Monday, July 24, 2006

New Encyclopedia Discusses The Disgusting

VANCOUVER, B.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – When it comes to bad habits, what is a faux pas in one country is fine in another.

That’s the disgusting word from author Ian Whitelaw, who has compiled some dirty secrets about gross habits for a new book, Habitus Disgustica: The Encyclopedia Of Annoying, Rude And Unpleasant Behavior (Plume).

For instance, he says cutting in line in England is grounds for a fight but it’s standard procedure for getting on a train in Austria.

Other disgusting habits that are culturally relative include...

  • Talking loudly, which is so common in China that some airport lobbies now have signs written in Mandarin and Cantonese telling Chinese tourists to pipe down.

  • Blowing your nose in public is considered such a gross habit in Japan that folks are taught to only use a tissue in complete privacy – even if your nose is running like a stream.

  • Burping is frowned upon in Western society but doing it after a meal in China and Saudi Arabia is considered a compliment to the chef.

  • Finally, in Hungary, a sneeze that follows a statement is considered proof by God that a statement is true.

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