People from Niger are Nigerien.
People from Nigeria are Nigerian.
In Vietnam they have a home grown religion called Cao Dai which has
apostles. They believe Victor Hugo is one of them.
In Iceland they pay for cold water. It's a geothermal country so they
heat their houses with hot water.
In Bolivia and Peru they sell dried aborted llama fetus
in the street markets. Apparently they place the dried fetus in the
cornerstones of new buildings for good luck and protection.
In Eastern African countries, the Masai people use branches
from Acaia (sp?) trees as a defense against Lions, Hyenas, etc. The
branches have huge thorns on them and they build circular walls around
their huts. They have a gate of these thorned branches that they open
during the day and close at night. (Photo
by Adam Katz)
McDonald’s has only one restaurant in the world
where the golden arches are not so golden but white instead... Paris,
France Champs Elysees.
Which Italian town has a leaning tower other then Pisa?Bologna,
and it is called the Garisenda tower and it is red.
The Netherlands is also known as Holland, what did Holland
Woodland, once Holland was full of forest.
The Ethiopian Orthodox Church believes Jesus was born
8 years earlier than those Catholics, so here in Ethiopia the year is
1997. (Adam Katz)
In Ethiopia their time system is also different than
the rest of the world. It's shifted 6 hours from what we're accustomed
to. What we call 6am, they call the start of the day and start counting
from there. Two in the morning is what we would call 8am. It's much
more logical than our system of having 2 o'clock in the morning being
in the middle of the night. (Adam Katz)
And finally, they have 13 months in a year. The first
twelve months are a nice even 30 days. The final month is only 5 days
long. Some businesses pay salaries monthly, and so the employees get
30 days pay for only 5 days work - it's a nice way of having a year-end
bonus. (Adam Katz)
|Occasionally, airline attendants make an effort
to make the "in-flight safety lecture" and their other announcements
a bit more entertaining. Here are some real examples that have been heard
- "There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but
there are only 4 ways out of this airplane..."
- "We do feature a smoking section on this flight;
if you must smoke, contact a member of the flight crew and we will escort
you to the wing of the airplane."
- "Smoking in the lavatories is prohibited. Any
person caught smoking in the lavatories will be asked to leave the plane
- Pilot - "Folks, we have reached our cruising altitude
now, so I am going to switch the seat belt sign off. Feel free to move
about as you wish, but please stay inside the plane till we land...
it's a bit cold outside, and if you walk on the wings it affects the
- And, after landing: "Thank you for flying ________
Airlines. We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed
taking you for a ride."
- As we waited just off the runway for another airliner
to cross in front of us, some of the passengers were beginning to retrieve
luggage from the overhead bins. The head attendant announced on the
intercom, "This aircraft is equipped with a video surveillance
system that monitors the cabin during taxiing. Any passengers not remaining
in their seats until the aircraft comes to a full and complete stop
at the gate will be strip-searched as they leave the aircraft."
- As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Washington
National, a lone voice comes over the loudspeaker: "Whoa, big fella.
- After a particularly rough landing during thunderstorms
in Memphis, a flight attendant on a Northwest flight announced: "Please
take care when opening the overhead compartments, because, after a landing
like that, sure as hell everything has shifted."
- From a Southwest Airlines employee.... "Welcome
aboard Southwest Flight XXX to YYY. To operate your seatbelt, insert
the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every
other seatbelt, and if you don't know how to operate one, you probably
shouldn't be out in public unsupervised. In the event of a sudden loss
of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will descend from the ceiling. Immediately
stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have
a small child traveling with you, or an adult acting like a small child,
secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are traveling
with two small children, decide now which one you love more.
- Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some
broken clouds, but they'll try to have them fixed before we arrive.
Thank you, and remember, nobody loves you, or your money, more than
- "Your seat cushions can be used for flotation,
and in the event of an emergency water landing, please take them with
- Once on a Southwest flight, the pilot said, "We've
reached our cruising altitude now, and I'm turning off the seat belt
sign. I'm switching to autopilot, too, so I can come back there and
visit with all of you for the rest of the flight."
- "As you exit the plane, please make sure to gather
all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly
among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses."
- "Last one off the plane must clean it."
- And from the pilot during his welcome message: "We
are pleased to have some of the best flight attendants in the industry.
Unfortunately, none of them are on this flight."
- Heard on Southwest Airlines just after a very hard
landing in Salt Lake City: The flight attendant came on the intercom
and said, "That was quite a bump and I know what y'all are thinking.
I'm here to tell you it wasn't the airline's fault, it wasn't the pilot's
fault, it wasn't the flight attendants' fault.....it was the asphalt!"
- Overheard on an American Airlines flight into Amarillo,
Texas, on a particularly windy and bumpy day. During the final approach,
the Captain was really having to fight it. After an extremely hard landing,
the Flight Attendant came on the PA and announced, "Ladies and
Gentlemen, welcome to Amarillo. Please remain in your seats with your
seatbelts fastened while the Captain taxis what's left of our airplane
to the gate!"
- Another flight Attendant's comment on a less than perfect
landing: "We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo
bounces us to the terminal."
- An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight
he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had
a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while
the passengers exited, smile, and give them a "Thanks for flying
XYZ airline." He said that in light of his bad landing, he had
a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone
would have a smart comment. Finally everyone had gotten off except for
this little old lady walking with a cane. She said, "Sonny, mind
if I ask you a question?" "Why no Ma'am," said the pilot,
"what is it?" The little old lady said, "Did we land,
or were we shot down?"
- And, this one actually happened to me on leaving Las
Vegas on Southwest Airlines: During climbout, the steward came on the
intercom, saying, "OK, everybody, look out the windows to your
left..." "Look out at beautiful downtown Las Vegas..."
"Now, everybody raise your right hand..." "Everyone move
your right hand back and forth, back and forth..." "Wave goodbye
to Las Vegas..." "Wave goodbye to all your money..."