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gnohmon wrote on 2002-04-12 UTC
'Yellow is the color of mystery in Italy' is an arcane little i18n joke. A paperback pulp mystery story is colloquially called 'un giallo' (a yellow) because of its yellow cover. Even the publisher Mondadori uses the term, as its series is titled 'Il Giallo Mondadori'. Number 1331, 'Quella Bomba di Nero Wolfe' (Please Pass the Guilt) was published in 1974 and it is weekly, therefore the series began around 1948; but it also says 'new series', so the usage of a yellow in this sense may be older. This is *not* the sort of color usage that can get you into i18n trouble, though it sounds like the typical 'White is the color of death in China' warning, and that's the little joke. For true madness and horror, you should look into the methods of internationalization that were used in the days before the current standards existed....