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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2 months 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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2 months ago

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

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GirlFriday
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2 months 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
2 months ago

How else do you hide bodies?

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#5

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Ray Martin
Community Member
2 months ago

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

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Brendan
Community Member
2 months ago

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

Kayla J
Community Member
2 months ago

In my high school, instead of naming a Prom Queen & King by popular vote, it was who had raised the most money for charity which was a really nice twist.

Viviane
Community Member
2 months ago

Kayla J, I like that. In my old town, a small high school would hold a lottery for the girls. The winner was crowned "Miss Leftovers". Wearing a sash and crown, Miss Leftovers would kick off a charity football game called "The Garbage Bowl".

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

I hate the idea of this because essentially it is a popularity contest.

Eric Mac Fadden
Community Member
2 months ago

It's the American culture of being the best. Not against it but it creates a lot of "losers".

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Daniel Lewis
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, and she has a 100% chance of getting pregnant on prom night.

Danieletc
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes. But we need more Carries.

Jimmy Wakeman
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes they do but unless you are in the popular crowd no one is really interested in it anymore

Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
2 months ago

We have this in some schools in the U.K. now. Just urgh.

Computernaut
Community Member
2 months ago

Prom in general sounds a bit dumb to me...

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
2 months ago

Me too, which is why I didn't go.

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CatWoman312
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes and it’s stupid. Just a popularity contest

Toasty
Community Member
2 months ago

We did, but no one really cared about it.

Bill
Community Member
2 months ago

we do the prom queen if we're lucky

JuJu
Community Member
2 months ago

:D

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Elida Lechuga
Community Member
2 months ago

My school did ambassadors of different ethnicities. There were about 6 couples.

Lola
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, unfortunately.

Jill Pulcifer
Community Member
2 months ago

Yep, and Homecoming Queen, and Winter ball queen, and well you get the point.

Troux
Community Member
1 month ago

Don't pretend like this is weird when the whole world is doing it with Kadashians et al.

Jim Ellington
Community Member
1 month ago

Does that not beat having a queen or king as the (traditional) leader of your nation?

Ford Summit
Community Member
2 months ago

I'd guesstimate that close to 90% of us give approximately 0 craps about prom royalty.

Anna Martin
Community Member
2 months ago

Look up Texas Homecoming Mums. You're welcome.

Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah, blugh!

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Jo Choto
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh yeah, prom queen and king is a big deal.

Kat Hoth
Community Member
2 months ago

Yep

PhantomBuni
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm gonna skew the vote by bringing my pets as my heirs

CzechPanda
Community Member
1 month ago

do you really have that kind of prom from the movies that is basically just a... I don't even know how to say in English... like when you go dancing in a club or pop-concert, just in fancy dresses...? because our high school graduate balls are about classical ball room dances...

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
1 month ago

Yep ... and nobody really likes it except for the people who end up in the Prom or Homecoming Court

Michael Capriola Jr.
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, because it's stupid.

Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes. Just... Yes. I wanna prom queen. Sorta. Cuz I'm lit. And awesome. And bootiful. And did I mention awesome? Lol.

Lyra Rey
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes but it's not as big a deal as TV and movies would have you believe. I went to three proms (11th and 12th graders were allowed to go, but I also got to go in 10th grade because an 11th grader asked me) and I don't even remember if we had prom kings and queens. We did vote for homecoming court (prom is at the end of the year and at my school it was held at a fancier venue, whereas the homecoming dance is closer to the beginning of the year and my school held it in the gym). I never knew any of the nominees, so when they passed out the ballots in homeroom a few weeks before the dance I wouldn't vote unless one of the nominees had a particularly funny sounding name. One year I voted for someone whose last name was Butt, but I don't think she one.

Lyra Rey
Community Member
1 month ago

*won

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Abigial Griffith
Community Member
2 months ago

yep

Bridgette Helms
Community Member
2 months ago

Prom and homecoming.

lara
Community Member
2 months ago

It depends, it is an outgrowth of the "entrance" into society, the debutante balls. Those have pretty much gone by the wayside. We didn't have it in my high school and if they had, who cares. If your self worth is dependent on someone else then you really don't have much, do you?

Al Jones
Community Member
2 months ago

Welcome to the world of teenagers.

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Mette Olsen Douglas
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1 month ago

Yep and also the prom king thing!!

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

Yes, and some of the queens believe their 'royal' status never ends.

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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
2 months ago

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

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
2 months ago

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

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GirlFriday
Community Member
2 months 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
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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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2 months 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
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months ago

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

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#15

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Les🐝an
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2 months 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
2 months ago

Bacon IS considered finger food :D

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#17

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Kat Hoth
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, instead of wanker or cunt.

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
2 months 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
2 months ago

question: why do you ask?

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#20

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Bill
Community Member
2 months ago

Veterans do.

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#21

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Electric Ed
Community Member
2 months ago

Where do teens not slow dance??

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#22

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Dave P
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2 months 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
2 months ago

Most of us have the entire thing memorized.

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
2 months ago

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

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80 Van
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2 months ago

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

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#26

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Truth Monster
Community Member
2 months ago

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

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Ojberretta Berretta
Community Member
2 months ago

every human loves fireplaces.....

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Missy Wernstrom
Community Member
2 months ago

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

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Bill
Community Member
2 months 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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2 months ago

American: Yes. And we do both.

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