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
7 months 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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Andres Tejeda
Community Member
7 months ago

Its the easiest reference for us and a football field is 100yards or 300 feet or 91.44 meters.

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#3

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Kristin Scarbrough
Community Member
7 months ago

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

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#4

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Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
7 months ago

the only thing in my locker is a mound of trash.

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#5

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Why?
Community Member
7 months ago

We also wear our shoes in bed as well.

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#6

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Erin
Community Member
7 months ago

When my relatives from Ireland come to visit, they love to play with the garbage disposal. Even the people in their 60's think it is hilarious. They refer to it as "the murder sink".

glowworm2
Community Member
7 months ago

That's adorable! "Murder sink" made me laugh!

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Jim Kang
Community Member
7 months ago

Why the down votes for people explaining what a disposal is used for? Are people really that petty? I DONT like that explanation ima be a bloody little prick and down vote the comment.

KatHat
Community Member
7 months ago

It's supposed to help keep drains from blocking but people use it as an extra trash can which is EXTREMELY problematic. They put all kinds of things down the drain that should go in the trash.

Hedy Hahn
Community Member
7 months ago

Are you calling garbage disposals a blender? I love my garbage disposal!

Isle_of_stressed_pilots
Community Member
7 months ago

why dont you just, throw it in the garbage...?

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AndersM
Community Member
7 months ago

Funny. In Europe people manage with out a "blender sink" easy. Put your trash in the trash.

Chris Jones
Community Member
7 months ago

Yep. Compost and recycle.

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Henry Zhang
Community Member
7 months ago

Cause as much as we love to eat food, we also love to destroy it mercilessly

N G
Community Member
7 months ago

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

Helena Meykens Rajewski
Community Member
7 months ago

hahahaha

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Esca Sav
Community Member
7 months ago

It's called an "angry sink," as per the last boredpanda post about Americans :3

earringnut
Community Member
7 months ago

Angry choppy sink, I believe is the full name.

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elfin
Community Member
7 months ago

Garbage disposals are not blenders. They are used to shred and dispose of soft matter like vegetable greens, fruit peels, etc., instead of putting them in the garbage. One advantage is they won't rot and smell bad. Personally I throw mine on the compost heap, but few people have room for those.

Cip IESAN
Community Member
7 months ago

Because these garbage disposals are great in horror flicks!

Siena Valenta
Community Member
7 months ago

Here in Canada we call them Garborators. They're nice if you accidentally drop something down there and then you can use it to unclog the drain, but they aren't meant to be used as trash cans.

Cdickson
Community Member
7 months ago

Because it’s awesome

mph seti
Community Member
7 months ago

I think they are a good idea. You can just grind up and wash down most vegetable matter. Sure, composting would be ideal, but you can't do that in an apartment.

Katri
Community Member
7 months ago

Why not? I do it. Dont you have trash cans outside your building for different type of waste? Like biodegradable, glass, metal, paper, cardboard etc?

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Bev Brown
Community Member
7 months ago

Lol garbage disposal? It enables our laziness, means e can throw pieces of food down the sink instead of having to take a few more steps to the trash.

hobbitly
Community Member
7 months ago

Because lots of them dont care about the environment and put trash in the sink :/

Verena
Community Member
7 months ago

Garbage disposals are illegal in Austria. They attract rats and overexert sewage plants.

Jill Emburey
Community Member
7 months ago

"blenders"!!! 🤣🤣🤣

Jeannie Carle
Community Member
7 months ago

It's called a garbage disposal - for fruit skins, some left-overs, etc. Better than a stinky trash can.

Lee Kerr
Community Member
7 months ago

I’ve come across them in the U.K. too. My aunt had one in the late 60s and in the 90s i came across an estate of council flat with garbage disposals. Not all of them worked and it was difficult to get them mended. When the estate was modernised they were removed

Elina Kuusisto
Community Member
7 months ago

It's an old invention. I don't know too many people who still have them.

Felix Utterback
Community Member
7 months ago

it's a garbage disposal!

Randy Roberts
Community Member
7 months ago

"Sink blenders" or garbage disposals are a 80's and 90's thing. Most places if improving a house or apartment rip them out now. They just end up clogging pipes because people think they can get rid of bodies in them.

Aimee Simmons
Community Member
7 months ago

HAHAHAA... garbage disposal.

Id row
Community Member
7 months ago

They do always seem to have the disposals on tv. I've never lived in a house or apartment that had one though.

Lance d'Boyle
Community Member
7 months ago

It's not a blender, it's a garbage disposal which chops up everything going down the drain when it's on so that pipes don't get clogged.

Luna
Community Member
7 months ago

oh yeah we have those things in Australia as well, but they aren't too common but I had one once and it was really useful

Mary Kelly
Community Member
7 months ago

they are called garbage disposals...and it is because we can't or don't want to compost...what do you do with your food scraps..?

Living_Shadow
Community Member
7 months ago

Because we have them in real life. They're the garbage disposals.

albertmarksjr@aol.com
Community Member
7 months ago

Until 1997 garbage disposals were illegal in New York city.

Tiffany Marie
Community Member
7 months ago

I need to get mine replaced.

Scott Shepard
Community Member
7 months ago

It is an appliance that grind food waste so it can be flushed down the drain. In my home we throw it in the trash.

Tim Scott
Community Member
7 months ago

I'm not a fan of garbage disposals but I don't understand why this is weird. What is weird is how so much of the world don't put their poo-covered toilet paper in the toilet.

Amanda Rudnicki
Community Member
7 months ago

Because we are required by law to waste 30% of everything we buy from the store. Especially veggies and fruit. Have you ever tried stuffing whole veggies down the drain without a sink blender?

Charlotte
Community Member
7 months ago

I'm British and my grandparents had a garbage disposal in their kitchen sink (it's the only place I've seen one irl). It terrified the living crap out of me every single time. My Nan was brilliant at dropping her rings down there and we would have to endure horror-movie tension as they were fished out. Sometimes tea spoons would get accidentally washed down and we'd only realise when you switched it on and the screeching of shredding metal started.

Terry
Community Member
7 months ago

I'm in the UK and we've had a waste disposal in our sink for 30 years. Use it daily and would not be without it. We only put soft, cooked, food scraps down, with plenty of water. Never had a problem, and it stops our garbage from smelling. We don't know anyone else that has one here though.

Lolabean
Community Member
7 months ago

UK here... my dad had one installed when he built his new house but I rarely (actually don't think I've ever) see him use it. Especially cos the dogs tend to get a lot of the scraps with their kibble! I wouldn't even know how to turn it on, but the nightmare still exists that it would eat my hand. The hole to it is huge! My aunt had one too, she used to take her wedding ring off to wash up and lost it down there one day (fell off the window sill). They got it back but I remember being a nervous wreck that someone would lose a hand.

DKS 001
Community Member
7 months ago

as an american: I have no idea. Ask the script writer

Karen Weiland
Community Member
7 months ago

The purpose of the garbage disposal is to keep food waste out of the garbage cans. This helps to keep away rats, raccoons and other vermin. It also keeps the trash from fermenting and stinking in hot weather.

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
7 months ago

It's called a garbage disposal and it makes it so your pipes don't clog. The question is why DON'T you have it?

Shart
Community Member
7 months ago

You mean garbage disposal units.. yes it is a good way to break up debree left on a plate so it doesnt clog up the sink

The Red Shoe Broker
Community Member
7 months ago

Margaritas. Lots of margaritas.

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
7 months ago

When I had one I only used it for the boys of food that didn't get scraped off. No big deal.

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
7 months ago

Bits* of food

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M Adams
Community Member
7 months ago

Many Americans actually have septic tanks, and cannot have disposals.

Dilly Millandry
Community Member
7 months ago

Wouldn't you want to put less down them then? In the UK emptying a septic tank is costly and unpleasant to be around.

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aLittleKillingJoke
Community Member
7 months ago

only times I've ever seen those in movies/shows was when they used it for some kinda gore. like in Heroes where Claire drops a ring into it and blends her hand tryna fish it out.

Gipsy Kings fan
Community Member
7 months ago

TV-land is a parallel universe -- no one does this in real life!

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
7 months ago

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Because unlike people in your country, we have sinks.

Inga Viviane
Community Member
7 months ago

well, covid 19 shows who is coming from a third world Country. Are you twelve to use this post to hate on everyones country? Living Outside the US doesn't mean were living in trees. well, i do, but thats just me.

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#7

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Laura Land
Community Member
7 months ago

I'm American and it's a select few who do that but it's not the norm.

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#8

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Erin
Community Member
7 months ago

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

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#9

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Erin
Community Member
7 months ago

When I was in school, it was hard boiled eggs. Now they have high-tech baby dolls called Baby Think About it. It is a Life Skills class that teaches you how to be an adult.

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#10

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
7 months ago

Millions of people eat this daily in the US.

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#11

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ROSSELAIRA EUGENIE CRUZ
Community Member
7 months ago

In my family, we only use paper plates for gatherings.

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#12

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Kristy P
Community Member
7 months ago

The "funeral" is usually in a church and then a burial service graveside.

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#13

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Colin L
Community Member
7 months ago

We're tough! We don't need... er... pill lubricants?

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#14

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Catlady6000
Community Member
7 months ago

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

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#15

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes, Homecoming is really big here in the US. Celebrating at high school and university.

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#16

Uhuras Report

MammaG
Community Member
7 months ago

Why? Hot water is hot water.

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#17

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Colin L
Community Member
7 months ago

You don't?!?!!

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#18

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Keith Nolen
Community Member
7 months ago

Because Americans have been sold the lie (mostly by Nestle, thank you!) that bottled water is better than tap water in some way. In truth most of the bottled water IS tap water.

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#19

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Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
7 months ago

my sister has about 400. I have 2.

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#20

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
7 months ago

I believe this is mostly a southern trait.

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#21

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes, we do. Or Fritos or Cheetos.

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#22

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
7 months ago

We do call them Kleenex all the time probably because that brand is what we used.

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#23

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
7 months ago

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

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#24

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Dynein
Community Member
7 months ago

I think that is to avoid accidental advertising? I'd think that in most (industrialized) countries, the typical bags offered by stores have the store logo all over them...

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#25

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ROSSELAIRA EUGENIE CRUZ
Community Member
7 months ago

I guess it depends. My family and friends only do photoshoots for weddings, 18th birthdays (girls), 21st birthdays (boys), or someone's first birthday.

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#26

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Erin
Community Member
7 months ago

Chicken and waffles is a religious experience. I live in the Midwest and some of the best chicken and waffles in the world is right here in Indianapolis at Maxine's Chicken and Waffles. Another awesome place is in Harlem (where chicken and waffles was invented).

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#27

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Daniel Lewis
Community Member
7 months ago

Because hot chocolate is the candy bar that melted in your pocket.

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#28

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April Simnel
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

It's ground meat with binders like egg and breadcrumbs, and can also have minced onions and peppers (capsicum), and seasonings that's all mixed together and baked in a loaf pan in the oven. Most people make it with just ground beef, but when I was little in the 70s, in our home it was made with ground beef, pork, and veal, and we had it maybe once a month with homemade mashed potatoes and brown gravy, and a green vegetable. I don't eat meatloaf now. It's not horrible, it's just not my first choice for comfort food.

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#29

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes, many people do.

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#30

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April Simnel
Community Member
7 months ago

In the big cities, all you need to do is raise your arm on a busy street. I've lived in NYC almost 30 years now, and no one yells "TAXI!" here. I grew up in a smaller town, though, and in the smaller places, you pretty much have to call a taxi in advance. I never flagged a cab until I moved to NYC.

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