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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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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#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

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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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#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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Catlady6000
Community Member
1 year ago

This is especially true in small towns. The largest parking lot in town is the local teen hangout

Mer
Community Member
1 year ago

Came to say exactly that - it's much more common in small towns.

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Esca Sav
Community Member
1 year ago

I hung out at the top floor of the parking lot at my university. Had the best view of the city on campus. It was nice to hang there at night after classes.

Nemo.-.
Community Member
1 year ago

Not a myth there are some mainly students that hang out in parking lots.

CaptainDinosaur
Community Member
1 year ago

Small town kids just wanna get out of the house. We literally called it 'parking'.

DKS 001
Community Member
1 year ago

as an american: some do, especially youth. They're bored.

Henry Zhang
Community Member
1 year ago

During a certain age range, you will actively STRIVE to hang out in parking lots. It lets you show off your newly acquired automobile to potential mates, and signifies to them youre ready to leave town forever, just the two of us babe

M Adams
Community Member
1 year ago

We hang out in all kinds of places. It is a big country.

Magpie
Community Member
1 year ago

When you're a teenager, you get run out of most establishments for loitering, so you hang in the parking lot until the cops come by and tell you to move it along and go hang in another parking lot. When I was in high school, the big hangouts were the lots outside McDonald's and the arcade.

deanna woods
Community Member
1 year ago

In small towns, like the one I live in, yes they do. There isn't a lot to do around here.

Brandon Collinsworth
Community Member
1 year ago

This was my childhood. We spent most evening all meeting up together in different parking lots or similar public places. I grew up in a really rural area.

Bev Brown
Community Member
1 year ago

Especially in small towns, it’s the hangout spot. Lol

Dre Mosley
Community Member
1 year ago

If you live in a small town, yes, the local movie theater parking lot for example(this was my situation) can turn into a hot spot for people to hang out.

Foock Auff
Community Member
1 year ago

I get why Daniel Lewis is being downvoted, but that's honestly a good point -- most people I know who hang out in parking lots are wandering teenagers with no where else to go (and yes, that does mean that they're engaging in less-than-savory activity like hookups and buying recreational drugs).

elfin
Community Member
1 year ago

People might hang out all kinds of places. Parking lots aren't very scenic, but they are a convenient place for people arriving by car to meet.

The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
1 year ago

Best spot for doing donuts!

Colin L
Community Member
1 year ago

Weirdly, yeah. Tailgating is a thing, and there is some bizarre Walmart thing that makes no sense in a human universe.

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
1 year ago

And migratory non-residential Americans live in the Walmart parking lots.

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Kit Kat
Community Member
1 year ago

Sometimes

Lacey Heward
Community Member
1 year ago

I know people who are really into cars do. Like my dad in the 60's. And no one was allowed unless invited or they'd get in fights.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
1 year ago

It is strange returning from nations that are centuries older than the U.S. and very densely developed, to see sprawling acreage just for parking cars. To answer the question: where else is one supposed to change a baby and leave the dirty diaper behind?

Jeannie Carle
Community Member
1 year ago

Best place! Esp WalMart - cuz you run into friends there. Perfect place to meet.

Tanyard Park
Community Member
1 year ago

Only when we are tailgating!

Eddie
Community Member
1 year ago

Only when we are conducting dope deals or hiring a hitman.

Cindy Cantrell
Community Member
1 year ago

We have a liquor store across the street from us, in a small town and to many drunk people hang out sometimes fighting being loud and stupid. What i really hate is the thumping music

Felix Utterback
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes. Especially in small towns.

Crazycube
Community Member
1 year ago

I know people do it before sporting events such as football, but never personally seen it

Jewels Vern
Community Member
1 year ago

Sometimes we even carry barbecue equipment so we can have a picnic in a parking lot.

Randy Roberts
Community Member
1 year ago

American teens usually gather in the biggest place that is located in the middle where everyone lives. We are not required to hang in parking lots. When I was a teenager our Mall had smoking circles sunk down into the middle of the mall at both ends. We would all hang there and get sick trying to look cool smoking.

Steve Barker
Community Member
1 year ago

You meant "Do Americans really hang out in the car park." Yes, we do.

Mari Bryant
Community Member
1 year ago

Do they mean like tailgating for a game or just hanging out on a Friday? Lol

Johnny Farnen
Community Member
1 year ago

Do football hooligans trash the town after every match?

Lance d'Boyle
Community Member
1 year ago

They do and before major sporting events they have a party called tailgating where many people set up their grills, chairs and a coolers and load up before the game.

Pug Pug
Community Member
1 year ago

Yup, more pakinglots then their parks, so why not

Living_Shadow
Community Member
1 year ago

Yep we do that

Tiffany Marie
Community Member
1 year ago

They hang out everywhere & anywhere. All over!!

Toast Of Saint Louis
Community Member
1 year ago

I did but I live in Saint Louis city. SAINT LOUIS IS NOT a small town but we were high school kids and needed a place to hang back then. Not so safe these days.

Amanda Rudnicki
Community Member
1 year ago

I want to be witty but honestly... Never seen this before, outside of tailgating before a sporting event.

Kerri Russ
Community Member
1 year ago

Depending on the size of the town, yeah... teens tend to hang out in a wide open area so they can all have their cars and trucks to run between or hang out in. I lived in such a tiny town, we had to go to then next town over, which was about 3x our size, for any type of activity (skating, movies, music venues, etc). We maybe had a carnival or 2 come to our town in the summer. There really was NOTHING to do but hang out with your friends in their trucks in the parking lot of the big shopping strip in town.

Ivana
Community Member
1 year ago

So I went to see my grandmother who lives in this tiny town and while I was there I stopped by my friend's house who I hadn't seen since 4th grade. I asked her what there was to do and she took me to the neighboring town which was slightly bigger to hang out in the parking lot across the street from the police station. I asked her if this was it and she said the cool kids hang out in the Wendy's parking lot...Went to the woods and drank in a deer stand instead.

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
1 year ago

Uh... I've not experienced this.

Shart
Community Member
1 year ago

Very true...kids hangout...its what killed the mall concept..100s of teens hanging out and then a few start a fight

Allen Dela Cruz
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, we called it parking lot pimpin

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
1 year ago

it depends...is there anyplace else for them to hang out in?

Evil Little Thing
Community Member
1 year ago

It's called tailgating

Kristina Jensen
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, I live in a teeny tiny village in Sweden and a specific group of people hang out there, in their cars. Mostly Volvos 😂

Hedy Hahn
Community Member
1 year ago

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

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
1 year ago

It is called tailgating and involves alcohol consumption and sometimes eating assorted grilled foods. See the one about college football.

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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

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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

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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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