10. Kiss the cod
How has Newfoundland earned its quirky reputation? Let's start with the decades-old tradition of "Screeching in" first-time visitors. In many of the province's bars — Trapper John's and Christian's Pub are well-known spots — newbies are encouraged to drink a shot of Screech rum, kiss a codfish on the mouth (pictured), and answer the question "Is ye an honourary Newfoundlander?" with the phrase " 'Deed I is me ol' cock, and long may your big jib draw." (Translation: Yes I am, friend. Now where's the mouthwash?") The payoff: An "Official Screecher" certificate — and hopefully a shot or two of mouthwash.
* Video: Melting iceberg a draw in St. John's
Chris Golden, a 2014 National Geographic emerging explorer, studies the rich relationship people have with the rain forest in Madagascar and how it aff... More Chris Golden, a 2014 National Geographic emerging explorer, studies the rich relationship people have with the rain forest in Madagascar and how it affects their lives and health. His research into the risks of bush-meat consumption inspired efforts to replace wildlife hunting with chicken husbandry. His team also plans to distribute an ethnomedicine "recipe" book that will preserve vital local knowledge about indigenous plant treatments. Read more about Chris Golden and his work: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/08/140814-emerging-explorer-christopher-golden-madagascar-ecology-epidemiology-ngfood/ The Explorers Project chronicles the work of National Geographic's Emerging Explorers—today's visionaries who are making discoveries, making a difference, and inspiring people to care about the planet. Learn more at http://nationalgeographic.com/emerging.
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