Even though both Europe and the USA belong to the Western World and agree on most fundamental democratic principles, they don't see eye-to-eye on everything. According to a recent study, Americans and Europeans often have different perspectives on the way of life - individualism, the role of government, free expression, religion, and morality.

However, Reddit user IBringTheGinger wanted to know how these differences manifest themselves in everyday life. So they created a post, asking Europeans to list the funny problems that are too American for them to understand. It immediately blew up, and, as of this article, has nearly 64K upvotes and 57,5K comments. Scroll down to read some of the most popular first world problems and let us know if you agree with them!

#1

Here is one I can't understand:

Strong violence on tv: No one bats an eye...

Nipple slip: Everybody loses their minds.

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Kaisu
Community Member
4 months ago

Also everyone having guns is not a problem, but a girl daring to wear a sleeveless shirt to school when it's a super hot day? Everyone loses their minds

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"Since Reddit is US-centric, I've seen many posts and comments about problems that seemed typically American to me such as being broke because of student debt or postponing going to the doctor because you can't afford it. So I was curious to see if other Europeans like myself ever felt the same way or if they had heard about other 'American problems' that I didn't know about," IBringTheGinger told Bored Panda.

#2

Why doesn't the guy with the most votes just win the election?

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Kaisu
Community Member
4 months ago

I know, it's not actually democracy if it doesn't work like this

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The amount of attention their post got really surprised IBringTheGinger. "From what I've seen on r/AskReddit, how many upvotes you get can be extremely random depending on the day and hour you post at and there's nothing you can do about it. I never managed to get past like 300 upvotes before. Almost 60k comments is just crazy."

Even though they knew a lot of the things that were mentioned in the replies such as problems in the healthcare system or excessive swearing-censoring on the TV, they made IBringTheGinger understand the different culture better. "I learned about others and seeing all those issues combined in one place really made me realize I'd never want to chase the American dream myself. Well, not if I wouldn't be hugely compensated for it at least, like a job offer or something. But I doubt that would ever happen anyway."

#3

MM/DD/YYYY.

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troufaki13
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4 months ago

Yes!! What's up with that??

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#4

Why tipping is considered part of someone's paycheck.

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Perpetual Peripheral Persons
Community Member
4 months ago

So the Customers have to feel Guilt about Poverty, not the Employers

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#5

You Americans eat like you've got free health care.

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Isidien Gudmundsdottir
Community Member
4 months ago

Have you seen the ridiculous large portions we get here? In most European countries that's considered a meal for at least a family of 4 at minimum!

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#6

Why the big amount of flat-earth and antivax people?? Is your education system not doing well??

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Perpetual Peripheral Persons
Community Member
4 months ago

The Flat Earth Society exists across the globe- ahem, disc... :D

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#7

Kim Kardashian

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chi-wei shen
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4 months ago

That's the deepest mystery of all.

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#8

21 Drinking age like whaaaat you can vote , go join the army , get married , have children and drive but you're too immature to drink ???!!???!

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Daria B
Community Member
4 months ago

This one I also don't understand. I'm not "a drunk" myself, but it's BECAUSE nobody was strict about it with me.

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#9

The idolization of politicians. They are public servants, similar to a courthouse clerk or a city hall coordinator. They are not rock stars. You don't need to scream their name, buy their merch, fully commit your life to them and believe everything they say. Just... treat them like public servants. Sure, they get power and position but hold them accountable when they abuse it. Don't let corporations and politicians take over, the political system is created by the people, FOR the people. It just... boggles the mind.

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European other
Community Member
4 months ago

This is so true, what's that all about ?!

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#10

Not being able to afford to study

Not being able to afford to pay medical bills

Not being able to afford school lunch

Not being able to have schools without security guards

Not being able to drink water straight from the tap

Not being able to walk because you are morbidly obese

toddlers involved in politics

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European other
Community Member
4 months ago

Hmmm, a lot to think about there

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#11

Their obsession with celebrities, media and “perfect” looks. How often do I read comments from Americans saying:”Bad European teeth“ while in reality they are totally healthy, just aren’t bleached.

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Kesam
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4 months ago

I find the "perfect" look ugly. It looks like plastic.

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#12

People going bankrupt for getting sick. Stupidly expensive "education". Gun control. No repercussion for police brutality.

Why are you paying taxes for?

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Kaisu
Community Member
4 months ago

It's crazy that American police can straight up murder people based on their skin colour and there's no repercussions for it. In my country if the police uses a gun even once, even to just injure a suspect, there's massive investigation launched into whether that use of force was called for

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#13

I'm too European to understand how swearing and curse words are such a big deal in movies and songs, but violence and guns are taken with a grain of salt

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Full Name
Community Member
4 months ago

That whole "right to bear arms" thing was written when it took 15 seconds to load one shot of round lead, haha. They didn't envision AR15's. They need to revisit those laws. Badly.

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#14

You have $4.50 in your pocket. The fancy drink is advertised at $3.99. Do you have enough money to buy it? Dunno!

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troufaki13
Community Member
4 months ago

You have to always calculate tax and tip like we're some kind of math geniuses or something!

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#15

The lack of maternity rights and maternity leave.

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Kesam
Community Member
4 months ago

And paternity rights/leave!

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#16

The American Dream. Basically every other developed county is living the ‘American Dream’ while Americans really just think they are, but if you describe the way their country works to someone it sounds like you’re describing a third world country.

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Katrin
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4 months ago

A third world country with excellent advertisement

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#17

The confusing Imperial measurements system and US customary units.

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Francis
Community Member
4 months ago

YES!

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#18

I don't understand the concept of punching holes in the wall. If you tried that here in Ireland, you'd just break your hand.

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Kaisu
Community Member
4 months ago

Same here, are American houses just made out of cardboard or what?

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#19

Double standards. E.g. being prude but having the largest porn industry in the world, praising religion but disregarding Christian values IRL.

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Kaisu
Community Member
4 months ago

Many American Christians are so weird, yelling things like "Jesus hates fags" when if they'd read the bible they would know Jesus never said anything about homosexuality

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#20

The fact that Americans refer to a 24h clock as “military time” you mean just regular time?

Also, suing culture. Got injured? Sue! Fell down some stairs? Sue! Fight with neighbour? Sue!

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natie marie
Community Member
4 months ago

This is leaking into UK culture too

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#21

Paying for an ambulance. Seriously, like wtf?

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Rissie
Community Member
4 months ago

We all pay for ambulances. The problem with the American healthcare system is how it's handled and the strange effect of liability beyond anyone's control on the prices

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#22

I will NEVER understand why you guys allow children to not be guaranteed free health care and dental care! Why aren't you up in arms over this, protesting in the streets? They're CHILDREN, why on earth would a rich country not guarantee free health care to all children?! I don't get it.

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Roxy Eastland
Community Member
4 months ago

They won't even protect their children from getting shot dead. We had one school shooting in the UK and even gun owners were so sickened they supported the changes in the law. In the US children getting shot in the face is less horrifying than not being allowed to walk around showing off a gun.

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#23

Having to take out a second mortage because you twisted your ankle in the wrong state.

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Iggy
Community Member
4 months ago

Flying to Europe and paying full private hospital fees would still be cheaper!

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#24

Not having taxes already put into the prices of items at stores

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Magpie
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4 months ago

In Australia we do have goods and services tax. The item price shown on the shelf / advertising is exactly what you will pay.

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#25

Why Americans are so proud of being American and their obsession with military. Like what did they do other than being born American? What good does military do other than wasting money they could use for e.g. health care.

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Kesam
Community Member
4 months ago

It took me a while to wrap my head around the fact that, if they say that the US is the best country in the world, it's not a joke! THEY ACTUALLY MEAN THAT!!! 😱

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#26

European here, why are all your houses made from cardboard if you have a problem with hurricanes? My country has no natural problems and our houses are made from reinforced cement.

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Francis
Community Member
4 months ago

well, if i recall it right, the idea is, that it is cheaper to rebuild your cardboard house after every event. The materials are a lot cheaper. but those events will happen more often so i think it is just plain stupid now!

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#27

Not using the metric system. Counting in football fields/moon landings instead... I don't get it.

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Isidien Gudmundsdottir
Community Member
4 months ago

You're not the only one but, alas, it's one of those: "it is what it is" things.

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#28

Why do you guys wear shoes in the house??

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troufaki13
Community Member
4 months ago

Or put their feet with the shoes on, on the bed!! I mean, hygiene people!!

Monty Glue
Community Member
4 months ago

Bathing was a once a week event on Saturday night so one could attend church. With improved plumbing, central heating, and higher living standards daily bathing is the norm. I imagine in the past one would not want to smell the feet of your own family on a Friday night. So shoes remained on and the custom persisted. I've read the Queen Elizabeth the First was given a bath once a year, if she needed one or not. I always chuckle at that.

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Isidien Gudmundsdottir
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4 months ago

Not everyone does that, just un-civilized folks.

chi-wei shen
Community Member
4 months ago

It's unhygienic!

Monty Glue
Community Member
4 months ago

When it was discovered that Tuberculosis was spread by spitting on the pavement, that charming practice was stopped. You could be arrested and fined if a cop caught you spitting on the sidewalk. So while some areas have litter, only since homelessness became widespread does one need to pay attention to the "condition" of the pavement.

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Jasmina Pavlovic
Community Member
4 months ago

Why not change your shoes, when inside the house? Some comfy slippers, maybe? It's a thing in Germany and I believe, in Japan, too. 😸

Kenna Jaques
Community Member
4 months ago

Indoor shoes, and outdoor shoes. Strict rule in my house.

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Mauro Murgia
Community Member
4 months ago

Actually that's not an american one, but pretty common worldwide... not every house has a "foot friendly" floor ( eg. Parquet )

Katie and Jared Coates
Community Member
4 months ago

Thank you! 90% of dirt comes into the house from shoes!

I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
Community Member
4 months ago

I have always worn shoes in the house, same as almost everyone I know. Just seems normal to me.

XianJaguar
Community Member
4 months ago

We don't wear shoes in the house.

Steven Cook
Community Member
4 months ago

I live in a city. The only time I don't have something covering my feet is in bed or the shower. Shoes outside, slippers inside, unless it's summer

Erin
Community Member
4 months ago

This is sooooo funny to me. Three of my four grandparents were born in Ireland and shoes in the house is not a thing in my family. My grandmother, who is 94, was very upset with a workman that came into her home and didn't cover his shoes or take them off. She said that is the height of rudeness.

Bláthnaid O’Loughlin
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

I think in continental Europe it’s more of a ‘no shoes inside’ thing, but here it’s more of a ‘no shoes upstairs’ thing. But idk, it varies from house to house, and most people don’t really mind shoes indoors.

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Jacey Lynn
Community Member
4 months ago

Uhh...I don’t..but obviously we do in school

Tabitha L
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

I wear shoes in my house because I need the arch support. I wouldn't wear muddy shoes into the house. Meanwhile, my brother has a no shoe house. Different strokes for different folks.

AnimalMetalHeadUK
Community Member
4 months ago

I wear shoes in my house, so do most people i know.

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
4 months ago

Yup. I live in NZ and I only know one family who are shoes off in the house. So I just stand awkwardly in their doorway when I go to pick up my kid, because there's nowhere to sit and unlace/take off or lace up/put on your shoes. Imagine if it was a hot day, you turn up at someone's house and they make you take your shoes off and walk your sweaty socks across their floor? Now that is gross! Or making dinner guests, who got dressed up for an occassion, leave some of their outfit at the door. As long as people wipe their feet as they come in, they shouldn't have anything left to leave on the floors. If you have pets, they're not taking off their shoes OR wiping their feet. Tradespeople here do take off their boots without being asked though.

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Gipsy Kings fan
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4 months ago

For years now I've gone without shoes in the house, like the Japanese do, to keep the floors clean. Then a few weeks ago, while wearing thick socks, I stepped on something so sharp, it buried itself in my foot, and I had to go to a podiatrist so he could remove it. It was a tiny thorn-like part of a plant. I'm wearing shoes again and it's better for me because my left leg is 1/2" shorter than my right, so my left shoe is modified, making my posture a lot better.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
4 months ago

Gipsy, what about to wear slippers at home instead of dirty shoes?

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Full Name
Community Member
4 months ago

Gross!

Sea Urchin
Community Member
4 months ago

*internal screaming* my father has done this for nearly 14 years and it's ruined our carpets

Michel Raggio
Community Member
4 months ago

Taking off your shoes is something that only SOME Europeans have learnt from Japanese and Asian cultures. Keeping the shoes even inside the house is not exclusive to Americans

Marnie
Community Member
4 months ago

Nobody I know wears shows in the house. They show it in shows, and it especially bothers me when it's the wife wearing her work high heels after she comes home. My parents (born in 1920s) actually wore shoes in the house and for their generation it was common. Maybe it still is, but I don't know anyone who does it.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
4 months ago

Marnie, it may be common, but it's still unsanitary.

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Draw to be Brave
Community Member
4 months ago

Not every American wears shoes around the house, I have never met anyone who actually does that

Holly Molly
Community Member
4 months ago

YES!!! (Asian here)

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Yes, that's something I don't understand. Americans are so clean, they shower daily, they disinfect everything in the house, they wash the bed sheets every week, and wash almost clean cloths, yet they walk with dirty shoes on, all over the house; on the carpets - which cannot be washed daily. Just imagine what is on the soles of your shoes? Where everywhere you walked, where all other people walked, all that mess you stepped in. In other countries, you just come home, drop your shoes by the door and put on the slippers.

Harriet Borowiak
Community Member
4 months ago

We don't.

Rage Racer
Community Member
4 months ago

good question!

NinjaWolfy94
Community Member
4 months ago

I see this all the time in youtube videos, so stupid! I get if you're walking through the house to get something then going back out, or if the floor is rough and painful, but most of the time, it probably isn't. I don't get it. That's just more cleaning to do.

Megan Close
Community Member
4 months ago

It barbaric, yes? Filthy. LAZY

Lea S.
Community Member
4 months ago

This is an American thing? I've never allowed shoes in my house, and I always take the off for others. No one seems to think this is weird?

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
4 months ago

Many of use don't. We change into slippers the minute we come inside in my house.

Steven Meyer
Community Member
4 months ago

We don’t in my home

Ashley Wright
Community Member
4 months ago

Many families don’t. We don’t allow shoes upstairs, so there’s that.

Thomas Turnbull
Community Member
4 months ago

Most people in the UK wear shoes in the house

Olivia Masterson
Community Member
4 months ago

I wear shoes inside my apartment because I have no feelings in my feet due to enuropathy, that way, I don't step on anything that would cause me to slip and fall.

Patti Renwick Parrish
Community Member
4 months ago

Actually most don't!

Johnny Hicks
Community Member
4 months ago

That’s not just a US thing. The UK was very much the same in the 3 years I was fortunate enough to live there.

Tifferooski
Community Member
4 months ago

We don't. We have house slippers.

rhyan lumilay
Community Member
4 months ago

Really!? Shoes inside the house? In our house we have slippers for outside, slippers inside the house and slippers inside the bathroom that's 3 different foot wears.

Elizabeth Crawford
Community Member
4 months ago

We don't all do that

Id row
Community Member
4 months ago

I don't, never have. I cringe when I see people walk around in work boots and sneakers indoors.

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
4 months ago

I take my shoes off at the door.

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
4 months ago

In my experience this is only done either for more formal occasions or in someone else’s house.

OkaMuffin
Community Member
4 months ago

I've lived in america my whole life, and I have NEVER seen someone do this...but it disgusts me to know that some people do D:

Pavlina G
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes. That is disgusting.

Kesam
Community Member
4 months ago

So pharmaceutical companies can sell their medicine for athlete's foot! It great for the economy! 😂

European other
Community Member
4 months ago

I do ?!

Paul Jordan
Community Member
4 months ago

Why not? Oh, and I'm from NZ, and half the country does, half doesn't.

Wendy Emlinger
Community Member
4 months ago

Arch support. I don't know about anyone else, but walking barefoot is painful. Flat feet are not happy bare.

Picture Queen
Community Member
4 months ago

Yeah! I hate that!!

Lisa Greene
Community Member
4 months ago

I was born and raised in America and I've never worn shoes in the house! It's gross...

Teri Donovan
Community Member
4 months ago

Again, why do "YOU GUYS" generalize so much?? I don't wear shoes in the house. My outdoor shoes stay at the front door. I have another pair at the back door to wear out in my backyard. IN the house I am barefoot or wearing "house shoes" aka Slippers....and most of the people I know do NOT wear their (gag) dirty street shoes in their homes.

Jace
Community Member
4 months ago

What I want to know is how do you get service workers to NOT wear shoes in your house? I tried to install a no-shoes rule. It went nowhere. It’s too much trouble for other people. Then there are pets. If you have pets, like cats (filthy animals), and if they have a litter box especially... you have no control over the cleanliness. I have cats. No, cats are not “clean”. They’re disgusting and destructive. They only get worse the older they get. I’ll never do this to myself again.

Bunny Lady
Community Member
4 months ago

Whoa! I think you need to rehome your poor cats to someone who wants them and appreciates them!

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Karen Lees
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4 months ago

Hate this

Raul Acosta
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4 months ago

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Shoes inside house is a normal thing

Carol Emory
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4 months ago (edited)

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Some people wear shoes in the house because we have these things called mice, spiders, snakes and other critters that make it into the house. It's not that we are sloppy pigs..it's just the area we live in. My house is subject to Palmetto Bugs. They're like Cockroaches, but thankfully need water to breed and are unable to breed in walls. But they come into our house because we live near a pond and they will sometimes try to get in when the weather turns extremely cold. So..sometimes we wear shoes to avoid the little buggers.

Becca
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4 months ago

I assure you, America is far from the only place that gets mice spiders snakes and bugs. Everywhere does.

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Because our streets are like our coal....clean. /s

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4 months ago

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Why not? My ex said to the kids: Here you have to take your shoes off, so the floor doesn't get dirty and with mom you have to keep your shoes on, so your socks don't get dirty LOL.

Random Panda
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4 months ago

You're tracking all kinds of filth from outside into your house. It's disgusting and unhygienic.

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#29

While watching Chelsea vs Manchester United yesterday on NBCSN, during halftime there was a Good Rx commercial where the guy is asking a woman if she would like to fill her prescription, he pulled up the phone and showed her that the same pill can cost from $10 to $90 depending on the area. And that Good Rx can help her fill the prescription with the cheapest prices. Now someone please explain to me how in the ever-loving f**k is it possible for a drug to cost 10x more depending on your location !? Don't they have constant prices like in the rest of the civilized world !?

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Isidien Gudmundsdottir
Community Member
4 months ago

First off: What makes you think we have a civilized world here? The Civil war here is still going on in some people's mind albeit not physically. In answer to your question about the Rx pricing: Yes, it does depends where you live because we here live the good life of out of control predatory greed.

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#30

Joining the army for college money and free healthcare. Also how religious they are

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Kurisurin Sutaringu
Community Member
4 months ago

The religion stuff has always bugged me. It annoys me how people dont see freedom from religion as part of our freedom to religion. Not to mention Christianity is everywhere

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#31

Expensive required textbooks that you HAVE to buy to take a university class

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Kaisu
Community Member
4 months ago

I did uni in Finland for five years, never had to buy a single textbook, my library provided all the textbooks for free

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#32

How much do I tip? 10%? 15%? Do I tip everywhere? Why isn’t the tax included? Why does the tip vary? Why are the waiters so underpaid?
Also, why do you have to do your tax bill? You could literally go to prison but it’s like a guessing game from what I heard?

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
4 months ago

In the Netherlands we do our annual taxes in an online app where most of the data is already entered. All you need to do is check, enter your deductibles and hit "Send" and you're done. But that isn't possible in the US because some greedy software companies managed to block the IRS from setting up a similar system as a free service.

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#33

Being scared of the police.

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Francis
Community Member
4 months ago

this one is sad..

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#34

How strongly Americans feel about the flag. I saw a photographer get torn to pieces online because someone was standing on the tiniest bit of the flag and people went fuc**ng ape s*it. In the UK most people probably couldn’t spot if the Union Flag was round the wrong way.

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Kaisu
Community Member
4 months ago

Also children having to pledge allegiance to the flag in school sounds like some North Korea shit to me. The only time in my country we give a shit about the flag in school is independence day and even then no one is forced to pledge allegiance to it or sing to it

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#35

Nipples, or in general the hyper-sexualization of nudity.

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Kesam
Community Member
4 months ago

I love going to my local sauna. Everyone is naked. Boys and girls. You might see your boss or teacher naked. It's just completely normal, and I love it. But for my American friends, when I tell them, the first thing they ask is if people have sex orgies there or how I avoid getting a boner. 😖

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#36

Don't know if it's already mentioned but your delivery drivers just leaving packages outside your front door. I can't wrap my mind around this, how did this ever came acceptable?

Here you sign for deliveries. If you're not there they'll leave a note when they'll come again. If still not delivered you can pick it up yourself. Also if you didn't sign for delivery it's marked as not delivered.

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
4 months ago

This is not an american problem, it happens as well in Europe..Trust me, I am working in the logistics business for over 30 years :-)

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#37

Student debt. I pay €20/Semester tuition in Austria.

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Ole Peder Amrud Hagen
Community Member
4 months ago

We do have student loans in Norway, too, but that's to pay for food and rent. The interest rates are low, however, and I've never heard of anyone not being able to pay it back.

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#38

Many people do not vote because they cannot get time off work to do so.

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Anne
Community Member
4 months ago

We have voting leave! (not so useful anymore, but used to be voting was 8-6 so if you worked, you couldn't make it, so you get to come late/leave early so you can vote - now voting is 6-22 most places so no need anymore)

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#39

Why people censor swears that are totally obvious

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Kaisu
Community Member
4 months ago

I don't know who censoring is supposed to be for, especially in written the text. It doesn't matter whether I write fuck or f*ck, children aren't stupid, they know what the word actually is

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#40

30 degrees fahrenheit

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troufaki13
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4 months ago

They say "it's like 70 degrees outside" and I never understand if it's cold or hot!

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