30 unusual facts about different countries that will seem wild to youPictolic
The most interesting part of traveling is getting to know the cultural features of different countries. Foreigners will often surprise you with their cuisine, mentality or rules of behavior adopted only by them. Although sometimes "surprise" is not a big enough word to describe the emotions of things whose existence was not even possible.
From 2020, you will not be charged a single Euro cent for bus travel in Luxembourg.
Public transport is free for both locals and visitors to the country.
In the modern world, there is only one country whose flag is not rectangular — it is Nepal.
It appeared after the unification of the two standards of the past rulers of the country.
In Japan, you can come across ofuro baths, which are traditionally made of wood.
The baths are small in size, just to match the miniature Japanese, but even they fit there only sitting.
If you pay attention to the speech of the Japanese, then for some reason they call the green signal of the traffic light blue. And on the roads, the bluest shade of green is used, which is only allowed by law.
The answer lies in the peculiarities of the Japanese language, once the word "blue" meant 2 colors at once, and the designation "green" appeared much later.
Italian police officers really cut through on sports cars.
The manufacturer personally donated several cars to local human rights activists, but this is more of a publicity stunt than a common practice.
The combination of sweet cocoa with salty cheese seems strange, but in fact the taste is very interesting.
We are used to keeping milk in the refrigerator, but the French don't do that.
The point is the difference in technology in pasteurization, in France this process takes place at ultra-high temperatures. And as a result, such milk can be stored for a long time at room temperature.
Taumatafakatangihangakoauauotamateathuripukakapikimaungahoronukupokaifenuakitanatahu is the name of a hill in New Zealand.
It is the longest place name in the world and translates roughly as " The hilltop where Tamatea, a man with big knees who rolled, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as the earth eater, played his flute for his beloved."
A popular English pastime is to launch a wheel of cheese down a hill, and then try to catch up with it in a huge crowd.
Surely in the movies you have often heard a recognizable melody, which is published by ice cream vans in the United States.
The same tune is played by garbage trucks in Ecuador.
In the Netherlands, they traditionally build very high and steep stairs, due to the fact that once in the houses it was necessary to save every inch of free space.
In the polytechnic universities of Hong Kong, you can train as a specialist in the design of women's bras.
And yes, this is a serious area.
Monaco is a very small country, stretched out in length.
You can cross the entire length of the country in just an hour, and on foot.
Having dined in an Italian restaurant and received a bill, you can find a strange thing — this bill will include the services of the staff.
But you don't have to leave a tip.
The pandemic forced the entire world to wear masks, but for East Asians, it made little difference.
In the same South Korea, they are usually worn even with a common cold.
Yes, the Scots thought of frying Mars chocolates.
Do you like it in batter or deep-fried?
Italians prefer to drink cappuccino in the morning.
They just associate milk with this time of day.
A typical picture for Singapore is an open window, from which a long bamboo pole protrudes.
They are used by local residents to dry their laundry after washing.
The celebration of the Thai New Year on April 13 is associated with massive water battles, in which both old and young people participate.
It will not be possible to stay dry on this day.
You can find the names of streets in Costa Rica, but you won't find any directions to them.
In this country, we are used to navigating the sights.
The Finns ' love for the sauna is so great that they organize competitions in the country, in which they find out who can stay in the steam room longer.
The speed limit is a strict rule for most countries.
But on certain sections of the autobahn in Germany, this is just a recommendation. And you can go as fast as you want.
Visiting the apartment of a typical family in Slovakia before the Christmas celebration, you can stumble upon a carp swimming in the bathroom.
So the fish is cleaned of the digestive tract before cooking.
It seems that the Dutch have absolutely nothing to hide, because most of the windows in the country do not have curtains.
This is a legacy of Protestant culture.
Usually women are engaged in depilation, removing the hair completely.
Brazilians prefer to discolor them to preserve the light fluff.
Once upon a time in South Korea, the names of dead people were written exclusively in red ink.
Tradition is gone, but superstition remains.
Japan has a different addressing system. They indicate blocks, not the roads between them (streets).
An email address in Japan works like this: country, province, city, district, block, house, person.
The Turks grind the chicken breast into a pudding, a milky dessert called Tavuk-geksu.
The dish is definitely an amateur.
When a person is photographed, almost everywhere they are asked to say cheese to bring a smile.
The Dutch instead pronounce lach eens naar het vogeltje-smile at the little bird.
Surstreming is a national Swedish dish with rotten herring.
Just the smell of it can turn your stomach, and the locals consider it a delicacy.