Camels, cucumbers and combs.
|A camel can't see its own hump, but it can see|
its own tongue, as demonstrated by this rude camel.
1) "A camel cannot see its own hump."
This is an old African saying which is basically a way of saying we can see the faults in others, but not our own faults.
I can totally agree with this, because I know quite a few people with loads of faults who are always criticising others ... unless myself. #irony
I don't know of an English saying with the exact same meaning, but I suppose a vaguely related expression would be, 'The pot calling the kettle black.'
2) "What a great big cucumber!"
This is a Spanish saying and I would guess that very few people will correctly guess what it refers to, but it's actually a football saying used to describe a long range curling shot. I suppose the shape of a cucumber is similar to the trajectory of the ball in a curling long distance shot, so it kind of makes sense, but the thought of a football fan exclaiming, "What a great big cucumber!" is an amusing thought.
To avoid confusion, not for hanging noodles on.
3) "I'm not hanging noodles on your ears."
This is a cool Russian saying which is a peculiar way of saying, 'I'm telling the truth.' I love the creative weirdness of this saying, and if I could introduce any of this week's sayings into the English language then this would be the one I would choose, as it could bring humour to a potentially conflicting situation.
4) "A clever person turns great troubles into little ones, and little ones into none at all."
This is a really cool Chinese expression which is great advice the next time you feel as if life is getting a bit too stressful, and anyone who can follow the advice of this saying will definitely have a better quality of life.
5) "Bald people can always find a comb."
Whereas the previous expression was straight forward, self-explanatory, and great advice, I'm not sure of the exact meaning of this Thai saying. When I first heard it, it came across as ancient wisdom from a wise old Confuscious, but on further inspection I realised that it's perhaps not that wise after all - it's just a bit daft! I still found it amusing though, and if I had to take a guess I would say it's a comment on the irony of life.
If you'd like to discover why bonsai trees attract very little criticism from Dutch people, then check out my previous round-up of expressions from around the world:
Cool Sayings From Around The World (Part 1)