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
Community Member
1 month ago

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

GirlFriday
Community Member
1 month ago

OMG! Taking off the bra is better than sex.

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shemeowsalot
Community Member
1 month ago

This honestly genuinely blows my mind...Dont you have to then clean the dirt up????

BG
Community Member
1 month ago

Our streets are mostly paved now.

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Jill Pulcifer
Community Member
1 month ago

I literally wear my shoes until I go to bed.

Lola
Community Member
1 month ago

Eww

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Daniel Lewis
Community Member
1 month ago

Some people do. But that is mostly in movies and TV shows because stopping to remove shoes interrupts the flow of the story.

Miss Cris
Community Member
1 month ago

But indoor sceenes are filmed in boots and outdoor shoes while it could be in sleepers or bare feet. :)

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Cori
Community Member
1 month ago

I never wear shoes in my house. I live on a farm. My shoes are barely allowed to come inside at all. It always leaves me feeling super awkward when I go to someone else's house though. Because I never know what to do. I'm hardwired to take off my shoes, but then am I going to just walk around someone's house in my socks, or worse, bare feet? It's a conundrum.

Marilynn Hanson
Community Member
1 month ago

Where is your farm? My dad was from Nebraska and he always said farmers ( 30's&40's) keep their shoes on until bed. I just grew up with that in my head :) of course I guess that's compared to going barefoot outside :)

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ebony1k124 touch
Community Member
1 month ago

Some do, some don't. I think it depends on the flooring.

JuJu
Community Member
1 month ago

Shoes in the house and bras in bed...weird.

Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
1 month ago

Only on tv snd some movies

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Missy Wernstrom
Community Member
1 month ago

Depends on the household

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 month ago

Gah, yes! Some do! Some don't. It's either regional or personal, but I was raised to NEVER wear shoes indoors. Rude, dirty, ick, forget it. My spouse, however, sees no issue with it.

Ivy Zhang
Community Member
1 month ago

well, for me, i have indoor slippers and regular shoes, and some of my friends just wear socks, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Petra Schaap
Community Member
1 month ago

not that again, lol. l know a lot of people in Holland and Belgium who keep their shoes on, only take them off when they are dirty or wet.

80 Van
Community Member
1 month ago

Some do. Not all.

Courtney Christelle
Community Member
1 month ago

We take our shoes off. I don't want outside germs getting inside.

Jesse
Community Member
1 month ago

We do the same thing.

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Sue Prewitt
Community Member
1 month ago

yes

Adam Hart-Dyke
Community Member
1 month ago

I wear shoes all day. Kind of have to though since my right leg is an inch shorter than the left one so I need a heel lift all time to stop my spine getting messed up.

Torchicachu
Community Member
1 month ago

yes - but i personally dont just cuz my feet feel kinda sweaty and gross after a while. but people like my father keep them on all day just because he has back/hip problems and can't tie his shoes by himself, therefore he doesn't take them off until night

deanna woods
Community Member
1 month ago

In my home and my parents home we take our shoes off upon entering.

Kelly Murray
Community Member
1 month ago

I almost never walk barefoot in my house. I don't have carpet, and when I did, that's what door mats are for.

Eva Bryson
Community Member
1 month ago

Ummm.....yes, we do. We don't consider our homes any different than office buildings. Besides, I have a mat just outside the door for removing debris from the bottom of shoes. Don't you?

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
1 month ago

I've always been a country girl , and rarely wear shoes . We've also always owned dogs .. they don't wear shoes . It's really annoying , but we just clean the floor every day . Feet aren't allowed on the furniture , and we bathe before bed so ...

Jim Ellington
Community Member
1 month ago

How many of these people who never wear shoes in the house own cats? Cats have a nasty habit of tracking fecal bacteria all over the floor and just about every other surface they walk on.

Bob Belcher
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes and especially when there's a bad storm. My wife was 7 when an F4 tornado hit their home in Channelview, TX on Thanksgiving. You can Google it. The house and the whole street looked like tooth picks. Her mother grabbed her and ran to the tub to take shelter. Neither one of them had shoes on after it hit and had to walk over the debris to the street. So yeah, some of us always wear shoes even inside. And if there's a bad storm at 2am, we sleep in them too.

Maria Hermida
Community Member
1 month ago

In Spain people also wear their shoes inside the house. I got used to taking them off when I lived in Hong Kong, and now I think walking inside with shoes is the most unhygienic thing on Earth. I can't understand why so many people still do it.

Jim Ellington
Community Member
1 month ago

Because people enjoy fungal infections and stinky feet.

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Donny Cromwell
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1 month ago

Oh.... Bone Daddy is just a little tiny troll. For a second there I was like I was thrown off by his comment to my post, but then I saw his other comments to other people.

More!
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes and so did we Australians, until recently when it became offensive and impolite to do so. Never in my childhood, teens and 20’s was I asked to remove my shoes when visiting any hoise in Australia. Now it’s a different story. Personally I’d rather people wear shoes after wiping them on the door mat than have their smelly feet exposed and stepping on my clean floors.

danielw
Community Member
1 month ago

depends on where you live. In the southern states... yeah, maybe. in places with snow? certainly not in winter. That's what mudrooms are for.

Demongrrrrl
Community Member
1 month ago

I have always worn my shoes in the house, at least in the winter.

XianJaguar
Community Member
1 month ago

My husband and try not to wear shoes in the house. We have house slippers that we wear instead.

Daniel Lewis
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1 month ago

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Iggy
Community Member
1 month ago

Not just Americans.

Miss Cris
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1 month ago

Non americans at least wear slippers, not the same shoes as outside.

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Alex T
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3 days ago

I (an american) do walk in the house with shoes, if not shoes, usuallly socks simply because i don't like feeling dirt and crumbs from the ground on my feet. Idk, just a lil pet peeve.

Leah Helbig
Community Member
2 weeks ago

No that is disrespectful and gross

MaryBored Pasaribu
Community Member
1 month ago

Its something we eastern cant understand...

similarly
Community Member
1 month ago

I know a LOT of people in America who only take their shoes off if the shoes are really dirty or muddy. When I returned to America from my first year in Japan, we asked people to take off shoes in our house, particularly because we had a toddler who'd be crawling around on the floor. My older brother ignored the sign and our verbal request saying "I don't take my shoes off for anybody."

MAnahP
Community Member
1 month ago

I've lived in the US for 14 years and I still take my shoes off in someone else's house. It's weird, I just can't stop myself.

Ry Keener
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes. Yes I do. Don't feel bad about it either. Actually.. quite comfy and warm.

Joyce Barmore Sterk
Community Member
1 month ago

Most of my family takes their shoes off at the door. In the Winter there will be a towel on the floor so your shoes/boots don't get the area wet with the melting snow.

Michael Capriola Jr.
Community Member
1 month ago

You bet.

Twenty øne doggos
Community Member
1 month ago

My dad does. I think he's crazy.

Jasmine Hufflepuff Henderson
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah, I live in Texas and my family wears shoes inside. We don't have a place to put our shoes by the door because we have a narrow doorway. My shoes stay in my bedroom. I put them on as soon as I get up and dressed to work out. We also have tile floor. if I'm not wearing shoes I have on socks

Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
1 month ago

Not in my house.

Lisa Holman
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm American. I take them off in my bedroom. But I get those suckers off as quickly as possible. I do wear sandals tho. Got feet issues. Have to.

Katherine Rosa
Community Member
1 month ago

not in my house..but I'm canadian

Orange Knight
Community Member
1 month ago

yes/depends

A Random Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

Hawaii does.

Pernille Dyre
Community Member
1 month ago

Denmark here. Nobody comes inside wearing shoes in our houses! Even at partys We ask first....

Tambot
Community Member
1 month ago

In Canada, some people do wear shoes in their house, in summer. I think it's disgusting. My house is my sanctuary, clean cozy place. Why bring the mess inside? It's weird to me. In movies I love how they not only wear shoes in the house, BUT ALSO on the couch/bed.

Helen Haley
Community Member
1 month ago

Shoes off is for lounging, shoes on means you're getting something accomplished. It also means you own indoor animals.

Wouldn't You Like to Know
Community Member
1 month ago

Every. Single. Day.

Ford Summit
Community Member
1 month ago

I'll leave them on for moving days, and sometimes groceries. It's really an argument between maintenance and efficiency, but most Americans I know take off their shoes when they enter the house, except for occasions where the efficiency outweighs the clean up. Socks and slippers fall into the comfort category though, so pretty much anything goes.

Nevits Yibble
Community Member
1 month ago

Not. An. American. Thing. My god

Cat Nip Gal
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't

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1 month ago

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Epic King
Community Member
1 month ago

Where else would Rowe put our new shoes??

Epic King
Community Member
1 month ago

Where else would we take new shoes?

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
1 month ago

Only if it’s a nice occasion with guests over or in someone else’s house.

Madeline Shafer
Community Member
1 month ago

no

Bama Belle
Community Member
1 month ago

Not all of us do that.

BryanR
Community Member
1 month ago

Yep all the time!

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
1 month ago

Depends where you live. In southern Lousiana, you take your shoes off as fast as you can most of the year.

Susan Stead
Community Member
1 month ago

It depends on the where you are. I've lived in various parts of the country, and I noticed when I lived in Washington state, it was customary to take your shoes off upon coming into a person's house. I didn't notice it anywhere else I've lived (California, Colorado, New Jersey and Ohio).

Torchicachu
Community Member
1 month ago

some houses make you take off your shoes at the front door, like my neighbor and a few of my friends

Lola
Community Member
1 month ago

Shoes in the house is a filthy, filthy habit. It really doesn’t take much effort to leave them at the door.

lara
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, your feet are filthy, covered with oil and any time oil mixes with dirt you have bad stains, look at carpets where people don't wear shoes and walk barefoot, looks like a trail through the mud.

Akiko Takahashi
Community Member
1 month ago

As you may know, Japanese people like me take off their shoes when entering the house. I wonder whether those people who wear the same shoes as they do outside ever think they could be spreading the virus inside the household.

Luna Lovegood
Community Member
1 month ago

Uhhm yeah. :/ Idk the floor doesn't get that dirty. In my house we take our shoes off if we were out in rain or mud or something, but if we just went to the store or something we don't think about taking shoes off til whenever we don't feel like wearing shoes anymore. Which is admittedly, usually a few minutes after getting home.

GirlFriday
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't know where this comes from because I see it a lot. I guess they must see it on TV. I don't wear shoes in the house and neither do most of the people that I know. The only person that I know that purposefully wears shoes in home was born and raised in the UK.

BG
Community Member
1 month ago

Southern USA here. I only know one family who removes their shoes inside the house. They're good friends of mine and I forget this every time. They're so gracious about it that I'm usually there for about an hour before I notice that I'm the only one wearing shoes. Also, they're from Haiti.

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CzechPanda
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't know a single soul here in the heart of Europe who would wear outside shoes in their homes... lots of people have slippers but i personally prefer bare feet or socks at most (if its really cold) otherwise I wouldn't feel free

ImaDerp
Community Member
1 month ago

All Asians viewing this: THEY DO????

Heather Althouse
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I have always walked into the house with shoes / and usually wear them into i go to sleep. now if am laying/or sitting on my bed I take them off...few years ago when I saw this was a weird thing to do, I was like really ??? I thought everyone in the world did that..but what they said made perfect sense..you are tramping in dirt everywhere

Downunderdude
Community Member
1 month ago

I do. Everyone I know does. Is it a western culture thing?

Frances
Community Member
1 month ago

What country are you from? In a lot of European countries people also do not take their shoes off when entering a house. We have doormats on which to wipe amd clean the soles before stepping inside.

Yugan Talovich
Community Member
1 month ago

Taiwan carries on the ancient Chinese tradition of taking off your shoes when you enter a house. When I tell people Americans wear shoes indoors, they are revolted: how unsanitary! No wonder American feet reek!

Donny Cromwell
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm American and I think it's gross. I've thought about how many times I may have stood in dry pee in front of a urinal and then drag it into my house with my shoes.

Donny Cromwell
Community Member
1 month ago

What?! Someone already wrote that?! That person must of read my mind and stole my idea because I thought of it long before bored panda.

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Tylernol
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1 month ago

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Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
1 month ago

Everyone was asked to remove their shoes in my parents house, they had a basket of slippers but, it was so their hardwood floors didn't get scratched. I only wear shoes or sandals outside. I hate shoes, they make me too hot and are dirty. US

A Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

Wipe shoes on mat, walk in, take shoes off and place next to door facing wall. Helps not track dirt into the home. Then open the screendoor and fly away.

b l a n c
Community Member
1 month ago

unfortunately they do and it's very weird, i haven't heard of any other places that do that. they put their shoes on the couches and beds too, and they make a mess everywhere. it must be disgusting, i don't know why they do it, dont they track dirt everywhere and get it on the couches you put your feet on?

Brittany
Community Member
1 month ago

No!!! I don’t and never will!

Epic King
Community Member
1 month ago

Where else would we put our new shoes??

Honey Bee
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't actually know. My family takes them off as soon as we enter the house, but some people just wear them all over the place

universal waffles
Community Member
1 month ago

I am growing getting spanked if i did that

Abigial Griffith
Community Member
1 month ago

i do not but some people i know do that is what a door mat is for

Bridgette Helms
Community Member
1 month ago

My husband does all of the time. I never do. He's worried about stepping on scorpions.

Scott Johnson
Community Member
1 month ago

That's why you generally do sit down on the carpet. Or you wash your hardwood floors regularly.

Stacy Beare
Community Member
1 month ago

I never walk in my house without shoes! And I don't know a single person who takes their shoes off here in Australia. They must exist I just don't know any. That's what vacuums and mops and mats to wipe your feet on are for.

Anna Neemus
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes. Americans are so nasty. I make everyone remove their shoes and if they protest they dont come in or get invited back.

Sinkvenice
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm English and my boyfriend wears his shoes in the house because he "doesn't like wearing sock around the house." It's infuriating, especially because he complains about how the place always needs vacuuming. Yeah, no shit.

PurplePringle
Community Member
1 month ago

At my house we personally don't but I know some people who do, such as my grandpa but it's for medical reasons

Kat Hoth
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1 month ago

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Yes, we do.

Truth Monster
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1 month ago

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Yes. Yes they do.

Anne
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1 month ago

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No shoes on wooden floors or carpets.. so if you have a tile floor - like the kitchen, sure, it's super easy to clean.

Danieletc
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1 month ago

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Yes. It is better than you will ever know.

Louise Stange-Wahl
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1 month ago

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Heck yes! Although I wear Crocs around the house, and Le Chameau boots when out with the horses. I just don't get how alarming it is to Europeans that you wear your shoes in the house. Unless you are out with horses all day like me, or gardening and have mud to worry about, it is really strange to me.

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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
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1 month ago

How else do you hide bodies?

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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
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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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
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
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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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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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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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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
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1 month ago

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

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Kat Hoth
Community Member
1 month ago

Bacon IS considered finger food :D

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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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Bill
Community Member
1 month ago

Veterans do.

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Electric Ed
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1 month ago

Where do teens not slow dance??

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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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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
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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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