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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Yes. Yes they do.

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NortonR3
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7 months ago

Yeap

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7 months ago

A lot of schools do in America

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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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7 months ago

Yeap

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7 months ago

Yeap 😂

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Kat Hoth
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7 months ago

Yep

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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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ADHORTATOR
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7 months ago

My french wife does it

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7 months ago

Same in France and Germany

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7 months ago

My public school required it, and you'd better have a good reason for it.

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7 months ago

Yes :/

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7 months 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

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shemeowsalot
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7 months ago

WHAAT

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Kat Hoth
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7 months ago

Yes, and sometimes mail does get stolen even though it's a federal offense.

Nevits Yibble
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7 months ago

Nobody dares to steal mail from an America's mailbox because, you know, guns

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Jo Choto
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7 months ago

The best thing about those mailboxes is not that you get your mail delivered into them. It's that you can put all your outgoing mail into them and the mailman picks them up when he delivers your things. That's what the little "arm" is for on the side of the box. when you put it up, it means you have outgoing mail to be collected. The mailman will put the arm down when he takes your mail and delivers the new stuff.

Brendan
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7 months ago

Oh my God, that's amazing! I wish we had that in the UK.

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Heather Pobicki
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7 months ago

I've never had my mail stolen. If packages fit in my mailbox they will put them in there too.

BG
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7 months ago

It is a federal offense to even touch someone else's mailbox. Quite a few advertising companies have received hefty fines for tucking brochures behind the flags of mailboxes or placing them inside.

GirlFriday
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7 months ago

No it isn't. Is a violation of federal statutes to interfere with the delivery of the mail. You aren't going to jail for bumping into someone's mailbox or opening a letter that was misdelivered to you as long as you either return the letter to the postal service or its rightful owner. The crime is when you stop the Letter Carrier from doing their job or stealing the mail.

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Louise Stange-Wahl
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7 months ago

I was a part-time rural mail carrier, and my route had several hundred mailboxes. I had to drive the vehicle from the British side, and most all the boxes were single-family. Yes, mail theft is a problem...also for Amazon, UPS, and FedEx. I live in the foothills of two large mountain ranges (Southern Rockies) and they use Cluster Boxes here where perhaps 20 to 50 addresses share a large Metal box. They are constantly getting broken open. The cluster box we would have to use is 5 miles away...so we rent a box at the post office, which is so close to home I could walk or ride one of my horses (but don't LOL). BTW--our post office and Walmart have hitching posts and water for your horse if you decide to ride on down.

Tabitha L
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7 months ago

They have hitching posts at stores in central PA too - for the horses and buggies.

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Gerry Higgins
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7 months ago

All they will get is junk mail, no one steals bills. But Porch Pirates for UPS deliveries is quite a problem.

Catlady6000
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7 months ago

They used to steal credit card bills, to get the number

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lara
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7 months ago

The US government OWNS the mailbox. If you are not the addressee and someone opens the mailbox and takes something they have broken federal law. You do not want to screw with the Post Office. They do have inspectors who do investigate them, they are officers and they can and do cross state lines. More drug dealers have been taken down by the Post Office than any other individual group. They work in concert with all other federal agencies.

Madb vonMesser
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7 months ago

Generally those types of boxes are there because they are on a "mounted" route, which can have near to a thousand deliveries on them sometimes. They are convenient for the mailman because they don't have to get out of the truck unless there is a package that won't fit in the box, allowing those massive routes to get delivered in good time. Source: Currently a mailman

Hiker Chick
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7 months ago

I do, and as far as I know my mail has never been stolen.

XianJaguar
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7 months ago

Those of us in high-crime areas get locking mailboxes, where you can put mail in through a slot, but you need a key to get it out of the box.

Juan Hernandez
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7 months ago

why steal mail like please some one steal my water and electric bill so you can pay it for me do it i know you want

Flisey
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7 months ago

They have them in NZ and Australia as well.

Jimmy Wakeman
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7 months ago

Yes and yes

Foxxy (The Original)
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7 months ago

Isn’t this pretty common everywhere?

juztme
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7 months ago

No... Most of us here (netherlands) have a opening in our frontdoor. Letters fit true it, small packages too.

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Better watch your language bud
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7 months ago

Personally, I think it is better to have a slot on the door of the house so that important mail cannot be stolen because it would already be in the house.

స్టీఫెన్ ఆండ్రూ
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7 months ago

That seems like a great way to break into a house. All you'd need would be a tool to reach through the slot and unlock the door from the inside.

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Epic King
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7 months ago

That’s why we put locks on our mail boxes or you could just sit in the bushes next to the mail box and pepper spray any one that try’s to take your mail

Roadkill The Brave
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7 months ago

Y'all have never heard of Mailbox Baseball have you? This is an actual game usually in the back roads where kids (sometimes adults) will drive at high speeds and have someone hanging out of the window. They hit the mailboxes with baseball bats. Was a menace until some Farmers may or may not have started filling mailboxes with concrete and putting those on either side of their real mailboxes. Injures people but the sport of 'Mailbox Baseball' has decreased in some area's.

Catlady6000
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7 months ago

That was actually a plot on CSI one year

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7 months ago

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GirlFriday
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7 months ago

Of course we do. It is done for the convenience of the US Postal System. It is more efficient in some areas to deliver the mail that way, especially in rural areas. That being said, there are still places where the mail is delivered to the house. It depends on where you live and the postal route in that area. Source: my father was a Letter Carrier for 30 years.

Truth Monster
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7 months ago

Yes, they do times two. It is, however, if you get caught, a federal offense

NortonR3
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7 months ago

Stealing mail is a state crime, and can be punished with 3 years in prison.

MAnahP
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7 months ago

We had the same in New Zealand.

Leslie Burleson
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7 months ago

In areas of Texas there is a big bank of locking mailboxes for the street. Mail still gets stolen

FrenchScience
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7 months ago

A friend of mine put an empty death certificate in his mailbox, never got stolen mail since.

Ana Rodriguez
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7 months ago

It is a federal offense. Mail system is taken very seriously. No one is supposed to be taking or putting in things from it. One of my favorite things about living here.

Arctic Fox Lover
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7 months ago

Yeah, we do. But most of the time, in apartments or complexes (condos, etc.) we need a key or something to open our mailboxes. And who would just steal mail? I mean, ya get a letter from aunt Loretta. Who's interested in reading that? Packages get stolen all the time, but not really mail or letters or anything.

Orange Knight
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7 months ago

if it does, it is a federal offense

Gipsy Kings fan
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7 months ago

People in cities and suburban areas generally don't have these. It's more of a rural thing.

KT
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7 months ago

Yes, in Canada also

Laura Jones
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7 months ago

i have always wanted to have one of those American mail boxes we have to leave a plastic box outside as we cant have post put through the door. not as nice as a proper mail box

Gemjoybug
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7 months ago

We have this in New Zealand too

Weishaar Jamie
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7 months ago

At least here in California, we don't have post boxes anymore except at the post office. The boxes at the end of drives are usually in more rural areas and are much more convenient for the mail carriers. In the suburbs at least, the post boxes are attached to the home, usually on the front of the house or porch. If I have outgoing mail, except for packages, I clip it to the outside of my mailbox. Carriers cannot remove things from inside the box, legally.

Demongrrrrl
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7 months ago

Credit card companies used to send "courtesy" checks hoping you would transfer the balance from another card. Someone once stole the checks from my mailbox and suddenly I had 25000 on my bill. It took a long time to get that cleared up.

Demongrrrrl
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7 months ago

$25000

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Catlady6000
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7 months ago

It's why a pay rent on a p.o. Box

Barbara Cochrane
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7 months ago

Only in more rural areas. In the cities mail is supposed to be delivered into the mailbox or slot up by the door.

Wouldn't You Like to Know
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7 months ago

Too often, but some end up being shot so it's sort of like a game.

Walter Smith
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7 months ago

I leave a package in my mailbox with anthrax just to catch that lowlife who's been stealing my mail.

b l a n c
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7 months ago

i've never seen this anywhere, i think it's an older thing. i have mine on my house

Charlotte Anderson [STUDENT]
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7 months ago

I’ve seen a lot of those in Utah when I visit my cousins but not here in Las Vegas by what I’ve seen

CatWoman312
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7 months ago

How do y’all get mail? Seriously are the people they chose for questions that daft?

Abigial Griffith
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7 months ago

we have one big one at the end of the street with sections that lock

Madeline Shafer
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7 months ago

some pepole

deanna woods
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7 months ago

In the neighborhood I grew up in, most of the mailboxes were on the porch.

juztme
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7 months ago

@koalamonster. In a big red mailbox or to the supermarket or any place where we can bring mail

Perfumista Perfumista
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7 months ago

Not in any neighborhood I've ever lived in. A metal box with a flap attached to the house near the front door is typical here.

Danieletc
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7 months ago

Yes, in some places. No, not usually.

Lisa
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7 months ago

Where I am it's more rural places that have them, in town it's the larger locking neighborhood mailboxes.

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7 months ago

it was peddled as a healthy snack for children. It is disgusting. I share your disbelief that any sane person would eat it

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7 months ago

Well, Frankenstein needed a trail run, didn't he..?

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Kat Hoth
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7 months ago

Bacon IS considered finger food :D

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7 months ago

I think that's a regional/generational thing. And yes, its not uncommon

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7 months ago

regional/generational/social some do, some don't

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7 months ago

question: why do you ask?

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Bill
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7 months ago

Veterans do.

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Lisa
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7 months ago

Yep

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7 months ago

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

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NortonR3
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7 months ago

You must remember the full name, although normally only the last four digits are needed for security reasons.

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Kat Hoth
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7 months ago

Some do, some say much worse to them.

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Kat Hoth
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7 months ago

Nope, that's what we call them.

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HempFairy
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7 months ago

... and a blanket, please.

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Ojberretta Berretta
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7 months ago

every human loves fireplaces.....

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7 months ago

generational/regional but yes

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Daria Z
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7 months ago

We did it in a Russian school, too :)

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Kat Hoth
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7 months ago

Don't you?

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