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".

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#7

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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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#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

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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.

Water Bottle
Community Member
7 months ago

I drink milk with dinner. Also without a meal.

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M Adams
Community Member
7 months ago

Milk is served with school lunches every day of school.

Well, I Tried
Community Member
7 months ago

In my school, the 5-7 year olds got milk with their lunch.

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Mer
Community Member
7 months ago

Eh, I've got to say that most adults don't, at least, not regularly, but a lot of kids do. I don't tend to do it (usually go with coffee, a coke, or sweet iced tea). It's meant to convey "wholesomeness" in movies/tv shows.

Siena Valenta
Community Member
7 months ago

What's wrong with milk?

Colin L
Community Member
7 months ago

What's good about it?

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Magpie
Community Member
7 months ago

When I was growing up, we always drank milk with dinner. On rare occasion, we had KOOL AID!!

Karen Johnston
Community Member
7 months ago

Kool aid with dinner? My, weren't you fancy?

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elfin
Community Member
7 months ago

We drink a whole lot of different things with our meals. It's a big country with a lot of different people.

Colin L
Community Member
7 months ago

The dairy industry had some sway in the day.

Full Name
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

In Canada advertising was forbidden in schools, yet the "Meat and Dairy Council" had propaganda everywhere.

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Karen Johnston
Community Member
7 months ago

I'm 60, and still drink milk with dinner.

Eric Mac Fadden
Community Member
7 months ago

I do - cold as the brunette's heart (a Brazilian joke)

Jack Ericson
Community Member
7 months ago

Milk is awesome

Robin DJW
Community Member
7 months ago

We drank milk at every meal. It and water were our (almost) only beverages. Oh, and we brewed iced tea in the summers. Had OJ rarely as a special treat. Usually had no soda pop in the house at all.

Karen Johnston
Community Member
7 months ago

We had that, but also got to have Kool Aid. But certainly not with dinner.

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Robyn Miller
Community Member
7 months ago

I personally think milk is only good when paired with chocolate, or in cereal. My daughter (6) would drink it all day long if we let her, and my mother drinks it like water too. I think it just depends on the person. And I think back in the day it was considered a very healthy thing and was pushed on kids. These days it is still served with school lunches and on many kid menus at restaurants, and it is marketed as good for growing bones, but it is kinda odd for adults to drink it with meals in my opinion.

fuggnuggins
Community Member
7 months ago

In moderation it's good for bones, but it has an acid in it that breaks bone down and can contribute to osteoporosis. If you drink it to regularly. And each person would tolerate it differently. But growing bones I guess would benefit from the breakdown. Bones do so naturally, but there's a range of balance.

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Jill
Community Member
7 months ago

Americans drink LOTS of milk compared to any other country I can think of.

Sandra Simpson
Community Member
7 months ago

My family does.

Daisy
Community Member
7 months ago

The only milk I have with dinner is ice cream...

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
7 months ago

Amerrican's are stuck on milk.... programming from back in the mid 20th century . (calcium and Vitamin D as selling points)

Tabitha L
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes. Often kids. But some adults.

Kristina Jensen
Community Member
7 months ago

In Sweden it is pretty common for the everyday dinner on weeknights

Kit Kat
Community Member
6 months ago

We do

Lacey Heward
Community Member
7 months ago

No! I thought this was fake too! I don't really like a glass of milk unless it's with cookies!

Lucka Rakowska
Community Member
7 months ago

This must come from Holland....

Brent Kaufman
Community Member
7 months ago

My parents made me drink a glass of milk a day, with dinner and I wasn't allowed to leave the table until I finished it. It was because of the calcium. My father would scare me with his description of an old lady he met through his job, who couldn't walk well because "her hip bones, were disintegrating, from not enough calcium". That image will freak a kid out.

Jeannie Carle
Community Member
7 months ago

I grew up drinking milk with all meals but I don't any more cuz I'm not on the farm. I don't like pasteurized milk.

Emily Smith
Community Member
7 months ago

Before I became lactose intolerant, I did all the time. I will sometimes but things with tomatoes (pizza, spaghetti), hearty stews and meats and anything spicy are what I'll grab milk for.

MadRatter
Community Member
7 months ago

ermmm... Europeans do that too. I live in Denmark and it's not unusual to drink milk with meals.

Tanyard Park
Community Member
7 months ago

Depends on what you're eating and what age you are. Kids might drink milk while the adults enjoy a beer or glass of wine.

Patti Renwick Parrish
Community Member
7 months ago

milk with most all meals

Jaybird3939
Community Member
7 months ago

Nothing better than a cold glass of milk when you're eating something salty or spicy

scrappyrat
Community Member
7 months ago

It's something mostly only done by children, though it's becoming less common now because it's more healthy to drink water or something else with less animal fat and sugar (lactose).

Felix Utterback
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Yes. Milk goes with every meal. My grandpa religiously pours out milk to everyone with any dinner.

Randy Roberts
Community Member
7 months ago

Parents try to get their kids to drink milk with their dinners because they are growing and the calcium and vitamn D is good for them. Adults just drink anything. Beer, pop, water, wine, juice.

Steve Barker
Community Member
7 months ago

I know what "taking the piss" means, but you may have to explain it to us yanks.

Raymond Ewen
Community Member
7 months ago

Children do.

Id row
Community Member
7 months ago

Do people outside the US really say 'take the piss'? Where are you taking the piss?

ADHD
Community Member
7 months ago

its the milk and cookies thing i dont like lol, Oreos are not a good cookie either

Connie Martin
Community Member
7 months ago

Always had milk with meals growing up, and as an adult.

Lauri foss
Community Member
7 months ago

What do they drink in other countries with dinner?

Melanie Fitzpatrick
Community Member
7 months ago

I've not had a glass of milk with a meal since I was 8.

Mary Kelly
Community Member
7 months ago

if they like milk they do...most kids have milk with dinner...i love milk with dinner

albertmarksjr@aol.com
Community Member
7 months ago

Until I was 15-18 yes but never since.

LaDonna Hulcy
Community Member
7 months ago

NO!! totally gross!! as a kid we NEVER drank milk, it was always water !

Tiffany Marie
Community Member
7 months ago

Yeah. .. I don't do dairy much anymore. My mom though did have me drink milk with dinner. Something healthy I suppose outside chips all the time & candy bars.

Karon Sheffield
Community Member
7 months ago

We grew up too poor to drink milk with a meal. That was an epensive item to us. There were times all we had all day long was a piece of bread with some mayonnaise or ketchup. Us three kids would share one potato on a good day. Now I am grown with kids and grandkids. They can have milk whenever they like. I have strived to make sure my family has it better than I ever did.

Lisa Shelton
Community Member
7 months ago

Most every night. I tend to drink water instead but my boys love them some milk.

Toast Of Saint Louis
Community Member
7 months ago

I do not. I never have. I drank it by itself, with cookies, cake,donuts, or any sweet treat. I prefer my milk with ice.

Bumblebee
Community Member
7 months ago

Many families with younger children do this in the Netherlands too. Or maybe I have to say, did? Years ago. It could be that kids nowadays just get juice? Unfortunately I don't have children, so I don't know. From what I remember from my childhood, I just had milk or water. We rarely had lemonade or juice with breakfast, lunch or dinner in my family. When we were "old enough", soda was reserved only for the weekends. Not during weekdays. But I don't know how other families handled this. This was at least the case in my childhood.

Rick
Community Member
7 months ago

Milk is such a baby drink lol. I haven’t drunk a glass of milk since... well, never. Maybe i drink a glass worth when I have cereal...

Bunzilla
Community Member
7 months ago

It depends on the family. Ours doesn't, but many do. It's an extra source of protein and calcium.

Debbie O'Grady
Community Member
7 months ago

yes! Milk is good for you. Well, Canadian milk is good for you...

Aaron Smith
Community Member
7 months ago

ive never seen people drink milk for supper.. thats weird

MADELEINE KIMBALL
Community Member
7 months ago

you... don't?

Troy Latta
Community Member
7 months ago

Mostly kids, but yes some adults still like it.

Victoria Swift
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes. My kids can drink water, milk, or a sugarless fruit drink . They always choose milk.

Lynda Momalo
Community Member
7 months ago

We all did, growing up -- mom and dad included. Again, this was in the 1960s/70s, so I don't know if that still holds.

DKS 001
Community Member
7 months ago

as an american: fuck me ..................... goddamn "like in the movies" crap again ... is that in the title? Oh yeah, I guess it is. Well shit ...... no milk here

April Simnel
Community Member
7 months ago

I have a glass of wine with dinner. When I was little, it was water or milk.

Natalie N
Community Member
7 months ago

The Dutch also drink milk with lunch and dinner when the preference arises.

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
7 months ago

My spouse does this and it creeps me out, to be honest.

Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
7 months ago

Not since I was 10

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
7 months ago

I have seen this in the Netherlands too...

AnnSmithJones
Community Member
7 months ago

Sure - it's not unusual. A lot of people drink wine or water though. Or pop.

Michelle Geiger
Community Member
7 months ago

What are you supposed to drink with your dinner?

Carrie de Luka
Community Member
7 months ago

I don't think there is a 'suppsed to'. Water would be healthier. If you are going with the idea of 'supposed to' it's odd that adult humans drink milk at all - highly unnecessary and not great for digestion. That said I do love milk.

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Bettina Tallaksen
Community Member
7 months ago

We did this in our house (in Norway) when I was a kid. It's disgusting.

Rebeka Terry
Community Member
7 months ago

hahahah weird

CaptainDinosaur
Community Member
7 months ago

I dunno, my family never did. I think it's a TV thing but for sure some psychopath is out here having a mid-rare steak and a glass of milk.

Jim Ellington
Community Member
7 months ago

Why would certain (non-alcoholic) beverages be only fit to drink during certain times of day? Taboo? Superstition? Old-wives' tale? Biorhythms? Tradition? Sheer asininity?

JuJu
Community Member
7 months ago

Milk is not a beverage, it's a nourishment.

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Daniel Lewis
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7 months ago

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We don't drink it directly from the cow as people in your country do.

Carrie de Luka
Community Member
7 months ago

Aw, are you sad because you know our farming standards are healthier Daniel? We don't fill our cows and food chains with chemicals.

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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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