My wife tipped me off to this story:
A chain of retail stores in Britain has withdrawn the sale of beds named Lolita and designed for six-year-old girls after furious parents pointed out that the name was synonymous with sexually active pre-teens...
"What seems to have happened is the staff who run the website had never heard of Lolita, and to be honest no one else here had either," a spokesman told British newspapers.
"We had to look it up on (online encyclopedia) Wikipedia. But we certainly know who she is now."
In a related story, the Pentagon quickly canceled its planned $18 million purchase of Radio Shack's "Big Brother" line of infrared goggles. A spokeswoman told reporters yesterday that they had never heard of the novel by George Orwell containing the phrase.