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

kaya_lorne Report

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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#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

disposablefilms Report

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

mrsmop68 Report

Colin L
Community Member
7 months ago

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

Bettina Jansen
Community Member
7 months ago

Hahaha ! And there goes my mind into the gutter ;-)

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Lady Laura
Community Member
7 months ago

Is that really just an American thing? I do it because I'm hardcore and too lazy to get a beverage at times

Jill Emburey
Community Member
7 months ago

If you read the info leaflet with your tabs it will always say take with water. If some pills stay in your windpipe and dissolve they can cause burning and ulceration to the tissues. Over time, it could end up very nastily.....

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Gipsy Kings fan
Community Member
7 months ago

That's just TV land, I don't know anyone who really does this.

deanna woods
Community Member
7 months ago

I never take my pills without water. I don't know what show you are watching, but I don't do that.

Carrie de Luka
Community Member
7 months ago

Well, I'm not into believing 'all americans' but as you're asking House - Dr Gregory House always takes his dry! But then I'm hoping no-one thinks he's the norm of any kind!

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Mer
Community Member
7 months ago

Because tv writers are weird.

(((Sherlocat))) she/her
Community Member
7 months ago

^ THIS ! ! ! ;D

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CaptainDinosaur
Community Member
7 months ago

Only if I'm being filmed. I don't chase whiskey on camera either.

Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
7 months ago

mainly a tv thing to show toughness or that they don't have time to bother finding water.

Id row
Community Member
7 months ago

This bothers me, too. I feel like I want to choke just watching that. When they chew up aspirin, too. People just don't do that.

CORRINE STANLEY
Community Member
7 months ago

im american and i cant do that. like its still hard for me to swallow pills with a drink

Leslie O
Community Member
7 months ago

Another thing I hadn't noticed in movies! I don't think that this is common with us IRL.

albertmarksjr@aol.com
Community Member
7 months ago

This American always washes my pills down to avoid gagging.

Siena Valenta
Community Member
7 months ago

Idk. I mean, I would if I could, but I am just NOT GOOD AT SWALLOWING PILLS. I can take five minutes just to swallow.

Jim Kang
Community Member
7 months ago

I've done it because I couldn't be bothered to get some water, but usually I get a drink. Don't believe everything you see on media.

T P
Community Member
7 months ago

THAT is a lie SOME OF US DON'T HATE OURSELVES some of us do...

Andres Tejeda
Community Member
7 months ago

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

Summer C
Community Member
7 months ago

Same. Plus, supposedly you’re suppose to drink water when you do it. (Though that may have been simply something my father told me XD)

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criminalgirl
Community Member
7 months ago

I knew someone who did this regularly, a couple of years later they ended up with surgery on their oesophagus, they had caused serious problems and ended up with ulcers which were eventually cut out. It affected their voice and how they could eat. They are still suffering from this many years later. It stopped me taking any meds, including aspirin or paracetamol without a drink to flush it down properly. True story, which you still might be able to google.

Elina Kuusisto
Community Member
7 months ago

I have never done this and do not intend to try it. Yuck

Randy Roberts
Community Member
7 months ago

Its to look tough or uncaring on tv. It's not the normal way for us.

Aimee Simmons
Community Member
7 months ago

bad writing. or it's the character aesthetic... When I see people do that, I wanna slap em. Your body needs that water to help break down and absorb that pill you dumbass.

Brandon Collinsworth
Community Member
7 months ago

Pills are small, why do you need a drink? Do we Americans have bigger throats than the rest of the world?

Jill Emburey
Community Member
7 months ago

NO! It's so they don't stay in your windpipe but get flushed through it into the stomach. Dissolving pills in the windpipe can cause cellular changes=cancer!

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Mona Khadra
Community Member
7 months ago

Heck no !

Toast Of Saint Louis
Community Member
7 months ago

You can but I would advise against it.

Bev Brown
Community Member
7 months ago

Because they’re technically just Tictac and no one needs water to eat a tictac. Lol

Bumblebee
Community Member
7 months ago

I don't get it. I need to use a lot of meds, sometimes 10 or more at the same time. I just need a sip of water, not a whole cup, but without water? I couldn't do that. Not even one pill, even though I am used to take many at a time. It would feel like it is stuck in my throat..

Sue Knerl
Community Member
7 months ago

I have to have something to drink with a pill, everytime.

Bunzilla
Community Member
7 months ago

I think it's just easier and quicker for a show / movie to show people gulping back pills without something to drink. Probably the exception rather than the norm.

DKS 001
Community Member
7 months ago

as an american: again ... ask the script writers not real people

Chealseay Gist
Community Member
7 months ago

Thats not realy

Erin
Community Member
7 months ago

I have never been on TV and I rarely drink when taking a pill. I can swallow just fine.

Chris Jones
Community Member
7 months ago

Some pills can actually be bad for you if you don't take them with liquid - just be careful which ones you swallow dry. The contraceptive pill is especially bad taken that way. Cancer risk.

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Lacey Heward
Community Member
7 months ago

I take my handful of pills all at once with a big gulp of water or whatever I have... coffee? Tea? Soda? Juice? Any liquid.

Brent Kaufman
Community Member
7 months ago

Not only that but movies show people chewing them. That is gross. We don't do this. I mean, I think it's not common.

Jill Emburey
Community Member
7 months ago

PEOPLE!!! PLEASE!!! Take it from me - ALWAYS read the info leaflet with pills. 99times out of 100 pills will need cold liquid to flush them through your windpipe into your stomach. A small glass at least - not a sip. The pill will stay in your windpipe otherwise and start to dissolve. This can cause cellular changes which could, at best, leave you with a permanent sore throat; at worst, cancer of the throat. Just drink the water!

Jeannie Carle
Community Member
7 months ago

I can't speak for "Americans" but I need at least a sip of something. Of course, that depends on the pill, too.

Jane Moore
Community Member
7 months ago

People rarely swallow them dry.

Carrie Roettger
Community Member
7 months ago

I can't dry swallow pills. I'll gag and throw up if I try.

Florence Hastings
Community Member
7 months ago

They’re professionals

Felix Utterback
Community Member
7 months ago

My mom can do this. I cannot.

Donna Gettings Apperson
Community Member
7 months ago

I used to do it when I was a youngster, but naw, not now.

Johnny Farnen
Community Member
7 months ago

At 500$ a pop, one wants to savor all that expensive bitterness...

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
7 months ago

I’ve never seen anyone do this and have trouble imagining how it would be possible.

KLo
Community Member
7 months ago

I take my pills without water, all the time

Tiffany Marie
Community Member
7 months ago

Idk.. Its stupid. I don't. I force my husband to take them with water. Better then choking.

Tim Scott
Community Member
7 months ago

Damned if I know. I don't.

Debbie O'Grady
Community Member
7 months ago

nope

Amanda Rudnicki
Community Member
7 months ago

How else are we supposed to take them? In applesauce I guess.

Andrea Anthony
Community Member
7 months ago

no idea. I need water to take pills. not to mention, that's not great for your stomach.

Kerri Russ
Community Member
7 months ago

That is an individual preference, actually. I cannot take pills without a non-hot beverage, always. My husband, though, can do dry swallow just fine. I picture a pill getting stuck in my throat so I just can't do it.

Jill Emburey
Community Member
7 months ago

It shouldn't be an individual preference! You MUST flush pills through your windpipe or else they will dissolve there. This causes cellular changes over time causing throat cancer! Always read the info leaflet!

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Karen Johnston
Community Member
7 months ago

I don't. Not so tough.

Shart
Community Member
7 months ago

Once again its tv...we consume liquids with our pills

Caryn Zent
Community Member
7 months ago

It's the writers trying to make the character look tough

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
7 months ago

ewww...

Landon DeSonne
Community Member
7 months ago

i use a drink.

elfin
Community Member
7 months ago

Because on tv providing a glass of water would take time and extra work, while adding nothing to the story. I don't dry-swallow pills and I don't think many people do if they can help it.

Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
7 months ago

If it's a recreational drug you want it to hit that stomach acid and start working NOW. Water just slows it down. Chewing it is even better. That's what I heard in the 60's anyway. I, of course never indulged.

Sarra R
Community Member
7 months ago

I definitely cant. Even a wee tiny pill I need a gulp of soda or something to choke it down. Dry pillers awe me. Especially when they can dry pill like 8 horse pills at THE SAME TIME.

ArmyDog07
Community Member
7 months ago

I don't know anyone that does that.

Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
7 months ago

no, i'm too weak.

Hedy Hahn
Community Member
7 months ago

I don’t many people do.

Lee Kerr
Community Member
7 months ago

I’m in the U.K. and I do that

Kenya Rai
Community Member
7 months ago

I'm not American but I also swallow pills without water.

Cindy Cantrell
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

We do in real life too

ravina nimje
Community Member
7 months ago

I do that too, not an American. When one eat too many pills in life, it get easier.

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
7 months ago

I take mine with a can of beer.

Camy
Community Member
7 months ago

I do that and my mom says she hates to watch me swallow pills.

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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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#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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