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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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
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3 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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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.

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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
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3 months ago

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

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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.

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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
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3 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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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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GirlFriday
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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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giraffescupcakesandlove
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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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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
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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
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3 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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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
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3 months ago

Bacon IS considered finger food :D

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#17

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Kat Hoth
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3 months ago

Yes, instead of wanker or cunt.

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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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Truth Monster
Community Member
3 months ago

question: why do you ask?

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#20

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Bill
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3 months ago

Veterans do.

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#21

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Electric Ed
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3 months ago

Where do teens not slow dance??

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Dave P
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3 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
3 months ago

Most of us have the entire thing memorized.

Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

In the U.K. we have something called a National Insurance number that you get at 16. It’s used for lots of things so it’s good to memorise and know it otherwise you’re having to faff around trying to find where you last put your plastic card.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
3 months ago

Americans memorize their entire social security number, because it's key to identity for a number of official purposes. You will be asked for the last four to verify your identity.

Connie Bonneville
Community Member
3 months ago

Your ssn is your DNA in America

Truth Monster
Community Member
3 months ago

you need your ss for EVERYTHING.

Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

I know my SSN and driver's license number.

Jill Meyer Reisinger
Community Member
3 months ago

I know those, plus my debit card number, bank account and routing number lol

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Panda Lurker
Community Member
3 months ago

Is this unusual? Everyone I know has it memorized (in Norway). Use it all the time.

Electric Ed
Community Member
3 months ago

TBH, memorizing 4 digits (or an entire SS number) doesn't sound too difficult.

Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

Right?

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BryanR
Community Member
3 months ago

SS# and drivers license/State ID numbers

Toasty
Community Member
3 months ago

We memorize the entire number.

Nick
Community Member
3 months ago

I have my entire family's memorized. It's only 9 digits. When we were kids we had dozens of our friends phone numbers memorized so a couple SSN are easy.

Jim Ellington
Community Member
3 months ago

Social is an adjective.

Marzipanda
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes, to prove you are who you say you are without revealing tmi. But as often as not, one has to recall the entire number to determine the last 4 digits.

Cathy Homan
Community Member
3 months ago

I have mine, my child's and my dads memorized. I'm an Air Force brat

Nick
Community Member
3 months ago

I had to use mine to rent videos at the BX/Shopette on base before I was old enough to be issued an ID card. Who rents videos to an 8 year old? It was different times then...

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Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
3 months ago

Usually the last four numbers are used as a confirmation of identity over the phone, on line, etc... giving out the whole number you risk identity theft (although it occurs anyway). I memorized my full SSN in middle school. Actually, you aren't suppose to carry your card (which is just paper) so, you really have to memorize it.

SJM
Community Member
3 months ago

Not just an american thing, Think most residents in Denmark knows it all by heart from an early age

Diana Chab
Community Member
3 months ago

It's called DNI in Argentina, eight digits. We memorize it too

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Eric Mac Fadden
Community Member
3 months ago

Why not? I have both my documents numbers memorized (RG and CPF in Brazil). it's useful.

shemeowsalot
Community Member
3 months ago

Can an american explain how the social security number works?

Nathan Jones
Community Member
3 months ago

Every American at birth is assigned a 9 digit social security number. No two numbers are the same. This number is attached to everything you will ever do in your life as a unique identifier. It is attached to bank accounts, housing, medical, education, credit cards, etc. In theory, it should prevent identity theft. In reality, it doesn't. But it helps.

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Leslie Burleson
Community Member
3 months ago

It's only four digits. We usually know the whole thing, plus credit card numbers . Nobody knows phone numbers anymore though

Mark Serbian
Community Member
3 months ago

All of my Social, my Driver's License Number, My phone number, My *wife's* birthday ... yeah. All that stuff

Michael Capriola Jr.
Community Member
3 months ago

As Kat Hoth said, just about all of us have the whole thing memorized.

Lisa Holman
Community Member
3 months ago

All digits actually. We are forced to recite them often.

Gipsy Kings fan
Community Member
3 months ago

Most of us do have the entire number memorized, but the "last four digits" is not a TV thing to save time! It is a security measure to prevent identity theft. A bank, insurance company, or other institution has your whole number on record, but on the phone or in person they only ask you for the last four digits, so people can't eavesdrop and hear the whole number. If criminals get your number they can steal your identity, open bank accounts in your name, get loans in your name, get credit cards in your name, etc.

Mikal Du Preez
Community Member
3 months ago

Everyone I know has their 13-digit ID number memorised. When I was a student I also had my 8-digit student number memorised. It's like mesmerising a cellphone/telephone number.

Jill Meyer Reisinger
Community Member
3 months ago

By the time you're legally an adult, I hope everyone here has it memorized.

Jenna
Community Member
3 months ago

We have the whole thing! It's needed so often.

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

I've got it memorized as well as my drivers license.

Perfectly Imperfect
Community Member
3 months ago

I have both of my parents, all three of my kids, and my ex-husbands all memorized, too! ;)

Kyle Ann Hoekstra
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes we do since we need it for everything!!

Sue Prewitt
Community Member
3 months ago

we know the whole thing. Sometimes use the last 4 for identification.

Rissie
Community Member
3 months ago

I know my social security number... Don't think that's an American thing. Mine is really easy if you ignore the usual spacing :)

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
3 months ago

I’m embarrassed to admit I don’t. Most people do though.

Madeline Shafer
Community Member
3 months ago

tv thing

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
3 months ago

I know the entire thing. And my drivers license number. And my children's social security numbers.

deanna woods
Community Member
3 months ago

I have my social security number and my driver's license number memorized because sometimes we need them for paperwork.

Heather Pobicki
Community Member
3 months ago

Memorized my ss in college, it was my id number. It's only 9 digits

Louise Stange-Wahl
Community Member
3 months ago

Heck, I know my whole number...and library card number too...that is just me. I have always been able to remember numbers for YEARS after I ever needed them...like the first phone number our family had 50 years ago LOL!

lara
Community Member
3 months ago

We have it memorized. The four digit thing is to "protect" the holder of that particular number.

Justin Calhoun
Community Member
3 months ago

This can't be a serious question

Akiko Takahashi
Community Member
3 months ago

I used to live in TX 20 yrs ago, and I still have mine memorized. Or, more like I can't forget it bc I literally had to provide the number so ofte

Danieletc
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes. What, you're anti-social?

Miss Cris
Community Member
3 months ago

Why don't they simply use their ID? Do they have id cards?

BG
Community Member
3 months ago

Your ID card is issued by each state's department of transportation. You don't have to have one. You can't get one until you're old enough to drive and the number can change, especially if you move from state-to-state. Your Social Security Number is federally issued at birth and never changes.

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NortonR3
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3 months ago

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

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chi-wei shen
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3 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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3 months ago

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

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Truth Monster
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3 months ago

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

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Ojberretta Berretta
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3 months ago

every human loves fireplaces.....

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Missy Wernstrom
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3 months ago

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

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Bill
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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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Danieletc
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3 months ago

American: Yes. And we do both.

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