Traditional characters, who mistakenly believe the national
Each country with a special fondness for images and traditional symbols that distinguish it from the rest and emphasize individuality. In Australia, spiders, surfers and kangaroos in Colombia – cigars and cocaine, in Ireland, leprechauns and alcoholism. But there are those nation who steal from others ascribe traditional cultural icons without a twinge of conscience. About them today and we’ll talk.
1. Chinese «fortune cookies» not from China
To ascribe the superiority of this yummy creation with foreknowledge trying from four countries: Japan, China, America and Russia. We are arguing that traditionally, for centuries, have put all sorts of crap in the dumplings under old New Year, opening thus the doors to the unknown future. Now, consider the most popular version of the creation of this fortune-telling cookies.
If you ask the average American where they «Fortune Cookies», he without hesitation will answer: «of Course, China!», – but it is believed that the history of this biscuit has its roots during the Second World war, when immigrants from Japan brought to America not only cheap and delicious rice with grass, food, and even dessert – a banal, but exotic taste sweetness, which were associated with religious shrines in Japan.
Americans took to the fortune cookie the same as now – to the anime. But the love of Japanese cuisine was short-lived: until the moment was destroyed at pearl Harbor. America has swept the racist madness against the Japanese immigrants, they all arrived at the promised land, to destroy the American people. Keeping your nose to the wind, enterprising Chinese American steel quickly and cheaply to buy up Japanese restaurants, as well as for the majority of consumers all Asian cuisine was «one person» people wanted to continue to fill the bellies of Japanese cookies and not be arrested for treason. In this they were helped by a Chinese restaurant disguised as Japanese – find five differences. Ironically, fortune cookies are served today in Chinese restaurants around the world, excluding China. One us company tried to introduce them on the market, but failed: the Chinese customers simply refused to eat that strange foreign shit, which, among other things, someone accidentally forgot the piece of paper with scribbles on it.
2. Mexican pinata – Italian toy stolen from the Chinese
Piñata is not a dessert (Panna cotta) and is not a strong cocktail, but only a colorful donkey made of papier-mache, in which the furiously beating children with sticks to get candy. Traditionally it is believed that the homeland of this toy is Mexico. Now imagine a fat man with a mustache and sombrero, which in one hand holds a Taco in the other tequila, ensures that children who have fun this way in the backyard, not go to the garage, where the sale of goods from the neighborhood drug dealer. Pinata is considered a typical Mexican paraphernalia, which the Americans are trying to usurp together with attempts to clear the country of illegal Mexicans. In fact, the first piñatas, as well as candy cheap plastic toys first appeared in China.
It all started after Marco Polo saw how the Chinese celebrate New Year, making figures of animals and filling them with seeds. Further, these figures were smashed and people collected the seeds, which are then burned. The ashes had to be kept in the house, because, according to superstition, it brings success and wealth. Marco Polo liked this tradition, and, returning to Italy, he told her about his countrymen, who were not slow to adopt, deciding to fill the doll the only thing that interested children is still less than the seeds of religious symbols. Since then, every year on lent in Italy created a doll that represented the 7 deadly sins. The tradition gained popularity, but in the end its religious component gradually disappeared, turned into a stupid justification for the desire to smash something at a party and after pick up from the ground and eat some shit.
3. «Budweiser» is not an American beer
The king of Beers «Budweiser», is a national American icon. He appeared in 1876, shortly after the Civil war and since then has been a permanent guest at any holiday party, and indeed, in any house where there lived a man. But have you ever thought that from the name of the beer vaguely smacks of something European? All right. Greetings from Czech Republic! Namely: two German immigrants, Carl Conrad and Adolphus Bush, and acquainted the American people with «Budweiser». These two men wanted to brew a beer that would be similar to what they did in their homeland in the Czech Republic, so they… borrowed not only the name but the taste and variety of beer.
At some point the real European brewers began to call his beer «the original Budweiser», but in 1939 when the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia, sold the rights to it. The Czechs are still worried about it, stating that he signed the agreement in despair and that the amount they received was just miserable. The debate continues today, and the American brewing company Anheuser-Busch» for more than 100 years can not solve with the Czech brewer the right to this intoxicating brand.
4. The Romans invented the bagpipes
Remember in Braveheart the Scots, with their iron lungs, used bagpipes to scare away nasty anglichashkami from their land? So, long before them, the Romans used the same trick against the Scots. There are many ancient images and statues, which the proud Roman plays on the early form of bagpipe, including a Greek statue of Apollo. A popular tool in the ancient world was a reed pipe, but the first to describe on paper the game on a reed pipe with the bag, was the Emperor Nero. But the inhabitants of these places had no time to dally, to indulge in sodomy and art, it was necessary to conquer the world, so I decided to combine the pleasant with the useful, namely to use the bagpipes as a military instrument.
It is said that when Caesar marched on Britain, he led a band of bagpipe players to scare the Scottish barbarians out. And it worked, because last heard this incredible noise, crackling and strange sounds, he decided that hell sounds belong to some unknown weapons, and when they found out about the bagpipes, that, according to legend, began to worship her and in the end created my own, thus attempting to learn a magical secret. When the Scots realized that magic isn’t real, except the magic of music, it seems, just decided to leave it at home.
5. Nesting dolls first appeared in Russia
And now, as they say, get nervous and children from the screen… One of our main characters, which we put in one row with bears, vodka and balalaika, in fact, is only a copy of the Chinese invention. At first it was a set of boxes that just fit easily into each other, and the doll was given them by the Japanese, who, instead of the girls made the old bald guy. The doll continued to bury himself in doubles and shrink until it was the size of a grain of rice.
And only in the mid-nineteenth century, the enterprising couple of Russian artists saw the imported dolls, realized you could well make money from it, and in the blink of an eye the bald guy was replaced by the symbol of Russian beauty. By the way, not so long ago the Japanese started to import dolls from Russia, considering them an effective weapon in the fight against evil forces. About how the doll got such a reputation, history is silent.