Machine translation usually produces funny results. But machine back-translation[*] is absolutely hilarious!

Translation Party is a website that uses machine translation to “translate” a phrase repeatedly until it reaches its ‘equilibrium’. It means that a phrase is machine-translated from English into Japanese, back into English, back into Japanese, repeatedly, until the result is the same English machine-translation, and that is equilibrium. Not all phrases reach that pure, disastrous level of machine-translation equilibrium, but they all are horrendous.

I decided to put Translation Party to the test with ‘Hey Jude’ by The Beatles. The sad, sad result is after the break:

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