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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 months ago

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

Bob Belcher
Community Member
3 months ago

PBJ&Nutella. Add marshmallows if you feel nuts.

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Ben Smith
Community Member
3 months ago

This gets rehashed all the time. "Jelly" in the UK is what Americans would call "jello." So yes a PB and jello sandwich would be disgusting. Jelly in the US is jam or marmalade in the UK. PB and jam is amazing.

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh, that makes sense. We do NOT put flavored gelatin on sandwiches. We put marmalade or preserves.

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Anxious Pansexual Nightmare
Community Member
3 months ago

PEANUT BUTTER IS AMAZING AND NOBODY CAN CHANGE MY MIND

GirlFriday
Community Member
3 months ago

EXTRA CRUNCHY JIF

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
3 months ago

I love how people in Europe will freak about PB&J, then eat Nutella piled 2.5 cm high on toast...

Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
3 months ago

As above, that's because jelly in the UK, and probably elsewhere, is gelatin not jam or marmalade. A PB and G would be pretty disgusting. Americans (and I know, I am one) believe the world revolves around them and that all cultures, people, and countries should follow our "examples". Just a little political diatribe. The US has become so embarrassing

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Brendan
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm from the UK, and I love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (although, we call it peanut butter and jam).

BG
Community Member
3 months ago

Jam is made with whole fruit. Jelly is made with only the juice (and usually corn syrup). Jelly is WAYYYY more popular here (USA).

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Truth Monster
Community Member
3 months ago

(hides pb and j sandwich.) yes, its an inside joke. No one eats that.....lol

Sabse
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3 months ago

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My god, this must be veeery sweet 🤢

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deanna woods
Community Member
3 months ago

Peanut butter and jelly is amazing.

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
3 months ago

Why wouldn't you eat that?

Danieletc
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes, oh GOD yes oh YES oh yes oh nomnomnomnomnomnomnomnom yeeaaaasssssss.

HempFairy
Community Member
3 months ago

PB&J sandwiches are delicious! No joke.

Better watch your language bud
Community Member
3 months ago

In England we eat PB&J- peanut butter and jam

Susan Reid Smith
Community Member
3 months ago

Jelly is American English for Jam.

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Donny Cromwell
Community Member
3 months ago

PB and Jam for you non-Americans

Walter Smith
Community Member
3 months ago

If someone can't make a decent PB&J, we know they're a spy.

Paizleypie
Community Member
3 months ago

Try it!

Cassie
Community Member
3 months ago

Is "jelly" something other than a sort of jam but made with fruit juice instead of the fruit in other parts of the world? I've hear this one before and I get the impression that people elsewhere in the world are thinking something than we are actually eating. Kind of like how US pudding would be what the UK calls custard rather than what pudding actually is in the UK.

M O'Connell
Community Member
3 months ago

In the United States, per 21 CFR 150, "Jelly" is defined as a cooked and pectin-jelled preserve made from clarified fruit juice, "Jam" is cooked and pectin-jelled preserve made from the whole crushed fruit. This was necessary because definitions varied widely depending on region.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
3 months ago

I am Aussie and love Peanut butter and jam sangas.

Bill
Community Member
3 months ago

peanut butter is the most consumed breakfast food on the planet. I won trivia one week with that pearl of knowledge

Jim Ellington
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh yes, much less palatable than haggis, tripe, caviar, lutefisk, or pangolin.

Susan Reid Smith
Community Member
3 months ago

Peanut butter is an inexpensive protein. And a PB&J is easy to make.

Stacy Beare
Community Member
3 months ago

Even in Australia we eat peanut butter and jam (same thing as jelly) or honey...it's great!

SoozeeQ
Community Member
3 months ago

Yep, and peanut butter and bananas. Yum!

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Paul Macdonell
Community Member
3 months ago

Izzi I really hope you're not from England because I would ask "Is chutney actually eaten or left out to kill zombies!". How dare you make fun of my precious peanutbutter and jelly ! Disgusting looking? Yes ! Tasty? Absolutely !!!!

Gerry Higgins
Community Member
3 months ago

Grew up on it. STILL a favorite with a glass of milk. More strange is why doesn't everyone eat PB&J ?

Eric Mac Fadden
Community Member
3 months ago

If this not exist, life wouldn't have a mean....

Daniel Lewis
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3 months ago

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Are you attempting to speak English?

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GirlFriday
Community Member
3 months ago

PBJ is awesome. It isn't an American thing either. PBJ is all over the world.

Kat Hoth
Community Member
3 months ago

No, PB and Grape jelly is awesome!

Michael Capriola Jr.
Community Member
3 months ago

It's probably the most American meal. Fat and concentrated sugar between two slices of carbohydrates.

SoozeeQ
Community Member
3 months ago

You're hilarious, Michael!

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Lyra Rey
Community Member
3 months ago

I've only ever eaten peanut butter in one other country (New Zealand) and it was nasty. Maybe I just bought the wrong brand, but when I mentioned it to my hosts they told me that peanut butter just isn't as big a thing there as it is here, which gave me the impression that their peanut butter generally isn't as good. (There may have been more to this conversation to give me that impression. It was nine years ago.) Ever since then I've just assumed that pb&j hasn't taken off in other countries because their peanut butter doesn't taste as good. I don't know why it wouldn't since the best peanut butter is just mooshed up peanuts (no salt, sugar, or whatever abomination they put in Jif and Skippy to give it that frosting-like consistency), and the roasted peanuts I bought at the grocery store in NZ tasted fine.

Marilyn Bojanowski
Community Member
3 months ago

Don't tell me America is the only country with PBJs?!?

Andrea Careless
Community Member
3 months ago

Canadian here . The jelly can be purple grape jelly which is a kind like a clear grape jam. Great with PB! Also jam, of course. And banana!

Juan Hernandez
Community Member
3 months ago

is peanut butter and jelly not a thing in other countries its not like we told other countries we mash up peanuts in to a past smoother bred with it and top it of with smashed fruit for the HE11 of it like wtf

Catlady6000
Community Member
3 months ago

My favorite comfort food! PBJ, butter both sides and grill that sucker like a grilled cheese, then eat it warm.....heaven

b l a n c
Community Member
3 months ago

how do people not eat this? where do you even live?

RitaGG
Community Member
3 months ago

Sure. Question coming from someone who probably eats Black Pudding and Haggis. Go figure.

Virgil Blue
Community Member
3 months ago

Among my friends and relatives peanut butter and chocolate sprinkles/flakes (hagelslag) are quite popular. Or PB and sambal. Never tried Pb&J. Does it need to be a specific flavour of jelly/jam?

Pusfarm
Community Member
3 months ago

Not to my knowledge. I've had blueberry, strawberry, orange marmalade, grape, and probably others. Haven't yet met a PB&J I didn't like.

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Torchicachu
Community Member
3 months ago

anyone else eat this with cheetos or is it just me?

ebony1k124 touch
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Why is that so weird? I love PB and strawberry jam sandwiches.

Torchicachu
Community Member
3 months ago

my mouth started watering once you said strawberry jam

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Jimmy Wakeman
Community Member
3 months ago

I grew up loving peanut butter and jelly. Still do. So many variations can be made too.

glowworm2
Community Member
3 months ago

It's real!

Flisey
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm from NZ and I love peanut butter and jam sammies. I very thin smear of hot English mustard under the jam is good too.

MiaOokami
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Wait, other people don't?

Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes, although my mother raised me on peanut butter & sugar sandwiches. I don't know where she got that. There's also peanut butter, banana & mayonnaise and peanut butter with marshmallow fluff.

averageperson
Community Member
3 months ago

I have eaten a PB&J samwich for lunch almost every day of my life, yes, it's true.

Ry Keener
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm curious what things the media shows in other countries that makes this a question. lol

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
3 months ago

It's so good !

May-Lize Nel
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3 months ago

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Joyce Barmore Sterk
Community Member
3 months ago

One of the best sandwiches. If you leave it overnight, the jelly crystallizes and it's even better.

Gussi Gusii
Community Member
3 months ago

Not American, but made one by accident. Loved it.

Ana Rodriguez
Community Member
3 months ago

PB&J sandwiches are awesome.

Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
3 months ago

Are you serious??? Never heard of a pbj????? Oh my, you have no childhood XD

Lisa Holman
Community Member
3 months ago

Yep. They're delicious.

Joanna Stasiołek
Community Member
3 months ago

Brits also eat it

Toea Muresan Iulia
Community Member
3 months ago

I never understood the bread part. and pancakes look odd :))

Downunderdude
Community Member
3 months ago

I think it's the same as PB and jam - and no, not weird at all here in Oz.

Fancy chicken nugget
Community Member
3 months ago

They are life

Orange Knight
Community Member
3 months ago

not if you're allergic to peanut butter

A Random Panda
Community Member
3 months ago

I. didn't iuntil I was like, 6. I am a U.S. citizen.

A Random Panda
Community Member
3 months ago

Whoo, that was a train wreck. I meant I didn't have have one until I was like, six. You know the rest.

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Gipsy Kings fan
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes! Try it, you'll like it!

Mikal Du Preez
Community Member
3 months ago

I found this very very weird until I found out that "jelly" in America is just what I would call "jam". Then I was like oh OK, I eat peanut butter and jam sandwiches too. (My idea of "jam" is what Americans would call "jello" so, a peanut butter and jello sandwich... no.)

Dana Grunwald
Community Member
3 months ago

I am from Germany and I LOVE peanut butter and jelly!

Petra Schaap
Community Member
3 months ago

try peanutbutter and nutella, gouda cheese and blueberry jelly or sausage with sugar :-P

Pusfarm
Community Member
3 months ago

Are you pregnant? :)

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Tor Rolf Strøm
Community Member
3 months ago

ARE YOU INSANE?!! Its the most delish thing ever! Also has lots of fat, protein and carbs - everything the body needs.

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

Far better than vegemite.

Cat Houston
Community Member
3 months ago

Yep, still do!

David Wheater
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes, I do too and I'm British. It tastes great.

Sue Prewitt
Community Member
3 months ago

A favorite, you should try it

Honey Bee
Community Member
3 months ago

Other people don't do this? I grew up on PBJ!

Courtney Christelle
Community Member
3 months ago

It's my favourite late night snack.

Charlotte Anderson [STUDENT]
Community Member
3 months ago

They are delicious!

Roadkill The Brave
Community Member
3 months ago

Dude why would dance so hard to a song about it? Peanut butter jelly time is a real song, dance, and lifestyle. PB&J is a good go to food if you're hungry and you don't want to cook. Also kids love the stuff so its an easy meal for them.

Rissie
Community Member
3 months ago

Not just the US ;)

CatWoman312
Community Member
3 months ago

Where do you live? In a jungle surrounded by rock people? Wtf is this sh!t

Abigial Griffith
Community Member
3 months ago

every day

Collin Edward
Community Member
3 months ago

What's wrong with PB&J?

Madeline Shafer
Community Member
3 months ago

ya like every day

Bridgette Helms
Community Member
3 months ago

An American staple. Easy to put in kids school lunches but most schools banning them because parents freak out about their kids with peanut allergies.

Anna Martin
Community Member
3 months ago

AND hotdogs with cheese

Toasty
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes, and it is the shit.

BryanR
Community Member
3 months ago

Love PB&J

Rebecca Schultz
Community Member
3 months ago

They are delicious.

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
3 months ago

PB&J is extremely common and they are delicious.

Pastry Person
Community Member
3 months ago

like i understand peanut butter and jam but when it comes to peanut butter and jelly i just dont get it like how do you spread the jelly onto the bread without it being all chunky and slippery?

Lola
Community Member
3 months ago

Those are the best sandwiches. Try them.

Rosesinmyhair
Community Member
3 months ago

Peanut Butter and mashed banana and Honey on white crusty roll is delish!!

lara
Community Member
3 months ago

What's wrong with PB and J?

Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

One year in elementary, I only ate peanut butter sandwiches. The next year, only jelly. I can't believe I was allowed to eat just jelly sandwiches. So unhealthy.

BG
Community Member
3 months ago

I eat them almost every day. You can buy PB&J swirled together in one jar. Look up Smucker's Goober Grape. You can also buy them pre-made by the carton (PB&J Uncrustables).

Pusfarm
Community Member
3 months ago

I used to eat something similar in the 70s in the US called Koogle. Can't remember if they had peanut butter, but I seem to remember chocolate/banana. There were other flavors as well.

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80 Van
Community Member
3 months ago

Some do. Not all.

NortonR3
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeap

Vanta Black
Community Member
3 months ago

Poison!

Madison Sweeney
Community Member
3 months ago

oh, he doesn't know about peanut butter, he thinks its just butter

Nadine Khazaka
Community Member
3 months ago

It's actually pretty good, but don't get me started on root beer, that's just not palatable.

Louise Stange-Wahl
Community Member
3 months ago

Love peanut butter, hate jelly. Peanut butter on crackers is a meal in itself! PNB and untoasted bread--SQUISHY AWFUL!

George-Florin Constantin
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3 months ago

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Peanut butter is disgusting. I tried it combined with jam and I came to the conclusion that I had ruined a perfectly good spoonful of jam... But I guess Americans are used to this combination.

BG
Community Member
3 months ago

Jam is made with whole fruit. Jelly is made with only the juice (and usually corn syrup). Jelly is WAYYYY more popular here (USA). Also, our peanut butter has alot more sugar added.

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Rabbit Carrot
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3 months ago (edited)

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I tried one once. It was so sickly sweet and weird I couldn’t finish it.

Torchicachu
Community Member
3 months ago

lol thats how i feel about some pop tart flavors

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#3

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GirlFriday
Community Member
3 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.

#4

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Truth Monster
Community Member
3 months ago

How else do you hide bodies?

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#5

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Ray Martin
Community Member
3 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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3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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#9

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GirlFriday
Community Member
3 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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#10

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GirlFriday
Community Member
3 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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#11

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giraffescupcakesandlove
Community Member
3 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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#12

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Potter
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3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 months ago

Some do and if you put raisins on top you call it ants on a log.

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#15

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Les🐝an
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 months ago

Bacon IS considered finger food :D

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#17

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Kat Hoth
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes, instead of wanker or cunt.

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#18

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 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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#19

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Truth Monster
Community Member
3 months ago

question: why do you ask?

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#20

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Bill
Community Member
3 months ago

Veterans do.

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#21

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Electric Ed
Community Member
3 months ago

Where do teens not slow dance??

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#22

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Dave P
Community Member
3 months 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
Community Member
3 months ago

Most of us have the entire thing memorized.

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#24

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 months ago

I think children all over the world have to feel "slightly suicidal" to do this.

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#25

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80 Van
Community Member
3 months 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
3 months ago

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

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#27

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Ojberretta Berretta
Community Member
3 months ago

every human loves fireplaces.....

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#28

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Missy Wernstrom
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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Bill
Community Member
3 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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#30

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Danieletc
Community Member
3 months ago

American: Yes. And we do both.

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