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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2 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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2 months 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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2 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
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2 months ago

How else do you hide bodies?

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#5

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Ray Martin
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2 months 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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2 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.

#7

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Truth Monster
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2 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
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2 months ago

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

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GirlFriday
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2 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
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2 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
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2 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
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2 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
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2 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
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2 months 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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2 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
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2 months ago

Bacon IS considered finger food :D

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#17

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Kat Hoth
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2 months ago

Yes, instead of wanker or cunt.

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
2 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
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2 months ago

question: why do you ask?

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#20

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Bill
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2 months ago

Veterans do.

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#21

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Electric Ed
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2 months ago

Where do teens not slow dance??

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#22

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Dave P
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2 months ago

no, never seen it and you do it in NYC you will be banned for life

danielw
Community Member
2 months ago

that's if you survive all the scorn and hate.

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Truth Monster
Community Member
2 months ago

Some do. We don't talk about those heretics....those mad, mad heretics....

Carissa Blair
Community Member
2 months ago

I eat ranch with my pizza hell a lot of people where I live do!! PINEAPPLE DOESNT I REPEAT DOESNT GO ON PIZZA!!!

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Ally Kaye
Community Member
2 months ago

YES IT'S REALLY GOOD!!!

Omag
Community Member
1 month ago

We have place that makes a sea food ranch pizza and its insanely good

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Mr. Bean
Community Member
2 months ago

no but some people it the CRUST with ranch. :)

Tabitha L
Community Member
2 months ago

I dip the crust in ranch. Like a breadstick.

Rachael Allen
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, It's a Midwest thing, and we love it!!

Donny Cromwell
Community Member
2 months ago

Yup.

Cassie
Community Member
2 months ago

I had never encountered it and I've grown up moving between many places in the US, but I noticed our local shop now offers dipping ranch if you order a plain cheese pizza, so, apparently it's a thing somewhere around here that may be catching on. Dunno. Sounds gross to me, but I don't like ranch.

deanna woods
Community Member
2 months ago

Ranch with pizza is awesome.

Yoseph Workeneh
Community Member
2 months ago

I know i used to do it every single time in school but every on is dusgusted for some reason

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Luna Lovegood
Community Member
2 months ago

I haven't heard of this, but it sounds pretty good? Idk I would try it. Don't knock it til you try it.

stephanie
Community Member
2 months ago

pizza with ranch is amazing depending on what kind of pizza it is, i prefer frozen pizzas (cooked obviously) with ranch, but not like a chicago deep dish that would be gross

John-Paul Bitler
Community Member
2 months ago

Not pizza, no. Breadsticks/cheesy bread, HELL YEAH

Sarah Luna
Community Member
2 months ago

I won't eat pizza without ranch...I'm as Midwestern as you can get. And a bacon cheeseburger with ranch and BBQ sauce is a party in your mouth! Second only to Big Mac sauce on fries.

Torchicachu
Community Member
2 months ago

my friend did this and i was horrified every time. she would do the same thing with spaghetti

Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah, that is disgusting

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Daniel Lewis
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, we also eat it with farm and with garden.

Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
2 months ago

? What are farm and garden?

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Hermione Granger
Community Member
1 month ago

In the Midwest you eat ranch with EVERYTHING. I drink it straight from the bottle

Orange Knight
Community Member
2 months ago

no. that is actually a crime in new york and new jersey

Tambot
Community Member
2 months ago

This, is a very delicious thing.

peppa pig
Community Member
2 months ago

NOOOOO i would NEVER thats just evil 😂

Kyle Ann Hoekstra
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes not all but alot of us do!

Brett Layton
Community Member
2 months ago

Youll find it to be alot more prevalent on the west coast of america , not so much in the heartland or east coast.

Eagle Girl
Community Member
2 months ago

East coast born & raised with ranch for fries, pizza, in tuna. Mix it with salsa too & dip chicken egg rolls

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Rebecca Schultz
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2 months ago

It is common in Kansas.

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
2 months ago

That's a Midwest thing.

Matthew Greene
Community Member
2 months ago

Actually, this is common in upper end pizza restaurants on the west coast of the USA. Many restaurants in Reno Nevada ask if you would like ranch and / or honey with your pizza. Not joking.

Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
2 months ago

GAross

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Justin Calhoun
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, we do

Kelly Murray
Community Member
2 months ago

Some places have a ranch sauce that is used instead of tomato sauce. As someone who doesn't like red sauce, I appreciate the effort.

80 Van
Community Member
2 months ago

Some do. Most don’t.

Jimmy Wakeman
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes pizza with bacon and ranch is delicious

Potter
Community Member
2 months ago

It's good!

Danieletc
Community Member
2 months ago

NO. God, no. Not your God no. Not ANY God, NO.

Nate Malnaa
Community Member
2 weeks ago

I do lol

Mark Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, it was very common in my high school. Then again, they served terrible quality frozen pizza and the ranch was the only thing that could adequately cover up the taste.

ej wey
Community Member
1 month ago

That only if the ranch is better then the pizza. I miss New York pizza.

Sardonic Scribe
Community Member
1 month ago

Pizza and ranch... meh. Pizza and Red Hot = perfection.

Kristina Paris Ferguson
Community Member
1 month ago

Only with Little Caesars pizza, not sure how it even started!

Jessica
Community Member
1 month ago

I have only seen it with the cardboard pizza at school lunches

Randomcthulu
Community Member
1 month ago

I eat pepperoni and pineapple pizza...and I like to dip the crusts in ranch lol, or I slather it all in sriracha, take that GI!

Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
1 month ago

Mixing mustard with ranch makes a great dipping sauce!

Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
1 month ago

If the pizza is tasteless, maybe. Kids probably start in school to perk up the school pizza.

Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
1 month ago

My daughter does. Funny story. My ex was from France & had friends come to visit. He was trying to let them sample "American" food. They LOVED ranch dressing on their salad (he hated it). They next night he made corn on the cob & they smothered in in ranch dressing. I told him he was going to be responsible for a major shift in French cuisine.

averageperson
Community Member
1 month ago

sort of, yeah. I don't like regular pizza sauce so I eat my pizza with ranch/white sauce

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
1 month ago

Ew they do, but not me

Mark Serbian
Community Member
1 month ago

That's disgusting ...

AB
Community Member
1 month ago

Sadly, yes. I'm sorry you had to find out about that...

Michael Capriola Jr.
Community Member
1 month ago

Never heard of that. We put a lot of weird toppings on pizza, so I suppose somebody's tried it.

BingeFest1
Community Member
1 month ago

In the midwest yes. They put ranch on everything

Jesse
Community Member
2 months ago

At my school Friday was pizza day and the side was whole kernel corn with a cup of ranch dressing. My school hated us.

Little Wonder
Community Member
2 months ago

Okay while we're here - what's with honey on pizza? There's a honey brand that advertises their honey for pizza, is that a thing? I'm not okay.

Darci Dietrich
Community Member
2 months ago

It must be a Midwest thing! I have eaten my pizza dipped in ranch my whole life, very much a thing we do!!

Vanta Black
Community Member
2 months ago

Eww!

Gipsy Kings fan
Community Member
2 months ago

I have never heard of this bizarre combination.

Bob Belcher
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, did it the other night. It's good but I don't always do it.

TheOriginalPanda
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2 months ago (edited)

My cousin does.

DoggoLoverDevyn(I'm a girl)
Community Member
2 months ago

YES!

Nikki Felix
Community Member
2 months ago

Tbh I can't eat pizza without ranch lol

Juan Hernandez
Community Member
2 months ago

yes mid west does it a lot Nebraska Kansas south Dakota

Wicked Witch
Community Member
2 months ago

Some do

Jara Marvelous
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, sadly. We put ranch on everything. Its disgusting

EHops
Community Member
2 months ago

We do in Arizona. You get looked at weird when you don't here

Tara Siefring
Community Member
2 months ago

Hidden Valley Ranch dressing is the nectar of the gods!

Mr Hump
Community Member
2 months ago

You think that’s bad? Wait.... they also eat them with pineapple 🤫

Paul Macdonell
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes but it's still very unusual

Demongrrrrl
Community Member
2 months ago

Do all other countries (e.g., not America) put corn on your pizza? I encountered that in the UK and Scandinavia.

Stephanie Hewitt
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm Canadian, but I had that for dinner tonight

KindredKiller
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2 months ago

My sister does the ranch on pizza thing. It's so gross.

Heather
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm from the Midwest and some places they automatically bring ranch. Mmmmm

Wouldn't You Like to Know
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2 months ago

Just the crust. Often we have pineapple as well.

tuzdayschild
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2 months ago

Yuck, no.

Walter Smith
Community Member
2 months ago

Not only that, we actually have pizza ranches.

BG
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1 month ago

support locally-sourced, organic, free-range anchovies

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Elida Lechuga
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2 months ago

I've seen many people eat the crust with Ranch or Marinara sauce. In Mexico many people eat it with ketchup or mustard and bring those habits here to the US. Thus I've seen that as well.

Sue Prewitt
Community Member
2 months ago

NO

Zhaoheng Liu
Community Member
2 months ago

yes cus school pizza is bad

Tracey Taylor
Community Member
2 months ago

I dont pizza has sauce on it why ruin it with ranch lol

Charlotte Anderson [STUDENT]
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

I love it but only on cheese pizza

Teresa Thomas
Community Member
2 months ago

Man y'all are fucking missing out. Pizza with Ranch is GREAT

Roadkill The Brave
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2 months ago

Ranch, Marinara, and Garlic Dipping sauces are the three most commonly used in the U.S. per any food chain Pizza Place, like Little Caesars, Domino's, or Pizza Hut. There are other sauces like BBQ or specialized per region but those are the big three.

Abigial Griffith
Community Member
2 months ago

yes and it is the best

Sarah Hartness
Community Member
2 months ago

yes! in Iowa we eat ranch on almost everything!

Madeline Shafer
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2 months ago

its amazing

yes.
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2 months ago

yup my friends 4 year old sister loves this idk if its an american thing or just a 4 yo thing

ZombieGirl
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2 months ago

Yes, for the crust! and only some people, it isnt common or anything

Toasty
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2 months ago

Only when I'm drunk and/or stoned.

Anna Martin
Community Member
2 months ago

in Texas, some parts, yes

Shea Briggette
Community Member
2 months ago

ew never heard of it no offense

Paizleypie
Community Member
2 months ago

Ew.

BG
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

For some folks in the southeast, ANY food is an excuse to get more ranch dressing in you face. Pizza, wings, pasta, etc. You can even buy ranch dressing in powdered form and sprinkle it over everything. Some of my family members like it on popcorn, tacos, meats... Have you never had Cool Ranch Doritos? You can also get ranch dip for your McNuggets here.

Eric Mac Fadden
Community Member
2 months ago

In São Paulo if you put ketchup in the pizza, they'll take the death penalty.

Jill Pulcifer
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2 months ago

Some do, but on the list of American food offenses, thats literally the least of our problems. aaaaaaasaa...b4c784.jpg aaaaaaasaa-5f24104b4c784.jpg

Hiker Chick
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2 months ago

Not typically. Garlic sauce is more common but most people don't add sauce to pizza.

Cat Houston
Community Member
2 months ago

Ewe, no. Never heard of that.

H. Hünsel
Community Member
2 months ago

that's canada;)

Amelia Sharjeel
Community Member
2 months ago

what if you eat pizza with ranch you will be banned for life?!? that's crazy

Susan Stead
Community Member
2 months ago

Only when they've skipped their medications...

Xan A. Du
Community Member
2 months ago

No No No!

Louise Stange-Wahl
Community Member
2 months ago

EWW that sounds GROSS to me too...When pizzas are judged in contests, usually they judge a basic cheese pizza. My favorite pizza in the world is from a chain in Ohio called Marion's Piazza. Some celebrities and other weathy peeps, order them and have them flown to wherever they are...you can too for about $150. One peculiar thing about pizza there...they cut it into small squares instead of like it should be...pie cut. Now that we live on a small ranch in New Mexico, even though I can't get my Marion's the second best pizza in the world is a little restaurant called Pizza Barn. Everything is homemade. You can literally watch the dough rise. No inside dining allowed during COVAD, but the drive-in window is ALWAYS packed. Only about 1/2 mile from home..and we get carry out a couple of times a week. Like tonight!

GirlFriday
Community Member
2 months ago

Some people like to dip their pizza (especially the crust) into ranch dressing. I personally find it disgusting.

Electric Ed
Community Member
2 months ago

What is ranch?

Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
2 months ago

Like salad dressing.

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Kat Hoth
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2 months ago

Most of us have the entire thing memorized.

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chi-wei shen
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2 months 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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2 months ago

No, we call eye doctors “Optometrists,” and we call Opticians “Opticians.”

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Truth Monster
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2 months ago

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

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Ojberretta Berretta
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2 months ago

every human loves fireplaces.....

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Missy Wernstrom
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2 months ago

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

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Bill
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2 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
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2 months ago

American: Yes. And we do both.

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