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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2 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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Jo Choto
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2 months ago

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

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GirlFriday
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2 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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2 months ago

How else do you hide bodies?

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#5

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Ray Martin
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2 months ago

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

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Brendan
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2 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
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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 months ago

Bacon IS considered finger food :D

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#17

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Kat Hoth
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2 months ago

Yes, instead of wanker or cunt.

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
2 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
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2 months ago

question: why do you ask?

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#20

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Bill
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2 months ago

Veterans do.

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Electric Ed
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2 months ago

Where do teens not slow dance??

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Dave P
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2 months ago

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

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Kat Hoth
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2 months ago

Most of us have the entire thing memorized.

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
2 months ago

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

Olive
Community Member
2 months ago

@WilvanderHeijden... Curry on didn't threaten or blackmail their daughter, they told her that if their daughter ever called CPS or something of the likes, they wouldn't do anything. It would have been the daughter's choice, and they are just explaining what the outcome of their daughter calling CPS over nothing would be. IMO, as a fellow teen, the daughter was just trying to be rebellious and angsty/edgy. Curry on isn't threatening/blackmailing their daughter, just giving her a warning of the consequences of lying to the government. They said they would never hit her.

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Libbie Miller
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2 months ago

Only if I was in the mood to have my mouth smacked!

Susan Stead
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't know. I've never met any survivors.

Lisa Holman
Community Member
2 months ago

lmao

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Luna Lovegood
Community Member
2 months ago

I would never in heck ever tell my mother to "shut up" And my parents are pretty lax about things like that. Maybe some really bratty children in America do, but please do not make the mistake that every child over here is bratty.

ebony1k124 touch
Community Member
2 months ago

Not if you want to live. I have heard some kids do it and their parents say nothing, however if I had tried that I would have had teeth missing once I woke up from my coma.

Cassie
Community Member
2 months ago

Only the disrespectful little twits. Pretty sure that's true in many places of the world.

deanna woods
Community Member
2 months ago

I would NEVER tell my mother to shut up. Not only is it disrespectful, she would kill me.

Lola
Community Member
2 months ago

Haha, fair enough.

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Anxious Pansexual Nightmare
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2 months ago

Do I look like I have a death wish?

Pusfarm
Community Member
2 months ago

I told my mom to STFU once. Then I woke up.

tuzdayschild
Community Member
2 months ago

Not my mom. The proof of it is my still having a mouth.

Torchicachu
Community Member
2 months ago

i hate hearing kids tell their moms that - sometimes i'll tell my mom to shhhh when im trying to talk and she inturrupts or something but telling them to shut up is downright rude

Heather Pobicki
Community Member
2 months ago

Never would do that. Respect.

Iggy
Community Member
2 months ago

I've often wondered that. My mother is the gentlest person but I still wouldn't dream of telling her to shut up.

J Sizz
Community Member
2 months ago

You do if you want a chancla flying at your face....

Nicki
Community Member
2 months ago

I had a few of them thrown at me lol! But never for telling my mom to shut up. I was usually doing something I wasn't supposed to be doing and didn't notice my mom until a chancla came flying over my shoulder :D

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John-Paul Bitler
Community Member
2 months ago

Only in a sarcastic manner, where she gets where I'm coming from. Otherwise, it's just downright rude

Donny Cromwell
Community Member
2 months ago

Not my mom.

Jim Mock
Community Member
2 months ago

I wouldn't do that to my parent, and I wouldn't allow my kids do that to me. That's extremely rude and disrespectful.

lailyfnoor
Community Member
2 months ago

Ow, don't dare to do that to asian mother... even asian-american mother

GirlFriday
Community Member
2 months ago

Not unless I want my face slapped.

FrenchScience
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, but only once, as the response is a cure.

Lizzie Robbins
Community Member
2 months ago

😂 haha, like we would survive!!

Mark Serbian
Community Member
2 months ago

Only once. Only once ...

Be Potato
Community Member
2 months ago

I'd probably get disowned if I ever said that to my Asian parents...

Captain Legible
Community Member
2 months ago

I only did that once. She told every relative and visitor and they all looked at me like I was a little shit. Never again.

Jenna
Community Member
2 months ago

Not if you wanna eat

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

Well, only if you want to get slapped you do.

Rebekah
Community Member
2 months ago

My mom would have killed me.

Tracey Taylor
Community Member
2 months ago

had I told my mom to shut up I wouldnt be here now

Cuddles
Community Member
2 months ago

You tell mom (or grandmother) to 'shut up' at your own risk. XD

Madeline Shafer
Community Member
2 months ago

no if you don't want to get smaked

Toasty
Community Member
2 months ago

The ones who want to be smacked do.

Rebecca Schultz
Community Member
2 months ago

This is definitely not the norm.

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
2 months ago

Not where I'm from. That'll get you a quick beat down and grounded for a month.

Connie Bonneville
Community Member
2 months ago

Not to this mom... my kids are very respectful toward me

Rissie
Community Member
2 months ago

Please make sure it's a general attitude and not just something at home.

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staygoldponyboy
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2 months ago

Not my mom.

Kat Hoth
Community Member
2 months ago

Some do, some say much worse to them.

Katie Peter
Community Member
1 week ago

Who would so this to your mom? I'm an American and I have NEVER said anything remotely like that to my mother

Leah Helbig
Community Member
1 month ago

No way my kids no better and when I was a kid it was still acceptable to get whipped with a belt so not wise thing to say

Curry on...
Community Member
2 months ago

@WilvanderHeijden I didn't blackmail my daughter or tell her to keep her mouth shut. I gave her the phone number. What I did was explain how the process worked, because here, when a kid calls CPS, they might be removed from the home. What she wanted was to frighten me, have me thinking that she had the upper hand, and be punished by the government, so that she would be free to do/say whatever she wanted. Not on my watch.

Shull GaRett
Community Member
2 months ago

I heard they can do it once... but never found any one who did it and talked about it...

Nicki
Community Member
2 months ago

My kids say it jokingly, like when I am cracking on them (making light fun of them), but if they ever used it seriously, I would drop kick them, and they know this X)

Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
2 months ago

Not if they want to live. Seriously? Most of us do not. Of course, people with abusive parents might.

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
2 months ago

If they want smacked they do

Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
2 months ago

When I have a child, and they EVER tell me to "shut up"... No. Just no. They'd better respect their mom.

Lisa Holman
Community Member
2 months ago

I didn't.

Jesse
Community Member
2 months ago

Just once.

Lane Buckner
Community Member
2 months ago

Only once.

Bob Belcher
Community Member
2 months ago

If they want to go flying through a wall they do.

Helen Haley
Community Member
2 months ago

It is actually a healthy part of adolescence when a child is learning boundaries and separating their concept of self from their parents. Seeing their parents as human, rather than just in the role 'parent'. It is an essential part of becoming a functional adult. Most people move through it by 17/18.

lara
Community Member
2 months ago

If I had EVER told my mom to "shut up" even when I was 30, there is no way I would have ended up a "functional adult."

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Community Member
2 months ago

My kids obviously think they’re Americans...

Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
2 months ago

Some do. Or worse

BorPand8
Community Member
2 months ago

@Curry on and people wonder why Americans leave their parents to rot in old people's homes...

Curry on...
Community Member
2 months ago

Not sure I understand your response. Are you for or against my comment? As for the rotting in an old folks' home, I have never expected my kids to take care of me when I get to that point. They are now adults, show me the utmost respect, are very kind, and two of the best people I know. Still, I stand by my comment. I did not, and do not, respond well to threats.

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Rohan Moran
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2 months ago

I used to go to school with a kid who used to punch his mom...little psychopath. His mom was a total gem and really nice, he got her in the eye once and she didn't do a damn thing about it..she had a black eye the next day, he was like 12/13ish...kept away from him after that

lara
Community Member
2 months ago

This kid grew up, in all likelihood as an abuser, to women, pets and children. They start when they are children and if they are not stopped, they consider it "normal."

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Perfectly Imperfect
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2 months ago

Not if they want to continue living...

Honey Bee
Community Member
2 months ago

I wouldn't dare tell my mother to shut up....not because she would hurt me, but because I love and respect her way too much. Also I'm way taller than my mother and possibly stronger

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
2 months ago

Only bratty kids. That’s disrespectful anywhere.

Cori
Community Member
2 months ago

Mine certainly don't! They don't tell anyone else to shutup either, at least not while mama's around!

Xan A. Du
Community Member
2 months ago

Not if I wanted to survive to adulthood. Plus, it's called respect.

lara
Community Member
2 months ago

Not if they want to see tomorrow with both eyes and stand up straight.

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
2 months ago

Never in my experience, at least not until the "child" is around 25-30 years old.

Jimmy Wakeman
Community Member
2 months ago

Never growing up would we do this but now kids do

Danieletc
Community Member
2 months ago

No, the ones that might have are gone.

Larry Barnes
Community Member
2 months ago

No

Ojberretta Berretta
Community Member
2 months ago

seen that a lot in europe.....nothing unique to america

Walter Smith
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2 months ago

Just once.

Sue Prewitt
Community Member
2 months ago

Not well mannered children

Abigial Griffith
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2 months ago

yes

Daniel Lewis
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2 months ago

Only when Mom is saying something stupid.

Abigial Griffith
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2 months ago

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mostly boys

Eric Mac Fadden
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2 months ago

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Just when lacks education.... or when they are really impressed of something: "shattaaap"

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80 Van
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2 months ago

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

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Truth Monster
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2 months ago

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

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Ojberretta Berretta
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2 months ago

every human loves fireplaces.....

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Missy Wernstrom
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2 months ago

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

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Bill
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2 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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2 months ago

American: Yes. And we do both.

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