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

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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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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
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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Erin
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes, we do. It is the only access we have to water.

Dilly Millandry
Community Member
7 months ago

We had these in the UK when I was a child so it doesn't seem strange to me.

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Jessica Cifelli
Community Member
7 months ago

Some do still. A lot of them however, have been converted to fill bottles

N G
Community Member
7 months ago

I think they do.. well you never see them with a proper cup of tea.

Siena Valenta
Community Member
7 months ago

Wait, you had TEA FOUNTAINS at school?

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glowworm2
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Yes, we actually do and not just in schools--in malls, museums, etc.. I do so when I'm desperate and thirsty.

CORRINE STANLEY
Community Member
7 months ago

yeah, unless we bring our own water

CaptainDinosaur
Community Member
7 months ago

Yeah. They're everywhere. School, doctor's office, factory, wherever. But putting your mouth on the faucet is a major faux pas.

Gipsy Kings fan
Community Member
7 months ago

I was in school in the 60s and 70s. We had to drink from those because no other water was available. Other beverages were available in the cafeteria at lunch time.

Bored Silly
Community Member
7 months ago

Ummm don't all schools everywhere have water fountains. I am Canadian and we have them.

Bettina Jansen
Community Member
7 months ago

Nope, in France and the Netherlands (and Belgium, from second-hand knowledge) we have classic sinks/faucets in the restrooms.

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Pavlina G
Community Member
7 months ago

Yep. What's weird about that?

Robin DJW
Community Member
7 months ago

At regular intervals in school halls. You have to remember, if you're not too young, that bottled water and reusable fluid containers (plastic, glass or metal) did not exist not all that long ago. I think we acquired a lot of immunity that way. I rarely get colds and I have no food allergies. It might be a mistake to raise kids in overly-cleaned environments. Just food for thought.

Bunzilla
Community Member
7 months ago

That's not always the case. I used to play in the dirt, mud and ponds, collected rocks from the ground, drank from fountains, went on nature hikes regularly, and I still ended up immunocompromised, with many environmental and food intolerances. And my older brother, who did much the same, gets colds all the time and also has a lot of environmental allergies. Our family only used regular cleaners to clean things, not disinfectant types. The house was clean, but not Clean! . We had pet frogs, toads, newts, anoles, snakes, fish, rats, crickets, cats and birds. Lots of plants inside the house. So I had a lot more exposure to nature than almost any of my classmates.

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Henry Zhang
Community Member
7 months ago

Ah yes the freedom fountains. It is the source of our hydration and government mandated mind control serum

Ice cube
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes, we do.

Not A Panda
Community Member
7 months ago

I wasn't in the US but our school in Brunei had them and you bet we used them.

Hedy Hahn
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes, we do.

Lavender Brown
Community Member
7 months ago

Yeah. It's actually really helpful. And a way to be late for class. ;)

Colin L
Community Member
7 months ago

Yep. Although they scare me at the moment.

Les🐝an
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes????? We aren't allowed water bottles or cups in class.

Jaymi Leigh
Community Member
7 months ago

You aren't allowed? I'm a teacher and I don't think that's fair. I always let my students bring a water bottle and they can fill them at a water bottle fill station we have above our water fountain.

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deanna woods
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes, we do.

K
Community Member
7 months ago

Yep 100%

⚞ Katniss Everdeen ⚟
Community Member
7 months ago

We do... but most people just sneak soda/coffee/tea in via opaque water bottle...

BoredKid
Community Member
7 months ago

I mean yeah...

Felix Utterback
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes. It is the only water we get if you don't bring a bottle. Which half the teachers don't even allow anyways

BeenElle
Community Member
7 months ago

Do you know how long drinking fountains have been around? There’s nothing weird about this.

Jack Nimble
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Well, we used to, anyways

Eva Bryson
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes, and we have them in office buildings. What's so "weird" about drinking water from a fountain?

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes. And the water was always nice and cold.

Inés Sanz
Community Member
7 months ago

Why are they weird?

Full Name
Community Member
7 months ago

As opposed to a toilet?

elfin
Community Member
7 months ago

And not just in schools. It's a way to provide water without having to touch anything but the water with your lips. What do you use for mass water providing?

Draco Malfoy
Community Member
7 months ago

Only if a necessity!! I have seen grey water in there.

kitcats
Community Member
7 months ago

sadly

K
Community Member
1 month ago

Not during a pandemic.

Kit Kat
Community Member
7 months ago

Yep

Leesa DeAndrea
Community Member
7 months ago

Water fountains are nice. The water is usually chilled.

Gretal S
Community Member
7 months ago

We drink from the toilet too if we're really thirsty. But you have to make sure it's flushed first!

Jeannie Carle
Community Member
7 months ago

Yessssss - why? Do you carry a water bottle with you?

Paul Jordan
Community Member
7 months ago

Have 'em in New Zealand schools too. No paper cup trash to dispose of either.

Ronnie Beaton
Community Member
7 months ago

I remember there being public drinking fountains in seaside towns when I was a kid back in the 70s. I also remember drinking from one and almost pooping myself inside out a couple of days later.

Crazycube
Community Member
7 months ago

I do but I wouldn't actually trust the water but I have no other choice

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
7 months ago

OCD sufferers do not. Too germy.

Randy Roberts
Community Member
7 months ago

We have water drinking fountains in schools, business buildings, malls, libraries and parks among other places I've forgotten.

Id row
Community Member
7 months ago

Why wouldn't we drink from a water fountain? People outside the US don't drink water in school?

Johnny Farnen
Community Member
7 months ago

Intelligent people don't drink from them.

Lance d'Boyle
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes and they each have a personality-- some try to squirt you or the person beside you and others draw you in for a kiss.

Mariette Ferreira
Community Member
7 months ago

Those water fountains give clean and delicious water. Always nice and cold.

Chrissie M.
Community Member
7 months ago

And this with the chlorined water that just tastes awful.

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes, that’s why they are there. Do people in other countries not drink from water fountains?

Kathy Swanson
Community Member
7 months ago

Not only schools, but the workout gym too.

CR Harvey
Community Member
7 months ago

Not if I can help it. They are gross! I bring my water bottle.

Mary Kelly
Community Member
7 months ago

yes...how do your kids get water b/w classes or during gym class?

albertmarksjr@aol.com
Community Member
7 months ago

Weird ???

Tiffany Marie
Community Member
7 months ago

Lol.. Yes all the time.

Karon Sheffield
Community Member
7 months ago

Sadly, yes. The schools are afraid our kids will bring alcohol or drugs in the drinks and food.

Debbie O'Grady
Community Member
7 months ago

we use to. We had them throughout the community. They stopped, due to costs. Schools have them, ewww gross!

Amanda Rudnicki
Community Member
7 months ago

Children 5-18yo aren't allowed to use sinks. We wash our hands there too. It's complicated but if you aren't old enough to vote, you can't access water any other way.

MADELEINE KIMBALL
Community Member
7 months ago

how... else would you get water....

DKS 001
Community Member
7 months ago

as an american: that is why they are there ... to drink out of

Matthew Adamson
Community Member
7 months ago

its horrible every time i drink out of it

Lynda Momalo
Community Member
7 months ago

Yeah? Don't you have access to water at school?

Animal lover❤
Community Member
7 months ago

Yep

Karen Johnston
Community Member
7 months ago

Um, yes.

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
7 months ago

I don't understand the confusion here. It's a water fountain. Where do Europeans get their water in school?

Shart
Community Member
7 months ago

No we drink out of the toilet..next question

Zoe
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes 🤦🏻‍♀️ many now have water bottle filling stations though!

Jack Ericson
Community Member
7 months ago

Why would we not? Also, do you not have water fountains in other parts of the world?

Siena Valenta
Community Member
7 months ago

Every school I've been to in Canada and the US has had them growing up, so I don't really think of them as weird. It's better if you just bring your own water or other drink.

Dave Thompson
Community Member
7 months ago

You bet.

Norah Bruce
Community Member
7 months ago

If you dont bring water from home or money to get from the (rare) vending machine, that's your only access to water

Katelynn Harvey
Community Member
7 months ago

It’s connected to the sewers that’s why we all have toxic waste radiating out of our bodies.

Karen Gavaletz
Community Member
7 months ago

Not after the Coronavirus!

Newt Scamander
Community Member
7 months ago

We dont want to, but it's how we survive

M Adams
Community Member
7 months ago

I do not, and I work in a school. That should tell you something.

Esca Sav
Community Member
7 months ago

We have them, but.... at least in my school we didn't drink from them. A lot of the water is contaminated. We had a club that actually tested the water because of all the rumors that it was unclean and it turned out it was contaminated with something. School didn't even cover them after finding out. We have an automatic water dispenser in our university that is genuinely clean. Student's refill their bottles for free (if you ignore the tuition they pay).

bananapower_2.0
Community Member
7 months ago

bro thoses are disgusting my school uses the same water for the TOILET !!!!!

Sarra R
Community Member
7 months ago

The autopsy /embalmers also wash the blood, goop and such down the same drains which our dirty dishwater/shower water and toilet water waste go. It's all cleaned at the water treatment plants and resent everywhere to be drank, bathed in, swam in, etc. Yes. Corpse blood and fluid.

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Ziya (Wenny) Liu
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7 months ago (edited)

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DON'T DRINK FROM IT!!!! THERE ARE DEAD BUGS IN THE PIPES!!!!

Ayasophya Alturas
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7 months ago

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eww no.

Daniel Lewis
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7 months ago

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Yes, we don't drink form the toilet like you do.

Monika Rhodes
Community Member
7 months ago

No one drinks from a toilet, smartass

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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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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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