The world is strange. Vast regions of the world are strange. But this strange quality -- this particular uniqueness is what most travelers crave -- but some of them can be beyond perception just like these five.
In the United Kingdom is one strange hobby -- one a little over the bedroom if you will. In Leicester began an interesting idea that one first did in their backyard outdoors. Nowadays, according to The Mirror UK, "Extreme ironing" has become a manly art of making sure your clothes are properly addressed after wash -- everywhere from rivers, mountains and helicopters.
Sounding like a cow to make a toddler laugh or entertain friends in a drinking game is normal. But not if there's a $1,000 award for the one who makes the best cow moo ever. In the native soil of the United States sprouts the Wisconsin tradition of imitating cows for a grand, a golden cowbell and even a cow print jacket. Mooing pays, truly.
From hobbies come restrictions -- and some of them are quite controversial. According to New York Daily, Russian authorities once passed a proposal -- which is likely doing its rounds in the bicameral still -- to ban a cultural epidemic they claim as "emo." The subculture was likened to a "threat to national stability" due to its "encourage of suicide" according to New York Daily.
In Japan's land of the strange, nothing could be stranger, or could it? Fork bending is still a psycho-powered activity that has yet to reap any successful fruit. But young Japanese are obsessed with their possible telepathic capabilities they spend hours at it.
If this list of strangeness does not get to you, then Ethiopia cannot either. The country believes in its alternate calculation of Jesus Christ's true year of birth. The Christian Orthodox Church uses the Coptic or Egyptian calendar, which according to New York daily is delayed by seven years.
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