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

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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

sam_pIant Report

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.

Laugh or not
Community Member
7 months ago

Sorry, but no. Microwaved water is not the same as water heated in a pot or kettle. I know it sounds crazy, but microwaved water makes flat tea. Don't ask me to provide a scientific explaination, because I can't, but that's something that many people can agree on.

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CaptainDinosaur
Community Member
7 months ago

We make tea by chucking it into Boston Harbor. 😝

Mark Hatte
Community Member
7 months ago

Having tasted tea over there, I find this totally plausible.

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Jenný Samúelsdóttir Herlufsen
Community Member
7 months ago

Ok, I googled this one because I thought that hot water is hot water. BUT..Microwaved water can heat unevenly or it can overheat, both of which, something a kettle wont do, also, if boiled or heated for too long, water loses dissolved oxygen and therefor the tea tastes different. In conclusion, it is not just a form of crazy, the connection between the Brits and their teakettles.

Chris Jones
Community Member
7 months ago

You are right - though we would just call it a kettle as we use them for more than tea.

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Daniel Lewis
Community Member
7 months ago

Superman heats water by shooting laser beams from his eyes.

AndersM
Community Member
7 months ago

And he makes shitty tea. Just ask around

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Shart
Community Member
7 months ago

In america having tea isnt ritualistic..there is no tea time,tea break...having a cup of tea is more of a spur of the moment thing for us... So we just microwave a cup

Andrea Careless
Community Member
7 months ago

Sacrilege! (Says a Canadian.). ;-)

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Helen Haley
Community Member
7 months ago

I think for the majority of the US tea isn't a ritual, it's just a beverage and we don't really like spending more time on things than we have to, as a rule.

Caryn Zent
Community Member
7 months ago

why would you be disgusted by heating up water?

Robin DJW
Community Member
7 months ago

Fastest way to boil a single cup of water. Teabag goes in after it boils. What's disgusting about it (really curious)?

Peter Bear
Community Member
7 months ago

Hot water is hot water, whether you use a kettle, a microwave, a bunsen burner, or a hot rock. I'm a tea snob myself, but quality of your tea and your water are what matter. Not the method.

elfin
Community Member
7 months ago

If only the water gets microwaved to a boil and the tea is added later what's the problem? Microwaves don't chemically change water.

Jeff Christensen
Community Member
7 months ago

Apparently in the USA the mains voltage is relatively low (120V as against 240V in Australia, from memory) so electric kettles are slower than using a microwave.

Chris Jones
Community Member
7 months ago

They are slower due to voltage difference, absolutely true.

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Ziya (Wenny) Liu
Community Member
7 months ago

Step 1: Boil water. Step 2: Make tea. Step 3: Drink.

Chris Jones
Community Member
7 months ago

Nope. Boil water. Leave a few moments so it cools to at around 97°C. Pour on to the tea and leave to steep for several minutes. When at required strength add any extras - lemon, milk, honey... whatever your preferences. THEN drink.

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KateKat
Community Member
7 months ago

I never do.

Rick
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

I once accepted a cup of tea from an American and the first thing I noticed from the first sip that it wasn’t with boiling water and was almost lukewarm. Then I could taste a tangy metallic taste and they said they brewed it in the microwave. You can tell the difference. It’s unnecessary when you can heat water alternatively and it tastes bloody awful. Americans, if you want to serve tea like this to your fellow American friends then feel free, but us Brits have flown halfway across the world to visit your country. Would it kill you to boil some water on a stove?

Sue Knerl
Community Member
7 months ago

I use a proper Brown Betty teapot from England. I love it. The tea tastes better made in a pot.

Andrea Anthony
Community Member
7 months ago

most Americans aren't really adept at proper tea. those of us who take tea seriously, however, have kettles.

80 Van
Community Member
7 months ago

I can't think of a TV show where this happens either. I think since people may do it, but no, it's not everyone in the US.

C
Community Member
7 months ago

A lot of Americans have keurigs and use those for tea / coffee/ etc

Chealseay Gist
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes, i dont think the majority of Americans even own a kettle

Rebeka Terry
Community Member
7 months ago

IKR!!!! My American friend once made me a cup of tea by running her hot water tap directly into the cup. I just about fell over.

Jaymi Leigh
Community Member
7 months ago

Yah that's not a thing. At least heat it up somehow. Tap water hot is not gonna cut it.

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Tabitha L
Community Member
7 months ago

I don't microwave water for tea. Always a kettle. So...not all people in USA?

The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
7 months ago

Tea? Gross! We don't drink fricken tea! We drink whiskey.

Esca Sav
Community Member
7 months ago

I have never done this in my entire life, I have never seen this either.

Kristin Scarbrough
Community Member
7 months ago

Have hope! Enough of us use kettles that they're a common appliance to find in most retails shops in the US. But, in a pinch, yep, I've done it.

Katie Peter
Community Member
1 month ago

Who puts water in the microwave to heat it up??? I'm an American and I have never done this

TheFrisk
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, then never come to America

I_Love_Food🍰🍨🍱🍤🐕🐈
Community Member
6 months ago

uh... I don't. water absorbs radiation.... You will all die an early death...

Steve Cruz
Community Member
7 months ago

I made the mistake of looking inside an electric kettle with a plastic body while I was in England. It was stained and the element was corroded -- and the tea wasn't brewed in it, it turned dark from the water.

Beth Arriaga
Community Member
7 months ago

I have a dear friend who does this - makes tea in microwave- when he's mad at his gf and trying to annoy her. She's British and it drives her batty!

Jeannie Carle
Community Member
7 months ago

Why? Do you not use microwaves?

Ava Lewis
Community Member
7 months ago

HAVE THEY HURD OF A KETTLE MATE?

John Baker
Community Member
7 months ago

Awww. Poor baby.

Jaybird3939
Community Member
7 months ago

I used to do it all the time, then I was at a friend's house and she made tea with an electric kettle, poured in a little hot water and swished it around in the mug. My tea had a lot more flavor and stayed hot longer. It's been electric kettle for me since!

Drive Bee
Community Member
7 months ago

Try it and see if it tastes any different.

vogonpoet
Community Member
7 months ago

You just don't reheat tea in a microwave full stop, let alone actually use the microwave as the basis for making said tea.

Felix Utterback
Community Member
7 months ago

It heats the water quickly and nobody has kettles in America so it's that or however hot of water you can pull from your tap

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
7 months ago

k. Thanks? I dont guess you want to hear how I make tea with boiling water, a gallon pitcher, sugar and 6 large teabags, that after steeping, gets chilled and served by the glass with ice. At all times of the year.

Randy Roberts
Community Member
7 months ago

They are not putting the tea in there just heating the water quickly. Honestly I think more drink coffee.

Aimee Simmons
Community Member
7 months ago

I keep my kettle on the stove and hot at all times. Keeps the house air moist for one thing. all this drywall sucks the moisture from the air and makes my sinuses hurt. Microwaving the tea is bad. Heating the water by itself in the Mic is ok, but still not so healthy.

Mari Bryant
Community Member
7 months ago

Tea snob.

Beatrice Multhaupt
Community Member
7 months ago

Here's something that actually happened to me in a roadside café in Vermont. Glass pitcher on counter filled with hot water with a teabag slowly releasing its golden goodness. Me:''I'll have some of that''. Waitress:''I have to put ice cubes in it first''. Me:''I want it hot''. Her:''no problem; when it's cold, I"ll microwave it"''

Id row
Community Member
7 months ago

Why have another appliance that only takes up space and only does one thing? Why wouldn't you put your cup in the microwave? It takes 2 minutes to make a cup of tea with it. A separate kettle is completely unnecessary and takes up valuable counter space.

Johnny Farnen
Community Member
7 months ago

Why does everyone on Twitter come off as pedantic and judgmental?

Eli
Community Member
7 months ago

This really is a thing. When I was in the States I took Rooibos with, because it's crazy expensive there. I am never drinking microwaved tea again in my life. I'd rather heat it in a pot or something. Didn't have that option where I was.

Hiie Posti
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh my god people do that? Disgusting! I heat water in a kettle, where it's meant to be heated!

Anna Martin
Community Member
7 months ago

Don't mention we don't put cream in tea, either.

JK Rowling
Community Member
7 months ago

You feel the British radiating strongly off this one

ravina nimje
Community Member
7 months ago

I make it too, its easy and fast.

Mary Kelly
Community Member
7 months ago

you should be...i have an electric kettle...

albertmarksjr@aol.com
Community Member
7 months ago

Disgusted ??? Amused or maybe intrigued but disgusted seems extreme.

Tiffany Marie
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes.. I do everyday.

Toast Of Saint Louis
Community Member
7 months ago

If I'm treating a cold I will put it in the radiation box, but nine times out of ten i use my kettle.

Jill Moore
Community Member
7 months ago

Uh oh.

Donna Leske
Community Member
7 months ago

Brits bite.

Tim Scott
Community Member
7 months ago

I know that some do but, in my experience, it's a rarity.

Amanda Rudnicki
Community Member
7 months ago

You can only use your stove 10 minutes a day. Everything we make is from the microwave. Or we have fancy blenders that cook things now too.

Dre Mosley
Community Member
7 months ago

We're not tea snobs here.

Lily Mae Kitty
Community Member
7 months ago

stodgy Brit! "Only WE make tea right!" like it's hard to make freaking tea. They conquered the world for spices and refuse to use a single one.

DKS 001
Community Member
7 months ago

as an american: then don't do it

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
7 months ago

I do this only when I want to piss off my British friend.

Sasha Ross
Community Member
7 months ago

I always microwave my tea...and I drink it most every day

Siena Valenta
Community Member
7 months ago

oops, did not mean to post that thingy twice

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
7 months ago

most 'Muricans don't own tea kettles...we have percolating coffee pots

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
7 months ago

Why the down vote? It's true. Well, I own both.

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
7 months ago

I like yea sweet and iced. Hot tea is not good to me.

Cdickson
Community Member
7 months ago

My English Kiwi husband was appalled when I microwaved tea water. I was surprised not everyone microwave heated water. I’ve come around to his way of heating the water. It does seem more satisfying .

Lady Laura
Community Member
7 months ago

I'm sure we would be disgusted watching you make coffee though

Carrie de Luka
Community Member
7 months ago

We've learned good coffee from the Italians, thanks.

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Bored Silly
Community Member
7 months ago

I have never seen this on TV. Why not just use a kettle.

CORRINE STANLEY
Community Member
7 months ago

i dont even like tea but, how could you put water in the microwave. like cmon boil it on the stove or in a kettle or smth idk

Debra Robinson
Community Member
7 months ago

that's how i make my tea in a little pitcher

India Morgan
Community Member
7 months ago

preach

glowworm2
Community Member
7 months ago

Okay yes--guilty as charged.

Colin L
Community Member
7 months ago

I'm an American tea drinker (living in Seattle, no less) and I think it's disgusting too. But have you seen American style tea?

Ivana
Community Member
7 months ago

I don't own a microwave. I had to move into a tiny apartment and decided the counter space was more important. 12 years later I have a huge house and still refuse to own a microwave. Hate those things.

deanna woods
Community Member
7 months ago

I have never seen that before on American tv.

bananapower_2.0
Community Member
7 months ago

disgusting i live in america but just disgusting

⚞ Katniss Everdeen ⚟
Community Member
7 months ago

imao the only proper way to make tea is to boil it in a metal tea kettle and use a cast-iron tea pot and strainer.

Tor Rolf Strøm
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7 months ago

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Oh buhu snob. Wrong kind of boiling?

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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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