February 25, 2010

I Thought He'd Be Greener

But how do the other Star Wars action figures feel?

In case you were wondering, this is CNN.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at February 25, 2010 11:27 AM

And yes, the guy they interviewed is named Akio Toyoda.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at February 25, 2010 11:34 AM

Wow... way to set you uber-geek credentials there. I had no idea what you were talking about, except by context.

Posted by: SSG Jeff (USAR) at February 25, 2010 12:40 PM

The company uses the name Toyota (with a T) rather than Toyoda (with a D) b/c Toyota is associated with the number 8 which is a lucky number in Japanese culture. It takes 8 strokes to write Toyota in Japanese kanji (traditional caligraphy) and the number 8 is thought to bring luck and prosperity. I learned all this from the following BBC piece:

CY: I now see from your post @ 11:34 that you knew that Toyoda (with a D) is his actual name but I had already written this uber-geeky post and it would shame to let it go to waste.

Posted by: Eric S at February 25, 2010 02:19 PM

You also managed to capture CNN's embarrassing fall for the 140 year old hotdog, which turned out to be a hoax:

Posted by: Texas Pete at February 26, 2010 05:11 PM