Target sells t-shirt depicting Leaning Tower of Pisa in Rome


Last month we reported on a Target blooper, selling soccer t-shirts with the wrong flag of Spain, one hearkening back to the fascist regime of Franco. Now, according to Consumerist, the company has shown its lack of knowledge of Italian geography by selling a t-shirt for a bicycle festival in Rome that features a screen print of the leaning tower of Pisa. Pisa, by the way, is over 350 kilometers north of Rome.

But lets not send the Target folks back to school just yet. It turns out that the graphic appears to be a copy of a poster for the "Rome Festival Bicycle Division League 1964." I was not able to find any details about this festival, but the graphics offered some clues that the event took place decades ago. The bicyclists are dressed like old-time bikers, in old-style cycling caps (rather than helmets) with looping brake and shifting cables instead of the internal routing popular today.

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