Monday, July 24, 2006
VANCOUVER, B.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) When it comes to bad
habits, what is a faux pas in one country is fine in another.
New Encyclopedia Discusses The Disgusting
Thats 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 its standard procedure for getting on a
train in Austria.
Other disgusting habits that are culturally relative
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
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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