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Several products have names that may mislead a person with mild intellectual disability in a hurry, making them fodder for jokes.

Food and drugs

No coke in Coke
Coca-Cola eliminated cocaine in 1903. The United States sued over this misbranding in United States v. Forty Barrels & Twenty Kegs of Coca-Cola.
No crack in Cracklin' Oat Bran cereal
Crack is freebase cocaine.
No E in E-cigarettes
E, short for Ecstasy, is slang for methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). The only drug in vape liquid is nicotine if that.
No hash in hash browns
Hash, short for hashish, is a product derived from cannabis.
Your PCP won't prescribe PCP
Phencyclidine, also called PCP or angel dust, is a street drug. U.S. law allows your primary care provider and other licensed physicians to prescribe drugs off-label, that is, for purposes other than those currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), provided that they have an approved use. They cannot prescribe drugs in Schedule I, which contains psychoactive drugs with no approved use. The usefulness of existing regulation of Schedule I drugs is disputed, as it makes research into possible medical uses of Schedule I drugs cost-prohibitive.
No pot in pot pie or pot roast
Pot is slang for cannabis, a substance banned in many places. Though it can be baked into pies, it unfortunately usually is not.[1]
No smack in Honey Smacks cereal
Smack is slang for Heroin (diamorphine), an opioid that was moved to U.S. Schedule I after opioids purported to be safer entered the market.
No Special K in Special K cereal
Special K is slang for ketamine, a tranquilizer.
No pot or stickers in potstickers
A prepared meal marketed for adults is unlikely to contain stickers or other premiums to encourage purchase for children.
Yuengling beer is not for younglings
In Star Wars, a youngling is a child of any species. The similarly pronounced Yuengling is a brewery producing beer, which is an age-restricted product.


You can't watch any dogs in Watch Dogs
Though Watch Dogs is from the publisher of the awful[2] game Puppy Palace, Watch Dogs is an open-world third-person shooter video game about a computer intruder. You can, however, pet the dog in Watch Dogs 2.[3]
No four of anything in Tetris Attack
The "tetr-" prefix misleads people who would buy Tetris Attack thinking it was Tetris Battle Gaiden instead of reskinned Panel de Pon.
No Zelda or Link in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
The princess of Hyrule doesn't appear in the game at all. Instead, the chick is Marin and the objective is to wake some Wind Fish. And it's only for one player; the Game Link cable won't do anything until the DX rerelease that adds illustrations to print with the Game Boy Printer accessory.
Rust isn't written in Rust
When Facepunch's survival shooter hit Early Access on the Steam service in 2014, it was riddled with defects. It might have benefited from the memory safety guarantees of the Rust programming language.
Wild Arms and Dark Arms weren't made for ARM
Sony's fantasy-Western video game series Wild Arms has seven mainline installments on PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable (PSP) systems, all of which use a processor based on the MIPS instruction set, not ARM. No original installment was produced for the ARM-powered PlayStation Vita system. (A side game titled Wild Arms: Million Memories runs on ARM-powered smartphones but was never released outside Japan.)
Thousand Arms, a 1998 dating RPG by Red Company and Atlus, also runs on a MIPS-powered PlayStation.
SNK's action RPG Dark Arms: Beast Buster was released for Neo Geo Pocket Color, which has a Toshiba TLCS CPU.
Nintendo's Arm Wrestling, a 1985 Punch-Out!! spin-off, uses a Z80 main processor and a 6502-derived audio processor.[4] But it's forgivable because it predates the first ARM computer (Acorn Archimedes, 1987). Not to be confused with Atlus's later Arm Spirit game that had to be recalled for injuring players[5] before fans could figure out what CPU it used.
No Aladdin game for Aladdin Deck Enhancer
The Aladdin Deck Enhancer, an adapter to share the CHR RAM, CIC stun, and mapper among Codemasters NES games, does not support the single-screen mirroring or 32 KiB PRG ROM bank switching used by Virgin's Disney's Aladdin.


Zulu people don't observe Zulu time
"Zulu time" is a nickname for the time zone Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or its successor Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), after the NATO alphabet's name for the letter Z that denotes UTC+0. However, the province of KwaZulu-Natal observes UTC+2.
No ASICs in ASICS running shoes
Most shoes don't contain application-specific integrated circuits. The "Technology" page on the website of ASICS, an athletic shoe manufacturer, mentions cushioning, stability, and light weight, but no electronic telemetry analogous to the Nike+ Sports Kit. (Incidentally, Nike was founded as a U.S. distributor of products of Onitsuka Tiger before the latter company became ASICS.)


  1. Austin Hodgens. "Stoners Bummed Over Harsh Reality About Turkey Pot Pie, Dude". The Return of the Modern Philosopher, 2013-11-24. Accessed 2018-07-16.
  2. Lucas M. Thomas. "Puppy Palace Review". IGN, 2008-02-26. Accessed 2017-02-24.
  3. Tweet by @CanYouPetTheDog. 2019-03-15. Accessed 2020-12-01.
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  5. Paul Miller. "Arm wrestling arcade game recalled due to penchant for arm breaking". Engadget, 2007-08-21. Accessed 2020-05-21.