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Claim: Joanie Loves Chachi was the highest rated American program in the history of Korean television because "chachi" is Korean for "penis."
Origins: Joanie Loves Chachi was a short-lived Happy Days spin-off starring Erin Moran and Scott Baio which aired on ABC in
'Chachi' is similar to the pronunciation of the Korean word for 'penis' (or, at least, a word meaning 'penis' employed by English-speaking servicemen stationed in Asia in the World
Joanie Loves Chachi was aired in Korea, but only in English (without subtitles), and only on AFKN, the Armed Forces Korean Network
As mentioned above, this claim has largely been promulgated by Garry Marshall and Scott Baio, who have mentioned it during interviews and talk show appearances. Most likely they were simply repeating as true something that had originated as a joke and had no direct knowledge of how Joanie Loves Chachi fared in Korea.
Last updated: 6 August 2007
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