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User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4313 posts, RR: 11
Posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7201 times:

Eurovision:

I have not seen one from start to finish, just bits and pieces. But this show really lifts the whole European stereotype to the next level. A complete and total political politeness that really makes everything look like a candy store-robotic world: so painfully sugary, kitsch to the square power, and carefree. The world could be falling apart and you would not know it by watching Eurovision. Botox smiles everywhere. The costumes are cool but just add to the whole Disney World feel. I understand in Europe PP is a key to existence, otherwise the continent would be right back to getting along just like they did in 1939... So in the end there is nothing wrong with Eurovision, and I've noticed last few years a bit more sexuality seeping in, but it is just not compatible to that which I'm used to or grew up with. It is like watching a very sweet artifact from the old world.

Children beauty pageants:

This one is really big in the United States, there's even a show on cable totally dedicated to it. At first I thought it was a joke, an elaborate joke where someone was being set up in believing all these women really had gone fanatical into watching their daughters dress up like future Lady Gaga's-meet-a girl from a B-side strip club. It was just all so over the top in the dress and make up and the dramarama of the 'mothers', it really looked like it coudn't be a real thing. But saw the show again on another day, they actually travel all over competing. Now, I don't know what the fathers of these girls think (I'm guessing many are divorced or are MIA), but obviously they never heard of pedophiliacs. Maybe it's a Catholic organized event (see I can make jokes about the Church), but then again they are not boys. In conclusion, around these parts where daddy's little girl is a way of life, the fathers of those girls would need to get into witness protection. I guess the mothers woudn't care about the new nicknames they would acquire...

Bullfighting (to the death of the bull):

Classic gripe material. In my country, it is so abhorred that it intices violent reactions from animal loving compatriots. Few understand it is part of the culture of several countries and at the very least the culture needs to be respected. They recently had a matador gored by a bull in México. I thought over there, the bull was not killed. Apparently, it is. Same in Colombia, Perú, and most other countries in Latin America. I felt bad for the matador, I feel a little less now, of course I don't wish him any harm. But in the year 2010 it is increasingly interesting to see the slow death of an animal that does have pain receptors, is not even at least partially compensated by having a nice grill after. I mean if you are going to kill the poor beast, at least not waste the protein. In the end, while the popularity in Latin America has declined (it was never ever popular in Argentina, we just crush their heads at the slaughterhouse), it is still a concept I fail to grasp. These days there are other ways of showing bravery, like trying to go to a soccer match...

I just had to comment on those three. Never will understand them.


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User currently offlinenewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7172 times:

People wiping their ass and putting the toilet paper in trash. I mean, is this not the 21st century?


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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3017 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7166 times:

Quoting newark777 (Reply 1):
People wiping their ass and putting the toilet paper in trash. I mean, is this not the 21st century?

In some countries, the plumbing just cannot cope with the paper. So it's better to have a bin than overflowing toilet.

signol



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User currently offlinenewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7152 times:

Quoting signol (Reply 2):
In some countries, the plumbing just cannot cope with the paper. So it's better to have a bin than overflowing toilet.

Which is why I referenced catching up with everyone else in the 21st century. There has been plumbing since the Romans, and some countries still can't flush paper down the toilet.  



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User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4313 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7146 times:

Quoting newark777 (Reply 1):
People wiping their ass and putting the toilet paper in trash. I mean, is this not the 21st century?

Oh yes, I heard it does occur in many places. I imagine this is probably because the pipes in some of the poorer areas are narrow thus very suceptible to clogging, at least that is what I think. So it is a forced habit, maybe? In a public place while quite foul, at least it is not your home. I don't know if that is done in homes as well, but that would be quite strange to me as I always toss it in the toilet.

Speaking of restrooms, that reminded me... the bidet.

Argentina (and Uruguay) have the highest penetrations of bidets in the world per home pretty much (basically, all homes have them), from what I read only a couple of Arab countries come close. In a few European countries there are some and in Japan, but that's it. And that is something most people all over the world do not understand, the infamous bidet.

When they visit, it is a classic moment to watch them enter the bathroom for the first time and locate the bathtub, the hand washing, the toilet... and ''what is that contraption thing over there?'' I have stories about what people thought it was for.



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User currently offlineAirportugal310 From Tokelau, joined Apr 2004, 3665 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7089 times:

Quoting signol (Reply 2):
In some countries, the plumbing just cannot cope with the paper. So it's better to have a bin than overflowing toilet.

I can only partially agree...

I have seen in this in plenty-capable places here in the US

My thing I can't understand:

Why men (particularly in NYC & Italy as a whole) feel the need to stare and cat-call at a woman when she is HOLDING HANDS with her boyfriend/husband...WTF? Do you really think for a micro second that she is going to suddenly be interested in a total stranger and leave her companion?

Its flattering to me (used to happen to my girlfriend and I all the time) but its also bizarre



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User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4313 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7073 times:

I'm a bit shy so I don't get that one either. A few of my friends have done it, but almost always with girls that are alone or in a group, not with one that is with a man. I would never do it even if the girl was grabbing my privates on to the dance floor... hahaha.

[Edited 2010-05-21 17:12:42]


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User currently offlineAirportugal310 From Tokelau, joined Apr 2004, 3665 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7068 times:

Quoting Derico (Reply 6):
I would never do it even if the girl was grabbing my privates on to the dance floor... hahaha.

HAHA I think at that point all class goes right out the window and gives way to seduction...

not a particularly bad trade-off depending on your situation  



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User currently offlineflanker From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1642 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7050 times:

I particularly dislike people in the middle east flocking to you like flies to bargain and sell crap.

I cant stand entitlement mentality either.

Quoting Derico (Thread starter):
Eurovision:

Eurovision 1990, Toto Cutugno. This one you will certainly enjoy!! They just dont make music like this anymore.



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User currently offlinenewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 9, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7044 times:

Quoting Airportugal310 (Reply 5):

Why men (particularly in NYC & Italy as a whole) feel the need to stare and cat-call at a woman when she is HOLDING HANDS with her boyfriend/husband...WTF? Do you really think for a micro second that she is going to suddenly be interested in a total stranger and leave her companion?

Mostly the scumbags and the guidos. According to my younger sister, it is noticeably worse in Rome and some other European locales.

I think it's just a macho thing; show your buddies that you can call out at women.



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User currently offlineAirportugal310 From Tokelau, joined Apr 2004, 3665 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7018 times:

Quoting newark777 (Reply 9):
Mostly the scumbags and the guidos. According to my younger sister, it is noticeably worse in Rome and some other European locales.

You are most correct. In my travels, it happened most in Florence, IT



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User currently offlineStuckInCA From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1987 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7017 times:

Quoting Derico (Thread starter):
Children beauty pageants

I'm with you on this one. I think most Americans probably think it's odd too.


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20013 posts, RR: 59
Reply 12, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7018 times:

Japan. Never been there, but they mystify me.

They invent completely artificial pop stars and teenage boys send her love letters knowing full well she doesn't actually exist.

They invented Karaoke. 'nuff said.

How a society can be so prudish about any public display of affection and yet so casual about nudity.

The medical philosophy of not telling a patient how serious the illness is.

Bukkake. They invented the word. As well as the wide availability of what is really close to kiddie porn.

I mean, I respect them, but I have to say that much about Japanese culture just makes no sense to me.


User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4313 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 7013 times:

Quoting Airportugal310 (Reply 7):
not a particularly bad trade-off depending on your situation

I would be on the affirmatory side of that situation!

Quoting flanker (Reply 8):
Eurovision 1990, Toto Cutugno. This one you will certainly enjoy!! They just dont make music like this anymore.

I will take your word for it, or maybe I'll check it out if it's available at all. I'm curious if this is to convince me otherwise or to completely cement what I said. hahaha

Quoting StuckInCA (Reply 11):
I'm with you on this one. I think most Americans probably think it's odd too.

I'm sure many people find it odd, I guess what surprised me is that they made it a tv show. That's why I was under the impression that it was just cultural shock of me seeing something where there really isn't anything...



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User currently offlinenewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 14, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 7008 times:

Quoting StuckInCA (Reply 11):
I'm with you on this one. I think most Americans probably think it's odd too.

Has anyone seen the children's beauty pageant reality shows on TLC or one of the channels like that? I saw some clips on The Soup, and it is definitely high up there on the WTF meter.



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User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 7011 times:

Mexico and Chicklets. I don't understand why every time I drive from Matamoros to South Padre Island I get bombarded with people trying to sell me Chicklets. Why Chicklets?

Another thing about Mexico - Telemundo. It's the funniest crap to watch, and I don't speak a lick of Spanish. The women, god, their make-up is SO overdone and it perpetuates EVERY stereotype Americans have of Mexico.

Europe: Why does EVERY airport sign have to be Lufthansa Yellow? And there is sort of this robotic niceness about you, with a smugness as well.

Asia....Yeah, it's just pretty much lived up to every stereotype I have ever imagined. They are all pretty much good ones, but they are also very funny.


User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4313 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6993 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 12):
They invent completely artificial pop stars and teenage boys send her love letters knowing full well she doesn't actually exist.

Hahaha, I didn't know that one!

I do know that in Japan they have a little device for women that has a recording of music or of something pleasant, while they go all out on #2. Apparently, it is incredibly embarrasing for a woman to even think that someone could hear her bowl movements...

The Japanese are interesting people. And I like it because it makes you see the world in different ways.

[Edited 2010-05-21 17:41:02]


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User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6981 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 12):

I mean, I respect them, but I have to say that much about Japanese culture just makes no sense to me.

I'll chime in on this. I think it has to do with the formality of their culture. Polite, formal, strict, rigorous, completely controlled by the super-ego. Their id is completely repressed and surfaces in very "creative" manners, especially in sexual arenas.

UAL


User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6979 times:

Quoting Derico (Reply 16):
Hahaha, I didn't know that one!

I do know that in Japan they have a little device for women that has a recording of music or of something pleasant, while they go all out on #2. Apparently, it is incredibly embarrasing for a woman to even think that someone could hear her bowl movements...

Oh, Toto toilets are F'ing amazing! So many buttons, so many functions.


User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13148 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6971 times:

Drowry (sic) murder - mainly in Pakistan and parts of India. You would kill a bride because they can't come up with enough to buy their wedding partner?.

Honor murder - In various societies. Kill a woman because they had sex outside of marriage or before marriage or raped?

Arranged marriage - In various societies. Someone picks out my spouse? What if they are ugly as sin or stupid as a fence post?


User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10134 posts, RR: 26
Reply 20, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6968 times:
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Quoting Derico (Reply 4):
Argentina (and Uruguay) have the highest penetrations of bidets in the world per home

Oh my, sounds uncomfortable!

Perhaps you meant concentrations.  
Quoting newark777 (Reply 14):
Has anyone seen the children's beauty pageant reality shows on TLC or one of the channels like that? I saw some clips on The Soup, and it is definitely high up there on the WTF meter.

Never seen them, hope I never will.

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 15):
Telemundo. It's the funniest crap to watch, and I don't speak a lick of Spanish.

  

Telemundo and Univision. Oftentimes very hot girls on there too!



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User currently offlinenewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 21, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6948 times:

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 20):
Never seen them, hope I never will.
http://tlc.discovery.com/videos/toddlers-and-tiaras/



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User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4313 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6949 times:

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 19):
Arranged marriage - In various societies. Someone picks out my spouse? What if they are ugly as sin or stupid as a fence post

If you are the ugliest thing since Shrek, then this one will usually play to your serious advantage... Unless that is taken into account by those who arrange on the other side! Does physical attractiveness play any part in arranged marriages or is it purely economical/religious whatever?

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 20):
Oh my, sounds uncomfortable!

I've tried to explain it many times, some are turned around. Most people simply do not understand why we have them, much less why we use them religiously. I get it though, if you don't grow up with it, it's something you'll never understand about other societies...  



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3017 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6947 times:

Quoting flanker (Reply 8):
I particularly dislike people in the middle east flocking to you like flies to bargain and sell crap.

To me this was at its worst in Bali, particularly taxi touts whilst walking down the street. "Yes taxi sir?" No, and if I did want a taxi, would I wait until the 20th offer before accepting?!

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 19):
Arranged marriage - In various societies. Someone picks out my spouse? What if they are ugly as sin or stupid as a fence post?

I used to think, how could anyone arrange my marriage for me? Now I have a child, I think how cool it would be if he, many years from now, got married to a friend's daughter!

signol



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User currently offlineDAL767400ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6944 times:

Quoting newark777 (Reply 14):
Quoting StuckInCA (Reply 11):
I'm with you on this one. I think most Americans probably think it's odd too.

Has anyone seen the children's beauty pageant reality shows on TLC or one of the channels like that? I saw some clips on The Soup, and it is definitely high up there on the WTF meter.

Might you be referring to this (would've linked the respective YouTube video, but the video contained Sony content, yadda yadda, and is gone):
http://4gifs.com/gallery/v/Pageant_dancers.gif.html

I can understand being proud of your daughter and wanting to show them to the world, but this is just wh0ring them out.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 12):
I mean, I respect them, but I have to say that much about Japanese culture just makes no sense to me.

Same here. I thank the Japanese for Mangas, Animes, good race cars (Impreza, Evo) and Takeshi's Castle, but there just so damn much weird stuff over there that makes you go "Wha...?" (not including the "Moe" factor for cartoons, simply because animated character don't have a real age).


25 Post contains links Derico : I think that is the tv program I was talking about!! Now you may know why the first time I caught it I thought it was an elaborate joke because it wa
26 Airportugal310 : If you are that bored on a given Saturday night, Sabado Gigante is an utterly amusing show to watch Something about that goofy guy with the trumpet..
27 bill142 : The Germans love of David Hasselhoff.
28 flanker : The song is called Insieme:1992
29 Post contains images 474218 : Then again you have people that require basic toilet training:
30 Post contains images Fly2HMO : I've been in plenty of very well developed places where people still do that regardless. Funny you mention that, come to think of it, the chicklets p
31 474218 : Actually the signs were installed in the toilet stalls at Narita International Airport because so many people would stand on the seat (like the non-f
32 US330 : The european obsession/love affair with smoking. The next time someone tells me that Europeans are so much smarter than Americans, I will point out th
33 Post contains images Fly2HMO : That's what I was getting at. I should've said ASIAN toilets are not the same as western toilets. Another example Apparently according to research, s
34 474218 : I am afread I would tip over and soil myself.
35 YYZflyer : Other societies? Try my own. I don't understand why Canada and the US are so prudish, try to censor as much as possible, and is over run by PC. Also,
36 Post contains images Fly2HMO : Because idiotic kids nowadays don't know how to drink. Kids nowadays drink for the sole purpose of getting wasted. There was a day and age when a bee
37 gemuser : The gun culture in the US? WTF? Really strange to me. Gemuser
38 BMI727 : Based on my experience, many things are noticeably worse in Rome. Yeah, I don't get it either. But as long as the kids truly want to do it and aren't
39 newark777 : I wonder how many kids this is the case for, though. Sad.
40 Post contains images carmenlu15 : Doesn't Telemundo produce its programs in the US? (same as Univision...) El Chacal! Yeah, it's good fun
41 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : Eurovision brought us ABBA in 1974 and made them known to the world. Listening to ABBA makes me happy and cheerful. They are wonderful. Thank you Euro
42 Post contains images kiwiandrew : I have never been able to understood the Belgian liking for stuffing peaches with a mix of mayonaise and tinned tuna there is so much great food in Be
43 Post contains links and images Emirates773ER : Well I am going to start with my own country. Since the very day I have opened my eyes I have seen a line up outside Tim Hortons in each and every can
44 Post contains images Doona : For some reason, this sounds hilarious to me. They're not In the Nordic countries, they're generally black or dark blue with yellow text. Cheers Mats
45 ANITIX87 : My little sister is in Spain now, and she says the same thing. She's often afraid to walk the two blocks from the Metro to her apartment alone becaus
46 Derico : That is some choice of words in my part, classic. Thanks for ''pointing'' it out... oh oh. Well, I rest my case. Cheerful, sugary... but at least its
47 BarfBag : I'm not married, and am dating someone I met myself, but arranged marriages are often misunderstood. The vast majority of folks (men and women), at l
48 MD11Engineer : She should learn from her female Spanish classmates / colleagues and turn ice queen when challenged by wolf whistles or cat calls. West African women
49 oa260 : Its fine when it works but in Asian culture there are huge pressures to get married and alot dont have any choice. These pressures are also evident i
50 DocLightning : No, it's even weirder! There's that crazy itaku freakish side and then there's this conformist bijinessman side to the place. So you have this crazy
51 BarfBag : To me, that sounds like an analogous case of a 'huge pressure to get a job'. Maybe a western individualistic view treats marriage and familymaking as
52 lewis : It is the norm here. It happens because the plumbing cannot cope with toilet paper. I think modern plumbing can cope but people are used to putting i
53 Post contains links and images FatmirJusufi : Err, what about Lordi - Hard Rock Hallelujah?!
54 Post contains links mayor : How about the spoof of Eurovision from the series "Father Ted".........My Lovely Horse......................... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzYzVM
55 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : Another great Eurovision song, I agree. I like Toto Cutugno. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H-TbwiadFs&feature=related Here when he won the San
56 Post contains images newark777 : Haha, and I wasn't even that bad compared to some people at school. At least I didn't drink during the week. As long as you count the week as Monday
57 oa260 : Marriage is a choice that should be for the individual to decide if they want it or not , Its not the choice of the family. Sadly many feel they have
58 chepos : Malta (carbonated malt veberage not the country) and Nutella!!!! I grew up drinking malta and used to love it but I haven't had it since I was a kid.
59 Post contains links pilotsmoe : I don't understand this one at all, the Koreans believe that a fan can suffocate you http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan_death
60 ANITIX87 : Yeah, Lehigh's "weekend" always seemed to stretch for 4 or 5 days, haha. And I never knew you to avoid the entire of a "day after" because of feeling
61 eicvd : Would you believe a friend of mine played that on the pub jukebox once, the barman quite rightly asked, "Are you taking the p***?"
62 Fly2HMO : Here's another one, which I've seen too much lately in my own society: Kids that are above their parents. You know the type, the whiny kid that threat
63 CometII : Uhmmm... knowing absolutely anything at all about the use of of the bidet, it begs the question: do you use it before wiping or after wiping with toi
64 Post contains links Fly2HMO : http://lmgtfy.com/?q=bidet
65 AirframeAS : I think that is now in decline these days. A lot has to do with the Jonabenet Ramsay case in Boulder, Colorado I believe. but I do think that Child B
66 UAL747 : LOL, my cousin would scream, "CHILD ABUSE!" in the middle of the mall if the didn't get her way. I mean, what do ya do? LOL.
67 Post contains images Fly2HMO : Man that pisses me off. You can't touch your kids anymore or threaten them because then you risk getting sent to the slammer. Child abuse is sending
68 DocLightning : I have to agree, BTW, that drinking to get drunk is something I don't understand of my own society, but here's what's stranger: it seems to be a featu
69 ShyFlyer : Hallelujah! I thought I was the only one.
70 Post contains images newark777 : They are both delicious. Yes indeed. And you made us get cheesesteaks! No one respects a two-beer-queer. You'll see that here, but more in the about-
71 Fly2HMO : Ironically, even though the Spaniards ran the place for centuries, I've found Mexicans fall into this group strongly as well:
72 Post contains links AirPacific747 : Don't forget the japanese guy that got married to his "girlfriend" on his Nintendo dsi. Here's a link if anyone is interested: http://edition.cnn.com
73 BMI727 : I'm sure that many of them can't understand why westerners put themselves through the ordeal dating, breakups, snowglobes, etc...
74 UAL747 : There are 3 things that I can't understand about the US: 1. Where you put your penis and what you do or do not put on it while putting it wherever you
75 Post contains images Fly2HMO : Epic LULZ I strongly agree with those 3 points. However, you forgot these: #4. What politician you worship #5. What celebrity you worship Seriously,
76 UAL747 : Yeah, say that 5 times real fast. No, it's seriously those 5 things that our culture revolves around at it's core. It's sort of pathetic. Instead of
77 Post contains images Aesma : Agree, and am european. I don't know anybody that enjoys it, so I can only guess that it's for the same audience as star academy (american idol) and
78 OzGlobal : I've been there 12 times on business and stayed weekends on 4 or 5 occasions. Put simply, Japan is another planet. They spent 3 centuries in self-imp
79 Post contains images shamrock604 : To be fair my Friend, I think that is something that is common to nearly all countries! I think it particularly applies to countries with a mainly Ca
80 aviationmaster : Americans not being able to tell the difference between Switzerland/Swiss and Sweden/Swedish. Switzerland -> Swiss Sweden -> Swedish Woah! From
81 ANITIX87 : I don't remember you complaining at the time! Oh, man, I know! But here's the worst one (I swear this is true. I couldn't even make this up). FRIEND:
82 Post contains images starac17 : While rare it also is happens in the west because Muslim girls are embracing the freedoms that they have and some parents have killed the girl becaus
83 Post contains links Andaman : Yes I've noticed especially Americans tend to think EU would mean one European culture, thats bit strange. Smoking habits vary a lot inside Europe, s
84 BMI727 : Not seeing a tit, saying the word tit, but what you say has validity too.
85 AR385 : Bidets...Well, mine, is probably the only house with bidets in all its main bathrooms, here in Mexico. Thing is, we had to special order them because
86 Post contains images dxing : Round abouts.
87 Post contains images OA412 : I just don't get it. I have several friends who simply do not understand the concept of having fun without alcohol. I like wine, and I love a nice gi
88 BMI727 : Considering some intersections here, I think the thing I don't understand about the US is why we don't have more of them.
89 Derico : So have guests ever asked if that ''thing'' is used to satisfy your thrist whenever you are too lazy to go to the kitchen?? For many older Argentines
90 Post contains images gemuser : You have to acquire the taste as a kid, adults can't, so don't bother Gemuser
91 Post contains images shamrock604 : I know exactly what you mean, its just, well.... "blah". But it's not out of fear of discord, its just purely that musical tastes around Europe are t
92 melpax : You also have to spread it thinly, you can't smear it on like peanut butter!
93 Post contains images vhqpa : I remember as a young child I would go to after school care as my parents would not finish work until later and for afternoon tea we would be practic
94 AR385 : Too much information...but now that we are at it, I do something similar to you. I use the bidet to clean "that area" and then the toilet paper to dr
95 MD11Engineer : In the Philippines you´ll rarely find toilet paper outside places visited by foreigners. There you usualy have a bucket of clean water beside the to
96 Andz : LOL you just did it yourself, surely you meant when the family visits Austria? The biggest cultural mystery to me is the preparedness to kill for rel
97 AirPacific747 : Same with Danish & Dutch - often gets mixed up
98 Post contains images aviationmaster : Another mystery to me are supermarkets abroad selling or burger joints serving their cheeseburgers with "Swiss cheese". They're actually quite useful,
99 Post contains images Mudboy : I told a girlfriend once it was for washing her hair and face, if she didn't feel like taking a shower. What, you don't have pawn shops there? That i
100 Post contains images A342 : I really prefer the Japanese solution: We actually have one here in Germany which is quite rare. It takes a while getting used to, but I really like
101 Post contains links and images Andaman : They are great, perhaps a bit scary first The Finnish solution is a bidee shower next to the toilet seat, exists basically in every bathroom:
102 Derico : The universal nature of the separate toilet/bidet fixtures in Argentina is probably due for the most part on relaxed space requirements. Even as on av
103 bwest : We do what now? Never heard of such a thing...
104 PlaneWasted : Wearing shoes indoors. Why? Is cleaning fun? Make my feet smell very bad also... Playing "football" with your hands? Comment unnessecary...
105 AR385 : Tell me about it. We had to rebuild half of the bathrooms when we bought this house just for the bidets to fit.
106 Aeroflot001 : I used to love malta but recently I have begun to dislike it. Its sweet, dark nonalcoholic beer. I Also dont like beer at all if that means anything.
107 PSA53 : I'm not sure it's been said with so many entries: Soccer Don't understand the fanatic loyalty.But it's maybe the only sport promoted in nations.And th
108 Derico : Not just the United States. I've read comments from people from many other countries in Latin America that also do not understand that hugging and ki
109 kiwiandrew : At my last job in BRU someone told me about it and I was sure that they were just winding me up because nobody could eat something that disgusting ..
110 BMI727 : Not to mention that the sport is really boring. Lots of standing and very little action.
111 Superfly : While I am very open-minded and don't like the idea of judging other societies, one thing I'll never understand is honor killings, genital mutilation
112 Post contains images PlaneWasted : So you want to boycott countries such as the UAE and Qatar because of the violence and bloodshed they force you to endure?
113 Post contains images shamrock604 : Culture, Culture! American Folk like games with constant scoring, fast action and lots of colour. Europeans seem happier with slower, more methodical
114 Post contains images Superfly : Damn right, I'd love to score with as many female beach volleyball players as possible! I don't care what country they come from.
115 Post contains images PSA53 : Not necessarily.But general policy is unified in regards to Israel-Palestine issue. The intention of imposing a boycott is to motivate all nations in
116 BMI727 : There has been little fast action in the soccer I've seen. What are baseball and football if not slow and methodical? Some of the most exciting sport
117 Post contains links Acheron : So for the people asking about the oddities of japanese culture, I decided to rise your WTF-o-meter a couple of notches http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
118 Post contains images shamrock604 : Eh.. thats kind of what I said..... Not by the standards of Soccer. They are far more fast paces and exciting. Can I just ask why you seem to have ta
119 US330 : The only big sport in america that meets that criteria is basketball. In American football, maybe only 15 minutes of the 60 minutes of time is actual
120 BMI727 : I didn't take it as a slight, I just don't think that the lack of fast paced options is necessarily the reason for the lack of popularity of soccer i
121 steeler83 : How about arranged (or DEranged) marriages...especially in some middle eastern cultures (according to National Geographic). If a woman were to refuse
122 mandala499 : Things I don't understand from other societies? - Honor Killings - Honor mutilations The two, in some parts of the world, don't go just on those havin
123 Post contains images DocLightning : And they tend to coincide. No, I've got one better. The girl who got knocked up outside of marriage and is now a single mom on welfare who preaches t
124 Post contains links oly720man : Don't know about any honor, but with acid?? http://corrosion-doctors.org/Acids/acid-attack-1.htm http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=82717 C
125 cgnnrw : I smply don't know why the Germans are soooo obsessed with nudity. Nude beaches, nude saunas, nude sunbathing, nudity in advertisements where it has a
126 KiwiRob : I always thought bukkake was the straight version of a gokkun where a bunch of gay males masturbate into a cup then drink it.
127 AM744 : Bussinesses in the US that offer to cash all checks. They tend to be in somewhat marginal areas. What is their purpose? Can't people just cash their c
128 OA412 : I can hear it now: Oh God! Oh God! No bukkake is a somewhat different act.
129 ShyFlyer : Most banks require that you have an account with them before they cash a check. They get a percentage of the value of the check as the fee for cashin
130 BarfBag : The craze for tanning among westerners. It's about as meaningful as smoking. If you don't get cancer, you'll look like a wrinkled shar pei in a decade
131 KiwiRob : Pretty similar really, since the cup is replaced by a guy/girl and you all don't drink it. I don't understand the following about Norway: Why people
132 OA412 : Hmm, now that I think of it, you're right.
133 Derico : High level football from the best leagues and the World Cup is far more interesting than football from that might be played, with all due respect, in
134 newark777 : I've always assumed this is to keep the casual fans' interest during the games. Most fans don't like the stuff either.
135 Post contains images aviationmaster : Football is only low scoring, because compared to some US sports, a goal isn't awarded by two, three, six or seven points. You should watch a couple
136 newark777 : I think the whole argument about the differences in the game is a red herring. I grew up spending my summers grabbing my glove and standing out on a
137 Post contains images Aaron747 : The only thing I don't understand at all about Japanese people (just about everything else I can accept) is the concept of working to the point of out
138 BMI727 : I caught a little bit of whatever soccer Fox was showing last Saturday during the commercials in the hockey. It didn't look any better than any other
139 Post contains images aviationmaster : I fully agree with you there. Couldn't have said it better myself.
140 Post contains images Derico : Then why torture the real fans for the sake of some once in a drop in fan? Now I don't understand THAT. The key word is 'look'. But I understand if i
141 kiwiandrew : Socks ... more specifically the sock tendencies of certain nationalities . I cannot believe the number of European ( usually German or Dutch ) visitor
142 Post contains images mandala499 : CLASSICCCCCC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sick isn't it? And they claim it's religiously acceptable... I don't wonder which part of the religion they have selecti
143 MillwallSean : Carpets in bathrooms??? Can anyone in there right mind explain that one to me. Seems to be an anglosaxon thing. Cheerleading??? Hello anyone home, sup
144 474218 : Ice Hockey is low scoring too, but at least there is something going on all the time. 99% of the time in a football game the ball will be in the cent
145 BMI727 : Exactly, but hockey got better aafter the stoppage. Things like touch up icing and not allowing line changes after an icing call have improved qualit
146 Post contains images luckyone : Sort of Bear in mind there are different ways to score in American Football! I think one of the things that Americans don't enjoy about football/socc
147 Post contains images carmenlu15 : A soccer game is divided into two 45-minute periods, actually
148 AR385 : Where have you seen this? I´ve been to many places in the world where the stadium is right smack in the middle of downtown. Minute Maid field in Hou
149 Post contains images kiwiandrew : It certainly sounds like it , I can't remember the last time I had a cheque book , it must be at least 8 or 9 years since I used one and even then it
150 Post contains images aviationmaster : There are different ways to score in Soccer too. You can use every body part as long as they're not your arms or hands. City block? Soccer and Americ
151 Post contains images Mortyman : * American gun culture... * Americans love for fake tits... * Americans love for meals that are 3 times as large as a Norwegian one..... and several t
152 BMI727 : Those are the best kind. I would assume that you have never been to Wrigley Field. It is an old crapsack ballpark, with little parking around it (wha
153 Post contains images CPH-R : Freikörperkultur Trust me, once you've placed a foot on a freezing cold tile-floor in the middle of winter, you too will long for something more com
154 Derico : Wow, Carmenlu!! Wats up? Off topic, but any inside news from Guatemala on the volcano???
155 BMI727 : That is what radiant heating is for.
156 KiwiRob : Underfloor heating is your friend. I think nearly every house in Norway would have heated floors in the bathroom
157 Post contains images Superfly : I'm all in favor of that. Go Germany!
158 kiwiandrew : Why on earth would Germans expect Americans to know every word to all the songs of a British group ? If anything I would have thought it would be mor
159 AR385 : European obsession with Eurovision contest.
160 BMI727 : And by extension American Idol, especially when it seems that most of the winners have flamed out.
161 Derico : The difference between the idol shows and Eurovision to me is that is idols are individuals and Eurovision is representing a whole country. Though I d
162 melpax : I can't remember the last time I wrote out a cheque. Most people here pay their bills by electronic banking, and to recieve any govenment benefits, t
163 luckyone : Oh here's a few! ...Why Europeans think driving a manual transmission is akin to operating a particle accelerator... ...Why people in the Caribbean ha
164 cgnnrw : That's my point......I just don't get it. But to be honest I've been asked to "explain" the lyrics to a lot of songs. My best example....in the song
165 Post contains images BMI727 : And yet they do so far more than Americans do. And, if they drove a stick like they operate their particle accelerator, few of them would ever get an
166 ScarletHarlot : When we went to Portugal in 2006, one of our hotel rooms had a bidet toilet seat. At first we were like - what the heck is this? And Mr. Harlot ginge
167 Post contains images Larshjort : This one of many things I don't understand about Sweden /Lars
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