One traveller's peace sign is another local's hand gesture for "f--K off".
Yes, when when it comes to learning about the cultures around the world, travel remains one of the best ways to do it.
It's hard to argue with the results when you're immersed in a foreign country for days at a time, but it's not without its perils: What many travellers might reflexively do at home could carry an entirely different meaning half-way across the world.
Sure, years of globalization have established giants like Mickey Mouse and McDonalds as ubiquitous global icons — but the same can't be said about marigolds — which look pretty in bouquets, but signify grief in Mexico, so best to leave those in the garden if you're heading to Cancun any time soon.
While the faux pas of giving Marigolds in Mexico dates back to ancient Aztec traditions, others, like France's burqa fine, are relevantly new and could result in a couple of stares or worse: legal punishment for unaware travellers.
So if you're looking to brush up on your knowledge of social etiquette around the globe, take a gander of Insure and Away's infographic on 50 foreign faux pas.
Got a social blunder that you didn't see here? Let us know in the comment section below.
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In Maine, It's Illegal To Have Christmas Decorations Up After Jan. 14
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In New Jersey, It is Illegal To Wear A Bulletproof Vest While Committing A Murder
Yeah, we doubt this is what the MURDERER is worried about being collared for. <a href="http://www.dumblaws.com">(source)</a>
In Nevada, It Is Illegal For A Man To Buy Drinks For More Than Three People At A Time
Better cancel that orgy you had planned...or that night out with friends. <a href="http://www.dumblaws.com">(source)</a>
In Wisconsin, It Is Illegal To Serve Butter Substitues In State Prisons
No margarine for the inmates! Maybe they figured out how to turn it into a shank? <a href="http://www.lawguru.com/weird/part01.html">(source)</a>
In New Jersey, Once Convicted Of Drunk Driving You May Never Again Have Personalized Plates
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In North Dakota, Beer And Pretzels Cannot Be Served At The Same Time In Any Bar Or Restaurant
Perhaps this is to prevent choking incidents a la Georege W. Bush, although we're guessing that was non-alcoholic beer. <a href="http://www.lawguru.com/weird/part01.html">(source)</a>
In Alaska, Waking A Sleeping Bear For A Photo Opportunity Is Strictly Forbidden
But shooting them is A-OK! <a href="http://www.dumblaws.com">(source)</a>
In Connecticut, A Pickle Is Not Officially A Pickle Unless It Bounces
So if it doesn't bounce, do you have to call it a vinegar-soaked-cucumber? <a href="http://www.dumblaws.com">(source)</a>
In South Carolina, You Must Be 18 Years Of Age To Play A Pinball Machine
So now when you turn 18 you smoke, vote, play the lotto, buy pornography, AND push a button to send a metal ball through a complicated series of levers for points! <a href="http://www.dumblaws.com">(source)</a>
In Michigan, Anyone Over Age 12 May Own A Hand Gun As Long As He/She Has Not Committed A Felony
That's funny, you'd think the only 12 year-olds who'd want hand guns are the ones who have committed felonies <a href="http://www.dumblaws.com">(source)</a>
In Idaho, It Is Illegal For A Man To Give His Sweetheart A Box Of Candy Weighing More Than 50 lbs
This must have been put in place to keep women from overeating. Lawmakers really didn't have anything better to do back then, did they? <a href="http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/united-states/idaho">(source)</a>
In North Carolina, Bingo Games Can't Last More Than Five Hours
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In Connecticut, It's Illegal To Walk Across A Street On Your Hands
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In Louisiana, There Is A $500 Fine For Instructing A Pizza Delivery Man To Deliver Pizza To A Friend Unknowingly
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In Ohio, It Is Illegal To Get A Fish Drunk
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