There are some things that we all know are a bit weird but for a myriad of reasons nobody wants to say anything about them. And although this could get really political, it doesn’t even have to. You know what we’re talking about. Take retirement homes for example. In the western world it is perfectly acceptable to put your parents in a home and never visit them. Now don’t get us wrong. We know that many people don’t do this. But this list isn’t about what most people do. In fact, most people might not do it. What this list is pointing out, however, is that regardless of how many people do it, it is still not considered an unacceptable behavior. It is either normal, or not abnormal (so somewhere in the middle). And we’re not trying to pick fights with people. These behaviors will vary from country to country. We’ll do our best to mention where they are most prevalent, but take note that there are exceptions to every rule. Furthermore, many of these items are very tongue-in-cheek. They are jokes, meant to entertain. Don’t take them too seriously. These are 25 strange habits, customs, and behaviors that society accepts as normal.
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Businessmen passing out in public
In Japan and South Korea, it is normal for businessmen to pass out drunk all over the city. People just walk around them.
Bathrooms built with a gap
In the United States, bathrooms stalls have an enormous gap between the wall and the door
Kids having their entire lives documented on the internet
There’s going to be a lot of angry teenagers in a few years. Mom, seriously? You put photos of my potty training online?
Apps like Angry Birds requiring your location
Why does it need to know that?
Multi level marketing
It leads to some of the most obvious scams and questionable business practices most of us are ever exposed to, but when your friend gets sucked in all you can think is “there goes another one”
They’re just normal people with problems like the rest of us.
We suck the blood out of the cadaver and seal up the body cavities so that people can stare at the corpse.
Giving out personal information
These days even the cashier will ask you for your phone number and email address.
Rubbing pregnant women's stomachs
Yea, this doesn’t really need to be explained.
Primarily in the United States, it’s ok to put older people in a retirement home and never visit them. Yes, we know, not everyone does this. The point of this list is that if you do happen to do it, it is considered acceptable.
Lobbying presidential campaigns
Yes, we know the good intentions and possible benefits. But sometimes it just gets out of control.
Imagine if that was your picture on some of those memes. It might (not) be as funny.
Taking pictures of people
In the same vain as memes, we are really comfortable just posting pictures of strangers (“Saw this old guy eating alone”)
Beauty pageants for children
While most people probably don’t explicitly support this, we do tend to implicitly accept it.
Genuine human connection is great, but the fake smiles, fake compliments, and psychopathic character that is so prevalent at networking events is a bit…interesting.
In many parts of the world this is a disappearing but still common thing. For most of your life the adults around you will tell you to completely steer clear of the opposite sex, and then one day they want you to spend the rest of your life with some random guy who’s photo your aunt liked.
It’s legal stalking
Plants and fish
We keep them as living decorations
It’s ok to spend hours everyday watching or listening to presentations that have been scientifically designed to manipulate you. We even like it.
The war on drugs
We put kids in jail for a decade because they had a little marijuana but bankers and politicians crash the entire world economy and get a little smack on the wrist.
We slam our hands together repeatedly to show approval.
Trick or Treating
Little kids dress up and go from house to house asking for candy. And they threaten the owner if no candy is provided (“trick or treat!”)
The presidential turkey pardon
So…he pardons one turkey and then we eat the other 5 million.
Santa Claus at the mall
You sit on a strange old man’s lap and tell him your deepest secret while your parents take pictures.
It actually makes us less social.