Imaginary Nation Wakanda Appears on US Trade List
The name of an imaginary country in the 2018 movie Black Panther appeared this week in an online list of U.S. trading partners.
The fictional country, called Wakanda, was listed among a group of nations that have trade agreements with the United States.
The list was a creation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or USDA. The USDA told NBC News in a statement that it had used Wakanda during recent testing of the agency's online publishing system. A USDA spokesman said "the Wakanda information should have been removed after testing and has now been taken down."
Wakanda is the name of a made-up African nation in the Marvel Comics superhero film Black Panther. The country is home of the Black Panther himself, Prince T'Challa. In the film, Wakanda is a developed, highly technological country.
Francis Tseng, a New York-based computer engineer, discovered Wakanda on the USDA list. He was on the internet and doing research about agricultural tariffs when he came across the unusual listing.
Tseng told Reuters news agency that at first he did not know what to think of the listing. He later decided to publish a screenshot of his finding on Twitter.
"I was very confused at first and thought I misremembered the country from the movie and got it confused with something else," Tseng told Reuters.
He tweeted: "Wakanda is listed as a US free trade partner on the USDA website??"
The USDA list provided information on examples of the goods traded between Wakanda and the United States. These included "live animals, dairy goods, tobacco and alcohol." There was no USDA entry for vibranium, a fictional metal from space that is the source of Wakanda's power.
After the list was corrected, Tseng tweeted: "Well, the USDA took Wakanda off the list. Guess we're in a trade war with them too."
On Thursday, the Department of Agriculture showed some humor in admitting to its Wakanda mistake. The USDA tweeted: "While we removed the Kingdom of Wakanda from our list of US free trade partners, our relationship will always be strong #WakandaForever."
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1.trading partners 贸易伙伴
Spain has been one of Cuba's major trading partners.
2.took off 起飞；脱下
He took off his spectacles and rubbed frantically at the lens
3.a group of 一组
Suddenly the door opened and a group of children burst in.
4.take down 拿下；取下
The Canadian army took down the barricades erected by the Indians.
5.After the list was corrected, Tseng tweeted: "Well, the USDA took Wakanda off the list. Guess we're in a trade war with them too."
trade war 贸易战
If the Europeans did not reduce subsidies, a trade war would ensue.
The most important thing is to reach an agreement and to avoid a trade war.
6.Tseng told Reuters news agency that at first he did not know what to think of the listing.
at first 起初；首先
At first I gave him the benefit of the doubt.
It was love at first sight, and he proposed to me six weeks later.
这份名单由美国农业部(USDA)创建 。美国农业部在一份声明中告诉NBC新闻，最近对该机构的在线出版系统的测试中使用了“瓦坎达”一词 。美国农业部的一位发言人称：“瓦坎达的信息在检测后本应被删除，现在已经被删除了 。”
瓦坎达是漫威超级英雄电影《黑豹》中虚构的一个非洲国家的名字 。这个国家是黑豹特查拉王子的故乡 。影片中的瓦坎达是一个发达的高科技国家 。
纽约计算机工程师Francis Tseng在美国农业部的名单上发现了“瓦坎达” 。当他在网上研究农业关税时，发现了这份不同寻常的名单 。
Tseng对路透社表示，起初他不知道该如何看待这份名单 。他后来决定在推特上发布他的发现的截图 。
美国农业部的名单提供了有关瓦坎达和美国之间贸易货物的种类 。其中包括“牲畜，奶制品，烟草和酒精 。”美国农业部官网没有关于vibranium的词条，vibranium是一种来自太空的虚构金属，是瓦坎达的能量来源 。
在名单被更正后，Tseng发推文说：“美国农业部将瓦坎达从名单上删除了 。难不成对方也在跟咱们打贸易战 。”
周四，美国农业部半开玩笑地承认了这一乌龙事件 。美国农业部在推特上逗趣回应称：“虽然将瓦坎达王国从自由贸易伙伴名单中移除了，但两国的关系永远坚不可摧 。”