It’s no secret that to an outsider, Americans often look like a quirky bunch of people. Red solo cups, free refills, and bulk shopping are all just the tip of the iceberg where it does get much weirder. But what the rest of the world finds particularly interesting about Americans is how bold they can sometimes be in the ways they approach foreigners.

So when an Aussie TikToker, @Voidable from Brisbane, asked people “What is the dumbest thing an American has ever said to you?” it blew up immediately all over the social platform, with people spilling the beans big time.

From questions like “Do you speak European?” or “Asian?” to genuinely wondering if a person from Egypt lives in a pyramid, these are some of the most “seriously?” queries thrown at non-Americans. Get ready to chuckle, and then make sure to check out our previous post with Americans being clueless to the moon and back.

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#1

“She went to Europe”
“What country?”
“Europe”
“Yeah what country in Europe?”
“The country Europe”
“Europe is a continent”
“What's a continent?”

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Rose the Cook
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5 months ago

I have lost count of the number of American teachers I have met who insist Africa is a country. No wonder people are confused.

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#2

Got asked if we have electricity in Germany, I replied that in Germany we have to run in our giant hamster wheels to generate power.

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BananaJo
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5 months ago

dumb question, dumb answer

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#3

My grandma went on a European cruise and came back complaining that there were too many foreigners. LIKE ??? YOURE THE FOREIGNER.

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Clearly sunny
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5 months ago

This makes me laugh, old people sometimes!

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Bored Panda reached out to social media influencer @Voidable from Brisbane whose TikTok video has gone viral. The creator now has 36.2K TikTok followers and 1.8M likes on the TikTok platform but his audience is ever-growing. 

 “At the time these kinds of videos (the asking people questions) were all over TikTok and I noticed that no one had asked about this topic which as someone who is not American I hear a lot,” he explained about the idea for the TikTok.

#4

They asked if I lived in a pyramid. I’m from Egypt. It has happened multiple times.

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Puppy Lover
Community Member
5 months ago

Well where else are they meant to live? In an igloo?

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#5

"I didn't know Alabama had its own language." After I said I speak Albanian.

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Vicky Zar
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5 months ago

Uff

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#6

I have a foreign ID card and my date of birth is written as 18/04/95 and I had someone ask me once “you guys have 18 months in your country?”

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King Joffrey
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5 months ago

That allowed me to drink a bit early in when I lived in the US as a 20-year old.

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“When I hear some of the ways they do stuff it just makes me feel uncomfortable,” TikToker told us and added: “like how they microwave water instead of using a kettle, that one hurts.”

When asked how in his opinion Americans differ from the rest of the world, @Voidable said: “I think they differ as they are brought up and taught blind patriotism. I like America but you can’t sit here and not acknowledge its flaws.”

#7

"Why do YOU care who runs OUR country, it's not like it affects you"
Pretty sure WWIII affects the planet, bud.

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Full of Giggles
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5 months ago

Sadly, this is a common thought amongst conservatives.

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#8

"Netherlands? Isn’t that where Peter Pan lives?"

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James016
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5 months ago

Yes, he loves the coffee shops.

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#9

“Your English is so good, how long have you been learning it?” Ummm as an Aussie, my whole life.

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Truth Monster
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5 months ago

Aussies speak Australian. Duh.

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 And when it comes to the dumbest thing @Voidable has heard an American saying, it’s “when I had an argument with an American who told me that the US had 40 states. Still plays back in my mind,” he laughed.

#10

“I’m Spanish”
“Where in South America is Spain at?”
“I’m European”
“I thought u said u were Spanish”
“Spain is in Europe”
“What’s Europe?”

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Berry Budgie
Community Member
5 months ago

... seriously

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#11

him: "you don't study US history?" me: "no, just like you don't study Chilean history". him: "but it's different, we're an actual original country"

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Monika Rhodes
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5 months ago

*facepalm

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#12

German here - asked if we had nice cars in Germany.... like the BMW he was driving.

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Jos Poisquet
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5 months ago

We all drive Lada

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#13

"Our sun is brighter than yours."

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

They must have been talking about the sun they think shines out of their arses. Lol

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#14

One said to me “wait it snows outside of America?” Like wait until you hear that it snows in Africa.

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Truth Monster
Community Member
5 months ago

It snows more in Africa than it does in Antarctica.

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#15

When they ask you if you have internet access - while chatting online.

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aromantic avocado
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5 months ago

I sometimes wonder where some people's brains have gone

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#16

Girl said I was insensitive for making jokes about the Pompeii volcano eruption. She said it happened 2008, and not 79 C.E

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
Community Member
5 months ago

What? Go back to School

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#17

"Australia is the Florida of Europe" I thought they were joking, but no, they were dead serious.

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Truth Monster
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5 months ago

I kinda view Australia as the Florida of Europe....except its not in Europe. I'd say its the Florida of the English colonial system...but that would go to America...namely because we have the actual Florida. And America is always stealing headlines for some kind of wacky news. And a lot of that is from Florida.

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#18

"Does gravity work opposite in Australia?" I was half amazed that he knew what gravity was and half dumbfounded.

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dhiguthila
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5 months ago

cause space is indeed filled with floating Australians

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#19

Me telling Americans I'm from Norway: "ohh the capital of Sweden?"

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dhiguthila
Community Member
5 months ago

Once I got one asking me where I am from, I said Lake Como, right at the boarder with Switzerland, and the guy said "oh lucky you, you can visit Stockholm often, then"... and me "mmm na bro that's Sweden, 2k km away"

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#20

He told me that the USA is the best country in the world, they are the only country where you can vote freely and give your opinion

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

Did he say this on April fools day

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#21

“Wait, some other countries have presidents too? I thought it was just an American thing.”

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
5 months ago

No, American things are going shopping with an assault riffle strapped to your back and going bust on medical bills.

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#22

Someone corrected my spelling of Sydney, apparently it's sidny (I'm Australian)

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Sue Simmons
Community Member
5 months ago

Love this. I was told England is spelt Ingland. I'm English. Lived in USA 21 years and was shocked by the lack of common sense and knowledge about other countries.

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#23

My dads American co-worker was shocked that my dad had a drivers license, because he seriously thought that we only ride horse and buggy in Denmark.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

They will be shocked to hear we don't ride kangaroos in Australia.

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#24

“Do you speak Asian?” I am Asian but I don’t speak Asian.

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Bobert Robertson
Community Member
5 months ago

"I'm blackanese!" - Chris Tucker in Rush Hour

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#25

An American who thought Canada was a third world country. Because every country except the USA is a third world country. They really thought that.

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Truth Monster
Community Member
5 months ago

This checks out. Not Murica = Third World Country

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#26

“The closest I've ever been to Brazil was in Spain last year.” She lived in Florida.

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Vorknkx
Community Member
5 months ago

She probably thinks the official language of Brazil is Spanish :D

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#27

“Do you speak European?”

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Vorknkx
Community Member
5 months ago

No, but I'm perfectly fluent in Asian.

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#28

"I have freedom of speech because I'm American... You don't" I'm from Britain by the way.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

The American freedom of speech means you can promote fascism, racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia in public without consequences. In Europe not so. That's why we don't have free speech, according to some Americans.

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#29

How can you be from England if you’re not white?

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Scagsy
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5 months ago

England is one of the most multicultural places on the planet.

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#30

I’m Italian: “is it true that you think in English and then translate it to Italian when you speak Italian?”

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
5 months ago

How do people come up with stuff like this?

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#31

An American dude, about 25-30, laywer, mindblown that we had fields in the French countryside cause he "thought that France was only made of cities"

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Anna Banana
Community Member
5 months ago

...and cheese.

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#32

“Do y’all have grass in Mexico?” GRASS, she thought we were a big dessert.

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Shea Linton
Community Member
5 months ago

A big DESSERT? So, we aren't the only ones who are dumb!

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#33

"In Finland you have polar bears walking around the streets, right?"

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elStiJneriNO
Community Member
5 months ago

they actually drive the coca cola trucks in finland

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#34

“When’s December for you?”

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

July

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#35

I had someone ask me what it’s like having Christmas in the middle of the year. I had to explain that we still have it in December, it’s just hot.

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Anna Banana
Community Member
5 months ago

Haha I remember struggling with that concept myself, except I was about 5 at the time.

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#36

My dad was asked by a Harvard graduate how long it would take to drive from New York to Ireland.

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Eliza Schuyler
Community Member
5 months ago

A H-H-Harvard graduate...please tell me this is a joke

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#37

“Do you watch TV in English or Australian?”

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

We watch TV in any language the show comes in. We even get the news in foreign languages.

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#38

I got into an argument with American cousin about whether or not it's safe to play with the liquid inside a thermometer. BTW ITS MERCURY.

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BananaJo
Community Member
5 months ago

answer is no

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#39

"Yeah I am from Libya."
"Ohhhhh do you guys have a sun?"

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Caleb Hall
Community Member
5 months ago

Ok what

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#40

While visiting LA, a girl asked where I lived and I said Australia (I was living there at the time) and she said “OMG, my dream is to go to Europe!”

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

It's a looong way to Europe from Australia.

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#41

An American asked me how comes British people speak English and thought it was so we could understand Americans. He didn’t know England was a country.

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
5 months ago

This one did not know their own history then

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#42

“You don’t have dollars in France ?” Biggest laugh of my life.

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Mag Marguerite
Community Member
5 months ago

French dollars of course!

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#43

"I'm from Serbia" "omg how did you learn english, don't you live in like" and I quote "PAPER HOUSES?"

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Tamsin Far
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5 months ago

Actually, according to some other threads here, it seems to me like Americans live in paper houses.

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#44

"Where are you from?" "Sweden" "Omg, I love swiss cheese and chocolate!"

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Vorknkx
Community Member
5 months ago

I suppose Lithuania and Latvia also get confused often.

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#45

I told someone I'm Hungarian and she responded with: "But why do you look European?"

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Mag Marguerite
Community Member
5 months ago

can we look European?

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#46

I had an American ask me if we IN Canada are celebrating the 4th of July. ??? No... Because that is an American Holiday. ??? What?

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Sasy
Community Member
5 months ago

I get asked that as an Aussie every year by someone online.

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#47

They genuinely thought that Canadians have to live underground in the winter because it’s below 0.

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Bobert Robertson
Community Member
5 months ago

If you've ever been a student in Ottawa, you'll find that a lot of us actually do. Half the students are pale as a ghost come late February from sticking to the tunnels and avoiding going outside.

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#48

I've worked at the Viking Shop Museum in Denmark, and Americans often thought Vikings are a living race, that live in territories nearby our museum..

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
5 months ago

like american natives?

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#49

"Argentines are not from latin america because most of them are white" guess I'm european now and I didn't even notice lol

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Marianne
Community Member
5 months ago

Same thing is true for many many Americans ... and generally people from immigration countries.

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#50

"So you guys have politics? I thought you didnt get to chose the queen."

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Eliška Hůlková
Community Member
5 months ago

Some people seem to think that monarchy is when Queen runs rampant around London and screams "Off with his head!"

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#51

"ohmygod you're Dutch? Write my name in your alphabet!!" -Rebekah

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Jos Poisquet
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5 months ago

Rebekah

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#52

“Do you have oceans in Australia?”

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Eliza Schuyler
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5 months ago

Well, not in, but around

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#53

Once one person asked me if there are beaches in Brazil...

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Anna Banana
Community Member
5 months ago

Famously not.

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#54

I was asked whether I‘m from West or East Germany and if the Berlinwall is still standing. That was in 2008

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James016
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5 months ago

Did they not see David Hasselhoff bring the wall down? Maybe they were born after the event

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#55

I'm from Indonesia. They said, "Is that in India?"

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Joseph Georgiadis
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5 months ago

yep, it's the island of India (from Greek: Indo=Indian, Nesia=Islands)

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#56

A girl asked me where I’m from... I said Spain... and then she told me she drove there last summer ( we were in Texas)

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SykesDaMan
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5 months ago

Even though you were in Texas, you WERE near Spain but the S is silent...

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#57

Someone asked if it’s true the UK doesn’t celebrate Christmas.

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BananaJo
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5 months ago

No. We have Christmas. In fact, we're probably one of the countries that celebrates it the most.

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#58

Me: I just got my new iPhone! American: I didn’t know they had iPhones in Germany!

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Vicky Zar
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5 months ago

Germans prefer Samsung and other brands (or no brands) because iPhones are overpriced, but we do have them.

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#59

one person believed the capital of Paris was Italy. You know, a separate country

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Joseph Georgiadis
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5 months ago

Much needed clarification...

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#60

"Do you guys have any supermarkets?" or "Which US state is Serbia?"

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grafxgal60073
Community Member
5 months ago

Being an Alaskan and having worked for the tourism industry, we got "what bench should I sit on to see wildlife walk by; What kind of money do you use in Alaska; and, who's your president?" Double face palm.

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#61

"Do you guys also celebrate New Years???" like eh.

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Eliza Schuyler
Community Member
5 months ago

Yep! 5 hours before you

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#62

“Is there toilet paper in Portugal?”

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Vorknkx
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5 months ago

No, they use three seashells ;)

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#63

Do you speak moozlim? WHAT IS MOOZLIm? iTS MuSLIm AND ItS A RELIGION

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Victor Botha
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5 months ago

Incorrect, Islam is the religion and the followers or adherents of that religion are called Muslims. Also all my muslim friends pronounce it Mozlim here in SA, how do you pronounce it?

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#64

"Oh you're from Poland. Have you seen any polar bears?"
Hun, I'm from Central Europe, not Antarctica...

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Daria Z
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5 months ago

There're no polar bears in Antarctica either.

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#65

“Canada? Isn’t that a US state?”

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Jos Poisquet
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5 months ago

No, but Alaska is an island. You can see it on every map of the US. It lies under California.

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#66

My us host mom thought human blood is blue until it‘s out of the skin..

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James Thompson
Community Member
5 months ago

That was actually taught, or at least widely believed to be true for a long time. The "fact" was that un- oxygenated blood is blue, and only turns red after being enriched with O2. It's not unusual to see this myth debunked on listicles entitled something like "6 myths about your body that we were taught ".

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#67

“Do you have swimming pool in Indonesia?”

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M O'Connell
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5 months ago

Perhaps they were acquainted with Eric "The Eel" Moussambani Malonga who swam for Equatorial Guinea at the 2000 Olympics, and won his heat of the 100M freestyle in spite of the largest swimming pool in the country being only 12 meters long (at the time).

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