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It's truly astonishing when you think about the number of people in the world, the number of countries there are, and the traditions and customs that differentiate each of them. Naturally, there are some traditions that would make no sense to outsiders. Prepare for culture shock!


After Redditor jedflip asked the online community, "What is a tradition in your country that makes no sense to the rest of the world?" people shared their experiences.

"They erect scaffolding..."

We have a "Black Pudding Throwing Festival" in the village once a year. They erect scaffolding in the main road through town and put some big Yorkshire Puddings on top of the scaffold. You pay a quid and get three Black Puddings to throw up and knock off as many as you can.

It's pretty weird.

Fallen189

"Not the existence of it..."

Sauna. Not the existence of it, but just how common it is. I mean I live a pretty slummy neighborhood paying dirt-cheap rent, and even I have free sauna access included with my flat.

TableFan_Inc

"Not just the fact that we drink it..."

Yerba maté. Not just the fact that we drink it, but the fact that we drink it like you'd pass around a joint with everyone drinking from the same metal straw.

Anna_Rapunzel

Something tells me...

...that this would not work post-pandemic.

"Old ladies spitting on beautiful young women..."

Old ladies spitting on beautiful young women that they are keen of.

We have a tradition in which it is believed that some person can be bewitched by a "bad eye" in case someone looks at you with bad or jealous intentions. This happens especially if you're beautiful, young, handsome, successful etc. If someone looks at you like that, you can "catch the bad eye" and then have a lot of bad luck. If you "catch the bad eye" there are rituals that can be performed to "remove the bad eye". These are typically performed by old ladies or old men. They have to say a few secret words while looking at you and mixing oil and water (the oil "catches" the "bad eye" in the water as it forms the shape of an eye). The secret words are passed down from males to females and from females to males, but not through the same gender.

To prevent catching the bad eye, there are a few methods. Either you can carry eye jewelry with you (literally a blue circle in the form of an eye), or someone can spit on you. They believe if you are spat on, the bad eye sees the spit and doesn't think you're beautiful anymore.

So if you're a young girl and you go to your grandma, they may say something "Oh my god you look so beautiful" and then spit on you. Of course, they don't literally spit, they just pretend to spit.

Greece.

dionyziz

"On New Year's Eve..."

On New Year's Eve, it's a tradition in Spain to eat 12 grapes, one for every 12 bell's chimes. It's supposed to bring good luck for the new year.

proflight27

"Burning the effigy..."

Burning the effigy of a failed terrorist every 5th of November.

frustratedpolarbear

Yeah... about that...

Odd, yet intriguing.

"There is a heavy Polish influence..."

Dyngus Day. The day after Easter when men sprinkle women with water, usually with squirt guns now, and tap their butts with pussy willows. There is a heavy Polish influence on my area in the States.

Debramorgan65

"In the UK..."

In the UK they roll a big round block of cheese down a very steep hill and then some mad folk chase it down the hill. They end up popping shoulders, fingers etc. all out of place. The winner is the one that gets the cheese. Check it out on Youtube.

Gru6676

I went to YouTube so you wouldn't have to.

You're welcome.

"She has a point."

American here. I had a friend from Taiwan who thought it was weird af that we said "Bless you," or anything really when people sneeze. She has a point.

ACheetahSpot

"Dancing around a piece of wood..."

Dancing around a piece of wood singing songs and making headbands out of flowers during the midsummer holiday (it's not taking place during the actual middle of the summer though).

TheProclaimed99

We're going to have a lot of traveling to do eventually.

We wonder if there are any new traditions that are falling into place amid all the lockdowns. Food for thought.

The world is a fascinating place. A bit odd sometimes, too. Just roll with it (much like those people with their cheese) and have a good time.

Have some of your own stories to share? Feel free to tell us about them in the comments section below!

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Typically, I would write an intro about my own experiences with the weird kids at school, but I WAS the weird kid in school. Not in a bad way, more like a “I had a John Waters phase” when I was 16 and everyone knew it. So like, cool-weird. At least I hope so.

Schools aren’t always so lucky to have the cool kinds of weird kids though. The spectrum of weird extends even further than that, and can sometimes end up very disasterous.

U/Imaginary_East5786 asked: What was the weirdest thing the weird kid did at school?

​Let’s start with the grossest of the gross. Because why not.

Was it worth it?

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He heard that you'd automatically get suspended if you peed your pants at school. He wanted to find out if it was true, peed his pants, got suspended.

Memoryduel

Scientific method:

> Observation: 'I've heard that by peeing your pants you will be suspended'

> Hypothesis: If I pee my pants I will be suspended

> Experiment: I peed my pants and I got suspended

> Conclusion: If I pee my pants I get suspended

Glez_fdezdavila_

Uhhh what was the intention here?

He got mad that he didn't understand how to play a game at lunchtime so he started hitting and punching the nearest person to him, who happened to be me. When I shoved him away and asked him what the hell was he doing, he whipped his unit.out, charged at me and when I shoved him away from me again he started crying and ran away with his member still sticking out.

Kurtles12

​Next ones up are the lowkey (or even highkey) disturbing stories. These weird kids can get a little scary.

Boom theret.

At my middle school, someone decided to get a little attention with a good old fashioned bomb threat. Except they thought that a bomb threat meant literally writing "bomb threat" somewhere. Worse yet, they misspelled the f*ck out of it, and wrote "boom theret."

So we had to go on a brief, very awkward lockdown while the police checked the perimeter for booms.

Angusthedangus

I hope there was no overlap in the columns.

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She wrote a list of all the girls and boys she wanted to kiss and murder and then casually passed it out on the playground.

Fun-Acadia-8735

2 separate lists or just the 1?

OppositeYouth

Same list 2 columns lol.

Fun-Acadia-8735

Holy crap.

Had the weird kid in high school ask the teacher to use the bathroom. She said no and this dude legit stabbed his hand with a pencil. Went all the way through then asked if he could now...sh*t was wild.

This was Pearl High School in Mississippi. This was the school Luke Woodham shot and killed his girlfriend and her friend at the school. This kid stabbed himself with the pencil about 2 months after that happened. This was late 1997.

Roberted1982

​Most of the time, however, the weird kids are pretty d*mn funny.

Ok, but this takes a lot of skill.

Had a kid nicknamed "cheeseburger" in the grade ahead of me in high school. He got his nickname because when it was time for his class to go to lunch, he snuck into the roof and crawled his way into the cafeteria, dropped down and proceeded to steal all the cheeseburger put out for lunch. Unfortunately they caught him in the act and sent him to the principal's office.

A year later he was caught stealing a teacher's computer, and in the process of being arrested he bit the officers hand, getting him sent to juvi never to be heard of again.

Theonering1

Every school had the cat girl.

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The weird kid at my highschool tied a string around his pencil case and pulled out around the halls pretending it was a dog. He still lives in my hometown. I think unemployed.

Oh also weird girl in middle school acted like a cat. She would meow and hiss at people, lick the water fountain and rub her body on the teacher's legs. In 8th grade. I have no idea where she ended up.

SendmePMsofyourBMs

Mood.

Weird kid in elementary was a self proclaimed alien. Once, while waiting for the bus, she told me "On my planet we eat people like you" and proceeded to bite me. We later became friends in high school and she used to give me massages during lunch break in the quad. Just realized now she was likely tenderizing me.

Iheartrevolution

I was exactly this kind of weird.

He didn't say much, but if asked, he would go to the front of the class and perform Tip-Toe Through the Tulips with all of the emotion and volume of Tiny Tim, holding nothing back.

The last I heard, he became an energy trader, made a ton of money and married well.

10per

I can definitely relate to that last one. In middle school, my English teacher would let me go to the front of the class and perform monologues or songs from Broadway musicals. Weird, but that’s what happens when schools cut funding for the arts and the theatre kids have no outlet.

As long as you’re not hurting anyone, I say let your freak flag fly, man

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