WEIRD FACTS

Weird Customs Around the World

FRANCE: 
 buying funny hats for your unmarried friends.


25 November is St Catherine’s Day in France, and all unmarried 25-year-old women (or 

“Catherinettes”) are given elaborate green and yellow hats, which they must wear all day.




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India Throw the baby for good luck  





This ritual is mostly followed in Karnataka where newborn babies are thrown off the 50-feet high Sri Santeswar temple. Before you jump to a conclusion; the babies are obviously caught by the family in a cloth. Couples who are blessed with a baby after taking a vow at the temple follow this 500-year-old tradition. It is believed to bring good luck to the babies. Don't know about the babies, but I sure wish we could throw some politicians without catching them.



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Ecuadorians celebrate Año Viejo

Most people celebrate New Years, but Ecuadorians celebrate Año Viejo, which translates to “Old 

Year.” The tradition takes place on the last day of the year where people make dolls that are supposed

 to represent a disappointment — be it a person, event, or mistake. They then write a note that

 describes their goals for the following year and pin it to the doll. Afterwards, they burn the doll to 

represent the burning of their failures, regrets or anger of the past year.





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Don’t Expect a Thank You Card for These Gifts 

 China

Clocks, handkerchiefs, straw sandals and flowers are all associated with death and funerals in China. 

Deemed inappropriate and morbid, you’ll risk damaging the relationship if you present these gifts – 

for any occasion – to someone in China.


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Avoid Giving Certain Flowers in Russia

Be careful when presenting flowers to a friend or business associate in Russia. Yellow blooms signify deceit

 or a relationship break-up. And skip red carnations, too. Traditionally, red carnations are placed on the

graves of the dead, or are offered to surviving war veterans.




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A championship for making the funniest face in England




This hilarious expression below is what gurning looks like and it 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!



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Carrying pregnant wife over burning coal in China

In China, it is believed that if the husband carries his pregnant wife over burning coal with bare feet, the wife has an easy delivery. So, physical pain for the husband to ease out the wife's labour? What kind of a tradition is this?






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Bathroom ban for three days after the wedding in Northern Borne

Bathroom ban is another lame custom followed by the Tidong tribe from northern Borne. The couple are not allowed to use the bathroom till three days after the wedding. Yes, that means no urinating, defecating or bathing. The tribe believes that it leads to a happy married life. In case you are wondering how that is possible, the family ensures that the couple eats and drinks only small amounts.



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PHILIPPINES


Have you ever wondered why—even in the midst of natural disasters, government corruption, and 


crushing poverty—Filipinos can still afford to smile and crack a joke? It has something to do with

 the national psyche. Similar to the French joie de vivre—a phrase that expresses enjoyment of life—

Filipinos have their bahala na attitude that espouses living life to the fullest without worrying about 

the present because it will be soon gone anyway.This also means a tendency to possess a positive

 outlook towards the future. For Filipinos, it doesn’t matter if they’re sick, jobless, or just plain down

 on their luck, because sooner or later their lot will surely improve. That attitude can be easily seen in

 the aftermath of major disasters like Typhoon Haiyan, where survivors pass the time by playing

 basketball amidst the ruins. This unwavering optimism has led to Filipinos being consistently ranked

 as one of the world’s happiest nationalities.



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Philippines


Hobbit House, the world’s weirdest themed restaurant.

Founded in 1973 by a former college professor and Peace Corps volunteer Jim Turner, the Hobbit


 House is the only restaurant in the world entirely staffed by midgets. It recently topped CNNGo‘s list

 of “world’s weirdest themed restaurants.”

Located at M. H. del Pilar Street in Ermita and now with a new branch in Boracay, the Hobbit House


 was inspired by Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” books. The place features candlelit interiors and

 paintings depicting some scenes from the epic trilogy.

The restaurant was also recognized in the past by Lonely Planet for having the “smallest waiters in


 the world.”






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KOREA

Asian Medicine Dictates What People Eat Twice A Year






Koreans are very in tune with their bodies: they eat the right amount of food and focus on nutrition above all. When it comes to their eating regimen, they have it pretty much all figured out – and when it comes to food, temperature matters. Koreans follow Eastern Asian medicine principles, which contends that one should eat cold food when the weather is cold and hot food when the weather is warm.
The rationale behind it is that there should not be any sharp difference between one’s body temperature and one’s food – or else, your stomach will get upset, which will hamper digestion and proper bowel functions. As a result, people will eat Samgyettang, a boiling hot, highly caloric stuffed chicken dish on the hottest day of the year and a bowl of cold, low caloric naegmyeon noodle on the coldest day of the year. In case you’re wondering, yes, we’ve been doing it all wrong.
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Wearing rings to have a giraffe's neck in Thailand




Thailand's Karen tribe is fascinated with long necks and looks like they can go a long way to achieve them. Women from the tribe wear rings around their neck to get a large neck, which they find to be a symbol of beauty and elegance. Girls start wearing rings around their necks when they are all of 5 and more rings are added as they grow up.

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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!

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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!

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Camel wrestling in Turkey













You would have heard of bull fighting, but camel fighting? Not so much. People in Turkey look forward to the event in which two male camels fight it out with each other. Whoever doesn't run or back away wins. This event is organised during mating season and the camels have a natural instinct to fight off the other male.








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INDIA

Shampooing is an Indian concept





Shampoo was invented in India, not the commercial liquid ones but the method by use of herbs. The


 word 'shampoo' itself has been derived from the Sanskrit word champu, which means to massage.





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According to popular legend, tea was discovered by the Chinese emperor Shennong in 2737 B.C. 


when a tea leaf fell into his boiling water. The Chinese consider tea to be a necessity of life.








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China invented ice cream, and Marco Polo is rumored to have taken the recipe (along with the recipe 

for noodles) back with him to Europe.



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