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    This is a list of 10 unfortunately named products, and Australian products feature prominently.
    It may be the ultimate unfortunate product name, but the biggest surprise – and the reason this makes our No.1 spot – is that it has done Nintendo no harm. Of course, most English-speaking countries refer to urine as wee. An entire generation is now growing up happily having a good time playing with their Wii.
    This softdrink, made by Golden Circle and several others, including Kirks Big Sars, shares its unfortunate name with the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus. The drink is, of course, sarsaparilla-flavoured.
    Golden Gaytime
    Golden Gaytime (or Cookie Crumble in New Zealand) is an iconic ice cream created by Nick Marland from Streets confectionery company. It is a toffee-and-vanilla ice cream dipped in chocolate and wrapped in honeycomb biscuits, on a wooden stick. The name has survived despite the possible homosexual connotations in modern decades.
    Wack off
    This insect repellent is Australian. And it's used by the armed forces. Wack Off cream is marketed as a topical-strength, water-resistant gel.
    In some Spanish dialects the word "pajero" is believed to translate to "******", from paja meaning wank (literally, straw). These slang expressions come from the fact that a straw and ***** are similar in being pipe-like. It is the first meaning to come to mind to Spanish speakers in Spain and Latin America.
    Ayds (pronounced aids) was a diet candy from the 1980s. The New York Times (1982) reported that the active ingredient in Ayds was phenylpropanolamine – a substance now not recognised as safe. Ayds, an appetite suppressant, sold well in the 1970s and early 1980s until the sound-alike wasting disease AIDS.
    Pee Cola
    This product is from Ghana. Ghana is an English-speaking nation. So how did this happen?
    Barf is an Iranian line of soaps and laundry detergents. In Farsi, barf means snow. You can also wash your dishes and your hair with Barf.
    Let's get straight to the point – at least we know where this largely topical medicine should be applied. Anusol is an over-the-counter medication that can be used to treat haemorrhoids (also known as piles). The Anusol range includes creams, ointments, and the popular suppository form of treatment. Pray you don't get price-checked.
    Beautiful Balls
    The so-called leader in innovative billiards, Elephant Balls, Ltd. (EBL) offers a full range of billiard merchandise for the enthusiast. From high-quality pool tables and furniture to the most unique ball sets and effective training tools in the world, this is the perfect gift for even the person who has everything.
    "There's one way to find out if a man is honest-ask him. If he says 'yes,' you know he is a crook." Groucho Marx