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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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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.

Olive
Community Member
1 month ago

Our school doesn't even allow us to USE our lockers. We have them, but only the athlete's are allowed to use them

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Courtney Gutz
Community Member
1 month ago

Teacher here. For safety in today's school shooting world, most schools don't have lockers anymore.

Rissie
Community Member
1 month ago

But did they change the amounts by of huge books you have to carry around? And where do you keep your coat and sport outfits?

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lara
Community Member
1 month ago

Honey, if they can decorate it, they will. You should see some kids' bedrooms, it looks like a goodwill exploded in it.

Guy MacGregor
Community Member
1 month ago

Wait, lockers really are a thing ???

BG
Community Member
1 month ago

I never even used my locker. I put the school-issued lock on it on the first day and they had to remove it on the last because I didn't have the combination. Every.Year.

Danieletc
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes. Mark your territory.

Stephany Miller
Community Member
1 month ago

Less then 5 minutes to move from one side of the school to the other with dozens of kids in your way. No time for a locker it was run with your 50 pound back pack

Lisa Holman
Community Member
1 month ago

Exactly

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b l a n c
Community Member
1 month ago

i don't get why more people don't, i mean why not? they sell locker stuff at staples and if you always see it on tv then why not do it? does europe just not sell that stuff?

Bridgette Helms
Community Member
1 month ago

My kids in high school. They don't use their lockers anymore. We used to to keep all of our books so we didn't have to carry all of them around. Now they just use their phones to take picture of what they need to read and homework so they don't even carry around their books.

Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
1 month ago

Do schools still use books? I thought they were considered passe

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jtrisn1
Community Member
1 month ago

We didn't even get lockers. The lockers were inside classrooms and if you tried to claim one, the janitor will clip the lock and take everything inside to lost and found. When you go to claim it, you're taken to the Dean's office to be interrogated on why you were using that locker.

80 Van
Community Member
1 month ago

Some do. Not all.

Donny Cromwell
Community Member
1 month ago

Do we personalize our lockers? Yes

yes.
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah a lot of people do but its kind of useless because you don't see your locker for more than like 30 mins a day (combing all passing periods).

ebony1k124 touch
Community Member
1 month ago

I did in High School, late 80s, early 90s. We even had Spirit Teams that would decorate the sports teams players' lockers before games.

Ayli Nickerson
Community Member
1 month ago

I LOVE DECORATING MY LOCKER

Bubbs Art
Community Member
1 month ago

I had a small mirror on my locker in sixth grade... and I don’t miss those lockers.. I can’t get those combination locks open.. I remember that I had accommodations set in place (such as my locker being relocated to the first floor and having a combination lock that worked like the lock screen of an iPhone/iPad. (For context I’m autistic and most autistic kids from my experience have received similar accommodations)

Noez 🇸🇪
Community Member
1 month ago

Wait what? I did that and I'm Swedish.

Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
1 month ago

Sometimes! I know I'm gonna do it if I'm allowed.

Heather Althouse
Community Member
1 month ago

i didn't personally

ning ding
Community Member
1 month ago

so do people at my school (i live in canada)

Lynn Marie
Community Member
1 month ago

And little battery powered chandeliers, too; they are attached with magnets. I saw that for the first time this year in the lockers of some of our 5th grade girls. But only 5th graders get lockers in our elementary school, and students in younger grades look forward to when they get lockers. It's a big deal.

danielw
Community Member
1 month ago

the only thing that went into the locker is the winter coat and gymbag. in 5 minutes you had to go across a big ass school, through narrow and crowded halls. So you carried all your books with you through the day.

Jenna
Community Member
1 month ago

I remember putting locker magnets up.

Walter Smith
Community Member
1 month ago

It makes it easier to identify whose locker it is when the DEA brings their drug sniffing dogs and has to break them open.

Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
Community Member
1 month ago

Yess!! And when it's your freind's birthday, you stuff candy through the slots of the locker and put balloons and signs on the outside. We used to tape the candy to the outside too, but some kids where mean and took it before the person ever made it to their locker :(

Luna Lovegood
Community Member
1 month ago

Yep!!! It's pretty fun actually, but some people get a bit extra. I have seen chandeliers, carpet, wallpaper, etc. I think that's going a bit overboard but it's fun to put up quotes, a magnetic pencil holder, and some stuff like that.

Luna Lovegood
Community Member
1 month ago

I think I should mention that not everyone does this. Not every school even uses lockers. I usually see locker decoration with girls. Boys don't tend to care that much, and not even all or most girls decorate their locker very much.

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Anxious Pansexual Nightmare
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1 month ago

In my school your friends decorated your locker for your birthday!

Jimmy Wakeman
Community Member
1 month ago

Some do but most don't

Jill Pulcifer
Community Member
1 month ago

I know I did, and my children do. I assume somewhere its not allowed.

GirlFriday
Community Member
1 month ago

Just the movies.

Truth Monster
Community Member
1 month ago

I think this depends on school policy. The one i went to allowed magnets but not stickers. Though no one i knew of completely "blinged out" their locker. The most customization I personally saw was a rude magnet

Mr Hump
Community Member
1 month ago

Girls maybe. I never used my locker but to hide my drugs and guns

CatWoman312
Community Member
1 month ago

Are non Americans really so boring or are they just overly fascinated by everything Americans do?

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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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#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
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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#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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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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Truth Monster
Community Member
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
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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