Two Sides of the Logic Coin
Azerbaijan doesn't provide the same day-to-day shock value that Mongolia, China, India, and Egypt did. At least in Baku, anyway. You wont see a guy picking up a lamb by its hind legs and walking it across the street. Nor will you see two men get out of a car at 3 AM and start dancing on the sidewalk. And forget about riding camels on the way home from the bar because it's not going to happen. I did stumble upon a Russian band playing a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd. That was just plain weird.
So far, the oddest thing I've noticed is that although apartments have microwaves, none of them have microwave-safe dishes. All of the plates and bowls have metal decoration and create quite the spark show when zapped by microwaves. Makes me think the microwave is just for show; serving no real purpose other than to increase the rent price.
If the above example demonstrates the shortcomings of Azeri logic, the next one exhibits sheer brilliance. In an effort to decrease the number of bribes solicited by police officers, the government increased their salary and outfitted them with BMW police cars. The move had immediate effects. I mean, cops still cruise around like they own the place...but at least they do it in style. Oh, and bribes were no longer necessary to subsist.