Fun Fact Friday: Cambodia (with 2 polls)

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Fried tarantulas are a delicacy in Cambodia. For 8 cents a spider, you can eat your very own. But watch out for funky spider breath (they cook it with garlic)! (Source: Woman's Day). Photo courtesy of Paul Mannix via Flickr. If you aren't into spiders, you might prefer Amok - a cooking method common in Cambodia, specifically food steamed in banana leaves. Mmm, now that sounds more like it! :) . Feel like taking a quiz all about Cambodia? National Geographic has one! Have … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Burkina Faso (with poll)

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Happy Friday! I'm craving a giant slice of chocolate cake. But enough about me, let's talk about Burkina Faso! Most meals in the villages are shared out of a single pot (true family style) and the right hand is used to scoop up the food. The cities eat European style - fork, knife, spoon, plate. Frog and toad meat is eaten "dried or fried" in Burkina Faso, with hundreds of frogs laid out to dry in the hot African sun (Photographs are available to view on National Geographic,  Fried … [Read more...]

Video Saturday: Brunei

Learn about the wealthy country of Brunei, including their culture and festivals. In this video, we learn that Brunei is home to the world's biggest water village (on stilts) and has areas of pristine rain forest (the hostess of the video actually climbs up giant scaffolding, past the top of the canopy). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xvApwmbmdo&feature=related httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xvApwmbmdo&feature=related Have a great weekend! I know I will - my hunny bunny is … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Bosnia and Herzegovina (with poll)

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We've made it to another Friday! If you live in the United States, have a wonderful holiday weekend! We'll be celebrating Miss Ava's first birthday on Sunday.... :) Here are our fun facts for Bosnia & Herzegovina: Have a heart! Bosnia and Herzegovina is nicknamed the "Heart Shaped Land" due to the country's slight heart shape. What's in a name? The name "Bosnia" comes from an Indo-European word, "Bosana." Bosana means"water." Bosnia is full of beautiful rivers, lakes, … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Bhutan (with poll)

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Happy Friday everyone! My Bhutanese Fun Facts got a little ... er ... racy this week. My apologies, in advance. I made every effort to keep things PG 13. Enjoy! When falling of a cliff is a good thing... In parts of eastern Bhutan it is forbidden to kill an animal. However, if the animal falls of a cliff and dies, then the meat can be consumed. Cooking is simple when the main ingredient is always the same... Most meals have chili peppers in them, which can be bought in abundance at the … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Belize (with poll)

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Bamboo Chicken Locals call the native Belizean iguana "Bamboo Chicken." Considered a delicacy, the meat is stewed and served with white rice, vegetables, and fried plantains. The iguana egg is also enjoyed as a special food. Dügü (Feeding of the dead) Dügü is a Garifuna feast held to appease dead spirits and bring healing to the living. Families gather together to celebrate and show respect to the spirits of their ancestors.  Mangoes Over 20 types of mangoes grow in Belize … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Belarus (Poll)

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At traditional Belorussian weddings guests chant "Gozko" after the groom drinks from his glass. "Gozko" means bitter. The chanting urges the groom to kiss the bride, an act which should make his drink sweeter. If you catch a cold in Belarus, they might offer you any of these remedies: - vodka with salt and pepper - milk blended with raw egg yolk and honey - raspberry jelly - raspberry tea Much of Belarus cannot be farmed because of falloff from Chernobyl (70% of the … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Barbados

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TGIF everyone! - Barbados is tiny at only 430 square kilometers. The island was uninhabited when the British moved in to make sugar plantations. As a result there is not much that can be grown commercially on the island, aside from sugarcane, some vegetables, and cotton (Source: CIA World Factbook). - Although the supersonic Concorde planes have been permanently grounded, one was retired to Barbados to serve as a museum for tourists and locals. http://www.barbadosconcorde.com/ - … [Read more...]