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Know the World: Norway

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Stunning fjords. Snow-dusted mountains. Dancing Northern Lights. Heart-shaped waffles slathered in fresh berry jam. Beds that feel like clouds. And a never-ending supply of heated bathroom floors.

These are just a few things that I personally love about Norway; things that will likely keep me coming back for years to come.

But other than just being a gorgeous slice of Scandinavian paradise, Norway is also a pretty interesting country!

Top 10 Interesting facts on Norway

  • The world’s longest road tunnel is in Norway
Inside the Lærdal tunnel in Norway: The world's longest underground road tunnel
Inside the Lærdal tunnel. Photo by Svein-Magne Tunli (CC 3.0)

At an astonishing 15 miles (24.5 km) long, the Lærdal Tunnel is the world’s longest. Costing 1 billion Norwegian kroner to build (that’s about USD $110 million).

Its design is admired all around the world, as it incorporates features to help manage the mental strain on drivers. Every 6km there is a cave to separate sections of road. The lighting varies throughout the tunnel and caves to break routine and provide a varied view.

  • Norway introduced Salmon Sushi to Japan in the 80s.
  • The King’s Penguin

There’s a king penguin, named Nils Olav residing in Edinburgh’s Zoo who was presented the title  Brigadier Sir Nils Olav of the Norwegian King’s Guard by the king of Norway.

  • The King rode the Bus
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During the oil crisis in 1973, Norway’s King Olav had no problem taking public transport to a ski resort on the car-free weekend and even paid for a ticket. Back then car-free weekends were introduced by the Norwegian government in an effort to make people save gas.

  • Norway is one of the safest, most peaceful, and richest countries in the world. It also ranks first on the list of the World Happiness Report.
  • Nearly 70% of Norway is uninhabited
  • Do not mess around with Driving

In Norway, you can get a harsher penalty for speeding than, for getting caught with drugs. Norway is probably the only European country where you can go to jail for speeding. 150km/h on a motor road can land you in jail for 18 days.

  • You can’t Die Here!
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It is forbidden to die in the small town of Longyearbyen. The town hasn’t buried any dead people for 80 years, because bodies can’t decompose in the permafrost. Terminally ill people are flown out of the town to die elsewhere.

  • The Famous Voss Water
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Famous Voss bottled water comes from the municipal water supply in Iveland, Norway.

  • Every Norwegian who owns a TV set has to pay a TV license fee of 2680,56 kr ($318) each year

Let us know about your adventures, your Travel Stories! Don’t let this Quarantine pull you down from Travelling and Knowing more about other countries.

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Know The World: South Korea

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Facts about South Korea you’ll read below will totally wow you. It is called the Impossible Country for going from a war-torn wasteland to one of the most thriving economies in the world, South Korea has a distinct culture and history which has only recently reached an international audience. 

  • In Korea, babies are considered one year old at birth
  • Dream of pigs for good luck

Although it might sound strange, dreaming about pigs is said to bring good fortune in Korea. In early Korea, pigs symbolized money and wealth. Until the 1970s, pigs were so valued in Korea that students could even pay their university entrance fees by selling a pig.

  • The number 4 is considered bad luck as it is written the same way as the Chinese character for death. The number is often replaced with the letter “F,” such as when using an elevator
  • It is a law in South Korea that online banking and shopping must be done through Internet Explorer
  • South Korea has free WiFi everywhere

If you’re the type of person who can’t be away from the internet, you’d never have to worry about it in South Korea. The country offers free connectivity even on the most remote islands.

  • The Korean entertainment industry is becoming one of the biggest in the world
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K-pop, k-movies, k-drama, k-beauty… the K’s all around! Not only do you hear Korean music even in European supermarkets these days, but also the cinema has made it to the world stage. As one of the biggest global movie industries, it is also won its first Oscar: Boon’s Parasite. The world is now obsessed with learning the Korean Language.

  • Taxis in South Korea are color-coded according to the level of service offered. A gray or white taxi is a basic car with a qualified but potentially inexperienced driver, while the black cabs are luxury cars with experienced drivers.
  • South Korea’s national dish is kimchi, which is a combination of vegetables and spices that have been fermented underground for months. It is served with almost everything. The first written description of making kimchi dates to about AD 1250 and there are about 170 varieties of the dish
  • Jinro Soju has been the best-selling liquor in the world for 11 consecutive years
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Image by Matt @ PEK from Wikimedia Commons

This South Korean distilled rice liquor surpassed Smirnoff Vodka in the world records for 11 years straight. Definitely one of the cooler South Korea facts

  • South Korea is the largest market for plastic surgery per capita in the world. It is estimated between 1/5 and 1/3 of the women in Seoul have gone under the knife for at least one cosmetic procedure

South Korea is definitely an interesting country that is modern but in touch with its culture, it also has cultural inspiration from Japan.

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Know The World: Greece

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Γεια σας! Hello! Welcome to Greece – the southernmost country in Europe. It is divided into the mainland, the peninsula south of the mainland called the Peloponnese and the thousands of islands in the seas around it.

Greece is one of the oldest countries in Europe, with a history going back thousands of years. Ancient Greek culture influenced Western civilization in many areas including architecture, the arts, government, language, literature, philosophy, and much more.

Let’s take a look at 10 fun facts about Greece.

  • About 7% of all the marble produced in the world comes from Greece
  • Greece has zero navigable rivers because of the mountainous terrain. Nearly 80% of Greece is mountainous.
  • Greece is the leading producer of sea sponges
Sea Sponge - Description, Habitat, Image, Diet, and Interesting Facts
Source: https://animals.net/sea-sponge/

You need a natural sponge for your shower? Greece is the best place to find it.

You can even visit the island where you find them — Kalymnos — to go find your very own.

  • 98% of the total population are ethnic Greeks

So, almost everyone in Greece is an ethnic Greek, and the rest of the population are minorities, mainly from Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, and F.Y.R.O.M.

  • The world’s third-leading producer of olives, the Greeks have cultivated olive trees since ancient times. Some olive trees planted in the thirteenth century are still producing olives.
  • 40% of the total population of Greece reside in its capital Athens

While tourists mostly think of the Greek islands, most Greeks actually live in the capital or Thessaloniki, which is the second-largest city in Greece. 40% of the total population lives in Athens. Some of them also work on the islands during the summer, but many of them live in Athens.

  • You literally can’t get away from the sea in Greece

The longest point anywhere in the country is only 85 miles from the coast, and that coastline is 9,000 miles long — one of the ten longest in the world.

  • Don’t be offended if they complement you, then spit at you.

This is only to ward off receiving the compliment from the evil eye — they really do mean it.

Even if the puffed-cheek spitting action seems a little strange, they’re only looking out for you, which is comforting.

  • Some scholars say that the Greek civilization has been around for so long that it has had a chance to try nearly every form of government.
  • Retirement homes are rare in Greece. Grandparents usually live with their children’s family until they die. Most young people live with their families until they marry
  • At traditional Greek weddings everyone dance and throw plates

While this is more of a traditional thing, it still occurs, and it’s not only something you see in movies like “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”.

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Know the World: Turkey

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If you’re thinking about learning Turkish it’s always good to know a little about the origins and history of the language you are learning. Here, All You Can Books offers the most interesting Turkish facts.

Top 10 Interesting facts on Turkey

  • The Turkish language was first spoken in Mongolia, before being strongly influenced by Arabic and Persian. Turkish was then reformed in the 20th century.
  • Turkey has town called ‘Batman’
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Batman indeed is a place in Turkey! In fact, it made world news in 2008 when its mayor, Huseyin Kalkan, announced that he was setting up lawsuits against Warner Bros. and director Christopher Nolan, the makers of the Dark Knight trilogy.

  • Chicken Desert
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Only in Turkey can you see the dessert which has chicken in it. Tavukgogsu, is a dessert made with milk, chicken, rice flour and sugar.

  • Tongue twisters are present in most languages and Turkish is no exception. For example: Bir berber bir berbere gel berber beraber Berberistan’da bir berber dükkanı açalım demiş. – A barber told another barber “come barber, let’s start up a joint barbershop in Barberistan”.
  • Turkish don’t have just ice-cream makers

Turkish ice-cream sellers are more than just being ice-cream sellers. They are performers. So if you like a little performance on top of your ice-cream, Turkey is a place to be.
These ice-cream sellers are easy to spot as they wear Turkish uniform and are usually loud.

  • Turkey is one of seven countries that can feed itself.
  • There are no laws prohibiting cats and dogs in restaurants in Turkey
  • Another unique aspect of Turkey is the fact that it is the only democratic, secular country among the Muslim nations of the Middle East.
  • The world’s most precious silk carpet is stored in the Mevlana Museum, which is located in Konya.
Konya Tour
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  • Most of the public buildings in Turkey have black arrow at their ceiling which points towards Meka, the same direction Muslims turn while praying.
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Do Visit, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, Canada, and Japan if you want to know more interesting facts about them.

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Know the World: Belgium

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Looking for some fun facts about Belgium? You’ve come to the right place!

There’s much more to Belgium than beer, chocolate, and waffles. This treasure of Belgium facts is proof of that.

TOP 10 Interesting facts on Belgium

  • The word “spa”, that’s being used to talk about places to relax and get wellness treatments, comes from the Belgian city Spa.
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  • Belgium is a multinational state with most Belgians being a part of one of two communities, the Flemings from the north who speak Dutch or the Walloons in the South who speak French.
  • It’s the first country in the world to introduce electronic identity cards to its inhabitants.
  • The Belgian coastal tram is the longest tram line in the world, being 68 km long. It opened in 1885 and operates between De Panne and Knokke-Heist, which is from the French border to the Dutch border.
Public transportation in Belgium: trains, trams, metro & more | Expatica
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  • During the night, Belgian highways can be seen even from the Moon – that’s how well-lit they are. The country is one of the global leaders in terms of road and railway density. It also has some of the highest gasoline prices, too.
Belgium can (still) be easily spotted from space - This must be Belgium
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  • Belgium is the birthplace of the saxophone, the world’s first newspapers, a mathematical model the FBI uses for collecting fingerprints, and the technique of oil painting.
  • The only Belgian race car, the Vertigo, once held the Guinness World Record for fastest acceleration from 0-100km/h in 3.266 seconds.
Gillet Vertigo.5 Spirit Is Belgium's Premier Supercar
The Fallen Astronaut memorial on the Moon - The first sculpture beyond our  planet
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  • The capital of Brussels is home both to NATO and the European Union.
  • The longest “bar” in the world is Leuven’s Oude Markt. It has around 40 cafés on one square.
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Leuven Oude Markt

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Know the World: Spain

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We have traveled some parts of the Globe together. This time we have set sail to the land of beautiful Beaches.

Let’s grab a beer, rest ourselves on a hammock in shade and leave our COVID worries aside and enjoy the beautiful views of Spain.

Top 10 Interesting Facts about Spain

Spain does not have tooth fairy

One of the most interesting facts about Spain is that Spaniards don’t use the character of the tooth fairy. Instead, they have someone known as Ratoncito Perez that takes children’s lost teeth and gives them gifts in return.

Nudity is Legal in Spain

One of the fun facts about Spain is that while you don’t necessarily see people walking around without clothes all the time, it is technically legal to go nude in Spain.

With the weather being very hot and dry in the summer, it is certainly appealing to be able to walk around with as little clothing as possible. It would take someone truly uninhibited to enjoy going completely nude but it is interesting to know that there is no law against it.

Spain did not take sides in the World Wars

Spain was neutral in WWI and WWII but suffered a civil war (1936-1939) which killed over 500,000 people. The victorious General Francisco Franco ruled as a brutal dictator until his death in 1975. After his defeat, Spain began to transform itself into an industrial, modern, and democratic European nation that it is today.

Wind has power in Spain

The next fun fact about Spain is that this country is an early adopter of wind-based power technology. They built many wind turbines years ago and have made excellent use of this power source ever since. The numbers revealed in 2013 Spain received one-fifth of its power from wind-based sources. This actually makes wind energy the majority of its energy source.

Real Madrid, the Spanish football club is the most valuable sports team in the world.

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They boast annual revenues of $650m and brand value of $3.3 billion, hence making them the most valuable soccer team in the world. Bitter rivals Barcelona rank third on this list with a value of $2.6 billion.

Spanish love as well as run from Bulls

 Twelve animals took part in this morning's gruesome event

Bullfighting has been a popular sport in Spain for thousands of years called Corridas, bullfights are considered either a contest of art and skill or a cruel sport. The culture surrounding bulls doesn’t stop there. The running of the bulls is also a famous Spanish event. Bulls are let loose on a course in cordoned-off streets of the town, and people run ahead of them.

Spain is still under the control of a King

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There are not that many monarchy systems of government in major countries of the world these days. Spain is a constitutional monarchy, though. Their current ruler is King Felipe VI and he came to power in 2014.

In practice, the country isn’t run all that differently from the other countries in the European Union.

It is Illegal to drive in Flip Flops

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Driving while wearing flip flops is considered ill-advised when driving in Spain, supposedly because flip flops could get stuck under the pedal, therefore, causing you to lose concentration or even provoke the direct loss of control of the vehicle.

Ole Ole

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 The famous “ole-ole” enthusiastic soccer fans also come from Spain. There is a historical theory of the origin of this cheer; historians believe that the expression “ole” is parallel to “Allah”, which appeared in the Spanish territories throughout the Muslim movement of the 8th century.

Spain has very few Tax Inspectors

Getting Money In Spain - Madrid Traveller

According to official figures, in Spain, there’s one tax inspector for every 1,928 taxpayers. For comparison, over the border in France, there’s one inspector for every 729 residents. This may explain why the Spanish tax authorities estimate a quarter of Spain’s GDP comes from the black market.

You can revisit our Destinations at Germany, Japan, France and Canada and know more interesting facts about these country.

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Until next time…when we meet on the other side of the Globe.

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Know the World: Canada

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Welcome to the Real Land beyond the Wall…So Serene and So Beautiful and Peaceful. We are here going on our Travel Journey after Germany, Japan and France and now at our stop at CANADA.

Thought you knew all there was to know about the true north strong and free? These surprising facts about Canada will have you seeing this beautiful country in a whole new way.

Top 10 Interesting Facts about Canada

  1. World’s longest non-military border

The world’s longest non-military border is between Canada and the United States. It stretches for 5,525 miles. If you walked and never stopped—not to eat, not to rest your feet, not to get some sleep—it would take you four-and-a-half years to walk the length of Canada’s coastline.

2. Santa Claus is Canadian

Canada’s Immigration Minister declared in 2012 that Santa Claus was indeed a Canadian citizen. He also suggested that this is why his signature look is a red and white suit – the colors of Canada. To send letters to Santa, children can use this address: Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H 0H0, Canada.

3. The Maple Capital

Of the world’s maple syrup, 71% comes from Canada, which probably isn’t surprising. But what is fascinating is that 91% of maple syrup production occurs in Quebec alone, according to Pure Canada Maple.

4. Canada welcomes Aliens

World's First UFO Landing Pad – Saint Paul, Alberta - Atlas Obscura
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Canada is the first country in the world to create a landing pad specifically for UFOs. It’s located in St. Paul, Alberta and was opened in 1967. Even Canada’s Minister of National Defence at the time, Paul Hellyer, was there for the unveiling. The platform weighs just over 130 tons, and the concrete structure actually contains a time capsule, to be opened in 2067.

5. Eh! 

The famous Canadian interjection “eh” is actually listed in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary as a valid word.

6. Canada has bathtub Race!

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The townspeople of Nanaimo, B.C. race their bathtubs as part of an annual aquatic tradition.

7. The Polar Bear Capital

Churchill in northern Manitoba is the world’s polar bear capital. Approximately 15,500 of the world’s 25,000 polar bears live in Churchill, because of its access to frozen Hudson Bay, which is where they live in winter. It’s also the only place in the world with a polar bear prison, and sometimes the town is home to more polar bears than people. The few residents who live there also leave their cars and homes unlocked in case they or a visitor need a quick escape from a polar bear.

8. Canada Loves Kraft

Canada consumes more mac and cheese than any other country in the world.

9. Canada has national parks bigger than countries

 Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories: not only is it a sight to behold with massive waterfalls, it’s bigger than Albania and Israel. Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta and the Northwest Territories is even bigger than Denmark and Switzerland.

Don’t miss this spectacular gallery of Canada’s most beautiful waterfalls.

10. It is as cold as Mars in Canada

A temperature of -63 C (-81.4 F) was recorded in the small village of Snag on Feb. 3, 1947. That’s roughly the same temperature as the surface of Mars!

Canada is an officially bilingual country, with two official languages: French and English.  If you ever need to brush up your French, All You Can Books offers easy to learn foreign courses.

Stay tuned for next week….

Know the World: France

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France is one of the world’s top tourist destinations, and there’s plenty to get your teeth stuck into, from great cities like Paris, Bordeaux, and Marseille to the prehistoric sites of the Vézère valley and Brittany’s beautiful coastline.
But how well do you really know the country?

The country also has an extremely rich history. Because of this history, France developed bizarre customs and stories that make it one of a kind.

Embrace “joie de vivre” with these fun facts about France.

TOP 10 FUN FRANCE FACTS

  • Francophone

Francophone is a person who can speak French Fluently.
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  • French Toast is not French 😲

Some claim that French toast isn’t French, Neither are French fries. Fries actually come from Belgium, French Toast was actually invented by a man called Joseph French.

  • France hates ‘STOP’ signs

 France favors roundabouts over stop signs. In fact, they have about 30,000 in the country, which is more than half of all roundabouts in the world. According to studies, roundabouts reduce the overall number of collisions and the seriousness of collisions.

  • It is Illegal to Kiss on Railway Platforms

It is illegal to Kiss on France Railway Platforms to avoid delay in Train Timings. Well isn’t that an odd rule to keep things in place. But Hey! anything to get my train on time.

  • Louis XIX was king for 20 minutes

The shortest period a king or queen has ever reigned over a country was when Louis XIX, technically could claim himself as the king of France. It took about 20 minutes and he stepped down and placed his nephew in charge, and he never really ruled the country.

  • You can Marry a Dead person in France

In the 50’s it was decided that it should be allowed to marry a dead person, under special circumstances. One needs to prove that there were already plans on getting married, and also send a formal request to the President.

The one who marries a dead person will not inherit and the family of the deceased must approve the marriage as well.

  • It is Illegal to name your pigs ‘Napolean’

IN FRANCE it is illegal to name a pig Napoleon, almost 200 years after his death

Napoleon built a large empire that ruled over much of continental Europe before its final collapse in 1815. He is considered one of the greatest commanders in history, and his wars and campaigns are studied at military schools worldwide.

Experts say the odd law exists because ­calling a pig after the emperor would insult a head of state.

  • Death Penalty = Guillotine (in France)

The guillotine was introduced as the official way to execute people back in 1792. It was a simple way that also let the people watch offenders get their punishment. Luckily, the death penalty was abolished in 1981.

The last execution with a guillotine in France happened in 1977 after a man from Tunisia named Hamida Djandoubi was sentenced to torture and later death.

  • France the land of Inventions

Among the many inventions, some notable ones are the hot air balloon, pasteurizer, stethoscope, and the parachute. Each of these has changed the world.

In recent years there is one particular famous French invention, namely the cell phone camera, which was first developed by Philippe Kahn, back in 1997.

  • Male impotence was considered a crime in the 17th century

Back in the 1600’s in France, it was considered a crime if a man wasn’t able to get an erection, and this was enough to let a woman file for divorce. If a married woman accused her husband of male impotence, he had to prove the contrary in front of an expert panel.

If he failed, which was understandably quite common, the man could also demand to get a second chance by having intercourse with his wife in front of a judge. Quite an obscene fact about France. The law was banished in 1677.

As you can tell, the history of France has created a rich culture. It has its quirks, just like any nation, but overall it’s a tremendous place to live and visit.

The French are well-known for the love of wine and cheese. They are also a very progressive culture that is on the cutting edge on a lot of social and environmental issues.

We hope these fun facts pique your interest in France. If you’d like to learn more about other countries be sure to check out our posts on Germany and Japan.

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Know the World: Japan

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Welcome, all to the second stop to our traveling journey!
After our first visit to Germany it is time for our next stop, i.e the magnificent country of Japan.

Let us dig deeper into the fascinating facts of Japan

Top 10 Facts about Japan, you ought to know:

  • Welcome to the Shakiest place on Earth!
    The number will vary from year to year, but in general, there will be more than 1500 earthquakes in Japan. Luckily, most of them are do not cause any damage, but each year there are earthquakes that reach more than 8 on the Richter scale. Japan sits along the “Pacific Ring of Fire”, so it has many volcanoes and experiences many earthquakes.
    In 2011, an earthquake of magnitude 9.0 hit Japan and created a Tsunami which resulted in much devastation.
  • ‘Kanamara Matsuri’: The Penis Festival of Japan
    The festival is known as Kanamara Matsuri, which means something like “the festival for the phallus of steal”.
    The Festival is celebrated in the Japanese city of Kawasaki on the first Sunday in April. In short, everything, including candy, vegetables, and decorations, has the shape of the male reproductive organ or other things related to fertility. I mean EVERYTHING!
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  • Kobe Beef: The Most Expensive Beef in the World
    Japanese Kobe beef is famous worldwide for its succulence and taste. This beef comes from cows who receive daily massages and, in summer, are fed a diet of saké and Beer mash. True Kobe beef comes from only 262 farms in the Tajima region, of which Kobe is the capital and each of which raises an average of 5 of the animals at a time. In the United States, Kobe beef is called Wagyu beef. The rarest steak in the world, Olive Wagyu, can cost anywhere from $120 to over $300 for a steak.
  • The Cuddling Cafes: Cafes where you can pay to cuddle
    Stop right there….there is nothing sexual about it. There is a reason why these cafes exist, a lot of inhabitants are single and loneliness is a big problem in Japan due to their high work rate. That’s why there is a demand for cuddling and intimacy, and at these cafes, you can come and get a hug or just lie down in someone’s lap, or spend time together with another human being.
  • Something is Fishy in Tsukiji!
    The world’s largest seafood market is the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. The market employs over 60,000 people and opens at 3:00 am most mornings, with its famous wholesale tuna auctions beginning at 5:00 am.
    The Japanese eat more fish than any other people in the world, about 17 million tons per year. Woahhh….That is a lot of fish!

Tsukiji Outer Market: Exploring the Fish Market - Japan Rail Pass
  • Japanese Macaque – The Japanese Snow Monkey
    Japan is home to the Japanese Macaque, or snow monkey, which lives in colder climates than other primates. The Nagano Prefecture is known for its macaques, who bathe in hot springs in the winter.
    The omnivorous monkeys aren’t picky about their meals and will eat everything from fruit to insects, ferns, invertebrates, bird eggs, and, when times are tough, fish, and even soil.
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  • Japanese Ganguro
    Japanese Ganguro (“black face”) fashion was started in the 1990s and has young women tanning their skin as dark as possible, bleaching their hair, and using extremely colorful makeup in contrast to the traditional Japanese pale-skinned, dark-haired standard of beauty. This fashion style has often been criticized for having a racist theme.
  • Ssssluuuuurrrrrppppp your Noodles! Japan Loves it!
    If you go to a noodle restaurant in Japan, (which you should) don’t be afraid to slurp up the noodles. On the contrary, this is considered polite.
    According to Japanese customary, it’s polite to slurp up the noodles since it shows the cook that you appreciate the food and at the same time, it enhances the flavors.
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  • Japanese Bosses Love it when their employers take a Nap
    Taking a Nap in during a work hour is considered to be the fruits of working extremely hard. Japanese people are working more than any other country in the world and the working days are long. Since a couple of years back, some employers are letting their employees take a power nap at work, recharge, and get more energy. It’s pretty interesting, and overall I would say that power naps are very common in Japan, and you will constantly see people taking power naps on trains.
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  • It’s forbidden to bathe in Hot springs and Onsen with tattoos
    Many hot springs and onsen (public bathhouses) in Japan ban customers with tattoos from entering because the tattoos remind the public of the Yakuza, or Japanese mafia, whose members sport full-body tattooing.
    Luckily, nowadays many places offer guests to cover their tattoos with a skin-colored band-aid.
    If you can cover them, you’ll be allowed to take a bath. However, not all onsen are this strict, since Japan is moving on to be more inclusive for boosting their Tourism.
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We have come to an end of this Interesting Journey with Japan.

Be sure, to return to know more about our next Destination.

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Know the World: Germany

All You Can Books : Travel Series


Hallo Leute (That is Hello you guys!)

We at All You Can Books are starting our own Travel series. With the Virus lurking around us, it is unsafe and has kept us housebound. Hey, but that should not stop us from Learning and Knowing more about the other parts of the world.

This week we are going to learn some interesting facts about a country which is Europe’s Economic Powerhouse.

Welcome to Germany!!!

TOP 10 Interesting Facts about Germany!

  • Prison Escape is not against the Law in Germany
    German Law states that it’s human nature to want to be free, so prisoners have the right to escape jail
Hundreds of Brazilian Prisoners Escape After Prison Riot Over ...
  • It’s Illegal to Run out of Fuel on the Autobahn (Highway)
    Poor Planners can be fined and have their License suspended for up to Six months.
How Far Can You Drive Your Mazda Vehicle with the Low Fuel Warning ...
  • Over 800 Million Currywursts are eaten in Germany each year.
    This widely popular sausage with spicy ketchup combo even has its own museum in Berlin!
German Sausage With Curry Ketchup (Currywurst) Recipe
  • Frühschoppen
    Bavarian’s have a Tradition called Frühschoppen that means having a glass of beer before noon. They claim it aids digestion and boosts the metabolism.
    Beer is officially considered a food in Bavaria . Germany constitutes of more than 1,500 different beers.
Pro & Kontra: Frühschoppen - Kolumne: Pro & Kontra - derStandard ...
  • Chinese Checkers
    Despite it’s name, the game Chinese Checkers was invented in Germany in 1892.
Chinese Checkers | Retroland
  • Berlin – The Capital City
    Berlin is 9 times bigger than Paris and has more bridges than Venice, Berlin Central Station is the largest Train Station in Europe.
Berlin Central Station | visitBerlin.de
Berlin Central Station
  • The Chancellor
    The Chancellor’s office in Berlin is known locally as as the “washing machine”. Chancellor Angela Merkel has a Barbie doll made after her.
Angela Merkel: appelez-la Barbie Chancelière! - Gala
  • Oktoberfest – The love for Beer
    The biggest Beer Festival in the world is of course the Oktoberfest in Munich, Bavaria, where the size of the beer glass is not 500ml but a whole liter!
    After the Irish, the Germans are those consume the most beer, making Germany the second largest consumer of Beer.To get ONE beer in Germany, you show your thumb. To show your first finger and your thumb means that you want 2 beers (i’d say a pretty effective way)
Oktoberfest Is Canceled For The First Time Since WWII - Simplemost
  • Football (Soccer for the North Americans)
    There are more Football fan clubs in Germany than anywhere else in the world.
    The Germany national football team has won four FIFA World Cups (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014), being the joint second most successful nation in the tournament only surpassed by Brazil.
How German soccer is navigating the tricky questions facing sports ...

It is so interesting as well as easy to understand a culture when you understand the language. All You Can Books provides a range of languages to learn, in an extremely easy way.

We will meet Next Week to in search of a new country and to learn new Facts.

Until then Stay Tuned with All You Can Books.

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