Category Archives: Culture

Why do Chinese use Chopsticks?

Ever wondered why you’re presented with chopsticks rather than a knife and fork at Chinese restaurants and in traditional Chinese households?

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Origin of XOXO: XO Hugs and Kisses Symbols

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Crown History: Why does the Queen wear a crown?

Have you ever wondered why the Queen wears a crown? Would you be surprised to hear it has a religious origin?

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GR and ER Post Box: What does it mean?

If you live in the United Kingdom or have recently visited, you may have noticed that British red post boxes have some writing on them. There are two most common post boxes that can be categorized by their embossed writing: … Continue reading

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Pumpkins and Halloween: Jack o’lantern origins

When you start seeing pumpkins showing up in unusually copious amounts everywhere, you can safely bet that Halloween is round the corner! But what’s with all the pumpkins? And how did the whole Halloween pumpkin carving / Jack-o’-lantern tradition start?

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Why do Italians wear blue soccer shirts?

Every time the World Cup or Euro Cup soccer is on, I find myself wondering why the Italian football shirts are blue. Common sense dictates that it should be green, white or red like the flag – so where did … Continue reading

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Why tennis players wear white

Since the late 1800s when the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club was founded there has been a strict dress code: competitors in their Tennis Championship games could wear any color… as long as it was white! But every time I watch … Continue reading

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Symbols of Christmas: The Story of Christmas Lights

One of the prettiest things that can be seen in the Christmas season is the beautiful array of lights adorning trees, street lamps and streaming across the top of homes. Christmas lights have evolved a lot over time and they … Continue reading

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Acid Test Ratio & Acid Test Etymology

Acid Test Meaning In the world of finance and banking, the term “acid test ratio” is a number that tells you about the financial integrity of the company. It tells you how likely a company is to pay its short-term … Continue reading

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Nando’s Chicken and the Portuguese Rooster

Why is there the Portuguese tradition of decorating things with good luck roosters?

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