r/NoStupidQuestions Dec 08 '21 Silver 7 Helpful 5 Wholesome 4 Party Train 1

What comes into your mind when you hear or see a word "Kazakhstan"? Answered

Just a little experiment.

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u/pokemamorytrainer Dec 08 '21 Silver All-Seeing Upvote

This is my country of Kazakhstan. It locate between Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan, and assholes Uzbekistan.

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u/Dilostilo Dec 08 '21

So what's up with the Uzbeks bro. Are they the trustfund kid of the Euroasian countries or what?

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u/[deleted] Dec 08 '21 edited Dec 09 '21 Helpful

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u/OmarHadi5 Dec 08 '21

when does it end :(

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u/el_gabacho_borracho Dec 09 '21

They export inferior potassium

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u/SoyMurcielago Dec 08 '21

Any word on Turkmenistan though?

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u/miraska_ Dec 08 '21

That's one of the siblings that noone wants to talk about

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u/ElCamo267 Dec 08 '21 Silver Helpful Wholesome

Potassium exports

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u/themaninthe1ronflask Dec 08 '21 Wholesome

All other counties have inferior potassium!

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u/seanyseanerson Dec 08 '21

In particular that time that the fake national anthem from that film was played as if it were the official national anthem at the medal ceremony of a shooting event in Kuwait!

https://youtu.be/MR18Pzbf-nY

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u/TheFirstEdition Dec 08 '21

Kazakhstan greatest country in the world!

All other country run by little girls.

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u/94boyfat Dec 08 '21

Is your sister number 2 prostitute in all of Kazakhstan?

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u/PorschephileGT3 Dec 08 '21

I don’t thinks we’re helping OP (Original Prostitute) here guys

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u/The-Clueless-One Dec 08 '21

That just does not seem real at all

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u/seanyseanerson Dec 08 '21

It is and it's incredible.

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u/txivotv Dec 08 '21

A diesel engine trying to start on a -30ºC morning... Fucking internet...

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u/txivotv Dec 08 '21

That's the video!

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u/tstngtstngdontfuckme Dec 08 '21

I started hovering over the progress bar to find the part where they cut to a diesel engine, and then the dude starts talking and I lost my shit.

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u/ScoobySnacks801 Dec 09 '21

This is my neighbor! Number 1 rapper in whole of village!

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u/Bobbista Dec 08 '21

Do we know the translation?

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u/Electronic-Pen2653 Dec 08 '21

I think in know your meme is the translation, can't remember what he says...

From what I remember its just a series of tongue twisters spoken very fast which is why it sounds weird

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u/TheCommissarGeneral Dec 08 '21

Kinda like a verbal warmup for delivering news.

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u/_hownowbrowncow_ Dec 08 '21

"How now brown cow" of the Kazakh language

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u/latecomer11 Dec 08 '21

It's a tongue twisters

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u/MisterKillam Dec 08 '21

Rough translation: Autumn, period/season, eye Strength, evening, migration Dirt, anger, grave/tomb or see (verb) Ash, come, lake Only short word(s) Who reads fast(er) Six argalis at the back (spine) Fourty argalis at the hill One white argali among fourty argalis Young argali among six argalis My love/flower/honey smiled looking at the flower Bees are buzzing at the bluish flower

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u/PMUrAnus Dec 08 '21 Silver To The Stars

Fuck. Was this dude giving out his bitcoin wallet key phrases on national television?

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u/thedr00mz Dec 08 '21

When I was in high school, I knew a girl adopted from Kazhakhstan who spoke Russian, Spanish (her adoptive folks were from Puerto Rico), and English. When she spoke Russian for an assembly or something we had about world languages, a lot of people looked around and were like "Russian? But I thought she was Asian..."

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u/shockwave8428 Dec 08 '21

Yeah I knew a girl adopted from Kazakhstan in the US. She was super cool, looked Asian but not an ethnicity of Asian I had seen before. When I first met her I assumed she had a few ethnicities because you don’t meet a lot of western Asian people in the US. She had a lot of fun stories about vague memories of living in an orphanage, and knew Russian was her first language but didn’t remember anything in detail or any Russian.

Obviously after her I think of borat tho

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u/miraska_ Dec 08 '21

Some of kazakhs(which are asian) could look not like asian at all

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u/zzzzebras Dec 08 '21

That's the thing with Asia, a lot of people don't realize just how big it is to the point where asian technically applies to people from Israel and Turkey as well.

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u/MvmgUQBd Dec 08 '21

As a Brit who has lived in the US too, the two definitions of "Asian" differ greatly. In the UK Asian refers to all of East Asia plus the Indian subcontinent, plus what the US refers to as the Middle East

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u/just-peepin-at-u Dec 08 '21

Yeah, in the US, “Asian” tends to be used for East and Southeast Asian. Indians, Sri Lankans etc just seem to be referred to as the respective country of their first generation that immigrated to the US.

I have no idea why that is, but definitely it is a noticeable difference between the ways the US vs. UK describe race/ethnicity.

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u/Gavvy_P Dec 08 '21

Probably the history of having (mostly) East and SE Asian immigrants until relatively recently. In the US

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u/miraska_ Dec 08 '21

And Siberia as well

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u/anstons Dec 08 '21

There's more to Asia than just China

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u/LetsDoTheCongna Dec 08 '21 edited Dec 08 '21

Everyone knows that “asian” actually means only Chinese, Japanese, or Korean 🙄

But to be fair, most of Russia’s population is in Europe with the vast majority of Russian territory in Asia being uninhabited, so most people think of European Russians before Asian Russians.

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u/Comrade_Loveboy Dec 08 '21

Why is most of bottom text, very insightful stuff, covered?

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u/Ok_Fine_8680 Dec 08 '21 Silver Helpful Wholesome Eureka!

Very nice!

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u/CalderThanYou Dec 08 '21 Helpful Take My Money

Kazakhstan's tourism board actually ended up adopting that as their slogan, embracing the Borat link.

https://youtu.be/eRGXq4t9wY4

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u/aChileanDude Dec 08 '21

WA WA WEE WA!

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u/LolaBijou Dec 08 '21

I just moved to Wisconsin, and there’s a town here called Wauyawega, and all I can ever think is WAAAWAHHWEEEWAHHHH

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u/awealthofsafety Dec 08 '21

Funny enough, I used to live in Weyauwega. A lot of the people even within 30 miles can't pronounce it properly.

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u/LolaBijou Dec 08 '21

Hiiii! Are you still in WI? I just moved here from Ohio, California before that. People are kind of strange here…but I love Culver’s.

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u/jim-nasty Dec 08 '21

this is actually a common phrase in hebrew. most of the time when borat speaks khazakstanian(?) its actually hebrew

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u/LolaBijou Dec 08 '21

Does it basically mean “hell yes, that’s great!”?

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u/jim-nasty Dec 08 '21

its more like woaahhhh im impressed

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u/Maximum_Bear8495 Dec 08 '21

I think it’s just “Kazakh”

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u/RelicBeckwelf Dec 08 '21

Which is funny considering they banned the first film and considered suing over it.

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u/ExplodingSofa Dec 08 '21

When you can't beat 'em, join 'em!

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u/ColeSloth Dec 08 '21

Then wiser people figured out that was dumb.

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u/Ok_Fine_8680 Dec 08 '21

I saw that! I thought it was a genius campaign.

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u/NorCalAthlete Dec 08 '21

That's amazing lol. And also, legit very nice!

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u/Philo348 Dec 08 '21

GREAT SUCCESS!!

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u/The_Karaethon_Cycle Dec 08 '21

All other countries are run by little girls.

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u/choff22 Dec 08 '21

Sleeve of wizard

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u/Pete-Gabba Dec 08 '21

That's how the vajeen hangs like

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u/zdul Dec 08 '21

Genuine chocolate face, no make up!

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u/p8nt_junkie Dec 08 '21

How about some potassium?!?!

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u/__flatpat__ Dec 08 '21

All other countries have inferior Potassium

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u/Ancient_Edge2415 Dec 08 '21

Damn u beat me :,(

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u/alldayaliens Dec 08 '21 Silver Wholesome

Wawaweewa

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u/Mite-o-Dan Dec 08 '21

That's what I said when I first watched this video of a women winning a medal in an event, and instead of playing the real Kazakhstan national anthem...they used the fake one from Borat.

https://youtu.be/MR18Pzbf-nY

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u/NazgulDiedUnfairly Dec 08 '21

I cannot believe this really happened! Kudos to the woman for keeping a straight face and saluting throughout

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u/Falcrist Dec 08 '21

They're definitely using the same clip on a loop, so maybe she didn't keep a straight face.

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u/MemeStocksYolo69-420 Dec 08 '21

I couldn’t tell if she was secretly offended and hurt or if she thought it was funny

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u/LonelyMangosteen Dec 08 '21 Silver Wholesome Take My Power

Pokemon Kangaskhan

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u/HonoraryPopsicle Dec 08 '21

Lol I do too!

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u/star1117v Dec 08 '21

I had to reread the question several times because I kept seeing "kangaskhan" :D

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u/flailinks Dec 08 '21

Sand/desert

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u/Freshiiiiii Dec 08 '21

Agreed, specifically a desert that’s cold sometimes, kinda partially mountainous, lots of horses. I don’t know if that’s even accurate, it’s just what I imagine.

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u/svndor Dec 08 '21

Most of the land is steppes. There are some big deserts too though

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u/PrisonIsOppression Dec 08 '21 Wholesome

Mah wiiifffee

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u/[deleted] Dec 08 '21

There it is

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u/BurnerBoi_Brown Dec 08 '21

Please don't call her 'it'

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u/FatBoyFlex89 Dec 08 '21

It name of scary clown who lives in sewers. He bring candy for the children's each year.

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u/KrisZepeda Dec 08 '21

Little known fact, Pennywise works at IT for a big tech firm

The kids thing is just a hobby/gig he does in vacation

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u/nicole2348 Dec 08 '21

Cold in the winter. I’ve never been to Kazakhstan, should I visit?

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u/TheInternetCritic Dec 08 '21

Yeah you definitely should if you like skiing and trying out exotic food.

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u/nicole2348 Dec 08 '21

Sounds like a blast honestly! What are the people like?

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u/TheInternetCritic Dec 08 '21

A mix between Russians and Brits. They rarely smile, especially in the winter, they speak Russian, and they drink tea with milk.

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u/nicole2348 Dec 08 '21

Best food or best historical place to visit? I love history and I travel a ton (well I did before Covid) and I’ve visited many countries just for the fun of learning and making memories

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u/TheInternetCritic Dec 08 '21

You should definitely try out horse meat. It might seem gross at first but it tastes quite good.

Idk about historical places though, sorry

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u/dr-bookshelf Dec 08 '21

I’m a vegetarian, are there any fun options for me? Love learning about food from around the world

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u/svndor Dec 08 '21

There are lots of milk products: kurt, irimsik, kumis, airan and others

Bread products such as baursak, shelpek

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u/dr-bookshelf Dec 08 '21

Mmmmmm bread

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u/MemeStocksYolo69-420 Dec 08 '21

Yes, they have “Beyond Horse Meat”

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u/40gays40knights Dec 08 '21

It's the place where apples come from. Like, the original apples

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u/Aerodrache Dec 08 '21

Ooh, now you’ve got me curious. If that’s where the actual original nature’s-own apple came from, does that mean apples there are going to be the best - the purest essence of what an apple is meant to be - or the worst - the fruit that was just barely good enough to be worth the effort of improving?

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u/xedrites Dec 08 '21 Helpful

Oh, it's even better than that! It's both plus more!

“It was like a garden of Eden,” remembers Forsline. “We came across trees that had fruits that ranged from 25mm up to 75mm in diameter – there was a big range of fruit sizes and fruit quality.”

Some tasted quite sour and off-putting, but every so often one of the team would bite into something that “you could have on a supermarket shelf”. Occasionally, the flavours were wonderful. Forsline tasted apples that had a hazelnut-like flavour. And there were some with an aniseed or liquorice quality.

Others who have tasted wild apples in Kazakhstan report fruits that taste vaguely of sweet honey – or even berries. Depending on which plants were “bred” together by the bees that randomly pollinated them, the genetic make-up of any given fruit would be slightly adjusted. This process, as with all wild fruit, results in a special mix of chemical compounds and volatiles in the apple itself that are responsible for these unique flavours.

-BBC

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u/Aerodrache Dec 08 '21

Not gonna lie, aniseed apple sounds intriguing.

Sounds like, with the bees running the show, it would be a little tough to replicate the good ones though.

Apples in general are just crazy to think about. I hear you can’t actually grow a given variety of apple from seed - they don’t breed true.

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u/marrangutang Dec 09 '21

Correct all named varieties are grown from cuttings and grafts any seed planted will grow an entirely new and unique apple

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u/watergeologian Dec 08 '21

Yeah doesn't the town Alma-aty's name mean Father of Apples?

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u/svndor Dec 08 '21

Yeah, Alma = apple, Ata = grandfather

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u/72414dreams Dec 08 '21 All-Seeing Upvote

Borat

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u/shahramghadami Dec 08 '21 edited Dec 08 '21

This, jagshamash

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u/NotOutsideOrInside Dec 08 '21

which is funny, because "yak se mas" is polish

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u/[deleted] Dec 08 '21

Jak się masz is how it's spelled

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u/NotOutsideOrInside Dec 08 '21

Thank you. Here in Texas, we only know of it though the Czech.

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u/Sentient_Android66 Dec 08 '21

👍Very Niiice!👍

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u/some_guy_in_a_hole Dec 08 '21

Russia, but Muslim

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u/SharqPhinFtw Dec 08 '21

Uzbek are Kazakh but more Muslim. Kazakh still got a fair few Orthodox Christian who stem from Soviet Union

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u/MissionSalamander5 Dec 08 '21

They also deported German Latin Catholics after WWII.

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u/ikeyama Dec 08 '21

It ain't even muslim. Not more than 50% are muslims and most of them are muslims only "on paper".

Let me elaborate: when you think of muslims in that region of the world, you would generally think of really devoted people to whom religion is a central part of their identity. This is not the case in Kazakhstan, they are more like american christians, they consider themselves muslim because it is part of culture but they don't usually follow everything by the book nor they are willing to die for it like folks in other infamous stans. Russia itself has more muslims than Kazakhstan.

Younger folks are straight up atheists these days.

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u/chittychittygangnam Dec 08 '21

The most chilled of the Stan's

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u/lotsofinterests Dec 08 '21

Their flag, it’s got a really nice color scheme, I love the shade of bluish teal 🇰🇿

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u/repocin Dec 08 '21

This is what I was looking for! It's definitely one of my favorite flags. Two (really nice) colors and an uncomplicated design.

Description of the design for the curious (from Wikipedia):

A gold sun with 32 rays above a soaring golden steppe eagle, both centered on a sky blue field. The hoist side displays a national ornamental pattern "koshkar-muiz"

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u/rayray29er Dec 08 '21

Definitely a top tier flag!

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u/Scruffy_TheJanitor_ Dec 08 '21

This needs to be higher up, their flag is one of the best national flags out there imo.

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u/Aginor404 Dec 08 '21 To The Stars

Baikonur!

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u/shbpencil Dec 08 '21

Yes! The Cosmodrome, specifically.

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u/sephcameron Dec 08 '21

That, and the dead old Buran wrecks in the nearby hangar.

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u/RarelyRecommended Dec 08 '21

The Soviet space program.

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u/polyworfism Dec 08 '21

My first thought. The flag was my second. I bought the flag because I love it, but also because I was reminded of that fact when it came up in conversation about the Cosmodrome

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u/L4r5man Dec 08 '21

Can't believe I had to scroll this far down to find this

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u/NilsTillander Dec 08 '21

My first thought as well!

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u/JustAnotherAviatrix I know stuff...sometimes Dec 08 '21

Same!!!

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u/catdog222333 Dec 08 '21

🎶Kazakhstan is the greatest country in the world, all other country's are run by little girls..

Great, stuck in my head forever.

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u/RandomHuman4810 Dec 08 '21 edited Dec 08 '21

That weird looking country beneath Russia.

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u/EdwardBigby Dec 08 '21

Doesn't narrow it down very much

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u/Fitz-BrawlStars Dec 08 '21

the one that isn't always in the news

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u/Daaftpuunk Dec 08 '21

Boxing

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u/shaggadally Dec 08 '21

Yeah, they have great amateur boxers! GGG is/was amazing as well!

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u/SimoneVerver Dec 08 '21

The Yuuri on ice character Otabek Altin

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u/R_Soak Dec 08 '21
  • Very nice and welcoming people. I worked on a Gov't project and the people I came in contact with really cared about their work
  • horse meat (it was decent for someone like me who never tried it before)
  • silly airport in the capital
  • speaking of the capital... whoever thought of the design must have been compensating for something, you can't design such a grandiose city centre without having issues. Don't get me wrong, it's a great place to visit for a tourist but surely the money could've been spent on something else that would've been more beneficial to the Kazakh people
  • whole lotta nothing! You look out the window of an airplane and you see steppes... an hour later.... steppes... an hour later... guess what! More steppes!
  • cheap fuel and toyotas everywhere

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u/miraska_ Dec 08 '21
  • Astana is weird city, we know. Nazarbaev is compensating

  • fuel is so cheap, that russian are taking our fuel, even if we banned export. We had minor diesel crisis not so long ago

  • toyota camry is a dream of every kazakhs. Dream car evolution goes like this: lada kalina -> toyota camry -> land cruiser prado (or Mercedes Benz G-class)

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u/R_Soak Dec 08 '21

Seriously, if there was a parking lot without a Camry or a LC it just looked weird. I think whoever owns the Toyota dealership in Astana is like the richest person in the country!

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u/MintedShrub Dec 08 '21

I get a clock radio, he cannot afford, great success

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u/kamat2301 Dec 08 '21

Superior quality potassium

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u/Dilostilo Dec 08 '21 edited Dec 09 '21

A country whose Asian population speak Russian.. That tripped me up the first time I saw it.

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u/svndor Dec 08 '21

Well speaking Russian is common for all ex-USSR countries. Russian is not primary language though

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u/TheCreeperGuy777 Dec 08 '21

Yep. My mom is Koryo-Saram from USSR Kazakhstan. Makes for a very diverse cuisine at home.

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u/AOERN Dec 08 '21

I've never heard of Koryo-Saram, I had no idea they existed! Very cool

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u/The-Copilot Dec 08 '21

When I brought home an Uzbek girl my dad was so confused that there were Muslim Asians speaking Russian

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u/Ethan-Wakefield Dec 08 '21

I once saw a job offer to teach English as a Second Language in Kazakhstan. It paid good money, and had lots of fringe benefits. You had to teach in rural Kazakhstan though, which I can understand is not everybody's thing. I didn't do it, but sometimes I wish I'd been a younger man when this opportunity came along because it would have been cool.

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u/RebelJudas Dec 08 '21

First obviously Borat, second is the beauty of the country, and third is the fact that according the US travel standards Kazakhstan, along with Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, is a level one country making it safer than France and Germany

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u/chickcag Dec 08 '21

My little brother, he was adopted from Kazakhstan at a year old

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u/novato1995 Dec 08 '21

Dimash

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u/Tonamel Dec 08 '21

Disappointing, but not surprising, that Dimash Kudaibergen is this far down.

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u/Seved7 Dec 08 '21

The greatest male vocalist on the planet right now.

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u/mochigyeomi Dec 08 '21

yes i said this too, i was looking for another person!!!

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u/Humble_Blueberry9475 Dec 08 '21

D'en HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUTTTT

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u/Amorfati77 Dec 08 '21

holy shit I just gave him a listen. Wow.

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u/novato1995 Dec 09 '21

Yeah. It's unfair for the rest of us talentless hacks.

I've listened to a LOT of singers from all over the world, famous, not-so famous, singers of different ages, from multiple genres of music, and NO ONE comes close to whatever the hell resides in his throat.

It's truly otherworldly.

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u/muffinman3141 Dec 08 '21

Rip world rapid and blitz

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u/TheEpicDudeguyman Dec 08 '21

This cool ass exchange student who came to my school from Kahzakhstan for the year. She taught me all sorts of swear words in Russian that I couldn’t pronounce and always sang the ‘I think I found myself a cheerleader’ song which cracked me up

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u/Zharol Dec 08 '21

Space

(Both rockets, and that it's pretty big -- mostly rockets though.)

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u/porkcutletbowl Dec 08 '21

Denis Ten :(

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u/porkcutletbowl Dec 08 '21

He was a Kazakhstani figure skater that won bronze at the Olympics, and was killed during an attempted robbery

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u/tophatthis I want to expirience the nightshift Dec 08 '21 Take My Energy

People assume i’m asian or eastern european, there’s no concept of eurasian countries. Plus there’s no actual representation aside from the dumb borat movie, and soviet jokes. I say this as a kazakh-american

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u/TheInternetCritic Dec 08 '21

Hold up Kazakh-Americans actually exist?

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u/tophatthis I want to expirience the nightshift Dec 08 '21

I’m adopted,yes. Basically I have facial features of a kazakh

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u/Jellohorse Dec 08 '21

Tbh as an American their are (insert any origin country) Americans here.

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u/parttimedog Dec 08 '21 Silver

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Residing in: United States

I am United Kingdom American

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u/PandaBeaarAmy Dec 08 '21

DILL.

Had a roommate from Kazakhstan for a few months and I remember nothing but the deliciously dilly dishes she'd make every day, sometimes twice a day.

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u/Triscott64 Dec 08 '21

Multilingual and overlooked.

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u/gooberfaced Dec 08 '21

Oh dear lord, I have to learn new countries and geography yet again?

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u/Fr0zen_Water Dec 08 '21

Ewan Mcgregor yelling triumphantly with arms raised Kazakhstan!!!! (Long Way Round)

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u/Background_Ant Dec 08 '21

Vladimir Smirnov, one of Norway's toughest opponents in cross-country skiing in the 90s. Nice guy though, he gained the affection of most Norwegians.

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u/DonnowhatIam Dec 08 '21

Old School Risk! Board game.

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u/chiefgareth Dec 08 '21

Where is Kazakhstan? - House of Games

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u/2A4Lyfe Dec 08 '21

An old Ural-420 driving across an empty plain, smoke coming from the exhaust on a cold November morning, while the driver smokes cigarette and the radio is blasting группа кровй - кино. The driver is a late 50s man with a few missing teeth and is hauling either old machine parts or hay.

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u/Groovy_Gator Dec 08 '21

Borat, Golovkin, and UFC fighters.

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u/QuirkyNomad Dec 08 '21

Dimash Kudaibergen and Daneliya Tuleshova. Separate and amazing vocalists.

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u/Supernova-remnant Dec 08 '21

Baikonur, and that wikileaks report about the dictator going to night club like crazy

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u/cemilanceata Dec 08 '21

Apple forest and borat

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u/Andeol57 Good at google Dec 08 '21

A place on the map. Plains and mountains. Horses and archery. Asian people wearing a type of clothes that you wouldn't see often in western Europe.

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u/Over_Value Dec 08 '21

Greatest country in the world

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u/tarbasd Dec 08 '21

Astana, the professional road bicycle racing team, and Alexander Vinokurov.

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u/_Thenorthwind Dec 08 '21

The environmental disaster formally known as the Aral sea.

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u/KingofTheTorrentine Dec 08 '21

Golovkin, one of the world's greatest boxers

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u/i69dYourFather i suck dick for spare change Dec 08 '21

Borat of course.

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u/urbanwhat Dec 08 '21

Incredible Kebabs and Rakhat chocolate. I had a two day layover in Almaty and that's what I remember.

And scary looking but super friendly post-Soviet policemen.

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u/AltaSavoia Dec 08 '21

War

There's something intimidating and brutal about the word "Kazakh". I like it.

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u/psychorameses Dec 08 '21

No. 1 exporter of potassium

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u/ppurplekush Dec 08 '21

VERRRR NICEEE

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u/zizou00 Dec 08 '21

A weird game of cat and mouse between developing a cultural identity in the shadow of Russia's influence...

Who am I kidding, it's Borat.

The nice flag is a close second.

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u/dr-bookshelf Dec 08 '21 edited Dec 08 '21

I remember a redditor who recently wrote about how it’s the most beautiful countryside they’d ever seen. I did a lot of google exploring and they might be right….

Edit: never seen borat and don’t really feel the need to lol

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u/LethalPuppy Dec 08 '21

The cute blue color on the flag

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u/Gently-Weeps Dec 08 '21

Apples because of a Botany Documentary I just watched, also Borat