What would happen if each country in the world could name a thing, the strangest and most unusual possible, which concerns them individually? This could be for example a unique place, an original way to solve a problem, a law a little ridiculous, or a tradition really unusual.
WittyBubbles decided to look into the subject and chose 12 unusual facts that the various countries concerned can really be proud of.
1. In South Korea, clerks can go to jail of their own free will
If you’re tired, if you can not stand your coworkers, if you’re sick of seeing your boss every day, or if you’re just too stressed, all these problems can easily be solved by deciding to go for a few days. jail. This practice is very popular in South Korea.
This type of service is called “The prison in me”. After having paid about 150,000 won (about 130 €), the person wishing to be incarcerated is taken to a building on the outskirts of the city, where she will be detained for 24 hours, alone in a small heated cell, with a window. “Volunteer prisoners” have no phone or watch, they wear a blue uniform, and sleep on the floor. All they are entitled to is a tea set, a pen and a notebook to write their thoughts.
This prison offers the opportunity to isolate oneself from the outside world, to refocus oneself on oneself, to reflect on one’s future and to make decisions. However, after their “release”, all clients say the same thing: “It’s not really a prison, the real prison is the place we go back to.”
2. In the city of Chichibu, Japan, there is a museum called Chinsekikan (“The Museum of Curiosities”), which houses stones resembling faces.
It all started with a simple hobby, that of Shozo Hayama, who for 50 years collected stones that looked like faces. He only selected those that had been modeled by nature, and his collection today has more than 1,700 “faces” that look like actors, musicians and curious characters. It was only after the death of Shozo Hayama that the museum was opened, and it is now one of the most famous places in Japan.
Some people could easily think: “These are just pebbles” , but none of the visitors ever said it, actually. One can easily spend a long time looking at each of these stones, as they give the impression of expressing feelings, and they all tell a certain story. Which ? Everyone to discover it …
3. There is a giant pink slug that can only be found in one place on Earth
It is found only in an isolated forest at the foot of Mount Kaputar , Australia. The length of these slugs averages 20 cm. At night, they usually crawl to the nearby fields to eat vegetables, and in the early morning they hide under the roots or dead leaves. Moreover, in this same region live also giant cannibal snails. What are you waiting for, that’s Australia too!
4. Bhutan is the only country with negative carbon emissions
Bhutan is a small kingdom located between India and China. 60% of its territory is covered by forests, whose exploitation was banned in 1999. The electricity needs of the State are only covered by hydroelectric power stations. There are no industrial enterprises in the country, and there is minimal quantity of transport by gas-consuming vehicles. Do you think that the great industrial powers could also be inspired by this little kingdom and approach Bhutan’s worthy emission rates ?
5. In British hairdressers, there is a “silent chair” for people who do not want to be talked to while their hair is being cut
Not everyone likes to talk about rain and shine, or other superficial conversations like this when they go to the barber. That’s why many British hair salons have begun to set up a “silent chair” for those who want to relax, listen to music, or even take a nap while their hair is being treated. If you go to one of these lounges and sit on this chair, no one will be upset if you do not speak. Everyone knows that from time to time you need peace and quiet.
6. In Switzerland, the people can change any law
People raise cards to say whether they vote for or against.
The Swiss do not vote once every four years, but four times a year, and sometimes even more. The fact is that they use a system of “direct democracy”. That is to say, the last opinion taken into account for any vote is always that of the citizens. The people have every right to ignore the advice of the government, to change the laws, to create new ones, and to change leaders if the majority so decides. It may sound great, but it has gradually evolved over the last 800 years to get there.
7. In France, there is a park which is cleaned by specially trained crows
Crows are among the most intelligent birds. If you have doubts, go to the medieval park Puy du Fou, Vendée. Over there, the crows were taught to patrol the park, collect litter lying in the lawns, and bring them to special garbage cans. And in return for their work, they receive food.
“The purpose of such a project is not just to clean up the park. We want to show people that nature itself can show us how to take care of the environment, “ explains Nicolas de Villiers, a park employee.
8. In China, there is a city-bazaar
Yiwu City is also called the “City of Goods”. This is because on the Yiwu wholesale market, you can find absolutely anything you want. There, no less than 70,000 stands offer customers products of all kinds, the total number of which is just incalculable. Any plush that can be found in nearby toy stores is made precisely there.
This market is so big a market that it is divided into several sections, each of which seems to be a world apart. For example, we can find the toys sector, the hats sector, the house plants industry, and the electronics sector. People usually go there to check what a product looks like before ordering it, but lately the market has become so popular that it is now one of the country’s top attractions.
9. In Croatia, there is a museum of the break, where you can send the business of your ex
The Museum of Broken Relations offers everyone the opportunity to anonymously deposit objects that remind them of their former spouses, so that this ancient story can join the exhibition. In 2006, it was only an artistic project, and today, in addition to the main museum in Croatia, there are 45 temporary exhibitions in the world. He moves constantly and organizes events in every city he crosses.
10. A garbage collection company in Amsterdam hires alcoholics and the homeless, and pays them with beer
You have to say to yourself, “How is this possible? It’s horrible ! These people need help, not aggravate their dependency! “ But the founders of this company see things differently . In the parks of Amsterdam, where many homeless people and alcoholics have settled, cleaning products, 2 cans of beer and cigarettes are distributed in the morning. And at the end of the day, if the cleaners have worked well, everyone gets 10 €. They think this approach not only helps to get rid of garbage but also teaches people how to work. And later, some of these homeless people are even helped to find a permanent job.
11. In Finland, fathers spend more time with their children than mothers
Generally, dads are busier, and they spend less time with their kids than moms. But in Finland, there are a number of laws that encourage fathers to become more involved in their children’s lives. For example, the father’s parental leave can last nine weeks, with 70% of his salary.
12. There is a tradition in Iceland: everyone is exchanging books on Christmas Eve and spending the rest of the night reading them in bed while eating chocolates
The custom of this exchange of books is so popular that it is the origin of the jolabokaflod , or “Christmas Flood” in all bookstores in the country. According to statistics, Iceland publishes more works per capita than any other country in the world, and sells most of it during the preparation of Christmas. Moreover, it is one of the most read nations in the world.
Icelanders are even very proud of their authors, and a book is considered a precious and useful gift (but only in paper version). After the exchange of Christmas Eve gifts, it is customary to sit comfortably in a couch or on a bed, and eat or drink chocolate while reading.
So, what is the most unusual thing on this list? Would you like to go to one of these countries especially to see these things with your own eyes? Leave a message in the comments, and share this article with the people around you!