Eating Salad After the Main Course
Eating With a Fork in Your Left Hand
Serving Tongue for Breakfast
Removing Your Shoes at Home
Removing Your Shoes in a Store
Burping to Express Appreciation
Using a Squatting Toilet
Driving on the Left Side
Men Wearing Kilts
Shaking Your Head for Yes
Reading from Right to Left
Two-cheek Social Kissing
Formal Business Card Presentations
Baby Naming Laws
Flexible Meeting Times
Pointing with Your Lips
Finger pointing seems to be such a cultural minefield that some people have done away with it entirely. In Nicaragua, you'll frequently see people pointing with their lips, especially when they want to point something out close up. It takes a little getting used to, but you'll be puckering up and pointing in no time!
Spitting at the Bride
If you want to spit at a bride, you better do it in Greece because it's not likely people anywhere else will appreciate what you're doing. Spitting at a wedding (among other places) has long been considered a sign of good luck in Greece--although these days, people mostly pantomime spitting instead of actually doing it.
Pointing with Your Thumb
Of all the different cultural customs, pointing seems to be the one that's most confusing to navigate. For example, in Malaysia, it's considered rude to point with your index finger, so they point with their thumbs instead. What's more polite about a thumb than any other finger is beyond us, though.
In the United States, eating loudly (including slurping noodles) is considered rude and gross, but that's not the case everywhere else. In Japan, they seem to have conceded that noodles are difficult to eat politely, so slurping is much more common there. In fact, it can even been seen as a sign that you're really enjoying what you're eating.
Kneeling as a Greeting
Most Americans have never been in a situation that required kneeling to someone and would probably balk at the idea. However, some places do this commonly--and for more than just royalty. In Nigeria, young people are typically expected to kneel or even lie prostrate when gretting an elder of the community.
Using Your Left Hand Only for Certain Things
People across the world have ceremonies that are meant to bring luck and good fortune to a newborn, but none are quite as unique as what's found in Castrillo de Murcia, Spain. Here, they jump over babies...literally. This event, known as El Colacho, involves people jumping over infants to purify them from sin.
Eating Everything with Utensils
Setting Wedding Dates with Entrails
Weighing the Mayor
If you've ever publicly weighed your town's mayor, there's a good chance you're not an American. In fact, we'd wager that you're probably from Wycombe in the United Kingdom. Here, they have a yearly tradition of weighing their mayor to determine how well he's done his job. If you're thin and incompetent, this has got to be a pretty sweet set up.
Showing Up Fashionably Late
There were declining birth rates in Russia, and to solve this problem, they came up with a truly bizarre solution--Conception Day. Every year on September 12th, Russian couples are encouraged to try and make a baby. And couples who do have a child nine months later are eligible to win prizes from the government for their "civic duty."
Fine China is a nice wedding gift in the USA, and folks in Germany agree...kind of. Here, they have the wedding tradition of polterabend--where well-wishers break plates on the bride's front door the night before the wedding. Then, the couple cleans up the mess together to allegedly learn the value of teamwork.
Monkeys in Thailand have it way better than American monkeys. Here, the celebrate the annual Monkey Buffet Festival--an event where citizens leave food out for over 2,000 crab-eating macaques. This allegedly brings good luck to the area, but honestly we'd love to see thousands of monkeys eating people food regardless of the luck involved.