15 Rando Facts About Other Countries

Every country has its own customs … and, apparently, that extends to the way you get a waiter’s attention. Here’s the full story, plus 14 others:

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The country with the most pyramids is Sudan, not Egypt. Ancient Egypt used to rule over much of what's now Sudan, and Sudan now has over twice as many pyramids as Egypt itself.

Source: The Independent

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South Africa has three capitals. Cape Town Cape Town is the legislative capital, Pretoria is the administrative capital, and Bloemfontein is the judiciary capital. South Africa was born from the unification of four British colonies, and they couldn't agree on a city that would be the single capital. CRACKED.COM

Source: BBC

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All 40,000 of Chile's firefighters are volunteers. B VBEROS NONOA They even have to pay monthly contributions to their stations, and they largely don't want to be paid- this is a tradition that dates to the founding of the service over 150 years ago.

Source: BBC

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About 150,000 Sega Master System consoles are sold per year in Brazil. SEGA Master System TM DNOCOCSCA DD That's a console from the '90s, and it's so popular because modern consoles are hugely expensive thanks to high import fees but Sega consoles are produced locally and are much cheaper. CRACKED.COM

Source: Atlas Obscura

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In Argentina, there's a literal Welsh village. It was founded in the 19th century by a group of 150 emigrants who wanted a place where they could preserve Welsh identity- and today, Welsh is still spoken there, and traditional Welsh rituals are practiced. CRACKED.COM

Source: BBC

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In Singapore, you automatically become an organ donor when you turn 21. i. You can opt out, but if you do, you're lower priority for organ transplants.

Source: Singapore Ministry of Health

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In China, kids' video game time is strictly limited. On week days, minors can play online games up to 90 minutes per day, but they can't play at all between 10 PM and 8 AM. On weekends, they can play for up to three hours a day. CRACKED.COM

Source: The Independent

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To get a waiter's attention in Myanmar, you have to make a kissing sound. It's kind of like the sound you'd make to call a cat, and it consists of two or three kisses. CRACKED.COM

Source: CNN

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One of the worst things you can call someone in Thailand is a monitor lizard. The Thai word for the animal is considered so offensive that it's banned from TV and radio.

Source: Bangkok Post

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Denmark is home to the biggest July 4th celebrations outside the U.S. They're held at Copenhagen's Rebild National Park, which was gifted to the King and country by a group of Danish Americans on the condition that it remained a public space to celebrate American holidays.

Source: BBC

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In Finland and Estonia, Valentine's Day is all about friendship. There, February 14th is Friend's Day, and families, friends, and couples all gather for meals and activities.

Source: TIME

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Iceland has the world's highest count of books read and books published per capita. Icelanders are so into books, 10% of them publish one. CRACKED.COM

Source: BBC

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Norway has countless dialects, and that's probably because many communities are pretty isolated. The terrain is so hilly and impassable (and often covered with ice or snow), people living pretty close can have a hard time reaching each other, which is probably what allowed for lots of small groups to

Source: National Geographic

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Sweden is SO into sourdoughs, there's a hotel for them. You can leave your sourdough there when you travel, safe in the knowledge that it'll be fed, massaged and taken care of (if it's not, it shrivels up and you can't make any more bread with it). CRACKED.COM

Source: VICE

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Morocco produces and exports more cannabis than any other country in the world. Its 2020 production was estimated to be over 700 tons. CRACKED.COM

Source: CIA, France24