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.

#4

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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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#6

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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.

#7

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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
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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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#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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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
Community Member
1 month ago

Bacon IS considered finger food :D

Madeline Shafer
Community Member
1 month ago

totaly

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Toni Alabakovski
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, how else would you eat it?

Miss Cris
Community Member
1 month ago

Fork and knife here. :)

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Luna Lovegood
Community Member
1 month ago

Yep!!! What do you do, spend 15 minutes trying to stab a flat, crunchy object with a fork?

Toea Muresan Iulia
Community Member
1 month ago

yessss

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Jill Ferguson
Community Member
1 month ago

Our bacon is cooked to be crispy! Easy to eat with our fingers.

(socially Awkward)Paul
Community Member
1 month ago

No! Juicy bacon is best.

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Steve
Community Member
1 month ago

I find using my mouth works best

Abigial Griffith
Community Member
1 month ago

ha

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Computernaut
Community Member
1 month ago

How else would one eat bacon? You can't exactly stab it with a fork very easily.

lara
Community Member
1 month ago

Bacon is the reason gawd gave you fingers.

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Rachel Adams
Community Member
1 month ago

Is it because American bacon seems thin and crispy? In the UK we have different types of bacon and having it for breakfast you use a knife and fork

80 Van
Community Member
1 month ago

Correct. American bacon is made from pork belly, which is very fast and gets very crispy, so it’s difficult to eat with a fork (sort of like a potato crisp). British bacon is meatier and therefore easier to eat with a fork.

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Mr Hump
Community Member
1 month ago

Who in their right mind would eat it with a utensil?

danielw
Community Member
1 month ago

if you can eat it with a fork... it's not cooked fully. Bacon should be crispy. otherwise it's just ham.

WillemPenn
Community Member
1 month ago

This! A thousand times this!

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Donny Cromwell
Community Member
1 month ago

Why would I dirty a fork when I'm eating nothing but a plate full of bacon.

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
1 month ago

Our bacon is very crisp. You cannot eat it with a fork.

Torchicachu
Community Member
1 month ago

ive tried eating it with a fork but it ended up snapping in half. although not everyone cooks their bacon super crispy so it might just be me

Nevits Yibble
Community Member
1 month ago

This question is confused. American bacon, yes (there's no other way to eat it). English, Irish, or Canadian bacon - hell no, of course not. And American bacon is no more greasy than a potato chip

Susan Stead
Community Member
1 month ago

American bacon is thin and crispy, so eating it with a knife and fork wouldn't work--it would shatter. Canadian bacon is more like ham to us, which is knife and fork food.

Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
1 month ago

I live in Canada, and my Bacon is strips of smoked pork goodness.. NO ONE in Canada really eats Back Bacon, we all mostly eat "bacon strips" like the rest of the civilized world

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Anxious Pansexual Nightmare
Community Member
1 month ago

Do you not?

Tabitha L
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes. My hands, my feet, by the fistful. Any way I can get it. (I've given up meat right now, and I guess I'm really missing bacon.)

Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
1 month ago

HOW ELSE ARE YOU SUPPOSE TO EAT BACON?? Bacon-meme...e42ecc.jpg Bacon-meme-5f26f51e42ecc.jpg

Kisses4Katie
Community Member
1 month ago

Do you eat it with a fork?!

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, because I put it on cheeseburgers.

Sue Prewitt
Community Member
1 month ago

How else would you eat it?

Paizleypie
Community Member
1 month ago

What can we say? We're barbarians!

Jim Ellington
Community Member
1 month ago

If cooked properly, bacon will not work with a fork. Do people in other countries use tongs, or do they just like to eat undercooked pork bellies?

Lane Buckner
Community Member
1 month ago

No, we eat our fingers separately

lara
Community Member
1 month ago

Especially with whipped cream.

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Cat Houston
Community Member
1 month ago

They put them in Bloody Mary's too.

Tabitha L
Community Member
1 month ago

True story.

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Cassie
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, but the term "bacon" refers to different cuts of the meat in different places.

Jimmy Wakeman
Community Member
1 month ago

Fingers yes

Miss Cris
Community Member
1 month ago

Whaaaat????

Jibek Mechler
Community Member
1 month ago

What sort of savages use a fork? I thought the English were civilized

Shull GaRett
Community Member
1 month ago

I dont think its only an american thing... dough hands can get greasy ;)

Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
1 month ago

OF COURSE!

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm, how can you eat it without using your fingers ?

Jack Ericson
Community Member
1 month ago

How else would you eat bacon? A fork doesn't seem like it would work very well...

Doris Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

If you poke it with a fork it will fall apart!

Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
1 month ago

Uh, whaddya you do? Use a fork? Also no American says "Telly" XD xD

Whatshername
Community Member
1 month ago

Exactly the writer's point. There's more to the world than the US. This was probably written by someone from the UK. In other countries bacon is seen as an ingredient rather than a standalone snack.

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Lisa Holman
Community Member
1 month ago

Umm.. yeah .. duh

Marilyn Bojanowski
Community Member
1 month ago

The thought of people eating bacon with a fork and knife is making me uncomfortable...

WillemPenn
Community Member
1 month ago

I've never seen Americans do this in film or on telly. In movies or on TV perhaps ... ;-)

Bob Belcher
Community Member
1 month ago

How else would you eat it???

Whatshername
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

On a burger or sandwich

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Liz the Wanderer
Community Member
1 month ago

How else would you eat bacon??

Juan Hernandez
Community Member
1 month ago

how the fu(K else do you eat it with a spoon

Tor Rolf Strøm
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah I mean.. 330 million people, I'm sure they all eat it in identical fashion!

Stacy Beare
Community Member
1 month ago

American bacon is SO crispy there is no other way to eat it...if you stab it with a fork it breaks up and flies everywhere!

westwing
Community Member
1 month ago

What kind of fastidious fussy twit would eat bacon with a knife and fork?

Whatshername
Community Member
1 month ago

No one suggested the finger part is what's wrong here. Bacon is more of an ingredient in other parts of the world.

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Olive
Community Member
1 month ago

wait wtf do y'all eat it with?! A knife and fork?!

Ottershavepockets
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1 month ago

There's a Penguin on the Telly!!

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

Yes, by the handful.

Seedy Vine
Community Member
1 month ago

I pick up (very crispy) bacon with my fingers and eat it. Bacon that needs handling with a fork or knife definitely hasn't been cooked long enough for me.

A Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

Bacon is delicious with fingers.

b l a n c
Community Member
1 month ago

i used to but then my mom told me it was rude and now i find it weird to eat bacon with your fingers

Charlotte Anderson [STUDENT]
Community Member
1 month ago

Bacon is finger food

Bridgette Helms
Community Member
1 month ago

Definitely!

Toasty
Community Member
1 month ago

If it's crispy, yes.

Anna Martin
Community Member
1 month ago

yyyyeeeeeeesssss…. and bacon pizza!

Shea Briggette
Community Member
1 month ago

telly lol

deanna woods
Community Member
1 month ago

If it's cooked really crispy we do.

Louise Stange-Wahl
Community Member
1 month ago

Yep and I love bacon and potato chip sandwiches!

Torchicachu
Community Member
1 month ago

never heard of that combo before.... interesting tho

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lara
Community Member
1 month ago

How else would you eat it?

Guy MacGregor
Community Member
1 month ago

First, bacon isn't a common thing throughout the world. And what about knife and fork ?

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Panda Lurker
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1 month ago

But all the grease...on your hands...yuck

Lynda Momalo
Community Member
1 month ago

That's what napkins are for.

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Candice Ravel
Community Member
1 month ago

Truth - I only eat bacon right out of the package, so for me it's 100% finger food. I've been eating it like that for 40 years, lol! I don't like it cooked because it's always burnt.

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
1 month ago

They eat a lot more with their fingers than in most western countries.

CatWoman312
Community Member
1 month ago

How fucking else do you suppose to eat it with a spoon? Are you daft?

universal waffles
Community Member
1 month ago

OK so as an American that is brown, if we did that with any kind of bacon we would get thrown out bc that is considered rude to my family (we eat chicken bacon I definitely recommend it)

lara
Community Member
1 month ago

Chicken bacon is like tofu chocolate. It is an abomination against civilization and dietary needs.

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Abigial Griffith
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1 month ago

do you eat it with a fork?!?!?!?!?!?!

Danieletc
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, if done crispy. No, we don't have telly. We have TV. If the bacon is crispy enough, we'd wave that as a finger pointing out how much BETTER TV is than you whot-BBC-evs telly, and how much better our crappy crispy bacon is. And then .... *crunch*!

Jo Choto
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1 month ago

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Worse than how it is eating, breakfast with bacon also involves sweet pancakes covered with syrup and sometimes pieces of melon, all eaten with the bacon.

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Kat Hoth
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1 month ago

Yes, instead of wanker or cunt.

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chi-wei shen
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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
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1 month ago

question: why do you ask?

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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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#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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