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19 “Weird” Normal Things In Some Countries

Things that may be normal in some countries, but considered weird in some others

Each country in the world has its own traditions, culture, and lifestyle. Viral Strange will bring some Reddit threads showing cultural differences between countries, that may be normal for people living in it but considered weird for the foreigners.

1. There are tea ladies on all the streets in Sudan. This is a literal translation, and I guess the best interpretation in English would be a tea saleswoman? Wherever you go, wherever you turn, whatever time of day it is, there’s a woman selling tea (and other hot drinks) nearby. © tinysnark / Reddit

2. In China, a lot of bathrooms don’t have toilet paper because they don’t want people to steal it. You have to bring your own. © _day-z / Reddit

3. We scream when we cut the birthday cake in Venezuela. It is expected to be a blood-curdling scream, and people laugh at you and ridicule you if it wasn’t loud or scary enough. Also, our birthday song is like 2 minutes long. © Sadlycoris / Reddit

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4. Kissing cheeks as a way to say hello between men in Italy. It’s pretty common here, but when I’ve done it in America while visiting a friend of mine, some people were confused. © ImmondoVianello / Reddit

5. I found out that brushing my teeth in a public bathroom was strange outside of Brazil. © sormatador / Reddit

6. Germany. Throwing porcelain, ceramic pots, and other things in front of the bride-to-be’s house a day or 2 before the wedding in order to break them into shards. It is said that these shards bring luck. Anything that breaks can be thrown, except for mirrors, since breaking a mirror brings 7 years of bad luck according to superstition. © TheBassMeister / Reddit

7. In France, the number of kisses and which cheek you begin with all depend on which part of the country you are living in. It’s so awkward when you meet someone and you don’t do it the same… © forestotterqueen / Reddit

8. I live in the UK and I find it so weird that 80% of the houses have carpet on their bathroom floors. © MageLocusta / Reddit

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9. In South Africa, we call a traffic light a robot. I really don’t know why. © nervous_Journal08 / Reddit

10. In the Netherlands, when you go to a birthday you don’t just congratulate the person who’s having their birthday, but you congratulate everyone at the party on that person’s birthday. It can take a while to congratulate everyone… © Jealous-Proof5505 / Reddit

11. Wearing socks with sandals. You guessed it, I’m Czech. © Spirit_Ghoststar / Reddit

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12. Indian Edition: Arriving unannounced at someone’s place and staying for like a month. © EmotionSenior9999 / Reddit

13. I live in Great Britain. Recently a woman from New Zealand started to work with our company. Everyone is horrified because she walks into the office without shoes, barefoot, which is considered normal in her motherland. © PmMeLowCarbRecipes / Reddit

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14. South Koreans are always older than you. We grow one year older when the year passes. And we also consider a baby 1-year-old when they are born. © Erica_Plays_Roblox / Reddit

15. In Mexico, it is more offensive to say no when you are invited to hang out and you don’t want to do so, than saying that you will try and just not showing up. © elav92 / Reddit

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16. My Indian/Hindu friend told me that I can’t clip my nails inside the house. It has to be done outside so I had to go out onto the balcony. © littleadventures / Reddit

17. In Australia, we give spiders cute names when they move into our house and regularly thank them for eating all the bugs. © LikeASpectre / Reddit

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18. Touching the feet of our elders is very common in India, I doubt if it’s practiced anywhere else. © viren0311 / Reddit

19. I live in Italy. After completing a driver’s license exam and receiving a license, you are classified as a novice driver and limited to driving only small cars for the first year. Even if you have had other national driver’s licenses and have been driving large cars for years. My wife recently took the Italian exams as her prior license (U.S.) was not transferable and now we have to sell our car as she is no longer qualified to drive it. © tomorrow509 / Reddit

What is something in your country that may sound weird and confuse foreigners? Let us know in the comments!

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