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!

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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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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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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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Why?
Community Member
7 months ago

We also wear our shoes in bed as well.

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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".

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Laura Land
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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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Erin
Community Member
7 months ago

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

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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.

Foock Auff
Community Member
7 months ago

THIS -- robot baby that cries every ~30-60min over the weekend. Ugh that thing...

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Jaymi Leigh
Community Member
7 months ago

Okay just to clarify these high tech baby dolls everyone is taking about are meant to simulate a real baby. They cry, and you have to figure out what they need. You have to simulate feeding and changing them. If that's not what they want you have to soothe them. The students have them for a week and they have to take them everywhere. They can't be turned off so they wake the teen up in the middle of the night to be fed and changed. They ask send a report to the teacher saying if the needs were met, how long it took. If the baby experienced too much shaking or got dropped or something. I'm pretty sure that's what most schools are moving toward using if they provide this program.

Spikey Bunny
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes. We still need to de-stigmatize sex-Ed.

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elfin
Community Member
7 months ago

Some schools do. Lots of teenagers romanticize having babies. This is a way of showing them the time and responsibility required. And, ideally, persuades them not to have babies until they're older.

Bettina Jansen
Community Member
7 months ago

like, an alternative to sex-ed ? (we had that in the Netherlands, but not the surrogate baby)

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April Simnel
Community Member
7 months ago

Went to high school in the 80s, and it depended on the school. Mine didn't, because we didn't have a class like that. We learned basics of cooking, cleaning, and of sewing. The school's administration assumed that your parents would teach you any other life skills beyond these few things.

Allen Dela Cruz
Community Member
7 months ago

I come from south California and they just taught us how to put a condom on a banana.

Lolabean
Community Member
7 months ago

That is far more practical. Our sex education (UK) was also along the same lines. I also remember one girl (all girls school) having to blow up a condom, and another had to put one on her head. The nurse's lesson to us - if he says he's too big to wear one, he's lying.

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CORRINE STANLEY
Community Member
7 months ago

i mean, we used baby dolls

Rabite
Community Member
7 months ago

This is so weird. No real sex-ed or access to reproductive health, but you have to carry a baby substitute even if you don't want any kids. Why not just play with a tamagotchi instead?

kat lia
Community Member
7 months ago

Does this study (the assignment of taking care of flour or egg or a doll) effective though. Do these make somebody a better parent in the future?

Jaymi Leigh
Community Member
7 months ago

It is effective, but the point is not to make somebody a better parent in the future. The point is to teach kids how much work and responsibility it is to take care of a baby. To encourage teens to use protection.

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M Adams
Community Member
7 months ago

Many of these classes have been cut due to budget cuts. Home Economics and Family Planning classes were, and are a good thing.

Lara Mig
Community Member
7 months ago

I'm really appreciating my Home Economics class now in these COVID times. I know how to use a sewing machine to sew my own masks, and that's where I learned it.

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Daisy
Community Member
7 months ago

My school used potatoes with glued on yarn for hair. Once the other kids got them (I didn't take Family and Consumer Science), they brought them to class in baby carriers.

CaptainDinosaur
Community Member
7 months ago

We did eggs. I dropped mine and was DEVASTATED.

Andres Tejeda
Community Member
7 months ago

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

Paul Jordan
Community Member
7 months ago

Proof positive that Yanks are insane. Just like their Orange President.

KatPanda
Community Member
7 months ago

Please don’t mistake the majority of Americans with that guy. We aren’t him ant most of us didn’t vote for him. We’re as devastated, if not more, than the rest of the world at his achieving that office. Can’t wait for 3 Nov 2020!

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Anxiety! at the Disco
Community Member
7 months ago

In eighth grade, we had to decorate bags of flour and take care of it like it was our baby. We didn't even have health class or sex-Ed. Every year at least one student would get bumped into and drop the flour and it would make a mess.

Pug Pug
Community Member
7 months ago

we had eggs, but yeah, its suppose to ward off the sex demons

Debbie O'Grady
Community Member
7 months ago

We have dolls that are computerized to cry, fuss, giggle, etc. Given to high school is specific classes. I records how long it took to stop the crying etc.

La Ana
Community Member
7 months ago

That's a common project in my kid's school. We are from Mexico.

Loki C
Community Member
7 months ago

We did it in high school and after we were graded we assassinated them by throwing them from a second story bridge that connected outside buildings. it was an experience.

Shart
Community Member
7 months ago

Some do...i think it is a great lesson in responsibility

Natalie Payseur
Community Member
7 months ago

I my freshman year (which wasn't that long ago) we had electronic dolls that were programmed to cry at random times that we had to take care of with a partner.

Siena Valenta
Community Member
7 months ago

I'e never done that, but I've read about it, usually eggs and stuff. I've never done any of the "school stuff" I saw in books and movies except the egg drop challenge.

Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
7 months ago

Not when I went in the 70s

Little Wonder
Community Member
7 months ago

We did in grade 6 (aged 12) with eggs. We had to keep an egg whole for a week, I think it was about 45 minutes before the egg fight.

Debra Robinson
Community Member
7 months ago

we used raw eggs and drew faces, made a little "bed" with tissues in a little box or something

MikariMartini
Community Member
7 months ago

A 10# bag is about the weight of a baby, too.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
7 months ago

When I was in school, it was a raw egg with a face drawn on it to make it unique: break it and it's all over!

Jeannie Carle
Community Member
7 months ago

MANY years ago, when I was in HS - it was a boiled egg. Makes young teens think about the responsibilities of having a baby :-)

Ava Lewis
Community Member
7 months ago

umm no thats wierd

Cindy Snow
Community Member
7 months ago

Ours was an egg

Emily Smith
Community Member
7 months ago

My school never did this and I was kinda bummed out about it. I think it was popular back in the day but not so much anymore.

Katherine Gilleland
Community Member
7 months ago

I never had to do anything like it because of the school I went to, but my sister had a robotic baby and only the girls had to do it

Alan Green
Community Member
7 months ago

We had to look after a hard boiled egg for 24 hours when I was back at school 25 years ago here in the UK.

Lara Mig
Community Member
7 months ago

We had balloons. I hated that assignment and still do. It devalues parenthood.

Felix Utterback
Community Member
7 months ago

Depends on the school. Some really do. A lot have the real baby dolls though. Especially the high school parenting classes (that I never took because I spent all my electives on band)

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
7 months ago

We had eggs.

Mari Bryant
Community Member
7 months ago

Yep, it was a thing.

Id row
Community Member
7 months ago

Fortunately, they didn't have that when I was a kid. I definitely would have abandoned, dropped or lost that sack of flour, lol.

Eli
Community Member
7 months ago

Has no one else read Flour Babies? That completely ruined me for the experience.

boredkoala
Community Member
7 months ago

In my high school we each had to carry around a 1lb bag of flour for a week (during school). It was amusing because not everyone has the assignment at the same time in other classes so you get to tease slash empathize with the person who shows up to class with a sack of flour.

Tiffany Marie
Community Member
7 months ago

It depends on the school & decade. I never had too. I barely went to school though.

Amanda Rudnicki
Community Member
7 months ago

My teacher made each of us take care of her baby for a week. Not sure if it was for school or because she didn't want to raise her own child....

Bumblebee
Community Member
7 months ago

Her own real baby? Seriously, no matter how great students I would have. I would never leave them with all of my students. What is wrong with her? I seriously find this hard to believe she did this.. who the heck does that?

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Jacqueline Arana
Community Member
7 months ago

I never actually met someone do this but I always wanted to because of Hey Arnold!

Andrea Anthony
Community Member
7 months ago

I had an egg.

Kerri Russ
Community Member
7 months ago

I had to do this in school in my 11th grade year... and it was a raw egg that we had to decorate as a "baby" with faces and straw or yarn hair, etc., so if we didn't take proper care of them and they broke, we got a D for the assignment. So yes, we decorated them and made little "beds" or "rooms" for them so we could carry them around. We had to get a baby sitter if we went out or whatever. We also got a partner and we both had to get "jobs" (a letter from a business that would hire us with our salary) and an apartment (again, a letter from an apartment building with the amount of rent) then we had to budget for rent, food, utilities, clothing, furniture, caring for the baby, etc. out of our salaries. My son didn't have a class that did this. I don't know how "real world" it is, but it sure put the fear of God in us if that egg broke. Because the teacher signed every egg after we decorated it, we couldn't just pull out another egg if it broke.

Alonso Victoria
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

As a mexican teacher i can tell you this is part of the "health sciences" subject in high schools, its pretty new, the kids used to take care of an egg but they always cracked it or just put it on the refrigerator.

DKS 001
Community Member
7 months ago

as an american: they have baby dolls. I can't imagine the safety issues if a bag of flour busted open on the smooth floors

Norah Bruce
Community Member
7 months ago

I'm American and I've never even heard of such a thing. Thats crazy!

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
7 months ago

1996 junior year. I carried an egg.

The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
7 months ago

My kids wish! Now they just get calculus homework instead.

Parmeisan
Community Member
7 months ago

I never did it, but in my elementary school one of the grade 8 classes did the flour bag and in my high school one of my friends was in a class that did it with hard-boiled eggs. The teacher made a mark and then checked each day that you had an uncracked egg with the same mark on it. I'm in Canada, but yes it's a thing here, no not every class/school does it.

Esca Sav
Community Member
7 months ago

I didn't have this. Only select schools in my area had this type of class, but very rarely. They would use dolls though, not flour.

ROSSELAIRA EUGENIE CRUZ
Community Member
7 months ago

Well, in my school, it's a flat out NO.

Randy Roberts
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes that is true. A bag of flour or an egg. To show how delicate babies can be. And it shows young teenagers the responsibility of taking care of someone other than themselves. And working with someone and compromise on taking care of things.

Cip IESAN
Community Member
7 months ago

Beavis and Butt-Head took care of a bag of sugar, am I wrong?

deanna woods
Community Member
7 months ago

That's just on tv shows.

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
7 months ago

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Do people in your country actually have a school assignment where they have to take care of a bag of sand like it is a baby goat?

Chris Jones
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh Daniel, it isn't the rest of the world's fault that these questions exist. Who are the ones making the films we get the images from? The US.

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Hedy Hahn
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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
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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

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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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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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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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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
7 months ago

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

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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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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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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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Daniel Lewis
Community Member
7 months ago

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

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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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Hedy Hahn
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7 months ago

Yes, many people do.

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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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