32 International Oddities That’ll Make You Say ‘There’s No Place Like Home’

32 International Oddities That’ll Make You Say ‘There’s No Place Like Home’

Traveling is great, isn’t it? It’s like this little sampler pack of life in other countries. You get to call your waiter with kissing sounds in Myanmar, or have a huge water fight on Easter in Poland. Then, you thankfully get to come home. Because, to be honest, that all sounds a little nutty.

Canadians trade coupons from a tire company. Lienter CANADIAN TIA CANADARIAS 10c LS CANADIAN TIRE LA SOCIETE CANADIAN TRE LIMITEE I CASH BONUS out B BONI CANADIAN TIRE CARADUAN TIRE CONPORATI ion, LIMITED Canada Tire is so ubiquitous that lots of bars and small businesses an accept their official Canadian Tire Money. Someone was even caught counterfeiting $11 million worth. CRACKED.COM NOW YOU KNOW

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One of the worst things you can call someone in Thailand is a monitor lizard. The Thai word for the animal is considered so offensive that it's banned from TV and radio. CRACKED.COM

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In Singapore, you automatically become an organ donor when you turn 21. - You can opt out, but if you do, you're lower priority for organ transplants. CRACKED.COM

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THE ETHIOPIAN CALENDAR IS SEVEN YEARS BEHIND THE REST OF THE WORLD. It was developed by Orthodox and Coptic churches, based on their own calculations for the date of Jesus's birth. It has 12 months of 30 days and one of five days (six on leap years.) In this system, the year begins on September 11 or 12 of the Gregorian calendar. CRACKED.COM

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IN RUSSIA, BEER WASN'T CLASSIFIED AS AN ALCOHOLIC DRINK UNTIL 2011. Before that year, it was the only country where beer was sold and distributed just like soda and other soft drinks. A 1 БАЛТИК That means it could be bought and consumed by anyone, even in street kiosks and public transit stops. GRACKED.COM

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GRACKED ATHLEISURE ISN'T COOL EVERYWHERE ELSE. TRANSBORED Sure, stylish sportswear outside of the gym is trendy, but in Japan, most of Europe, and elsewhere, wearing sweatpants, leggings, flip flops, and even baseball caps in public is disrespectful.

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GRACKED ITALY'S MIDDAY RIPOSA. You know those afternoon sleepies? Lean into it! In Italy, Riposa is a siesta where most of the country (it differs region to region) shuts down between 1 1pm and 4pm. Italians embrace getting sleepy after lunch, and nap when their body says so.

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GRACKED THE UKRAINE TAKES A BREATHER BEFORE A TRIP. In Ukraine and Russia, it is traditional to sit down as a family for a few minutes before leaving on a trip. This grants good luck on the journey, and leaves an opportunity to remember anything you may have forgotten.

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