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World-resources-map-r2.gif (GIF Image, 1450 × 1450 pixels) Tipping Etiquette Around the World. One of the biggest riddles of global travel isn’t which airline to fly, where to stay or even which restaurants to dine in — plenty of travel guides and websites are eager to offer up advice and pricing options on that.

Tipping Etiquette Around the World

But how do you figure out, once at your destination, where and how much to tip? Just as customs and cultures vary in each country, so do tipping habits and expectations. In this infographic, we give you the basics on tipping etiquette, country by country, as well as a detailed guide on how much you’re expected to tip for various services here in the United States. For more world infographic fun see: Medical Tourism Map: Where Patients Go to Save. 10 Weird and Mysterious Places on Earth. Digg 1.

10 Weird and Mysterious Places on Earth

Mystery Spot Mystery Sport is a tourist attraction near Santa Cruz, California, famous because of its disrespect to the laws of physics and gravity. The odd cabin, although seems like lying on flat ground, makes those who enter inside swinging all the time. The most probable theory that tries to explain this says that it’s all about “tilt-induced visual illusion. 2. The question about the triangle that swallows ships, planes and all the people with them still waits for its answer. 3. Socotra is archipelago the Horn of Africa and Arabic Peninsula, but the main island of Socotra is 95% of the whole landmass, while the rest is just small islands. 4. Mount Roraima is located on the triple border point between Brazil, Guyana and Venezuela. 5.

Rio Tinto is located in south-western Spainand originates from Sierra Morena mountains of Andalusia. Globetrotting for chocoholics. Love chocolate?

Globetrotting for chocoholics

Discover how to feel full of beans on this non-stop choc-focused tour of the planet. Flanders, Belgium Belgians love chocolate almost as much as they love beer – which is to say, a lot. And it’s not just any old chocolate: the Belgians are proud of quality and innovation, and Flanders in particular boasts some of the planet’s finest and most imaginative chocolatiers.

Discover Japan. Japanese Ranting Slang. Aho!

Japanese Ranting Slang

Or baka! Translation: (you are really) stupid! Kuso! Translation: shit! Japanese Pen Spinning Tricks. If you work in a school in Japan, you've probably seen your students flipping their pens around their thumbs or some other such trick.

Japanese Pen Spinning Tricks

When I was at school, we just punched each other for fun... ah, well. Anyway, I was curious and looked it up. I like sharing, so here you are. Read on to not only watch some funky videos, but also find out how to do some tricks yourself. First thing I found out: there are tons of these tricks. Here's a popular video of people spinning their pens: There are tons of instructional videos out there, so just follow this link for a selection on YouTube.

Here's a summary of some of the basic moves to get you started, from some pen nerd going by the name KTrihn93 on YouTube: Thumbaround Finger Pass Sonic Charge. Human Cloning in Japan. A few days later, my clone is ready!

Human Cloning in Japan

My producer stuck the head on a stormtrooper body for me ^^; Now all that's left is to get him to do some work - any of the following from my daily schedule. TV production, Final Cut editing, blogging, meetings, working with illustrators, account management for our clients, artwork in Fireworks/Photoshop/Illustrator, preparing Keynotes, web UI design, new client acquisition, hoovering, toilet cleaning. 5 Steps To Ordering a Meal in Japan. I live in Japan, but barely speak Japanese. I can’t help you with verb conjugation or passing the JLPT. But I have managed to eat!

Restaurants in Japan are a culinary and cultural adventure. Knowing how to act is crucial to speaking the language. They’re also great places to practice many facets of conversational Japanese! So, here are 5 steps to ordering food in Japan. Find a Place to Eat Most foreigners know about sushi and ramen. Yakitori Udon (うどん), a noodle usually served in soupSoba (そば), a thin buckwheat noodle (which is sometimes served cold)Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き), a vegetable-meat-and-egg pancake with a sweet brown sauceYakitori (やきとり), a kebab usually on a stickYakiniku (焼き肉), where you grill your own meat at your tableYakisoba (焼きそば), a stir-fried noodle dish with barbecue sauce and pork. Character Bentos. Published on October 4th, 2011.

Character Bentos

A Bento or lunch box as we know it in the west are home-packed meals, typical filled with rice, fish, meat or cooked vegetables. Leave it to the Japanese to make them cute and fun with “Kyaraben” or “Character Bentos”. Over the past few years the “Kyaraben” craze has brought about contest such as Sanrio’s Annual Kyaraben Contest and turned what children have for lunch into a hobby and form of art. After a little bit of searching, I came across some excellent looking ones.