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10 unusual anecdotes from all over the world

The anecdotes in this article will help you to arouse your curiosity! Because that is the purpose of the trip: to enrich your culture and discover new traditions, new stories to share on your return. Did you know, for example, that the Alaska flag was created by a child? There's plenty to shine in society! We don't tell you any more and let you discover our ten unusual anecdotes, from Iceland to New Zealand and Russia

The killer mochis

Do you know the mochis? This little sweet that has crossed Japanese borders is beginning to have followers all over the world. However, be careful if you let yourself be tempted by this little ball of sticky rice which, it seems, brings good luck: every year, several people are victims of suffocation! We advise you to chew well, it would be a shame to spoil your trip to Japan for a little mochi!

The Vatican is the smallest state in the world

Did you know that Rome has a direct border with another state? It's the Vatican! With less than 1km² and 832 inhabitants, it is the smallest country on the planet! The Vatican therefore has its own jurisdiction, its own post office and police service.... A new country that you can access by taking the metro when you are in Rome. A journey in the journey that you do not regret when you see the splendour of St. Peter's Basilica or the Vatican Museums.

In the United States, no beans in the Kings' cake!

While in France, galette des Rois rhymes with beans, in the United States, it is not uncommon for bakers to prefer to remove this small object dear to collectors. Indeed, in a country where lawsuits are very frequent, it is better to avoid any lawsuit for a broken tooth! In the United States, it is also prohibited to market food containing an inedible element. So you won't find a chocolate egg with a surprise in it!

He's a child who drew the Alaskan flag

In total, more than 700 schoolchildren had submitted their designs for the flag of the new Alaskan government in 1927, and Benny Benson's was chosen! Alaska is the only country to have a flag designed by a child. When he was only thirteen years old, the author of the drawing imagined these eight golden stars that form the constellation of the Great Bear and on the right, the North Star

Iceland is the only European country without a train

Rail travel enthusiasts will be disappointed: in Iceland, there is no rail network! It is the only European country that does not have a train, even if several attempts were made. It is likely that the low population density or the harsh weather made the task complicated. We will then rely on the excellent bus network to get around, or we will rent a car

The origin of the name Red Square in Moscow is not what you think!

In Moscow, the Red Square is unmistakable. The centre of Moscow life, it took its present name around the 17th century. Nothing to do, therefore, with communism as one might have thought, even if during the USSR the square was much used for parades in honour of the regime. Krasnaya (its name in Russian), actually comes from the ancient Russian krasny which means both red and beautiful

Geldrop in the Netherlands, a tribute to Middle-earth

In the province of North Brabant, in the Netherlands, Geldrop may not be the first city you will visit in the country. However, a curiosity is worth a detour. Geldrop has an entire district whose streets are named after the characters of the Lord of the Rings. The inhabitants live on Gandalf or Frodo Street! The mayor would have chosen to rename the streets in this way, because the plan of this district forms a ring

France is the country with the most time zones in the world

Obviously, you will not change time zones from Brittany to Normandy, but France is indeed the country with the most time zones in the world. Indeed, with the DROM-COM it crosses 12 in total ((UTC -10, -9h30, -9, -9, -8, -8, -4, -3, +1, +3, +4, +5, +11 and +12), all over the world. Just behind is the United States, with 10 different time zones across the country

The number 4 is bad luck in China

Do you know what tetraphobia is? This belief is simply the fear of the number 4, which is widespread in China and comes from the fact that the pronunciation of the word "four" in Chinese is similar to that of the word "death". It is therefore recommended to avoid referring to this figure as much as possible, particularly for this reason that many hotels or buildings do not have a fourth floor.

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu is the hill with the longest name in the world.

Far from the famous "unconstitutionally" of the French language, in New Zealand, a hill has a very long name (85 letters in total) which appears in the Guinness Book of Records. We dare you to say it! When you arrive on the hill, you will be equally surprised by the length of the signpost!
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