The United States has plenty of pros and cons, just like any other country. However, you can’t deny America tends to have more of each and some of them are turned all the way up to 11 on the weirdness scale. Like having the police patrol your school, writing the date in a weird way (let’s not even talk about the Imperial measurement system), and having full-on smear ads against political opponents.

Welcome to the Wonderland that is the USA. And what better way to learn about the bizarre things that Americans think are completely normal than by asking non-Americans for their opinions? That’s exactly what one Reddit user (who told Bored Panda that they wish to remain anonymous because of all the attention they're getting) did in a viral thread that got more than 50.9k upvotes and over a whopping 38.9k comments. Scroll down, have a read, check out our in-depth interview with the original poster, and upvote the weird things that happen in the US that left an impact on you, dear Pandas.

#1

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things Bankruptcy because you went to the hospital

canesfan09 , David Syzdek Report

Scagsy
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4 months ago

So sad in the modern world.

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#2

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things Talking about their freedom as if they're the only country in the world who has it...

zohan360 , Denise Krebs Report

mph seti
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4 months ago

We have to convince ourselves we're better constantly, because deep down, we know we aren't.

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#3

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things Gratuitous violence in entertainment is normal. But show one boob and people lose their s**t.

danno49 , miramax Report

mph seti
Community Member
4 months ago

Puritans / fundamentalist Christians did this shit. Public executions = Fine. A naked body = The DEVIL! To be fair, this is something we inherited from medieval Europe...You guys just outgrew it, and we haven't yet.

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The redditor who posted the thread in the first place told us that they usually don’t hang out in the crowded default subreddits. “Either the thread gets too big for a conversation or it goes unnoticed in a sea of similar topics. In hindsight, it's not strange it got so much attention, Reddit is very diverse but a US-centric view is still dominant, and everyone wants to weigh in. Lots of people just wanted to vent, some had a strong political opinion, and some just wanted to ridicule the US.”

According to the Reddit user, they made the thread “on a whim” after they saw a comment by a redditor who was surprised to learn that not everyone has police officers at school.

“I did hope that starting this topic would end up in a couple of people sharing that kind of information among each other, because the US is going through some [crap], and it helps your morale to know that alternatives do exist.”

They continued: “Some people took it as a competition of which country is better, but it was intended without any kind of nationalist feelings, more with an idea of people defining things among themselves vs. how things are shown to be in schools and TV shows, in and outside the US.”

#4

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things When you are 18 years old, you can be shipped to a foreign country to kill humans, but you are not allowed to drink alcohol.

K_51 , Fort Rucker Report

Richard Brown
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4 months ago

I laughed when Will Smiths son wanted to celebrate his 18th birthday in the UK because he would be allowed to drink legally!

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#5

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things Ambulance rides costing money seems pretty absurd to people from other countries

Meemesfourdayz , Paul Townley Report

mph seti
Community Member
4 months ago

Paying for healthcare (or internet access, IMO) is absurd. There's a reason all the smart countries socialize things. the US easily could too, if we started putting actual people before the wealthy and their profits.

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#6

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things Paying people less than minimum wage. How is it a minimum if it's legal to pay less than that?

NZLion , 401(K) 2012 Report

Jo Choto
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4 months ago

The US always has exemptions to such laws, and the whole service industry thrives on it.

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One thing that the redditor did expect to see in the thread but was surprised to hear so many voices speaking against it was the “circumcision of infant males for non-medical, non-religious reasons but rather as a default procedure.” The redditor added: “Parents who decide against circumcising their newborn child but don't know how it works and what to teach their kid: there's a WikiHow!”

The thread shone a light on a lot of problems in the United States and suggested that these things need to change. “The things that got repeated most in the thread were division of ethnic groups, gun culture, military drafting and continuous warfare, cop culture, nutrition issues, corporate lobbying... and wearing shoes in the house,” the OP explained.

#7

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things Wondering if you're sick enough to call that ambulance or if you should just risk ubering it.

Medical bankruptcy after you're charged $200,000 for a week long hospital stay and now you're homeless.

Being mentally ill and getting hospitalized by others for your own safety, but then getting a massive bill for it that you cant pay (which will totally help the suicidality right?)

Choosing between food and medicine.

Deciding that it's less expensive to just go into palliative care and die instead of fighting a disease like cancer.

As you can see I really hate the american medical care system.

greffedufois , Tomás Del Coro Report

Luisa Vasconcelos
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4 months ago

Yes, i would hate it too.

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#8

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things Turning scientific information into a political discussion.

everythihghurts , U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh Report

Vorknkx
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4 months ago

When scientists talk, politicians should shut their mouths and listen, period.

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#9

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things Archaic, unhelpful standard units of measurement.

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Martti Laurson
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4 months ago (edited)

In 1983 canadian airplane had a lucky escape when fuel was calculated in pounds not kilograms. 1 kg is 2,2 pounds. So more than half of the fuel was missing.

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“It's not as if all those comments came from non-US redditors, a lot of the criticism was from US citizens with genuine concern and investment in their future and their surroundings. Combine that with getting active and finding each other, just as widespread protests are helping to create a framework of solidarity, I think change is already happening if you just keep at it,” they said.

“I saw a lot of people from outside the US who feel racism or racist police brutality are a typical US thing. It sure looks like there's a structural issue, but please don't use the US as a way to shift blame because ‘they're worse,’ to get out of examining the same structural issues in your own locality,” the redditor added.

#10

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things Putting a ton of sugar in products like bread.

TheThingsWeMake , Doug Waldron Report

Jo Choto
Community Member
4 months ago

It really shocks me whenever I travel back to the US just how loaded all the food is with excess sugar and salt. Bread tastes almost like cake.

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#11

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things Gun ownership.

only7inches , Paul Sableman Report

mph seti
Community Member
4 months ago

Many Americans are afraid all the time. It's a horrible habit, and our media/politicians reinforce it. It stems from the fact that our country was founded on genocide and slavery, IMO. White people fear BIPOC revenge that's never going to happen, and gun companies own the right wing of the government.

M O'Connell
Community Member
4 months ago

The gun industry has also done a tremendous job of convincing people that they "need" guns to keep them safe from mysterious enemies that are everywhere. They create a positive feedback loop of paranoia that drives their own sales.

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Hans
Community Member
4 months ago

Gun ownership is possible in most countries. Owning almost military grade weapons, massive amounts of ammunition and having hardly any regulations is not normal.

K.Kobayashi
Community Member
4 months ago

Or walking around in public carrying a semi-automatic rifle. Or a handgun in your purse.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
4 months ago

The weirdest thing is going to your standard supermarket, like Walmart, and being able to buy guns and ammunition in the same store you get your milk and bread.

Scagsy
Community Member
4 months ago

So many awful school shootings and still the right to bear arms prevails.

c Fuller
Community Member
4 months ago

This issue isn't about buying and owning guns. The issue with the school and church shootings is about mental illness. Ronald Reagan eliminated the laws that allowed the institutionalization of mental illness, and now, no one is safe.

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Leo Domitrix
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4 months ago

I grew up on a farm. Guns were needed for predators, and against rabid wild animals, and to hunt food when poverty times hit. I was raised to see them as tool, like an axe, shovel, rake, etc. Those who see them as "symbols of freedom" or whatever? RTrust me, they worry a lot of Americans as well!

Vorknkx
Community Member
4 months ago

I've always laughed at the explanation that gun ownership is to prevent a tyrannical government from taking over. Yeah, your little handgun will definitely save you from the evil government's tanks, supersonic fighter planes, and ballistic missiles... Good luck :)

Karen Johnston
Community Member
4 months ago

Well, I feel that that's what the founding fathers had in mind. You know, the whole "a well regulated militia". They were the ones that overthrew the government. All that being said, they had what? Single shot muskets? I don't think they would have wanted to arm every citizen with machine guns and grenade launchers.

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SanchaTheSeeker
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4 months ago

Silly how Kinder Eggs are banned because of choking hazards but guns are allowed

Richard Brown
Community Member
4 months ago

And vitriol and bile spat at you when you say "Stop the sales of guns!" after another school mourns the loss of kids that were gunned down

Monday
Community Member
4 months ago

Personally I'm cool with gun ownership...provided you are properly evaluated prior to being allowed to purchase one. Background check, psych evaluation, safety training.

Karen Johnston
Community Member
4 months ago

Yeah, well that's not happening, so perhaps we shouldn't have assault weapons, at the very least.

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ADHORTATOR
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4 months ago

It' s not gun ownership, but the fact that you can so easily buy a gun...

Oathbraker
Community Member
4 months ago

Unpopular opinion, but gun ownership isn't that bad. I just think it's way too easy to get in the USA. In other countries you need to wade through lots of bureaucracy to get a permit and this discourages most people who don't need a gun. Maybe it would help if the USA had one law about gun ownership on a federal level. It can get rather confusing with the law being slightly different in every state.

William Clark
Community Member
4 months ago

Gun ownership has nothing to do with fear. And frankly it's something that if you're not born here you'll never understand.

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

I’m a white woman, and when I was younger I had some jobs (both main jobs and side gigs) where I made deliveries. Inevitably the companies had some customers who lived in rather sketchy, or even notoriously dangerous, neighborhoods. (No reflection on the customers—-you live where you can afford the rent. Hell, some of the places I could afford to live back then were hardly any better.) Anyway, working until 5pm or after also meant some of those stops finished up after dark in winter. I was never once approached, menaced, or otherwise made to feel unsafe, even in places where the customers I was delivering to told me about recent murders in the same block. Since I never felt unsafe, the idea of carrying a gun never even crossed my mind. Still doesn’t. Don’t even have one in my house. Why should I, when a Louisville Slugger, swung with all my strength at the body (or head if they’re really big) of an intruder, will do just as well?

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
4 months ago

No one ever bothered to explain the Right to Bear Arms was when there was no other militia. There is no. Sta d down.

Gail Horton
Community Member
1 month ago

Not true

Steve Borchard
Community Member
4 months ago

Tell it to the 1.3 BILLION Chinese who can't fight back against their Communist government.

Dusty Biorge
Community Member
4 months ago

Learn the 2nd Amendment.

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
4 months ago

Crazy.

Courtney Christelle
Community Member
4 months ago

I'm a woman usual with only my young son to accompany me. We're both seen as targets for criminals which is why I have a gun. Also, our government is crazy.

El Dee
Community Member
4 months ago

I kinda understand why, on an individual basis, people want guns. I mean, all the bad guys have them and so do a lot of the good guys who could decide to blast you! but why any country would allow ALL of it's citizens to own guns and in some cases carry them ON THE STREET really boggles the mind. A few weeks back I saw a protest against the lockdowns where civilians armed with guns and rifles went into their town hall - fully armed. There they were in the gallery intimidating the elected officials. Contrast that to the peaceful BLM protestors having their skulls cracked etc. None of this makes sense!!

Rage Racer
Community Member
4 months ago

That's one of those freedoms people seem to think is a myth.

Wouldn't You Like to Know
Community Member
4 months ago

One of the best things about America is that our guns keep us free and our gov't in line.

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
4 months ago

Yep, we come by this honestly. So there is absolutely no discussion going to happen against gun ownership.

Robbie Yohn
Community Member
4 months ago

Have all guns registered with San, name, address, etc. A passport should be issued with background info that is scanned. Ppl with extreme right wing views shall be denied.

Steve Michaels
Community Member
4 months ago

You hear about the latest homicidal maniac who broke into homes in the night and raped and murdered people? One of those wack jobs comes into my bedroom and hes getting a belly full of lead. If he survives the Rottweiler.

Aron Axes
Community Member
4 months ago

We do have guns in Canada but we're not as crazy as the states. sorry

Andrew P Jump
Community Member
4 months ago

Seriously, guns are means to self-defense. Self-defense is the first rule of survival.

Brandy Grote
Community Member
4 months ago

Guns can be fun, useful tools. But fear can distort abilities and perceptions. Much training is recommended!

Marilyn Holt
Community Member
4 months ago

Seems like a requirement to be a big strong American. Gotta have one or a few. :(

Michael Se
Community Member
4 months ago

See the glorification of violence post above. We'd rather fallate a gun barrel than body part.

NWB
Community Member
4 months ago

Still makes no sense to me.....

Curry on...
Community Member
4 months ago

Just curious. Does anyone think that Waco and Ruby Ridge had anything to do with the uptick in gun purchases?

Michael Hill
Community Member
4 months ago

Criminals do not need to buy guns. They steal 600,000 a year from houses they rob.

Blackheart
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

The US is a very large and unique country. I live in the country. If I needed law enforcement, I would be murdered long before they arrived. I have used guns to hunt and to take care of certain problem animals. I have seen rabid animals in the wild, I have had wild animals attempt to drag off my pets, I have had wild animals attempt to enter my home, etc. Let us not forget the US is really just a group of people who rebelled against their government and won. That is why they included the right to bear arms as it states in the second amendment: " being necessary to the security of a free State"

lenka
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Australia is also a very large country with dangerous animals. Farmers and people who live rurally may also own a gun. They must undertake training, assessment and a police clearance. We had one massacre and the Australian people took one look at America and went Fuck No! Guns only available for legitimate reason and semi's and assault rifles are completely banned. It works fro Australia. As to the right to bear arms, I understand this is a deep cultural issue. But the world, and its weaponry, have changed. A handful of private citizens with guns are no longer capable of securing a free state, especially against America's arsenal. If the US government wanted to remove your freedoms they simply would. The right to bear arms is an illusion.

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Andrew Gibb
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4 months ago

To quote the film Training Day: 'Just let the animals wipe themselves out?' 'God willing'

Boudica
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4 months ago

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Natural selection!? :-)

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Carol Taylor
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4 months ago

this little Aussie is going to way in on this conversation..we banned gun ownership 30+ years ago after our LAST mass shooting, which occurred at Port Arthur..only those who's jobs required them..l know this because l used to own several shotguns/rifles..in my youth l used to go rabbit hunting with the boyfriend and then l just held onto my license cause l still owned the firearms though really no longer using them..finally about 5 years ago l sold/handed in my weapons and cancelled my license because it was becoming to much of a hassle to keep it..l have no regrets and never really needed them anyway..so we in Australia have not had another mass shooting since because those who have mental problems cannot access them..you Americans seem to have a mass shooting every other month (though not since no-one has been in school) and that's because you can pick up a semi-automatic whilst waiting for your license to be accepted..STUPID..!!

Claudia Lorenz
Community Member
4 months ago

Put the NRA out of business and close shops that sell weapons.

steve acra
Community Member
4 months ago

Yeah, only the upper class gets to own guns in Europe.

Jack Candy
Community Member
4 months ago

Only criminals need semi automatic guns.

Heather Hayllar
Community Member
4 months ago

Get RID of guns, they are anathema. No wonder the suicide and gun killings are so high. No one should be "entitled to use a gun outside of the military and police

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
4 months ago

If you look up gun ownership rates, 84 countries have at least 10 guns per 100 inhabitants. While the US would benefit from stricter gun laws, gun ownership doesn’t seem to be abnormal in other countries.

Viviane
Community Member
4 months ago

In some countries, such as Canada, firearms are associated with hunting or with protecting livestock. In others, such as Switzerland, there are strict rules on licensing, training, handling, etc. so that gun ownership comes with a lot of responsibility.

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Id row
Community Member
4 months ago

We prefer to kill from a safe distance whereas people in Europe prefer a more personal approach with knives and machetes. You guys own as many stabby things as we own guns.

lenka
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Not entirely true, but even it was, hundreds of children are not murdered in our schools every year. Our children do not require police protection at school or have to be trained on 'shooter' safety in their classrooms. I never fear that my child wont come home from school. People with guns create this culture. Not people with knives.

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Dave P
Community Member
4 months ago

Gun ownership is part of our history, at one time some states mandated gun ownership (one even mandated it for the black residents in the 1790's). 250 years of cultural history is hard to change.

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4 months ago

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America could do without guns if we didn't have to jump in and save every other country all the time because they don't have their own guns.

AlanandLeila Hoyt
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4 months ago

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Legalize all firearms

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#12

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things Having only two parties: Republicans and Democrats. I know there are some smaller parties, but the system is stacked against them.

level 1 K_51 , Pom' Report

Electric Ed
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4 months ago

When you think about it, this turns out to be the root cause for so many other problems. If not all of them.

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While the US thinks a lot of weird things are normal, the one that isn’t giving us any peace and quiet is that Americans write the date as mm/dd/yyyy. So, why exactly do Americans write the date by putting the month before the day?

Of course, it seems completely logical to somebody who’s grown up with this system and uses it every single day of their lives. Nothing could be more natural, in their opinion. But from an outsider’s perspective, it looks downright weird and illogical. And the US is the only country in the world that does things this way.

There are several theories about this. One of them is that in certain cases, it’s more convenient to know the month first rather than the day. For instance, when somebody asks you when your birthday is, it’s more useful to know the month first to get your bearings right before zoning in on the exact day.

#13

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things Not putting the final price on the tag. I'm not sure whether it's still like this, but a few years ago one never knew whether the $1.00 item in McDonald's or Burger King is actually $1.00 or maybe $1.08.

TitanicBeta , JJBers Report

Hans
Community Member
4 months ago

It is absolutely ridiculous that not the final price tag is put on products. The European Union now rules that any taxes and mandatory fees need to be put up front. Thing like flight ticket = 30 EUR but then having to pay mandatorily for seating are ruled illegal. The opposite in the US. I have literally seen: hotel room: 200 USD/night. + mandatory resort fee, 30 USD, + mandatory service fee, 40 USD, + mandatory gratuity, 12,5% + local tax 4,1% + state tax 3,7% (number from my head). Thus, this really is a ~325 USD hotel room. No comparison possible.

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#14

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things Date Order (MM/DD/YYYY)

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Electric Ed
Community Member
4 months ago

YYYY-MM-DD, please. Its an international standard, unambiguous, and sorts alphabetically. And equally uncomfortable for everybody :)

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#15

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things Portion sizes.

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Daniel Lewis
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4 months ago

That is my between-meal snack.

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Another theory is that American colonists inherited the monthly date format from the British Empire. In time, the British moved over to the European style where you put the day first, then the month, then the year. While Americans stuck with the old-school format.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the International Organization for Standardization claims that putting the year first, then the month, then the day is the internationally accepted way to represent the date. To make things even more confusing, the US military uses the dd/mm/yyyy format for correspondence but it switches to the mm/dd/yyyy format when corresponding with civilians. Does that sound like a lot of info to take in? You bet! And that’s just one of the weird things that Americans think are normal.

#16

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things The plot of Breaking Bad being about a science teacher getting cancer and worrying about leaving his family with massive medical debt when he dies.

FeFiFoShizzle , imbd Report

Hans
Community Member
4 months ago

The inefficency (do not mistake for ineffectivity!) of the US healthcare systrem combined with a missing social net is indeed unchallenged.

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#17

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things My maternity leave was an unpaid 6 weeks, and I had to fight them on not shorting me because I went past my due date and didn’t keep working until the day I went into labor.

robot_cupcak3 , sergio santos Report

Brittania Douglas
Community Member
4 months ago

Not to mention the hospital bill after having your baby. Like children aren't expensive enough without having to either pay for an at home doula\midwife, or a hospital birth.

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#18

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things American flags everywhere. I traveled throughout Europe and the Caribbean and I usually only saw their flag on government builds and here and there. Where as here in the USA the flag is like Franks Red Hot. We put that s**t on everything. Magnets, churches, cars, condoms, every front porch, and street lamp. #murica

Gaby , Gaby Report

MikeyG
Community Member
4 months ago

It does surprise me that the USA can be so proud of their flag and history, when their history is actually quite shameful and very short. A country less than 250 years old that seems to just ignore the native american history before that just astounds me.

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#19

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things Doing the pledge of allegiance in the morning at school

flavener , John Beagle Report

Carlos Ferreira
Community Member
4 months ago

Brainwashing

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#20

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things Identifying as your heritage instead of your nationality. Americans will say that they’re Italian, German, polish, etc. when they don’t speak the language and have no real connection to those countries anymore.

In other parts of the world people just identify with the country they were born in or have lived in for a significant amount of time regardless of their ancestry.

bluegreentree , IrishFireside Report

Jo Choto
Community Member
4 months ago

Yeah, Americans love telling everyone what nationality they think they are, and then when they hear about foreigners, they tell them to go the hell back where they came from. Go figure.

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#21

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things Had some American colleagues in Norway asking us how we celebrate 4th July

kevkippers , m01229 Report

Richard Brown
Community Member
4 months ago

Happens a lot. America seems to think the world is separated into 2 parts. America and Not America, yet.

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#22

Big glasses of water WITH ICE at restaurants. I live in Texas usually and I drink ice water like 24/7. It’s a good habit here, especially in Summer. When I was in Europe I would get the smallest glasses of luke warm water that I had to ask for more every ten seconds. I felt annoying! Aren’t y’all thirsty?! Or am I missing something?

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HelgaMaria Gehrmann
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes, we are just as thirsty as everyone else;) But why should ice-cold water (especially) help against thirst? I have never understood (so do many people) why there are tons of ice in every drink. Especially when it is hot, it is totally counterproductive to drink such ice-cold drinks. It is much healthier and more effective against thirst to drink only slightly chilled drinks (directly from the fridge or 1/2 ice cubes max. ;) However, lukewarm water is rather unusual in restaurants ... unfortunately bad luck

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#23

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things Toilet cubicles, where people not only can peek, but an adult person could crawl into your cubicle, there is so much space under the "door".

TitanicBeta , Michael Coghlan Report

Jo Choto
Community Member
4 months ago

And the cracks between the frame and the door means you can quite easily see in the cubicle from outside.

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#24

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things Willingly putting yourself massively in debt for a college degree.

I come from a place with free university education (which has its own drawbacks of course), and the fact that you can make such a huge, life-altering decision at 17 is considered normal over there, that seems downright bizarre to me.

I_hate_traveling , barnyz Report

Sabienn
Community Member
4 months ago

Sadly, in Holland this is now normal to.... If you're parents aren't super rich, you have to get a loan to be able to pay for college. College isn't as expensive in Holland as it is in the USA, though

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#25

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things The enabling customer service culture.

It’s created excessive portions in restaurants, created Karen, gives way to a disposable attitude towards products, and generally gives a sense of entitlement where most people start adding it to their list of rights.

srocan , UPC Media Relations Report

Troux
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Yes I always felt this was a weird business model.

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#26

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things When I was there during the last election I was shocked at how phrases like ‘well they have the black vote’ or the ‘Latino vote’ came up all the time on the radio. Obviously it’s not racist but it’s just something that would never come up in my country. Like, why would latino people all vote for the same person?

Adam-West , kgroovy Report

Pamela24
Community Member
4 months ago

Not all but when you have an openly racist candidate (not trying to point fingers...Trump...) it makes sense that majority of POC would avoid voting for that person.

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#27

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things Actively avoiding healthcare visits/checkups because if there's something wrong and you don't have the money to pay for treatment, then you'd rather just not know

KingAceNumber1 , Yuya Tamai Report

Hope Floats
Community Member
4 months ago

This is just sad. So many health issues could be picked up at these checks and lifes saved, yet the cost goes ahead of that.. I really hope, at some point in the future, the US adopts a health system that we have in the UK.

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#28

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things This one is more on the positive side, because I think we could learn some from it.

Talking and sharing your life with complete strangers. I have met quite a few americans so it seems the norm that you share and engage with strangers in public. The bus, train, parks etc. And then you go on your way.

In Denmark you'd be a "freak" if you did that.

WuuutWuuut , Ben Grey Report

Pixie
Community Member
4 months ago

Actual question: Why do you want to share your life with strangers on the street? I know I feel very uncomfortable if that happens to me (luckily seldom). Like, what am I to do with what you told me? I don't know you, I don't know if I like you, I don't know what you need as response...

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#29

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things Asking everyone “what do you do?” when you first meet them. I live outside the US and realized there are some people I’ve known for years and I still don’t know their job. I think in the US jobs are a bigger part of a person’s identity than in some other places.

Ssffxx , Loren Kerns Report

Jo Choto
Community Member
4 months ago

Yeah, what job you have, implying what kind of salary you make, and people really care what kind of car you drive as well.

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#30

The one that always shocks me (I’ve an L1B so I spent quite a bit of time in the last couple of years living & working in the USA - although back home in U.K. right now) is the whole ‘thank you for your service’ military thing. The military is treated like some sort of god level being. It first struck me at Seaworld when they would make all service personnel stand up. In the U.K. the military guys (a) wouldn’t do it and (b) would be embarassed. In most cases they would be actively told not to do it so they don’t get identified - the fear the IRA stoked still runs deep in the processes in the military of the U.K.

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Brittania Douglas
Community Member
4 months ago

Another thing regarding military is how actively they recruit. I've never seen it in the past 17 years in the UK, but in the US soldiers go into schools to recruit, do talks, tell you how you get a career or can pay for college after military service, etc. Twice I was practically harassed in high school by recruiters because of my good grades.

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#31

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things Side effects on medication adverts.

Friggin hilarious to us Brits.

With James' Hayfever meds, I can get through the day with ease!

Side effects may include:

Loss of sight

Loss of hearing

Loss of sense of smell

Coma

Headaches

Fever

Vomiting

Diarrhoea

Loss of consciousness

and death.

level 1 typicalcitrus , Jonathan Rolande Report

mph seti
Community Member
4 months ago

This is because we allow pharmaceutical companies to advertise prescription drugs directly to the people.

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#32

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things American Corporations have convinced us our work culture is totally normal.

Nesyaj0 , Jesús Corrius Report

Ami Temi
Community Member
4 months ago

The sad thing is, working more and having no employee rights, doesn't mean you have more money on the long run or that there's more productivity. Countries like Germany and Belgium have a very high productivity, but in less work hours and with better conditions. People have more time for their families, have days off and don't need to fear for their job or their lives when they're sick because of a social security system that works. I think the USA is a bit like Japan: they too, work an insane amount of hours, but one doesn't get more done in those hours. A Dutch woman wrote a book about that system and how it gives you a burn-out, for example. We certainly work just as hard as Americans, but the system is smarter and fairer. It's like with education, we pay less, but our Masters are equally as good as your American ones.

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#33

Attack ads against political opponents, ads for law firms or lawyers. These kinds of ads are illegal and considered unethical in our country. Also expecting a teenager to be out of the house by the time they're 18. I live in Southeast Asia. There's no stigma about living with one's parents. Most of the time, there will be three generations living in one house.

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
4 months ago

I am the youngest of 5 sons and it was expected that I stay at home in order to take over and care for my parents in the future.

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#34

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things not owning kettles and MICROWAVING their water for coffee/tea

gibbylewd , Chris Lawrence Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago

Really? Do Americans not use electric Kettles?

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#35

Non-necessary, non-religious circumcision.

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
4 months ago

In my humble opinion that's genital mutilation.

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#36

Having second mortgages on a house. Taking massive loans they can't possibly pay off and buying stuff with it that decreases in value over time such as cars.

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Troux
Community Member
4 months ago

"But I absolutely need this car because my car is 5 years old so it's basically dead." This myth and competition is such a waste of money and resources.

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#37

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things Shoes inside

SpohieAuz , Architectural Digest Report

Jo Choto
Community Member
4 months ago

There's a lot of cultures that keep shoes on inside. Not just the US.

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#38

Extra large bottomless cups for cola or soft drinks.... you could bathe in those....

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Ami Temi
Community Member
4 months ago

Their poor teeth.

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#39

People-Share-Weird-Americans-Things being able to vote before reaching the legal drinking age

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Hans
Community Member
4 months ago

Having a voting system where you can become president without getting the majority of votes.

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#40

A flag in every corner of a classroom, and Americans being very patriotic to the stars and stripes. Other countries barely give a poop about their flags

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Scagsy
Community Member
4 months ago

If you fly the flag in the UK you are generally looked upon as a far-rightist unless there's a football tournament on

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