Public transportation can be a source of many controversies, especially when it comes to the etiquette of giving up seats. A recent incident that went viral on social media shows how an elderly woman demanded that a girl with a prosthetic leg should give up his seat for her, claiming that she was not disabled enough. The details of this encounter are revealed in our article.
Children are the main reason public transport is crowded every morning — millions of people commute to work to afford everything within their means for their little ones. As years go by, some parents start noticing that their kids never seem to have enough. And that is the precise moment when the blindfold falls off, and they realize they’ve been raising an ungrateful person.
So when you’re driving, you get a green light everywhere — except for Japan — the traffic light is actually blue there. The problem is purely linguistic: old Japanese had the same word “ao” for blue and green. Even though modern Japanese has a separate word for “green,” the linguists objected, and the government left the “ao” color for the traffic light. It’s technically green, but it’s the bluest shade possible, so we perceive it as blue.
There are countless reasons why many people prefer to travel by private transport. The smell, having to walk... and the list goes on! However, passengers can sometimes make it more enjoyable thanks to their interesting stories. Below, we’ll tell you about occasions when public transport commuters found out about the not-so-secret lives of their seat neighbors.
Traveling on public transport is impossible without companions. And some of them are so annoying that you just want to finish the trip immediately and never leave home again. There are people you can ask to stop, but some are absolutely impenetrable and all you can do is just tolerate them.
According to a poll of 27,000 city-dwellers done by TimeOut, some cities are clearly better to live in than others. Considering factors like employability, expenses, and safety, each city has its own pros and cons — nowhere is perfect, right? Ranking last is Bangkok at number 37, closely followed by the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul. Have a read to discover which city is considered to be the best one to live in.
Even experienced travelers, the fans of popular restaurants, and regular users of public transport can be surprised with an extraordinary interior on a mini-bus, a cool design of a cafe, or an original way of serving a dish. Though we visit public places every day, still they can give us an emotional boost that might leave us speechless.
We often believe that the lives of the stars are all about glamour, limousines, private jets, and other luxuries that we common people don’t really have access to. But the reality is that many celebrities choose to live their lives in a “normal” way, like the rest of us. With new technologies and smartphone cameras, anybody can become a paparazzo for a few minutes and immortalize that moment when they shared a bus with a Hollywood star.
You could be walking down the street, ordering food to your home, or getting into your car when, before you know it, a stranger is getting too friendly. Of course, not everyone has bad intentions, but it’s important to know what to do when your instincts tell you something is wrong. Sometimes, it’s best to lie or double-check their identity to keep yourself safe.
“I am not so rich that I buy cheap things,” this saying sounds pretty absurd at first glance. Reddit users discussed what it really means in this thread. Some people shared their own bitter experiences while others recalled the situations that happened to their friends who could barely make ends meet.
Few people can really call thriftiness one of the national features of French people. This is because France is associated with a beautiful life and the ability to enjoy it. But in reality, the residents of this country sensibly split their expenses and set their own priorities.
No one is safe from awkward situations. Any of us can get caught off guard in the most unexpected places, like in the check-out line at the supermarket, on public transport, or in a fitting room. And no matter how funny it may be to tell this story to friends and family later, we often will do our best not to find ourselves in a similar situation ever again.
Mark Twain once said, “Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.” And he was right because there is no human who never had a reason to turn red after doing or saying something. The main thing to remember is to always keep a smile on your face, and that’s what the characters of our article did.
Germany is a country where the locals’ self-restraint coexists with cheerful festivals, and the excessive consumption of baked goods goes hand-in-hand with the trend toward a healthy lifestyle. Almost all Germans know English, but they are also proud that people from 2 neighboring villages may speak different dialects of German. We already know a lot about this country, but it never ceases to provide us with new facts about itself, allowing us to discover it over and over again.
Fyodor Dostoevsky once said, “If you want to help, you can do a lot of good even with your hands tied,” and we agree with every word. You don’t have to be a major philanthropist or volunteer day and night — sometimes, in order to help, it’s enough to lend a shoulder to someone to lean on, even if it’s a total stranger, at a moment when they need it most, expecting nothing in return.
People like to save money — it’s a well-known fact. But this type of behavior is not always profitable or beneficial. Sometimes we get only a short-term profit and can harm our health and the quality of our life in a long-term perspective. It’s not for nothing that people use the saying, “A miser pays twice.”
Going on a trip abroad, we naturally expect to come across things and customs that differ from what we’re used to. Some tourists even read forums and guidebooks to prepare in advance. Still, at times, all of us have had travel experiences so weird, they leave us open-mouthed!
Overtourism is a new term that is used to describe the negative consequences of a mass flow of tourists to different countries and cities. Last year the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) published a list of the 50 cities that suffer from overtourism the most. Of course, it’s local people who get affected by these inconveniences the most. It’s one thing when polite and well-educated travelers visit a country, and quite another when crowds of tourists violate the norms of behavior that are acceptable in these places.
There is a saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” so when we go to a different country, we follow the rules of this country. However, the differences in mentality and culture can be pretty shocking, even for the most experienced travelers. And if you don’t know the local rules, the least that can happen is that you confuse the local people, and the worst — you could get a fine or even a prison sentence.
Flying is always stressful, even for those who aren’t afraid of airplanes. And it’s not surprising since you have to plan everything in advance, pack your bags, arrive at the airport on time, and pass all of the necessary procedures that often make even the most experienced travelers feel dizzy.
Now and then magazines, newspapers, and websites publish lists of the safest and the most dangerous travel destinations. But in fact, there’s always a chance of being robbed or attacked in any country in the world. Before going on a trip to another city or country, it’s better to consider your safety in advance.
Pets owners sometimes feel that it would be a good idea to start writing books or making movies about the ingenious tricks of their fluffy friends. Stealing underwear and shoes from the neighbor’s house, tattering up toilet paper rolls, tearing furniture and even occupying seats on public transport are all things these fluffy hooligans do!
Each child is taught basic manners: to give way to older people, to not make noise, and to respect other people’s space. But many, having matured, seem to have completely forgotten the rules of behavior on public transport. They won’t be fined or sued for these violations but their punishment will come in the form of a reproachful look or a fellow passenger’s angry remark.
On the subway, you can meet just about anyone, from people in uniform and party costumes to bright and stylish characters. Each day they amuse, surprise, and even inspire us with their eccentric imagery. We'd like to show you some of the most unique people we could ever find on the subway.
To our bitter disappointment, there are a vast number of people around us who show minimal respect for the rules of civilized society. These are the people that shamelessly spread out and take up multiple seats on public transport, scatter popcorn around movie theaters, or play cruel jokes on their friends and colleagues.
Most managers would probably say that income is more important than employees. However, they just don’t know the main secret: the success of a company is directly dependent on the happiness of the people working there. Bright Side has found proof of this. Every company on this list, no matter how large or small, continues to grow and conquer new heights with every passing day.
We think of celebrities as people who only eat at posh restaurants, drive exclusive cars, and wear haute couture clothes. However, Bright Side found 14 world-class stars who live surprisingly modest lives despite their incredible incomes.
Taking any transport, in most cases we think about comfort during the trip. Yet we shouldn’t forget about safety because every vehicle has seats where we most probably won’t get hurt in an accident. Bright Side collected for you a list of such seats in 7 various means of transport, the safety of which was determined on the basis of different studies and statistics.