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John Waters on Baltimore

The Hairspray and Pink Flamingos director cruises his hometown’s diners and bars, and reveals the location of Divine’s ‘poop scoop’

As a kid I explored the sewers of Baltimore. They were building the beltway (ring road) near my parents’ house and we used to crawl down in the drain pipes really deep. So dangerous now I think about it, but that was my first journey. Like C.H.U.D – that movie about cannibalistic human underground dwellers.

I used to hitchhike a lot. I’d come home on the train from New York and there’d be no cabs, but people would pick me right up and take me to my door because they recognised me. It was like a car service. I never really had a bad experience hitchhiking. Well, once somebody pulled a gun, but they fired it out of the window.

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Travel quiz: languages of the world

Do you know when it’s appropriate to say ‘namaste’? Or in which language ‘cerveza’ means beer? Or do you find things just get lost in translation? Prove your knowledge of world languages with our quiz

More travel quizzes to try

Cerveza means beer in which country?

Spain

Czech Republic

Brazil

Italy

“Same same but different” is a common phrase meaning “similar” in which country?

India

China

Thailand

Peru

You spill a drink on someone at a bar in Rome. You apologise and they reply: “Ti rifaccio la dentatura.” Should you be concerned?

Yes – they just offered to rearrange your teeth.

No – they told you not to worry as you’ve got a nice smile.

When would you say namaste to someone?

When you leave their house

When greeting them

If you want them to leave you alone

If you agree with what they’re saying

Hakuna matata (meaning no worries) was a phrase made popular around the world by the Lion King, but which language is it?

Igbo

Swahili

Afrikaans

Yoruba

In which country do locals use the phrase “not my circus, not my monkeys” when they mean “not my problem”?

Poland

Morocco

Ghana

Brazil

Where would you drink Coca-Cola from this bottle?

Saudi Arabia

Egypt

Taiwan

Ethiopia

Where do you think you are?

Beijing

Tokyo

Hanoi

Bangkok

Where is this McDonald’s?

Athens

Prague

Moscow

Azerbaijan

Where are you?

France

Cameroon

Belgium

Canada

What is the third most spoken language in the US?

Cherokee

Vietnamese

Italian

Chinese

Which of these countries does not list Russian as an official language?

Belarus

Romania

Kazakhstan

Tajikstan

What’s special about some of the Vatican Bank’s ATMs

You can select Latin as your language

The Spanish audio option uses the Pope’s voice

While waiting for you money, you hear a prayer in your chosen language

It dispenses money in pieces of silver

Which country has the highest linguistic diversity in the world with an estimated 820 languages spoken?

India

Nigeria

Papua New Guinea

China

In which region can you find a remote colony of Welsh speakers?

Patagonia

New South Wales

The Canadian Rockies

The Swiss Alps

4 and above.

Diabolico! But at least you’re OK at English!

8 and above.

Nicht schlecht! As long as you’ve got a phrasebook handy, you’re sorted.

12 and above.

Bravísimo muy bien! You definitely know what a polyglot is.

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