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23rd Jun '16 3:36:14 PM DarkHunter
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** Paul also makes a social blunder when first inducted into Stilgar's tribe of Fremen. He is given some water tokens (Fremen currency) but he hasn't mastered how to carry them without them jangling all the time, so he asks his female companion Chani if she would carry them for him. Unknown to Paul, this is a highly romantic gesture in Fremen community, generally only done to your betrothed. Stilgar, however, recognizes that Paul's just ignorant of the custom, and tells Chani to just do it and ignore the romantic implications. (Though she does end up Paul's lover.)
11th Jun '16 3:43:08 PM nombretomado
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* OrsonScottCard recommended this trope in ''How To Write Science Fiction & Fantasy'' as an excellent method of demonstrating how truly alien an alien culture is. As one example, he suggests "a culture where sex is as casual as blowing your nose" but the concept of ownership or holding anything back from the collective "is as outrageous as pederasty" would be to us. In such a culture, some poor tourist is "going to get his face slapped and not have the faintest idea why."

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* OrsonScottCard Creator/OrsonScottCard recommended this trope in ''How To Write Science Fiction & Fantasy'' as an excellent method of demonstrating how truly alien an alien culture is. As one example, he suggests "a culture where sex is as casual as blowing your nose" but the concept of ownership or holding anything back from the collective "is as outrageous as pederasty" would be to us. In such a culture, some poor tourist is "going to get his face slapped and not have the faintest idea why."



* In the ''SwordOfTruth'' books there is a tribe called Mud People who greet each other by punching as a sign of respect to the other's strength. And Richard is foreverafter known as "Richard with the Temper" after knocking down the Mud Person who greeted him (the custom was just explained to him, and he didn't know what would be a proper punch). It was considered a sign of great respect. ** It's noted that they're pragmatic about it - within the village, it's a symbolic slap on the cheek, but when warriors meet outside the village (or there is another special occasion), they try to knock each other's teeth out.

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* In the ''SwordOfTruth'' ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' books there is a tribe called Mud People who greet each other by punching as a sign of respect to the other's strength. And Richard is foreverafter known as "Richard with the Temper" after knocking down the Mud Person who greeted him (the custom was just explained to him, and he didn't know what would be a proper punch). It was considered a sign of great respect. ** It's noted that they're pragmatic about it - within the village, it's a symbolic slap on the cheek, but when warriors meet outside the village (or there is another special occasion), they try to knock each other's teeth out.
31st May '16 4:56:12 PM intastiel
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* Happens every now and then in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. Most of the time it's the Aiel culture that gets compared to the Western, but we also see comparison between Western/Seanchan cultures, Western/Ogier cultures, and different cultures within the big "Western" block.

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* Happens every now Common in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' between various Western cultures, the Aiel, and then in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. Most of the time Seanchan, sometimes to the point of serious CultureClash. Other times it's the played more lightly:
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Aiel culture have taboos against public displays of affection but not public nudity, which leaves both sides wondering what the other is getting so flustered about. Westerners are just as shocked by Aiel {{Polygamy}} as Aiel are by Western ''men'' proposing to ''women''. Aiel and Western humour are so opaque to each other that even their ChosenOne gives up in embarrassment after trying to tell a joke. The list goes on...
** Seanchan obey a complex social hierarchy and get quite irritated when Westerners don't pay attention to it. A Seanchan princess
gets compared driven to distraction by Mat doing unconscionable things like not using her royal title, looking her in the Western, but we also see comparison between Western/Seanchan cultures, Western/Ogier cultures, eye, questioning her word, [[spoiler:accidentally proposing marriage to her]], and different cultures within so on. Mat, meanwhile, can never quite convince himself that the big "Western" block.Seanchan belief in omens is the SeriousBusiness they make it out to be, even when he sees them basing major political decisions on it.
** Perrin's relationship with the Faile Bashere gets a lot easier once her father tells him that shouting matches are normal and acceptable for Borderland couples to resolve their disagreements, and by staying calm and composed when Faile tries to start one, he's inadvertently treating her like a small child.
17th Apr '16 6:27:58 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Starfire has a few strange Tamaranian customs, such as The Pudding Of Sadness and The Poem of Gratitude. In an inversion, she did not realize for a while that kissing people on the lips is a gesture of intimacy on Earth; Tamaranians do it to learn new languages!

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Starfire has a few strange Tamaranian customs, such as The Pudding Of Sadness and The Poem of Gratitude. In an inversion, she did not realize for a while that kissing people on the lips is a gesture of intimacy on Earth; [[BizarreAlienBiology Tamaranians do it to learn new languages!languages!]]
26th Mar '16 11:51:04 AM nombretomado
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* Fentruck in ''{{Doug}}'' is an exchange student who celebrates American holidays via trappings of other holidays: ''i.e,'' Halloween is the event with the big rabbit that hides eggs, while Christmas is celebrated by wearing scary costumes and asking for candy.

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* Fentruck in ''{{Doug}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' is an exchange student who celebrates American holidays via trappings of other holidays: ''i.e,'' Halloween is the event with the big rabbit that hides eggs, while Christmas is celebrated by wearing scary costumes and asking for candy.



* Gunther on ''KickButtowski'' does this constantly as his family is composed of actual Vikings from an amalgamation of all the countries in Scandinavia.

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* Gunther on ''KickButtowski'' ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski'' does this constantly as his family is composed of actual Vikings from an amalgamation of all the countries in Scandinavia.
25th Mar '16 9:13:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* Most of the alien races on ''{{Hyperdrive}}''. In one episode, Commander Henderson causes a diplomatic conflict by not allowing the Glish ambassador to rub his genitals on his face.

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* Most of the alien races on ''{{Hyperdrive}}''.''Series/{{Hyperdrive}}''. In one episode, Commander Henderson causes a diplomatic conflict by not allowing the Glish ambassador to rub his genitals on his face.
19th Mar '16 12:36:39 AM Hossmeister
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5th Mar '16 2:49:40 AM Morgenthaler
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** There's a hilarious example with a race that seals every deal with ''sex''. Ivanova is a little reluctant to do this but doesn't want to cause an incident. She manages to trick the diplomat by insisting on doing it the "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny human way]]", which involves her dancing around the guy, chanting StockPhrases from the entire lifespan of a typical (dysfunctional) relationship, starting with first meeting and ending with infidelity and "you don't love me any more!" Needless to say, the alien diplomat is confused but accepts it.\\\

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** There's a hilarious example with a race that seals every deal with ''sex''. Ivanova is a little reluctant to do this but doesn't want to cause an incident. She manages to trick the diplomat by insisting on doing it the "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny human way]]", "human way", which involves her dancing around the guy, chanting StockPhrases from the entire lifespan of a typical (dysfunctional) relationship, starting with first meeting and ending with infidelity and "you don't love me any more!" Needless to say, the alien diplomat is confused but accepts it.\\\
5th Mar '16 2:49:24 AM Morgenthaler
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** A hilarious example in with a race that seals every deal with ''sex''. Ivanova is a little reluctant to do this but doesn't want to cause an incident. She manages to trick the diplomat by insisting on doing it the "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny human way]]", which involves her dancing around the guy, chanting StockPhrases from the entire lifespan of a typical (dysfunctional) relationship, starting with first meeting and ending with infidelity and "you don't love me any more!" Needless to say, the alien diplomat is confused but accepts it.\\\

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** A There's a hilarious example in with a race that seals every deal with ''sex''. Ivanova is a little reluctant to do this but doesn't want to cause an incident. She manages to trick the diplomat by insisting on doing it the "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny human way]]", which involves her dancing around the guy, chanting StockPhrases from the entire lifespan of a typical (dysfunctional) relationship, starting with first meeting and ending with infidelity and "you don't love me any more!" Needless to say, the alien diplomat is confused but accepts it.\\\



* The crew of the ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' causes a faux pas with an alien representative, who leaves in a huff, apparently disgusted by something. Eventually, Mayweather finds out that they find ''eating'' offensive. When asked how they do it, the alien explains that it's the same, but eating in the presense of others is a disgusting act for them.

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* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'':
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The crew of the ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' ''Enterprise'' causes a faux pas with an alien representative, who leaves in a huff, apparently disgusted by something. Eventually, Mayweather finds out that they find ''eating'' offensive. When asked how they do it, the alien explains that it's the same, but eating in the presense of others is a disgusting act for them.



* In ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space 9]]'', a Cardassian scientist repeatedly snipes at Miles O'Brien, expressing [[DiscriminateAndSwitch surprise that he's a good engineer]]. It's later revealed that her sniping is the Cardassian equivalent of ''flirting'', which Miles doesn't find out until his retorts have her throwing herself at him at and asking him to marry her. This also goes a long way towards explaining why Dukat has such a hard time believing Kira isn't interested in him, since from his perspective she's sending out ''very'' mixed signals by belittling his advances. Meanwhile, [[HoYay Garak and Bashir]] have been bickering over literature for years.

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* In ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space 9]]'', a ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
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Cardassian scientist repeatedly snipes at Miles O'Brien, expressing [[DiscriminateAndSwitch surprise that he's a good engineer]]. It's later revealed that her sniping is the Cardassian equivalent of ''flirting'', which Miles doesn't find out until his retorts have her throwing herself at him at and asking him to marry her. This also goes a long way towards explaining why Dukat has such a hard time believing Kira isn't interested in him, since from his perspective she's sending out ''very'' mixed signals by belittling his advances. Meanwhile, [[HoYay Garak and Bashir]] have been bickering over literature for years.
5th Mar '16 2:48:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* A similar taboo to the one in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' is mentioned in Sergey Lukyanenko's novel ''LineOfDelirium''. In this case, it is the inhabitants of a human colony who think the act of chewing is disgusting and shameful and must be restricted to one's own presence. Apparently, they've never heard of intravenous feeding.

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* A similar taboo to the one in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' is mentioned in In Sergey Lukyanenko's novel ''LineOfDelirium''. In this case, ''Literature/LineOfDelirium'', it is the inhabitants of a human colony who think the act of chewing is disgusting and shameful and must be restricted to one's own presence. Apparently, they've never heard of intravenous feeding.



* ''MorkAndMindy'': Even though Orkans are physically identical to humans, they sit on their faces while pointing their buttocks at visitors. They also prefer to drink from their fingers instead of their mouths:

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* ''MorkAndMindy'': ''Series/MorkAndMindy'': Even though Orkans are physically identical to humans, they sit on their faces while pointing their buttocks at visitors. They also prefer to drink from their fingers instead of their mouths:



* In ''Series/Zoey101'' Micheal ends up taking care of a foreign exchange student Ollie Biallo whose strange mannerisms irrate him to no end.

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* In ''Series/Zoey101'' ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}'' Micheal ends up taking care of a foreign exchange student Ollie Biallo whose strange mannerisms irrate him to no end.



* ''PerfectStrangers''

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* ''PerfectStrangers''''Series/PerfectStrangers''



** ''PerfectStrangers'' was essentially built on this trope. Expect ''at least'' one instance an episode. Some of them, like the Dance of Joy, became running gags that by the end of the show's run seemed more or less normal in comparison (to the extent that Larry did the dance with Balki a few times).
* ''{{Taxi}}'': Latka and Simka have displayed various customs from their unnamed foreign country:

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** ''PerfectStrangers'' The show was essentially built on this trope. Expect ''at least'' one instance an episode. Some of them, like the Dance of Joy, became running gags that by the end of the show's run seemed more or less normal in comparison (to the extent that Larry did the dance with Balki a few times).
* ''{{Taxi}}'': ''Series/{{Taxi}}'': Latka and Simka have displayed various customs from their unnamed foreign country:



* One episode of ''NorthernExposure'' has the Eskimo Indians celebrating Thanksgiving as "The Day of the Dead". In addition to more conventional parades and costumes, there was also the custom of throwing tomatoes at white people.

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* One episode of ''NorthernExposure'' ''Series/NorthernExposure'' has the Eskimo Indians celebrating Thanksgiving as "The Day of the Dead". In addition to more conventional parades and costumes, there was also the custom of throwing tomatoes at white people.
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