Check the Czech

All puns intended! Special thanks to Inspirex for forwarding this to me. I am almost ashamed to admit that I did not notice this great gaffe and had to wait for an e-mail from Karach to take note!!

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Given above on the left is an image of the flag of the Czech Republic and on your right is a ‘Check’ (or, rather, checkered flag; often used in car racing. The two should never be confused. Except for the fact that ‘Czech’ is pronounced as ‘check.’

Ordinarily, this should not be a problem. But this scene dates to the state visit of the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic to Islamabad. Please make note of the flags adorning Zero Point to welcome the dignitaries! Checks are so much more flattering than Czechs!



Let’s hear it for the creativity bug and pray for more stringent checks to avoid such bloopers in the future!

15 Comments so far

  1. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 4:10 am

    hahaha … Jaded just check the “sense of humor” our painters possess :-)

    They may not have provided them with the “right flag”; hence the Checkered results … lol!

  2. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 4:15 am

    Or maybe he was grand prix fan and he got some check chance at last :>

  3. BitterTruth (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 6:08 am

    Missing credits?
    This story originally published in by Adil Najam.

  4. Jaded (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 6:52 am

    With all due respect, missing credits not intentional as I got this through e-mail from Inspirex.

    Kudos Adil Najam for having seriously good powers of observation.

    Thank you for the information Bittertruth.

  5. original-faisal (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 9:50 am


    this is too funny…….
    especially the comment about
    the checkered results

  6. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 10:27 am

    I don’t think the visiting ‘Check’ Prime Minister would have been pleased with this blooper…:S

  7. binary-zero (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 11:21 am

    i initially saw this report few days back but i can only say : see how lame we are

  8. X --- (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 11:33 am

    @Bittertruth: Thanks for pointing this out.
    I did’nt know it was published on Pakistaniat. I recieved an email from a friend, with no link to the site. Upon checking your comment, I see a post on Pakistaniat dated May 11, with the same text. Hence the post must have originated there.

    @Jaded: My apologies for the confusion.

  9. geegs (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 10:51 pm

    but is it real? can’t believe such a blunder happening in the capital city.

  10. Fatima Shakeel (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 11:52 pm

    Am torn between amused giggling and stunned silence.

  11. JK (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 1:23 am

    C’mon give them credit for a little creativity.

  12. Sajjad (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 6:52 pm

    As of a couple of days ago, the greeting for the Czech delegation has been changed to one for representatives from other Islamic countries.

    Though I don’t have a photo of it, I strongly suspect that the new image, the one with 5 multi-ethnic hands connected together, was taken from a cover of Ubuntu Linux.

  13. Abdul Wahid (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 7:41 pm

    Do painters use google ???

  14. Rehan (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 4:55 pm

    I’d like to say I’m surprised by this incident but this is just the norm for a population with no formal or proper English training. You can pick up the English newspaper any day of the week and choose any article on random and see how terribly written the article is.

    After seeing the final printed version, I’d hate to see what the article looks like before the editor makes a few corrections.

    Pakistanis need to realize they suck at English and stop letting the man with one eye become the professor for the blind. True qualified professionals are needed in order for us to move forward.

  15. Kashif (unregistered) on May 26th, 2007 @ 1:45 pm

    Apropos of Rehan’s comments who just pinpoint out our country’s English. Brother, I just saw your profile and would like to advise you, when you can’t do anything for the country then please don’t even complain. Most expatriates are just like you!

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