So, try to imagine you’re all settled in Belgium and have made some Belgian friends. You would like to impress them on a casual trivia night, with facts from their own country no less. But you also want to explore more things that only happen in this country. Here Knowinsider would like to provide you with a list of 7 weirdest Belgium-related things you should know about!

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Travel inside a giant metallic atom

Brussels is home to one of the world’s craziest pieces of architecture, The Atomium. According to backpackingbella.com, it is designed to look like nine iron atoms in a unit cell magnified 165 billion times. In 2013, CNN quite rightly named it Europe’s most bizarre building.

In the evenings, the whole building lights up beautifully and it occasionally hosts large dance parties and firework displays. This unique piece of architecture is one of Brussels’ most popular attractions.

The Cat On A Bike Sculpture

Just outside of Galeries Royales St Hubert is this sexy cat, dressed in spandex shorts and a hot pink crop-top who happens to be riding a bike! It is indicated by cherylhowward.com that this work of art created by Alain Séchas cost the city of Brussels approximately 100,000 euros. The feline is also quite popular with tourists who stop for cheesy photo opportunities.

Feel like a giant walking around tiny versions of European cities

Home to the European Union’s decision-making institutions, Brussels is considered the capital of Europe. So where better to have a theme park where you can walk around tiny replicas of all the European countries?

At Mini Europe, you can find many of the continent’s most famous landmarks in miniature, reduced to a 25th of their real-world size. Of course, being Brussels, this attraction is located right next to The Atomium’s massively oversized atom: evidence of surreal city planning at its finest.

The Peeing Boy Obsession

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Brussels is infamous for their peeing boy statue, the Manneken Pis. Strange but true, this tourist attraction brings people from all around the world. Funnier yet is that he’s dressed up in different costumes throughout the year and sometimes even hooked up to a keg so that he pees … beer. So how far can you take the joke with the peeing boy? At Zaabär chocolate factory, you might feel tempted to take a bite out of the life-sized chocolate reproduction of the Manneken Pis.

Explore huge cartoon walls around the city

Belgium is the birthplace of world-renowned cartoons including The Smurfs and The Adventures of Tintin. The Adventures of Tintin author Hergé (the pen name of Brussels cartoonist Georges Prosper Remi) died over 30 years ago, but his comic books still sell a million copies a year and they are published in 77 languages.

In 1991, the Brussels local authorities joined forces with the Belgian Comic Strip Center to create a project to cement Brussels’ position as the comic strip capital of the world.

The result is Brussels’ comic strip walk. Throughout the city, there are over 50 large comic-strip murals on building walls featuring characters from some of the best-loved Belgian comics, from Tintin to Lucky Luke. Following the comic book, way is a good way to discover Brussels. A map is available for around €1 from the visit.

A Chandelier and a Ceiling Made from Beetles

So the round benches and dead plants may not be all that weird, just plain ugly, but this chandelier and ceiling featured in the Royal Palace made from beetles are totally weird.

Known as Heaven of Delight, this unique artwork was completed by Jan Fabre a guy who not only likes to smoke (see his web site) but experiment with mediums such as blood, sperm and insects. Jewel beetles from Thailand were used in this particular instance which took 30 people and 4 months to glue all the insect shells to the ceiling.

Fierce Looking Statues

This 17th-century statue of a knife wielding butcher comes complete with pig carcasses and hangs off of one the buildings surrounding Brussels’ Grand Place, a square known for it’s eclectic architecture.

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