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    Default Practical Lessons From Other Cultures

    I'm fascinated by other cultures, the more 'otherly' the better. Mostly I like mining them for new ideas and modes of existence. Humans all have the same needs, and myriad ways of meeting them. I grew up in a predominately Hispanic culture and then went Midwest American, there were enough differences to create cultural shock, but it's all mostly Western (European Originated) culture.

    I've been consuming Japanese media for years now, and not only does the contrast in culture get me to thinking, also every once in a while a gem pops up that I can use in my life. What have you picked up from your obsession with other Peoples that you've put to use?

    1. Chairs, couches and benches are superfluous. Once you eliminate those, tables get shorter and moving gets a hell of a lot easier. And it's good for your back.

    2. Rice keeps longer than bread, and the Japenese equivalent of the sandwich: the rice ball, is just as versitile.

    3. You really don't need all that shit in your house. Including all those single function kitchen gadgets.

    4. All good samurai keep their swords and kitchen knives sharp.

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    If you can't woo your own woman, buy her from her parents with camels instead.



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    If you eat a lot of brown bread and soup, and get more protein from whey and other forms of dairy instead of red meat, save rich food for one meal per day, don't put corn syrup in anything, and treat McDonald's like it's a real restaurant you only go to on special occasions, there's a much lower chance that you'll be fat.

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    Martial Arts rule.

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    On the Japanese side, they say everything in a positive note.
    Store Merchant : "Yes, how may I help you"
    "Do you Have any etch-a-sketches?"
    Store Merchant : "The store on 73729 st has them." or " Yes, we do not carry them"

    I have fused this style of speaking with mine.
    I N V I C T U S

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    - comics are a serious art form
    - everything tastes better with a little garlic and olive oil
    - getting directly to the point can be impolite
    - the point of a discussion does not have to be to come to a conclusion or exchange and compare viewpoints - sometimes it´s fun just to agree for hours
    - there are places that are much more humanistic than my culture
    - there are places that allow for a much wider vartiety of political opinion
    - chocolate sauce goes well with chicken and turkey
    - it hasn´t been done before doesn´t mean it can´t be done
    - did I mention that everything is better with a little garlic and olive oil?
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    white people are white
    black people are black
    fat people are fat
    skinny people are skinny

    this is not something to get upset about

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    It's about quality of food not quantity. Better to have a few bites of a really scrumptious dessert then a large portion of something only so-so.

    Family is of utmost importance.

    Why the hurry?

    Why spend all that time working? Several weeks of vacation a year is good for the soul.
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    In France I learned:
    -Red wine, dark chocolate, and strong coffee > Nasty wine coolers, milk chocolate, and watered-down or milky coffee
    -It's okay to wear the same clothes several days in the week, and also several times without washing them
    -Washcloths are unnecessary
    Masquerading as a normal person day after day is exhausting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JocktheMotie View Post
    If you can't woo your own woman, buy her from her parents with camels instead.
    Things were so much simpler then.
    "Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave."

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