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.

#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
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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
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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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#9

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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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#10

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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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#11

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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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#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
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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
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
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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
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
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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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#22

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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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#23

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Kat Hoth
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3 months ago

Most of us have the entire thing memorized.

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#24

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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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#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
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3 months ago

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

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#29

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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.

Miss Cris
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

I don't know any country wich use it. It looks so dangerous. And also not all countries see physical education or gym as a war or soldiers training. In Europe for example school goals are the opposite.

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Jake B
Community Member
3 months ago

I like this question! I always asked why? I mean why? I have no upper body strength.

Toasty
Community Member
3 months ago

We did, and I was awful at it.

Rosesinmyhair
Community Member
3 months ago

Not in Australian Public schools as far as I know

Michael Capriola Jr.
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh, yeah. Loads of fun.

Better watch your language bud
Community Member
3 months ago

In one of the schools I went to in the UK we had an obstacle course with ropes and bars, and when the teachers took the course out for P.E we would all get so excited

Donny Cromwell
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes and I alway felt bad for the "losers" who couldn't do it

Sarah Stalder
Community Member
3 months ago

I was just thinking about that. I usually quit barely up it. Didn't care. I'd rather be sitting down reading. Jogging-HATED it. They were so brutal back then.

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Cat Nip Gal
Community Member
3 months ago

I wish i got to! It sounds so fun!

Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
3 months ago

Not fun

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Clara Knaub
Community Member
3 months ago

I had one in elementary school. It was the best!

Kelly Murray
Community Member
3 months ago

We didn't.

Emma Knappe
Community Member
3 months ago

I went to school in Indiana and we never had to

ZenitaBonita
Community Member
3 months ago

I loved rope climbing! Am not sure if they still do it, but it was part of my gym class in the Netherlands in the early 2000's

Jessica
Community Member
3 months ago

I think they either stopped doing that or it just didn't happen where I live

Randomcthulu
Community Member
3 months ago

If you had tried this at my school it would've been an epic fail. I do remember this big peg board looking thing in junior high, you were supposed to "climb" it using a large peg in either hand, never saw anyone use it, I just remember the class asking our coach what it was for.

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
3 months ago

I doubt they do it anymore because of liability issues. But when I was little I'd climb to the school ceiling and ring that bell. You can do it at a lot of gyms now. My daughter's competitive cheer squad does it during conditioning

Valerie G.
Community Member
3 months ago

I graduated in 1969, back then you needed a PE credit, and climbing that damn rope was one of things you needed to be able to do, not only climb it but touch the ceiling.

Lisa Holman
Community Member
3 months ago

I don't remember this. It's probably true, and I probably failed once again in a gym class endeavor.

Ben
Community Member
3 months ago

We did it in Hungary, too.

Jesse
Community Member
3 months ago

We had a rope, but both ends were tied to the ceiling so nobody could weaponize it. We never used it because they took all the ladders out of the school too; for the same reason.

Gipsy Kings fan
Community Member
3 months ago

I never had to do it in girls' P.E. (1960s - 70s). It's possible that the boys did it, but I don't think so, because I never saw a rope hanging anywhere in any of my schools. We did, however, have to walk on a balance beam, and do a dangerous Filipino dance involving two long thick bamboo poles held on each end by a girl. To music, we had to jump in and out of them while the girls on the end would pound them IN out out, IN out out. As far as I know, no one's ankles were ever smashed in the process.

Jill Meyer Reisinger
Community Member
3 months ago

We did in the 80's.

Barbara Cochrane
Community Member
3 months ago

Not in our school. But it was a Catholic girl's school.

Jenna
Community Member
3 months ago

Ah ritual humiliation.

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

Yes, and it is as humiliating as it looks

b l a n c
Community Member
3 months ago

okay i have been wondering this forever because i've never seen it done anywhere else before, what's the point of it? why do they do it?

Maurettis
Community Member
3 months ago

not so weird, several schools abandoned this practice since PE is the most underrated subject

Elida Lechuga
Community Member
3 months ago

Yup, we do.

Devon W
Community Member
3 months ago

yeah and the rope burns can be as brutal as the rest of the class

Bridgette Helms
Community Member
3 months ago

They do and I always get so pissed when my kids come home with burns on their hands and legs. I don't know why they make them so painful things that hurt them.

Charlotte Anderson [STUDENT]
Community Member
3 months ago

Not in henderson

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
3 months ago

Why not? It's good exercise for your arms and shoulders.

Shell O
Community Member
3 months ago

My daughter does it in PE, she loves it. She is 8 and we are in England

Abigial Griffith
Community Member
3 months ago

not middleschool

Kimberley Thomas
Community Member
3 months ago

Thank god my HS never did. I would have failed due to no upper arm strength

Shea Briggette
Community Member
3 months ago

i did

Heather Pobicki
Community Member
3 months ago

Never had to. Went to catholic school and was terrified to go to public high school thinking we would have to do this, thank god we didn't and the locker room wasn't what movies made it look like.

Louise Stange-Wahl
Community Member
3 months ago

It was fun! Except when a classmate ended up getting concussion when the rope broke loose from the ceiling.

lara
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes, but not all of us can actually do it. I never could just like I always busted a blood vessel when I had to "serve" the ball in volleyball.

Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

We had a rope. I could never get up it. I don't have the upper body strength.

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes, and so do many others. It sucks.

Eric Mac Fadden
Community Member
3 months ago

Sometimes we even had a ball. And almost there are no gymnasiums to do it, we have air open courts.

Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
3 months ago

We had to in our primary and secondary in the UK. Man pulling the equipment out from the side was the highlight of the week.

Hiker Chick
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes, in Minnesota in the 70's and 80's. Not sure if they still do the ropes.

Ojberretta Berretta
Community Member
3 months ago

we had to do this too..in argentina i know its also done in switzerland...physical health is important

Xan A. Du
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh, good times...Our (fat, btw) gym teacher would have the fittest person in the class climb to the top in near record-time and ring the bell. He'd then look to the bleachers for his first victim. He couldn't climb it himself, but he loved to shame everyone.

Danieletc
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes, I did, maybe the kidz these days are using Minecraft ropes, IDK.

Daria Z
Community Member
3 months ago

We did it in a Russian school, too :)

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Danieletc
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3 months ago

American: Yes. And we do both.

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