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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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
1 year ago

It’s long.

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#3

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Laura Land
Community Member
1 year ago

Mostly thatsv.

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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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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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Nele H
Community Member
1 year ago

I am German and do this, too.

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Erin
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, we do. It is the only access we have to water.

Dilly Millandry
Community Member
1 year ago

We had these in the UK when I was a child so it doesn't seem strange to me.

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N G
Community Member
1 year ago

I think they do.. well you never see them with a proper cup of tea.

Siena Valenta
Community Member
1 year ago

Wait, you had TEA FOUNTAINS at school?

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Jessica Cifelli
Community Member
1 year ago

Some do still. A lot of them however, have been converted to fill bottles

glowworm2
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Yes, we actually do and not just in schools--in malls, museums, etc.. I do so when I'm desperate and thirsty.

CORRINE STANLEY
Community Member
1 year ago

yeah, unless we bring our own water

CaptainDinosaur
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah. They're everywhere. School, doctor's office, factory, wherever. But putting your mouth on the faucet is a major faux pas.

Gipsy Kings fan
Community Member
1 year ago

I was in school in the 60s and 70s. We had to drink from those because no other water was available. Other beverages were available in the cafeteria at lunch time.

Bored Silly
Community Member
1 year ago

Ummm don't all schools everywhere have water fountains. I am Canadian and we have them.

Bettina Jansen
Community Member
1 year ago

Nope, in France and the Netherlands (and Belgium, from second-hand knowledge) we have classic sinks/faucets in the restrooms.

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Pavlina G
Community Member
1 year ago

Yep. What's weird about that?

Robin DJW
Community Member
1 year ago

At regular intervals in school halls. You have to remember, if you're not too young, that bottled water and reusable fluid containers (plastic, glass or metal) did not exist not all that long ago. I think we acquired a lot of immunity that way. I rarely get colds and I have no food allergies. It might be a mistake to raise kids in overly-cleaned environments. Just food for thought.

Bunzilla
Community Member
1 year ago

That's not always the case. I used to play in the dirt, mud and ponds, collected rocks from the ground, drank from fountains, went on nature hikes regularly, and I still ended up immunocompromised, with many environmental and food intolerances. And my older brother, who did much the same, gets colds all the time and also has a lot of environmental allergies. Our family only used regular cleaners to clean things, not disinfectant types. The house was clean, but not Clean! . We had pet frogs, toads, newts, anoles, snakes, fish, rats, crickets, cats and birds. Lots of plants inside the house. So I had a lot more exposure to nature than almost any of my classmates.

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Henry Zhang
Community Member
1 year ago

Ah yes the freedom fountains. It is the source of our hydration and government mandated mind control serum

Ice cube
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, we do.

Not A Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

I wasn't in the US but our school in Brunei had them and you bet we used them.

Hedy Hahn
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, we do.

Lavender Brown
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah. It's actually really helpful. And a way to be late for class. ;)

Colin L
Community Member
1 year ago

Yep. Although they scare me at the moment.

Les🐝an
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes????? We aren't allowed water bottles or cups in class.

Jaymi Leigh
Community Member
1 year ago

You aren't allowed? I'm a teacher and I don't think that's fair. I always let my students bring a water bottle and they can fill them at a water bottle fill station we have above our water fountain.

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deanna woods
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, we do.

K
Community Member
1 year ago

Yep 100%

⚞ Katniss Everdeen ⚟
Community Member
1 year ago

We do... but most people just sneak soda/coffee/tea in via opaque water bottle...

BoredKid
Community Member
1 year ago

I mean yeah...

kitcats
Community Member
1 year ago

sadly

Felix Utterback
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes. It is the only water we get if you don't bring a bottle. Which half the teachers don't even allow anyways

BeenElle
Community Member
1 year ago

Do you know how long drinking fountains have been around? There’s nothing weird about this.

Jack Nimble
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Well, we used to, anyways

Eva Bryson
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, and we have them in office buildings. What's so "weird" about drinking water from a fountain?

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes. And the water was always nice and cold.

Inés Sanz
Community Member
1 year ago

Why are they weird?

Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

As opposed to a toilet?

elfin
Community Member
1 year ago

And not just in schools. It's a way to provide water without having to touch anything but the water with your lips. What do you use for mass water providing?

Draco Malfoy
Community Member
1 year ago

Only if a necessity!! I have seen grey water in there.

K
Community Member
7 months ago

Not during a pandemic.

Kit Kat
Community Member
1 year ago

Yep

Leesa DeAndrea
Community Member
1 year ago

Water fountains are nice. The water is usually chilled.

Gretal S
Community Member
1 year ago

We drink from the toilet too if we're really thirsty. But you have to make sure it's flushed first!

Jeannie Carle
Community Member
1 year ago

Yessssss - why? Do you carry a water bottle with you?

Paul Jordan
Community Member
1 year ago

Have 'em in New Zealand schools too. No paper cup trash to dispose of either.

Ronnie Beaton
Community Member
1 year ago

I remember there being public drinking fountains in seaside towns when I was a kid back in the 70s. I also remember drinking from one and almost pooping myself inside out a couple of days later.

Crazycube
Community Member
1 year ago

I do but I wouldn't actually trust the water but I have no other choice

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
1 year ago

OCD sufferers do not. Too germy.

Randy Roberts
Community Member
1 year ago

We have water drinking fountains in schools, business buildings, malls, libraries and parks among other places I've forgotten.

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

Why wouldn't we drink from a water fountain? People outside the US don't drink water in school?

Johnny Farnen
Community Member
1 year ago

Intelligent people don't drink from them.

Lance d'Boyle
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes and they each have a personality-- some try to squirt you or the person beside you and others draw you in for a kiss.

Mariette Ferreira
Community Member
1 year ago

Those water fountains give clean and delicious water. Always nice and cold.

Chrissie M.
Community Member
1 year ago

And this with the chlorined water that just tastes awful.

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, that’s why they are there. Do people in other countries not drink from water fountains?

Kathy Swanson
Community Member
1 year ago

Not only schools, but the workout gym too.

CR Harvey
Community Member
1 year ago

Not if I can help it. They are gross! I bring my water bottle.

Mary Kelly
Community Member
1 year ago

yes...how do your kids get water b/w classes or during gym class?

albertmarksjr@aol.com
Community Member
1 year ago

Weird ???

Tiffany Marie
Community Member
1 year ago

Lol.. Yes all the time.

Karon Sheffield
Community Member
1 year ago

Sadly, yes. The schools are afraid our kids will bring alcohol or drugs in the drinks and food.

Debbie O'Grady
Community Member
1 year ago

we use to. We had them throughout the community. They stopped, due to costs. Schools have them, ewww gross!

Amanda Rudnicki
Community Member
1 year ago

Children 5-18yo aren't allowed to use sinks. We wash our hands there too. It's complicated but if you aren't old enough to vote, you can't access water any other way.

MADELEINE KIMBALL
Community Member
1 year ago

how... else would you get water....

DKS 001
Community Member
1 year ago

as an american: that is why they are there ... to drink out of

Matthew Adamson
Community Member
1 year ago

its horrible every time i drink out of it

Lynda Momalo
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah? Don't you have access to water at school?

Animal lover❤
Community Member
1 year ago

Yep

Karen Johnston
Community Member
1 year ago

Um, yes.

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't understand the confusion here. It's a water fountain. Where do Europeans get their water in school?

Shart
Community Member
1 year ago

No we drink out of the toilet..next question

Zoe
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes 🤦🏻‍♀️ many now have water bottle filling stations though!

Jack Ericson
Community Member
1 year ago

Why would we not? Also, do you not have water fountains in other parts of the world?

Siena Valenta
Community Member
1 year ago

Every school I've been to in Canada and the US has had them growing up, so I don't really think of them as weird. It's better if you just bring your own water or other drink.

Dave Thompson
Community Member
1 year ago

You bet.

Norah Bruce
Community Member
1 year ago

If you dont bring water from home or money to get from the (rare) vending machine, that's your only access to water

Katelynn Harvey
Community Member
1 year ago

It’s connected to the sewers that’s why we all have toxic waste radiating out of our bodies.

Karen Gavaletz
Community Member
1 year ago

Not after the Coronavirus!

Newt Scamander
Community Member
1 year ago

We dont want to, but it's how we survive

M Adams
Community Member
1 year ago

I do not, and I work in a school. That should tell you something.

Esca Sav
Community Member
1 year ago

We have them, but.... at least in my school we didn't drink from them. A lot of the water is contaminated. We had a club that actually tested the water because of all the rumors that it was unclean and it turned out it was contaminated with something. School didn't even cover them after finding out. We have an automatic water dispenser in our university that is genuinely clean. Student's refill their bottles for free (if you ignore the tuition they pay).

bananapower_2.0
Community Member
1 year ago

bro thoses are disgusting my school uses the same water for the TOILET !!!!!

Sarra R
Community Member
1 year ago

The autopsy /embalmers also wash the blood, goop and such down the same drains which our dirty dishwater/shower water and toilet water waste go. It's all cleaned at the water treatment plants and resent everywhere to be drank, bathed in, swam in, etc. Yes. Corpse blood and fluid.

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Ziya (Wenny) Liu
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1 year ago (edited)

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DON'T DRINK FROM IT!!!! THERE ARE DEAD BUGS IN THE PIPES!!!!

Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
1 year ago

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eww no.

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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