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El Santo vs. la Invasion de los Marcianos



I regret that I cannot find English-language versions for you. But the visuals are everything.

Complete film below. Wikipedia page for Santo.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon May 25, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Aliens, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Movies, Wrestling, Foreign Customs, Science Fiction, 1960's

Japan Blames It on the Heat



Summer's coming!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Apr 08, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Foreign Customs, 1950's, Asia

Strange Snacks

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You will certainly have fun browsing at the Taquitos snack site and reading their blunt appraisals. For instance, on the item pictured above.

Taste: Weird chemical taste. Crunchy and thick, but rather nasty.

Aroma: They smell like rancid oil.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Feb 13, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Foreign Customs, Junk Food

Blood is Money



Man, those are some weird-ass non-Western horror/fantasy tropes from Nollywood.

Caution: lots of fake gore and quick glimpse of the butts of naked corpses.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jan 20, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Horror, Scary Criminals, Surrealism, Foreign Customs, Fantasy, Africa

Wood Apple Marriage in Nepal



This page semi-coherently explains: "...a ceremony in the Newar community in Nepal in which pre-adolescent girls are 'married' to the bel fruit (wood apple), which is a symbol of the god Vishnu, ensuring that the girl becomes and remains fertile. It is believed that if the girl's husband dies later in her life, she is not considered a widow because she is married to Vishnu, and so already has a husband that is believed to be still alive."
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Dec 20, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Food, Children, Foreign Customs, Asia, Weddings

How To Improve Immigrants’ English

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Nov 20, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Languages, Foreign Customs, 1940's, Asia, Europe

Passion of Spies



At the new nadir of USA-Russia relations, let us recall when things were even worse--and funnier!

I love the look and style of the artwork here.

The creator.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Apr 01, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Spies and Secret Agents, Surrealism, Foreign Customs, Cartoons, 1960's, Russia

The Aswang



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Learn about the Filipino vampire known as the "aswang" here and here, then watch the documentary above.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 30, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Cryptozoology, Superstition, Foreign Customs, South Pacific

New Use for Baboon Urine

According to NehandaRadio.com, baboon urine is "selling like hot cakes" in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The place to go to get it is the Bulawayo City Council run toilets at Egodini commuter omnibus terminus.

The source of its appeal is the belief that "a baboon by its nature urinates only on one spot. Even if it travels from Matopo to Bulawayo, when it gets pressed, it will travel all the way to Matopo before it relieves itself."

Therefore, by extension (and because the ancient medical 'principle of similitude' dictates this must be so), if the stuff is applied to a man it will "start regulating his bedding tendencies." That is, it will make him faithful to one woman.

The article goes into details about how this is done. However, one husband found his wife's vial of baboon urine, got mad, and domestic violence ensued.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Mar 28, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Medicine, Foreign Customs

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

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Some particularly weird J-pop from "the David Lynch" of that medium.



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