If you have been to theater in Hungary, you must have noticed that Hungarians have their very own unique clap. It might confuse foreigners because they don’t understand why do people clap at the same rhythm. Instead of ordinary clapping or a standing ovation, Hungarians do vastaps (iron clapping): the applause begins as usual, but a few seconds later it settles into a “slow synchronized clap” then gradually gets quicker and quicker and all of a sudden it slows down again. And it can happen several times in a row!

In this video you can hear this special clapping. What do you think? Weird or nice? And if you are interested in the physics of the rhythmic applause, check out this study.