When it comes to one’s perspective on individualism, free expression, government, religion, and morality, Europeans and Americans are worlds apart, according to Pew Center. But to really grasp some of these cultural differences, you don’t need to look far.

Think of red Solo cups, free refills, air conditioning, and something as simple as bulk shopping. Now think of Europe, for example, France, where daily trips to local grocers for fresh produce are common, and Italy, where air conditioning is a rare sight unless it’s in hotels meant for tourists.

So when someone put up a question “Europeans who’ve visited the US, what made you go 'What The Heck'?” on Reddit, people had a lot to share about their experiences. 33.8k comments later, the answers are in right below, and it will surely put some much-loved all-American things into a very different European perspective.

#1

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America Was staying with the nicest family ever. They worked extremely long hours and lived in the suburbs. I wanted to cook for them as a surprise and set out to the store on foot, with an empty backpack for the groceries. Had to walk along the curb of, and then cross, an 8 lane highway to get to the store. Had to stop a really really old man from bagging the groceries. Then was stopped by police on the way back. They were very friendly, just wanted to know where my car had broken down. Ended up explaining to me that there was basically zero infrastructure for walking out in the burbs. They took me home. On the way, I saw a sign "gas 99 cents a gallon, Bud's Xmas Gift to the Community", blew my dad's mind when I told him later. Got home, thanked the nice officers, made a vegetable casserole. When my wonderful host family came home, they were blown away but also extremely worried. All in all, I would say that no matter how crazy America may be or seem, Americans make up for all of it. They are some of the friendliest, most welcoming people I have ever met.

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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1 month ago

We are really at danger of losing this spirit, and if we let it go, it’s a pretty big chip away of what makes America America.

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#2

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America The cheerful, smiling faces on a medication TV add while the voice over mentioned that death is a possible side effect.

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Jozie
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1 month ago

lol this one right here

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#3

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America Roadside billboards scattered along the interstates in the South.

Billboard # 1: JESUS

Billboard # 2: PORN AND BOOZE, NEXT EXIT

Billboard # 3: GUNS! GUNS! GUNS!

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Jane Doe
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1 month ago

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To find out more about what it’s really like for a European to move to the US for studies and life, Bored Panda reached out to New York-based filmmaker and video producer at NYL Studio 51 Ieva Lukauskaite. Ieva, who spent her school days in Lithuania before immigrating to the US, said that as a European living in the US, she has noticed a lot of cultural differences, some good and some bad.

“The thing that perplexes me the most is the lack of selectiveness and authenticity when it comes to creative education. Everybody knows the United States as the land of Hollywood and legendary cinema; however, when it comes to teaching cinematic art, it falls short.”

Having obtained her BFA at a respectable American art college, Ieva said she was surprised by the curriculum and the mix of students. “A creative portfolio or any proof of your creative process is optional to get in, all you need is decent grades from high school. Of course, that attracts a colorful assortment of students, like the guy in my Intro to Film class who told me that he chose to study film because he was 'bad at math.'"

#4

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America Especially as a bloody introverted Finnish person (stereotypes kicking in) it was terrifying how people had a ton of chitchat and were really talkative. Wished me a good day and asked about useless stuff

DON'T TALK TO ME PLEASE I AM NOT QUALIFIED FOR THIS

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Vic
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1 month ago

My first trip abroad was to the US and second was to Helsinki.. the way people behaved was a contrast! :-D but Finnish people are cool, I loved it there .

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#5

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America The political ads on TV that do not promote but instead demonize candidates!

“So and so is a devil from hell that will eat your newborn for breakfast if you vote for them! Don’t do it if you love America!” Scary music and black and white footage included. Weird, very weird.

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Doubleheader
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1 month ago

I worry that the UK will follow in our foot steps. I hear the tories are eyeing American tactics in politics. :( I hope not. I'm looking forward to escaping this madness when I leave here.

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#6

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America Was on an exchange. 2 most memorable questions were "Can you see the moon in Europe" and "Do you have Pizza in Europe". Something else I'll never forget was the map of Europe in the school I went to which still showed the country of Yugoslavia (which doesnt exist anymore) and all the borders were messed up. A map IN THE SCHOOL.

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Juan Hernandez
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1 month ago

yeah schools dont update there stuff....

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However, Ieva believes that some higher education establishments may have low standards on purpose. “With the ridiculously high tuition costs, they gain quite a bit of profit cycling through misguided students who go through the years switching majors, repeating classes, or dropping out altogether,” she commented.

Another big difference that surprised the NY-based producer was that in US film education, you are taught more technical trade than an art subject. “The focus is on what kind of software you can use and which equipment you can name and operate. This is not necessarily a negative difference because most students will never get to be very creative in their future careers anyway.”

With all that being said, Ieva concluded that American film education is more focused on future employability through technical skills instead of abstract concepts like inspiration or unique story building. “The approach does usually result in a better-paying job than in Europe,” Ieva concluded.

#7

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America The amount of obese people. Obese people riding electric scooters at shopping places. Being handicapped because you are obese.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

Okay, I disagree with this one. Just because the person is obese does not automatically mean that is why they are using an electric scooter. They could be obese because of their handicap. If you don’t know the persons circumstances then sit down and shut up.

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#8

-Everyone drives everywhere
-Toilet bowl has a lot of water
-Toilet stalls have large gaps
-Portion sizes in restaurants are huge
-Advertising anti-depressants etc. drugs on tv and billboards
-Bumper sticker politics
-Liquor stores everywhere
-Jesus everywhere
-Lot of homeless people
-Most people have manners and are friendly

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So you prefer to s**t directly on the porcelain, get very little food, and have people be rude?

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#9

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America Went there as a german soldier on a semi work related trip, wearing uniform. The sheer number and the way people thanked me for my service (apparently as a german I qualify for this by extension), gave me discounts or even stuff for free (Starbucks) was astonishing. In germany, the public treats its servicemen with what one federal president called "a friendly non-interest". The US showed me a different world... But I also gotta admit that it was frightening to a certain degree. It feels like... a bit too much of everything. Too much admiration, too much trust in what the uniform stands for, too much "automatic repetition" of the phrases and as a result too little normality. Still a memorable and enjoyable one-time experience

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Troux
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1 month ago

There are huge amounts of patriotism behind this. Americans are normally told that we need soldiers and constant military action, otherwise we would be speaking Chinese and slaving away to an emperor/dictator. Frankly speaking, police and judges do more every day to protect our livelihood, but it's just not as "heroic" as our image of soldiers.

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#10

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America Almost all food tastes sweet, including bread.

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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1 month ago

That’s why you gotta shop from the bakery sections of stores and get their house made breads. It’s like a dollar more or double the cost of the cheapest ones, but it’s way better.

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#11

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America The Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas absolutely blew my mind. The fact that outside it they have what looks like a scale for use on a farm, but for weighing people, and if they weigh over 350lbs they eat for free, was horrendous and it took me ages to get my English mind around it.

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

So... they're promoting obesity??

Wendillon
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1 month ago

and rewarding obesity with food that'll help kill folks even faster

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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1 month ago

That shouldn’t be legal. Imagine doing that for anorexic people.

Jess-a-men
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1 month ago

But at least that kinda makes sense. An anorexic person trying to eat more is a good thing. Supporting them by making it easier and cheaper is reasonable.

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JESSE REED
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1 month ago

doesn't take a european to tell you this is nuts. Most americans agree

Leo Domitrix
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1 month ago

I live in the US and was born here. This freaks ME out!

Michelle C
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1 month ago

I'm American and am like WTF!

kasa alex
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1 month ago

Do the dangerously overweight people have to sign a waiver in case they do actually die of a heart attack when they eat there?

Combine Elite Soldier
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1 month ago

Yeah, I saw a video about it. People have actually died of heart attacks here.

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PupGirl
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1 month ago

I'm from America and I'm weirded out by this

BoredDragon
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1 month ago

Me too. Disgusting, obnoxious, horrible, BLECH.

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Tabitha L
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1 month ago

It took awhile to wrap my American mind around this. I guess Vegas? Land of excess?

Doubleheader
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1 month ago

I live in the US and thankfully haven't seen anything like this before. :/ Ugh.

Jack Ericson
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1 month ago

That's horrifying for Americans too

tangy chip
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1 month ago

WHO would want to go there omg

Tori Bishop
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1 month ago

Not me

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wandile dludlu
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1 month ago

Land of the free, home of the brave and fat

cassiushumanmother
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1 month ago

lol and the weirdos... The waiters spank customers it's a sex and food shop for muricans. They are not able to teach their children about sex (bees and stuff) but are OK with it. MINDBLOWING

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I'm a makeup addict
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1 month ago

I'm in the U.S. and am shocked by this. 350 pounds is a lot for one person to weigh, even if they're, like, 6 foot 8 and muscular.

Tori Benson
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1 month ago

You also get spanked if you don't finish your food

deanna woods
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1 month ago

I did not about this place and that to me, as an American, is pretty stupid. No restaurant should be encouraging unhealthy lifestyles. I am a large person, but I love my share of salads and healthy foods.

Caroline
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1 month ago

Yeah, right, "fighting anorexia since 2005", should be "killing people since 2005"

Jessamyn Zolcznski
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1 month ago

I live in the U.S. What the heck...really?

Adrienne Doyle
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1 month ago

Most of us born in the US are freaked out by that.

Autumn
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1 month ago

I'm American....... and what the heck! Maybe it's just because it's in Las Vegas..... and no offense to any Californians but I feel that has to be an interesting city.

Pan Narrans
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1 month ago

This is a public service, I think. It removes these people from the gene pool by killing them faster than they can on their own.

Wendillon
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1 month ago

It's also a public disservice since the removal isn't quick and those folks are clogging up hospitals with entirely preventable diseases

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elia 84631
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1 month ago

That's why people struggle to go hospital.

it's me again
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1 month ago

This is just wrong even by American standards. And stupid. Definitely not a normal American staple. Don't judge us by this one gimmick please.

Mustn’t eat the mango 🥭
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1 month ago

I saw this in a video of restaurants in the US and beans also spank you if you don’t Finnish your food... messed up

AzKhaleesi
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1 month ago

I've been here it's delicious! It's a gimmick. The inside is decked out like a hospital and all that. but the food is pretty good.

Vickie Martin
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1 month ago

That is horrible seriously.

MalP
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1 month ago

A gimmick in Las Vegas, a city made on getting people to waste money and gimmicks. Someone I know at there, said the portions were stupid big. even by American standards.

Aria Singh
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1 month ago

*When you are American but you dont understand any of this* 0-0 TAKE ME TO INDIA!

Sarcasm101
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1 month ago

What the hell? So they want people do die... right.

Iggy
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1 month ago

This is vulgarity in the extreme. Absolutely vile.

Gyro Pilot
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1 month ago

This is Las Vegas? The city markets itself to tourists as Sin City. Indulgence in food fits right in with the gambling, prostitution, and live entertainments.

Coleen
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1 month ago

Most U.S. citizens would also have trouble wrapping their minds around this. What extremely poor taste.

Pegasaurus Hanaen
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1 month ago

Disturbing

CharliAnn Olney
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1 month ago

DISGUSTING! even to an American!

Wonderful
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1 month ago

They have one in my city and it’s disgusting. I’ve never eaten there just the thought of it is disgusting to me. All the waitresses are in tiny nurses outfits and they make all the customers wear hospital gowns and their sodas are in IVs with loooooong straws. I heard a guy even died while eating at one of them. I knew a girl who worked there for a week and quit cause she wasn’t comfortable with lounging all over large guys and sitting in their laps while they make their orders. She said one customer slapped her on the ass so hard she had a hand imprint on it when she got home. Gross

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
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1 month ago

Unbelievable the ways US ads promote harmful eating habits.

TooManyFandoms
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1 month ago

i live in las vegas and have not heard of this. Sounds terrible.

backatya
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1 month ago

that's greedy business for you

Miranda Prince
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1 month ago

Americans think that place is gross, too.

Carrie Roettger
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1 month ago

I'm from Texas and the Heart Attack Grill terrible to me. That is one place I would never go.

Evripidou Maria
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1 month ago

you're fat? Get fatter fr free!

Richard Jones
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1 month ago

Really folks. It's a joke. Lot's of fun and completely politically incorrect. The food is good by the way. A "nurse" takes your order, no diet drinks, wine comes in an IV bag on a pole. If you don't finish what you order you get a public spanking. If all that's not embarrassing enough you can do karaoke.

Octavia Hansen
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1 month ago

Oh, come on! This is LAS VEGAS, BABY! EVERYTHING here is in excess. This is a stunt. It's an eye catcher. EVERY meal here is massively big, and drinks, too. You don't come to Vegas to lose weight or become a better person. This is the land of escapism and deception. If you can't control yourself, why should anyone else try to do that for you?

Diane Phillips-Herman
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1 month ago

I loved this place, all tongue in cheek. I would only eat here once a year if I lived nearby. Waitresses are dressed like nurses and spank you if you don't finish your meal.

Jacqui Dunn
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1 month ago

Vile!

moeless
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1 month ago

Yeah...Don't let the door hit ya'.

Dawn Murin
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1 month ago

Las Vegas: where gluttony and waste are virtues :(

David Dwyer
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1 month ago

This is stupid, and not every place is like this, please do not make all of your views of america on what you see here.

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
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1 month ago

i'm american, i dont et it either...

zims
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1 month ago

To be fair this was an outrageous stunt to Americans too

Gary h
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1 month ago

As an American, I would like to say that Las Vegas is not America. lmao. I consider obesity worse of an addiction than smoking, and to see this makes me angry. Vegas is everything wrong with the USA all bundled up into one city-sized mess. It's got everything from extreme Gambling advertisements, to penny candy prostitutes, to street side heroin dealers. They just love to exploit your addictions in Vegas. Hope the place burns some day.

Hypogryff4
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1 month ago

Wow. That's, um, interesting??

Logan Whitmore
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1 month ago

I can sense the greasy burgers from here

Hilary Mol
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1 month ago

For what it's worth, I think it's horrendous and I'm American.

Hehehehehehehehe
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1 month ago

I live in America. This is mildly surprising but mostly just disappointing.

J. Kasilo
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1 month ago

In America, we have more 'choices!' If you don't want to eat there - your choice!

angie but who cares
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1 month ago

what how is this buissness still open??

Paul Zelf
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1 month ago

Sponsored by the Diabetics medicine producers... shameful

CatWoman312
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1 month ago

Please be ironic

Karen Harling
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1 month ago

If u don't eat ur meat......

Chin Fong
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1 month ago

if you look up the owner, he used to be a dietician/health consultant. He later on discovered that obesity, etc. was based on one's genetic. He got tired and sick of watching those around him in the same field lying and cheating folks that had genes that caused obesity, promising them that they could all look like models, so in protest, he opened this place as a gag. He was surprised that his business took off.

Don Quixote
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1 month ago

As an American I can’t get my mind around it.

Ms.GB
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1 month ago

That's insane...I wonder how many people just keel over at the table.

CORLEONE
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1 month ago

WOW ...that means half of US population eats free.

Kimberley McMillan
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1 month ago

I've walked past that restaurant on the way to Fremont street. It wasn't open at the time.

Caleb Lumpkin
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1 month ago

ooookk who got a hold of that devils lettuce?

Man with nice beard
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1 month ago

Can someone tell me how much 350 lbs in kilogram?

Chancey
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1 month ago

It's almost 159 kg

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Delboy
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1 month ago

actually 150kg isn't that bad, if you were tall & muscular

Squidward
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1 month ago

350 lbs it's nearly 160 kg! Is it possibble to walk weighing that much?

The 5-star rated 5-star rating system
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1 month ago

"Heart attack grill" ... Overweight people eat free... no wonder there are so many obese people in the US.

Sue Knerl
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1 month ago

Yep, let's all get so fat we can't walk. I guess it's a way to winnow out fat people.

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Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America I ate a blue slurpee ice-drink thing in a theme park and three hours later, I kid you not, I did a VIBRANTLY BLUE [POOP].

No food in Europe has ever contained an ingredient that made my [poop] come out blue.

That made me go go "WTF" - I was WTFing so hard that eleven years later I still remember that blue [poop].

Thanks America! Fond memories...

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rgr8
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1 month ago

That's honestly weird. I've never had that happen to me with a slurpee.

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#13

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America Went to L.A. a week last year for work.

Things like portion sizes, the average weight of people, quality of food and commercials etc. are just what I thought they would be. But the surprises for me:

1. I do know the modeled Los Santos in GTA from L.A. but I didn't realise how well they did it. People talk and behave basically the same way. The sound, the light, the landscape, the frickin RADIO! I thought a big part of it was just exaggeration. Nope! This was actually kind of fun, driving around looking at things going "oh wow this is where that thing happened in the game". Awesome!

2. There are a lot of homeless people and you can tell a lot of them are sick and/or have psychological problems. This sure doesn't remove any of my prejudice about american healthcare and social security...

3. The extreme differences between neighbourhoods that are right next to each other. Sure, I understand why one street might have houses that look nice and are well taken care of and another not so much. But why is there a difference in how well paved the road is? Why is the "poor" street in such decay with lots of potholes and the "rich" street so clean and free from pot holes? Aren't things like fixing the roads the responsibility of the city? Mind boggling that they care more about rich neighbourhoods and the poor ones. If they did that so blatantly back here there'd be some things and a big fan involved.

Generally the social class differences are of a magnitude I've never seen before. Honestly I thought the things I heard before where somewhat exaggerated. I was wrong. And it is right in front of you basically all of the time! Really really sad to see.

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Troux
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1 month ago

Generally speaking, this is why city folk tend towards liberal/welfare views: They see it every day. Even if you keep your head forward and just continue your role in your social standing, you'll still see it. Living in rural areas separates people from the variety, diversity and disparity of individuals in our country.

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#14

French married to a US citizen here. The one thing that surprised me most, apart from the portion sizes and the overload of sugar eveywhere that everyone mentions, is the convenience culture.
As long as you have a car, you can go buy anything and everything at virtually any time of day or night. And, oh, the amount of stuff you can have delivered at your place in less than an hour ! The workers do not seem to enjoy such a huge quality of life. Who would, if they had to work the 2am-12pm shift in a fast food place for minimum wage ?

On top of that, one other thing is how people are proud of working themselves to death, picking up all the overtime they can and not sleeping. Some of them have to to make ends meet, but most I know do not need the overtime and could use it to catch up on sleep, but don't. Instead, they drink coffee... It seems like companies managed to make the people link personal worth and pride to how much one works. Not the quality of it or the enjoyment of the job, but simply the amount of hours.

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Alexis draskinis
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1 month ago

DING DING DING!!! Johnny, tell him what he's won!!!

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#15

On the first day of our US roadtrip we stopped for lunch at a roadside restaurant south of San Francisco. When we tried to pay the waiter told us that another customer that just had left paid for our meals and whished us a nice trip.

WTF, who does that. So nice! Totally made my day and honestly the whole vacation.

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A Cat Named Dragon
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1 month ago

I live in San Francisco and I am so pleased to know that. Most of us here really do love visitors from other places and I am so proud to know that my neighbors welcomed you and treated you so well!

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#16

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America Tax not included in the price tag. It's...weird!

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rgr8
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1 month ago

And annoying!

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#17

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America It’ a minor thing, but everyone asking “how are you” without wanting to know the answer.

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

This happens everywhere

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#18

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America Flags everywhere. Not just in front of people's homes, but in front of everything. I even saw a US flag in front of a supermarket. WTF.

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rgr8
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1 month ago

America loves America!

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#19

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America Ads for prescription medicines. Like what the actual hell.

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ProfessionalTimeWaster
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Doctors may have graduated decades ago. Best medicine practice keeps changing. Other countries usually have a Medical sales Rep that keep visiting doctors with the latest medicine available. Given the size and distributed population of USA, maybe this is a cheaper option to reach out to all doctors at one go. You still need a prescription to get the meds.

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#20

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America Extreme air conditioning — like fridge temperature inside.

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Troux
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1 month ago

Agreed. 65F/18C in my office blows my mind! Are sweaters and air conditioners made by the same company?

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#21

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America Portion sizes, vehicle sizes, road sizes, house sizes.

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elia 84631
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1 month ago

I've seen a video about fast food soft drink sizes between USA and Japan and surpisely Japan have smallest size

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#22

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America I thought the gap in bathroom stall doors was a myth until I visited the US. Didn’t get privacy for my five-day stay. How do you s**t when someone can look you in the eye?!

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rgr8
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1 month ago

You don't.

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#23

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America Seeing an 80 year old woman working behind the register at a supermarket

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nanashi
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1 month ago

this is not uncommon in Japan too. there, it's almost normal to see old people still working. I had seen a 60-70yo woman working in McDonalds (unless she's actually just look "old") and a granpa as a security guard.

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#24

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America The general weirdness surrounding alcohol. Us Brits went for a drink at lunchtime once and our American friends were referring us to AA

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rgr8
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1 month ago

This really depends on where you are. Some places are alcohol scrooges, and others are full of alcohol loving hippies.

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#25

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America The choices of cereal at the breakfast in the hotel all had at least 20% sugar.

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elia 84631
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1 month ago

Was there a law that almost banned food companies to use cartoon characters in snacks for advertisment to children?

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#26

Australian here.

I did a lot of hiking in America around Cali and the south west. My first comment is how amazing your national parks are, backed up by an organised park service. I haven’t seen camp sites in Australia half as organised as yours.

Second was how cheap food is! as i was road tripping I originally planned to cook for myself out the back of my van. But honestly it was cheaper to eat at Denny’s, where I only had to hit breakfast and dinner and I was set for the day - the portion sizes were huge.

Third. Wtf is with your toilets! They are filled to the brim with water, and your poo just sorta floats around until you flush where it then goes around in circles until it goes down the drain. My first few poops in your great nation was really unsettling. But I got used to it by the end.

Fourth. The disparity between rich and poor. Like you see it in Australia a between suburbs bit - but it was just so pronounced in America.

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TIL: Australia is in Europe.

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#27

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America When in Boston someone realised we were British and came over to have a conversation:

"Oh my god, I have a friend in England. She lives in London. Do you know her?"



Hmm, there are 9 million people who live in London, and 65 million in the UK. The chance of me knowing one individual is quite remote!

rb357 , Elliott Brown Report

A Cat Named Dragon
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1 month ago

Yeah, but we’re hopeless optimists!

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#28

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America The amount of homeless people. People straight-up walking past an elderly woman living on the streets to get to the 7-Eleven.

bighow , Carl Campbell Report

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1 month ago

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Lazy f-u-c-k-e-r-s.

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#29

I saw a woman put sugar in her coke at Ihop for breakfast. I've been told that's gross even for other Americans.

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A Cat Named Dragon
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1 month ago

This just makes me sad!

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#30

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America Indoors feels colder than being naked in the winter

RefreshingAC , Nicolas Henderson Report

troufaki13
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1 month ago

I freakin' hate air-conditioners!!

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#31

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America Went to Mc Donalds and ordered what i always order. But it tasted completely different. And fanta was just weird orange juice Syrup.

Bugbreach , Takahiro Yamagiwa Report

wandile dludlu
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1 month ago

Watch this and you'll realise why... Americans put a lot of s**t in everything to make the food pretty. https://youtu.be/ZMaW6TamNAc

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#32

The sheer size of the place is amazing. Each state is its own little country. I lived there for 7 years and visited some different places, and each time I crossed a state line it was like crossing a border in Europe — everything was different again.

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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1 month ago (edited)

Part of why we’re “uncultured.” You can vacation here forever and see tons of different things but still be in America. Of course it’s not nearly the same as international travel, and of course as the years go by, things in the US have become more homogeneous and lame.

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#33

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America How low down the toilets are compared to here in the UK. Went to sit on one, dropped as I thought I'd missed the darned thing then felt like I'd broken my ass on impact. It's like missing the bottom step of the stairs, but even worse.

Karazhan , Pat Guiney Report

wandile dludlu
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1 month ago

I actually prefer that

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#34

During my first visit, I was astonished at the number of small airports and incredible number of small aircraft. So much freedom to fly across a vast country. Amazing.

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A Cat Named Dragon
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1 month ago

That’s a really interesting perspective that I have never heard anyone say before. Thank you for that!

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#35

Tipping being obligatory, whether it was good service or not.

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1 month ago

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#36

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America Movies set in New York prepare you for everything except the smell of [poop].

carbonar0 , Helen Alfvegren Report

elia 84631
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1 month ago

Why does New York smell bad?

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#37

I was going to count the number of American flags I saw on my two weeks in Florida.

I gave up on the ride from Miami Airport to South Beach.

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A Cat Named Dragon
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1 month ago

I am probably going to get down voted, but I think it’s good to be proud of who you are and where you’re from. I don’t like it when we turn that healthy enthusiasm into boastful nonsense, but I think all of us should be proud of ourselves, our families and our communities.

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#38

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America Jay walking and the lack of pavement/sidewalk on many roads. I found it so hard to just get from one place to another.

DaveLakowski , Elvert Barnes Report

troufaki13
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1 month ago

I though jay walking was universal

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#39

1. You guys do not seem to have have touch and go card payment systems. A lot of places still rely on signatures.

2. Almost all food tastes sweet, including bread.

3. Credit history anywhere outside of the US isn’t considered “real” and will not hep prove you’re a real person when you want to open a bank account.

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ProfessionalTimeWaster
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1 month ago

I've heard some crazy stories in Suze Orman show about "my mom opened a credit card in my name and didn't pay".........isn't there checks and balances in place?

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#40

Europeans-Reveal-Weirdest-Things-Visiting-America Perfect strangers asking me how I am doing.

FakeRealist , Boganm9p Report

Troux
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1 month ago

How are my fellow Pandas doing today?

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