Despite what Mr. Pink says, tipping is expected in the U.S. Normally, the only thing we worry about while tipping is whether or not the amount is enough to shove our implied financial success in the faces of our dining companions. Apparently, 2.6 percent isn’t considered “baller” anymore. That’s not a concern in Japan: trying to foist more cash on your server than the bill demands just creates confusion, and the tip will usually be refused. In fact, tipping can be seen as an outright faux pas. Should you rudely attempt to shower the Japanese with your surplus cash, you won’t be seen as some sort of guerrilla philanthropist; you’re basically just forcing them to apologize to you in new and extravagant ways for not accepting your money.

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Foreign models distribute rose bundles on Changsha streets

Although Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada, the messages it convey, such as love and gratitude, can certainly transcend national barriers.

On Thursday, models from over 30 countries around the world distributed a total of 100, 000 rose bundles on the streets of Changsha, central China’s Hunan Province.

The recipients included city cleaners, patrol officers and salesmen, who appeared to be quite confused about the bestowal.

Это противоположно понятию ‘дежа вю.’ Такое называется ‘жемэ вю.’ Когда раз за разом встречаешь всё тех же людей или посещаешь всё те же места, но каждый раз всегда первый. Каждый встречный всегда чужой. Ничего знакомого вокруг.

Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

translation:There’s an opposite to deja vu. They call it jamais vu. It’s when you meet the same people or visit places, again and again, but each time is the first. Everybody is always a stranger. Nothing is ever familiar.”