10 Unusual Things That Are Common in Other Countries

Hi, It’s Khato and today we are gonna talk about cultural differences in different countries. It may be strange things to us, but to the locals it is commonplace. So let’s talk a little bit about it.

A championship for making the funniest face in England

This hilarious expression is a rural English tradition celebrated since 1267. There even existed a World Gurning Championship in England in which participants make the most grotesque face possible. If you think this is a silly tradition, you couldn’t be more wrong. Four-time world gurning champion Peter Jackman got his teeth removed to make his expressions easier. Talk about dedication!

Don’t show up on time in Venezuela

Looks like Venezuelans are just like Indians! Reaching on time is considered rude in Venezuela and it is recommended to reach at least 15 minutes later than the scheduled time. Guests who reach on time are looked down upon as being too eager and greedy. Well, Venezuelans should take some cue from Indians!

Don’t ask for salt when at a host’s place in Egypt

Looks like Egyptians get offended easily. So, if you are invited over for dinner and want to add more salt to your dish, dare not touch the saltshaker because Egyptians feel it is equivalent to insulting the host. Oops!

 In Japan, many streets don’t have names.

In Japan, block and section numbers are used instead of names for streets. That’s why it’s pretty common there to hear things like, “I work at block 6,” or “I live in section 3.” There are some exceptions to this rule like main streets and highways.

This system might look pretty confusing at first, but if you have a map, it’s pretty easy to find the block you need in a couple of seconds. This may even be quicker than looking for the names of streets on a map, especially in big Western cities, this often causes some difficulties for tourists.

The Netherlands has the steepest stairs in the world.

The extremely steep stairs is a signature trait of Dutch homes. They’re an essential part of canal houses that were built very tall and skinny because of possible flooding. And the stairs had to match the house, so they were built to be narrow and steep too.

Red ink is a taboo in South Korea.

In South Korea, writing a person’s name using red ink traditionally means that this person has passed away. That’s why tourists should be very careful when choosing a pen to sign a greeting card.

In conclusion, in a world with so many countries, religions, tribes and customs, it is impossible for everyone to like everything. Some things we take for granted in our culture may be considered unusual in other countries and vice versa. But this knowledge will make your trip easier and help you avoid various awkward and ridiculous situations.

See you again…

Khato T


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