Strange Things That Are Pretty Common In Some Countries (39 PICS)

Posted in INTERESTING       21 Apr 2021       4997       23 GALLERY VIEW

Luxembourg's Public Transportation Is Free

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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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?



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.


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!


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.



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.



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.


In Italy Cappuccino Is More Of A Breakfast Drink

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


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.'


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.



Some East Asian Countires 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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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).


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.


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.



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.


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?


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.'


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.



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").


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.


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.




Ignatzio 2 year s ago
The swedes get cred for using the cheese slicer? Norwegians DID invent it!
Thirza 2 year s ago
#31 good to know that cars have Russian plates in Brazil.
L.r. 2 year s ago
Here is Bangkok’s full name: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit 36
Emanuel 2 year s ago
so many items are so wrong
Gwendolyn 2 year s ago
Emanuel, jup and the pics also don't match
Gus 2 year s ago

wrong or at least not unique to a country.
Jos 2 year s ago
#8 Photo of a garbage truck in Florida.
Peg 2 year s ago
#11 True in France and in most European country

#32 True and it's wonderfull good . They don't have more accidents because of that!
Roxanne 2 year s ago
Peg,#32 Almost 70% of the Autobahn has a hard speed limit. There were a few attempts to make it nationwide, but the germans love their cars. The whole world like german cars...
Nelly 2 year s ago
#35 absolutely wrong.
Edmund 2 year s ago
#16 : it's not exactly "in Italy". It's "everywhere in the world, except usa". The rest of the world thinks it's normal do give a decent wage to waiters, and it is fair to display the real price customer will have to pay. Still you can tip, if you want, it the really reward good waiters.
But in a way it is true, they do that in Italy.
Mimi 2 year s ago
#15 only in older houses (70+ years)
#19 nonsense
#35 "hoi" is just Dutch for "hi"
#39 common in Northern Europe (Scandinavia, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands)
Hallie 2 year s ago
The comments are better than the captions. I learn things in comments.
Junius 2 year s ago
These aren't really strange.
Nelson 2 year s ago
so serious about their cheese?

Wth, how do you get thin enough slices with a knife...with thick slices the taste overpowers everything else.

oh and there are several types of cheese slicers...some are full metal plates with a cutting edge as in the picture, others are a very thin piece of metal string attatched at each end to a piece of wood
Permelia 2 year s ago
#36, but i don´t think that they drink only german beer like the four in the picture dash
Gerrie 2 year s ago
#16 The service fee goes to the owner!!! Always leave a tip to the waiters (do you understand american tourist?)
Barnabas 2 year s ago
In the States a waiter gets 2 or 3 dollars an hour. Try to find someone who will do it in Europe. They get a decent wage, so, my opinion is you are wrong (or a waiter who want's to have some extra money from tha American 'idiot's).
Tine 2 year s ago
Gerrie, in any developed country the waiter is paid properly to do their job. A tip is something you pay extra to show your appreciation in the service or food. And if the service fee go to the ponwe, so what? The services are paid for by the owner, to that's only fair.
Tine 2 year s ago
#37 instead of saying "say cheese" when taking a photo try saying "say boobies" instead. The smiles will be much more genuine! laughing
Morris 2 year s ago
#16 is as stupid as the obrigation to tip in the usa. "Coperto" is not a tip! Is a fee to help pay for rent, plates, cups, forks, etc.... that should be the owner responsability, so for my point of view is a scam, a legal scam, but still a scam...
In the usa you are obligated to leave a tip because the owner don't pay enough to the employers, you cannot explain this to an european because we don't understand that......
In the rest of europe everything is included in the price of the dish, if you wan to leave some tip for the good food/service, etc... its ok, but the wages, rent, every cost is already in the price of the item you purchase
Little 2 year s ago
These things are strange if you are form the USA. I am european, and these things are not that weird to me. We know that things are done other ways in other countries.
Keziah 2 year s ago
#1 Is a country that is smaller than most American suburbs, so yeah...much easier to do.




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