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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#2

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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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#5

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Ray Martin
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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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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#8

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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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#10

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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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#12

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Potter
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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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#14

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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.

Iapetos
Community Member
3 months ago

I find it relaxing how you can swear so fucking much on Bored Panda.

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Evil Little Thing
Community Member
3 months ago

I regularly talk about that jerk face douche canoe Trump

Bob Belcher
Community Member
3 months ago

Those words are too nice for him.

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Jill Pulcifer
Community Member
3 months ago

Yep, and we frequently get even more colorful than that. I have at more than one time in my life addressed someone as a "Cock Smoker" insults are like a national past time here.

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
3 months ago

Why is it only American. I often use douche of douche canoe and today I called my mum a jerk, don’t worry we have the kind of relationship where we can tease each other playfully. Wasn’t nasty.

Lisa Holman
Community Member
3 months ago

Haven't really heard the canoe part here.

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John-Paul Bitler
Community Member
3 months ago

I don't hear people going around saying jerk and dousche. More like B*tch and Motherf*cker

Lisa Holman
Community Member
3 months ago

Those are special too.

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Sue Prewitt
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah. Unlike other countries that use cunt. Here in America that is an EXTREMELY offensive slur.

Marzipanda
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes, it's quite cathartic to say jerk and douche to the face of a bona fide jerk or douche, like Danny Bonaduce who can be a damn bona fide douche at times.

Chewie Baron
Community Member
3 months ago

I remember when Home & Away (Australian soap to those who don't know) first came to the UK. Cue every insult in school being "Rack off you drag!!!"

Truth Monster
Community Member
3 months ago

I think that's a regional/generational thing. And yes, its not uncommon

Michael Capriola Jr.
Community Member
3 months ago

I believe Jerk and Douche are the names of Donald Trump's sons.

Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm Canadian: and Douchebag is my favorite word, for Wankers

Donny Cromwell
Community Member
3 months ago

I call someone a jackass once and immediately regretted it.

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

This time art imitates life.

Honey Bee
Community Member
3 months ago

I say jerk in front of my parents, and fucking bitchface in front of my friends

Abigial Griffith
Community Member
3 months ago

i say jerk but not douch

Danieletc
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes. You sound more like a jerk. That is better than being a douche.

Randomcthulu
Community Member
3 months ago

I once almost made my mother drive over the curb because I referred to another driver as a twat wafffle

Ana Rodriguez
Community Member
3 months ago

Depends on the age group. Milenials and the ones after have some other name calling practices.

Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
3 months ago

Yaaaaaaaaaaa "jerk" was the word I was born to say.

Lisa Holman
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes, and often, especially when referring to politicians. Or is that just me?

Juan Hernandez
Community Member
3 months ago

yes and so much more like bitch, cunt, ass , fucker , joto

Tor Rolf Strøm
Community Member
3 months ago

oh come on.. do 300+ million people really say these two words?

b l a n c
Community Member
3 months ago

people don't say jerk where you're from?

Zhaoheng Liu
Community Member
3 months ago

jerk

Bama Belle
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

American here, I called someone a douche just yesterday.

Charlotte Anderson [STUDENT]
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah I call my siblings jerks all the time

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes, if you behave like a jerk or douche you will be called a jerk or douche.

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
3 months ago

I've called a few well-deserving cretins "douche canoes." I'm also partial to "twat-waffle."

Xan A. Du
Community Member
3 months ago

Those words don't hit home hard enough. They are kind of 80's leftovers. Like skank. You have to up things to ass-fuck, twat and cunt if you want to be heard today.

Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
3 months ago

Never appropriate

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Gerry Higgins
Community Member
3 months ago

As a self-identified douchie jerk..... Yes

Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

Douche, douche bag, douche nozzle. I don't use jerk very often, but it is in the mix. I prefer ass, asshat, asshole, jackass, so many great words.

Melissa Meaux
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes we do, you big ol doucher jerk!

Anxious Pansexual Nightmare
Community Member
3 months ago

not douche

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
3 months ago

Remember, douche is French for shower. Not the strongest of insults.

Pusfarm
Community Member
3 months ago

But that's not the douche that's being referred to. It's the one related to feminine hygiene. At some point years ago I started using the term douche baguette. Jerk is pretty mild and parent-friendly (for the most part).

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Jo Choto
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes, they really use those words all the time.

Torchicachu
Community Member
3 months ago

not all of us - depends on who it is

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#18

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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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