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Wedding is a significant event in everyone’s life, and some might shock you. We know that wedding is the celebration of love between two people as it is the day when friends and family come together and watch two people unite in love and life forever. Well, weddings are something to celebrate worldwide, and everyone loves them. However, different countries where the traditions are so unusual and weird that we have never heard of. Some of these traditions are lighthearted and funny, as for the others are taken very seriously and not to be mocked.

Here are some unusual wedding traditions from around the world:

Scotland – In Scotland, the night before the wedding, the bride and groom are ”kidnapped” by their friends, bound and blackened. Well, not precisely blackened, but covered in soot, custard, molasses, and flour before taken on a parade around the town. This prenuptial tradition involves a huge amount of booze. Though it does not sound like the dream wedding, there is a reason why they follow this tradition – the blackening is supposed to ward off evils before the couple tied the knot. This tradition is still widely followed by almost everyone.

India – A very traditional custom is for the bride’s sisters and cousins to hide the groom’s shoes when he arrives at their wedding. Indian traditions demand that shows to be removed at the mandap entrance or altar where the marriage is solemnized, and that is when the groom’s shoes are ”stolen”. It is a battle of wits and ingenuity between the bride’s family, which does its best to steal the shoes, and the groom’s family trying to protect them at all costs. There is much laughter and teasing. If the bride’s relatives succeed in stealing the shoes, the poor groom must shell out whatever amount the girls demand to get his footwear back.

Germany – Shattering many porcelain or glass dishes before the wedding is a long-held German tradition. The bride and groom have to clean up the mess themselves. The belief behind this seemingly destructive act is that it will bring the couple good luck. Another custom more common in Germany’s villages is ”kidnapping the bride” by friends of both the bride and the groom, and having the groom to hunt for her. The third custom is ”log sawing” in which a log is placed between two sawhorses, and both the newlyweds have to work together to saw it in half.

Poland – In keeping with an ancient Polish tradition, the groom and his parents arrive at the bride’s house before the wedding, where both sets of parents bless the couple. Another quaint old custom is to prepare ”passing gates” that leads to the newlyweds’ reception venue. The gatekeepers ”bribe” their way through by offering vodka to the ”gate keepers”. The parents accord the newlywed couple a warm welcome with the traditional bread and salt at the reception gate. While the bread signifies prosperity, salt represents life’s hardship, which the couple will face together.

Sweden – Two customs dominate a Swedish wedding – coins in the bride’s shoes and kissing the guests. Her father places a silver coin in her left shoe while a gold coin from her mother is placed in her right shoe, symbolizing that she will never want. At the wedding reception, the guests await an opportunity to kiss either the bride or the groom, sometimes both of the stars are favorable! If the groom goes out of the room for a while, all the male guests get to kiss the bride, and vice versa – all in a queue, though.

France – The French have a wedding night prank that goes by the name of ”Chiverie”. In this, the newlyweds’ friends and relatives gather outside their room and get busy clanging and banging assorted pots and pans. The din is intended to disturb the resting couple and have them come out in their wedding attire. They are then expected to provide refreshments to the ”trespassers”.

Museums are interesting for some, boring for others but what about those museums where the world’s weirdest things are stored. Interesting, isn’t it? It is the museum of dreams where you can find the strangest yet interesting enough to make you want to visit again; well some maybe!

Museums like these are a must visit for everyone with or without family.

12). The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, Japan

Located in Osaka prefecture, this is a ramen museum. Japan is pretty much known for its delicious instant ramen, which comes in various flavours. This one is dedicated to the inventor of instant ramen and noodles, Momofuku Ando, who is also the founder of Nissin brand. You can visit the instant ramen workshop here, and make your own instant noodles, but do make reservations for it. You can also visit the noodle factory located here.

11). Museum of Burnt Food

This museum came out of a long telephonic conversation that caused the food to burn, thus the museum. This museum is dedicated to burnt food; the main attraction of the museum is the batch of sweet potatoes slowly cooked by the pilot light of the oven for more than 5 weeks. Follow the motto of their museum – “Always leave the flame on low and then take a long nap” and submit your own creation.

10). The Bunny Museum

With 28,000 bunnies, this world record holding museum has everything to make you feel happiest- that is their slogan ‘The Hoppiest Place in The World’. This museum is fully dedicated to bunnies be it stuffed bunnies, cookie-jar bunnies or even giant bunnies. It is a Guinness World Record for possessing the most bunny items in the world.

9). International UFO Museum and Research Center

This museum has all that we want to know about extraterrestrial life and how they really are. It has all the proofs of UFOs sightings and other of extraterrestrial lives which are enough to make anyone want to visit for the first time or again. It is a treat for those sci-fi lovers as well as normal people!

8). Mini Bottle Gallery

Surprisingly all types of bottles be it from the small ketchup bottle to the miniature shampoo bottle world’s largest miniature collection of bottles is found here. The design and the architecture are breath-taking and interesting to captivate your mind into its bizarre beauty. Housing around 50,000 miniature bottles, they also serve drinks from the normal ones. It is listed in Oslo’s sight-seeing guides, visiting is a must then!

7). Museum of Mathematics

The Museum of Mathematics is a heaven for all maths nerds and surely they will love it. It represents all the structures of the society on the basis of maths; it has everything required for all ages there and it is guaranteed fun. Mathematicians do interact with the audience and encourage them to love the subject with interesting topics are “The Geometry of Origami”, “The Patterns of Juggling”, and “Mathematical Morsels from The Simpsons and Futurama”.

6). Museum of Enduring Beauty

According to the different cultures, there are different depictions of beauty both being interesting and frightening. This museum is dedicated to beauty gained through pain and agony, among the different concepts of beauty exhibited are skin tattooing, stretching lips by the insertion of round discs, molding heads into oval shapes and restricting the growth of feet. It is a totally different level of beauty variants from around the world!

5). Condom Museum

The name is enough to make people go and visit. Condom Museum is situated in Amsterdam’s red light area. It is the world’s first condom museum where the taboo is broken about the sale and purchase of condom openly. It gives free advice about the sizes, allergy if any and type that you need to use. In-depth knowledge of condom is needed there!

4). Cancun Underwater Museum

Heaven for divers, this place is a man-made beauty for the conversation of the aquatic world. Artificial reefs are made, in order to protect the natural ones from being ruined by humans. Jason deCaires Taylor and Dr. Gonzalez Canto along with 26 other artists created these underwater sculptures made out of artificial reefs. This initiative was made to protect the damaged natural reefs from getting worse. A must visit is certainly required there though.

3). Sulabh International Toilet Museum

This museum set up to promote personal hygiene, environmental sanitation, and social reforms through education. It is a totally different concept used to show how sanitation is important for the well being of someone. Founded in 1970, it is an initiative taken by Mr. Pathak from Bihar. Kudos is all I can say!

2). Museum of Bad Art-

Well here is the museum where Lily Aldrin needs to show her artworks, (any ‘how I met your mother’ fan will know what I am referring to); anyways, this museum is dedicated to celebrating the labor of artists whose work would be displayed and appreciated in no other forum. The museum is strange as it contains artworks which are not necessarily one of Van Gogh’s works; it is just a simple artwork.

1). Icelandic Phallological Museum

With a collection of 280 specimens from 93 species of animals includes 55 penises taken from whales, 36 from seals and 118 from land mammals, allegedly including Huldufólk (Icelandic elves) and trolls. In July 2011, the museum obtained its first human penis, one of four promised by would-be donors but unfortunately, its detachment from the donor’s body did not go according to plan and it was reduced to a greyish-brown shriveled mass pickled in a jar of formalin. The museum is still in the search for “a younger and a bigger and better one.”

It is said that poverty is the reason for people to become terrorists or criminals but what happen when the most dreadful terrorist groups are the richest in the world. Nothing is the answer! They are funded by people who do not have any reason to do so but they do it because it is their principle. The world has witnessed terror in all senses but viewing it from the perspective of them being rich is something that is incomprehensible.

Here is the list of the top ten terrorist groups starting from the ‘least poor’.

10). Real IRA– location Ireland and UK
Net Worth-$50m
The Real Irish Republican Army or Real IRA, also referred to as the New IRA, is an Irish republican paramilitary organization which aims to bring about a united Ireland. The REAL IRA is an Ireland based organization which is mainly fighting for North Ireland to be removed from Britain. The Real IRA is responsible for many attacks that occurred way before in the late 90s. They are known for their attacks on the BBC and MI6, Omagh bombing where 29 people were killed including an eighteen month old baby. The organization was founded in the 1997 and is mainly funded by donations from USA’s Irish expatriates

9). Boko Haram– location Nigeria and Cameroon
Net Worth- $52m
Kidnapping is the main revenue form for Boko Haram. They are known for the abduction of many people in Nigeria and neighboring countries. The terrorist group has recently pledge allegiance to the ISIS and they have decided to fight for a free nation as well. Their deadly attacks happened in January 2015 where they killed more than 2000 people in an entire village and burning some alive. The Nigerian government is still seeking aid to fight against these terrorists.

8). Al- Shabaab-location Somalia
Net Worth- $70m
Based in Somalia, this terrorist group has pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda in 2012. The terrorist group was formed to overthrow the government in order to form an Islamic caliphate. They are known behind the Kenyan mall attack that occurred last year and they have targeted UK and US malls for more attacks. Their revenues come mostly from the tolls and taxes collected or robbed from the people.

7). Lashkar-E-Taiba– location Pakistan and India
Net Worth- $100m
Responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, this terrorist group claims to be fighting for Kashmir to be freed from India. The 1993 and the 2008 attacks are the most deadly attacks caused by this terrorist group in the recent years. They are funded by revolutionaries and Pakistan expatriates who are not in favor for Kashmir to be part of India, it is also rumored that the terrorist group is also funded by the ISI.

6). Al-Qaeda– location Pakistan and Afghanistan
Net Worth- $150m
Infamous for the 9/11 attacks that took the lives of almost 3000 people. Their aim is to remove all Non-Muslims from all the Islamic states; it was founded by Osama Bin Laden and other Islamic militants. Their revenue comes from the drug trafficking and kidnapping. The 9/11 attacks is one of the deadliest attacks from the terrorist groups, ushering terror on many countries.

5). Taliban– location Afghanistan and Pakistan
Net Worth- $400m
Having ruled Afghanistan in 1996-2001, they are now seeking to re-rule the country. They massacred over more than 1000 people; football stadiums were turned into burials for many people. Their revenue comes mainly from the opium trafficking and kidnapping. Taliban has recently been in the news because of its attack on Malala Yousafzai.

4). Hezbollah-location Lebanon
Net Worth-$500m
This terrorist group has not been tagged as a terror group because of its political involvement in many political rallies and masses. Hezbollah was part of the 9/11 attacks too and have claimed far more than 100 American lives. Many countries do not classify the Hezbollah as terrorist. They mostly target Israel by bombing schools, home and other places.

3). FARC-location Colombia
Net Worth- $600m
Fighting the capitalist regime from the jungle, this terrorist group has been on the go due to the revenue gained from drug trafficking and kidnapping, they are currently holding 700 people mostly businessmen. They are, however, inactive as of 2013.

2). Hamas-location West Bank and Gaza Strip
Net Worth-$1bn
Not considered as a terrorist group by some countries, it is banned in Jordan. Hamas has been formed to create a separate Palestinian state and has been allegedly funded from Qatar. Suicide bombings and rocket attacks are carried out by this terrorist group. Since 2000-2006 51 suicide attacks have been carried out by Hamas and have killed more than 200 people. For most countries such as China and Russia, Hamas is not considered as a terrorist group but a political party.

1). ISIS– location Iraq and Syria
Net Worth- $ 2bn
ISIS or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, this rebel group has been in the news lately for many reasons, mainly because of the insurgents that have increased since their arrival. The group proclaimed itself as the worldwide caliphate with Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi as the caliph. ISIS gained revenue from looting and $300m from oil. They slaughter those they consider infidel. They are so violent that Al-Qaeda has cut links with them; they are known as world’s dangerous terrorist group.

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