The ghostly problem of Taiwan

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Taiwan is indeed an interesting place. We also note down various developments happening there but there is one more reason for its weirdness. Particularly, for its highly superstitious ghostly beliefs. Even in this super developed scientific age, ghosts do exist for the Taiwanese.

They believe that ghosts live in water, in late summer they do come out. People tend to offer papers to fire in the crushing summer heat which is to be considered money offered to the ghosts to keep them away and this is not a voluntary torture.

The most important point to be noted is that the belief in existence of ghosts is prevalent even today. Even internationally aware and open minded Taiwanese do not ignore these superstitious facts. Despite so many economic, scientific and monumental developments happening in this country, superstitions particularly related to the existence of ghosts are still alive. So, this belief is simply timeless and immortal. This won’t fade away so easily.

Here are other timeless beliefs about ghosts.

  • Thou shall sleep before midnight at any cost. Else ghosts shall hunt for you.
  • Thou shall not whistle at night, ghosts might be attracted from your whistle.
  • Thou shall not hang clothes, else your home could be mistaken as haunted
  • Thou shall knock doors when entering at any unknown location; else ghosts will be disturbed from your entrance.

Well, the above mentioned superstitions are not only limited to Taiwan only but to entire China as such. It should be noted that in the other parts of China, swimming in any water body is considered a bad practice. After all, ghosts live there. Who knows you are attacked.

So, those who think that ghosts do not exist in this scientific age should visit Taiwan with immediate effect.

Cavely discovery

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This world is indeed a strange place. You never know which place contains which miracle. This often happens that we are trying to find something else and we end up finding something else. Nevertheless, those discoveries help us exploring this world in a better way.

This post is about Caves found in Chinese caverns of Wulong.

Other details

China contains many tunnels. It contains many caverns too. A team of explorer once went into one such cavern. They surprisingly discovered various tunnels and surprisingly all those tunnels led to a place deep inside the Earth having its own weather. That place is called Er Wang Dong. These caves come under the municipality of Chinese city Chongping and are located near to many other geographical beauties.

This underground system is really great and has its own weather. What we heard in adventure – fiction novels OR saw in movies like Journey to the center of the Earth are all real. This cavern contains its own forests, cloud and even rivers. It also contains pass ways which could be passed only through ropes. Hence, scientists are shocked. They are trying to consider this place in even better manner.

Here are the measurement details if you want to explore those cave system.

Passage length is 42 kilometers and the caves are about 1.5 feet in depth.

The cave Er Wang Dong is near to another similar cave named as San Wang Dong. Both of these caves contain their own weather system and are often used by Chinese local to guess the weather out there in their society. For example, indication of fog in these caves confirms rainfall nearby. Nevertheless, these places remain a great discovery to be explored about.

Buying TV? Do you have license?

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For what you need a license? You need a license for usage of gun, you need license for driving a vehicle, you need a license for using big and dangerous items, you need a license for selling items; you need a license for many things.

But, if I tell you that you need license for getting a TV, what will be your reaction? This post is about strange law of South Africa. By law, it is mandatory to have a license if at all you need to buy a TV.

The history

The law was setup in 20th century. As per law, if you own any device which receives a terrestrial signal, you need a license for that. OOPS! That includes Radio as well.

Till 1994, you needed a license for Radio purchases too. Poor people who wanted to access Public broadcasting without problem demanded government to change the rule. Now, Radio owning and listening was made license free.

License was kept for TV in such a way that one license per TV was mandated. In year 2000, on public demand, the law was modified to have 1 license per household, but in that case, you need to prove to the government that you really need those many TVs in a single household. Licenses were modified so that businesses have a different rule to work upon.

Conclusion

Now, even the TV tuner needs a license. If you want to use a TV without license, you probably need to remove the TV tuner and use the TV for DVD watching purpose only.

The law received many criticisms, right from the day of inception. Why not? Business, who need TV to monitor employee works, OR CCTV kind of too needed to pay for a license. That seemed ridiculous. Pleas are filed to close this rule. Hopefully, this rule is changed soon. But, that cannot be guaranteed at this stage.

Airplane connection to examination

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This post is about South Korea. The country is known for that innovation which no one can even think about. They ban airplanes to avoid disturbance to the students.

The rule in detail

CSAT (College Scholastic Aptitude Test) is one of the most important examinations of the country. It decides whether a particular student can take admission in a given college. The examination is considered efficient and of very high international meritocratic results. This examination is clearly defined as the chance to make OR break one’s destiny and contains various sections including law, ethics, lanuages, politics, science and mathematics, vocational knowledge, social sciences etc. to judge the overall personality of the student.

So, particularly when the English listening sessions are held, they stop all airplanes in the sky holding them from a particular height. This height ranges from 3 – 8 kilometres, so that no unnecessary noise is made. Airplane landings were also delayed to prevent any disturbance to the students. This rule is followed from past 15 years without fail and is still prevalent nationwide. The airplane agencies are okay with this and they like to strictly obey the rule.

But, this isn’t sufficient. Students may appear late for the examination due to traffic jam. Even that problem is taken care of. The stock markets open late, cars and other mono user vehicles are also controlled and the public transport is increased. In some cases, Police Officers are deputed to carry the students to the examination center.

Well, the examination is the only criteria to join the premium colleges in the country. It is therefore logical to link it with stress and it is one of the most important reasons which have rendered South Korea world’s 3rd country in terms of suicide rates.

Speaking freedom

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Let us visit Vietnam this time. It is a country of rich tradition. Yet, really strange.

The motivation

History speaks of war happening in Vietnam where even USA and Poland were involved. The war claimed many lives as usual the case with any war. While it was aimed to stop the growth of communism, it did the opposite. Both North and South Vietnam had united under the name of Socialist republic.

From that day, Vietnam became a hundred percent communist nation. Hence, all the laws were inspired by Communism.

The weird rules

Since, it became a communist nation, the laws were introduced like that. Pornography in all forms including Prostitution was banned. The punishment can range from being sent to Jail to even getting death penalty imparted.

The communist nation has banned a foreigner to take driver license. It is to be noted that by default the country does not recognize the international driver’s license. The only way to get a license is to support bribery.

The funniest rule is that their police is not at all interested in your problem. So, if you are deceived to pay higher fine OR someone has overcharged you OR you are ripped off, don’t rush to the police. This is considered a civil matter and as per Police, this is not to be classified as a crime. You can however contact Police to find some stolen OR lost goods. In that case, you need to pay them service fees. No, as per the law; this is not corruption or bribery but just a service tax.

It is difficult to digest such nonsense rules. Hence, people like to complain of this system. Sorry but that is not allowed because the country does not support freedom of speech.

Some weird facts

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Unlike other posts, this article aims at finding a summary of really weird facts happening somewhere worldwide. This is just verified tidbits collected and is intended just for fun. Any other conclusion is not allowed.

Naming in USA

In America, there are 84 people named as LOL. Sounds funny but true.

(Note: LOL means Laughing Out Loud)

Number connection to fate

In China OR Japan, 4 is pronounced as Si and so is death. Hence, in Chinese OR Japanese culture, 4 is considered similar to death. So, some hotels in Japan don’t have 4th floor. Most of the people think that having 44 OR 444 will make you vulnerable to death. Considering this rule, apartment no. 104, 204 etc. do not exist. Having 444 in personal email will make you ineligible for any job whatsoever by nature. No one wants to hire death. Right?

Similarly, 9 is considered number of suffering. Using 4 and 9 will bring misfortunes. This is as per Japanese culture.

Well, this isn’t sufficient. If you want to work in a company run by Christians; make sure that number 666 is not found in your personal email id. Bible is responsible for this. 666 is considered the lucky number of the devil and is called as the mark of the beast.

The ketchup problem

France did ban the use of ketchup in schools. The reason is that ketchup were used as an alternative to the French cuisines. So, France attempted to save French cuisines.

Hairstyle problem

In 2010, Iran banned mullets because as per them, it was western way of life and against Islam. Not only this, but as per the local law, even other form of Western hairstyles including spikes were banned.

Many more rules are coming soon for your entertainment.

Thou must worship rats

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We have witnessed many different weird traditions, funny laws, innovative yet out of box approaches, confusing mentalities among others. But, what is being discussed now is very different. You might see the Title which seems confusing. Who worships a rat? Well, at least in 1 place in this world, you will find a temple dedicated to rats.

That 1 place is in Rajasthan in India, located near Bikaner Area. It is called Karni Mata temple. Mata in Sanskrit means mother. It is a temple aimed at worshipping Karni Goddess. A nice place to visit, at least once in your entire life time.

The history and other information

There is a hidden legend. Karni Mata’s grandson Laxman once dropped into a river while attempting to take water. Karni Mata wanted him to get life. But, since that was against the law of nature, she decided to have him reincarnated as a rat. There are different theories: some say that Laxman was Karni Mata’s stepson.

Another legend says that once the place was attacked by a very big army. They used deception and illusionary powers to win. When Karni Mata came to know of this illegal war, she turned all soldiers into rats. When the rats begged for mercy, she told them to stay here and live the normal lives. They shall attain salvation post death.

The temple was completed by Maharaja Ganga Singh in 20th century. It has solid silver doors and a marble façade in front of the door. The legends of the goddess are depicted across the doorways.

The temple is a home to more than 20,000 rats. Some are black while some are white. The white rats are considered even more auspicious. Many devotees touch the feet of rats because they think rats to be nearest to the Goddess. It is custom to eat food nibbled by rats considering as holy food. Despite all this, no case of infectious disease is reported yet. This has puzzled the scientist world.

Recognitions

The temple appeared in US reality series “The Amazing Race”. It is also considered a wonder of the Indians in the game “Age of Empires 3”

Is your name approved?

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After witnessing strange laws worldwide, we shall discuss about naming laws in Denmark. Denmark is a country located in Northern Europe. Being a part of Scandinavia, it is a country of vast history and vast culture. Here is a really funny law in Denmark.

The law

In Denmark, if you wish to name your baby, you need to select only pre – approved names.

The government has defined a list of 7000 pre – approved baby names. Some of these are for boys while some are for girls.

Challenging the rule

You might wonder what nonsense is this. You gave birth to your baby. Who is the government to decide the name? Well, this is what you should care about as this is what is required by law.

However, in some special cases, you are allowed to use different names. But, that requires prior approval from the local church. Even then, the name needs to be reviewed by the government. Around 1100 names are supposed to be reviewed each year. A name not meeting the criteria is likely to be rejected. You then need to recheck and select a better name.

Sorry but

Well, you might be wondering why such a nonsense rule was made. Well, Denmark was earlier known for various fancy names. Parents tried to promote their innovations during baby names and names which did not have any meaning were used. To avoid such problem, the government decided to put name approvals in place.

Not only this; but the law mandates gender specified in Denmark and any innovative change to spelling is not allowed.

The foreigners need to apply to have the names recognized. Once, the names are approved, you are free to use it whichever way you want to.

Name must include gender

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We all want to name our babies wisely. They are our kids, hence we have all the authority to name them as per our wish. Well, will you like when the government tries to interfere with this? In Germany, government interferes in how you name your kid. Seems stupidity but that is by law. So, want to name your kid in Germany (Deutschland), take the approval from approving body first.

Well, it isn’t that much dangerous as it seems. The only thing is that the chosen names must carefully hint at the gender. So, it is illegal to impart a boy name to a girl OR vice versa. Also, using a last name OR any common noun cannot be selected for the first names of your baby. So, you need to carefully select the first name for your baby.

The approving body

Now comes the fundamental question – who approves the name? It isn’t the national government rather the local office (Standesamt) which does the approval. While evaluating the names, they refer to a book and makes necessary calculation.

You can appeal against their judgments. But, if you lose, you must change the name. Also, that process involves hefty fine. The fine increases exponentially with each failed attempt. So, in order to avoid ongoing hassle, many parents decide to opt for standard names. Some examples are: Alexander for boys; Marie for girls etc.

Rest of the world

The rule is followed by local Germans. But, what if you are not from Germany? For foreigners too, this process is to be strictly followed. But, how will Standesamt understand non – German names? Well, they consult foreign embassies for that and based on their feedback, the final decision is taken.

Water gun rule

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After viewing many strange laws, let us move on the country about whom no one really talks. The country behind world’s largest religious building (Angkor Wat) is the country we are talking about. This post is about Cambodia. If you want to visit Cambodia, you must do so as it is a really worth visiting place, particularly Angkor Wat is the best known place ever on this planet.

The law

Recently, the Cambodians have witnessed huge increase in the use of water pistols. Due to this, the country witnessed a disturbance in their national peace.

You might be wondering about the connection of water gun with national peace. It is simple, the gun contains water. Right? This water can be anything, ranging from muddy water to even the toilet water. Mischievous children can definitely misuse these water pistols to do whatever they want and make the country a dirty place.

In order to take care of this disturbance, the country came with a rule banning the use of water pistols. It was decided that no one should use water pistols. On special occasions, the usage of water guns was totally banned. As a special case, it is decided that water guns will not be used during New Year celebrations.

The punishment

Now, you have used a water gun. So, what? As per law, your water gun will be confiscated and taken away. No other punishment shall happen. Yes, you will not be fined OR jailed for using a water pistol. Fines were in place earlier but removed on public criticism.

However, there is no way to recover your water pistol from the local authorities. It is better not to use the same in Cambodia. Beware!

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