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We've picked on Canada, let's target another vaguely northern country

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Strip by: David Morgan-Mar

T-Rex: The brand name Häagen-Dazs was just made up to sound Danish.[1]
T-Rex: In fact...
T-Rex: The entire Danish language was just made up to sounds Danish.[2] It's a great dessert marketing ploy.
T-Rex: The very word "Danish" has become—
Utahraptor: T-Rex!
Utahraptor: This is ludicrous! You'll cause rioting in the streets of Copenhagen!
T-Rex: Ha!
T-Rex: Copenhagen! They even named their capital "cup of ice cream"!

The author writes:

[1] Actually true.[3]

[2] Also actually true, in a manner of speaking. Certainly, the entirety of the Danish language was invented by humans, so it certainly qualifies as being made up. And it certainly sounds like Danish. So yes, it really was all just made up to sound Danish.

[3] Interestingly, here in Australia we have a brand of ice cream called Nörgen-Vaaz. It existed long before I ever heard of Häagen-Dazs, although apparently whoever created the brand got the idea of making up a fake Scandinavian-sounding name for an ice cream company that actually has nothing to do with Scandinavia from Häagen-Dazs. For many years, Häagen-Dazs was not available in Australia, but Nörgen-Vaaz was all over the place.[4] The brand still exists, although is apparently so low profile that Wikipedia has neither an article on it nor its parent company, Everest Foods.

[4] Interestingly, some Europeans have apparently got their own back by giving an entirely Dutch ice cream company that has absolutely nothing to with Australia the name Australian Homemade. (I bet they don't make their ice cream in a home, either.)