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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#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.

Spikey Bunny
Community Member
7 months ago

Especially in Texas

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MadMom
Community Member
7 months ago

Just like half of these questions - some do, some don't. Google 'homecoming mum' and witness the insanity!

Full Name
Community Member
7 months ago

WTF?! I used to live in California (as an adult) and have many American friends but I've never heard of this mum thing. I just googled and HOLY SHIT! What the hell for?

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DemPugs
Community Member
7 months ago

I don't really get it. As a High School student currently, not many people are into homecoming/prom and it's mostly the jocks/popular kids anyway. Maybe it's just because Seattleites are mostly introverted.

Esca Sav
Community Member
7 months ago

It wasn't a big thing in my area either. Some people went, but it wasn't "OH MY GOD I NEED TO GO" type of thing. No obsession for that king queen business either.

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Robin DJW
Community Member
7 months ago

I went to high school in Texas, and oh yeah. It was a big deal. It was crazy and I stayed far, far away from it.

April Simnel
Community Member
7 months ago

When I was an 1980s teen, it very much was a thing. I think most people today don't understand how these events are remnants of a US culture 80-90 years ago where the middle class were aping the rich and their debutante balls and college stuff, and were using these events to train their teenagers on how to behave in formal social gatherings as adults (and perhaps their kids could move up the class ladder when they got to college and beyond if they could behave like the rich).

Myriam Ickx
Community Member
7 months ago

Well, that custom certainly did not teach the teenagers good taste !

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Elaine Dodge
Community Member
7 months ago

What the hell is homecoming? Where have they been that coming home needs to be celebrated?

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Each high school has a homecoming. It's a home game and they decorate the school halls and there's a parade during the game and there is a homecoming queen and king. It's kind of like prom but add football with it. There is a game then a parade then the homecoming dance.

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Debra Trayler
Community Member
7 months ago

What IS homecoming?

Anna Martin
Community Member
7 months ago

Look up "Texas Mums" to see what Texas does for Homecoming. You're Welcome.

Sarah Levine
Community Member
7 months ago

Yikes - what are those things?

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Karasu
Community Member
7 months ago

No, we don't. All through high school, I never once knew when it was, or even what it was, really.

albertmarksjr@aol.com
Community Member
7 months ago

It's a big deal but not one I've ever been involved with

Evil Little Thing
Community Member
7 months ago

No

Magpie
Community Member
7 months ago

It was a big deal. Might be the first time you got to make out with a guy. At night!

Kit Kat
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes we do

Steve Cruz
Community Member
7 months ago

YES... Homecoming is where 20% of teen pregnancies occur, it's an important mating event.

Jeannie Carle
Community Member
7 months ago

Of course! It's huge!

Emily Smith
Community Member
7 months ago

Dumb as it is, yes.

Carrie Roettger
Community Member
7 months ago

Its HUGE in Texas where the girls get homecoming mums.

Avery Day
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7 months ago

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Katherine Gilleland
Community Member
7 months ago

Some parts of it were fun. I don’t care about football but I love the atmosphere and will go to the game, and sometimes the homecoming week events were fun, but for the most part it’s overrated. The dance was always terrible

Gin
Community Member
7 months ago

I just found out Prom and Homecoming are different things... Oops

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
7 months ago

in high school, it's a big coming of age thing. the sex part i think is made bigger in the movies. i think.

Felix Utterback
Community Member
7 months ago

I think Prom is bigger but homecoming is a very close second. You get to pick/be homecoming king or queen after all

Randy Roberts
Community Member
7 months ago

Teenage american girls find dances very important. The boys just go along with whatever makes the girls happy so they can have a chance to get to 3rd base or beyond.

Aimee Simmons
Community Member
7 months ago

it's important to the teens who have status. those of us who didn't, it was a miserable time. :)

Id row
Community Member
7 months ago

Not sure, I never paid much attention to it and never went, I just thought it was stupid.

AliJanx
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes. For me it's the football game. I don't give a care about the queen, king, court or dance

Johnny Farnen
Community Member
7 months ago

Sadly, yes, it is a big deal for the sportsball types. Real people could care less.

Connie Martin
Community Member
7 months ago

'Fraid so. Not in my era though (1970s).

Mary Kelly
Community Member
7 months ago

yes, but prom even more so ...unless you're like people like me, who thought it was lame b/c like who gives an f about high school

LaDonna Hulcy
Community Member
7 months ago

No, and only in the south- get the point?

Tiffany Marie
Community Member
7 months ago

Yeah they love dances. 💃 I personally never went.

Karon Sheffield
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh Lord yes! Homecoming parades, dances, crowning of kings and queens. In my small Texas town we even have a downtown festival with food, craft shows, entertainment, class reunions. HUGE DEAL!

Toast Of Saint Louis
Community Member
7 months ago

I went to home coming because it was a chance to see all my friends, talk about guys, and get out the house. It's basically a party for high schoolers.

JJ Bentley
Community Member
7 months ago

Again, YES!!! Especially huge here in the South.

Sue Knerl
Community Member
7 months ago

I never did.

Amanda Rudnicki
Community Member
7 months ago

Depends on the state and region, really.

MADELEINE KIMBALL
Community Member
7 months ago

yup

DKS 001
Community Member
7 months ago

as an american: yes, it is a milestone marker in life

kitty_player 03
Community Member
7 months ago

no

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
7 months ago

It depends on the person. Certain kids take it way too seriously. Others couldn't care less.

Shart
Community Member
7 months ago

Homecomings are big..but not as big as proms

Sasha Ross
Community Member
7 months ago

homecoming is for rich people..

Mommyofboth
Community Member
7 months ago

I always loved spirit week!

Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
7 months ago

Generally, the closer we are to a major city the less we care.

Allen Dela Cruz
Community Member
7 months ago

Homecoming is like going out to the club for your 21st birthday

Mer
Community Member
7 months ago

A lot of people get really into that small-town high school crap but not everyone. Same goes with some colleges/universities. I figure it has more to do with being raised to revere that kind of thing versus not.

Foock Auff
Community Member
7 months ago

Especially in rural/midwest/Southern America, YES. Other places, less so -- it's not as engrained in the culture. Rural USA has that football/frat/standing-on-ceremony kind of thing going on. Some of the traditions are pretty cool. Some you can skip :)

elfin
Community Member
7 months ago

Some do, some don't.

Rebeka Terry
Community Member
7 months ago

So what exactly is homecoming?

Olive
Community Member
7 months ago

Homecoming is when you celebrate your school's team at one of their home games. Usually it's after they've had a few away games. Most times this is also only with (American) football. Homecoming will also sometimes have a dance and maybe a pep rally specifically for it.

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Lady Laura
Community Member
7 months ago

Very much so

Felix Feline
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes. Here in this college town Homecoming is a major event. Vast crowds, insane traffic, blaring music.

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
Community Member
7 months ago

yES! ESPECIALLY IN THE SOUTH/TEXAS!!! LOOK UP "homecoming mums" ON GOOGLE LMAOO! We will spend like $50-$500 on our mums, and make them as small as a rat's ass or as big as God's biscuits lmaoooo

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
7 months ago

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Yes, because we have schools in our country.

Elaine Dodge
Community Member
7 months ago

Having a school doesn't predicate having a 'homecoming'!

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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.

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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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