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The Californian company that makes the offending boot quickly pulled it off Amazon where it was being sold, and offered a public apology. It was "in no way intentional" and an "obvious mistake."
But the furore hasn't ended there.
People have been taking the piss out of the Polar Fox military combat boot and come up with some excellent puns about it. Here's a pick.
"I did Nazi that in the snow today. That's just not Reich. Not surprised they've been recalled, I would be furherious!"
Another Facebook commenter said: "I have a pair of these. They held up fine until I encountered a harsh Soviet winter..."
Turns out, the swastika imprint wasn't the only Nazi thing about the boot. From my knowledge of German, the weekly magazine Stern pointed out that "Polar Fox" was a German World War II operation, where Germany captured Finland from the military operation.
A lot of people have pointed out that Hitler took the Swastika from Hinduism where it is a symbol of peace and prosperity and has been for 3000 years - it should not be associated with Nazism anymore. It's hard to do that, though, as World War II was the worst thing to happen to in the 20th century and we're still feeling its affects.
Here are some other embarrassing fails.
Too Cool To Do Drugs
In a bid to get kids to stop doing drugs, one New York school handed out these pencils. I mean obviously pencils are the best place to put anti-drug propoganda. Sadly it backfired as when you sharpened the pencils, the message changed...
I'm pretty sure JK Rowling would not have approved a vibrating broomstick for kids - but some idiot made these. Adults put up rave reviews online of their fun times "playing Quidditch" but the inappropriate toy was pulled off the market. "Bloody hell, Harry!"
Lolita Bed For Kids
Remember the creepy book and film Lolita? It's about a perv called Humbert Humbert who has a thing for his girlfriend's 12-year-old daughter. So of course Woolworths thought that was a great idea for children's bedroom furniture. No wonder you went bust, Woolworths.
Words Laura Hamilton
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