•Ninety percent of engagement rings in China are made of platinum (travelchannel.com).
•The United Arab Emirates has the highest rate of diabetes in the world. Moslems there love sweets and smoke a lot. Alcohol is not allowed, so what else is there? (ameinfo.com).
•Coffee first came to Vienna in 1593 when Mohammed IV left sacks of it behind after the Siege of Vienna. By 1830, there were 130 coffeehouses in Vienna and its suburbs (web-books.com/Classics).
•It is considered rude not to keep your hands on the table when eating in Germany. Japanese women are expected to serve the men drinks first, then each other, in a mixed group.
•There are more than 100 offenses that carry the death penalty in Iran.
(Cultural Curiosities courtesy of RoadLovers.com unless there are other attributions)