Weirdest Chocolate Flavours

SWEET POTATO – JAPAN

The Japanese must have a love of sweet potatoes like wedges or chips with a burger. But in a chocolate? No thank you.

BASMATI RICE WITH SAFFRON – AUSTRIA

I would have thought that this would be from my home country of India but it’s not. the chocolate contains “fluffy light” basmati rice, saffron and raspberry vinegar. For real.

BACON – AMERICA

But ofcourse. Bacon makes everything better and who else but the Americans can add bacon to chocolate. We’ve had bacon vodka, bacon jam and even bacon toothpaste. Now, you can sample your favourite porky product in chocolate too. I am sure to overdose on this.

CHEESE AND ONION – IRELAND

Sounds like something more made for chips or crisps. Back in 2013, Irish company Tayto decided to make a slightly nightmarish cheese and onion crisp chocolate bar. They sold all of the 100,000 samples made. I am not sure but it sounds like it could be good.

PIG BLOOD – ITALY 

It’s not for the ones who are easily squeamish.  A chocolate dessert from Italy which includes shaved chocolate, milk, orange peel, sugar and the blood of a freshly slaughtered pig. It’s often served with some sponge fingers for you to dip in. Let the carnivorous beast inside you out. 

SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS – AMERICA 

I for one love mushrooms. In a soup, in a curry, on my pizza – but in a chocolate? This bar includes dried mushrooms and Peruvian dark chocolate ganache, hand-dipped in nutty Colombian chocolate. Head to America for your chance to taste it.

TOBACCO – CUBA 

Cuba is famous for it’s top quality cigars. Therefore it makes total sense that they would be the ones to put tobacco in chocolate. Not sure I would try it though. If you fancy a taste of authentic Havana then a chuck of this will have you dreaming of the Caribbean nation. It contains real cigar leaves soaked in rum, which is a world away from your typical Galaxy bar. If chomping on tobacco is your thing, have a go here.

10 Weird Laws In Oregon

1) No weddings on ice skating rinks.

2) No whistling underwater.

3) Shoelaces must be tied while walking down the street.

4) Women may not wrestle in Salem.

5) No pet reptiles in the city limits of Springfield unless you’re a school or a city.

6) No Animal Sex in the city of Stanfield.

7) No predicting the future in Yamhill.

8) Marion County ministers are forbidden to eat garlic or onions before their Sunday sermons.

9) No ice cream on Sundays.

10) Juggling is strictly prohibited without a license in Hood River.

Weird Laws In New Zealand

1. The Marine Mammals Protection Regulations state that “no person shall make any loud or disturbing noise near whales”. The maximum penalty under the act is a $10,000 fine.

2. The M?ori Community Development Act contains criminal offences that can only be committed by people who are M?ori – like refusing to leave licenced premises when told to do so by a M?ori warden. It also allows a M?ori Warden to order a publican to refuse to serve alcohol to M?ori likely to be become quarrelsome, and to take the car keys of M?ori drivers. There are fines of up to 10 pounds. The act also forbids alcohol at gatherings of M?ori. For some gatherings, you can get a licence from a local M?ori Committee, but if the gathering is for the purposes of a dance, then forget it, no licence can be obtained.

3. All sorts of books are banned in New Zealand – some temporarily, like Into the River – and others permanently. The Everything Marijuana Book was banned in 2013 because it encourages the commission of crime. But changes to censorship laws mean than possession of an objectionable publication – which was a fine-only offence as recently as 2005 – is now punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment. So now, possession of the Everything Marijuana Book is an offence carrying a higher maximum sentence than actually growing and selling cannabis.

4. Any New Zealander who has a firearms licence will know the strict process for obtaining one. Police will visit your house, and those of your referees and ask why you want a firearm. You can say hunting, or you can say sport shooting, but if you say self-defence, police are probably going to deny you a licence. Self-defence isn’t a reason to have a firearm in New Zealand. Exception – Protestants may have arms for their defence suitable to their conditions. Catholics are out of luck, however.

5. There is a blasphemy law in the country however only one prosecution on record for blasphemous libel exists. New Zealand repealed criminal libel in 1992, and Parliament is currently considering a law to repeal blasphemous libel.

6. Having a law against homicide is sensible, but one of the exceptions is odd. You are not responsible for a death – either murder, or manslaughter – if your actions “influence the mind alone” of the person (unless they’re sick, or a child). Some uses of this are clear: how would you defend a charge that you were a mystic who had killed someone by placing a curse on them?

Top 5 Countries For Weed

1. Canada – In Canada, people who are 18 years old or above are legally allowed to possess up to 30 grams of marijuana in its dried or non-dried form in public. They are also allowed to grow up to four marijuana plants at home from legal seedlings. However, you can only buy cannabis from provincially-licensed retailers and federally-licensed producers.

2. Jamaica – This super-chill country that introduced us to reggae music, decriminalized weed in 2015. The use of marijuana for medical and religious purposes is allowed. Also, if you happen to be a Rastafarian, you can use unlimited quantities of cannabis with no repercussions, whatsoever.

3. Ecuador – While, you might end up in jail for illegally cultivating and selling marijuana here, you are allowed to posses up to 10 grams for personal use.

4. Uruguay – This was one of the first countries in the world to legalize the use of cannabis for recreational purposes, in 2013. In fact, here pharmacies are the only place in the country where people can buy recreational marijuana. All buyers have to do is, register with a regulator.

5. The Netherlands – For decades, smoking weed has been legal in coffee shops in this country, though you aren’t allowed to grow it for personal use. It is a criminal offense to possess, produce or deal in drugs. Although, use of drugs by persons aged 18 years or older is not a criminal offense. So, just stick to the coffee shops.

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Weird Laws In Texas

  • A recently passed anti-crime law requires criminals to give their victims 24 hours notice.
  • You cannot shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.
  • It is illegal to dust any public building with a feather duster.
  • The entire Encyclopedia Britannica is banned in Texas because it contains a formula for making beer at home.
  • You cannot milk a strangers cow.
  • Wire cutters can not be carried in your pocket.
  • It is illegal to sell one’s eye.
  • It is illegal to sell Limburger cheese on Sunday. (in Houston)
  • Beer may not be purchased after midnight on a Sunday, but it may be purchased on Monday. (in Houston)

5 Crazy Facts From Saudi Arabia

1. 12 camels were disqualified from a Saudi beauty pageant when a veterinarian was caught injecting their noses, lips, and jaw with botox to make them more attractive.

2. A young Saudi woman, who was flying to Australia to escape an arranged marriage, was forcibly removed from her flight and returned to Saudi Arabia because she didn’t have permission from her male guardian to travel.

3. Some Saudi Arabian cities have banned walking your dog or cat because it enhances contact between men and women.

4. In Saudi Arabia justice system the arrested are often not informed the crime they are accused of or given access to a lawyer and are subject to torture if they don’t confess. At trial, there’s a presumption of guilt and the accused is often unable to present a legal defense.

5. Saudi Arabia’s religious police have an “Anti-Witchcraft Unit” who operate a hotline to which citizens can report magic.

Conspiracy Theories : The Reptilian Elite

Ok so I think I should say that most people outside of the US, Canada and the UK are only mildly aware of these conspiracy theories if at all that. If were to ask people in Asia, Africa, Europe, Australasia & South America I wonder what percentage would be aware of this crazy stupid theory.

Blood-drinking, flesh-eating, shape-shifting extraterrestrial reptilian humanoids with only one objective in their cold-blooded little heads: to enslave the human race. They are our leaders, our corporate executives, our beloved Oscar-winning actors and Grammy-winning singers, and they’re responsible for the Holocaust, the Oklahoma City bombings and the 9/11 attacks … at least according to former BBC sports reporter David Icke, who became the poster human for the theory in 1998 after publishing his first book, The Biggest Secret, which contained interviews with two Brits who claimed members of the royal family are nothing more than reptiles with crowns. (Picture Dracula meets Swamp Thing).

The conspiracy theorist and New Age philosopher, who wore only turquoise for a time and insisted on being called Son of God-Head, says these “Annunaki” (the reptiles) have controlled humankind since ancient times; they count among their number Queen Elizabeth, George W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Bob Hope. Encroaching on other conspiracy theorists’ territory, Icke even claims that the lizards are behind secret societies like the Freemasons and the Illuminati.

Weird Laws In Africa

1. Kenya: In Kenya, you can be arrested for walking around with no money in your pocket because it is illegal

2. Sudan: In Sudan, it is illegal for men and women to sit together without a guide. Otherwise, they can be fined or jailed

3. Guinea: The name, Monica, is very illegal in Guinea. You can be arrested for giving the name to your child

4. Ghana: In Ghana, an actor can be jailed for acting too many movies

5. Equatorial Guinea: In Equatorial Guinea, it is illegal to read foreign books, magazines or literature

6. Eritrea: It is illegal to practice a religion without first registering your decision with the government

7. Mauritania: It is illegal to renounce Islamic religion. If you refuse to repent within 3 days, you’ll be sentenced to death

8. Nigeria: It is illegal to import fruits, drinks, wine. In this age of global trade, this law is considered a little too strange

9. South Africa: In South Africa, it is illegal to purchase a TV without a license from the government

10. Chad: In Chad, it is illegal to take photographs in the country without obtaining a permit beforehand

11. Madagascar : It is illegal for pregnant women to wear hats in Madagascar

5 Difficult Countries To Get Citizenship

Liechtenstein, a tiny, mountainous country between Austria and Switzerland, has a population of just under 40,000 — and the country’s immigration policy appears to aim to keep it small. If you want to become a citizen, you need to live in Liechtenstein for at least 30 years, with each year before you turn 20 counting as two years. If you’re married to a Liechtenstein citizen and already live in the country, that time period is shortened to five years of marriage.

If you want a shortcut from the 30-year residency requirement, you can ask your community to vote you in after 10 years. Regardless of method, you’ll have to give up your current citizenship.

The Himalayan nation of Bhutan is known for measuring its success by its National Happiness Index rather than GDP. It is one of the most isolated countries in the world. The country didn’t open to tourism until 1974 and continues to regulate and monitor travel to the country closely, so you can imagine that the immigration process is not easy. It takes two Bhutanese parents to be born a citizen, and if you only have one, you have to apply for naturalized citizenship after you have lived in Bhutan for 15 years. The 15-year requirement also applies to government employees.

Those with non-Bhutanese parents who don’t work for the government may apply after living in the country for 20 years, as long as you meet a list of requirements, including no record of speaking or acting against the king or country. If you do that in the future, your citizenship can be rescinded. Even if you meet the requirements, Bhutan reserves the right to reject you for any or no reason.

If your father is not Qatari, then neither are you, even if your mother is, according to Doha News. If you have been a legal resident of Qatar for 25 years without leaving the country for more than two consecutive months (among other requirements), you can apply for citizenship. The Doha News reported that Qatar only naturalizes about 50 foreigners a year. Additionally, naturalized citizens are not treated the same way under the law as citizens born in Qatar, likely because the country provides very generous government benefits that would be costly to extend to all citizens.

The UAE, home to the sparkling city of Dubai, will let you apply to be a citizen if you have legally resided in the Emirates for 30 years, according to the CIA. Federal Law No. 17 states that if you are an Arab citizen from Oman, Qatar, or Bahrain, you can apply for naturalization after three years of residency. Arabs from other countries are eligible after seven years of residence in the UAE. Descendants of Emirate parents are eligible for citizenship if they were born of known or unknown parents within the state. As of December 2011, UAE women can pass their citizenship to their children, according to Congressional Research Service.

According to the Nationality Law of 1999, after living in Kuwait for 20 years (15 for citizens of other Arab countries), you can apply to be granted Kuwaiti citizenship, but only if you are Muslim by birth or conversion. If you converted, you must have been practicing for five years. You must also speak Arabic fluently. The Nationality Law also states that the wife of a Kuwaiti man can ask to become a citizen after being married for 15 years.

5 Weird Facts From Ukraine

In 1991 a girl was found in Ukraine who had lived with and been raised by dogs for most of her life.

Chernobyl continued generating power until almost 2001, due to an extensive power shortage in the Soviet Union and Ukraine.

A big group of women in the Ukraine have formed a modern amazon tribe called Asgarda. Their goal is to have complete autonomy from men, they train in different martial arts and sciences, and live in the Carpathian Mountains.

In 1989, a small capsule, originally a part of a measurement device, containing highly radioactive caesium-137 was found inside the concrete wall of a Kramatorsk apartment building. By the time the capsule was discovered, 6 residents of the building died from leukemia and 17 more received varying doses of radiation.

There is a network of catacombs under Odessa, Ukraine – largely unmapped 1,500-mile-long tangle of corridors and rooms. If it were laid out in a straight line, the labyrinth would stretch five times longer than the world’s second largest catacombs, underneath Paris. In 2005, a girl got lost in the catacombs below Odessa after a drunken New Year’s Eve party her and her friends had in there.  She spent three days wandering in the freezing cold and pitch black before she died of dehydration. They found her two years later.

Thanksgiving Food

What is served at a traditional Thanksgiving dinner? A traditional Thanksgiving dinner consists of roast turkey, turkey stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.  Traditional Thanksgiving foods are sometimes specific to the day, and although some of the dishes might be seen at any semi-formal meal in the United States, the Thanksgiving dinner often has something of a ritual or traditional quality to it. Many Americans would regard it as “incomplete” without stuffing or dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, and cranberry sauce. Other commonly served dishes include winter squash and sweet potatoes, the latter often prepared with sweeteners such as brown sugar, molasses, or marshmallows.

Roasted vegetables are often served, such as carrots or parsnips, celery , beets , turnips , radishes , asparagus , Brussels sprouts or cauliflower. A fresh salad may be included, especially on the West Coast. A relish tray, with various pickles, olives, onions or peppers, is often included either with the meal itself or as a pre-meal appetizer. Bread rolls, biscuits, or cornbread, the latter particularly in the South and parts of New England, may also be served. For dessert, various pies are usually served; pumpkin pie is widely regarded as traditional, although apple pie, mincemeat pie, sweet potato pie, cherry pie, chocolate cream pie and pecan pie are often served as well.

The beverages at Thanksgiving can vary as much as the side dishes, often depending on who is present at the table and their tastes. Spirits or cocktails sometimes may be served before the main meal. On the dinner table, unfermented apple cider (still or sparkling) or wine are often served. Pitchers of sweet tea can often be found on Southern tables. Beaujolais nouveau is sometimes served; the beverage has been marketed as a Thanksgiving drink since the producers of the wine set the annual release date to be one week before Thanksgiving beginning in 1985, and it is said to pair well with the wide variety of food served for Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving marks the beginning of eggnog season.

RIP Diego Armando Maradona

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60, his spokesman announced Wednesday. Renowned along with Brazil’s Pele as one of the greatest footballers of all time, the Argentine World Cup winning captain died of a heart attack, having undergone brain surgery earlier this month, a member of his entourage told AFP. President Alberto Fernandez immediately announced three days of national mourning in the South American country. Shortly before the announcement that shocked a nation, Argentine media reported Maradona had suffered a serious health setback on Wednesday and was being treated by doctors at his home north of Buenos Aires.

An advanced playmaker who operated in the classic number 10 position, Maradona was the first player in football history to set the world record transfer fee twice, first when he transferred to Barcelona for a then-world record ÂŁ5  million, and second, when he transferred to Napoli for another record fee ÂŁ6.9  million. He played for Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and Newell’s Old Boys during his club career, and is most famous for his time at Napoli and Barcelona where he won numerous accolades.

Maradona won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986, having knocked England out of the tournament in a match which saw him score the infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal and another – widely considered to be one of the greatest goals of all time. Regarded as one of the greatest players of all time on the pitch, his life off the pitch was equally notorious – amid battles with drug and alcohol addiction. During his time with Italian side Napoli he won the Serie A title in 1987 and 1990, along with an Italian Cup in 1987 and a Uefa Cup in 1991.

But it was also during these years that his addiction to cocaine took hold. In 1991, the year he left the club, he was given a 15-month suspension for drug violations. In 1994 he was thrown out of the World Cup in America after failing a drugs test, before retiring from football in 1997. In 1999 and 2000 he was taken to hospital suffering heart problems, the second time requiring a respirator to breathe. In 2004, he was again treated in hospital for severe heart and respiratory problems linked to his drug abuse. He has undergone two gastric bypass operations to control his weight and received treatment for alcohol abuse. In January, he had surgery to stem bleeding in his stomach and in July he underwent a knee operation. Three week ago he was admitted to hospital for surgery on a blood clot in his brain, before being discharged to recover at home. It was there that he died on Wednesday.

More Crazy Laws In Europe

1. Any child born in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Wales must be able to spell the town name by the age of six and pronounce it by the age of thirty-four.

2. In Turkey it is against the law to fall in love with a neighbor’s son, daughter, wife, servant, or animals.

3. During Sweden’s long hours of winter darkness, it is illegal to complain that you wish it were sunny.

4. Pinching a girl’s bottom is permitted by law in Italy.

5. Any Scotsman found to be wearing underwear beneath his kilt can be fined two cans of beer.

6. If someone knocks on your door in Scotland and requests the use of your toilet, you must allow them access.

7. It is illegal to ski down a mountain in Switzerland while reciting poetry.

8. Divorce is still illegal in the Vatican. In Malta it was legalized in 2011.

9. Noisy sandals are forbidden on the Isle of Capri, Italy.

10. In Denmark it’s not against the law to escape from prison.

Candy For Halloween

Ah, Halloween. It is the perfect little festival meant for kids and adults alike. It’s the time when children and their elders dress up and try to find new and innovative costumes and try and outdo each other in the authenticity & ingenuity of their costume design. And it’s also a time to have fun, go for parties and give out candy. What kid doesn’t enjoy getting free candy from their parents, uncles & aunts and families in their neighbourhood?

You can go and get candy from your local Walmart / Target / Loblaws or any kind of chain supermarket or the convenience store on your block. Or look out for specialty stores that offer candy products like Bazooka Joe in bulk candy supplies. You may as well go to a store online or physical and if you have the need, they would be the best to get you your needs.

Another options is Bulk Barn or something similar for buy certain candy in bulk. If you having trouble finding treats and party supplies near you stores like these make it effortless to find candies by color, flavor (mint, sour, and spicy), event (birthday, wedding, baby shower), or holiday (Christmas, Valentines Day, Easter, or Halloween). You can even conveniently search international candy by nation, for hard to find Japanese or Mexican sweets!

Crazy Laws In Europe

1. In France it’s illegal to name your pig Napoleon.

2 . Driving a dirty car in Chelyabinsk, Russia can get you fined up to 2,000 rubles (about 62 USD).

3. In Milan it is a legal requirement to smile at all times, except for funerals or hospital visits.

4. An English law prohibits people to die in the House of Parliament.

5. Heels are banned at certain Greek archaeological sites, including the Acropolis.

6. Men wearing a skirt in public in Italy can be arrested.

7. In Denmark, if a person finds a lost child, they can claim the child as their own if a parent does not turn up within 2 hours.

8. No one is allowed to play electronic games in Greece.

9. If you challenge a man to a fist fight to the death in Norway, he must accept or pay a penalty of 4 deer.

10. In Russia it is illegal to say any sentence containing more than 4 words in English.

Halloween Trick O’Treat

One of the best festivals in the world is Halloween. It’s fun for everyone and well you get free candy. Well, technically it’s not free as someone does buy it but they then give it out to kids in the neighbourhood who come knocking at their door and say “trick or treat”. SO if you are a kid it’s fun and you get candy for free. Your parents, uncles and aunts will ofcourse be buying all that candy so they can give to you as well as the other kids who come a knocking.

Ofcourse I only know Halloween from the movies and tv shows from the US & Canada. I have never celebrated Halloween except for the really lame attempts at the office (since we are an American owned BPO working for US, Canada & UK companies) and the HR tries to inject some activities during major holidays and festivals from North America, UK & India. Last year Halloween was terrible as all I saw was Harley Quinn & Joker (Heath Ledger Joker) makeups and variations of it.

I love the fact that they give out chocolates to kids. That is just a great joy for kids and adults of all ages as well. Some of the Halloween special candy is also pretty awesome looking and they have some cool wrapper designs as well. I just go crazy for that.

Should Columbus Day Be Replaced With Indigenous Peoples Day?

Speaking as an outsider, but as a human, ofcourse it should be. Why would the nation of the USA celebrate Columbus Day which is symbolic of the massacre of a people. The opposition to the celebration of Columbus Day, decrying both Columbus’ and other Europeans’ actions against the indigenous populations of the Americas, did not gain much traction until the latter half of the 20th century. This opposition was initially led by Native Americans and was expanded upon by left-wing political parties.

Columbus Day is a national holiday in many countries of the Americas and elsewhere which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492. However, the celebration of Columbus Day in the United States began to decline at the end of the 20th century, although many Italian-Americans and others continue to champion it. The states of Florida, Hawaii, Alaska, Vermont, South Dakota, New Mexico, Maine, Wisconsin and parts of California including, for example, Los Angeles County do not recognize it and have each replaced it with celebrations of Indigenous People’s Day (in Hawaii, “Discoverers’ Day”, in South Dakota, “Native American Day” ).

I find that the Native Americans should be getting the due that they rightfully deserve. Even now, there are cases of some white people still racially discriminating them and even ignorant idiots telling them to “go back to where they are from” – blissfully unaware that they are talking to a Native and they themselves are descendants of immigrants. The irony is appalling!

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