Now, we at Cracked have talked plenty about the scourge of patent trolling and trademark bullying before, but this case is some next-level ridiculous.
If there's any word that symbolizes the beautiful islands of Hawaii, it's aloha. Aloha is a rich word, with several meanings depending on the situation. If you see someone coming, it can mean "hello." If you're leaving, it can mean "goodbye." And if you're some random soulless lawyers from Illinois, it can mean "I own your cultural heritage now."
One of Hawaii's many hidden treasures is a delicious dish called poke, made from raw marinated ahi tuna. When the food became a fad a few years ago, Zach Friedlander decided to take a stab at introducing poke to the Midwest. To give his Chicago restaurant some authenticity, Friedman decided to name it "Aloha Poke Co.," again borrowing from a generous and kind culture. But Friedlander and his co-owners knew exactly how to repay the kind people of Hawaii for letting them enrich themselves on their traditions: by threatening to sue the hell out of them.
FlickrMore monster than poke.