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6 1 Strange Things in Croatia

Updated on October 24, 2014

From the Funnel to the Horseshoe

All countries and nations have strange things and while foreigners find these things unusual, surprising or funny, they might be completely normal for the natives who are, in fact, sometimes even proud of them!

This lens puts a spotlight on some of the strangest things I've seen in Croatia and which I am really amazed at. Bizarre fountains, natural wonders, tongue-twisting words, funny contests: Croatia has a lot to offer when it comes to oddities.

Vegeta Podravka
Vegeta Podravka

1. Funny Fountains

Being Croatia's most widely known food company, Podravka produces thousands of products from canned food and sausages to instant soups and ice-cream. The company's iconic product is Vegeta, an all-purpose food seasoning which was invented in 1959 and has become very successful all around the world.

This funny spoon fountain stands in front of the Podravka head office in Koprivnica.

Fill the spoon with some Vegeta and you will get a pool of soup!

Fill the spoon with some Vegeta and you will get a pool of soup!
Fill the spoon with some Vegeta and you will get a pool of soup!

The FUNnel of Split

Split Marmontova street
Split Marmontova street

It seems the Croats like kitchen utensils in their streets. This funnel can be found at the end of Marmontova, the fancy shopping street of Split. It was designed by a professor of the University of Split, Kazimir Hraste. When it works the water flows from the hand (upper left corner) into the funnel.

Croatian speaker
Croatian speaker

2. Do You Speak Croatian?

As a native Hungarian speaker I don't think I have the right to call any other languages difficult (as you probably know, Hungarian is considered to be one of the most difficult languages in the world). All right, Croatian is...er... not too difficult. It's pretty a 'speak as you spell' language which makes life definitely easier. Knowing this you probably won't have difficulties with the pronunciation of such basic words like prtljaznik (luggage rack), vrh (peak), nestrpljivo (impatiently) or Trst (Trieste).

Easy, isn't it?

A challenging tounge-twister

Cvrci cvrci cvrcak na cvoru crne smrce.

3. The Giant Squid!

If I am not mistaken, Croatia is not a lensmaster, still, it has a giant squid!

Isn't that strange?

This squid weighs 8,9 Kgs and it is about 1,5 m long. This amazing video shows you the lucky guy who caught it with his bare hands. He planned to make a soup from the haul so the giant squid of Cavtat is probably eaten by now...

photo: novelty.wikispaces.com

Get Familiar With Giant Squids!

Split attraction Grgur Ninski
Split attraction Grgur Ninski

4. The Big Toe which Brings You Luck

The statue of bishop Grgur Ninski in Split is one of the most widely known works of the world-famous Croatian sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic. The 10th-century religious leader fought for the right to say mass in Croatian.

The statue is very popular among the locals who believe that touching its big toe brings them luck.

They all have bought a lottery ticket

They all have bought a lottery ticket
They all have bought a lottery ticket

5. Goat Beauty Contest

The Croats take fun seriously. A tiny Istrian village, Svetvincenat hosts the annual goat beauty contest where the goats compete with each other in several categories. The milking contest and goat cheese fair make the day even more memorable.

photo: tz-svetvincenat.hr

Zagreb Lenuci horseshoe
Zagreb Lenuci horseshoe

6. Zagreb's Green Horseshoe

Milan Lenuci was the guy who designed Zagreb's horseshoe: a complex of seven squares and green surfaces in the Lower Town. Lenuci's Horseshoe includes Nikola Subic Zrinski square, Strossmayer square, King Tomislav square, the Botanical Garden, Marulic square, Mazuranic square and Tito Marshal square.

Botanical Garden in Zagreb

Zagreb botanical garden
Zagreb botanical garden

Zrinjevac - another horseshoe nail

Zrinjevac - another horseshoe nail
Zrinjevac - another horseshoe nail

+1. Croatia's Skyscraper

This 16-storey skyscraper or as the locals call it, Neboder was built at the end of the 1950s. Yes, you've got it right: this skyscraper has only SIXTEEN floors! At the time of its construction this was the tallest building not only in the city, but also in the former Yugoslavia.

The Croatian skycraper poll

Where do you think Neboder is located?

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Do you like strange things? - I do! Does it mean that I am... strange?

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      cjbmeb14 lm 4 years ago

      Love the Goat Beauty Contest

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      wow...my country is great!P.S.try say "prst"(finger)

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      Tockabiograd 5 years ago

      nice view on Croatia :)

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      Croatia is great country :)

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      Ninche 5 years ago

      It is great to see how other people experience Croatia. Great lens!

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      I can very much appreciate how every country has some unique/weird things to offer - and can hardly think of anything better to do than visit such places. Fun lens, thank you!! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I do like strange things and totally enjoyed your 6+1 strange things of Croatia....for some reason, I really want to touch that big toe!

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      PBJasen 5 years ago

      As a Croat I never think about "prtljaznik" or "nestrpljivo" as a difficult or strange words to pronounce :)

      LOL !!! :D

      you can try "ocvrsje" Croatian for hardware ;)

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      Thanks for your strange lens! ; )

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      DonD LM 5 years ago

      I love the botanical garden in Zagreb and the green horseshoe. These are some places which is very cool to visit. I love your lense very informative

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      Leilani-m 5 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      Tiggered 5 years ago

      Keep on strange-ing :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yup, no wonder it was the first one among your lenses I clicked on. :-D

      Now I really have to visit Croatia sometime. I've heard so many people gush about what a gorgeous country it is, and your lens just verifies that. :) Nice job!

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      LiliLove 5 years ago

      Great lens! Greetings from Croatia :)!

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      terracroatia 5 years ago

      Thank you all for the nice comments! Glad you enjoyed it!

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      slippknot12 5 years ago

      fantastic lens thank you I loved reading it!

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      YsisHb 5 years ago

      I do too. I love paradox. I like the style of your narration too.

      Croatia seems an interesting country. Are its people quite witty?

      Thanks for visiting my lens on greek monasteries

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      I love travelling and now you've convinced me to put Croatia on my list of must-see places.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderful Lense. I love it. Feeling fresh after reading it :) I like to do journeys of other countries & find interesting places of them. Thanks for this sharing.

      black Friday

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      Kathy McGraw 5 years ago from California

      Visiting other countries we do indeed see things we think are funny. I like the big spoon sculpture, and the language, no thanks....looks too hard for me :)

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      WildWilliams 5 years ago

      Strange, yes sometimes. Unusual always.

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      smithlights 5 years ago

      Great idea for a lens! I had no idea any of this about Croatia! Thanks for sharing!

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      wolfie10 5 years ago

      yes. it makes life more interesting

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      Rhidawn 5 years ago

      Very good lens. Is there a particular reason why they like giant cooking utinsels?? lol

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      SaintFrantic 5 years ago

      Zagreb Botanical garden Looks amazing.Thanks for sharing