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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4 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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4 months ago

It's a staple food. Most kids grow up eating PB&J sandwiches.

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GirlFriday
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4 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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4 months ago

How else do you hide bodies?

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Ray Martin
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4 months ago

It's aisles, though an isle just for cereal would be amazing :-)

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Brendan
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4 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.

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Truth Monster
Community Member
4 months ago

you should see what we do to marshmellows....they had it coming

Pamela24
Community Member
4 months ago

I like you, Truth Monster.

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Veronica Volz
Community Member
4 months ago

No, microwaves are faster. Kettles take much longer in the US vs the UK eg, because of the the lower voltage/wattage.

Jack Chandra
Community Member
4 months ago

Since European electricity is 240 volts, while North American electricity is 120 volts, British kettles will boil twice as fast as American ones.

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Rosesinmyhair
Community Member
4 months ago

Glad I live in Australia with 240V. Kettle is quick to boil. I tried making a cup of boiled water in the microwave for my tea once and it tasted foul! Like the water was salty and it made the tea taste bland. Never again!

Torchicachu
Community Member
4 months ago

i guess it depends where your water comes from tho..

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George-Florin Constantin
Community Member
4 months ago

I do that. What's the problem?

XianJaguar
Community Member
4 months ago

I do too. If i need really hot water, I put it in the microwave to heat it up because it can heat it to a temperature higher than what comes out of the faucet.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

I am actually surprised with how many people think majority of people use stove top kettles. Have they never heard of electric kettles? I don’t know anyone or seen anyone use a stove top kettle unless camping, everyone I know uses electric kettles which boils water super fast.

Just JoLynn
Community Member
4 months ago

I have a stove top kettle and I love it, heats up my water super fast too.

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Wubbleyew
Community Member
4 months ago

This is probably in part due to the fact that American households only have 110volt outlets unlike the 200-240v a lot of other places. So their electric jugs are quite likely a lot slower.

Johnny
Community Member
4 months ago

I was just going to say that -- our 120V electric kettles top out out 1500 watts of power, so a 220V 3000W kettle heats water twice as fast. Plus many Americans just don't heat water for beverages all that often -- they use a dedicated coffee maker for coffee and that's the only hot beverage some people drink regularly.

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Virgil Blue
Community Member
4 months ago

Seems to be a lot of kettle hate out there judging by the downvotes. Personally I prefer kettles because I drink a lot of tea.

Torchicachu
Community Member
4 months ago

i know some of you wont agree with this, but i really believe putting water in the microwave for a minute or two is way easier than boiling water in a kettle or in a pot. sorry if im wrong.

Something
Community Member
4 months ago

I don't see how it's easier than an electric kettle, which exists in the United States as well. To microwave water, you fill a container, put it into a cabinet, and press a button. To boil water with an electric kettle, you fill a container and press a button.

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Leo Domitrix
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4 months ago

Oh c'mon, I know people in other countries who do this, too!

Melissa Wong
Community Member
4 months ago

No.

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Jimmy Wakeman
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes to make it hot fast

Danieletc
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes. Gas flame fast, electricity faster.

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago

Electric kettle even better.

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Eric Mac Fadden
Community Member
4 months ago

I do it in Brazil, why not????

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
4 months ago

I really want anyone to explain why heating water in the microwave is wrong. Seriously, you all have kittens when you see it, but what difference does it make how you heat your water for tea?

Dilly Millandry
Community Member
4 months ago

It's actually very scientific and all to do with how the water reacts with the tea leaves. Too hot or too cool makes a huge difference to the flavour. Water should be ideally around 93 to 97 degrees (teas vary of course) and by the time a kettle has boiled and you've gone to pick it up it is usually at the right temperature. I don't mind how people heat their water personally, but there are good reasons why microwaves don't do justice to tea.

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GirlFriday
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes. How else do you do it? I am not buying another appliance, especially one that is so much slower to occasionally heat up water.

ClaireM
Community Member
4 months ago

Boiling water is a task that happens multiple times a day in the UK to make hot drinks, typically tea. So it makes much more sense to have an electric kettle.

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Nevits Yibble
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4 months ago

Depends on how it's being used. Pressed coffee should be brewed around 205F - a stove and a thermometer is easier for me. Pouring water from a kettle - much better for tea. But berating people ("Americans") for microwaving water period is just pretentious nonsense. It works, it's efficient, and it's called science.

Eva Bryson
Community Member
3 months ago

Thank you!

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Cee Mor
Community Member
4 months ago

that is literally all my microwave is used for

A Jones
Community Member
4 months ago

Some folks do, but I stick to using a kettle. Microwaved water/beverages tastes weird.

Carol Lewis
Community Member
4 months ago

Microwaved liquid dosen't alter taste. Weird.

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Tracy Barnwell
Community Member
4 months ago

Small amounts, yeah.

Carol Lewis
Community Member
4 months ago

I'm at a loss as to why someone would question something that is a personal preference. It's not wromg or stupid to use a microwave.

RitaGG
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes, I live in the Phoenix, AZ area. It was 118F yesterday (48C). Boiling water on the stove heats up my house. Definitely don't want that.

Rissie
Community Member
4 months ago

Why not? :)

JessG
Community Member
4 months ago

Up until I got a kettle I did

Madeline Shafer
Community Member
4 months ago

yes

lara
Community Member
4 months ago

Why is this a bad thing? The BEST thing about it, is even if you forget it the water will not boil away which, if you do it on the stove, results in a ruined stove and a ruined pot. The microwave, instead, will just beep at you incessantly.

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago

Since electric kettles have come out, stovetop kettles aren’t very common. I don’t think I have ever seen someone use a stovetop kettle except when camping.

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Eva Bryson
Community Member
3 months ago

How else are you going to heat it up?

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
4 months ago

We used to ... until we got a water cooler with a cold and hot side

Jack Ericson
Community Member
4 months ago

How else would you heat up water? I mean, you could use a tea kettle, but that would take much longer

Doris Bennett
Community Member
4 months ago

Why not? It's fast and easy. Why dirty a pan to just heat up a cup of water for instant coffee?

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago

Instead of using a pan you could use an actual electric kettle. It can hold up to 2Litres of water and boils in approx 2 minutes. We use the water for cooking pasta, cup of soup mixes, coffees, tea, 2 minute noodles, boiling potatoes instead of waiting for the saucepan of water to heat up etc.

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Jim Ellington
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4 months ago

How else are you going to heat a pint of water in a minute?

Lisa Holman
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes. Every day.

Juan Hernandez
Community Member
4 months ago

my i ask how other counters warm water

Joey Marlin
Community Member
4 months ago

Electric kettle. It is faster in some countries as the voltage is higher. You can grab the tea, coffee etc while the kettle boils. It is also better for the tea as the water is heated to the correct temperature for the tea leaves. If the water is too hot it can make the tea bitter and if it is too cold the tea won't infuse properly. I don't have a problem with how people do it personally as a lot of it is just what you are used to.

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Miklós Nagy
Community Member
4 months ago

So do I.

Max L.
Community Member
4 months ago

Also italians, for a quick heated leftover cup of espresso.

Tor Rolf Strøm
Community Member
4 months ago

OMG heating up water in the microwave! I mean.. the thought! Using something created to heat liquids.. to heat liquids? CRAZY!!!!

Astrid Nineor
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Why not???! If you just need one cup it is faster than the stovetop, and roughly the same as an e kettle

Donny Cromwell
Community Member
4 months ago

Guilty, but personally I prefer to use friction to bring my water to a boil.

Wouldn't You Like to Know
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes, it's much faster.

David Wheater
Community Member
4 months ago

Americans, tend to drink coffee rather than tea. Coffee should be made with hot, but not boiling water, so a microwave will probably heat up a cup of water to the right temperature easier than a kettle. Tea needs boiling water, so a kettle works better. You should take care when microwaving water as it can cause it to be super heated, putting a spoon into super heated water may cause it to go boom!

b l a n c
Community Member
4 months ago

people do this? eugh gross

M O'Connell
Community Member
4 months ago

Enlighten me. Why is this gross?

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Bridgette Helms
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes. So much faster and you don't need to take out a big pot. You can just put a mug or something smaller in the microwave.

Heather Pobicki
Community Member
4 months ago

I use my keurig

Gerry Higgins
Community Member
4 months ago

Those electric tea kettles that heat water quickly in the UK never caught on in the US. Yes, poop it in microwave. Don't worry, it won't ruin the flavour of the water.

Torchicachu
Community Member
4 months ago

i didnt realize water had flavor

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Louise Stange-Wahl
Community Member
4 months ago

Sure! Faster than waiting for the kettle to boil!

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
4 months ago

Two minutes in the microwave or ten minutes on the stove. Obviously Americans are smarter than you.

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

There is such thing as electric kettles which are the norm in Australia, I don’t know anyone who uses stovetop kettle except for camping.

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Leah Helbig
Community Member
2 months ago

Not for cooking only do that when cleaning the microwave

Sill Marien
Community Member
3 months ago

Guilty of heating up tea in the microwave when I make and forget about it and it gets cold - central Europe ;p

Randomcthulu
Community Member
3 months ago

Funny story, my mother once let my brother and I put a hotdog into the microwave without poking holes into it first on the condition that we cleaned up the mess. It was so worth it to 14 year old me lol.

Ry Keener
Community Member
3 months ago

Everywhere I've lived had a microwave. Easy. Never had to waste extra space or money for another item to do what the microwave already does.

Richard Brown
Community Member
4 months ago

It's why you can't get a decent cup of tea over there

Gussi Gusii
Community Member
4 months ago

Done this too out of laziness. Also cooked ramen in a microwave and an electric kettle.

Rene Henrichson
Community Member
4 months ago

We use an electric kettle because using the stove creates too much heat in the house during the summer months. The electric kettle also works much faster.

Heather Althouse
Community Member
4 months ago

yeah how else would you do it, besides the stove which takes a lot longer

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago

An electric kettle, that is what everyone I know uses. The only time I ever see a stovetop kettle is when I go camping.

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Lyra Rey
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4 months ago

I have a kettle, but it's fancy looking and it was kind of expensive. Most people don't have one. When I went to New Zealand nine years ago it was eye opening to see that every hotel, hostel, and host I stayed with seemed to have a cheap (but perfectly functional) kettle in their kitchen. They also seemed to use hot water more often than we do in the US. I was there in mid to late spring and more than one host offered me a hot water bottle to take to bed. I've never seen that here, but I also don't sleep in a lot of other people's homes here so maybe everyone here has one but never talks about it.

A Random Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

Um.. I don't want to use the stove for a hot cup'pa tea.

Vicky Zar
Community Member
4 months ago

Every household in Germany has an electric cattle.

AndyR
Community Member
4 months ago

For the people using it to make tea, how long would it take to microwave enough water for a pot?

Joey Marlin
Community Member
4 months ago

Depends on the wattage of the microwave, cup size/volume of water, how cool or warm the water is already (eg comes out the tap warmer in the summer or some people might have it in a filter jug in the fridge). Too many variables.

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Donny Cromwell
Community Member
4 months ago

Guilty

Ford Summit
Community Member
4 months ago

Only when I want to make tea, which I'll later cool down with ice and keep in a huge pitcher in the fridge. And on the next day I mix it with lemonade

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes, we use modern tecnology while you are heating water over the fire in your cave.

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago

What are you on about? Everyone I know uses an electric kettle not a stove top kettle like the olden days. Electric kettles are modern technology.

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Sue Prewitt
Community Member
4 months ago

yeah

Abigial Griffith
Community Member
4 months ago

i do not

Aimee hester
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes and it drives me INSANE. I strictly use my kettle on stove. I teach my kids to as well. Learn some damn patience! (Not America's strong suit)

deanna woods
Community Member
4 months ago

If I need to boil water I always use the stove.

Joel Blazquez Sargatal
Community Member
4 months ago

I was doing that when living in Europe too...

Luna Lovegood
Community Member
4 months ago

I don't, but I know people do. It's not the only way everyone heats up water though. Most people I know have a kettle for boiling water that they use mostly.

80 Van
Community Member
4 months ago

I do not. Many people I know do not, but some do. I don’t know anyone who does to make coffee, but I know a few who do to make tea.

Nadine Khazaka
Community Member
4 months ago

They also do that with A TEABAG inside the mug and I can't even

jamie1707
Community Member
3 months ago

that is gross! But some here thinks it makes no difference.

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Scott Johnson
Community Member
4 months ago

I don't evens the microwave anymore. I just run a cycle on my Keurig without a pod in it. Instant hot water. No waiting. (Of course the only time I usually need hot water is when I'm making tea or coffee, so it's just easier to put a coffee or tea pod in.

Tabitha L
Community Member
4 months ago

No. Water is heated in kettle on stove. Or electric kettle, but those are less prevalent.

glowworm2
Community Member
4 months ago

I use the kettle for boiling water. If I'm making tea, that's a different story.

Iggy
Community Member
4 months ago

A kettle is much faster.

Bill
Community Member
4 months ago

They sell electric kettles in walmart but most Americans don't know what they are.

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
4 months ago

My french wife does it

jamie1707
Community Member
4 months ago

If someone handed me a cup of tea that had been microwaved, I'd 'accidentally' drop it. Disgusting habit.

M O'Connell
Community Member
3 months ago

And I suppose you buy free-range paint, and organic concrete too. It literally makes zero difference how the water came to be hot.

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Xan A. Du
Community Member
4 months ago

American here. I no longer have a microwave. I remember years ago when using the microwave to heat water for a cup of tea, that the water would develop a film or foam on top after adding the tea bag. Thad never happened when boiling water.

Virgil Blue
Community Member
4 months ago

That could have been calcium separating out and floating perhaps? My local water tends to do that foam/film because it contained a lot of it. Mostly harmless but kind of yuck. With kettles it tends to deposit on the heat plate while boiling I think.

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Computernaut
Community Member
4 months ago

This is so dumb to me, do you people really not have kettles?

Eva Bryson
Community Member
3 months ago

No. Don't need them. We have microwaves!

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CatWoman312
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4 months ago

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And what do y’all do? Just blow on it? Sit it outside?

ClaireM
Community Member
4 months ago

Electric kettle :)

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Toasty
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4 months ago

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Some do, but the decent ones among us use a kettle.

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chi-wei shen
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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 months ago

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

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Kat Hoth
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4 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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4 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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4 months ago

Bacon IS considered finger food :D

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#17

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Kat Hoth
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes, instead of wanker or cunt.

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
4 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
Community Member
4 months ago

question: why do you ask?

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Bill
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4 months ago

Veterans do.

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Electric Ed
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4 months ago

Where do teens not slow dance??

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Dave P
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4 months ago

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

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Kat Hoth
Community Member
4 months ago

Most of us have the entire thing memorized.

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
4 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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4 months ago

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

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Truth Monster
Community Member
4 months ago

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

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Ojberretta Berretta
Community Member
4 months ago

every human loves fireplaces.....

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Missy Wernstrom
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4 months ago

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

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Bill
Community Member
4 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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4 months ago

American: Yes. And we do both.

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