Every nation has a unique culture, with some countries sharing similar traditions. The Netherlands is one such country that’s filled with a rich history that others may find exciting to learn about — a place full of plenty of fun things to do and wondrous places to see. If you ever decide to leave your home and board a flight to the Netherlands, then here are a few things that might pique your interest.
Netherland and Holland
The Netherlands is made up of 12 provinces — two of which are North Holland and South Holland. This is because Holland used to contribute the most in terms of monetary value.
So, the name “Holland” kind of stuck as the country’s name in many people’s minds. That is until last year the Dutch government opted for change and decided to officially name it the “Netherlands” to create a new image of the country in international eyes.
Largest Population in Europe
According to research done by the United Nations, the Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in Europe, with numbers of over 17 million. The Netherlands spans a total distance of 33,720 kilometers — meaning that, for each square per kilometer, there’s an estimated 508 residents.
Most of the population has found their home in modern and developed locations, and more than 40% live in Randstad. This is an amalgam of all the major cities in the Netherlands.
Lowest Lying Country
You’d probably be surprised to find out that the Netherlands is one of the lowest-lying countries as it sits well below sea level. It’s estimated that about 60% of the population resides in areas that are over 16 feet below sea level.
This rings true for the country as its name translates to0′ lowlands.’ If you’re afraid of waking up to finding your home submerged, then don’t fret. The country is prepared to deal with this with a water pumping system to keep everything dry.
State of Happiness
Mental health is a big issue for many people nowadays. So, if you ever feel down, then a trip to the Netherlands might be just what you need. According to the World Happiness Report, which is a real thing, the Netherlands ranks sixth when it comes to how happy its people are.
The Dutch are a joyful bunch. Their ease in making connections with others and their freedom has helped to better their moods. They also have a greater life expectancy than some of their neighboring countries.
State of Health
It’s easy to get swept away by the food, especially when it tastes so great. However, too much of a good thing will often dish out some side effects for your body and health.
The Dutch follow a healthy diet and lifestyle to keep themselves fit — this has led to them earning the number one spot when it comes to proper nutrition. Despite their sweet tooth, the Netherlands is one of the largest exporters of vegetables, and there are plenty of veggies around for the Dutch to partake in.
Health and happiness are an important focus for the Dutch, which is one of the reasons why they’re able to stay physically active and maintain a fit and healthy body. The estimation is that about 56% of the population takes part in an active sport.
This has helped the country reach the top in Europe in terms of how physically active its residents are. The main reason is that the Dutch love cycling around — so much so, in fact, that the Netherlands even has a bike path spanning 20,000 km long for any and all bikers.
The Stock Market
If you didn’t know that the Dutch were the first to create a stock market, then you’ll be even more surprised to find out how long ago it was created. Dutch legislators and businessmen needed a way to fund the Dutch East India Company and its trade route, which resulted in the first-ever stock market in 1602.
The Amsterdam stock exchange followed and many businesses now have the Netherlands to thank for creating the stock exchange system that’s currently in use.
More Bikes Than People
There are 17 million residents in the Netherlands and a total of 22 million bikes in the country. This means that there are more bikes than there are people. The Netherlands love their bikes and will often use them for daily outings, with some parents attaching a side box so that their children can ride along with them.
This availability of bikes helps keep the residents physically active. Unfortunately, the downside is that with so many bikes available, there are also a lot of bike thefts.
The Second Language
When moving to a new country, there are always a lot of hurdles to face, which stem from not being able to adjust to the language. This is not a big issue in the Netherlands, as the Dutch are some of the best English-speaking people around.
In the Netherlands, more than 90% of the population is fluent in English. So, it’s easy to ask for help if you ever get lost. Over 94% also speak at least two languages, which is more than most European countries.
Meeting new people in a foreign country can be scary, but that fear is squashed when you find someone with a similar background. More than three million residents come from different parts of the world, making it easy to find someone to relate to.
This mixture of culture and diversity creates a greeting point for many people across the world. More than half of them come from the Middle East, and this has also created diversity in the foods available in the Netherlands.
The Official Language
The official language of the Netherlands is Dutch, but they have another language called Frisian. This is only spoken by about 400,000 out of about 10 million locals. This means that there are more English speakers than there are people who speak Frisian.
There are also three minor languages spoken by the Dutch, but they are more common towards the border, closer to Germany. The Dutch also have their own form of sign language called NGT, and it’s used by about 15,000 residents.
Tallest in the World
You may have come across an article or two that says the Dutch are the tallest in the world. It isn’t surprising that this is true. Women, on average, stand at about 5’8 to 5’9 while men stand at 5’11- to 6’0 feet tall — making them the tallest in the world.
Many researchers have attributed this to the fact that the Dutch have a healthy diet and exercise daily. However, the most important factor is how many dairy products they consume on average.
Country of Windmills
If you ever decide to make the trip to the Netherlands, then you should try visiting the many windmills across the country, which are open to the general public.
Some of the windmills still serve a purpose in maintaining the country by grinding grain for flour or by pumping out water to keep the land dry. If you’re a historian, then you’re in luck as many windmills have been turned into museums filled with all kinds of history about the country.
It’s estimated that about six million wooden clogs are produced annually in the Netherlands. These shoes have many uses but are mainly used for jobs that require physical labor. These have been in use ever since the medieval ages.
Nowadays, most people do not prefer these, as there’s now more ideal footwear available. However, if you’re a tourist looking for a souvenir, then you can easily get your hands on wooden clogs to take back home.
The national flower of the Netherlands, the tulip, is not native to the country. In fact, you may be surprised to find out that these flowers were imported in large quantities from Turkey.
In the 1600s, many were crazed over tulips and the bulbs even rose to prices that were more expensive than a house back then. It wasn’t until WWII that many discovered the nutritional qualities of a tulip bulb, and now it has become a source of food.
Largest Provider of Flower Bulbs
Even though the tulip isn’t native to the Netherlands, the Dutch are still considered the largest exporters of tulip buds. According to experts, there are about two billion tulips that leave the country each year.
These buds are sold at the largest auction of flowers and plants in three different locations. Many people from around the world visit this location to learn all the details that go into buying and transporting these buds on a worldwide scale.
People who love frequenting bars may be excited to learn that one of the most famous drinks was originally made by the Dutch in the 1600s, although it later became more prominent in Great Britain.
The rise in popularity of the brew occurred after King William III ascended the throne. It was consumed by many soldiers of British and Dutch descent as they believed the consumption would boost their bravery in battle. So now, you know who to thank if it’s your drink of choice.
The color orange may not be found on the Dutch flag, but that didn’t stop the Netherlands from making it their national color. It goes back in history — the reason being that the monarchy was known as The House of Orange.
Willem Alexander was even given the title, Prince of Orange. This is the reason the Dutch go out garbed in orange clothes during many holidays and also why the jerseys worn by many of their teams are orange in color.
Origin of Carrots
The Netherlands is to be thanked for introducing carrots to the world. However, what many people may not know is that carrots weren’t orange, to begin with. They were originally yellow, white, and purple. In the 17th century, however, they were turned orange due to political reasons.
This was done to show the sign of Dutch independence, which was thanks to Willem, Prince of Orange. Through various means, the original colors had been bred out. So, if you find one that isn’t orange, consider yourself lucky.
The Netherlands might be famous for its leniency in its consumption of substances, but they still maintain some control over the quantity that people can get access to. They may allow coffee shops to sell it to customers, but advertising the product is frowned upon.
For personal use, residents are also only allowed to grow up to five such plants at home. The government may often add additional rules as they see fit.
Supporting Diversity in Love
The Netherlands is one of the most progressive nations in the world and they are known for their diversity, So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to find out they were the first to legalize gay marriage.
It was made legal in 2001 and, since then, there have been more than 15,000 couples who have come out together. This was the first step taken that allowed other countries to follow the Dutch and legalize marriage between the same gender. Bravo, Netherlands, bravo!
Highest Home Births
In modern times, people prefer to give birth in a hospital where medical services are just a second away. However, it’s still common for mothers to give birth at home. The estimation is that one in eight babies are delivered at home, which makes the Netherlands one of the highest in home births.
The Dutch provide insurance for at-home birth, but it has seen a decline since people prefer the medical attention that a hospital provides to the baby and the mother.
Ban on Gas and Petrol
Due to the National Climate Agreement, the Dutch are planning to ban fuel-run automobiles to limit the negative effects that emissions have on the environment. The government has decided to only allow cars powered by electricity on their streets and they plan to set this in motion by 2030.
This has led to a rise in sales of vehicles by Tesla, as the manufacturer provides all-electric powered cars. The rise in favor of Tesla is also thanks to the high taxes that the government charges on cars run by fuel.
The Most Direct Flights
Imagine that you want to go back home for Christmas, but you need to travel a long way with multiple layovers and pay an excessive amount of money. This isn’t an issue if you live in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands has one of the most direct flight paths — they allow travel to 97 different countries. So, you can get back home in time for Christmas dinner. The airport services are provided by the government.
Licorice Is Love
The Dutch may follow a healthy lifestyle of eating right and exercising, but that doesn’t stop them from enjoying something sweet once in a while. By something sweet, we mean licorice. Also, to be clear, they consume this stuff as if it’s oxygen.
They believe it has anti-inflammatory properties and helps in healing the body from sickness. They consume 32 million kilos of the sweet black treat every year. From the sounds of it, nothing can come in between the Dutch and their black licorice!
Origin of CDs
Not many people around may know this, but all the digital and physical media that we use is thanks to the tech giant known as Philips. This Dutch tech-based company came out with the first cassette in 1963. They would then go on to work with Sony to introduce the CD to the world.
They revolutionized household technology by introducing blenders, television, and many more electronics. They also introduced the DVD to the market after the VHS had started to lose its popularity amongst users.
From Queen to King
After spending 33 years on the throne, Queen Beatrix decided it was time to sit back and let her son take the helm of the nation. This was huge news for the nation, as this would be the first time since 1890 that a king would step up to sit on the throne.
It didn’t take long for the citizens to celebrate the rule of their new king by wearing orange and throwing many parties. After three different queens, it was Prince Willems’s turn to rule.
Before Prince Willem took the throne, the holiday — which was known as King’s Day — was actually celebrated as Queen’s Day because of the three women who ruled before Willem. It was decided by Queen Beatrix that Queen’s Day would be celebrated on the 30th of April, which was her mother’s birthday.
This decision went over well with the citizens who loved the idea of celebrating Queen’s Day on the previous queen’s birthday to honor her. This is because the holiday would be in spring instead of winter.
King of the Skies
The Prince, who now has the title of King, is an avid lover of the skies and often enjoys flying planes. This was a big shock to many when they found out that his love for flying got him a job as a pilot for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, where he worked for about 20 years.
He’s known to take the wheel from other pilots during trips on the Dutch Royal airline. Twice a month, he takes short flights from Amsterdam airport.
Built on Wood
The Netherlands foundation was initially supported by lots of wooden pillars, as it was built on lands surrounded by swamps. The land was entrenched in river beds, which — at the time — mainly consisted of mud and sand.
Over time, most of the wood rotted away and had to be built anew with better support. Right now, the land below Amsterdam has been replaced with tons of steel and concrete as support because wood is unable to hold up much weight.
French fries aren’t French, but they aren’t from the Netherlands either. However, unlike the rest of the world, the Dutch do not consume their fries with just ketchup alone. No! Instead, they prefer to dip their crunchy potatoes in mayonnaise.
They do still dip it in ketchup, but the mayonnaise part is what sticks out. Another dipping sauce that the Dutch love is peanut sauce, which you may have not heard of before. Well, you better hope you’re not allergic to nuts if you want to try it out.
Lowest Instance of Lactose
The Dutch say that their contribution to their growth in height is their consumption of dairy products. So, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that the Netherlands ranks low in the number of people who are lactose intolerant.
The Dutch consume large amounts of cheese daily, and their healthy way of eating and maintaining a fit lifestyle helps them maintain their body for the better. If you are unable to enjoy the pleasures of dairy products, then the Netherlands isn’t the country for you — or you could just ignore all the cheese.
Largest Garden in the World
The Netherlands is boastful about its national flower, the tulip. Now, they have something to be even prouder of — and that’s the fact that the Netherlands is home to the biggest garden in the world. Keukenhof, which is also known as the garden of Europe, is home to the largest bed of tulips in the world.
If you ever decide to check it out, you’ll find yourself surrounded by 800 varieties of tulips. Most of them are sent through various means of transportation to spread tulips across the globe.
Connected by Bridges
Amsterdam is one of the most populated cities in the world. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations places. The entire city is connected by 1281 bridges, which are used by the many people that are trying to get from point A to point B in a timely manner.
These bridges also act as more than pathways, as they also connect many of the canals located in the city. However, there are only about 165 canals, which is way less than half of the bridges.
Biggest Pub in Europe
De Drie Gezusters is definitely one of the grandest cafes/pubs that you can come across. The name of the pub comes from the three buildings that are connected together.
You have the option to enjoy your drinks and food in the attractively furnished interior of the pub — or you can even go up to the heated terrace to down a few drinks with your friends. The pub doesn’t just offer you a great variety of tasty drinks, but also some excellent meals.
In the Netherlands, they want to make sure that you stay safe. In order to do so, the public authorities check their public warning sirens all over the country on the first Monday of every month exactly at 12:00 pm.
This siren goes on without any interruption for a minute and 26 seconds. However, there’s nothing really to worry about since they’re just test alarms. The alarms never go off on religious or national holidays even if they fall on the first Monday of the month.
Their Way of Greeting
If you didn’t know about this one, you definitely need to. The Dutch have an affectionate way of greeting each other — that is with three kisses on the cheek. While this might seem a bit novel to many Americans, it’s actually fairly common in the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Belgium.
So, it goes without saying that if a Dutch person were to suddenly greet you in that way, don’t get any romantic ideas. They’re just saying hello or goodbye.
The Dutch celebrate the start of spring with skirt day, or what they call Rokjesdag. It’s the day women start wearing short skirts, dresses, or even just shorts and show off their bare legs again. Many men participate in this as well by wearing shorts.
Some even go as far as wearing skirts as well. Rokjesdag is a term that was popularized back in 1996 by Martin Bril, a Dutch journalist. According to Bril, all women magically wear skirts on the first day of spring, showing off their legs underneath.
The Dutch are known to celebrate Sinterklass, which is a winter holiday. This celebration takes place on the fifth and sixth of December and is based around St. Nicholas. As most of you may already know, the holiday of Christmas is also centered around the same figure, St. Nicholas.
This day is celebrated by sharing gifts on Sinterklaas eve (December 5th), indulging in a delicious sweet feast consisting of whipped cream, hot chocolate, marzipan, and more. Families sing along and wait until the 6th of December to unwrap presents.
Every summer, a huge number of Dutch children, along with their parents, participate in what is known as the Avondvierdaagse. This is basically a four-day march that takes place across four evenings.
It’s basically a community walk done by thousands of parents, teachers, sports clubs, children, and even random people with their dogs who walk a certain distance every evening. This walk is mostly done while slurping on a half-cut lemon that’s topped with peppermint in order to give you energy.
Oldest Anthem Ever
If you ever wondered what country has the oldest national anthem, then you’ve come to the right place — it’s the Netherlands. The country’s national anthem is called the Wilhelmus. Even though the Wilhelmus didn’t really officially become their national anthem until 1932, the music was found to date back to the year 1572 at least.
This makes it the oldest melody that was used in a country’s anthem. While people are still uncertain about the origin of the lyrics, it’s believed to be at least 400 years old.
The Netherlands is quite serious about making sure that they are preserving greenery and playing their part in protecting the Earth. The Dutch government is taking big steps to promote green energy in their country.
They’ve already made plans of reducing the greenhouse emissions from the country to a flat zero within 2050. As mentioned before, the Dutch government is also hoping to ban diesel and petrol-powered cars within 2030, promoting the use of electric cars and vehicles for a safer and cleaner environment.
There has been a ton of controversies and talks about the healthcare system not being as great in certain countries, even the top-leading countries in the world. However, Dutch healthcare is almost always at the top of the annual Euro Health Consumer Index.
It also ranks in the global top five for its healthcare. Depending on the criteria that is considered, the ranking might differ somewhat. However, it still definitely does go without saying that Dutch healthcare is one of the best systems.
They Love Caffeine
If you’re a coffee-lover, this might just be your calling. After the Nordic countries like Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland — which drink the most coffee in the world — it’s the Dutch. They definitely do love their daily dose of caffeine.
It is said that a Dutch person, on average, drinks about 2.4 cups of coffee in a day. This is definitely a place for you to visit if you’re a coffee fanatic and want to meet a whole country full of the same people.
40+ Times British People Just Couldn’t Resist Putting That Pun in Their Business Name
Naming shops has to be one of the toughest jobs ever. People may or may not visit a shop based on the name of it. These British shop owners took this strategy very seriously and added puns to the names of their shops.
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Hello, it Is Me You’re Looking Floor!
People can take humor to whole other levels. This is a vivid example of that. This British flooring business decided to come up with the funniest tagline ever. So, instead of asking if we are looking for them, they went by ‘Hello, it is me your looking floor.’
Our inner-grammar-nerd-selves are internally screaming, but the reference to the popular song lyric from Lionel Richie’s “Hello,” makes it both clever and funny.
This shop based in the UK must be owned by that scary kid from Finding Nemo. Remember that kid with shark-shaped teeth? Who else would want to fry Nemo? We must say that we’re impressed with the name of this ‘fish and chips’ joint.
Frying fish wouldn’t have caught anyone’s attention but Frying Nemo? Who would ever ignore that? This must be Marlin’s greatest nightmare but we hope Nemo is safe in someone else’s tummy!
If you think you won’t make it to heaven, then don’t worry — we have got your back. Check out He-Van, a storage packing service. We liked how they turned ‘Heaven’ into He-Van. Clever move! Did you get the pun?
He-Van is a storage removal service. You can avail their services if you live in Brighton or Hove area. So, next time you want to move your belongings, call Heaven. Oops, we mean He-Van!
This Thai food joint didn’t even leave a sinking ship alone. Ten points to team Thai Tanic for their efforts. We’re just worried about Rose showing up here. What would happen to poor Thai Jack? Also, what would the iceberg be made of?
Thai soup? We don’t mind sinking in Thai soup if it’s good, just saying! Let’s just hope that Thai Tanic doesn’t hit an iceberg this time.
Tree Wise Men
We’ll get to the name in a second, but can someone please confirm if they have ‘branches?’ This pun is actually unbelievable, or should we say unbe-leaf-able? Who would have thought of opening up a tree service and then naming it this?
Who came up with the idea for this great reference? The Three Wise Men came bearing gifts according to the Bible and referring to them gives this business great positive energy. We love it!
World of Woolcraft
If you believe in peace, then this should be your go-to place. Why play games of war when you can go to shops for wool? We have a feeling this shop is owned by a cute, little grandma. Only grandmothers have hearts of gold.
Who else would have thought of replacing ‘World of Warcraft’ with ‘World of Woolcraft?’ We need to check if that was our own grandmother or not. It really is the sweetest name!
Harris on Ford
We have one question — is your service applicable in the space, other dimensions, and caves too? If this car service were introduced a few years back, then we would have seen it in at least one or two Star Wars chapters.
It’s good to know that there are car services out there named Harris on Ford. Harrison Ford must be proud of himself for becoming a car service. The man truly is versatile.
The Rolling Cones
Calling all the rock and roll fans out there! Here comes a rock ice-cream store! If The Rolling Stones have ever craved ice-cream, then this would be the place to go! Good music and good ice-cream — what else would you ever need again?
Even though we have not tried their ice-cream, we’re pretty certain that it’s delicious. After all, it’s named after one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time.
Game of Scones
Game of Thrones fans — if you miss the show and the saying, “Winter is coming,” then we have something better for you. This will keep your tummy and heart content. So here it goes… Breakfast is coming.
Nothing can ever beat a good breakfast. We really loved how this restaurant named itself Game of Scones inspired by Game of Thrones, appealing to fans of this popular show.
Vlad the Inhaler
Have you ever heard about Vlad the Impaler? This place decided to name their shop using a pun referring to the Romanian ruler. This is the funniest business name ever. We loved how they changed the impaler to the inhaler.
Hilarious is the first word that comes to mind. Who would have ever thought a shop could come up with such a clever pun using the word ‘inhaler,’ let alone turn it into something so morbid and hilarious at the same time. Clever name, guys!
Hairy Pop-Ins is the name of a pet nanny service. Without going any further, we can already assure you that this team provides impeccable service. Who remembers Mary Poppins? If you want your pet to have the most angelic nanny ever, you must hire nannies from Hairy Pop-Ins.
The best part about the name is that the resemblance is so ironic. Who wouldn’t want Mary Poppins as their pet’s nanny even if the name is just a pun?
Jamaican Mi Hungry, Mon
Here is a ‘Jamaican Mi’ pun. Finally! These ‘Jamaican Mi’ puns are so silly that people don’t even get it in the first place. If you are one of them, then we will surely break it down for you. ‘Jamaican mi’ sounds like ‘you’re making me’ and is used instead to make an epic and punny name for this restaurant.
So, without the pun, the restaurant’s name would be ‘You Are Making Me Hungry!’ Then again, we’re guessing this particular eatery serves Jamaican cuisine, so it does make a lot of sense.
Jack the Clipper
When it comes to dark humour, we believe that no one can ever beat British people in it. Likewise, here is yet another morbid pun that was used as the name of a barbershop — Jack the Clipper. Does that remind you of anyone?
Yes, we are talking about Jack the Reaper, who was a serial killer. Now, we’re scared to step into the barber’s shop. Good luck, barber Jack! We hope your other customers aren’t too scared!
Shrimply the Best
This is a clever one. We must say the more punny businesses we’re discovering, the funnier it’s getting. Also, we’re surprised to see how creative people can get with their humour. Rod’s Seafood undoubtedly serves the best seafood.
To put more emphasis on their seafood part, they used ‘shrimply’ instead of ‘simply’ and we think it’s the cutest thing on the internet today. Hats off to you guys!
We never imagined something so sad would even make us laugh so much. This florist shop took the word ‘melancholy’ to a new level. Next time we read or write melancholy anywhere, we’ll be thinking about this florist shop for a good amount of time. Now, that’s good marketing!
The name brings to find both the fruit and the vegetable. Thanks for turning such a sad English word into something so cute and laughable at the same time.
If your hairdresser cancels on you at the last minute or is booked during the holiday season, then we have the perfect place for you! British Airways is here to help you at any time of the year. Just book a flight to the hairdresser.
Next time we make plans for a trip, we won’t cut our hair before as British Airways now has this service covered for all of their passengers.
Why go to Domino’s when you can have Nominos? The name itself is self-explanatory. We can already tell their food is super delicious! Although the name of this food joint probably didn’t take much to think of, we still have to commend the eatery on its humorous efforts.
Next time, if Domino’s Pizza takes more than 20 minutes to reach you, you know where to go, right? Definitely Nominos. We can’t speak for others but we will pay a visit to Nominos at least once.
Back to the Fuchsia
One of the reasons why we love the internet is to discover how creative people can really get. Check out this British florist service that won’t bring you Back to the Future but rather, take you to the land of flowers, bouquets, and arrangements!
It is hilarious how they replaced the word ‘future’ with ‘fuchsia’ like the flower, or the color! Out of all the things out there, someone came up with this hilarious name for their business.
Oh My Cod
Oh my cod! Look, someone ate half of the letter ‘G’ and turned it into OMC! Jokes aside, this shop sells fish and chips, and they went a little too far with their shop’s name. They named their shop Oh My Cod in reference to, well, you already understand.
This shop is something that won’t go unnoticed. So, if you’re walking down the street, be sure to keep an eye out and let us know if their food is good enough to make you exclaim “OMG!”
Planet of the Grapes
Oh, look! The grapes ate the apes! Who knew? This British beverage shop took inspiration from the ape focused movie, Planet of the Apes, and named their shop Planet of the Grapes. Clever move.
Regardless of it being very funny, we just really love it. Many stores always prefer naming their shops something fancy or hard to pronounce. Who would ever name it with some puns? British people, obviously.
British business owners can be very funny and humorous at times. It will shock you to your core. Here is an example, one very famous hair salon named themselves Barber Streisand. Does the name remind you of anyone?
American singer and actress Barbra Streisand! This salon is very famous in the UK but we are not certain whether it is because of the name itself or their fantastic service. Plus, the shop right next to it surely reminds you of Batman and Robin.
Phat Phuc Noodle Bar
We get your point. We’re not sure if the owners knew what it would sound like but we had our own fun! We’re just wondering if this caught the attention of the authority or just us? In Vietnamese, the name is claimed by the owners to mean Happy Buddha, a symbol of prosperity.
In English, the pronunciation takes on a life of its own, one that we think is quite hilarious but also controversial.
Here is what we’re screaming at the top of our lungs — “Run Florist, run!” We’re not even kidding. If you pay attention, you may hear our voices echoing somewhere out there right now! This florist shop did not even leave our sweet boy Forest from Forrest Gump alone!
We’re not surprised to see Forrest as a florist either. What can’t he do? He wasn’t a florist in the movie, so someone in the UK made it happen instead!
Look around — you are surrounded by art. We’re guessing someone took it very seriously. What is art? Anything that makes you feel something. Anything that makes you happy. Right? So, is mowing the grass art as well if you enjoy doing it?
Maybe not to us, but according to this business owner, mowing is certainly an art. That’s why they named their business Mowsart, taking inspiration from world-famous composer Mozart. Now, that is art.
So far we have come to notice that the barbershops based in the UK are the funniest ones. The way they name their shops is utterly humorous. Here is another fantastic example. Presenting Alley Barbers!
At first, we mistakenly called it Ali Baba from the fairytale! That was a slip of tongue but can you blame us? We really liked this name. We hope we’ll get cheap haircut deals from these Alley Barbers.
A Fish Called Rhondda
If you can’t relate to the name of this fish and chips place, then we can help you out! There was this comedy film from the ‘80s called A Fish Called Wanda. Guess who decided to turn it into a pun? A British restaurant owner, of course.
We find the name of this fish and chips shop hilarious and cute all at the same time. Dear Rhondda, we’re hoping that this found you well!
Chisel Me Timbers
Oh, wait! We were excited to see a pirate. This carpentry shop came up with such an iconic name that we’re actually in awe right now. The best part is how they mixed the pirate saying with their carpentry business.
In movies and cartoons, we often see pirates exclaiming “shiver me timbers!” We’re delighted to see that these business owners put a spin on it, naming their company Chisel Me Timbers. This pun goes very well with the business, we have to admit.
Planet of the Crepes
It looks like the apes are very popular among British people when it comes to naming businesses. Remember when we were talking about Planet of the Apes earlier? We have found yet another shop that’s inspired by the name of the movie.
Only this time it’s a food cart, specifically crepes! Yum! There’s one thing that we’re wondering and that is if this food truck adds bananas to all their menu items.
Bin ‘N’ Tonic
This cleaning service sure knows what it does. This is an ideal example of when people are really clever with business names. It’s pretty hilarious how they resonated with the name of a beverage.
Whoever named the cleaning service after their favorite after-work beverage is a creative genius. Did the team laugh as well? We surely did, so kudos to the owners!
This floating cart got so famous that at this point, we’re wondering if Jason Donovan ever came to eat here. The name of the van is actually impressive. It would be more hilarious and relatable if the owner’s name was Jason.
We’re currently not sure what his name is but to the owner of Jason Donervan — if you’re reading this, know that we laughed five minutes straight after seeing this.
Ayr Guitar should take the award today! This has to be the best pun so far. Hold on, we need a few seconds to gasp for some air. We all know what air guitar is, but we never thought we’d see it as a shop’s name.
This shop in Scotland is named Ayr Guitar, which is pronounced as ‘air guitar.’ Now, please tell us if you think this one tops all the other puns or not!
Jabba the Cutt
Remember we said earlier that it looks like the British barbers are the most humorous business owners ever? We solemnly swear that it’s true and no one can ever change that! We have found yet another interesting barbershop that’s inspired by Star Wars.
Remember Jabba the Hutt? Now, people, we would like to introduce you to Jabba the Cutt: The Barbershop! We’re super excited to meet a barber who’s also a Star Wars fan!
Jean-Claude Van Man
Oh, well! Does Jean-Claude Van Damme have any idea what’s going on in this part of the world? This storage carrying service wasn’t any less creative when it came to naming their business.
If we were given an option to name any of these businesses, we wouldn’t have been so clever.
Hello, sir. Do you have the new PlayStation 5? No, we sell fish and chips only. This would have been our conversation if we visited the Plaice Station. If they have different branches, they could name each of them Plaice Station One, Two, Three, Four, Five — and so on…
Then again, that would cause a bit of confusion. Suppose your friend called you and asked where you were. You would say I am at the Plaice Station. You’re where? Ya know, at PS5.
The Cod Mighty
Okay, we have seen some stores with names similar to this one but we still laughed incredibly hard. This fish and chips shop totally gets points for effort, creativity, and pun-tastic humour!
We’re just hoping that the Almighty doesn’t get tired of being replaced by mere cods over and over again. Kudos to the restaurant owners for their sharp thinking!
Next time, if Batman doesn’t show up for an emergency call from Gotham, we know where to find him! Here at Bapman, of course. Dinner with Bapman! If this doesn’t make you want to go to this place for dinner, then we’re sending our very own Robin to bring you here.
We must say, even the Kapow beneath looks like a great deal, too. We’re curious to see if the names of the menu items.
Samuel L. Jackson
Okay, so this is seriously some low effort pun. This ride service literally did not change any letter or part of the name of our man, Samuel L Jackson. What if he finds out? Do you think he’ll get all mad at this company, like that scene from Pulp Fiction?
In that case, good luck! Start preparing cheeseburgers for him because if he finds out about you, you’re doomed!
Okay, does paying a higher price to other tyre vendors count as a good deed? If it does, then we’re going to heaven. This car repair shop has such a catchy tagline that we’re still laughing — ‘Our tyres are so cheap, that it’s a sin.’
Now, we’re in a dilemma as to whether we’re good or bad people. Does paying more make us bad? Does charging us more make other vendors bad people? Who’s a fault now?
This business owner just took the whole thing a notch higher. Guessing by the name of this restaurant, we think it’s in Manchester. As it has the ‘chip’ word in it, we can also assume that this place serves pretty decent fish and chips.
Since they were careful and clever enough to come up with such a unique name, we would like to believe that this place lives up to the hype.
Pie Sports Stews
We have to give it to the person who came up with this idea. Just think about all the money they helped save. Visibly, it’s a catering company or a restaurant that sells pie, although the van formerly belonged to a satellite TV company called Sky Sports News.
To help save up both effort and money, the van for ‘sky news’ now became ‘pie stews.’ We’re still wondering about that ‘sports’ in the middle, though!
Hey, we’re going to Singhbury! Do you mean Sainsbury? Nope, we meant Singhbury! Wait, what? Don’t get all confused. It is what it is. Sadly, Signbury got sued by Sainsbury. Now, we’re eagerly contemplating what’s going to be their new name.
At this point, we’re losing our Singh. Get it? Jokes aside, good effort guys. Singhbury gives off the vibe that they sell curries but in the most clever way.
Okay, we will. Hey, we just brought a fridge, do you wanna take it? Sir, we don’t buy fridges. Then, why is your name Sellfridges? Good question! Seriously what were the owners thinking before naming their company?
Was their first intention to sell fridges until they later realized it wouldn’t work out? What happened here exactly? We don’t know but we’re still trying to crack it for you!
This one right here is a classic. This food truck owner named it after the iconic franchise, Jurassic Park. But, no need to worry — they won’t serve you dinosaur meat. Not that they could if they wanted to.
As the name suggests, this place mainly serves pork, but they are pretty famous for their snack items, too. If you cannot afford to go all the way to Jurassic Park, visit this place and have a pork chop instead.
We’re not quite sure whether or not the owner of this place is into books, but we can agree on the fact that Charles Dickens would definitely approve this name if he were alive.
Given the name of this place, we can only expect great things from here. See what we did there? If you’re into books and have a major sweet tooth, now you know where to go!