10 Fascinating Facts About Different Countries That Are Almost Too Strange To Be True !
Even the most knowledgeable person is bound to be surprised by some of these strange facts about different countries around the world.
Here are 10 of the most bizarre things found in countries around the world:
1. In Japan, people can hire handsome men to watch sentimental films with them and gently brush away their tears.
A Tokyo-based company called “Ikemeso Danshi,” which means, “Handsome Weeping Boys,” offers this unusual service. The concept was born out of the idea that crying can be therapeutic and that misery loves company, according to Hiroki Terai, the company’s founder.
2. In Bhutan, many of the houses and buildings in Bhutan are adorned with penises based on the belief that they ward off bad luck and evil spirits.
The small country nestled in the Himalayans is not for the prudish — fly to Bhutan and you'll be surrounded by murals of floating phalluses. To the predominantly Buddhist population, the male organ is a symbol of fertility and wards off evil spirits.
3. In 2008, Russian authorities introduced an “emo” ban because it was seen as a peril to the public's well-being. The anti-emo legislation was based on the presumption that the trend promotes depression, social withdrawal and suicide.
The bill described “emos” as teens clad in black and pink clothing with studded belts, painted fingernails, piercings and black hair that “covers half the face.”
4. In China, any TV shows and films featuring time travel are censored because authorities believe it sends the wrong message to its people.
In 2011, the State Administration for Radio, Film and Television in China began phasing out any form of entertainment depicting time travel because they “lack positive thoughts and meaning.”
The decision was based on the assumption that time travel provides a false impression of history.
5. In Niue, an island nation in the South Pacific, its coins feature Disney and “Star Wars” characters.
The South Pacific nation began producing quirky coins — featuring “Pokémon” characters, Disney Princesses and “Star Wars” personalities — in a bid to boost its economy and put the petite peninsula on the map.
The coins are legal tender on the Polynesian atoll, but around the world, they are being traded as collector's items.
6. Ethiopia lives seven years behind the rest of the world based on its alternate calculations of when Jesus Christ was born.
The Ethiopian calendar follows the beliefs of the country's Christian Orthodox Church and is rooted in the Coptic or Egyptian calendar. September 12 marks the start of the New Year for the African country — so their new millennium began on what we consider Sept. 12, 2007.
7. Parents in Denmark have to choose their baby names from a catalog of names that the government has pre-approved.
Denmark’s Law on Personal Names was put in place to protect children from being laden with outlandish monikers that are likely to incite future ridicule. About 1,100 novel names are assessed every year and 15% to 20% of them are rejected.
8. In Malaysia, authorities prohibited its people from wearing yellow clothing.
In August, amid demands that Prime Minister Najib Razak resign after corruption allegations surfaced, authorities decided to disallow people from sporting the sunny shade because it was the color worn by protest organizers.
9. In Singapore, selling, importing or spitting out chewing gum is illegal.
In 1992, in an attempt to establish Singapore as an idyllic enclave, Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew introduced a set of stringent laws — like banning chewing gum. The leader believed gum would sully the country’s pavement and subway carts.
Today, it is legal to transport a small amount of gum to the country for personal use, but the vending of it remains illicit, and leaving masticated gum as litter results in a hefty fine.
10. In France, you can marry a dead person.
Postmortem matrimony has been legal in France since the reign of Napoleon, but it was only enacted in 1959, when a dam burst, killing 420 people, and a bereaved woman who lost her beau in the incident pleaded to marry him.
There are, however, some caveats. The living person is required to prove that the couple intended to marry prior to his or her loved one’s death and must obtain permission from the family of the departed.
What’s more, the living person does not acquire the deceased's assets following the union, so as to inhibit opportunistic gold diggers from exploiting the law.
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