Weird Competitions Around the World It is well known the fact that we all have a sense of competition which is usually encouraged since our childhood. We play different games and find out that there are just two main possibilities: winning or losing. However, throughout time, our crave for challenge made us discover numerous hilarious, rather weird competitions.
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Read full article | 05 Jan, 2011
  • Interesting Facts about Eclipses Interesting Facts about Eclipses

    Eclipses are a fabulous phenomenon and an incredible natural show. Did you know that the theoretical maximum of a solar eclipse if of 7 minutes and 31 seconds? Or that Christopher Columbus was saved by a lunar eclipse? Take a look to some interesting facts about eclipses.

  • The word “eclipse” comes from ancient Greek and it means a total or partial disappearance of a celestial body, which is temporarily obscured due to the fact that between the luminous body and Earth (the viewer on earth) another body interposes or the obscured body passes into the shadow of another body.

  • The solar eclipse is a natural phenomenon, which takes place during the Moon and Earth movements, when the Moon passes in front of the Sun as seen from the Earth. The total solar eclipse occurs when the Earth intersects the umbra portion of the Moon's shadow. A total solar eclipse occurs after 18 years and 11 days, or every 6,585.32 days, called the “saros cycle”, known since antiquity.
  • Read full article | 21 Dec, 2010
  • Weird New Year's Eve Traditions Around the World Weird New Year's Eve Traditions Around the World

    Broken dishes, yellow or red underwear, eating grapes...these are just three of the numerous weird New Year's Eve traditions around the world. It is said that most of these traditions will open a new year full of achievements and success.

  • In various South American countries like Bolivia, Ecuador or Brazil, there is this tradition that has to due with yellow underwear. This means that you have to wear it immediately after midnight as it seems that yellow brings good luck. All women in Mexico who want to find their love in the new year have to wear red underwear.

  • In Denmark, it is a good sign when you find broken dishes in front of your door. Danish people specially keep a few plates that they break on New Year's Eve at their friends' doors. However, the tradition is no longer used.

  • In a small town in Chile, called Talca, visiting the graves of your dead relatives already became a tradition. On December 31, after dinner, a few members of the same family go to the cemetery, taking chairs and once they get there, they sit down and welcome the new year with all the dear ones that passed away. It is said that this tradition brings good luck. The tradition began in 1995 and now over 5,000 people have adopted it.

  • Read full article | 17 Dec, 2010
  • 10 Most Impressive Castles in Europe 10 Most Impressive Castles in Europe

    Imposing, charming and breathtaking are the best words that describe 10 of the most impressive castles in Europe. They resisted throughout centuries hiding between their walls incredible, still unknown stories, and becoming symbols of a nation.

    Neuschwanstein, Germany
    This fairytale castle is one of the most promoted images when it comes to Bavaria. The astonishing Neuschwanstein castle is located in the Bavarian Alps and it was built for Bavaria’s Louis II as a homage to Richard Wagner, the king's inspiring muse. Its construction began in 1869. However, the castle was still unfinished when Louis II died in 1886. Its amazing interior architecture is specific to the romanticism of the 19th century. Every year, Neuschwanstein is visited by 1,3 million tourists. Moreover, Neuschwanstein was a source of inspiration for the castle in Disney’s 'Sleeping Beauty'. The name of the castle translates to "New Swan Stone Palace".

    Read full article | 16 Dec, 2010
  • 5 Strange Table Manners around the World 5 Strange Table Manners around the World

    When it comes to table manners, there are a lot of rules that strongly evolved due to practice. As so many countries, so many customs, here are 5 strange table manners around the world.

  • In Tanzania, it is impolite to get in time to dinner. It is preferable to be late 15-30 minutes. If you eat while sitting down on the carpet or mat, it is not polite to keep your soles at sight. The oldest person at the table will be served first, while the host eats the last. Besides, in Tanzania it is rude to smell the food.

  • China
  • In China, you need to know how to correctly hold the chopsticks. Moreover, when not using the chopsticks these should be perfectly set on the table, one close to the other. Otherwise, this symbolizes that you'll be improperly put into the coffin. Also, never direct a chopstick towards one of your table companions as it is considered as being a serious insult.

  • Read full article | 13 Dec, 2010
  • 5 Weird Christmas Traditions Around the World 5 Weird Christmas Traditions Around the World

    All around the world there are numerous bizarre customs that in time became a part of people's lives. However, there are certain Christmas traditions that have nothing to do with the actual celebration. Take a look to 5 weird Christmas traditions around the world.

    Caga tió
    One of the weirdest Christmas traditions can be found in Catalonia. Every year, a Christmas or Holiday log (Tió de Nadal) is chosen, also known as “Caga tió” (the pooping log). We are talking about a 30 cm length hollow trunk or log with four little stick legs and a smiling face drawn at one of the two ends, with a red Catalan barretina made from a sock. These accessories have been added only recently, until then the trunk being rather simple. On December 8, starting with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Catalans “feed” the trunk every day with a candy or chocolate, covering it with a blanket in order protect it against cold nights. On Christmas Day or Christmas Eve, the tió is partly put into the fireplace and forced to “poop”. However, nowadays this part of the fireplace is rarely used. The trunk is also beaten with sticks, while people sing songs of Tió de Nadal.

    Read full article | 10 Dec, 2010
  • Interesting Christmas Facts Interesting Christmas Facts

    Did you know that the abbreviation Xmas comes from the Greek words for “Christ”? Or that the needles of the Christmas tree are a good source of Vitamin C? Take a look to other interesting Christmas facts.

  • The word Christmas comes from the Old English “Cristes maesse” meaning “Christ's Mass”. The so-called “law” saying that every letter written to the Santa must receive a greeting card was given in 1962. Moreover, carols began as an old English custom called wassailing, toasting neighbors to a long life.

  • The abbreviation of Xmas for Christmas is not irreligious. The first letter of the word Christ in Greek is “chi”, which is identical to the English “X”. Xmas was originally an ecclesiastical abbreviation that was used in tables and charts. In the early days of printing, when font sizes were limited and type was set by hand, abbreviations and ditto marks were used liberally. Xmas came into general use from the church.

  • Tinsel was invented in 1960, in Germany. Back then, this was made of pure silver. Machines transformed silver into long, thin pieces that had the shape of a tinsel. In time, silver lost its glitter so it was replaced by artificial materials. Still, the inventor of the famous tinsel remained unknown.

  • Well, Santa is a busy man and it surely has the hardest and exhausting job in the world. US scientists calculated that Santa would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world's presents on Christmas Eve, and this by traveling at 650 miles a second.

  • Read full article | 10 Dec, 2010

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