Norwegian Olympic Team Receives 10x Too Many Eggs

A Google Translate error left the team’s chefs with 15,000 eggs.

By Ethan L. Johns
February 08, 2018

Image: Kriengkrai Kontasorn / EyeEm / Getty Images

We’ve all heard that Olympians have enormous appetites. Heck, some even treat their injuries with cheese. But unless you’re planning to make a 10,000-egg omelette for a small town, 15,000 eggs is probably too many to feed a nation’s Olympic contenders.

So naturally the chefs of Norway’s Olympic team were surprised and likely horrified when their shipment of Korean eggs arrived… and then kept arriving. They had attempted to order 1,500 eggs for 109 athletes, but instead they received 15,000 of them—an amount that filled half a truck.

Panicked, the chefs contacted the company, which confirmed it would correct the error. So the chefs snapped a picture on top of their eggs and sent them off, wiping their brows in the process.

How could they have made this error? Keep in mind that the Olympics are in Pyeongchang, South Korea—a country which doesn’t use the Roman alphabet. The chefs had plugged their order into Google Translate, which mistranslated the desired amount of eggs.

Hva en katastrofe!

If you, personally, ever end up with 15,000 eggs in your kitchen (silly goose), you could try these 16 Deviled Egg Recipes—937 times each. Or, if you really wanted to mix it up, you could go for one of these 55 Breakfast Eggs. We promise, you won’t get tired of them. Maybe.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns