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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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4 months ago

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

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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

Carol Emory
Community Member
4 months ago

You can actually get a pass from doing the Pledge of Allegiance here in the USA if your parents sign off on it. I refused to say it because it felt like brainwashing to me. My parents talked to the school and I was allowed to stand without saying the pledge. Problem was, all the other kids noticed and I got bullied and harassed for not going along with it. Thus showing my example of brainwashing and it's effects on the young mind. Hmm...Irony.

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Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
4 months ago

It's brainwashed into them at school to be patriotic. It's making them grow up to not question anything they are told.

Ruth Mayfly
Community Member
4 months ago

I'm from the UK. I can confirm that I don't know which way round the Union Flag is supposed to go. Nor when to call it a Union Jack or a Union Flag. Nor will you get me to care if someone burns one - it's just a piece of cloth.

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
4 months ago

Just so you know, normally it is a union flag, but a union jack when on a boat.

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Ole Peder Amrud Hagen
Community Member
4 months ago

While they still slap the same flag onto anything from underwear to toys to toilet paper.

Don Pe
Community Member
4 months ago

What else do they have? It is a sad country with so much problems - still claims to be the heart of the world. Tragic

Isidien Gudmundsdottir
Community Member
4 months ago

Simple: America is the greatest!, We're the best! etc. Had to deal with it when I was in the Navy in Europe and these American sailors were boasting how good they were yet, none of them, at the time that was, couldn't do anything else other than what their function was whereas we had like 4 different functions which they just didn't understand. And this "patriotism" is fed from a young age although, the younger generation now is more sober about it and know exactly what's going on so there's that positive thing.

Iggy
Community Member
4 months ago

Over-zealous allegiance to a flag is always worrying.

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

I personally don’t understand the patriotism especially for a country that doesn’t seem to give a shit about their everyday citizens.

Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
4 months ago

Indoctrination

European other
Community Member
4 months ago

I guess thats national pride. True we don't care much about the flag in England

Dan Fawber
Community Member
3 months ago

People who are saying it is 'brain washing' are insane. Why is it brain washing when you pledge your allegiance to your country?

Dan Fawber
Community Member
3 months ago

It is considered disrespectful to let the flag touch the ground in the United States. You may consider that weird, but it's just how we are. I think that Western Europeans are weird for not being patriotic and not being proud of where you are from.

Narfy T. Barfy
Community Member
4 months ago

And having to say to god every f*cking day in school when were recite the pledge of allegiance. I am Atheist and still had to do it

Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
Community Member
4 months ago

In Texas it is worse. In Texas, you pledge allegiance to the U.S. flag, and then pledge allegiance to the Texas flag.

Jerry Stover
Community Member
4 months ago

"Make America Great Again" We were never great except in a military sense. While we were policing the world we had racism, genocide of American Indians, poor treatment of women, etc. We should instead say " Make Americans respectful again". We need a complete overhaul of our political system.

Keely W
Community Member
4 months ago

The patriotism and ra ra ra is nauseating

Víctor Alfonso García Olmo
Community Member
4 months ago

We, spaniards, only pledge allegiance to the flag when we won the Football World Championship (I mean real football no that shitty hand ball you have in the States, no offense man) in 2010, or the European Football Championship

Amy Boehm
Community Member
4 months ago

Remember, the USA is huge in square miles. It depends on what part of the states one lives in.

Harriet Borowiak
Community Member
4 months ago

Well, to be fair, the Union Flag doesn't have a proper side up.

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
Community Member
4 months ago

Wait I didn't know no one else pledges?!?!? No one in my school really does it, but the teachers yell at us if we don't lol

Laci
Community Member
4 months ago

round the wrong way? - isn't it the same upside down or not?

Danielle Renee
Community Member
4 months ago

yet every yahoo that's nuts about the flag will have a bathing suite made of the likeness...so you can't stand on it but it's ok to have it up your ass crack

Megan Close
Community Member
4 months ago

Nationalistic brainwashing allows the bullies to take all the cookies while the other kids are blindly( emotionally) cheering on their righteous, “ winning” team. Pathetic

Rani Johnson
Community Member
4 months ago

Serious generalization again. I personally give no shits about most government or national pride.

texaseve
Community Member
4 months ago

All I know that in ready all of these answers to these "problems" that you all feel we, have is the REASON we have all of these problems. Lack of respect, courtesy and education. PRIOD.

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
4 months ago

I agree with this one. The flag is simply a symbol.

Steven Meyer
Community Member
4 months ago

We are raised to be patriotic, to protect the nation and the flag is representative of that patriotism. The people who are in the military or have family in the military feel strongly about this. The ones who have never served, and have no family that have, or do, sometimes do not. As they say we are a free country and everyone is allowed their views as long as it does not infringe on the liberties of others.

Randall Thomas
Community Member
4 months ago

Reminds me of an episode of Doctor Who called The Idiots Lantern where Rose told an abusive asshat that was apparently patriotic that his Union Jack was upside down to get him to shut up because he was being an asshole.

Martin Donovan
Community Member
4 months ago

That's because they are stupid for both reasons...

TheViolinJedi
Community Member
4 months ago

I don’t salute the flag. We’re pledging ourselves to a piece of cloth.

Rage Racer
Community Member
4 months ago

Union Jack is not Ole Glory! Pay respect to the symbol of the freedom that allows people to disrespect that very same flag that people have died for. In the UK you guys do the red poppies to remember those that have paid the ultimate price and last time I was there I remember a few fights due to someone disrespecting that symbol. What's the difference?

Ashley Wright
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4 months ago

Re your last sentence: Well, isn’t that pathetic. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Tugg Ster
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4 months ago

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That flag is a symbol for our country, the bravery and efforts of our forefathers, the sacrifice of many made in behalf of the betterment of our country, those lost in service to the country - civilian and military.... its pure disrespect that it touches the ground much less be stepped on or ripped up. It certainly says something disturbing about Europe that most Europeans don’t recognize the flag or care if it is handled carelessly

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We saved your butts twice

Giovanni
Community Member
4 months ago

You and the other guys have threatened the world with nuclear annihilation for 44 years, you constantly start wars for unclear reasons, do you really think that the world could still look up to the USA?

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#35

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

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Kesam
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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
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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
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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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