Americans have long been exporting their pop culture to the world. With TV shows and movies being among the most consumed global American exports, it's no surprise that US actors and directors are recognized all around the globe. However, for all of us non-Americans out there, sometimes the silver screens get us all dazed and confused. Do American people really drink from those red plastic cups at parties? Do they really wear shoes inside their houses? Is homecoming really such a big thing as movies make it out to be?

But we're gonna need a true expert's opinion on the matter—our Bored Panda readers living in the US! So scroll down below to read all the questions that people had about the things they saw on TV and feel free to share your answers!

#1

221Lauren Report

Felix Feline
Community Member
1 year ago

Living in a college town I can attest that yes they do. It's all anyone talks about, and the traffic jams are awful. High school football here is just as bad.

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#2

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
1 year ago

It’s long.

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#3

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Kristin Scarbrough
Community Member
1 year ago

We say goodbye, or something like it. It's an idiosyncrasy of script writing, not Americans.

Ericka s
Community Member
1 year ago

Retail worker here. No you guys do NOT say goodbye or anything like it. I can count on one hand the number of times someone has said goodbye at the end of a call in the last 15 years I've done the job.

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Sean Harrison
Community Member
1 year ago

Do Foreigners really believe everything they see in movies and TV?

Bender Bending Rodríguez
Community Member
1 year ago

Do USAians really believe what they see in 'HOLLYWOOD' movies and TV about the rest of the world? Answer to your and my question is the same.

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Stormapotamus
Community Member
1 year ago

Okay, it's annoying, but this happens in british shows and stuff too.

elfin
Community Member
1 year ago

I imagine it's to save time since it would not add to the story. In real life we say goodbye.

Philler Space
Community Member
1 year ago

It's based on an old screenwriting technique that cuts anything that doesn't advance the plot. Polite goodbyes kill movie momentum, especially when said phone call has just relayed important information to push the plot forward.

glowworm2
Community Member
1 year ago

I always say goodbye on the phone--although with my boyfriend--we'll always say "Bye for now."

Hedy Hahn
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s TV stuff. I watch Acorn and Britbox and the UK people don’t say goodbye either. Is that rude there too?

Lance d'Boyle
Community Member
1 year ago

That is not accurate. It's a tv thing. Americans say goodbye.

Rick
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah this is like one of those cliches when a down-on-their-luck person in a TV show or film rings up a bank because they need a loan or something and then they slightly get a bit desperate and beg and suddenly they’re like “Hello? HELLO?” And the phone call has been cut because they’ve been hung up on. Does. Not. Happen. Unless someone is being very threatening or swearing a lot, you can not just hang up the phone on a customer because you feel like it and they pleaded with you for a couple of seconds. Yet it’s routinely recreated in tv shows and films throughout the years lol

Karen Gavaletz
Community Member
1 year ago

No, that is a movie thing or a rude habit of your strange Aunt.

Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

It's because in films phone calls are usually made from suspicious people who will drive the character who received the call into stunts filled actions.

Laura Maeflower
Community Member
1 year ago

This annoys me so much! It's a film thing used to save time mainly, but I notice it every freaking time.

Susan Riley
Community Member
1 year ago

I HATE it when people do not say goodbye.

Drive Bee
Community Member
1 year ago

It's considered rude here, too. I don't know why they do it in movies.

DKS 001
Community Member
1 year ago

as an american: ask the script writers. In real life we say "have a good day" or something like that

Ljdia
Community Member
1 year ago

That's nice!

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Laura Land
Community Member
1 year ago

Mostly thatsv.

Leesa DeAndrea
Community Member
1 year ago

I always say goodbye. It is rude to just hang up.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
1 year ago

Sometimes we say "F-cough."

Jeannie Carle
Community Member
1 year ago

Just in the movies - and no idea why.

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
1 year ago

no, that's a hollywood thing... annoys me too.

Donna Gettings Apperson
Community Member
1 year ago

I say good-bye. I agree that it's rude.

Randy Roberts
Community Member
1 year ago

Thats just poor script writing. We all say hi, hello, cya, goodbye, love ya.

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

This has always bothered me. It actually takes me out of the moment because I'm thinking, 'How did they know the other person was done with the conversation?'

Pug Pug
Community Member
1 year ago

I like to ask people if this sounds like a phone hanging up? then just hang up - 8 heads in a duffel bag

LaDonna Hulcy
Community Member
1 year ago

It's a total guy thing...it also shows you that we do not value woman.

Tiffany Marie
Community Member
1 year ago

I say good bye.. I think its just TV.

Bev Brown
Community Member
1 year ago

I think that’s just a movie thing. I’ve only ever heard people be polite and sayngoodby e, or at least take care. And “love you” if applicable.

Eric Potter
Community Member
1 year ago

They do. Tv thing

Tim Scott
Community Member
1 year ago

I have never experienced this and also hate to see it in movies.

Amanda Rudnicki
Community Member
1 year ago

We usually end our phonecalls with f/u to be extra extra rude

Dre Mosley
Community Member
1 year ago

The shows and movies are inaccurate.

Andrea Anthony
Community Member
1 year ago

we do say goodbye and that weird quick of movies/TV makes me crazy

Ty Roberts
Community Member
1 year ago

It’s just TV/Movies. Every second of screen time is important. Anything that doesn’t move the story is cut out. Notice guns don’t recoil. Not possible if shooting real bullets instead of blanks. Newton’s third law. Also lead doesn’t create sparks.

Lynda Momalo
Community Member
1 year ago

It's a movie/TV thing.

Karen Johnston
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't know anyone that doesn't say goodbye when hanging up.

Shart
Community Member
1 year ago

Screenwriting is different than normal conversations

Siena Valenta
Community Member
1 year ago

Ummmm...That's called a movie. If you were actually having a normal conversation with one of your friends that had nothing to do with superpowers and creepy people who are coming after you, yeah, of course you would say goodbye.

Dave Thompson
Community Member
1 year ago

Just movies unless you're really rude.

Mal
Community Member
1 year ago

This bugs the hell outta me in tv shows. And no one closes doors. AND their coffee cups are empty.

Eva Bryson
Community Member
1 year ago

It's TV, it's not real life!

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Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
1 year ago

For the same reason people don't nail time meet places or times, it takes up valuble screen time with nothing that adds to the program.

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 year ago

I hate it when people just hang up on tv. I always say bye.

Aelised
Community Member
1 year ago

Most of my conversations end in a feedback loop of 'Yup, bye' between myself and the person I'm speaking to.

Jim Kang
Community Member
1 year ago

This ones just plain dumb.

deanna woods
Community Member
1 year ago

Whenever I get off the phone I say goodbye and so does the other person.

CORRINE STANLEY
Community Member
1 year ago

i mean, i say bye. sometimes people just say, "I have to go!" and then hang up

Colin L
Community Member
1 year ago

No you hang up!

Henry Zhang
Community Member
1 year ago

For the URGENCY, Paige!

Lady Laura
Community Member
1 year ago

I say some sort of bye most of the time. Unless I'm in a rush

Bored Silly
Community Member
1 year ago

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Leslie O
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't know anyone who hangs up without saying goodbye. I've never noticed that in movies-- unless the character is supposed to be an a-hole!

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#4

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Lavender Brown
Community Member
1 year ago

Nope.

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#5

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Why?
Community Member
1 year ago

We also wear our shoes in bed as well.

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#6

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N G
Community Member
1 year ago

I think they make smoothies out of the waste, so they can drink it later.

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#7

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Nele H
Community Member
1 year ago

I am German and do this, too.

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#8

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kitcats
Community Member
1 year ago

sadly

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#9

disposablefilms Report

Andres Tejeda
Community Member
1 year ago

I have seen this before, also hard boiled eggs being used, and high tech baby dolls that cry.

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#10

mynameisnotmac Report

Hedy Hahn
Community Member
1 year ago

Millions of people eat this daily in the US.

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#11

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N G
Community Member
1 year ago

...and do Americans always eat ready made salads from those clear disposable bowls?

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#12

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
1 year ago

We usually have a funeral at the mortuary or a church then we go to the cemetery where the chairs are set up for a few last words by a minister or priest. Only the close family sit and the rest stand.

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#13

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Andres Tejeda
Community Member
1 year ago

I always wondered this as well, I tried it once and its hard to do for me for some reason.

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#14

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, I believe people do hang out in parking lots near bars more than any other store.

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#15

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Felix Feline
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes. Here in this college town Homecoming is a major event. Vast crowds, insane traffic, blaring music.

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#16

Uhuras Report

MammaG
Community Member
1 year ago

Why? Hot water is hot water.

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#17

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
1 year ago

If I’m giving directions to my house, I can say ‘turn 4 blocks after the fire station’ and they understand that.

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#18

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
1 year ago

I think they drink it because it’s so easy to carry their water with them. And yes, it can get expensive.

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#19

sIeepfordays Report

Hedy Hahn
Community Member
1 year ago

Some people do have to s of throw pillows on their beds and on their sofas. I don’t.

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#20

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
1 year ago

I believe this is mostly a southern trait.

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#21

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, we do. Or Fritos or Cheetos.

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#22

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Lavender Brown
Community Member
1 year ago

Yep. It's a real thing

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#23

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
1 year ago

I had a lab partner in chemistry and biology in high school.

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#24

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, now we use plastic bags donated free by the grocery stores usually.

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#25

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MammaG
Community Member
1 year ago

The stupid and vain do, yes. Vanity and egos here are out of control. Everyone thinks they're special or a celebrity.

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#26

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, some people do.

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#27

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, it’s called hot cocoa all the time. It’s written on the box too.

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#28

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
1 year ago

Meatloaf is a delicious combination of hamburger and onions and some sort of thickening like dried oatmeal or bread. Usually catsup is poured on top before baking.

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#29

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, many people do.

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#30

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Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
1 year ago

maybe? I live in a place where seeing a taxi is pretty rare, so I wouldn't know.

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