Matsushita Electric is promoting a

Matsushita Electric is promoting a new Japanese PC targeted at the
Internet. Panasonic has developed a complete Japanese Web browser,
and to make the system user-friendly, licensed the cartoon
character Woody Woodpecker as the Internet guide. Panasonic
eventually planned on a world version of the product.

A huge marketing campaign was to have introduced the product in Japan
last week. The day before the ads were to be released, Panasonic
suddenly pulled back and delayed the product launch indefinitely.

The reason: the ads featured the slogan Touch Woody – The Internet
Pecker. An American staff member at the internal product launch
explained to the stunned and embarrassed Japanese what touch woody and
pecker meant in American slang.

-From EE Times, October 8, 1996

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