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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#2

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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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#3

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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
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1 month ago

How else do you hide bodies?

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#5

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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
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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
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1 month 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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1 month ago

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

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GirlFriday
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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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#10

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GirlFriday
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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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#12

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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.

Walter Smith
Community Member
1 month ago

Then that would be "No". WHOLE tests.

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Big Blue Cat
Community Member
1 month ago

I literally can't remember having even one multiple choice questions during my school years. But I'm from North Europe and we needed to know the answer.

My O My
Community Member
1 month ago

We always had to answer in complete sentences - with some teachers even in math

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Jo Choto
Community Member
1 month ago

There are tests called SATs. These are the tests that determine whether somebody will get into university or not. The vast majority of those SAT tests are in multiple choice format. From the American perspective this serves two purposes. 1/ The tests can be graded by a machine, not a person, saving a lot of time and money. 2/ The results are very standardized. If the answer is either right or wrong, there is no possibility of favoritism or bias in the marking.

AndyR
Community Member
1 month ago

But presumably don't test sustained writing/analysis skills?

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ClaireM
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1 month ago

Oh my gosh yes, I studied in the US when I was younger at a state university (I'm British) I was so confused when we had our first test and the professor asked if everyone had a pencil. I was an adult, I brought pens, I hadn't used a pencil since I was a kid. I had to borrow one. I was then even more shocked that it was to fill in a multiple choice grid!

Valquerys
Community Member
1 month ago

I don’t think it counts as a test if it’s all multiple choice. It should be like a quiz.

Walter Smith
Community Member
1 month ago

___ Yes ___ No ___ None of the above

lara
Community Member
1 month ago

When I was teaching I NEVER gave out multiple choice, fill in the blank or "matching." You did ID's [who or what and why it was important] and two essays. It was impossible, back then, to cheat on my tests. They tried, but they couldn't because I never gave out the same test, ever. Used once, thrown away.

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 month ago

In my experience? No. There are many sections on most tests. True-False. Multiple choice. Essay. Etc.

JessG
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1 month ago

What about SAT's? All multiple choice

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Dave Nalesnik
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1 month ago

A) Yes B) No C) All of the above

WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

D) Don't know.

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Tired-Panda
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1 month ago

We had multiple choice tests in England, especially verbal, and non-verbal reasoning for your 11+. I don't think we had multiple choice for our SATs though.

Bill
Community Member
1 month ago

A 4 sided die can really help during srandardized testing

Susan Reid Smith
Community Member
1 month ago

Multiple Choice tests filled out with a certain type of pencil on a certain form can be sent through a machine to be read and marked.

Donny Cromwell
Community Member
1 month ago

Usually standardized tests.

Nadine Khazaka
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Don't look up "standardized tests", it's a hot mess.

Bacony
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah, it's in the UK too.

Jesse
Community Member
1 month ago

My wife is a university professor and is encouraged to make her exams multiple choice.

Jesse
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes. "Bubble tests" And that's why college students can't do math, geometry, calculus, chemistry or even speak, read or write English well.

Petra Schaap
Community Member
1 month ago

I had a lot of them in Highschool in Holland. Easy so when you didnt learn at least you didnt have to make up answers.

Yugan Talovich
Community Member
1 month ago

Someone has never been in an Asian school.

Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
1 month ago

Few tests are all multiple choice

b l a n c
Community Member
1 month ago

yeah, it all depends on the teacher. we have full multiple choice tests too, although sometimes with a few short answer questions at the end

Sue Prewitt
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, why not?

CatWoman312
Community Member
1 month ago

Do some of the people posting here live under rocks?

Maria Hermida
Community Member
1 month ago

Do you think America is the centre of the fucking Universe?

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Abigial Griffith
Community Member
1 month ago

yes

Scott Johnson
Community Member
1 month ago

It's been a while but when I took the SAT (college entrance exam) it was entirely multiple choice and filled in on a scantron card (pencil bubbles).

Madeline Shafer
Community Member
1 month ago

yes normally 3 or 4 options

jknbt jknbt
Community Member
1 month ago

easier to grade... they never give teachers enough office hours to grade fat essay tests

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
1 month ago

College and university, too.

Justin Calhoun
Community Member
1 month ago

Multiple guess...

Courtney Gutz
Community Member
1 month ago

That's the old days. Most assessments now are written responses and the like. M/C doesn't cut it for meeting standards.

BG
Community Member
1 month ago

I know that this is either "True" or "False"... you're gonna have to give me a minute. I don't work well under pressure.

80 Van
Community Member
1 month ago

There are some that are all multiple choice. However, this is not usually intended to make the test easier to answer, it’s meant to make it easier for the teacher to grade.

Jimmy Wakeman
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes multiple choice

Danieletc
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes. I did not pass one today. FML, all of the above.

shemeowsalot
Community Member
1 month ago

WHAAT

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#13

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Kat Hoth
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1 month 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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1 month 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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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
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1 month ago

Bacon IS considered finger food :D

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#17

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Kat Hoth
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1 month ago

Yes, instead of wanker or cunt.

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#18

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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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#19

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Truth Monster
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1 month ago

question: why do you ask?

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#20

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Bill
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1 month ago

Veterans do.

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#21

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Electric Ed
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1 month ago

Where do teens not slow dance??

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#22

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Dave P
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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
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1 month ago

Most of us have the entire thing memorized.

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chi-wei shen
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1 month 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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1 month ago

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

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#26

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Truth Monster
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1 month ago

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

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Ojberretta Berretta
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1 month ago

every human loves fireplaces.....

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Missy Wernstrom
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1 month ago

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

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Bill
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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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