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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

We also wear our shoes in bed as well.

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#6

kaya_lorne Report

Erin
Community Member
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

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

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#14

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Catlady6000
Community Member
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

Why? Hot water is hot water.

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#17

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Colin L
Community Member
5 months ago

You don't?!?!!

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#18

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Keith Nolen
Community Member
5 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.

Karen Johnston
Community Member
5 months ago

As someone who works at a water plant (municipal) I can assure you that tap water is some of the healthiest out there. Better than bottled. It doesn't sit on a shelf.

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Colin L
Community Member
5 months ago

Some tap water is awesome... and others, Flint Michigan.

Leslie O
Community Member
5 months ago

Yeah, I was surprised to learn years ago that Manhattan's water comes from upstate and is really good. Not sure if this is still the casr.

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Gipsy Kings fan
Community Member
5 months ago

It depends on the water source. Some areas have very hard water that is so full of minerals (and not in a good way, like bottled mineral water) that it tastes awful. I have a pot that I use for boiling eggs. After having used it for a while with tap water, the inside is encrusted with a layer of mineral residue! :-P

GeneralZod
Community Member
5 months ago

As an American, this drives me crazy unless it is a reusable bottle of water. I don't buy single-use plastic water bottles for my house and I have had guests get annoyed with me. I them them I have filtered water they can drink with a glass or bring their own.

Allen Dela Cruz
Community Member
5 months ago

Because situations like in Michigan were the water was pretty much poisoned.

Virginia Warner
Community Member
5 months ago

I can attest to this! I tried filtering it but its so bad it kills filters stupid fast.

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Nayeli Ortiz
Community Member
5 months ago

We don't want the government mind controlling us with the fluoride!

Kristin South
Community Member
5 months ago

Where I live the water tastes like literal dirt, so we buy gallon jugs and single bottles to drink from

M O'Connell
Community Member
5 months ago

We get 5gal jugs and have a little spout that screws on to it. The jugs get returned, so there is no waste

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Magpie
Community Member
5 months ago

Some places the tap water tastes earthy.

deanna woods
Community Member
5 months ago

In my area, the water from the tap is really not safe for drinking.

ArmyDog07
Community Member
5 months ago

I always drink from the tap.

Hedy Hahn
Community Member
5 months ago

I think they drink it because it’s so easy to carry their water with them. And yes, it can get expensive.

Bumblebee
Community Member
5 months ago

But why don't have a bottle of water that you just refill? (Though not too often because mold can develop). I always use a stainless steel cup of 24oz and just refill it with tap water. (Though carrying that cup is easy for me, since I am in a wheelchair. I just put it in between my hip and the side of my chair. I can understand carrying a large cup in your purse is not always the best option). Constantly buying bottled water is a waste of money and plastic in my opinion, and bad for the environment. Since a low percentage of plastic (bottles) REALLY gets recycled. Most of them just end up in landfill / the water / the sea. Even though I am not a total environment conscious person. I like to contribute where I can without too much hassle. But still I like to use my stainless steel cup in stead of a plastic water bottle. I bring it with me everywhere, because I drink a lot of water.

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm a tap drinker, myself.

Amanda Sherland
Community Member
5 months ago

Look up Flint, Michigan.

Tabitha L
Community Member
5 months ago

Only in a pinch. I bring my reusable water bottle everywhere.

Newt Scamander
Community Member
5 months ago

At my previous house, the water was sketchy and I just havent got out of the habit

Colleen
Community Member
5 months ago

Because the plumbing on a movie/tv set usually isn't functional unless it's a plot point, so the actors have to get a bottled drink from the fridge. Most Americans drink from the tap unless the water is genuinely unsafe.

Helen Haley
Community Member
5 months ago

The majority of tap water in the US is safe to drink, but may contain trace levels of substances you object to. Or depending on the size and location of where you live may smell like rotten eggs, or dead fish, or something else wholly unpleasant that turns you away from drinking tap.

Meami
Community Member
5 months ago

Most tap water in America is perfectly safe to drink. Bottled water became a "thing" that doesn't seem to go away. Many Americans have turned to reusable water bottles (such as Hydroflask) which they fill with tap water. It solves the portability problem but doesn't add to the plastic problem.

Amazon QT
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

I don’t buy bottle water... I’ve installed a water purifier a few years ago and it’s much better then start out of the tap. I do however fill up a Tupperware pitcher and put it in the fridge- It tastes ok when cold.

Barry Parker
Community Member
5 months ago

Most people have begun to switch over to actual metal refillable water bottles and so less of the plastic water bottles

Holidays in Alghero
Community Member
5 months ago

Same in Italy. We (well, not me) also use bottled water to cook out of distrust of public administration

BoredKid
Community Member
5 months ago

Some people don't have access to drinkable tap water. Like in Tampa (Florida), there's only well water unless you end up paying for clean water.

N G
Community Member
5 months ago

The water isn't safe to drink if you leave Europe

DemPugs
Community Member
5 months ago

The water's safe in most developed nations, I don't know what you're talking about

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Marnie
Community Member
4 months ago

It signals the complete downfall of society. It should be agains the law to sell bottled water.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
5 months ago

Americans like to CREATE PLASTIC WASTE so they can form foundations to REMOVE PLASTIC WASTE from rivers and oceans.

Lynn Morello
Community Member
5 months ago

Do some investigating and find out exactly what they put into Tap Water.

Brent Kaufman
Community Member
5 months ago

One of the biggest bottled water companies is Evian. Spell it backwards and you'll have your answer.

Jeannie Carle
Community Member
5 months ago

I use a brita filter because I don't like the taste of my little town's water. I do NOT buy bottled water!

Cindy Snow
Community Member
5 months ago

Because tap water tastes gross. A lot of places its not good. Also we get our own wster purifiers for sinks too.

Emily Smith
Community Member
5 months ago

Convenience.

Kitsune Chan
Community Member
5 months ago

Wait... so it isn't worldwide thing? It's not that expensive, but, well, it do cost more than regular water.

Tanyard Park
Community Member
5 months ago

It depends where you live. Some areas have great tap water (Louisville, KY) some have undrinkable tap water (Flint, MI). If you live in an area with natural disasters the tap water can be contaminated or pipes break and unable to get tap water. Some people just like bottled water better.

Stefanie Guerra
Community Member
5 months ago

Our tap water tastes terrible. I couldn't do without bottled water, any brand.

Patti Renwick Parrish
Community Member
5 months ago

tap water has chemicals and God knows what else. GROSS!

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
5 months ago

what keith said.

Florence Hastings
Community Member
5 months ago

Only reason I can think of is because americans have polluted their water so badly it’s not safe to drink.

Jamie S. Martindale
Community Member
5 months ago

It's a chance for "product placement" in the film, which can generate more money for the filmmakers. Different brands of bottled water will actually pay to have their own bottles featured in the film. Almost any product in a major studio movie where you can see the label clearly has probably paid to get it in there. Generic products are used otherwise, to protect that business opportunity/potential revenue stream for future films.

Jaybird3939
Community Member
5 months ago

For me, at home, my water tastes terrible. It has a very strong odor of chlorine. So at home, if I have it, I may drink bottled water, but it's usually filtered, and I'll re-use the same bottle.

Elina Kuusisto
Community Member
5 months ago

It's such a horrible habit!!

Felix Utterback
Community Member
5 months ago

My well water is straight up unsafe. There's a lot of terrible city water, gross old pipes releasing toxic metals, etc etc

Donna Gettings Apperson
Community Member
5 months ago

I have a well and my water is filtered via the refrigerator. I do drink bottled water sometimes, but it's home water for the most part.

Liz Gee
Community Member
5 months ago

Do you know Nestle get there water from a small town in Canada. They take it for free and then charge a prohibitive price to you. Good business " eh ".

Janelle Collard
Community Member
5 months ago

It depends on where your tap water comes from. (Just ask Detroit!)

Amazon QT
Community Member
5 months ago

That’s Flint, not Detroit!

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Toni Carroll
Community Member
5 months ago

It's easier on the set designers. The sets are very basic. If you had someone use the tap, then they would have to plumb the sink.

Randy Roberts
Community Member
5 months ago

Companies in america only care about money so they don't care that their companies are dumping their waste products into the rivers and forests, which then pollutes our drinking water. Just ask the state of Michigan about water pollution.

Aimee Simmons
Community Member
5 months ago

there is bottled water, and then there is purified bottled water. It is best to filter or purify your water here because of how many chemicals that cities have to treat the water with to keep inclement organisms from getting into your gut from your city water.

Raymond Ewen
Community Member
5 months ago

Try my tap water. UGH!

Id row
Community Member
5 months ago

Because if some of us drank the water out of the tap we'd probably die. A lot of places don't have good drinking water. I have well water that has a high iron content and the filters I have in place just don't get it all. It's actually turning my hair red :\

Donna Rakowiecki
Community Member
5 months ago

Have to chime in here I only drink water and it must be spring water. A.I only like water and hate sodas B. Tap water and many bottled waters contain chlorine which makes we ill when ingested. So 100% bottled spring water it is. And if they ban it I'm in trouble.

Hiie Posti
Community Member
5 months ago

I don't about Americans, maybe their water is dirty, but here in Europe water is clear.

Connie Martin
Community Member
5 months ago

Because many of them are stupid and irresponsible.

Mary Kelly
Community Member
5 months ago

yes in the past ten years or so....before that, we were all sane

albertmarksjr@aol.com
Community Member
5 months ago

Good marketing on the part of the bottlers. Same skill set that sells absurdly overpriced coffee, burgers, pizza and sneakers.

LaDonna Hulcy
Community Member
5 months ago

most U.S. cities don't test for carcinogens (no test updates for past 20 years) so we are better off with bottled water.

Tiffany Marie
Community Member
5 months ago

Not everyone. Just some.. And some just seldom.

Lisa Shelton
Community Member
5 months ago

Partially because of advertising to make people think it's somehow healthier, and partially because some cities' tap water is repugnant

Scott Shepard
Community Member
5 months ago

My city, Memphis, has the best tap water in the U.S. There are several companies that bottle it in fancy bottles and sell it to dumb people. Some places, like Pheonix, have terrible tap water. Everyone has a water cooler and refills bottles with filtered tap water.

aussie snowdropper
Community Member
5 months ago

Aussie here all i drink is bottle water,for some reason i dont like the taste of tap water !!!!

Tim Scott
Community Member
5 months ago

Amen! This is one of my biggest pet peeve!

Debbie O'Grady
Community Member
5 months ago

yes, but were trying to stop. I'd rather water than Pepsi.

Amanda Rudnicki
Community Member
5 months ago

We don't use plastic bags anymore (because of the whales) so we have to use plastic more in other ways. Like bottles and forks.

Andrea Anthony
Community Member
5 months ago

not to mention a lot of that bottled water on TV is product placement

Dre Mosley
Community Member
5 months ago

I grew up drinking from the tap as did many Americans, but we've been conditioned to drink the bottled stuff. We have a whole generation where some have probably never tasted tap water. During this coronavirus isolation, I've stopped going out and buying it; I'm drinking tap again.

Ty Roberts
Community Member
5 months ago

Los Angeles has the worst tasting tap water possible. We saw it on TV and it became a thing. It’s electrically filtered water like what you find in soft drinks.

DKS 001
Community Member
5 months ago

as an american: tv tv tv movies movies movies .... blah blah blah ... rude rude rude .... our tap water is nasty

Ivana
Community Member
5 months ago

I live in Florida and Nestle is tearing up our rivers to bottle our water and they don't even pay us for it. Every time I see a Floridian drinking out of a plastic bottle I want to slap them. I grew up in those rivers, they are some of the best rivers in the world and Nestle is just fucking us right up the ass.

Romina
Community Member
5 months ago

In both florida and north carolina, the water tasted and smelled like chlorine and made me sick. So I drank bottled because I am european and it tastes just fine here.

Water Bottle
Community Member
5 months ago

Funny, the only time I‘ve ever seen bottled water used regularly was when I went on my Europe trip. Here where I live we only drink tap water unless you are paranoid about the government poisoning the water

Lolabean
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm British and also find that "on the continent" a lot more bottled water is consumed than here. We for example are told not to drink the tap water when we go abroad, however the reason for this is largely that the mineral contents are different to what we are used to in UK and this can lead to upset stomachs. Here, water tastes different in different areas. I also notice the effect it has on my hair. I moved about 20 miles out of the city into a more rural area... the water tastes different (even though we have the same water provider) and it took ages for my hair to adjust to the water change. I just bought a Brita filter jug and the taste was fine then!

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Mindy Keys
Community Member
5 months ago

and wasteful. I just get a tap filter.

Mommyofboth
Community Member
5 months ago

We had a water crisis in WV. In 2014 4-Methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) was spilled into our water supply. this occurred upstream from the West Virginia American Water intake and treatment and distribution center. I still drink tap water but it makes you very wary.

Siena Valenta
Community Member
5 months ago

Ikr. Bottled water is bad for you. Especially on a hot day, the plastic melts and the chemicals get released into the water(That's most likely just tap water anyway). It's also really bad for the environment. My grandparents are always drinking bottled water, and I'm always trying to get them to stop.

Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
5 months ago

This is generally in scenes where they are not at home. Not convenient to carry a glass in the street. Also, some places have better tasting water than others (although tap water any place here is better tasting than in Iceland).

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
5 months ago

It is expensive.

Mer
Community Member
5 months ago

I figure that's because a lot of people DO drink pre-bottled water as opposed to tap water (which is what's in a lot of bottled water...go figure). I have nothing at all against regular tap water and, even if I did, there are a LOT of good tap-water filters available to "purify" it (even though in MOST American cities the water is perfectly fine). Some people believe that drinking water that's been stored in plastic bottles is somehow preferable, though. *shrug*

Evil Little Thing
Community Member
5 months ago

There are a lot of areas with really yucky tasting tap water. I filter mine.

Carrot dude
Community Member
5 months ago

I don't think this is a big thing.

SBW71
Community Member
5 months ago

it's safe to drink just the chemicals used in it to keep it clean leave a funny taste so better to drink bottled

CaptainDinosaur
Community Member
5 months ago

Awesome way to create product placement. Thats about it, I've been drinking tap water for 3 and a half decades.

Leslie O
Community Member
5 months ago

In cities and suburbs, tap water tastes horrendous unless you have your own well. It tastes kind of mildewy or bleachy, or both.

Leslie O
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh, so we've always gotten water in 5 gallon containers delivered for the water cooler, rather than getting bottles all the time.

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elfin
Community Member
5 months ago

The fact that it's expensive helps make it trendy with some people. And it is nicely portable. In some areas it's safer than drinking the local water.

Lady Laura
Community Member
5 months ago

I would never drink the tap here. I wasn't raised on it so as an adult I find it repulsive

The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
5 months ago

My city water tastes like the 60 year old pipes that deliver it.

Ms.GB
Community Member
5 months ago

Bottled water is more filtered and tastes better than tap to me...but if I make punch or lemonade I use tap.

AnnSmithJones
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

It just tastes better. We have a lot of minerals and most of the water in the US is hard water. Bottled water adds electrolytes making it smoother.

Sardonic Scribe
Community Member
5 months ago

Majority of water in North American is fluoridated - which many people don't agree with. Hence the bottled water.

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
5 months ago

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Because they got that habit from Europeans.

Caoimhe_Snowleopard
Community Member
5 months ago

Europeans tend to drink from the tap

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Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
5 months ago

my sister has about 400. I have 2.

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#20

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
5 months ago

I believe this is mostly a southern trait.

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#21

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes, we do. Or Fritos or Cheetos.

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#22

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
5 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
5 months ago

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

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Dynein
Community Member
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

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

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April Simnel
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes, many people do.

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April Simnel
Community Member
5 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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