolf still has a lot of influence


13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Our product does 87 and 3/4 loads and not a bit more. On a related note, Fritz Gruber is selling his vintage Olds 88; all reasonable offers will be considered.

Anonymous said...

Is it a foregone conclusion that no one in Europe ever celebrates their 88th birthday???

AIB/44

stinky said...


I guess pianos are verboten too, now.

Anonymous said...

Why should P&G offer an apology as it was not that company's intention to use simple digits as codes for organizations or activities or views with which the company has no connection.

Jerry Doctor said...

Because fanatics use certain numbers in unintended ways an entire society is denied the use of those numbers. Really? What happens if 6 is used for fuhrer and 15 for Adolf Eichmann? Or how about 222 for bring back Buchenwald? At what point are so many numbers banned that we have to go back to roman numerals?

Wait - that won't work either. Besides 200, CC might mean Carl Clauberg, infamous for his "medical experiments" in the concentration camps.

Oh well. Numbers are way over rated anyway.

Anonymous said...

These numbers just don't add up.

Anonymous said...

These numbers divide society

Anonymous said...

what a bunch of over sensitive morons. If hitler said HI once are not allowed to say HI anymore?

PC has definitely driven off the cliff!

Anonymous said...

Yes it's dumb but this is the fault of their marketing people for not properly checking the ads.

Anonymous said...

And it's also the text book companies fault for not checking to see that the math problems answers in their books might be 88 or 18. It's the sort of "let's just roll over, they should have checked to see nobody would be offended" response exhibited by Anon 4:22 that perpetuates this insanity. While we're at it, ban 18th birthday parties. Someone might be OFFENDED!

Anonymous said...

I prefer 69, 420, and 1.618

Anonymous said...

Numerology infests everything!

Anonymous said...

"Numerology infests everything!"

As does religion.