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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 months ago

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

Vanta Black
Community Member
6 months ago

If you ever become a cop, your captain will compare it to a dumpster in the Philippines.

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April Simnel
Community Member
6 months ago

The inside of my school locker as an 80s teenager was a small mirror, because sometimes you need it and don't want to go to the girls bathroom, and a couple of cutout pictures from magazines of my then-fave rock stars. I don't understand what's supposed to be so crazy about that.

Leslie O
Community Member
6 months ago

Also a teenager in the 80s, and I had stickers, picture of BF...

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Draco Malfoy
Community Member
6 months ago

No. Well maybe the vsco girls, but otherwise no

Foock Auff
Community Member
6 months ago

Malfoy's right -- only VSCO/a few girls hahaha

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M Adams
Community Member
6 months ago

Some do, some don't

Laura Land
Community Member
6 months ago

Tv. Many schools are not using lockers in their schools anymore.

⚞ Katniss Everdeen ⚟
Community Member
6 months ago

In my locker, there's never pictures of my crush. There is, however, a large paper Baby Yoda, a Hunger Games mini poster, and a whole ton of feathers I collected off the school football field.

Karon Sheffield
Community Member
6 months ago

It all depends on the person's personality. Back in the late 80s and early 90s we did. Now our kids don't have lockers for safety reasons.

John Bell
Community Member
6 months ago

My locker at work is covered in stuff my kid drew and pics of her and dilbert comics.

Norah Bruce
Community Member
6 months ago

We don't even get lockers any more because all the school shootings.

CORRINE STANLEY
Community Member
6 months ago

I put pics of me with my friends in my locker and a cup holder for candy and pencils and stuff. some people are weird and out mini rugs and mini chandeliers

Kines Tezja
Community Member
6 months ago

What xD Mini rugs and mini chandeliers? Why?

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Ice cube
Community Member
6 months ago

some do

Ziya (Wenny) Liu
Community Member
6 months ago

I do't even have a locker... in the movies and books everyone has lockers as tall as them. I use a backpack :'(

Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
6 months ago

I never did ad neither did my friends

ROSSELAIRA EUGENIE CRUZ
Community Member
6 months ago

All I have in my locker is a locker shelf, my school stuff, and some pics of me and my friends. No mirrors, posters, or pics of my crush (I don't even HAVE one).

Amazon QT
Community Member
6 months ago

I did it in high school... don’t do it now for my work locker!!!

Felix Utterback
Community Member
6 months ago

I had a bunch of magnets, a little whiteboard, and a mirror

Randy Roberts
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes, girls and yes even some boys like hanging stuff in their locker that they think looks cool or will get them noticed.

Lance d'Boyle
Community Member
6 months ago

yes, some do.

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

LOL @ your name...!

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Megan Peniston-Bird
Community Member
6 months ago

I did that as a teenager in Australia

Karasu
Community Member
6 months ago

When you have five minutes or less to get your shit and get to the other end of the building, you don't spend a lot of time decorating.

Mary Kelly
Community Member
6 months ago

some girls do...the stores even sell a bunch of crap especially designed for this purpose

Living_Shadow
Community Member
6 months ago

I don't have time for that. It's just the movies. No one cares what their locker looks like

KLo
Community Member
6 months ago

Of course, teens from the best, most fun decades decorated their lockers as so. Pictures of crush, best friend, magazine cut outs, small square mirror....:

Débora Gualberto
Community Member
6 months ago

We didn't even have lockers in my school

Tim Scott
Community Member
6 months ago

A minority do.

Debbie Orme
Community Member
6 months ago

We did in the 70s & 80s

Cheryl Adams
Community Member
6 months ago

What's a "nonce"?

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

Errrmm - 'nonce' is the British slang term for 'paedophile'! Although, that actually doesn't make sense. A teen crushing on other teens and/or young adults isn't paedophilia... That's just called 'normal', lol! (and yes, I know North Americans spell it 'pedophile', not 'paedophile')

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MADELEINE KIMBALL
Community Member
6 months ago

you guys don't do that?? what's the point of having a locker?

Andrea Anthony
Community Member
6 months ago

I didn't even have a locker in school

Bunzilla
Community Member
6 months ago

Back when I went to high school, I had a magnetic mirror hanging on the door. Other than that? Not much. My lockers were always far too far away from all my classes to ever be practical to use between classes.

DKS 001
Community Member
6 months ago

as an american: When I was in school I decorated mine with my schedule

Matthew Adamson
Community Member
6 months ago

my favorite decoration in my locker is either trash or nothing

SAF saf
Community Member
6 months ago

I had cars and comic book pages actually but newer schools aren't building lockers in anymore.

Cecilia Garcia
Community Member
6 months ago

i never even had a locker in high school...

Shart
Community Member
6 months ago

Maybe back in the late 80s/ 90s

Zoe
Community Member
6 months ago

Posters and mirrors, yes. Usually pictures of friends

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
6 months ago

most public places haven't had lockers since the early 1980s

savannah burrows
Community Member
6 months ago

honestly a lot of middle schools don't really have lockers. high schools do but are very rarely decorated

Daria B
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Not an American, but I would have probably decorated my locker too, had we had them back at school. I mean, my office cubicle looks like a kindergarten. ♡

elfin
Community Member
6 months ago

Some do, some don't. Or did. Because of all the school shootings many schools have done away with lockers and students carry backpacks instead. Now, with the pandemic, gun sales are way up. A large portion of our population is crazy.

Tabitha L
Community Member
6 months ago

I had a mirror and pictures in my locker in middle school.

CaptainDinosaur
Community Member
6 months ago

Mine had picture of a Corvette Stingray and another of Chuck Yeager, plus fifty band stickers, but yeah.

Hedy Hahn
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes, teenagers do this but not when I was a kid.

Alexander Brior
Community Member
5 months ago

One of my friends made his locker demon-themed because he has locker 666.

Kit Kat
Community Member
5 months ago

VSCO girls do that

Leesa DeAndrea
Community Member
5 months ago

I never did.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
6 months ago

Some Americans keep weapons and ammo in their lockers.

Beth Arriaga
Community Member
6 months ago

Actually many high schools stopped using lockers because it was too easy to hide 'contraband' (drugs, alcohol etc) in them. My kids had to carry their books- for all classes- around all day and to and from school.

Jeannie Carle
Community Member
6 months ago

In HS - we all did.

Ava Lewis
Community Member
6 months ago

i mean i know a few people with stuff liek that in their locker i only have pens and stuff

Pippa Runs
Community Member
6 months ago

Our school lockers were removed in the 90s because of weapons 🤷🏽‍♀️

Emily Smith
Community Member
6 months ago

High school in the 80's and 90's it was a popular trend. Now I think kids more more into organization with shelves and pencil holders, etc.

Katherine Gilleland
Community Member
6 months ago

In middle school EVERY girls locker was like this. In high school no one used their lockers because you didn’t have time to stop at them. At the end of the year when they have us clean out our lockers I always had to have a janitor unlock it because I didn’t know the combo

Tina Scogin
Community Member
6 months ago

This is probably something from "back in the day". When I was in HS back in the 80s, yes, you were judged by how awesome you decorated the inside of your locker. Some even wrapped the outside of theirs.

Crazycube
Community Member
6 months ago

I know some people that do.

Id row
Community Member
6 months ago

I didn't.

LaDonna Hulcy
Community Member
6 months ago

no.

Tiffany Marie
Community Member
6 months ago

Yup..

Scott Shepard
Community Member
6 months ago

High,school girls do that

Amanda Rudnicki
Community Member
6 months ago

Pretentious people do. Mainly preppy or rich girls...

Hannah Boning
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Yeah sometimes. (Not mine tho.)

Mommyofboth
Community Member
6 months ago

I had a mirror and a few magnets. Nothing more.

Geth
Community Member
6 months ago

No, they don't.

Miranda Tittles
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes

Inés Sanz
Community Member
6 months ago

In Spain we don't have lockers. An American student came to study for a few months and she was crazy about this. We carry our books and staff in our backpacks.

Kelly Kurr
Community Member
6 months ago

My locker was full of posters of Marilyn Manson 😍

Lady Laura
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes!!!! Why on earth wouldn't you decorate I?!

Tiffiny
Community Member
6 months ago

Middle school yes, high school no.

bananapower_2.0
Community Member
6 months ago

movies unless there a brat

Colin L
Community Member
6 months ago

Mirror, maybe...

Lavender Brown
Community Member
6 months ago

Nope.

Siena Valenta
Community Member
6 months ago

Nope. Only creepy stalkers do that.

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
6 months ago

Unlike people in your country, we have some sense of style.

Draco Malfoy
Community Member
6 months ago

A bit harsh don't you think?

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Why?
Community Member
6 months ago

We also wear our shoes in bed as well.

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#6

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Erin
Community Member
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 months ago

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

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#14

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Catlady6000
Community Member
6 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
6 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
6 months ago

Why? Hot water is hot water.

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#17

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Colin L
Community Member
6 months ago

You don't?!?!!

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#18

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Keith Nolen
Community Member
6 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
6 months ago

my sister has about 400. I have 2.

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#20

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
6 months ago

I believe this is mostly a southern trait.

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#21

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes, we do. Or Fritos or Cheetos.

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#22

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 months ago

Yes, many people do.

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#30

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April Simnel
Community Member
6 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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