One of the best things about traveling is immersing in cultures that are vastly different from your own. When staying in another country, you may find yourself committing a faux pas every now and then.
This is totally normal, but it would be better to arm yourself with helpful knowledge beforehand so you can avoid offensive practices while staying in another country. To keep yourself in good graces of the locals, avoid doing these things that are considered rude in other countries.
Don’t give tips in Japan
While tipping may be the norm elsewhere, it’s a no-no in Japan. The Japanese are known for giving exceptional service but they don’t expect tips; they actually consider it degrading.
Don’t use your left hand in India
People in India consider the left hand as unclean. So always use your right hand when in public – when shaking hands, picking up items, or exchanging money.
Also in India, don’t open a gift right away
Doing so makes the recipient look greedy.
Never smile at strangers in Russia
The Russians consider smiling as an intimate gesture, only to be given towards someone whom you have a genuine affinity with. If you smile at a stranger, you will come off as fake or insincere.
Don’t honk your horn in Norway
Norwegians only use the horn in emergencies. If you honk, they will think something bad happened and you may cause unnecessary panic.
Don’t leave your plate spotless when in China
A clean plate means the host didn’t give you enough food to fill you up. Leaving a bit of food shows that you had enough and you enjoyed the meal.
Don’t talk with your hands in your pockets when in Germany
Germans consider it rude. Also, place your hands on the table while eating, don’t let them rest in your lap.
Don’t forget to say hello to people in France
Saying “Bonjour madame, monsieur” is a standard practice among the French. Failing to do so may come off as you subtly showing that the other person is beneath you.
Also when in France, don’t blow your nose in public
The French consider this repulsive. If you must blow your nose, excuse yourself and do it in the restroom instead.
Don’t call the U.S. as “America” when in South America
Remember that South America is technically America too. So when you call the U.S. as “America” when you’re in South America, it implies that you don’t consider the South worthy of the title “America.”
Don’t sit at the backseat of a cab when in Ireland
It is against the rules of egalitarianism and is also a practice in Australia, New Zealand, and Scotland. Always ride shotgun.
Never ask “What do you do?” when talking to someone in the Netherlands
The Netherlands has a broad social welfare system and asking this can make you appear classist.
‘World’s Loneliest Bird’ Found Dead Next to Concrete Bird He Wooed for Years
RIP, Nigel the gannet.
For years, the 'world's loneliest bird' persevered to woo his rather stone-cold love interest. Nigel, a gannet, showed up on Mana Island in New Zealand in 2015, where he met the apple of his eye. The only problem was that his potential mate was made of concrete.
Some 20 years ago, conservationists in New Zealand planted 80 fake gannet birds on the island as part of their efforts to attract real gannets. Nigel was the only one to show up after many years, and he was the first gannet to make Mana his home in 40 years.
Every day since his arrival on the island, Nigel wooed his potential partner.
14 Signs You’re Not Genuinely In Love But Only Want To Fix Your Man
It may not be real love. You may just love the feeling of being needed.
Sometimes people stay longer in a relationship, not because of pure love. It can be that you feel you can’t function without the other person or that you just feel that the relationship is convenient. There are also those who are not really into the person - it’s just that they want to fix them.
You may think you’re in love but the truth is, you just want to be in a relationship with your man because you want to be that girl who repairs him after he got broken by his previous lover. While that may make you somehow a good person, staying for long will never be healthy for both of you. Here are signs that you’re not genuinely in love with your man but you just want to fix him.
#1. You are focused on repairing him than looking out for yourself.
10 Weirdest Aphrodisiacs From Around The World
Poisonous fish for virility, anyone?
Practically everyone wants to perform better in bed and will go to great lengths to become a great lover. This is why aphrodisiacs are very popular - who can resist the idea of just eating or drinking something to amp up the libido, right?
Now some may not believe in the power of aphrodisiacs but there are lots of people who are willing to try them. But some go beyond the usual oysters and chocolates; there are aphrodisiacs that may seem bizarre for ordinary folks. Here are some of the weirdest ones from around the world.
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