People all over the
world celebrate different cultural traditions.Every society develops their own accepted norms, which
are based on language and tradition.Many practiced games and personal jokes that are considered funny in one area of the world, could be offending in another.Certain events in history have helped
shape modern societies view of what is acceptable. This article will be examining some events that have inspired a social phenomenon, while other entries will include facts that are unique to certain areas of the world.
elgooG (Google spelled
backwards) is the mirror image site of the Google search engine.elgooG displays the text on all web
pages cached by Google in reverse.The site was originally created for fun, but has gained a following in China.Because elgooG search terms are printed in reverse, users are able to perform Google searches
without detection by the Chinese government's search filters.
19. World Famous
David Johnson or
the World Famous Bushman is a homeless man who has been entertaining the public along Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco
since 1980.During the Bushman’s act, he hides motionless behind some branches of a tree
or bush and waits for unsuspecting people to wander by. When they approach, he jumps out and scares them. Crowds
gather to watch him work and the Bushman is a popular attraction.In a "good year" the World Famous Bushman claims to earn $60,000.He also employs a bodyguard to protect him against attacks
by people who are not amused by his antics.
body guard is also used to distract his targets, and to alert the Bushman when elderly people are coming so that he can
avoid scaring them.The police have received a number of complaints about the Bushman, and Fisherman's
Wharf merchants have tried to shut him down.In 2004, he was charged with four misdemeanors, but he
was not convicted.Next time you are walking along the waterfront in San Francisco and a big man jumps
out from behind a bush to scare you, remember, it is all in good fun.
18. Royal Mail
A Royal Mail rubber
band is a small red rubber band used by the postal delivery service in the United Kingdom.The Royal
Mail uses nearly 1 billion rubber bands per year.In the last 10 years, many complaints have been made about the rubber bands littering the streets of Britain.This has given rise to many international
news stories and press interest in Britain. Currently there is a campaign being run by the London Borough of Lewisham's
mayor, who complains that an estimated 5,000 bands are dropped in his borough each month.
To date, the rubber bands have injured at least one animal, a duck that was observed with a red rubber band around its head.More recently, in April 2009, the Keep Britain
Tidy campaign has involved itself in the issue as part of its Big Tidy Up campaign, and intends to return to the Royal
Mail some 13,000 bands collected by the public.
Eigengrau is the color
seen by the human eye in perfect darkness.The color has also been called dark light or brain gray
and is perceived as lighter than a black object in normal lighting conditions.Even in the absence
of light, some action potentials are sent along the optic nerve, causing the sensation of a uniform dark gray color.People all over the world might not speak the same language, but we all see the color eigengrau when we open our
eyes in the dark.
16. I Am Rich
I Am Rich was an
application for the Apple iPhone OS.It goes down in history as the most expensive Apple iPhone application.I Am Rich cost US $999.99 and the app was described as “a work of art with no hidden function,”
it’s only purpose being to show other people that the buyer was able to afford it.When the
user launched I Am Rich, the iPhone screen showed a glowing red gem, and when a button was pressed, the screen displayed
the following slogan, “I am rich, deserve it, I am good, healthy & successful.”
The application was removed from Apple the day following its release.It was made available for only one day, August 5, 2008.During the time the application
was available, 8 people bought it.However, some of them claimed the purchase was accidental.The eight purchases of the product earned developer Heinrich US $5,600. Apple has since refunded
the users who purchased the app accidentally.On February 23, 2009, CNET reported that a similar
app, "I Am Richer" was released on the Android's application store for the cost of US $200, a limit imposed
15. The Fantastic
This is not the Fantastic
Four film that you are probably familiar with.In 1992, the German movie production company named
Constantin Films was going to lose the rights to produce a film based on the Fantastic Four comic book characters.For this reason, they decided to fund a low budget Fantastic Four film that they never intended on releasing to
the public. During production of the film, the director, actors, and other participants were not informed that the
movie was only intended to secure the characters rights and was never going to be released.The 1994
Fantastic Four movie was produced by low-budget specialist Roger Corman and Bernd Eichinger (who also produced another
Fantastic Four movie in 2005).
In 1992, Constantin
Films did not have the budget to produce a mainstream Hollywood movie, so they used only $1.98 million to produce the
1994 Fantastic Four film.The cast and crew acted in the film for low salaries after being told
that if the movie did not get released to theaters, it would be used as the pilot for a potential television series.Retaining the rights to the Fantastic Four movie franchise proved to be a great business decision for Constantin
Film, as over a decade later, Constantin Film made a $100 million Fantastic Four film and its sequel, the $130 million
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
14. The Game (mind
The Game is a mind
game where the objective is to avoid thinking about The Game itself.Thinking about The Game constitutes
a loss, which, according to the rules of The Game, must be announced each time it occurs.It is impossible to win The Game and players can only attempt to avoid losing for as long as possible.Many
people feel that The Game is pointless and frustrating, while others enjoy the challenge and think it is fun to play.
You have to be an honest person to play this
game, and as of 2010, The Game is played by millions of people around the world.Some players have developed strategies for making competitors lose, such as writing about The Game.Be sure to post
a comment if this article forced you to lose The Game.
There are three rules to The Game:
1. Everyone in the world is playing The Game.
2. When one thinks about The Game, they lose.
3. Losses must be announced to at least one person.
13. Us Tareyton
smokers would rather fight than switch!
smokers would rather fight than switch!" is an advertising slogan which appeared in magazine, newspaper, and television
ads for Tareyton cigarettes from 1963 until 1981.In America, it was one of the most recognizable
ad campaigns in the 1960s and 1970s.During the campaign, the models were people from all walks of
life and they used makeup to create "black eyes" to demonstrate their willingness to "fight" instead
of switching from the Tareyton brand.
first printed advertisement with the slogan appeared in Life magazine on October 11, 1963.In
1966, the first television ad with the slogan aired.The target of the campaign was to create a sense
of loyalty amongst Tareyton smokers. The black makeup that the models and actors used made it seem as if they had
black eyes, probably earned in battles with smokers of other cigarettes.Due to the success of the
advertising campaign, Tareyton brand briefly enjoyed robust sales, which put them in the Top 10 of all American cigarette
brands during the 1960s and 70s.
12. New Car Smell
New car smell is
the term used to describe the odor found in a new automobile.Some people regard the smell as a pleasant
one.However, you probably didn’t realize that the chemicals in the “new car smell”
pose a significant health risk to humans.Most of the interior of an automobile consists of plastic
held together with a number of adhesives and sealers. When the car is first manufactured, these materials are left unstable,
and continue to release organic compounds into the air.
This includes the release of plastic softening chemicals.When you inhale the new car smell, these
toxic chemicals enter your system.Scientists who have studied the chemicals have strongly recommended
keeping new cars well ventilated while driving, especially during the summer.A 1995 study of the
air found in a new Lincoln Continental reported over 50 volatile organic compounds.Do your part to
help change popular culture and the perception that the “new car smell” is a good one.
called "ghost-riding the whip” is when a person puts a vehicle in neutral, exits the car, and then dances
beside it or on the roof of the car while it is still moving.Ghost riding is an activity that has
been practiced in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years during what are called sydeshows.The
term "ghost ride the whip" was given nationwide exposure in rapper E-40's 2006 song "Tell Me When
to Go.”A true ghost- ride has no other person riding inside of the vehicle when it is moving
and it can be dangerous if you don’t get back into the car before it runs off track.
The act has resulted in two known deaths in North America.However, some websites claim
that ghost-riding is responsible for up to eight deaths in the United States.Oakland rapper Mistah
F.A.B. further popularized the term with his hit song "Ghost Ride It.”The song references
actor Patrick Swayze, who was the star of the 1990 film Ghost.This has sparked an Internet references
to ghost riding as "going (Patrick) Swayze.”
10. Dagen H
On September 3, 1967,
the Swedish government decided to switch from driving on the left-hand side of the road to the right.The
event became known as Dagen H (H day).The H stands for Högertrafik, the Swedish word for
"right-hand traffic.”As you would expect, many people were upset with the change.How would you like it if your government changed the side of the road you traveled on?The
change was made because neighboring nations, including Norway, drove on the right hand side of the road.Also, most Swedes drove left-hand drive (LHD) vehicles.
The change included a four year education program.The Dagen H logo appeared on various
commemorative items, including milk cartons, men's shorts, and women's underwear.As Dagen
H neared, every intersection was equipped with an extra set of poles and traffic signals.On Dagen
H Sunday, all non-essential traffic was banned from the roads from 1:00 to 6:00.Trams in Stockholm
were withdrawn and replaced by buses.New buses were purchased with doors on the right-hand side.On the Monday following Dagen H, there were 125 reported traffic accidents, with no fatalities.
9. The Dozens
The dozens is an
element of the African American oral tradition in which two competitors, usually males, go head-to-head in an improvised
competition of trash talk.During the contest, the pair takes turns insulting each other.In history, this was called playing the dozens or sometimes dirty dozens.The dozens is
a contest of personal power, wit, self-control, verbal ability, mental agility and mental toughness.Each
put-down or “snap” ups the ante of the competition.Defeat can be humiliating, but a skilled
contender, win or lose, may be given respect.Interestingly, the dozens is one of the contributing elements in the development of hip hop music, especially the practice of battling.
The dozens was originally developed to defuse conflict nonviolently. However,
a good match can lead to violence.“Your momma” jokes have a history in the competition.In 1959, Bo Diddley released "Say Man" on Checker 931, which featured him trading insults with his percussionist Jerome Green.The lyrics are not sung, but spoken conversationally over a musical background.The track has been described as a precursor of rap.
Alternative hip hop group
The Pharcyde released a song on their debut album entitled "Yo Mama", the lyrics of which consist entirely
of snaps. In 2004, the Wayans Brothers released The Dozens, a game for mobile phones.Richard
Pryor referenced the dozens in his 1975 comedy routine "That Nigger's Crazy,” saying that "white
folks" don’t know how to play.In 1999, rapper Jay-Z referenced the contest saying "Every
time we play the dozens, he's buggin out."
8. Nasal Sebum
Jennifer Grey Before Her Nose Job
All humans produce
nasal sebum or nose grease/oil.It can be removed from the surface of the human nose.The nose creates and stores more oil and grease than any other pores in the human body.This
is interesting, but the fascinating facts about nasal sebum are its strange and surprising applications.Nose grease is an incredibly durable lubricant that can be used to minimize scratches in optical surfaces, for
example when cleaning photographic negatives.The oil fills in small cracks and scratches, forming a smooth, polished surface.
Nose grease can be
used to reduce skipping in CDs that have become scratched. Just spread the grease around evenly and
then finish with strokes that go from the middle to the edge.To aid while assembling a fly- fishing
rod, saturate the male extension of the connector with nose grease. Nose grease has antifoaming properties and can be
used to break down a high head on freshly poured beer.If a person wipes nose grease on their finger
and then touches or stirs the beer foam, it will dissipate rapidly.Nose grease is used by many musicians,
including banjo and bagpipe players. The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies suggests using nasal sebum as a remedy
for chapped lips.
French Flatulist Le Petomane
A flatulist or professional
farter is a comedian or actor whose routine consists primarily of farting in an amusing or musical manner.Throughout history, there have been numerous references to ancient and medieval flatulists, who could produce
various rhythms and pitches with their intestinal wind.The professional farters of medieval Ireland
were called braigetori. Roland the Farter was a medieval flatulist who lived at Hemingstone manor in Suffolk and
held 30 acres of land in return for his services as a jester for the king.
year, Roland was obliged to perform "Unum saltum et siffletum et unum bumbulum" (one jump, one whistle, and
one fart) for King Henry II at Christmas time.Evidence of deliberate farting at social occasions continued into the Modern Age.Paul Oldfield or Mr. Methane is a British flatulist who started performing
in 1991.He claims to be the only current performing professional flatulist in the world.
Kancho is a
prank that is often played by Japanese people.It is performed by clasping the hands together so the
index fingers are pointing out and attempting to insert them sharply into someone's anal region when the victim is not looking.A Kancho is often executed as the person loudly says "Kan- CHO!”The word is a slang adoption of the Japanese word for enema.The prank is widely used in Japan
and is performed by mainly teenagers.In Japan, there is even a TV game show where a celebrity routinely
kanchōs random people.
This prank is not
exclusive to Japan. In South Korea, it is known as "ttong chim" and in the Philippines,
the prank is known by many words, including "katsibong", "bembong,” or "pidyok.”In certain countries, the act of kancho may be illegal and considered sexual harassment or even sexual assault.In South Korea there have been cases of people being arrested for this prank, while in Japan it is widely
seen as only a childish joke.The word “kancho” means many different things in the Japanese
5. Garden Gnome
Garden Gnome Liberationists
are individuals and groups of people advocating for the freedom of garden gnomes, which are small decorative ceramic
bearded statues.The liberationists often times steal garden gnomes and move them to new locations.The Garden Gnome Liberation Front is the first and most predominant gnome liberating force.The organization was introduced to the French public in 1997.That year, the Front stole over 150 gnomes,
contending that garden gnomes deserved the same freedoms with which they were blessed.In 1998, there
was a gnome "mass suicide” in Briey, which is a small city in eastern France.
The town’s citizens woke up to find 11 garden gnomes hanging from a bridge with nooses around their
necks. A nearby note stated, "When you read these few words we will no longer be part of your
selfish world, where we serve merely as pretty decorations."In 2000, a garden show in Paris displayed 2,000 garden gnomes.This infuriated the Gnome Liberation Front and they conducted a surprise
night attack to free 20 garden gnomes.The group claimed responsibility for the attack, demanding
that the “Garden Gnomes be released into their natural habitat, and not be ridiculed as cheap garden decorations.”
4. Crazy Frog
Crazy Frog, originally
known as The Annoying Thing, is a computer animated character created by Erik Wernquist and marketed by the ringtone
provider Jamba!.The frog’s voice was originally created to imitate the sound of a two-stroke
moped engine, but then Crazy Frog became a rock star.In 2005, Crazy Frog remixed the song Axel F,
which is the electronic instrumental theme from the 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop.The tune became known
as the "Crazy Frog song” and was the characters first and most successful single. The song reached the
#1 spot in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Turkey, New Zealand, Australia and most of Europe.
The subsequent album named Crazy Frog Presents Crazy Hits also enjoyed worldwide
chart success.The Crazy Frog has spawned a range of merchandising and toys.The
character was broadcast for the first time on Belgian Television in mid-2004.In February 2005, viewers
submitted a number of complaints saying that Crazy Frog appeared to have a visible penis.
The Jamster! Company also
received a large amount of criticism because people complained that they were not made aware of the fact that if you purchased the Crazy Frog ringtone, you were forced to subscribe to a yearlong service.In 2005,
the television advertising campaign used for the Crazy Frog was enormous.In May 2005, 87% of the
British population saw the Crazy Frog advertisements an average of 26 times.This has led many people to label the Crazy Frog annoying.
3. Chandre Oram
Chandre Oram is an
Indian tea estate worker who lives in the Alipurduar district of Jalpaiguri, West Bengal.Oram was
born on the date known as Rama Navami, which is the birthday of legendary Hindu King Rama. Chandre Oram has become
one of the most famous men in Jalpaiguri because he was born with a tail.Oram’s tail has led
many people to believe that he is a reincarnation of Hanuman.Hanuman is a monkey-like Hindu deity
that is a strict devotee of King Rama.Hanuman is an incarnation of the divine, whose fate is to aid
the hero Rama in the struggle against the demon King Ravana.
Thousands of people visit Chandre Oram every week in hopes of spiritual enlightenment.It
has been claimed that if you touch Oram’s tail it will cure many ailments.Chandre Oram has
set up a shrine to honor Hanuman, on top of which there is a red silk flag, which is Hanuman's symbol.The offerings he receives from his followers are given to the deity.Chandre Oram’s
tail is a rare medical anomaly.It has been scientifically explained as a congenital malformation
known as spina bifida.Oram's tail is located near his lower back and it consists of a 13 inch
(325 mm) long and 1 inch (25 mm) thick appendix.It is also covered by hair.
2. Mojave Phone
The Mojave phone booth
was a lone telephone booth located deep in the Mojave National Preserve, which is in the Mojave Desert of San Bernardino County, California.The phone booth became an Internet phenomenon in 1997 due to its isolated location.The booth was created in the 1960s and was located fifteen miles (24 km) from the nearest numbered highway and many more miles away from any buildings.Strangely, the booth was eight miles (13 km) from the nearest
paved road, basically in the middle of the desert.
1997, a man noticed a telephone icon located in the middle of the Mojave Desert, so he decided to visit the area.After writing an article on the Internet, the phone booth became an underground tourist attraction.People started calling the phone booth, which had a published number. Others visited the
site and camped out next to the booth, so that they could answer the incoming calls.
Over time, the booth became
covered in graffiti, as many travelers would write messages on it.In 1999, the Los Angeles Times
writer John Glionna wrote an article on a man who claimed the Holy Spirit had instructed him to answer the phone.
The man spent 32 days there, answering more than 500 phone calls.The Mojave phone booth was removed
by Pacific Bell on May 17, 2000, at the request of the National Park Service, who cited environmental impact as
1. Dark Side of
Dark Side of the
Rainbow or The Wizard of Floyd refers to the pairing of the 1973 Pink Floyd music album The Dark Side of the Moon with
the visual portion of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.When you play the album and watch the movie,
it produces moments where the film and the album appear to correspond with each other.It an extremely
creepy way, the two famous mediums make a music video of sorts.The phenomenon was first discovered
in 1995 and became somewhat of an Internet sensation, with many websites being dedicated to finding the specific moments
where the album corresponds with the movie and documenting them.
In 2004, Saturday
Night Live featured a parody of the Wizard of Oz. At the end, actor Darrel Hammond stepped onstage
and said, "Now, if you want a truly awesome experience, rewind this sketch to the beginning, light up a fatty,
and put on Dark Side of the Moon.Trust me, its mind blowing."Fans have compiled
more than one hundred moments of perceived interplay between the film and album, including links that occur if the album
is repeated through the entire film.
band members have repeatedly insisted that the reputed phenomenon is coincidence.On the cover of
the band's 1995 live album Pulse, in the background you can see a bike with a basket on it and a girl with ruby
slippers, both references to The Wizard of Oz.
This is not the first
time that Internet controversy has arisen from a Pink Floyd album.The Publius Enigma is an obscure
mystery involving a riddle proposed in connection with the 1994 Pink Floyd album The Division Bell. In 1994,
an Internet poster named “Publius” challenged Pink Floyd fans to search for the hidden meaning behind the
band’s album The Division Bell.
have asserted that the “Publius” postings were nothing more than a fake web-based contest implemented to
promote the album and its tour, while other feel that Pink Floyd uses a lot of subliminal messaging in their music.The true nature of the puzzle has never been discovered and the contest seems to have been abandoned by its creators.The challenge remains unresolved as of 2010.
Leck mich im Arsch
(Lick me in the arse)
Leck mich im Arsch
(literally "Lick me in the arse") is a canon in B-flat major composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with lyrics
in German.In 1782, Mozart wrote “Lick me in the arse” in Vienna.The
melody is meant to be sung by six people and is thought to be a party piece.Mozart died in 1791 and his widow Constanze Mozart sent the manuscripts of the song to publishers Breitkopf & Härtel in 1799.The publisher changed the title and lyrics of the canon to "Laßt froh uns sein" ("Let us
be glad!").The lyrics of the tune clearly state “lick me in the arse.”
A boss key is a keyboard
shortcut (button) used in computer games or other programs to quickly hide the program and possibly display a special
screen saver that appears to be a normal application.In computer games, the purpose of the boss
key is to make it appear to superiors and coworkers that an employee is doing his or her job, when they are actually
playing games or using the Internet for non work-related tasks.The boss button was a common
feature in early computer games and was often represented by the F10 key.
In modern computing, the most prominent example of the boss key is used by CBS Sports during the NCAA
men’s basketball tournament, which offers a “boss button” option.Outside of gaming,
Utorrent has implemented a customizable boss key that exits the program with a stroke of a key combination.On modern operating systems, applications may be minimized or switched to the background with a keyboard shortcut.