Those of you who read chinese, original is on the left ("Hot, young housewives"), the corrected cover is on the right (no housewives for you!)
So let's count the unique ways they were doofuses, shall we (counting is scientific!):
Editors get all multi-culti and plan a generic display of any old chinese stuff? Check.Cue Vince from ShamWow: It's from Germany. You know they make great stuff.
Editors don't find anyone who can actually read the any old chinese stuff that was submitted? Check.
Editors print cover without asking if someone may be putting any burrs under their saddle? Check?
After mailing magazine world wide, complain that it had been "vetted by a sinologist"? Check.
Especially practical jokes.