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Only in America: An unlikely F-bomb

Florida officials won't let a restaurant call itself "Fuku," the Japanese word for good fortune — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

A new Asian restaurant in West Palm Beach, Fla., has been denied a trademark on obscenity grounds. Owner Paul Ardaji says "Fuku" is a Japanese word meaning good fortune, wealth, and prosperity, but state officials said the name "includes immoral, deceptive, or scandalous matter." Said Ardaji: "The state looks at things from a very narrow scope."