Growing up in a European country and never witnessing what it's like to go to an American school, watching American high school comedies, to me, has always been a pretty surreal experience. I'm sure that most of you fellow non-Americans reading this article could relate to me on this.

There are so many things about American schools that have always seemed utterly fascinating to me. For instance, you get letter grades instead of number ones, schools have swimming pools inside them, there's a club for almost anything, you have to get a hall pass to go to the bathroom during class, and lunch meals are usually pretty bizarre. The list goes on. With that being said, Bored Panda invites you to look through this list of tweets from non-American Twitter users in which they share things that they find the strangest about American schools. Feel free to explain to us the things we don't understand or add your own in the comment section!

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scultator Report

GC
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don’t ever know what A levels etc. are. One of these days I need to look it up.

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chromaticaution Report

Jamziee
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes, because if you're in the hall without one, then you MUST be commiting murder (Sarcasm lads)

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hilaryagro Report

Ms.M.
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It didn't when I was a kid, but it does for my children. I hate it.

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kirstyclyne Report

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Iivingxproof Report

Juniper
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wait, don't all schools have cafeterias? Where do you eat your lunch?

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argentdols Report

Aunt Messy
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Canadian here. They don't close schools in Canada unless it's been colder than -40C for three days in a row.

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wintersfalcvn Report

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insatiate0 Report

GlassHalfWay
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Because a gallon would be too heavy on the lunch tray.

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CryinInATaxi Report

Eva Bryson
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes, teachers want you in class to learn, not loitering in the bathroom.

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alienrat Report

SimplySarcastic40
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

yep...at least in the suburbs because most of us start driving at 16

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sapphicnile Report

The Zooble
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To be very honest, I'm English and I usually do page count rather than word count

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LazarusRags Report

konnarw1
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

yeah i wondered this and are the woman stale or something lol

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Caitlin Davenport
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So we aren't "distracted". Even rooms with windows usually had the blinds closed.

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Caitlin Davenport
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not really. We have nearby schools we compete against in sports, but any rivalry is very light-hearted.

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00lisa0 Report

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ThaumPenguin Report

Caitlin Davenport
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Candy was usually a very tiny part, if it was there at all. But it was the most exciting part!

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