11 Strange Drinking Rituals From Around the World

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Getting ‘Screeched-in’ – Newfoundland, Canada

Newfoundlanders have been kind enough to develop a way in which non-locals or “mainlanders” can become Newfoundlanders themselves. All you need to do is have a shot of their local spirit, called screech, recite a verse and kiss a fish on the lips (a cod to be exact). Most pubs are happy to provide the cod and a certificate to prove that you’ve been ‘Screeched-in’ to take home with you. You’re still wondering if fish have lips though, aren’t you?

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Libation – Ancient Egypt and 2Pac

In Ancient Egypt, libation was the act of pouring alcohol onto the earth in memory of deceased ancestors, in the honor of gods or the environment. This custom has been adopted by numerous cultures worldwide, including Western pop culture. Musicians across North America pour libations onto the ground when first opening a forty of liquor in honor of friends and family who have passed away. The practice has been immortalized by 2Pac’s song, Pour Out a Little Liquor, which is undoubtedly done in his honor every time the song is heard.

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Cobra Heart Shots – Vietnam

Despite seeming like a cruel medieval feat of strength, tourists in Vietnam continue to partake in cobra heart shots. After selecting your own cobra from a bucket, the head is painfully cut off with a pair of dull scissors and the blood drained into a glass with a blended mix of the heart and some vodka for good measure. There are definitely better uses of your dongs. (Dong being a Vietnamese dollar, but you knew that.)

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Styles of Wrestling from Around the World

Most of us are familiar with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). This brand rose in popularity within the 1980s, thanks to the likes of Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage, who placed wrestling on the pop culture map. As time wore on, the WWE has built a mass marketing and entertainment empire through their larger-than-life personalities, including the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and Triple H. Still, why some out there can state the WWE does profile some wrestling, it is a far cry from the true techniques that are involved in the sport itself.

Why You Should Travel While You’re Still Young

If you’re worried about embarking on a travel adventure and wondering whether it’ll negatively affect your life, the simple answer is “no, it won’t.” In fact, when you stop to take a closer look at it, the benefits considerably outweigh the risks. While in the past it may have looked like a frivolous undertaking, nowadays it’s considered a character-defining experience. If you have the chance to travel now, take it without thinking as your future-self will be forever grateful for the lessons, friends, and memories you will make.

Most Intense Long-Distance Marathons (Not for the Faint of Heart)

For those among us who love a challenge, these long-distance marathons and outdoor challenges are activities that can only be attempted after years of training, with the right gear, and only by those who are mentally ready to undergo such a feat. Here are some of the most intense and challenging marathons in the world.