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55 Phrases That Help You Defend Your Personal Boundaries

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Have you ever lost your mind when they begin to “run over” you, make unreasonable demands, accuse you of all sins, throw insults in your face, or, as it were, accidentally try to prick you with an “innocent” joke? Many people find themselves in this situation, and usually, a witty and reasoned response comes later, when the aggressor is already gone.


Learning to use "limiting phrases" to protect yourself from attacks or insults from the interlocutor.


Very often, this is because you did not take care to establish a boundary that would protect your identity. You can create such a protective wall with restrictive phrases.


At Bemorepanda, we have found that many phrases help set personal boundaries, defend against uncomfortable questions, and avoid sharp conflicts with people.


Such psychological boundaries are needed not only for self-defense when communicating with strangers in public places or with colleagues at work, but also with those we love - those we see and communicate with most often. It would seem that boundaries are easiest to establish with loved ones, but here's the problem - we often forget that we may need it.


Saying "I won't stand to be talked to like that" to someone following you on the street is one thing, but saying that to your husband, wife, or best friend? This will require a different level of skill and strength. But the closest people can inflict the deepest wounds - they know perfectly well where to hit harder.



How to start setting boundaries?


Psychologists recommend a technique for making requests instead of demands: Focus on what you see, think, and feel. For example, you want to tell your partner something important, and at the same time he is playing with the phone. You think that he does not care about you, is not interested in what you say, so you begin to get angry and upset, demanding to pay attention to you. Instead, turn the requirement into a request. Say, "I'd like to talk to you about something, can you put your phone away now?"


Most often, boundaries are easier to establish with those with whom we are already close. But how do we set boundaries with friends, roommates, colleagues, and extended family—people outside of our immediate family and inner circle? Here are a few phrases that will help you start building a strong psychological protective wall between you.



1. “I need time to think about this” - with this phrase you will provide yourself with space and time to maneuver so as not to agree or refuse a person right away. Use it with colleagues, with family members on long trips, in arguments with friends, when you see that the conversation is going nowhere and you want to avoid conflict.


2. "I don't want to talk about it right now, can we switch and talk about something else?" The phrase can come in handy if the person you are talking to is too curious and asks about things that you are not comfortable talking about. Say the phrase and politely switch the conversation. You can use it with just about anyone, even kids who ask questions you can't answer well at the moment, and fans who want to get something out of you and you're not ready to tell.


3. “I love (respect) you, but I really have to go. Let's set another time to end this conversation?". The phrase will allow you to end the argument, only you need to pronounce it very kindly so as not to destroy the relationship with the person who may think that you do not want to waste your time on him.


4. “It hurts me a lot when you talk to me like that. We will end the conversation and talk again when I see that you respect me and my values.” It helps when you are spoken to in an unkind or offensive way. It is a way (and a necessity) to ask to be spoken to kindly and politely when things get out of hand. Works with the people closest to you - parents, spouses, friends. As the saying goes, “If someone throws a temper tantrum because you set boundaries, that’s just more proof that you need boundaries.”


Use "limiting phrases" to set boundaries in conversations.



In everyday life, we do not always have enough time or energy to constantly defend our borders and participate in a possible confrontation. In such cases, when it is not clear what to expect from an encounter with people around you, a set of several key "limiting phrases" will help you. If you have them at the ready, they will help you cope with those who cross the line in a conversation with you.


Not all phrases apply to every situation or are suitable for every relationship. For example, "It's weird that you're asking this" might work when someone asks a question that's too personal, but it might not be enough when talking to co-workers or a boss. In order to respond on autopilot, you will first have to weigh what and when to say.


Here are a few examples to get you started building your arsenal of phrases that separate your personal boundaries:


  • I dont have time for this.
  • We'll come back to this in a couple of hours, we'll both have time to think.
  • I don't have to explain myself to you.
  • It won't work in my case.
  • Let me stop you right at these words.
  • It's not really up for debate.
  • I know you'll say it's "just a joke" but it's not funny.
  • Why did you say so?
  • Why are you asking me this?
  • Do you think this is appropriate?
  • Could you explain what's funny about that?


Keep in mind, the goal here is not to memorize these phrases word for word. You can make your list of something like this that will suit your style of speech and situation. Remember that you will need to prepare a little in order to be armed and at the right time not to get confused. If you are able to deliver a pre-set limiting phrase in a conversation, you will create space between you and the impending conflict.


When is it best to be silent and when to speak?



Sometimes the best tactic is to let your silence speak for itself. If a colleague asks an inappropriate question about your personal life, you can remain silent and not answer to show that you are not even paying attention to this indiscreet attack. If someone in your family continues to harass you about career or partner choices, then simply state "No comment" and this can help prevent a nasty fight.


Again, you should not allow your silence to allow the other person to think that you have shown weakness and indecision. If someone is spreading misinformation about you or showing hate, then you have a responsibility to report it, even if it's embarrassing. Any limiting phrase will be better than silence, and the script phrases above can give you confidence that you won't get confused or lost in words.


Here is a selection of useful phrases


When you disagree with someone:


  • I do not agree with this approach or assessment.
  • I say what I think is right.
  • I appreciate your opinion, but I'm not ready to change my mind on this.
  • Could you explain your reasoning?
  • I haven't come across this.
  • I would like to see if we can understand the question better.
  • I want to hear your thoughts and also share mine.


When you want to opt out of a proposed workload:


  • I have a lot of work and little time.
  • I need to come back to this project in a few weeks.
  • I know I said yes, but I didn't think of other things I need to do.
  • I want to do my job well, so I can't do it right now.
  • Thank you for thinking of me. I'm always ready to take on a challenge, but it's beyond my skill set.
  • I'd be happy to help, but I need a day or two to get ready.
  • I understand the urgency, but it's not something I can do right now.


When they want to make you look incompetent:


  • This is not my area of ​​expertise, but I can learn it for you.
  • I don't remember offhand. I'll check my records and let you know.
  • I want to be sure and give you the correct information. I'll call you back.
  • That's a good question. I'll see what I can find out for you.
  • I thought about it too. Let me ask.
  • I don't think I'm the best person to answer this question, but I'll see if there is one.
  • I think so, based on the information I have.



When someone knows how to put pressure on your weak points:


  • I put my needs first and you won't make me feel guilty.
  • I don't feel like I have the opportunity to express my opinion.
  • I feel closed when you intercept the conversation.
  • I understand how you feel. But now it's time to talk about how I feel.
  • I feel depressed when you talk about it in front of everyone. Next time, please, just talk to me about it in private.
  • I would be grateful if you would not talk to my mother about my personal life.
  • I am an adult and able to make my own decisions.
  • My reasons are personal and I don't need to explain them to you.
  • I have my reasons.
  • I don't have to explain myself to you.
  • I prefer not to talk about it.
  • I am confident in my decisions.
  • I won't let you use your guilt to control me.
  • My feelings are just as important as yours.
  • If you choose to ignore me, that's your problem, not mine.
  • I can see that you're worried about me, but I'm an adult and I can make my own decisions.


When someone gives unsolicited advice:


  • We have tight deadlines. Let's focus on the task at hand and then consider your suggestions.
  • I like the idea. Can you lay out and email everything?
  • I'm so grateful for your advice, but I'm going to try something else.
  • You made me think about a lot. Thank you.
  • I understand why you think this might work. But here's why it won't.
  • I want to understand what you are trying to achieve with this review. Can you explain the reason for this?


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It often happens that in a dispute or an unpleasant conversation with other people, we do not find what to say in response to them. Clever thoughts, as a rule, come later, when, in fact, there is no one to “be smart” with. We think with regret: why didn’t I think of this earlier?!


Phrases that can come in handy when you don’t know what to answer (and to cheer you up)


Well, as experience shows, often in awkward situations or responses to outright rudeness, humor (or even sarcasm) is what you need. However, as we noted above, the problem is that only some of us are born comedians, and we cannot always come up with a witty phrase at the right moment. But in this case, we at Bemorepanda have a solution: remember the words that can come in handy in such cases. With this small set, you will always be fully armed and able to stand up for yourself without offending anyone. Yes, and occasionally, you can easily cheer yourself and others up. Because not everyone will think of such a thing!



1. Silence is golden. Unless you have children, then it's suspicious.


2. Of course, I talk to myself. Sometimes I need an expert's opinion.


3. When they tell me: “You will regret it in the morning,” I sleep until noon because I can solve problems.


4. Life is a bowl of soup, and I am a fork.


5. If you can’t eat at night, then why is there a light bulb in the refrigerator?


6. If your name isn't Google, stop acting like you know everything.


7. It's okay if you don't like me. Only some have good taste.


8. If only fools surround you, then you are central.


9. It’s not enough to know your worth - you still need to be in demand


10. It may seem that I am doing nothing. But in my head, I'm swamped.



11. They say money doesn't bring happiness. Nevertheless, it is better to check everything yourself.


12. Smart thoughts constantly haunt me, but I'm faster.


13. Even the dullest room will be animated by the most ordinary children, beautifully placed in the corners.


14. Don't worry if plan A doesn't work; there are 32 more letters in the alphabet.


15. I would be offended, but I'm too busy mentally correcting your mistakes.


16. I am an example for others. Bad example.


17. I would like to thank my middle finger for always standing up for me when I needed it.


18. My bed and I are perfect for each other, but my alarm clock is trying to separate us.


19. A person's true nature is clearly revealed when the supermarket opens the second checkout.


20. Debauchery is sex in which you do not participate.



21. Those who criticize our generation seem to forget who raised it!


22. Stay focused on my life. It may be so interesting that you will be disappointed in yourself.


23. Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.


24. Medusa has been around as a species for 500 million years, surviving just fine without a brain. This gives hope to many.


25. It is not very smart to try to explain something in words in between blows to the face - it turns out indistinctly and often has to be repeated.


26. some people prove that complete brain failure does not always lead to physical death.


27. My bed is a magical place; I suddenly remember everything I had to do.


28. I don't care what people think of me. Mosquitoes find me attractive!


29. A bald spot is a clearing that trampled down my thoughts.


30. Go to bed early. Don't go to a party. Don't leave the house. My childhood punishments became my adult goals.



31. Whoever gets up early yawns all day.


32. If you don't see the bright side of life, polish off the dull side.


33. You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be misquoted and then used against you.


34. I don't ignore the alarm; I wait to see who breaks first.


35. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, find the person to whom life gave vodka, and throw a party.


36. I agree with you, but we would both be wrong.


37. Beauty fades. Stupidity is forever.


38. I refuse to engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent.


39. I am in touch with my motivation. I saw her walking by this morning, waving and winking at me.


40. A clear conscience is usually a sign of a bad memory.



41. If you can't live without me, why haven't you died yet?


42. Confessions may be suitable for your soul, but they are hell for your reputation.


43. I used to think you were a thorn in my throat. Since then, my opinion of you has dropped significantly.


44. I refuse to answer this question on the grounds that I do not know the answer.


45. Every rule has an exception. This rule is no exception.


46. ​​The way to a woman's refrigerator is through her heart.


47. Contraceptive appearance.


48. I'm not lying - I'm just good at composing.


49. The only man I will run after is the one who will shout, “Maa-aam, catch up with me!”


50. Disliked women. Didn't make it.



51. If you spit in the back, do not be upset .... So you are ahead!


52. Nothing limits your actions like the phrase "do whatever you want" ...


53. Only the military enlistment office can accept a man as he is.


54. You will be ashamed of me but not bored.


55. Sorry, I have to go. You bore me to death, and my instincts of self-preservation woke up.


56. Here, you send someone in the heat of the moment. And in your soul, you worry: did you reach ... did not reach?


57. There are too many open tabs in my brain.


58. Originally, laziness manifests itself in charming nuances. The window sill was painted at the house's entrance, along with an ashtray and cigarette butts.


59. I always want to lose weight, but he always finds me a "bastard"!


60. Of all my qualities, only the Rh factor is positive.




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The vast majority of people associate Latin with doctors' prescriptions, because, as we know, they are written in Latin. But at the same time, there are many well-known phrases in Latin, which, no, no, and you will meet in someone's speech.

People who can speak this ancient language are perceived by others as educated. But sometimes it’s not at all necessary to learn it “from and to”, it’s enough to remember a few common phrases and, if necessary, flaunt them in a conversation - and then you will certainly look smarter in the eyes of other people. Moreover, you already know something: for example, alma mater, persona non grata, etc.

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Bemorepanda has collected 35 Latin expressions (and their meanings) that can be used in conversation. The main thing is that they are "on topic".

35 famous Latin phrases to add to your vocabulary and what they mean

1. "Mulgere hircum" - "Milk a goat"

This Latin phrase means trying to do something impossible. Which makes sense, given that it's impossible to milk a goat.

2. "Festina lente" - "Hurry slowly"

In fact, this expression calls to act quickly, but prudently, carefully. Augustus, the Roman emperor, often chastised his generals, advising them to "make haste slowly" because he thought that haste was dangerous.

3. "Persona non grata" - "Persona non grata" ("Unwanted person")

Refers to a person who is not welcome or is not wanted to go anywhere due to their behavior or other reasons. For example: "He became persona non grata in our company after his indecent behavior."

4. "Alma mater" - "Caring mother"

This refers to the educational institution that a person once attended: school, college, university.

5. "Veni, vidi, vici" - "I came, I saw, I conquered"

Julius Caesar is believed to have used the phrase in a letter he wrote to the Roman Senate in 47 BC to inform them of his victory over the Pontic king Pharnaces II near Zela.

6. "Acta, non verba" - "Deeds, not words"

In other words, "More action - less words." That is, always back up your words with deeds or act in accordance with what you say.

7. "Ad meliora" - "For the better"

8. "Mortuum flagellas" - "Smack the dead"

This Latin phrase means a useless action towards someone who will not be affected in any way.

35 famous Latin phrases to add to your vocabulary and what they mean

9. "Amicus certus in re incerta cernitur" - "Friends are known in the hour of need"

We have it sounds like "A friend in need is known."

10. "Malo mori quam foedari" - "Better death than dishonor"

11. "De gustibus non est disputandum" - "Tastes do not argue"

Tastes are evaluated more subjectively than objectively - everyone has their own.

12. "Lupus in fabula" - "Wolf in a fairy tale"

With the meaning "Speak about the wolf and he will come" (from Terence's play "Adelfoy").

13. "Alea iacta est" - "The die is cast"

This is another phrase Julius Caesar uttered when he entered Italy and started a protracted civil war against Pompey and the optimates. The meaning of the phrase is "There is no going back."

14. "Carpe diem" - "Seize the moment"

Another Latin phrase that is often used these days. The saying aims to motivate people to focus on the present, not the future, and make the most of it.

35 famous Latin phrases to add to your vocabulary and what they mean

15. "Aut Caesar aut nihil" - "Either Caesar, or nothing"

It is pretty much the Latin equivalent of "All or Nothing". The notorious Italian Cardinal Cesare Borgia lived according to this principle. Now this phrase can be used to denote an adamant desire to succeed.

16. "Ad astra per aspera" - "Through adversity to the stars"

For us, the sound is more familiar: “Through thorns to the stars,” but the essence of this does not change.

17. "Pecunia non olet" - "Money does not smell"

It is believed that the history of the origin of this expression is as follows. When the Roman emperor Vespasian introduced a tax on public toilets, his son Titus complained about the "disgusting" nature of the money. Vespasian held up a gold coin and asked if it smelled, and he himself answered: non olet ("it does not smell"). From here, the phrase was expanded to pecunia non olet - "Money does not smell."

18. "Mea culpa" - "My fault"

This Latin phrase is used to admit one's fault or mistake.

19. "De facto" - "Actually"

De facto describes a real situation, though not necessarily intentional or legal. For example: Whatever is on the calendar, Florida is de facto summer. Or: De facto, it is he who is the leader at the moment.

35 famous Latin phrases to add to your vocabulary and what they mean

20. "Et cetera" - "And so on"

Perhaps every student's favorite expression when they simply can't name more examples.

21. "Nitimur in vetitum" - "We strive for the forbidden"

Means that when we are denied something, we will want it even more. Think of Eve, who ate the forbidden fruit. No wonder they say: "Forbidden fruit is sweet."

22. "In vino veritas" - "Truth is in wine"

This Latin proverb implies that a person under the influence of alcohol is more inclined to express his hidden desires and thoughts.

The same as "What is on the sober mind, the drunk on the tongue."

23. "Quid pro quo" - "Something for something"

In other words, quid pro quo. Basically, this Latin phrase means favor in exchange for something.

24. "Status quo" - "The current state (of affairs)"

Applies to the current situation. For example: "The maintenance of such a status quo only weakened our already fragile positions."

25. "Audentes fortuna iuvat" - "Fortune favors the brave"

Apparently, these were the last words of Pliny the Elder before he sailed from the docks of Pompeii in 79 to save his friend Pomponianus from the eruption of Vesuvius.

In the same sense as "Who does not risk, he does not drink champagne" or "The courage of the city takes."

35 famous Latin phrases to add to your vocabulary and what they mean

26. "Amor vincit omnia" - "Love conquers all"

This Latin saying originally appeared in Virgil's Eclogues (X, 69) in the 1st century BC. The phrase means unshakable love that will endure any trials and overcome all obstacles that stand in the way. Therefore, they often say: "There are no barriers to love."

27. "Surdo oppedere" - "Burp in front of the deaf"

Simply put, according to Desiderius Erasmus' Adagia (1508), surdo oppedere means a useless action.

Well, or in our manner: “Throw pearls in front of pigs”, that is, it’s pointless to prove or explain something to someone, because he still won’t understand or appreciate it.

28. "Cui bono?" "Good for who?"

This term implies that one should look for the culprit in the person to whom the unpleasant event will benefit / benefit.

29. "Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes" - "Fear the Danaans who bring gifts"

This expression from the Aeneid, the Latin epic poem by Virgil, was uttered by the Trojan priest Laocoön when he warned his fellow Trojans about accepting the Trojan horse from the Greeks.

An alternative translation could be: "Do not trust your enemies who bring you gifts", as this may be to your detriment.

35 famous Latin phrases to add to your vocabulary and what they mean

30. “Homo sum humani a me nihil linearum puto” - “I am a man, therefore nothing human is alien to me”

Something like “We are all people, we are all people” (the expression came from Russian classical literature). It means that any person has weaknesses or can stumble, do something unseemly.

31. "Sine qua non" - "Sine qua non"

Refers to something absolutely necessary, without which something is impossible.

32. "Qui totum vult totum perdit" - "He who wants everything loses everything."

From the same series as "You want a lot - you get a little."

33. "Solamen miseris socios habuisse doloris" - "Misfortune loves company"

It is understood that it is a consolation for the unfortunate that others share their grief.

We usually say: "Together, grief is easier to bear."

34. "Oderint dum metuant" - "Let them hate, if only they were afraid"

Favorite saying of Caligula, originally attributed to Lucius Actius, Roman tragic poet (170 BC); also the motto of the Russian noble family Krasnitsky.

35. "Cogito, ergo sum" - "I think, therefore I am"

This famous phrase by René Descartes may seem vague and confusing, but it was the result of his unique, individualistic approach to philosophy. According to him, many of the world's problems stem from the way we use our minds - from misunderstanding, poor definition, and unintentional illogicality.

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@Emily White The only word in Latin I know is Bon Aqua :)

The islands of Tonga are practically unknown in the world, more precisely, most people on Earth do not even know about the existence of such a state. Recently, they are gaining popularity only among eco-tourists and downshifters.


Tonga is a tiny island country in the Pacific Ocean. People here live a habitual life that almost does not change over time, and even if they do not live richly, they are calm and quite happy. Here, no one cares about politics or the world economy - life here is limited to the territory of the country itself.


Tonga- top facts


1.Tonga is a small island country in the Pacific Ocean.


The majority of the world's population does not even suspect the existence of this country.


2. This state is located in Polynesia. The official name of the country is the Kingdom of Tonga.


3. The Kingdom of Tonga is an archipelago, it consists of 177 islands. Most of the islands of the Tonga archipelago are of volcanic or coral origin. Of the 177 islands, only 36 are inhabited by people.


4. These 36 islands have a total population of 108,020 people.


5. The total area of ​​Tonga is 748 square kilometers.


6. British explorer James Cook called Tonga "Friendly Islands" and this phrase is used by the country's tourism industry to this day to attract tourists from all over the world.


7. James Cook named these islands after attending a magnificent feast and festival in his honor, organized by the leader of the island of Haapai - Finau Ulukalala. But Cook did not even suspect that the feast was actually a red herring. Finau Ulukalala and members of his tribe wanted to attack Cook and his expedition and rob the ship. But the leader did not dare to do this and abandoned his idea shortly before the start of the feast.



8. The capital of the state is Nuku'alofa. This city was founded in 1795 on the island of Tongatapu. It is now the largest and most populous city in the Kingdom. Nuku'alofa is home to ¼ of the population of Tonga.


9. Tongatapu Island is an atoll with an area of ​​260 km², it is also the largest and most populous island in the state. About 70% of the country's population lives on the territory of this atoll.


10. The Kingdom of Tonga was created by King George Tupou I. During his reign, the first set of laws was created on the islands, and Christianity became popular. George Tupou I reigned from 1845 to 1893 until his death at 95. Under him, the period of wars and unrest, which lasted from 1799 to 1852, was completed, and a constitution was adopted.


11. Most of the country's inhabitants are Christians. 1/3 of the country belongs to the United Methodist Church, and 1/5 of the country belongs to the Mormons. Due to the fact that there is a small number of inhabitants, it turns out that Tonga is the leader among the countries of the world in terms of the number of Mormons per capita.


12. Tonga is a mono-national country, more than 96 percent of the population are Tongans.



13. Almost the entire population of the country has Polynesian roots. The inhabitants of TongA are closely related to the Samoans and other Polynesians in culture and language, as well as in genetic heritage.


14. The kingdom gained independence from Great Britain in 1970.


15. Life here is limited to the territory of the country itself. No one here cares about politics and the world economy. People here live a habitual life that almost does not change over time, and although they do not live richly, they are calm and quite happy.


16. Due to the lack of suitable stone for construction, almost all buildings in Tonga are made of wood. But the royal palace and the parliament building are made of stone, and building materials were delivered here from other places.


17. The Kingdom is located in the so-called Pacific volcanic ring of fire and has at least 4 active volcanoes on its archipelago. In 2009, there was a strong undersea earthquake measuring 8.3, which, in turn, caused a tsunami. As a result of this tsunami, a large number of villages were destroyed.


18. Over the past two centuries, at least 35 volcanic eruptions have occurred on the islands of Tonga, the last was in 1960.


19. The highest point in the Kingdom is an unnamed place on the island of Kao, towering 1033 meters above sea level.



20. The climate on the islands of Tonga has two distinct seasons - dry and rainy. As for the average annual temperature, it is around 26 degrees Celsius.


21. The Tonga archipelago has two national parks and six reserves.


22. Tonga has two official languages ​​- English and Tongan. But in practice, few people here speak and understand English.


23. Most Tongans are very religious people. The official religion of the kingdom is Christianity.


24. There are some diplomatic missions on the territory of the Kingdom of Tonga.


25. The Kingdom of Tonga maintains diplomatic relations with many countries.


26. The economy of this state is based on agriculture. Agriculture is the driving force in the country. The main export commodities that bring the greatest income to the country's budget are beans, coconuts, bananas, corn, breadfruit, limes, and pineapples.


27. In addition to these products, Tonga also exports timber, animal meat and fish.



28. Most of the produce grown is consumed by the Tongans, while the rest is exported to the United States of America, New Zealand, Japan and Australia.


29. The country also imports products from countries such as Australia, Singapore, USA, Fiji and New Zealand.


30. There are no railways in Tonga.


31. Hard-surfaced roads in Tonga are only about two hundred kilometers long.


32. The total length of roads in Tonga is about seven hundred kilometers.


33. There are only a few car rentals in the country.


34. There is only one international airport here. Flights from Tonga are only available from Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.


35. The crime rate in Tonga tends to zero, as in other small island countries like Niue or Kiribati.



36. Like many other island nations lost in the ocean, Tonga is experiencing problems with fresh water. Tongans collect rainwater in special tanks.


37. This country is home to the so-called "disappearing" island of Fonuafoʻou. This is an underwater volcano, which throughout history has repeatedly “peeped out” of the water, and then plunged back in the same way.


38. Between 1781 and 1865, shallow water formed near the volcano. In 1867, he already looked out from under the water. By 1885, it had risen to a height of 50 meters above sea level (at its highest point), and reached a length of 2 kilometers. Then the leadership of the state announced that they had a new island, Fonuafoʻou. However, after a few decades, he again disappeared under water. Two years later, Fonuafo'u reappeared, and its peak point reached 320 meters.


39. The government organized an expedition and wanted to plant the flag of Tonga there and plant some palm trees, but after the volcanic eruption, the island submerged again. Until 1927, he was under water. Then it appeared and existed until 1949, after which it again plunged under water. She reappeared in 1954 and sank again in 1959. Today it is under water at -17 meters above sea level.


40. The Tongan armed forces took part in the First World War, as well as in the peacekeeping operation in Iraq.



41. Bats are sacred animals in Tonga. These are the property of the monarchy and they are protected by law. Therefore, it is forbidden to harm them or use them as pets on the islands. Thanks to this policy, the islands of Tonga are an ideal place for these mammals.


42. The only embassy of Tonga is located in China, in Beijing.


43. In addition to the danger posed by the Pacific Ring of Fire, Tonga also faces a major sea level rise problem. While some parts of the country are quite high above sea level and protected by mountainous terrain, others, flat areas with relatively low altitude, may be flooded in the near future.


44. Grocery stores in Tonga do not have as much variety as one might expect, canned goods of all kinds predominate here. Affects the remoteness from civilization.


45. The national sport in Tonga is rugby.


46. ​​The Tongan currency is called paanga. In everyday life, it is sometimes called the Tongan dollar.


47. Five radio stations broadcast throughout the kingdom.



48. The land area of ​​the kingdom increases from time to time due to volcanic activity, as a result of which new islands rise to the surface of the ocean.


49. The islands of Tonga were practically unknown in the world. Even most people on Earth did not even know about the existence of such a state. Recently, they have been gaining popularity, especially among eco-tourists and downshifters.


50. Many tourists come to this country to swim with humpback whales. Every year from June to October, whales make an amazing journey of 5,000 kilometers from Antarctica to the warm waters of Tonga. They return to Tonga to breed. After their cubs get stronger, the whales return back.



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Tokyo became the Japanese capital in 1868; before that, it was another ancient city, Kyoto. And Tokyo itself was then called “Edo”; it was renamed only after receiving the capital status. In Japan, it is considered not a city but a unique “capital district.” But it is in the top 50 largest cities in the world in terms of area.


Amazing facts about Tokyo


About 14 million people live in the capital. But the accumulation "Tokyo-Yokohama" is the largest in the world; it is home to about 39,000,000 people. A distance of 30 kilometers separates these cities, but they are both expanding and are about to merge finally - the process is already in full swing. More people already live in this accumulation than in the whole of Poland.



1. The Japanese capital Tokyo is one of the most modern cities in the world today.


2. Tokyo became the capital of Japan only in 1869. Before that, for 1075 years, the money was the city of Kyoto.


3. Tokyo occupies only 0.6% of the area of ​​Japan.


4. The ancestors of modern Japanese inhabited these lands in the era of stone axes.


5. Tokyo is located in the southeast of the island of Honshu, on the Kanto plain, near Tokyo Bay. It was founded on an ancient Edo castle site in the 15th century. Previously, this city was a military fortress and was called Edo.


6. Now, Tokyo is a vast metropolis of Tokyo and one of the most modern and high-tech cities in the world.


7. With the help of colored lights, one of the Tokyo skyscrapers informs residents about whether to take an umbrella with them when going outside.


8. Researchers in Tokyo have developed a mirror that changes a person's facial expression in real-time. It gives a smile to the face. The application is intended for use in shopping mall bathrooms. The technology was adopted in the hope that happy shoppers would spend more.



9. The population density in Tokyo is one of the highest among the cities in the world, and there are only 4 square meters per person.


10. The population of Tokyo is approximately equal in size to the population of Moscow. In total, more than 35,000,000 people live in the Tokyo agglomeration. This is about 60 times more than the population of Montenegro.


11. So many people live in Tokyo that the temperature in the city is always higher than in the suburbs by 8-9 degrees. And there is also a tremendous amount of infrastructure radiating into space.


12. Since many people live here, and the population density is off the scale, this provokes an explosive rise in property prices.


13. The cost of a square meter of real estate in the business center of the city here comes to 2 million dollars. Due to the high price of real estate in Tokyo, capsule micro-apartments are common. Such housing is comparable to a kitchen in a typical Russian apartment.


14. In Tokyo, a building built in 1972 consists of tiny 90-square-foot capsule apartments. If necessary, they can be replaced as Lego pieces.


15. In Tokyo, there are ancient monuments (for example, a castle where the imperial residence is located) and modern buildings 40-60 floors high.




16. The Tokyo subway is the largest in the world in terms of ridership - it is used by 3.2 billion people yearly. Curiously, there is even a unique position here - Asia, or pushers, whose duties include pushing passengers into overcrowded cars.


17. The dog Hachiko, famous worldwide due to his devotion, was waiting for his master right here, at Tokyo's Shibuya station, until his death.


18. Public transport in Tokyo is the most reliable, affordable, and fastest way to get around, but it is not cheap.


19. The cost of parking here is fabulously high.


20. To get rid of traffic jams in Tokyo, many high-speed highways were built, but the passage on them is paid for.


21. Each Tokyo train station has its unique theme song.


22. 45 of the 51 busiest train stations in the world are in Japan. The busiest Shinjuku station in Tokyo serves approximately 1.2 billion passengers a year.


23. There are many single people in Tokyo who have never been in any relationship with the opposite sex. Because of this, the suicide rate is extremely high.




24. Blue "anti-suicide" LED lights have been installed on all train platforms in Tokyo to reduce the number of suicides committed here. It is believed that such lanterns have a calming effect. Studies have shown that blue-light stations saw an 84% reduction in suicide rates.


25. Tokyo is clean, safe, and calm, but a foreigner unaccustomed to Japanese flavor can be shocked by strange vending machines, flashing neon signs, futuristic household appliances, and much more.


26. Vending machines ubiquitous in Tokyo sell everything, from chocolates and hamburgers to underwear.


27. Tokyo is the safest metropolis in the world. Tokyo is so safe that young children use public transport on their own.


28. Tokyo is the wealthiest city on the planet. Although Tokyo occupies only 0.6% of the area of ​​Japan, this city provides it with a third of its total GDP.


29. The GDP of Tokyo alone is higher than that of all of Australia. If Tokyo were a separate country, it would be in 15th place in the world in terms of GDP.


30. Some establishments in Tokyo do not allow foreigners. A sign can hang on the door, meaning "foreigners are not served."



31. Back in the 1982 Akira manga, it was predicted that the 2020 Olympics would be held in Tokyo.


32. In Japan, there is an anime and manga called "Saint Young Men," in which Jesus and Buddha live in Tokyo as roommates. They rest on Earth and try to understand Japanese society.


33. Dressing up as your favorite manga or anime character and organizing a Tokyo performance is a normal pastime.


34. Tokyo has an anime-themed Butler cafe. According to his owner, Japanese women "want to visit cafes where male waiters treat them like princesses." This is the only cafe in the city where only foreigners work.


35. “Cat cafes” are typical here - establishments where you can play with these fluffy pets. They have become popular because most Japanese people love cats, but the rules forbid keeping pets in most households.




36. Tokyo Skytree is the tallest freestanding tower in the world. The height of the building is 634 meters. The tower's final size was chosen solely because of a play on words. The result is "Musashi": "mu" (in old Japanese means the number 6), "sa" (3), and "si" (4). This was the name of the historic district where modern Tokyo is located.


37. Tokyo Tower was built from steel, a third of which was scrap metal (American tanks damaged in the Korean War). Often this building is used in the Japanese kaiju film genre. It also became the site of the culminating "battles" of Godzilla, Mothra, and King Kong.




38. There are rumors that a secret underground city is supposedly located under Tokyo, but officials deny this information.


39. There is a 12-story luxury stationery store in Tokyo. On the 12th floor, they serve lettuce grown on the indoor organic farm located on the 11th floor of the same building.


40. The University of Tokyo is developing a tactile hologram, meaning they create a hologram that can be touched and felt.




41. Ueno Tokyo Zoo is Japan's oldest zoo, with over 2,600 pets. Once a year, the zoo is closed for two months to give the animals a break from the visitors.


42. A cafe has opened in Tokyo where visitors can hug hedgehogs.


43. One Japanese scientist has created an exact copy of Tokyo. He used oatmeal to create nearby settlements, and bright light to simulate mountains, water sources and other natural features. When a scientist placed a living slime mold in the center of the mock-up, it created a network reminiscent of the Tokyo rail system as it tried to reach the treat (oatmeal).


44. Japan has almost twice as many 7-Elevens stores as the US. Only in Tokyo there are 2079 stores of this network.


45. In 2013, a 39-story hotel in Tokyo was demolished without explosives or a special wrecking ball. All 39 floors were dismantled from the inside using a small crane, which gradually folded floor by floor.



46. ​​The asteroid Tokyo, discovered in this city in 1900 by a Tokyo astronomer, was named after the city. This celestial body of irregular shape with a diameter of approximately 81 kilometers.


47. There are five huge cylindrical shafts under Tokyo that will be filled with water in the event of a flood. This will prevent the destruction of the city.


48. Because of Tokyo's location on a tectonic fault, geologists call it the "city waiting for death." There are about 150 earthquakes in Tokyo every year, but most of them are so weak that people don't even notice them.


49. In 1923, a terrible earthquake destroyed almost half of Tokyo and caused the death of more than 90 thousand people.


50. Nevertheless, the Japanese capital is firmly held in the top of the most visited cities in the world by tourists. In any case, Tokyo is worth visiting this city.



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