Comments: I Thought He'd Be Greener

And yes, the guy they interviewed is named Akio Toyoda.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at February 25, 2010 11:34 AM

Wow... way to set you uber-geek credentials there. I had no idea what you were talking about, except by context.

Posted by SSG Jeff (USAR) at February 25, 2010 12:40 PM

The company uses the name Toyota (with a T) rather than Toyoda (with a D) b/c Toyota is associated with the number 8 which is a lucky number in Japanese culture. It takes 8 strokes to write Toyota in Japanese kanji (traditional caligraphy) and the number 8 is thought to bring luck and prosperity. I learned all this from the following BBC piece:

CY: I now see from your post @ 11:34 that you knew that Toyoda (with a D) is his actual name but I had already written this uber-geeky post and it would shame to let it go to waste.

Posted by Eric S at February 25, 2010 02:19 PM

You also managed to capture CNN's embarrassing fall for the 140 year old hotdog, which turned out to be a hoax:

Posted by Texas Pete at February 26, 2010 05:11 PM