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.

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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.

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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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#12

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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
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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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#18

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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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#19

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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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#23

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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
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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#27

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Ojberretta Berretta
Community Member
1 month ago

every human loves fireplaces.....

Mathieu Brouwers
Community Member
1 month ago

Nope.

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80 Van
Community Member
1 month ago

I’m curious what TV show you’re watching.

Kelly Murray
Community Member
1 month ago

I absolutely adore fire places.

Tabitha L
Community Member
1 month ago

I love a fireplace. But only wood burning. None of this gas or electric bullshit.

Hiker Chick
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, we love them.

Toasty
Community Member
1 month ago

We recently bought a house, and only looked at houses with fireplaces, so yes, yes we do.

Epic King
Community Member
1 month ago

It’s always great to know your house has a human incinerator so you can hide the bodies

Rebecca Schultz
Community Member
1 month ago

A lot of houses do not have fireplaces so they are special. Also wood is expensive so if you do have a fireplace you often save wood for special occasions.

Cassie
Community Member
1 month ago

Most modern homes do not come with a fireplace, so it's kind of cool when one does.

WillemPenn
Community Member
1 month ago

Um? Where do you live in the US?

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Xan A. Du
Community Member
1 month ago

We need a place to throw the champagne glass before we storm out of the room. How do you leave an argument?

Potter
Community Member
1 month ago

Especially wood stoves!

Madeline Shafer
Community Member
1 month ago

we even have tv channels that look like fire places

Jimmy Wakeman
Community Member
1 month ago

They are nice in winter but they don't excite me

Danieletc
Community Member
1 month ago

No. But yes, fireplaces are great.

More!
Community Member
1 month ago

Who doesn’t get excited over a fireplace?

Donny Cromwell
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes and I don't get it either.

Walter Smith
Community Member
1 month ago

Because we all love Santa.

Kelly
Community Member
1 month ago

Forbudden in my city, due to smog issues (small particles).

Charlotte Anderson [STUDENT]
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Here in Nevada we don’t need anymore heat but I do love fireplaces

Abigial Griffith
Community Member
1 month ago

yes

staygoldponyboy
Community Member
1 month ago

Depends on the context. If away from home and they don't normally have access to a fireplace, some go wild for them.

elia 84631
Community Member
1 month ago

Reminds me a program from Norwegian public tv channel which make your tv into a fireplace

Jessica
Community Member
1 month ago

We have a holiday dedicated to explosions were pyromaniacs of corse we like fireplaces. Also warm.

Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
1 month ago

I do, but I'm from the south so you don't see them as much.

J. M. Montes
Community Member
1 month ago

Only during winter.

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
1 month ago

They're just awesome. Who doesn't love snuggling up next to the fireplace

Ana Rodriguez
Community Member
1 month ago

Depends where you live. In Texas where I live now.... it is not such a big deal because is hot most of the time. A winter snowy afternoon by the fireplace drinking apple cider watching movies was the best up North in Ohio.

Jasmine Hufflepuff Henderson
Community Member
1 month ago

It's nice to have in the winter. We don't have one, but I wish we did.

Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
1 month ago

I REALLY want a fireplace.

Lisa Holman
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh man! Absolutely!!

Gipsy Kings fan
Community Member
1 month ago

Most people in warm climates don't have them.

A Random Panda
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1 month ago

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Juan Hernandez
Community Member
1 month ago

who does not like fire

(socially Awkward)Paul
Community Member
1 month ago

As a fellow Iowan, I am freezing cold 75% of the year and love a good fireplace to give me hyperthermia.

Susan Stead
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't know about fireplaces in the house, but firepits in back yards are a big thing where I live. And barbecues have a culture of their own, as well.

Heather Pobicki
Community Member
1 month ago

If you're in the north, it's a wonderful thing to have!

Mr Hump
Community Member
1 month ago

Im always excited to stick my wood in a fireplace

Truth Monster
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1 month ago

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insurance agents get excited about fireplaces...try insuring a house that has one. It's almost impossible

WillemPenn
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah, not a problem for me and we have a huge fireplace that is kind of the centerpiece of the house. The insurance is more than reasonable and I live in EQ territory near a flood plane, so ...

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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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