You might have heard of funny stories about translation mistakes caused by machine translators. There are two particularly famous jokes about the CIA and machine translation:
1) When the CIA inaugurated its first English-Russian-English translation computer, one of the participants asked how one could check and see that the translation was the way it should be. The developers of the translation engine answered: “Type in an expression in English and see the translation”. So the questioner typed in the expression “Out of sight, out of mind”, and he received an answer in Russian. Someone else asked: “How do we know that this is the correct translation?”. He answered: “Type the result back into the machine”. The translation was not long in coming: “Invisible idiot”.
2) The Russian translation of “the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26) changed into “the vodka is good but the meat is rotten”.
I tried these translations just for fun. The result was less fun, though, as you can see from this screenshot:
While machine translation has been evolving for years and years now, the next source for these funny jokes may come from speech-to-speech translator apps. While waiting for those, enjoy the stories about the unlucky Hilary Clinton and a famous Chinese restaurant.