It’s no secret—the rest of the world looks at how peculiar American culture can be and wonders if it’s even real.

‘Cause let’s face it—even if it looks fine for us, that doesn’t mean that having police patrol your school, paying for a ride to the hospital, and calling the toilet “restroom” when we all know very well there ain't nobody going there to have a rest shouldn’t raise a brow for others.

So this time, we are looking at what American things make our fellow non-American friends scratch their heads in simple, yet very spot-on questions below. Our dear American Pandas are also welcome to help separate what’s real, what’s rumors, and what only happens in movies in the comments! And after you're done with this post, check out our previous one with things Americans do that require an explanation for non-Americans.

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Ceredwyn Ealanta
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3 days ago

But taking off shoes and socks when you come in is nearly as good as taking off your bra.

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#2

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Jo Choto
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3 days ago

It's a staple food. Most kids grow up eating PB&J sandwiches.

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#3

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GirlFriday
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3 days ago

We have them. They are usually part of the cheerleader squad or dance squad. It is a sports thing. We take sports very seriously.

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Even though Americans and Europeans share many things, like commitment to democratic principles, a strategic alliance, and some of the highest standards in the world, there are still some very notable differences between them.

A 2016 study done by Pew Research Center was very revealing in that respect. First of all, it showed that Americans are more likely to believe they control their own destiny.

The research showed that a staggering 57% of Americans disagreed with the statement “Success in life is pretty much determined by forces outside our control.” The percentage was higher than in any other European nations polled.

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Truth Monster
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3 days ago

How else do you hide bodies?

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#5

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Brendan
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3 days ago

An affective way to make the 'popular' kids feel even more popular.

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#6

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Ray Martin
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3 days ago

It's aisles, though an isle just for cereal would be amazing :-)

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The second interesting thing the Pew poll showed is that “Americans prioritize individual liberty, while Europeans tend to value the role of the state to ensure no one in society is in need.”

When it comes to religion, it turned out that over half in the US (53%) say religion is extremely important in their life, which is nearly double the share with the same view in Poland.

In France, for example, only 14% consider religion a very important aspect of their lives.

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Truth Monster
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3 days ago

you should see what we do to marshmellows....they had it coming

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#8

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chi-wei shen
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3 days ago

How else would you call them? Students wouldn't use the teachers first name.

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GirlFriday
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3 days ago

Some schools are more strict than others and require them. My schools didn't require them. We just excused ourselves and went to the restroom when needed.

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#10

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GirlFriday
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3 days ago

No. They don't - at least the schools that I went to and my nieces and nephews don't (they are ages 4 - 17). In the past, students were made to recite the "pledge of allegiance" each morning, but I think this is something that has fallen by the wayside.

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giraffescupcakesandlove
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3 days ago

Some schools don't allow it, but at the schools I went to we were allowed to. It was fun! You can put magnets, quotes, pictures of loved ones.

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#12

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Potter
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3 days ago

Yes, and there are usually one or two questions where you have to read something and write a few pages for it.

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#13

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Kat Hoth
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3 days ago

Yes, and sometimes mail does get stolen even though it's a federal offense.

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#14

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Kat Hoth
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3 days ago

Some do and if you put raisins on top you call it ants on a log.

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Les🐝an
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3 days ago

My lab partner lit the science classroom on fire. I love chemistry

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#16

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Kat Hoth
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3 days ago

Bacon IS considered finger food :D

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#17

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 days ago

What's so unusual with this? I'm Austrian and my children's friends never used my first name.

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#18

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Bill
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3 days ago

Veterans do.

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#19

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Kat Hoth
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3 days ago

Yes, instead of wanker or cunt.

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#20

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Electric Ed
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3 days ago

Where do teens not slow dance??

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#21

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Truth Monster
Community Member
3 days ago

question: why do you ask?

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#22

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Dave P
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3 days ago

no, never seen it and you do it in NYC you will be banned for life

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#23

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chi-wei shen
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3 days ago

I think children all over the world have to feel "slightly suicidal" to do this.

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Kat Hoth
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3 days ago

Most of us have the entire thing memorized.

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Truth Monster
Community Member
3 days ago

Regionally yes. it is also known as "hot chocolate"

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#26

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Ojberretta Berretta
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3 days ago

every human loves fireplaces.....

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#27

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Missy Wernstrom
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3 days ago

I’m afraid so. It’s not a movie thing.

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80 Van
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3 days ago

No, we call eye doctors “Optometrists,” and we call Opticians “Opticians.”

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#29

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Bill
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3 days ago

most countries do because it has been a part of military training for centuries. They want inshape youth for military service.

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Danieletc
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3 days ago

American: Yes. And we do both.

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