It’s not just prophets that can get you into trouble. As part of the preparations for the 2006 World Cup the German Federal Police has started a campaign to present the police force as a service-minded and accomodating organ under the motto “Wir sind mit Sicherheit dabei” (approximately “We’ll get you there safely”).
The problem? The Police commissioned a logo consisting of a classic black-and-white football wearing a police cap and balancing a globe on one finger.
The thing is that depending on your point of reference the black patch on the football could be interpreted as a nose or as … well … something usually associated with a certain infamous figure in German political history.
The official mascot of the World Cup is a silly looking lion named Goleo which can only offend people with taste.