While travelling abroad, when you need to communicate and you don’t have the luxury of shared language, the body language comes to play. Most of the skilled traveler can negotiate a taxi, buy food in a market, and get directions from a stranger through simple gestures. But these gestures can set you in trouble when a typical gesture from your country means something completely different in other parts of the world. Below are the common gestures that can cause offense abroad.
No thumbs up in Thailand.
Although a positive hand gesture in many parts of the world, the thumbs up sign can be considered offensive in countries such as Thailand. In Thailand, it’s considered to be a teasing gesture, very similar to sticking out your tongue.
Not “OK” in France
Making a circle with your thumb and forefinger means “great” or “fine” in many parts of world. It’s also used by deep sea divers to communicate that there are no problems. In France, this gesture means “zero.” It is equivalent to saying “something is worthless”. A bad idea when you are trying to compliment someone in France.
Patting on the head in Thailand, Laos and Sri Lanka
Touching or patting someone on the head is considered rude in some parts of Asia. In countries such as Thailand, Laos, and Sri Lanka it is considered offensive because as Buddhists, they regard the head as the most sacred part of the body.
One hand in Japan
In Japan, offering objects to others with one hand is considered dismissive. You better use both hands while offering someone a business card, or hand them something.
No closing fist in India & Pakistan
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Sense of victory? Maybe to some, but in India & Pakistan a closed fist can be taken as the equivalent of “up yours.”
Not “EVEN” in Russia
In Russia, giving someone an even number of flowers is considered extremely inappropriate. Bouquets with an even amount of flowers are only reserved for funerals and other serious events because they are traditionally seen as “inviting death.” So if you’re gifting flowers to someone, make sure it’s an odd number.
In Bulgaria “YES” means “NO” and “NO” means “YES”
This one is most confusing. In Bulgaria shaking your head “YES” means “NO” and vice versa. So if you ever find yourself Bulgaria, be careful, or else you’ll confuse a lot of people.
Don’t stare too hard in Japan and some parts of India
Eye contact should remain brief or it can be mistaken for aggression and lead to an uncomfortable situation. In Punjab (state of India) staring too hard is considered very aggressive and seen as “Inviting Fight”.
No Rock n Roll in Spain & Italy
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The rock n roll signal which is very common in many parts of the world is considered extremely offensive and abusive in France & Italy.
Avoid playing “I got your nose” with Turkish friends
This gesture is considered equivalent to throwing up the middle finger in Turkey. So avoid this game with your Turkish friends.
Two engineering students from the University of Florida have put their brains together to come up with a solution to a serious problem: warm beer. They have created a portable device with a basic power drill and chill bit that can spin the container. By spinning the container, convection is introduced to both the inside and outside of the container increasing the rate of heat transfer by a minimum of 20 times faster.
“Since ice water is always 32 degrees Fahrenheit, Spin Chill can only chill a beer to 32 degrees in ice water. However, ice that hasn’t melted yet is below freezing so Spin Chilling in fresh ice can get a beer colder than 32 degrees and create a beer slushy. Get your beer as cold as you want!” It said. Setting a can or bottle in the freezer takes 20-30 minutes to become drinkable. Putting it in ice water take 10-20 minutes. Using The Chill Bit it takes 30-60 seconds.
Its an awesome idea isn’t it? As they said “necessity is the mother of invention.”
This world is full of creative people and one of them is Gerard Moline. Gerard Moline has come up with an awesome idea of turning you into a tree after you die. Bios Urn is a funerary urn made from from coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose, Inside the urn there is a pine seed, which can be replaced by any other seed or plant of your choice, and will grow to remember your loved one. Bios Urn turns death into a transformation and a return to life through nature.
Many people, in this world, would prefer to leave behind a tree rather than a tombstone.
Google’s homepage is a perfect example of the company’s commitment to simplicity. But there is a reason behind this. Google’s main page is so minimal because Sergey Brin and Larry Page didn’t know HTML at that time. In fact for a long time you could only search by hitting the return key – it didn’t even have a submit button.
As per Marissa Mayer, (Ex Google Executive) In Google’s first user study, Stanford University students asked to search on Google would sit for 45 seconds staring at their screen, unsure what to click or how to search. Unlike many flashy websites of the late-90s, the blank homepage was so out of context in 1999 that they were just waiting for the rest of it to load. People couldn’t figure out how to use the search engine because Google.com was so simple.
10 Interesting facts about Google:
Google was named thanks to the misspelling of the word googol, which means a one followed by one-hundred zeros. Originally meant to be called “Googol,” investors spelled it “Google” on a check and it stuck.
Google’s famous homepage “Doodles” (Google logo graphics) are well known and enjoyed by billions around the world as a way to mark an event or anniversary. But the very first Google Doodle was designed as a kind of “out of office” message. In 1998 Brin and Page took the weekend off to go the Burning Man festival in Nevada. The Burning Man doodle was designed by the Google guys and added to the homepage to let their users know they were out of office and couldn’t fix technical issues like a server crash.
Gmail was used internally for nearly 2 years prior to launch to the public. They discovered there was approximately 6 types of email users, and Gmail has been designed to accommodate these 6.
Google’s first ever Twitter post was as satisfyingly geeky as you could hope for. The message, sent in February 2009, reads “I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010.” For anyone not fluent in binary, here’s a hint — it’s a well known phrase from the company’s homepage. Got it? Yep, it reads: “I’m feeling lucky.”
The “I’m Feeling Lucky” button, which bypasses the results page and takes users directly to the first result of their search, is nearly never used. However, in trials it was found that removing it would somehow reduce the Google experience. It has been estimated to cost Google around $100 million in lost advertising revenue every year.
On average, Google has acquired more than one company every week since 2010. YouTube, Picasa, Android and Motorola are few of them.
Google Streetview Car
In 2012, Google announced that it has captured 20 petabytes of data for Street View, comprising photos taken along 5 million miles of roads, covering 39 countries and about 3,000 cities.
The world watches 450,000 years of YouTube videos each month, over twice as long as modern humans have existed. Today, more than 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. That’s more than four days of video uploaded each minute! Every month, more than 1 billion people come to YouTube.. That’s almost one out of every two people on the Internet.
Google rents out goats from a company called California Grazing to help cut down the amount of weeds and brush at Google HQ. The operation of 200 goats is kind to the environment, and as Google puts it: “A lot cuter to watch than lawn mowers.
Free Lunch at Google
Google loves food. Brin and Page have said that no Googler should ever be more than 100 feet from snacks and food. If you work at the Googleplex, you can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner free of charge.
According to forecast from Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, iPhone buyers yearning for a bigger screen will get their wish next year. Apple has solidly resisted any move into the hummer size phablets dominated by Samsung. It may be because of any reason but the tide may be definitively turning. According to Misek, the iPhone 6 will launch with a 4.8″ screen, probably in September of 2014. According to a survey 50% of smartphones shipped in the second-quarter of 2013 had screens larger than the 4″ of the current iPhones.
Misek didn’t reveal exactly what triggered his prediction, but he did note that the new screen size would drive a huge number of upgrades. On the downside, iPhone 5C sales have been weak, On the upside, that could lead to an even larger number of upgraders who gravitate toward the iPhone 6.