Cultural differences are what makes us all unique and what greatly contributes to the excitement of travelling when you get to discover some particularities of a destination that aren't too or at all common in your home country. Eating rotten fish might sound slightly (and literally) off to you, but it’s totally normal in Sweden. Having two passports from the same country is common in Russia, but might not exist where you live. And the practice of eating fried Mars bars might not be the most popular one in North America, but it’s common in Scotland, or seeing police driving Lamborghini as their work car in Italy might not be seen anywhere else.

Check out the list of some strange things from that are only common in certain countries, vote for the weirdest ones, and let us know if you've experienced them in the comments.

#1

Luxembourg's Public Transportation Is Free

Luxembourg's Public Transportation Is Free

In 2020, the public transport was made free for all locals and visitors alike.

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Hans
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1 month ago

The efficiency gains must be tremendous.

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#2

Nepal's Flag Is Non-Rectangular

Nepal's Flag Is Non-Rectangular

The only modern country in the world with a non-quadrilateral flag is Nepal and it is said to derive from Hinduism.

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

Stop trying to fit in... do your own s**t

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#3

There’s A Lamborghini In The Italian Police Fleet

There’s A Lamborghini In The Italian Police Fleet

A few years ago, a Lamborghini was added to the police vehicle fleet in Italy, and it’s probably quite fast and, well, impressive to look at.

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mulk
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1 month ago

I think they have only one Lamborghini

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#4

In Scandinavian Countries, Parents Leave Their Kids To Nap Outside In Cold Temperatures

In Scandinavian Countries, Parents Leave Their Kids To Nap Outside In Cold Temperatures

Most Scandinavian parents think that it's healthier to expose their children to as much fresh air as possible. Therefore, they leave them outside to take their naps.

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Mere Cat
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1 month ago

A Finn here. I know babies that didn't want to nap inside at all, my sister's kid as one of them. Slept like a dream outside, even in extremely cold weather. And was completely warm and happy when woke up. It's all about proper clothing, sleeping bags etc. :)

oddkiddo
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1 month ago

It’s not really something people “think”. It’s quite factual.

Vicky Zar
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1 month ago

Yeah I disliked that part as well.

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Mama Panda
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1 month ago

I guess child abductions are not a thing then. That would be nice.

Marika Miettinen
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1 month ago

In Nordic countries child abductions and kidnappings and such things are quite rare, I at least don't even know of any such cases.

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Honu
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1 month ago

In the early 20th century, sleeping porches were a common feature in houses here in the US. It was believed sleeping in the fresh air was more healthy, especially in cases of tuberculosis. They've fallen out of fashion now.

Cain Hargreaves
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1 month ago

They were also more common in the southern US because it just gets so dang hot down here. Sleeping outside on a screened-in porch is a lot cooler than sleeping inside when your house isn't air conditioned (trust me, I've done both).

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yuckii
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1 month ago

Yeah it's all fun and games till your kid gets ice powers.

Chenandoa
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1 month ago

Actually, this probably raises their tolerance for temperatures, keeps them from being too warm (hassel to unwrap baby). I have asthma (not bothered by cold), and cold air seems to have MUCH less pollution, aka, is easier to breathe in

Shelley DuVal
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1 month ago

Never realised that my asthma IS better now I have moved to a much colder place but you are right, and I have to sleep with the fan on all year round for two reasons, one, its a noise canceller and two, it moves the air around in the bedroom a lot more and feels a lot more colder.

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itz kimora
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1 month ago

Well, i-

InfectedVoice
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1 month ago (edited)

No problem at all, as long as the hands aren't blue a baby will be fine. we didn't have any heating in our house for the first few years and me and siblings are all fit and healthy with great immune systems and I wear shorts all year round.

My O My
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1 month ago

Woah, that must have been reeeeeaaaally cold in winter

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Montana
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1 month ago

Best for lungs and brain

Monica Klint
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1 month ago

I am chocked when People dont do that... in Denmark its natural. - but Then again... we have no dangerous animals here.

John C
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1 month ago

This "fresh air" thing was also popular in US Cities in the mid-1900s - I've seen photos of "window cribs" that hung outside windows, sometimes high up, and sometimes attached rather precariously...

Mette Olsen Douglas
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1 month ago

Yep it was called a "Baby Cage"...it looked really weird but did the trick

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Vicky Zar
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1 month ago

Germans and Polish parents do that too if possible. It isn't dangerous as our culture is used to it and we do not have such high crime rates. And fresh air IS healthy. My children always slept better and longer outside.

El Dee
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1 month ago

It used to be a thing here too. But it's now considered too dangerous, not due to temperatures but due to predators..

PurpleUnicorn
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1 month ago

I used to do this because taking the pram up the steps into the house would wake the baby. Only way to let them nap longer was to leave them outside!

Hiie Posti
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1 month ago

Again, this isn't normal?? Like, we do this all the time!

kjorn
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1 month ago

if you are well dressed i don't see the problem.

James the boba boi
Community Member
1 month ago

I do that no biggy

Marie-Stephane Art
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1 month ago

Well in my parent's house there was no heating except the chimney in the living and the coal kitchen stove in the kitchen. Winters could go to -30°C usually -20 or -15, we had ice in the bedrooms sometimes, but with good clothes and a hot bottle in the bed it was really ok, plus we were never sick!

Lance d'Boyle
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1 month ago

This picture is not accurate. Kids left out in winter have thick blankets and/or sheep skin covering them. They are very snug and warm. Also they are positioned so that the parent can see them constantly from a window..

Sofie
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1 month ago

In Sweden is it not common though to leave children sleeping outside alone I want to add.

Sofie
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1 month ago

It was like this when my little son started preschool at about 1.5 years old and I actually didn't quite like it. Now with new knowledge around spreading corona and other viruses I have a better understanding of it. Most of us with Scandinavian parents know that you don't get sick from cold, you get sick from viruses. (Sweden)

Amanda Hunter
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1 month ago

I did that in England. Good fresh air.

Tina Alnæs
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1 month ago

The picture is misleading though, since it would only be in more "closed" strollers where the baby (not child) would lie down and sleep after a stroll.

Florence Hastings
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1 month ago

Yes we do, but not in that kind of buggy.

Guðrún Sveinsdóttir
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1 month ago

I did it with my child and I thought every one did it

Heidi Gardner
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1 month ago (edited)

In the USA our kids would be taken from the home for child endangerment...this is quite an interesting concept.

Sabse
Community Member
1 month ago

We like to do that, too. Stroller in the garden, child wrapped warmly and bang, the child sleeps very deeply and almost never gets a cold.

Vasana Phong
Community Member
1 month ago

How long are the naps though?

DKS 001
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1 month ago

gets them used to it

Benoit Galarneau
Community Member
1 month ago

In Quebec too.

Adam C
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1 month ago (edited)

Never seen a baby sleeping outside in the winter in stockholm.

Bei Stenhaug
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1 month ago

Used to be common in the 80's-90's, and probably before that

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Moo Moo Futch
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1 month ago

Sleeping in the cold is always unparalleled.

Dillon Hughes
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1 month ago

Agree. Kids here are spoiled and have no immune system! Russians put their kids in ice water to swim or learn to

Ffaelan Condragh
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1 month ago

I C

Sara
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1 month ago

I C, haha ^^

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Requiem
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1 month ago

Never been to Northern Canada with -40 an 50, frost bit after a few minutes. I grew up with lots of fresh air an still frost bit every winter

Sista of the moon
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1 month ago

Yes fresh air is important, but i would only leave my kid out for a nap when its warm and sunny

Dobby The House Elf
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1 month ago

So blankets and warm clothing don't exist?

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Hecking Heavy
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1 month ago

whoo boy! the more you know!

Polly Culberson
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1 month ago

Cold air is supposed to be best for sleeping. I like to have the tip of my nose cold.

surprised pikachu
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1 month ago

This is just dangerous. rare or not, this sounds like a pedo's paradise

Bill
Community Member
1 month ago

Sparta used to too

Panda Kicki
Community Member
1 month ago

I am from Sweden, but I wouldnt leave my baby unattended outside. The risk if crime may be low but still existing and I want to keep an eye so the baby dont get to hot/cold , bitten by insects or suffocated by a friendly cat. Anyway, I dont own a stroller, my baby sleeps in a scarf, carried by me or hubby.

IAmKaLm
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1 month ago

Tough love.

Suzanne Haigh
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1 month ago

They used to do that in Britain until pollution came along

Spittnimage
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1 month ago

Bet mom and dad don't nap outside.

Up All Night
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1 month ago (edited)

Adults don't deserve naps. They napped enough when they were babies.

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Nikki Owens
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1 month ago

Russians, too. They also teach kids to throw a bucket of cold water on themselves outdoors daily, no matter what the weather may be like.

Random Person
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1 month ago

oop-

Vicky Z
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I find this shocking mainly cause of safety issues but i guess it's a safe country

Heidi I
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1 month ago

In Scandinavia crime rates are generally low, and certainly the ones involving kidnapping of babies. There was a 16 year old girl kidnapped, and later found killed, some years ago. It was a big deal because it's so rare for stuff like that to happen, as opposed to in the States where it's literally everyday business 🙄 I don't recall the last time I heard of a baby abduction that wasn't involving one of the parents 😉

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cookie panda
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1 month ago

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that sounds... understandable but not good

Conrad Strucker
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1 month ago

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they can afford to they have free healthcare

CORLEONE
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1 month ago

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In "Murica parents do not wear socks to their kids. No idea why?

Mama Panda
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1 month ago

Can you clarify your response please? Children wear socks as well as babies so I am not sure what you are referring to.

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I think that should be more as a punishment...

BlockDog02
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1 month ago

Well, in warm clothes, y not?

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#5

In Japan, Traffic Lights Seem To Be Blue

In Japan, Traffic Lights Seem To Be Blue

As the word for green originally didn't exist till later and 'blue' was used to refer to both green and blue, Japan uses the most blue shade of green that is legally possible.

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Titas Burinskas
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1 month ago

Actually, it's quite colorblind-friendly.

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#6

Bathtubs Made Of Wood Are Used In Japan

Bathtubs Made Of Wood Are Used In Japan

The ofuro baths are for sitting and soaking in hot water and are not frequently found around the world.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

Very tiny bath tub. Don't think my fat a**e would even fit in lol.

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#7

Colombians Drink Hot Chocolate Cheese

Colombians Drink Hot Chocolate Cheese

The sweet cocoa drink is consumed with savory cheese slices. And if you've tried it, you know that it's quite delicious, but surely not common elsewhere.

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Iggy
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1 month ago

This actually sounds fantastic.

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#8

In France, Milk Is Not Refrigerated

In France, Milk Is Not Refrigerated

Most of the milk sold in France is pasteurised at UHT (ultra high temperature) and therefore doesn't have to be stored in cold.

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Shelp
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1 month ago

...and doesn't look like that either

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#9

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu

This place in New Zealand is said to have the longest name and it's 85 characters. Have you tried to pronounce it?

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Shelp
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1 month ago

Well it seems quite easy to pronounce, consonant/vowel/consonant/vowel etc. Just take a deep breathe and go

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#10

People In The UK Have A Competition To Roll After A Giant Cheese Wheel

People In The UK Have A Competition To Roll After A Giant Cheese Wheel

The annually held Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling is a competition where people race down the 200-yard hill chasing a giant wheel of cheese.

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Jayne Kyra
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1 month ago

And in 2020 they rolled a Babybel cheese down the hill since the event had to be cancelled.

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#11

Some East Asian Countries Wore Face Masks Pre-Pandemic

Some East Asian Countries Wore Face Masks Pre-Pandemic

In countries like South Korea, for the safety of others, people would wear face masks even when having a common cold prior to the pandemic.

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

And I think it should be common practice when you have a common cold

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#12

In The Netherlands, Stairs Are Usually Very Steep And Narrow

In The Netherlands, Stairs Are Usually Very Steep And Narrow

To some foreigners, staircases in the Netherlands might look more like a health risk than anything. Historically, the buildings were built up rather than out, saving all the centimeters possible.

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Hecking Heavy
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1 month ago

Fall down the stairs with more fall this time! Yay!

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#13

In Ecuador, The Trash Trucks' Tune Is Similar To What Ice Cream Trucks Play In The USA

In Ecuador, The Trash Trucks' Tune Is Similar To What Ice Cream Trucks Play In The USA

If you are visiting Ecuador, you might mistake the garbage truck tune with an ice cream tune and get highly disappointed.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

Thank f**k our trucks don't have a tune, especially when they can come at 6am.

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#14

You Can Walk From The North To The South Of Monaco In About An Hour

You Can Walk From The North To The South Of Monaco In About An Hour

Due to the size of this country, you can easily walk the length of the whole country. How convenient!

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Hecking Heavy
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1 month ago

Vatican City is also another country you can walk across in less than 60 minutes!

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#15

There Are 'Bra Studies' In Hong Kong

There Are 'Bra Studies' In Hong Kong

At Hong Kong polytechnic, you can major in Bra Studies, where Top Form manufacturer has its lab and factory.

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Iggy
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1 month ago

That was uplifting.

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#16

In Italy, Restaurants Include Service Charge

In Italy, Restaurants Include Service Charge

You are not expected to tip in Italy as it is quite normal for the service charge to be added to the bill.

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Shelp
Community Member
1 month ago

Same in most of Europe as far I know. I don't even understand how people in the US can expect the waiters to rely uniquely on tips in order to survive, and how some people still want to do that job.

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#17

In Italy Cappuccino Is More Of A Breakfast Drink

In Italy Cappuccino Is More Of A Breakfast Drink

Italians associate milk with mornings; cappuccinos are traditionally drank as a morning beverage.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

I always thought espressos were a morning drink to get you going.

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#18

Fried Mars Bars Are A Thing In Scotland

Fried Mars Bars Are A Thing In Scotland

This food item of questionable health value originated in Scotland in a fish and chips shop. It's battered and deep-fried. Would you like to try?

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Iván Galarraga
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1 month ago (edited)

it's actually quite delicious, but wait till cool down unleast you want to burn your tongue with hot chocolate

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#19

In Thailand, There Is A Nationwide Water Fight In April

In Thailand, There Is A Nationwide Water Fight In April

If you are into water fights as much as Thai people, you should participate in Songkran, the Thai New Year's national holiday (13th of April). The water fight is a part of ritual cleansing during the celebration period.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

Sounds like fun, I know my kids would have a blast.

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#20

Bamboo Poles Are Used As Drying Rails In Singapore

Bamboo Poles Are Used As Drying Rails In Singapore

Don't be surprised seeing clothing drying on bamboo poles in this country—the bamboo material is widely available, making it quite a popular tool to dry things.

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Mike Morton
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1 month ago

Oh hey that's my country

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#21

In Thailand, People Remove Their Shoes Before Entering A Building

In Thailand, People Remove Their Shoes Before Entering A Building

One of the things related to feet etiquette in Thailand is taking one's shoes off before entering a building—that's to keep dirt from the outside outdoors.

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Mia Quest
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1 month ago

All Arabs and Asians do that too :)

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#22

There Are No Street Names In Costa Rica

There Are No Street Names In Costa Rica

Although some streets might have names, they might not necessarily have signs, so the addresses in Costa Rica are still described by local landmarks.

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M O'Connell
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1 month ago

It appears that mailing addresses are on a grid, regardless of the street pattern. I have relatives who live in a US municipality that does this too.

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#23

In Some Parts Of Highways In Germany, Speed Limit Is Only A Recommendation

In Some Parts Of Highways In Germany, Speed Limit Is Only A Recommendation

On the federal highway system AKA autobahn in Germany, the speed limit in certain places is only a recommendation and drivers can choose to drive as fast as they want.

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Ritchat
Community Member
1 month ago

That's not 100% correct. We do have speed limit on the Autobahn and they have to be obeyed. But we do have a sign that cancels the last speed limit. THEN you are allowed to drive as fast as you want. So it's only allowed on specific sections of the Autobahn.

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#24

In Slovakia, A Live Carp Is Kept In A Bathtub Before Preparing It For Christmas Dinner

In Slovakia, A Live Carp Is Kept In A Bathtub Before Preparing It For Christmas Dinner

A Christmas tradition in Slovakia is letting the carp that is meant for dinner swim in the bathtub for a few days to clean its tract, since it's a bottom feeder. And, well, people don't take baths unless they want to share the tub with a fish.

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Jayne Kyra
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1 month ago

It is also killed in the tub and people keep a scale from the carp in their wallet to attract money. Thankfully, we have never done it, but it is still a thing.

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#25

Sitting In A Sauna In Finland Can Be A Competition

Sitting In A Sauna In Finland Can Be A Competition

World sauna endurance championships were so famed that people from different countries would compete in this extreme activity in the homeland of saunas—Finland.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

If I remember rightly a guy died a year or two ago whilst doing one of these competitions. I can barely last 5 mins in a sauna.

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#26

People In The Netherlands Don't Use Curtains

People In The Netherlands Don't Use Curtains

It seems that the Dutch don't mind people looking into their homes. This might be coming from Protestant religious traditions and the notion of 'I have nothing to hide.'

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

Eek, I would absolutely hate that.

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#27

Russians Have 2 Passports

Russians Have 2 Passports

Citizens of Russia have two passports: one national passport that serves more like an ID and a passport for travelling abroad.

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Samantha PandaNotBored
Community Member
1 month ago

The Russian train stations are something else . Each one different, each one beautiful. You can travel from Moscow to St Petersburg economy for around £4 Stay in a YMCA instead of a small room , they are much cleaner and very cheap . The Russians have a wonderful dessert , it’s like a doughnut, but much much more yummy . Cheap too !

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#28

South Koreans Think That Writing In Red Ink Is A Bad Omen

South Koreans Think That Writing In Red Ink Is A Bad Omen

In the past, writing someone's name in red in the book registry meant that the person is deceased.

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mulk
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1 month ago

"red pen shop": oooooh noooooooo

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#29

In Brazil, Hair Lightening Is Just As Popular As Hair Removal

In Brazil, Hair Lightening Is Just As Popular As Hair Removal

Some women in Brazil like to bleach their body hair rather than remove it completely in order to keep the light fuzz.

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Iggy
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1 month ago

It's a good idea. A lot less painful.

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#30

Unmarried 25-Year-Olds In Denmark Get Covered In Cinnamon

Unmarried 25-Year-Olds In Denmark Get Covered In Cinnamon

This messy tradition derives from spice sellers in 16th-century Denmark who were famed to be single and were called 'pepper men' and this makes a perfect extra excuse to party more. So why not?

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Birgit M
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1 month ago

Whoa! I once had a Tequila Gold that comes with a piece of orange covered in cinnamon. I accidentally inhaled a tiny bit of that powder and nearly choked to death!

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#31

Some Streets In Japan Don’t Have Names

Some Streets In Japan Don’t Have Names

Due to the different addressing system in Japan, the blocks have names instead of the spaces between them (streets).

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Nizumi
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1 month ago

I vaguely remember that addressing mail in Japan works like this: Country, province, city, ward, block, house, person. Kind of a "drill down" method of writing the address. Neat!

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#32

People In Singapore Reserve Seats In Public Eateries

People In Singapore Reserve Seats In Public Eateries

As you need to order food from the counter and risk not being able to find a seat, Singaporeans leave anything from umbrellas to packs of tissues to maintain seats reserved for when they return with their purchased meal.

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Dark_flame
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1 month ago

Not limited to Singapore, I'd say... I'm from Northern Europe and it isn't an uncommon custom here

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#33

There's A Dessert In Turkey That Contains Chicken Breast

There's A Dessert In Turkey That Contains Chicken Breast

Shredded chicken breast in a milk dessert, anyone? Tavuk göğsü is a sweet served in Turkey that might be not to everyone's taste.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

Doesn't sound very appealing.

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#34

While Taking Photos, Dutch Say “Smile At The Little Bird”

While Taking Photos, Dutch Say “Smile At The Little Bird”

Surprisingly, instead of saying "cheese" (after all, a lot of cheese is made in the Netherlands), the Dutch say "Lach eens naar het vogeltje" ("Smile at the little bird").

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Russell Ellwardt
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1 month ago

Because, in the 19th century when photos were taken in studios with long exposures, photographers had a little bird figure indeed to focus people's attention and thus their view. This is not a Dutch thing. Just like most entries in this thread, this one is crap.

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#35

In Sweden, Rotten Fish Is A Food Item

In Sweden, Rotten Fish Is A Food Item

Lightly salted and fermented Baltic sea herring has been in Swedish cuisine since the 16th century and it's famed for its extremely particular taste.

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Dark_flame
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1 month ago

I don't know anyone who's tasted it tho, born and raised in the capital of Sweden

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#36

Swedes Cool Their Drinks Outside

Swedes Cool Their Drinks Outside

A perk of having cold winters in Sweden is that you can cool your drinks outside in the snow. Perhaps a few countries take advantage of infinite alcohol cooling opportunities outdoors.

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Dark_flame
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1 month ago

Think this might be quite usual in most countries with cold winters?

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#37

In The Netherlands, It's Common To Answer The Phone With 'Hoi'

In The Netherlands, It's Common To Answer The Phone With 'Hoi'

No matter how bizarre it sounds, it's normal for the Dutch to answer the phone with the very old-school 'hoi,' that even gave the roots for the nautical term 'ahoy.'

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A H
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1 month ago

I live here in the Netherlands, speak Dutch, and I don't understand how this is weird. "Hoi" just means hi and it isn't 'old school' at all

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#38

The UK And Some Other Countries Still Drive On The Left Side

The UK And Some Other Countries Still Drive On The Left Side

Driving on the left side of the road is a feudal heirtage of the days when it was more convenient to hold and use swords in the right hand and have any opposing traffic on the same side in order to fight them.

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All Lives Matter
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1 month ago

Yes we do, is this weird??

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#39

The Swedish Use A Special Cheese Slicer Instead Of A Knife

The Swedish Use A Special Cheese Slicer Instead Of A Knife

The Swedish are so serious about cheese that they use a cheese slicer (which is said to have been invented by Norwegians) instead of a regular knife.

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Dark_flame
Community Member
1 month ago

Didn't know this was uncommon in other countries, they seem to be available in other European countries as well?

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