By Andy Tarnoff Publisher Published May 21, 2007 at 4:49 PM

I recently blogged about how awestruck I found myself when using Google to traverse the surfaces of the Moon and Mars. The technology was so impressive it left me wondering about my place in the universe, not to mention how powerful the Web has become in the last decade.  I guess if they can put a man on the Moon, the next logical step would be to allow me to scoot around on it from my desktop.

Last week, I thought Google was really cool.

Today, Google just made me laugh.

For legitimate purposes, I translated a Web site from Italian into English using Google Translate, a service that until today, I didn't even know existed. (I've used Babelfish, but was unaware -- silly me -- that Google has expanded into the somewhat useful world of mechanical translation).

The results were spotty, at best.  Actually, "funny" is a better word to describe this quick Italian translation -- but kudos, Google, on bringing a whole Web page into another language in 10 seconds.

But this exercise gave me an idea (hey, with the forthcoming OMC redesign just days away -- more on that later -- I needed a quick laugh): lets try translating some text from English into Japanese … then back again.

I used a recent news release and enjoyed a hearty laugh from the results.

So, to prove to you how silly this all is, I will now translate the above blog into Japanese, then back in to English (or should I say "Engrish").  I hope you are as amused as I am.

Then again, I'm pretty easily amused.

Here goes …

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Last week, I thought of that Google really is cool.

Today, Google laughed exactly in me.

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But this practice gave thought to me, (just a little, the design modification fair day of OMC which is approached -- That it is many afterwards -- I needed the laughing which is fast): In Japanese text from English…And the attempt which is translated is permitted for the second time.

I used the news release of recent, enjoyed the laughing from heart from the result.

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In addition, I enjoy rather easily.

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Andy is the president, publisher and founder of OnMilwaukee. He returned to Milwaukee in 1996 after living on the East Coast for nine years, where he wrote for The Dallas Morning News Washington Bureau and worked in the White House Office of Communications. He was also Associate Editor of The GW Hatchet, his college newspaper at The George Washington University.

Before launching in 1998 at age 23, he worked in public relations for two Milwaukee firms, most of the time daydreaming about starting his own publication.

Hobbies include running when he finds the time, fixing the rust on his '75 MGB, mowing the lawn at his cottage in the Northwoods, and making an annual pilgrimage to Phoenix for Brewers Spring Training.