It's no secret that Americans do things a little differently from the rest of the world. But, as the first European colony to win independence, they've had lots of time to form the unique identity we associate with them today. So let's take a few moments to celebrate all the quirky and ridiculous little things that make the USA what it is, even if we still fail to understand them.

When the United States broke away from the rest of the European world in 1783 following the American Revolutionary War, a cultural shift began that is still developing today. Though the lands we now know as America mostly share a history of British occupation, tea and crumpets have long been replaced by coffee and donuts. America has given the world countless gifts, such as rock music, groundbreaking cinema, and New York City - in fact, it's probably the most culturally recognizable place on Earth. Still, for those of us on the outside looking in, the United States sometimes seems like a bit of a circus.

Scroll down to see some of America's funniest moments on Tumblr and how the rest of the world reacted. Don't take it personally, though - we've still got love for Yankee Land! (h/t)

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xpurinx
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4 years ago

Apply ice water...

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Tyrone
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4 years ago

They even made a hole and chipped one end of the biscuit if you look at the 16th and 35th ,that's brilliant !!

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Daria B
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4 years ago

Canada is literally cooler. Well, maybe not cooler than Alaska....

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Hans
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4 years ago

Not using SI units indeed is hard to understand.

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DhampireHEK
Community Member
4 years ago

At 18 you can be married, drive a car, go into huge debt, vote, and die for your country but you're not responsible enough to buy beer. *Face Palm*

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xpurinx
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4 years ago

Flippin' genius :D

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trututu
Community Member
4 years ago

In Ireland there's a fee

Jessica Cluskey
Community Member
4 years ago

Was just about to comment that!

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Karoline Deschênes
Community Member
4 years ago

You have to pay for this too in Canada

Orlane Bienfait-Luna
Community Member
4 years ago

Some graduate programs in France have a fee

Anna Thouvenin
Community Member
4 years ago

For application? Where?

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Mel M
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4 years ago

In canada we get 3 applications for free, but we have to pay for more.

Bailie Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

That's not true. I had to pay every time I've applied in Canada. It must vary from province to province.

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Jess Doyle
Community Member
4 years ago

I had to pay in the uk but that was over 10 years ago. Man that makes me feel old

Portia Taylor
Community Member
4 years ago

Yep, to apply through UCAS you still have to pay.

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Star-Light Star-Bright
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4 years ago

Nothing about college is free in America.

Oana Vintilescu
Community Member
4 years ago

It costs money to apply in Romania...

Anna Brandigi
Community Member
4 years ago

Not just college. When I was in 6th grade, my parents had to pay $75 for every school I applied to

Jakub Wasilewski
Community Member
1 year ago

In Czech republic there's small fee as well.

Alice Bennett
Community Member
4 years ago

Yeah not free in Canada either lol

Tsvetomir Bogdanov
Community Member
4 years ago

Impossible, you pay to apply ? Lol can't even imagine it...

Kiki Castro
Community Member
4 years ago

In Canada there are also applications fees

Casandra Nițescu
Community Member
4 years ago

it costs money just to freaking apply? what the actual ?

M O'Connell
Community Member
4 years ago

It costs money to apply because it greatly simplifies the application process, just like paying $1 to join a website, it weeds-out 85% of potential applicants who would otherwise just apply to every school, or sign up for every site.

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Maya Wołoszyn
Community Member
4 years ago

Costs in Canada, too.

Aine
Community Member
4 years ago

Not in Québec...

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Cal Capone
Community Member
1 year ago

they aren't free in Canada but at least not very expensive

Sunhanut Sudprasert
Community Member
3 years ago

Nope, none of them are free in Thailand.

Cornelius Mark
Community Member
4 years ago

In Denmark, we are paid for studying

Ivy Ruonakoski
Community Member
1 year ago

Same in Finland.

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Suzanne Haigh
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8 months ago

And you lot have the nerve to say Britain is backward?

Lady Clare
Community Member
10 months ago

nothing should be free. you gotta work or you're lazy.

Pam
Community Member
4 years ago

Costs around 80 - 100 bucks in Canada

Kira Thesloth
Community Member
4 years ago

More than 1/2 the jobs at my new university didn't exist at my old one & they didn't need to! The whole damn system is a scam.

Derpicorn
Community Member
4 years ago

Dang it

Bilyana Dimitrova
Community Member
4 years ago

It costs money in Bulgaria but it's a symbolic price - like $10-15.

Kazandra Asaha
Community Member
4 years ago

Not true

Joanse Castillo
Community Member
4 years ago

it costs money in almost everywhere in latinamerica

Magdalena Bertola
Community Member
4 years ago

It's not free in brazil aswell

Melinda Farkas
Community Member
4 years ago

In Hungary it's not exactly. But it's not that expensive...

Me
Community Member
4 years ago

Her username is crazy filipino.

dora sim
Community Member
4 years ago

I am IN academia, and I did not know this. WTFF US?

Marie
Community Member
4 years ago

For some private schools in France, you have to pay too :)

Alice Beranová
Community Member
4 years ago

In Czech republic you have to pay, too

stella
Community Member
4 years ago

You have to pay in INDIA too.

Kaena Kołodziej
Community Member
4 years ago

In poland there is a fee. But it's like around 20-30$ i think? Depnds from major too.

Sarahjane Thomson
Community Member
4 years ago

There's a fee in Scotland too

Taty Taty
Community Member
4 years ago

You also pay it in brazil

Peťule Urbanová
Community Member
4 years ago

Costs in Czech Republic too. It's not much but it's not free

Eruthon
Community Member
4 years ago

Also in Slovakia *sigh*

Hannah Hilsden
Community Member
4 years ago

You have to pay in the UK as well!

Maria Leybenson
Community Member
4 years ago

Costs money to apply in Germany.

Marceline Mameshiba
Community Member
4 years ago

In England education is free till your 20, but you get a loan and only pay it back when you earn enough money too. College applications are always free though.

Zoe Kass
Community Member
4 years ago

In the UK you may have to pay too, depending on the uni.

Igor Chudáčik
Community Member
4 years ago

Not free in Slovakia either

xpurinx
Community Member
4 years ago

Da fuh? :/

Pi...
Community Member
4 years ago

They're not free because many universities want you to be sure of why ur applying...n not applying just for the heck of it.

Gary Kenward
Community Member
4 years ago

untrue

Veronica Loiotile
Community Member
4 years ago

We have taxes in Italy

Robyn Oelofse
Community Member
4 years ago

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I don't understand why everyone doesn't just study correspondence or online, like thru Unisa?http://www.unisa.ac.za

Long Joan Silver
Community Member
4 years ago

Because studying online, isn't for everyone. Some of us require to be in a class room, to have human interaction with the lecturers.

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John L
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4 years ago

Hmm, never considered that. I always did silly things.....like hide them in my pocket. Imagine that. ;D

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Hans
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4 years ago

I guess these things give digestion problems and obesity just from looking at them.

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Hans
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4 years ago

Hatred and nescience are friends!

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ConfusedPanda
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4 years ago

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!

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Laury M.
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4 years ago

Fried.... lemonade??

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DhampireHEK
Community Member
4 years ago

I choked on my morning coffee as I read this. Too funny.

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Hans
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4 years ago

Germans: Duh, this Autobahn section has a 130 km/h speed limit. Americans: wow, this freeway allows 100 km/h!

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JEFF THE KILLER
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4 years ago

SHOTS FIRED (pun intended)

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Prussia
Community Member
4 years ago

True

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Anna Brandigi
Community Member
4 years ago

"the guy with only some blood" 😂

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John L
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4 years ago

Perhaps you are mixing us up with Australia?

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Helping Panda
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh my god, you guys should look up which countries rely overwhelmingly on nuclear power. The US is actually way behind many countries in Europe!

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DhampireHEK
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4 years ago

I'm not sure if I should laugh at the joke or cry because this guy is serious....

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Heather FitzGeorge
Community Member
4 years ago

Pea. Not pee. It's pea. *drops mic*

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Kori K. Warriner
Community Member
4 years ago

Holy crap, that hurts the eyes!!!

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John L
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4 years ago

There is always a cheaper way, which includes buying a plane ticket. Works every time. ;D

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DhampireHEK
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm actually sad that this is true.

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Ellie Aviva
Community Member
4 years ago

hehehhehehhehe (laughs painfully)

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Laury M.
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4 years ago

"Sorry, we've run out because of bad executive decisions. We got Cheetos in mayonnaise though."

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Kori K. Warriner
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh the irony.

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Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

Even the pickup in the background...

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Amanda Nelson
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4 years ago

Mc fucking Eagles mother flaggers

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Galeanthropy2017
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4 years ago

Accurate

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Daniel Blackmon
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4 years ago

Lmao I can't even. Ctfu 'Murica

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Amanda Nelson
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4 years ago

Ahhh the 'hashtag' button. That 'new' invention 🤔

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
4 years ago

I can't believe taaht there is a place without a flag in the US...

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Sarah Collas
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4 years ago

Were is wall-e?

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Master Markus
Community Member
4 years ago

Except that a bunch of Americans hate Bill for being and atheist and because he tells them that science is correct instead of the BAHBLE.

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