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After you've lived someplace for awhile, you learn what is acceptable in a community.


There are unspoken rules we all follow. For example, don't cut in line. Or, always offering to pay a dinner bill. It's these little things that keep us all getting along for the most part. A downside to traveling, especially abroad, is that you don't know what others expect of you. You may mean well, but your actions could be seen an rude or insulting. But Redditor u/Marsh-Memez attempted to clear any confusion when they asked people around the world, "What's a big no-no in you country?"

They're mindful of their dirty shoes

I'm from Canada. Wearing shoes in the house is a huge no-no. No one wants your dirty shoes all over their carpet.

Even if someone insists it's okay, people might still take them off.

saru5k

It's very easy to earn a shorter sentence

Staying in jail, apparently, because almost every robber, corrupt politician, etc. gets out of jail before finishing their sentence

User12086

To do milk first sound unnatural

UK. Putting the milk in first in a cup of tea.

GwenTheWelshGal

Milk before teabag and bringing up the Jaffa cake debate. I've wasted hours.

cosmo62442

Drugs aren't tolerated, at all

Drugs.

Carrying drugs? Jail and hanging

Being on drugs? Jail

Talking about drugs? Jail

Don't mess with drugs in South East Asia.

Fellinlovewitha*****

This very specific taunt doesn't fly in Romania

In Romania (mostly in the north west) yelling "Istenem pierdut Ardeal" has been known to cause massive street fights between hungarians and romanians. "Istenem" is magyar for "Oh my God" and "pierdut Ardeal" is broken romanian for "we've lost Transylvania" making fun of the hungarian minority status and the stereotypical hungarian who can't talk romanian well (emphasis on stereotypical) all at the same time.

mihai786

I am definitely a door slammer

Slamming a car door: Brazil. As a North American currently staying in Brazil, I learned this one the hard way. Apparently us North Americans tend to slam the **** out of our car doors. Here you have to perfect the art of gently shutting a car door.

Ronin_Around

Respect the moss

Pick moss in the uk i dont know why i was told its illegal by my brother

pepsiman2077

It is here in CT. USA. Like a protected plant. Rich people have it placed around their gardens by landscapers who steal it from parks sometimes. Moss usually grows slowly. Same as cactus out west.

probum420

They're judging you because it's rude

Putting your feet on the bus seat. People will usually avoid confronting you, but you will be silently judged as the heathen you are.

bakedpotato04

I think doing these things wouldn't fly anywhere

I don't live there but in Japan it's a big no to talk on your cellphone on the train, spitting in public is another no.

RottenAppple

Not only talking on your phone, making noise in public transports is a big no-no (= considered rude)

Kilexey

Dating is tough

I'm Indian so it's prolly DATING. Even in your 20s.

noobblehh

Also Indian parents: I want grandchildren why don't you get married already?

BonniBuni91

No smiles here

Smiling and being courteous, in Czech Republic.

Zinalaki

My favorite was a picture of one of the city's volleyball teams. There was one American and exactly one person smiling in the picture.

However, as cold and quiet as Czechs are, they are oddly compelled to say goodbye every time they exit an elevator.

ipedalforsatan

The world can be a disappointing place

Homosexuality. I live in Nigeria big I don't have a problem with it but a lot of people do

Zlecklamar

Same where I come from. Sodomy is punishable by whipping. Atheism is also not recognized in my country. It is in our consitution that everyone one needs to practice a religion. Although we are a secular country, you must convert to islam if you marry a muslim for it to be legal. Apostasy is punishable by death, and it is by law that if you are born a malay you must be islam.

Fishwhocantswim

No cutsies! 

Pushing into a queue. God help you. England.

pinjooo

Also: pushing into a queue that you didn't realise was a queue because it somehow organically formed a distance away from the thing you all happen to be queuing for.

richneptune

It's only the right thing to do

When drinking with friends. Leaving without buying your round. That **** will get you kneecapped.

Herpes_free_5ince_03

On the other hand, start ordering expensive cocktails and see how quickly the others start to whinge. They'll leave you alone real quick. Irish Goodbye.

foul_ol_ron

We all need to stay far away from each other right now

Not sitting as far away as possible from any other person when you get on a bus.

You think Swedes don't practice social distancing; well, we are and we always have been.

ipakookapi

My favourite joke so far about social distancing in Sweden is that we can't wait for the recommended 2 metre distance to be over so we can go back to 5 metres again.

MagicallyAdept

That's because pineapple doesn't belong on pizza

Saying that you like Hawaiian pizza. People will get offended and insult u for this in Italy. Dont try it!

cookies_at_midnight

To be fair, a proper Italian style pizza really wouldn't work with pineapple. It definitely a fits a greasy, thicc crusted Pizza Hut / dominoes kind of style though.

CandidGuidance

You must eat everything your grandparents serve you

Going to your grandparents or relatives house and refusing to eat all the food they offer you. And that is usually a whole table filled with slana cu ceapa, mamaliga, sarmale and palinca. I'm from Romania

LaviniaAngelica22

No crazy flavor profiles here

You don't mix traditionally sweet and traditionally savory foods. Try to feed someone back home honey-glazed chicken and see what happens to you. Just try it. We dare you.

allmycows

I would appreciate if you kept your shoes on too

Taking your shoes off when you enter someone's home. It's considered rude cause no one wants to smell your stinky feet. If you're uncomfortable in your shoes, you're supposed to ask for permission to take them off. Just something along the lines of "do you mind if I take my shoes off, they're bothering me?"

lizzy_pop

1. We can all guess which country this is

Wearing masks to help flatten the curve of a global pandemic.

DarthContinent

But-but-but-

Freedom

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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

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Being single can be fun. In fact, in this time of COVID, being single can save lives. But the heart is a fickle creature.

And being alone can really suck in times of turmoil. None of us are perfect and it feels like that's all anyone is looking for... perfect.

Now that doesn't mean that all of us are making it difficult to partner up. Sure, some people are too picky and mean-spirited, but some of the rest of us are crazy and too much to handle. So one has to be sure.

The truth is, being single is confusing, no matter how much we try to match. So let's try to understand...

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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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As part of the learning process, children often do embarrassing things before they learn a little more about the world and all the different implications therein. While the inappropriate moment is usually minor and ends in laugher some instances are truly mortifying.

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