Apparently, the English just go batty for this kind of thing. Today, The Sun
announced that they were coming out with flavored newsprint, and invited their readers to lick a block of news print on the page announcing this development--with a message underneath reading "may contain nuts."
A couple of years ago, the Royal Canadian Mint, with a completely straight collective face, announced the issuance of a new three dollar coin. The dollar coin is called a "loonie" because there is a loon on the coin. The two dollar coin is called, unsurprisingly, a "toonie." In announcing the new three dollar coin, the RC Mint suggested that it be call the "threenie." It was just hilarious listening to the outraged calls which CBC recorded on their "talk-back" line, from citizens who were incensed that the Mint were wasting their money on such a coin.
But, it seems, the granddaddy of them all comes from the Beeb. Click here to read all about the Swiss Spaghetti harvest.