A quick Google search of Greece will reward you with dozens of photos showcasing a picturesque skyline littered with white and blue everything, from walls, to houses, to restaurants, and so on and so forth. While it may seem that the country's pristine two-tone signature look was inspired by its white and blue striped national flag, the actual reason's more practical than you think: that is, to prevent bacteria-inducing diseases, as ordered by Greek's Prime Minister, Ioannis Metaxas, in the 1930's.
By the military dictatorship in the 1960s, painting your property white and blue eventually became mandatory as support to Greece's political agenda. How exactly do two simple colors of paint keep the citizens of this fine island country patriotic, healthy and virus-free, you may ask? Watch the full video below to find out!