All the different translations of Happy Birthday made me think of something I saw in the newspaper a lot of years ago. They took a Dutch poem, gave it to someone to translate in a different language, then they gave that version to someone else to translate in yet another language, etc, until they reached Dutch again.
I thought that was a very nice experiment, and I've always wanted to do something like that. Would you like to join? I would make an order and then when someone finishes, they could send the result to the next person in a message. When the whole thing is finished, we could post them in the correct order. We probably would have to go via English quite a few times, but we'll see.
I would need to know what languages you can translate from and to. I'm fairly comfortable to translate to and from English and Dutch, but while I can read German and translate it into English or Dutch, I can't write in German well enough to produce something nice. So what I would ask you all, is whether you think this is a good idea, if you have a better idea or suggestion.
If you want to join, please give a summary of the languages you can translate. For the people who only know English, we would also need someone to write the first poem, or snippet of story.
To see the spreadsheet of languages:
2 is to/from, 1 is from, and in () means it could maybe be done if really necessary.