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
3 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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3 months ago

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

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GirlFriday
Community Member
3 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
3 months ago

How else do you hide bodies?

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Ray Martin
Community Member
3 months ago

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

Truth Monster
Community Member
3 months ago

Tom Hank's screaming at a box of cereal :)

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BG
Community Member
3 months ago

The cereal aisle in the grocery store has the highest profit margin of any other part of the store. The markup on cereal is HUGE!

Walter Smith
Community Member
3 months ago

They're not usually this well-stocked, because of cereal killers.

Lynne Williams
Community Member
3 months ago

Lol! Well I eat 3 different cereals as a base for my breakfast in the morning.

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Jill Pulcifer
Community Member
3 months ago

Need? God no, of course not. Have? Absolutely.

Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
3 months ago

We have cereal aisles in the U.K.

b l a n c
Community Member
3 months ago

same in canada, although it's not all full, it often consists of granola bars and snacks too

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tuzdayschild
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes...yes we do

chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 months ago

They might not really need them, but they have them in many supermarkets.

Cassie
Community Member
3 months ago

Our government and various cereal-producing companies spent a great deal of effort throughout the 70s and 80s to convince us that sugary cereals were the main part of a "healthy" breakfast (generally shown as a bowl of cereal, a buttered slice of white toast, and a cup of orange juice).

jessica hoke
Community Member
3 months ago

Do we need them? No. Do we have them? Yes

Barbara Cochrane
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes! The cereal aisle, to me, is like heaven. Just love cereals.

Torchicachu
Community Member
3 months ago

Not necessarily - maybe its just the stores i go to but typically its only one side of the aisle and the other side has crackers, snacks, oatmeal, granola bars, etc.

Cassie
Community Member
3 months ago

It's generally just one aisle. The entire aisle, but it's still just one.

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes, but it is cheaper to buy some rolled oats and mix them into a bag of sugar.

Jim Mock
Community Member
3 months ago

Well it's usually just one side of the aisle, with the healthier stuff on the end and other side has granola bars and other stuff kids eat.

Rebecca Schultz
Community Member
3 months ago

We have many, many brands of cereal.

Rosesinmyhair
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow!! In Australia we have a dedicated section of the aisle..but not a whole aisle!

XianJaguar
Community Member
3 months ago

It depends on the store. Here in America, large supermarkets do indeed have a whole aisle with nothing but cereal. Such a store also has entire aisles dedicated just to beans or just to paper products. They're big, because so many people shop at them and they need the space to put lots of products, because the shelves get emptied so fast. Most smaller grocery stores just have part of an aisle dedicated to cereal because they don't need to stock as much product, because they don't have as many people shopping.

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
3 months ago

Type 2 diabetes for breakfast

Potter
Community Member
3 months ago

Thank you for specifying the type!!

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Truth Monster
Community Member
3 months ago

Depends on the store. Cereal is a lucrative business, so most stores have one at least dedicated to breakfast

Haevyn
Community Member
3 months ago

Fuck ya we do.

Shelby McClain
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes! I need cereal in my life at all times! Haha. It is amazing how different things are in our countries though!! Similar in many ways yet so different!

Jim Ellington
Community Member
3 months ago

They're typically about one half of one side of the aisle; so, no.

Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
3 months ago

Our cereal is precious... Mine, all my... Precious... Cereal...

Christina Eneroth (Eneroth3)
Community Member
3 months ago

Wait, you don't have an entire isle for cereal?

jessica hoke
Community Member
3 months ago

Do we need them? No. Do we have them, yes.

Pavlina G
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes. So much sugar

CatWoman312
Community Member
3 months ago

I’m not familiar with the cereal island. That would be cool to visit

Susan Stead
Community Member
3 months ago

That's nothing. We have an entire corner of our (huge) grocery store exclusively for pet supplies.

PhantomBuni
Community Member
3 months ago

Yep, and we’ve only got ONE kind of romcom

Angell Harding
Community Member
3 months ago

Not a US-only thing.

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
3 months ago

If you've ever been a pregnant woman, you know why we have an entire aisle of cereal .

J. M. Montes
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes.

Phunny Philosopher
Community Member
3 months ago

Selecting a cereal is not difficult for me. However, when I am in front half a aisle of different toothpastes I freeze. Too many brands with too many selections.

Lisa Holman
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes. Admittedly and literally, overkill

Mainecoonsandhuskies
Community Member
3 months ago

Other countries have it too

Orange Knight
Community Member
3 months ago

not enough for me

Mikal Du Preez
Community Member
3 months ago

I wish I had entire aisles for cereal.

Juan Hernandez
Community Member
3 months ago

a isle and a half

Tor Rolf Strøm
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes. I've visited the US, and yes. They are delicious and need many many many isles.

Laura Jones
Community Member
3 months ago

i would be in heaven i love cereal often have 3 bowls a day

Eduard Korhonen
Community Member
3 months ago

Uh, we have that in the UK too

Paul Macdonell
Community Member
3 months ago

Has anyone seen the candy and cookies isles in England ?

Jenna
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes. Jerry Seinfeld's life of "cereal and Superman" is pretty accurate. Cereal is such a great dessert.

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

Yes, and it's often sorted by manufacturer

Perfectly Imperfect
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes. You need to know, too, that cereal isn’t just for breakfast. We’re spoiled.

A Jones
Community Member
3 months ago

Cereal is worshiped like a god.

Gretchen Smith
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes yes we do

Maurettis
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

have you ever been inside a megastore?

Alan Paul
Community Member
3 months ago

*aisles

Sue Prewitt
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah, pretty ridiculous, huh?

Devon W
Community Member
3 months ago

sometimes two lol

universal waffles
Community Member
3 months ago

We take sugar very seriously for a country that is obsessed with looking perfect

Abigial Griffith
Community Member
3 months ago

yes

thepinkrobot
Community Member
3 months ago

The cereal aisle is the last good thing in America.

John-Paul Bitler
Community Member
3 months ago

I want to find an argument against that, but sadly I can't

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Madeline Shafer
Community Member
3 months ago

uh dhu who dosent

Shea Briggette
Community Member
3 months ago

yep thats america for ya

liberalarkansan
Community Member
3 months ago

YES.

glowworm2
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes! I used to work at a Shop Rite--there is indeed an entire cereal section. It's the same for many other grocery stores.

Danieletc
Community Member
3 months ago

No. It's not always that way. Just should be that way. We try.

Jo Choto
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes, cereals usually occupy an entire aisle at the grocery store. It's big business for creating brand loyalty amongst the very young and there is more choice than any person could possibly comprehend or need.

NortonR3
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeap 😂

deanna woods
Community Member
3 months ago

Cereal is a good breakfast food. It's quick and doesn't require much preparation.

Torchicachu
Community Member
3 months ago

i cant really agree with the good part because a lot of american cereals are unhealthy - but yes its easy to make so i still eat it daily

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Louise Stange-Wahl
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like a toy store, doesn't it!

Jimmy Wakeman
Community Member
3 months ago

No they have too many varieties of one cereal which takes away space from other brands

Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
3 months ago

And aisle for boxes of processed sugar, additives, coloring, and glyphosate

Susan Reid Smith
Community Member
3 months ago

And Corn Syrup.

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Cat Houston
Community Member
3 months ago

There are aisles and aisles of boxed crap that no one should ever eat, let alone feed their children.

Justin Calhoun
Community Member
3 months ago

Why not

shemeowsalot
Community Member
3 months ago

how is this accepted as good breakfast

glowworm2
Community Member
3 months ago

The aisles also contain oatmeal and pop tarts as well.

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Brendan
Community Member
3 months 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
3 months ago

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

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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GirlFriday
Community Member
3 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
3 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
3 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
Community Member
3 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
3 months ago

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

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Kat Hoth
Community Member
3 months 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
3 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
3 months ago

Bacon IS considered finger food :D

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#17

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Kat Hoth
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes, instead of wanker or cunt.

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 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
3 months ago

question: why do you ask?

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#20

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Bill
Community Member
3 months ago

Veterans do.

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#21

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Electric Ed
Community Member
3 months ago

Where do teens not slow dance??

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#22

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Dave P
Community Member
3 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
3 months ago

Most of us have the entire thing memorized.

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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80 Van
Community Member
3 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
3 months ago

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

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Ojberretta Berretta
Community Member
3 months ago

every human loves fireplaces.....

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Missy Wernstrom
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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Bill
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 months ago

American: Yes. And we do both.

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