It is accustomed for state officials to trade gifts with each others to improve and / or maintain a good relationship between nations. This isn’t something that happens only in today’s political climate, mind you, the documented custom of presenting foreign diplomats with presents has been going around since ancient times. Not all gifts are considerate, however, as we will soon find out. Some of these gifts are not only in bad taste, but are absolutely bizarre by all standards. Without further ado, here are the 10 strangest diplomatic gifts of our time.
10A Komodo dragon as a diplomatic gift
A native of Indonesia, the Komodo dragon is the largest lizard on the planet and is considered a national treasure in the country, largely due to its ability to take down prey twice its size. In 1990 the Indonesian government gave President George H.W Bush the largest Komodo dragon in the western hemisphere. The nine-foot dragon was donated to the Cincinnati Zoo where it produced over 30 offspring.