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A minor translation error in a conversation with Norway's Olympic Team has left their Korean hosts with egg on their face - the Norwegian caterers took delivery of 15,000 eggs, ten times the amount they actually ordered.

The Norwegian Olympic team, which arrived in PyeongChang for the 2018 Winter Games, had placed an order for 1,500 eggs, but something was lost in translation - or rather, added: An extra zero increased the order tenfold.

The conversation between the Norwegian guests and the Korean hosts wasn't all that smooth as both sides made use of an online translator, Aftenposten reports.

Finally, the delivery arrived, but it only took one look at it too see it was too much. "We received half a truck load of eggs," said Stale Johansen, the Team Norway's chef. "There was no end to the delivery. Absolutely unbelievable," he added.


"There will be omelets, boiled and fried eggs and smoked salmon with scrambled eggs. And we hope there will be a lot of sugar bread made for medal winners," Johansen said.

The Games will push Norwegian cooks to their limits, he added, saying "the biggest challenge is that we will serve food virtually around the clock."

"We have both cross-country skiing and ice skating here, and there is food served from half past seven in the morning until almost two," the chef explained.