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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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
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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
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1 month ago

Bacon IS considered finger food :D

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#17

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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
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
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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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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.”

Susan Westmoreland
Community Member
1 month ago

I sat eye doctor!

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Koalamonster
Community Member
1 month ago

So- fun word time! Opticians aren't doctors. An optician is the person who will help you pick and order glasses, or help you order contacts, and will fix/adjust your glasses. Optometrists and ophthalmologists are eye doctors. I would not recommend letting an optician give you a prescription. But people do in general just say they're going to/at the eye doctor

Iggy
Community Member
1 month ago

That's a weird one , definitely. How come we don't call proctologists 'arse doctors'?

Stimpy
Community Member
1 month ago

In Germany we call proctologists "ARSCHitekten"

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Torchicachu
Community Member
1 month ago

ive never called my eye doctor an optician in my life 😅

Chase Ighani
Community Member
1 month ago

I have always assumed the need for the term "Eye Doctor" came from the fact that there are Optometrists, Ophthalmologists, and Opticians. Each are different, and many may not know which is which, so "Eye Doctor" covers all three.

Gipsy Kings fan
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1 month ago

Most of us do say "Eye doctor" as a generic term because it's a lot easier to pronounce. An optometrist and an ophthalmologist are two different types of Eye doctors. Optometrists have a degree in optometry and do eye / vision care. Ophthalmologists go through medical school to get the M.D. degree, then do additional study about eyes. They can do medical treatment for eyes and eye surgery. Opticians aren't doctors; they are technical practitioners who design and fit glasses per the optometrist's prescription. Sorry for the long explanation.

Abigial Griffith
Community Member
1 month ago

yes

Jimmy Wakeman
Community Member
1 month ago

They do

Kat Hoth
Community Member
1 month ago

Nope, that's what we call them.

Donny Cromwell
Community Member
1 month ago

My girlfriend "or only when you are worried you are going to say the name wrong

Donny Cromwell
Community Member
1 month ago

Only if you're stupid

Sue Prewitt
Community Member
1 month ago

sometimes

Bama Belle
Community Member
1 month ago

Speaking for myself, I say eye doctor. I don't know why.

Charlotte Anderson [STUDENT]
Community Member
1 month ago

I call them eye doctors

BryanR
Community Member
1 month ago

Also the eye surgeon is an Ophthalmologist

Louise Stange-Wahl
Community Member
1 month ago

Yep!

Danieletc
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes. See it our way.

Jessica
Community Member
1 month ago

Just depends on how formal you are feeling

averageperson
Community Member
1 month ago

No one i know actually says optician, it's always 'eye doctor'

FrenchScience
Community Member
1 month ago

Tell to your ophthalmologist he is an Optician and you'l get a black eye !

Michael Capriola Jr.
Community Member
1 month ago

We call Optometrists Eye Doctors. What is an Optician?

Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
1 month ago

Me and my family and all my friends say "eye doctor".

Lisa Holman
Community Member
1 month ago

What's wrong with it?

Marilyn Bojanowski
Community Member
1 month ago

Yup, eye doctors are indeed eye doctors unless you'd like to be technical or specific!

StealTheFruit
Community Member
1 month ago

I call my orthodontist 'Extreme Dentist" :D

TheOriginalPanda
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1 month ago

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Chusni Chetanwa
Community Member
1 month ago

it's ophthalmologists not optician. idiot

Mr Hump
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes. And we call our urologist penis doctors and our gynecologist vagina doctors.

Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
1 month ago

I have heard ophthalmologists called "eye doctors@.

Demongrrrrl
Community Member
1 month ago

It's easier to say eye doctor

Olive
Community Member
1 month ago

A lot of us are lazy and can't pronounce opticians/optometrists right, so yes we do say eye doctors. That may just be a southern thing though, idk. We're pretty lazy with our speech down here lmao

Barbara Cochrane
Community Member
1 month ago

Oddly we say eye doctor but not tooth doctor. We DO say foot doctor, too. I don't know why. It is weird.

Elida Lechuga
Community Member
1 month ago

Optometrist for glasses and Ophthalmologist for eye health. Colloquially they're referred to as eye doctors.

Pixie
Community Member
1 month ago

In germany we have eye doctors. And tooth doctors, ear doctors, woman doctors (Augenarzt, Zahnarzt, Ohrenarzt, Frauenarzt)

Tabitha L
Community Member
1 month ago

Optometrist.

Alexis D.
Community Member
1 month ago

yes. and sometimes therapists/psychologists are "head doctors"

Luna Lovegood
Community Member
1 month ago

yeah why

Truth Monster
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1 month ago

its easier to say than "Optometrist" or "ophthalmologist" depending on education level of said doctor

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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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