When we are exposed to something every day we become desensitized to it and it can come to seem completely normal. To anyone on the outside looking at the custom, it probably makes no sense whatsoever
Reddit user u/ifoundtheavocado asked:"What's normal in your country but seems weird to the rest of the world?"
We point with our lips.
We eat with our hands.
Christmas season starts in September.
Rudely standing infront of doors of train and busses and hurridly getting on and thus making it difficult for people to get off.
We don't sit beside strangers on the bus unless it's absolutely necessary. Most people would rather stand.
We normally take more than a bath per day, we also have a habit of brushing our teeth on places like our job/school. We generally eat sandwiches with napkins and pizza with forks and knives.
I feel like we have a problem with germs.
Dancing like frog around a giant dick then putting flowers under your pillow to dream of the person you're going to marry
Turning up on time to a party is rude, turning up 3 hours late is normal
That the party with the most votes never appears to be able to form a coalition. It's been like that since the formation of our country.
Also, the suspiciously varying prices. Stuff that costs 1€ elsewhere can cost 3€ but we still get sh*t like meat at extravagantly low prices
60% of the population lives below mean sea level.
Wake house. When someone passes away the open coffin is set up in their living room or bedroom for around 3 days so that friends and family can visit before the funeral.
We never smile at people on the street and people we don't know
Yelling the names of various diseases to people who are foolish enough to walk on the bike path
Sounds like the Netherlands
If someone offers you ANYTNING. And I mean ANYTHING, you MUST say no A LOT until the person is practically begging you to take it. Then only if the other person has begged you enough should you take the item.
This can be anything. Food, money, etc.
Jim: Hey, Greg. Want a chip?
Greg: No no it's fine
Jim: Take a chip, man. Come on. Here have one.
Greg: No no it's fine. No no please. Please eat your chip
Jim: Take the chip, Greg. Please. Greg, PLEASE. Take the chip. You NEED to take it.
Greg: Jim, no. You're too kind. I can't. I just can't do it. Jim, I'm sorry. No no. Please. Eat it.
Jim: On the verge of tears GREG PLEASE. PLEASE GREG. PLEASE. TAKE THE CHIP TAKE IT.
Greg: Oh heavens. Jim, I shouldn't. Jim please. Jim I really shouldn't. Okay. I'll do this. I'll do it for you. I'll take the chip.
And then life continues on.
Having an air-raid shelter in nearly every house despite being neutral.
Switzerland, is that you?
Here it is very common to say «I have to pee» or something like that when you have to go. No matter the situation. I didn't really think about it until I saw a video making fun of it since people from other countries think it's super weird.
People giving their keys to strangers so they can drive them home when they are drunk during the Holidays.
In Winnipeg it's called Operation Red Nose (like Rudolph). Should be starting up soon and runs until just after the New Year.
In many all bathrooms we still use a bin next to the toilet for the used toilet paper. In many old buildings the sewage piping is of small diameter so throwing toilet paper into the toilet causes blockages.
When I hear that in other countries they throw even sanitary pads into the toilet I am like WTF?!?!??!
I am from Greece
Massive food portions. It's so common that when people see a normal food portion they think of it as small.
Gun licenses and marriage licenses are issued from the same desk, which doesn't issue any other kind of license.
Quebec English. There are words and phrases that don't exist anywhere else, and English speakers in the rest of Canada don't understand. Things like "dep" (short form of Quebec French depanneur meaning corner store). Phrases like "close" the light instead of turn off.
We will set fire to the effigy of a traitor next week and fire rockets to celebrate.