Has anyone ever asked you if you have a frog in your throat? If you lived in Russia or Finland you might literally have had that affliction, simply from drinking a cup of milk. In the days before modern refrigeration, inhabitants of Russia and Finland kept milk fresh by dipping a frog in it. The... Continue Reading →
Scotland and mythological creatures seem to have a fondness for each other. Not only does Scotland boast ownership of the Loch Ness Monster, it has adopted the unicorn as its official animal. As far back as 1466, the unicorn appeared on the official coin of the realm, and the Royal Coat of Arms sports two... Continue Reading →
Where does the Tooth Fairy get all that money she leaves under children's pillows? The original source of that wealth remains a mystery, but the evidence suggests that she keeps it invested in the U.S. stock market. Delta Dental has tracked Tooth Fairy payouts since 1998. The results show an uncanny correlation with the S&P... Continue Reading →
Benjamin Franklin is credited with some of the greatest ideas of all time. Not only was he the inventor of bifocal glasses, the Franklin stove, and lightning rod, but as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, his ideas surpassed scientific inquiry and helped create a nation. In fact, so wide were his... Continue Reading →
You can tell a lot about what concerns people by looking at their language. Eskimos have many words for snow. The ancient Greeks had six words for love. It doesn't take a lot to conclude that these were important things for these cultures. Based on this, one can reasonably conclude that Scots are quite concerned... Continue Reading →
Going to Grandma's house in a one-horse open sleigh might be your ideal means of Christmas travel, but for residents of Caracas, Venezuela, the tradition is for the entire city to roller-skate to early morning Christmas Mass. source
When you view a nativity scene, there are certain elements you expect to be present. No nativity scene can be complete without baby Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Animals, angels, shepherds, and wise men are common, as well. When is the last time you expected to see a pooping man also present? If you live in... Continue Reading →
If fruitcake, Christmas cookies, or candy canes aren't your thing, you might consider trying the South African holiday tradition. Locals celebrate Christmas with a hearty plate of deep-fried caterpillars of the Emperor Moth. source
If you live in Russia or Ukraine, you probably celebrate Christmas on January 7, due to the different calendar kept by the Orthodox Church.
In 1956 anthropologist Horace Miner reported his findings of a study of a strange, curious grooming techniques of a group of people from Nacirema, a territory between the Canadian Cree, the Yaqui and Tarahumare of Mexico, and the Carib and Arawak of the Antilles. Among Miner's observations about this singular culture are the following: Each home tends to have at least one central shrine where... Continue Reading →
Muppets are typically operated by an individual controlling the mouth and eyes with one hand and the arms and hands with the other hand. Since most operators are right-handed, they tend to use the dominant hand to control the head. As a result, most Muppets end up being left-handed.
It has been listed as one of the top causes of marital strife. It has divided families, torn friendships asunder, and generated more letters to advice columnist Ann Landers than any other topic. What could be such a controversial subject? The Presidential election? The latest Supreme Court opinion? The favored team for the World Series?... Continue Reading →
At first glance, visitors might think they are witnessing a remake of the cult classic film Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. As it turns out, those who happen to be in Buñol, Spain on the last Wednesday of August will merely be witnessing what has been billed as "The World's Biggest Food Fight." La Tomatina dates back... Continue Reading →
According to often-repeated legend Lord Kingsale retains a royal privilege that allows him to keep his hat on in the presence of the sovereign. This right allegedly was granted by King John in the 13th century. The problem with the story is that it doesn't appear to be based on any historical fact. Another who is supposed... Continue Reading →
Manshiyat Naser is a slum of Cairo with a population of 60,000. Every space of this neighborhood is covered in garbage. For 20 million residents of Cairo, this where their garbage ends up. The inhabitants of Manshiyat Naser go door to door in Cairo and bring back the garbage to where they then sort through... Continue Reading →