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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1 month ago

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

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Jo Choto
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1 month ago

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

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GirlFriday
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1 month 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
Community Member
1 month ago

How else do you hide bodies?

lara
Community Member
1 month ago

Wood chipper, composting with style, keeping things environmentally friendly, great veggies next year.

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Daniel Lewis
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, they are called "children".

Abigial Griffith
Community Member
1 month ago

ha ha ha ha

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Jennifer Bradt
Community Member
1 month ago

It’s all fun and games until someone drops a spoon in there

Doris Won-Lee
Community Member
1 month ago

And someone else tries to pick up the spoon with their hands

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A Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

It's an American thing to have a sink demon.

Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
1 month ago

At smaller schools it's a big deal, but there are so many different cliques in bigger school that only the people who are going for it & their friends care. It was a bigger deal back in the 50s.

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glowworm2
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I'm American and I've never actually seen one in real life.

Nathan Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

Then you've literally never been to anyone elses house, or you just didn't notice it. I'm 40 and I've been in a ton of houses new and old, and I've only ever seen one house that didn't have one.

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Panda Lurker
Community Member
1 month ago

I have it in Norway, it's not an uncommon thing. It's just for organic waste, better than using plastic bags for it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

AndyR
Community Member
1 month ago

They were quite common in the UK in the 80s. You won't see them in a newbuild though.

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Computernaut
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

They're actually really good for getting rid of old food or anything that straddles the line between drain and garbage.

Jim Ellington
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

No, we just have a problem with wolverines that live in our drains and get very angry when we hit the light switch.

Danieletc
Community Member
1 month ago

No. Not all of us. But all of us want one. I'm sure you understand. You need to test out what it does to a lit firecracker. You have to know...

Koalamonster
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm American and they kind of creep me out. I don't like the idea of something in the sink that can hurt a friggin fork.

Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes but, better to compost

GirlFriday
Community Member
1 month ago

Most Americans do. We call them Murder Sinks and in addition to grinding up food waste, we also use them for dares and a way to scare naughty children.

Ana Rodriguez
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, I couldn't live without one after being so used to one.

Lisa Holman
Community Member
1 month ago

American here. Don't have one now, but I do like them. Just gotta be extra careful with them, both for your safety and the longevity of the machine.

Lyra Rey
Community Member
1 month ago

The only time in my life that I didn't have a sink demon was in college and it sucked. My sink was always getting clogged. I don't put things down the drain specifically to feed the demon, but every once in a while when my drain gets slow it's so convenient to just flip a switch and clear it out.

Jesse
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, and they're awesome. No more stinky trash.

Mette Olsen Douglas
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, it's called a 'garbage disposal' and you're only supposed to put your produce garbage in it and it will grind it up for you and rinse it out for you!! I call mine for 'my pig' because it seems to eat everything!!

More!
Community Member
1 month ago

As do us Australians, they’re called insinkerators

danielw
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah. because we don't have pick up for composting. Instead the organic matter is taken out by the water treatment plant.

Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
1 month ago

This is not just an American thing

b l a n c
Community Member
1 month ago

yeah, apparently its a thing in canada too but i've never seen anybody with one so i don't think they're super common where i live

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, they are very convenient.

Susan Stead
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, but they're not good for the plumbing, especially if you live in an old house. They are banned in some cities because they put too much waste into the system. And they can be very damaging. My plumber was very specific in his warnings: no pasta, rice or bread dough. They don't go away and can clog your lines so badly that they will have to be replaced, costing a fortune. I keep a strainer on my drain and empty it at night, only using the disposal to clear out the small stuff that got through the strainer.

Evil Little Thing
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes. They're not omnipotent, but they allow us to rinse food bits down the drain without worrying about clogs.

Claire
Community Member
1 month ago

No, but my grandmother does and I hate it. It's scary and EVERY SINGLE TIME someone sticks their hands in them (in movies) they get shredded up.

Jimmy Wakeman
Community Member
1 month ago

We have garbage disposal to grind up food scraps unless you have septic system then you can use one

PhantomBuni
Community Member
1 month ago

Shhhhhhhhhhhg....the only thing we rip in kitchens is our hair out

Erdot
Community Member
1 month ago

How else would you take off your wedding ring when your fingers are swollen?

Laura Gastelum
Community Member
1 month ago

I have never liked them. I don't use mine.

Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
1 month ago

Not everybody.

MAnahP
Community Member
1 month ago

I had one in my Uni flat in New Zealand.

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
1 month ago

Not everything ... but small amounts of food

Michael Capriola Jr.
Community Member
1 month ago

Some do. Pain in the ass if they break down.

Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes. My mom just turned it on now.

Marilyn Bojanowski
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes. Personally they've always terrified me.

Chris Tipton-King
Community Member
1 month ago

What do you do in other countries with the little bits that are too small to pick out of the sink? It's nicer than having to empty the gross basket all the time

Gipsy Kings fan
Community Member
1 month ago

Some people here have them, most people don't. Or, they came with the house and don't work anymore, so they were never replaced.

Pernille Dyre
Community Member
1 month ago

Why? What does they do? We organise our garbage and recycled as much as possible...

Stacy Beare
Community Member
1 month ago

I used to have one in Australia but it scared me so I never used it.

Pavlina G
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes. They are awesome.

Ford Summit
Community Member
1 month ago

And most of us know how to repair them, because our landlords suck.

Sue Prewitt
Community Member
1 month ago

some do, not me

CatWoman312
Community Member
1 month ago

It’s a great invention. Helps from making your trashy from being smelly

Rebecca Schultz
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, it is for food scraps so they do not clog your sink. I think it's odd that everyone doesn't have these. They are very useful.

Dilly Millandry
Community Member
1 month ago

We put food scraps in the compost - great for the garden.

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Big Blue Cat
Community Member
1 month ago

I get that it's convenient but I've never seen one in nor do I want it in my kitchen.

Torchicachu
Community Member
1 month ago

ive always been scared of destroying some silverware while washing dishes just because of the garbage disposal

lara
Community Member
1 month ago

Been there, done that.

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80 Van
Community Member
1 month ago

Some do. Not all.

Jill Pulcifer
Community Member
1 month ago

Not everyone but a fair amount do.

Bill
Community Member
1 month ago

To the delight of plumbers everywhere

Electric Ed
Community Member
1 month ago

And does that mean that the sewage is is just full of microplastics?

Truth Monster
Community Member
1 month ago

its meant for organic refuse...like uneaten food

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shemeowsalot
Community Member
1 month ago

yes what is that thing?

Kat Hoth
Community Member
1 month ago

Actually in the sink.

NortonR3
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeap

Kharma Arlo
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, but putting pasta down mine clogged it and I was told by the landlady not to put food in it. Hmmm

Lisa Holman
Community Member
1 month ago

lol

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Jenna
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, otherwise food would get stinky overnight in the garbage can! They are great.

Abigial Griffith
Community Member
1 month ago

yes we do because we are to lazy to scrape our dishes or unclog the sink

Charlotte Anderson [STUDENT]
Community Member
1 month ago

You don’t???!!!!!!

Iapetos
Community Member
1 month ago

The concept is so alien (albeit practical).

Katrin P.
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1 month ago

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I once heard, that's the reason for the high population of rats and cockroaches in the US.

Lyra Rey
Community Member
1 month ago

Because we rinse away our food scraps instead of putting them in a bin in our kitchen or a compost pile outside? Don't get me wrong, I'm all for composting and I would do it myself if I didn't live in an apartment with no outdoor space or compost pickup, but I'm a bit confused as to how it would attract fewer pests than a garbage disposal.

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Ray Martin
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1 month ago

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

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Brendan
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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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
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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GirlFriday
Community Member
1 month 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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GirlFriday
Community Member
1 month 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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1 month 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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Potter
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1 month 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
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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Kat Hoth
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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Les🐝an
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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#16

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Kat Hoth
Community Member
1 month ago

Bacon IS considered finger food :D

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#17

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Kat Hoth
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, instead of wanker or cunt.

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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Truth Monster
Community Member
1 month ago

question: why do you ask?

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#20

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Bill
Community Member
1 month ago

Veterans do.

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#21

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Electric Ed
Community Member
1 month ago

Where do teens not slow dance??

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Dave P
Community Member
1 month 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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Kat Hoth
Community Member
1 month ago

Most of us have the entire thing memorized.

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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80 Van
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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Truth Monster
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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Ojberretta Berretta
Community Member
1 month ago

every human loves fireplaces.....

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Missy Wernstrom
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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Bill
Community Member
1 month 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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1 month ago

American: Yes. And we do both.

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