According to eighteenth-century custom, champagne is best opened with the tip of a sword. Some in France still practice sabrage.
One of Iceland’s delicacies is — to put it shortly — rotten fermented shark. Seriously. It’s caught in the North Atlantic, ferments for six months, and enjoyed twice a year with cold brandy.
Legend has it that, around 1400 A.D., a woman named Karni Mata tried and failed to bring a dead boy back to life. So she cut a deal with the god of death.
Families in Iran stay up all night during the Winter Solstice, reconnecting with one another and waiting for the sun to reappear.
Baseball is a quiet, disciplined game, and no nation adheres to a stricter honor code than Japan.
She has a potential way out, though it comes with an agonizing, impossible choice: She must decide whether to stay in a war zone, take care of her father and pray that they can survive. Or, she can use a relative’s help to get herself a visa to America, and leave her father to die alone.