The World’s Strangest Chat Up Lines

The world is a weird and wonderful place, and it’s also home to some weird and wonderful people. And with Cupid polishing his bow and arrow in time for this coming Valentine’s Day, there’ll be plenty of strange advances being exchanged all over the world. The history of courtship, sex and dating (across all cultures) shows us that it’s more often than not, the man who makes the first move. In modern times though, things have changed and women can often be the ones to strike up conversations with strangers in bars or other public areas. If you’ve ever been chatted up in a foreign country when you’ve been on a long trip – or perhaps you’re the chatter rather than the chattee – you may have come across some of these peculiar chat up lines. Male or female, you may discover that some of these will have you intrigued, giggling with laughter, or just completely put off.

But when it comes to understanding romantic exchanges, it’s always useful to know a little bit of history and the different nuances of each language. Whilst some seem more bizarre than others, these pickup lines seem to have bearing and significance in their country of origin – in translation, things can perhaps turn a little odd to say the least. From the skinny dipping come-ons of Norway to the blatant suggestions of edible underwear in Israel, here are the world’s strangest chat up lines to get you through your travels this Valentine’s Day.

The World's Strangest Chat Up Lines

Here are some of our favourite chat-up lines explained…

Poland: “Hello My Froggy”

Whilst calling someone a frog may seem like an insult at first, referring to someone as your “froggy” in Poland (male or female) is a very sweet compliment. It’s not unusual for the Polish to reference their loved ones with cute pet names and these are usually animals. If someone calls you a froggy, a fish, a mouse or a kitten, it’s more often than not a term of endearment.

Egypt: “You Have Eyes like a Cow”

Being compared to a cow is like being compared to a goddess in Egypt. If a man tells a woman that she has eyes like a cow, he is referencing the beauty, warmth and love of the Egyptian goddess Hathor, the cow goddess who also represented music, dance and fertility. Cows are also considered to be very noble animals in Egypt and many say that a cow’s eyes are beautiful because they are big with pretty lashes.

Germany: “Your Eyes are the Colour of My Porsche”

This shameless pickup line doesn’t have the same historical bearing as the Egyptians’ cow reference but it sure is a popular way to meet women in Germany. Not only is it a flagrant display of wealth and extravagance but it’s also a very forward way of telling a woman she looks good enough to match everything else in his life. It may not be the way to every girl’s heart but it certainly works for any Porsche loving ladies out there.

 

5 Travel Blog Posts We Loved in November

We love travel at Navigator. We’re not just insurance boffins who happen to have stumbled across the travel industry (contrary to what some people might think!). We can’t get enough of reading about people’s travel stories, and we’re lucky enough to have a thriving travel community online who share all the best travel stories from around the world. That means that even whilst we’re in the office, we can vicariously enjoy other people’s adventures.

We thought that it would be great to share our favourite posts from across the travel web with you each month so you can easily see some of our favourites if you didn’t catch them the first time around. Below are our favourites from November, we’re sure you’ll love them as much as we did…

Wild Junket

Whale Watching in Husavik, Iceland

Nellie from Wild Junket has been to a lot of places, but we loved her account and video coverage of her whale watching experience in Iceland in November. We’d love to go! And if you haven’t picked up Nellie’s digital magazine yet you should!

Landlopers

42 Things I Love About Cape Town

People say list posts are too easy, but we love this one from Matt at Landlopers. Cape Town is an amazing city and Matt has put together plenty of reasons to explain why – 42 to be precise! If you haven’t been, this post and the great photos will make you want to pack up straight away!

 

Ottsworld

An Island to Get Away From it all – Lana’i

Who doesn’t love Hawaii?!? Sherry Ott shows why it’s such a great place and gives us the lowdown on the Pineapple Island that is Lana’i. We love her story telling style and the post gives a great insight into life there.

A Luxury Travel Blog

The top 10 things to do on a luxury trip to Indonesia

Indonesia is a stunning country and one with so much to offer holidaymakers and travellers. Cristy did a great job here of pulling together the very best things to do there if you are lucky enough to have a luxury budget to work with! We’re not sure we’ll be able to do them all, but it certainly makes exciting reading!

 

Bald Hiker

Iceland – A Wander Up To the Eruption Site of Eyjafjallajökull

Paul Steele has an uncanny knack of making you want to visit somewhere by really taking you there through his photographic diaries. This one gives us an insight into climbing one of Iceland’s remote mountains and, despite its clear distance from civilisation, you can’t help but want to go and take in that scenery for yourself.

So there are our favourite 5 from November. Stay tuned in early January and we’ll bring you the next instalment with the best of the posts that we’ve been reading this month – there are already some corkers!