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
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

disposablefilms Report

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

sam_pIant Report

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

Uhuras Report

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

KatieBelsey Report

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

sIeepfordays Report

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.

Sad
Community Member
7 months ago

Just take my up-vote

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MammaG
Community Member
7 months ago

They're interchangeable.

Kelli
Community Member
7 months ago

Most definitely!

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M Adams
Community Member
7 months ago

The US has many cultures within a culture. People in different parts of the country call the same things by different names, so it may depend on where in the US you are.

Jenný Samúelsdóttir Herlufsen
Community Member
7 months ago

In my country, hot cocoa is an instant drink, like SwissMiss, made for camping, skiing or such, but hot chocolate is made from scratch, from milk and dark chocolate, usually made for Christmas.

Chris Jones
Community Member
7 months ago

Interesting - other way around in mine. Cocoa is made with hot milk and hot chocolate is the instant stuff with water.

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes, it’s called hot cocoa all the time. It’s written on the box too.

Jessica Cifelli
Community Member
7 months ago

I think that depends on where you live. Like a colloquial name. Like in some parts of the US say soda, while others say pop. I always grew up saying hot chocolate btw

Eli
Community Member
7 months ago

Most confusing thing to me when I was in the States (Louisianna) and someone would ask if I want Cola or Coke. That was the go to word for any kind of soda. It was so confusing. Also, the actual Coca Cola tastes different than it does in SA

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CaptainDinosaur
Community Member
7 months ago

Maybe regional? Cause down here it's hot chocolate, but my sister-in-law says cocoa, and she's from New England.

Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
7 months ago

I call it hot chocolate..

Elaine Dodge
Community Member
7 months ago

Why define cocoa as 'hot' is my question. If you're having cocoa (as opposed to hot chocolate which isn't pure cocoa) then it's always hot.

Ashla Delana
Community Member
7 months ago

Hot chocolate is made with melted chocolate and milk, and hot cocoa is cocoa powder, milk, and sugar.

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
7 months ago

i'm 60, and i still dont know the difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa.

Drive Bee
Community Member
7 months ago

It's hot chocolate OR cocoa, people use both names.

Donna Gettings Apperson
Community Member
7 months ago

I use both terms interchangeably.

albertmarksjr@aol.com
Community Member
7 months ago

Either or is okay.

Tiffany Marie
Community Member
7 months ago

Both all the time.

Robin Smith
Community Member
7 months ago

In Tennessee we call it hot chocolate

Steve Cruz
Community Member
7 months ago

Because it's a hot drink made with COCOA?

Jeannie Carle
Community Member
7 months ago

I it's made with cocoa, then it's hot cocoa - if it's made with chocolate powder, or the chocolate syrup - it's hot chocolate.

Cindy Snow
Community Member
7 months ago

I say hot chocolate

Emily Smith
Community Member
7 months ago

They are used pretty interchangeably

Patti Renwick Parrish
Community Member
7 months ago

depends are what part of the country you are from

Stephen Joslyn
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes, because chocolate is made from cocoa.

Dawn Adams
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes, it's a cheesy christmas movie type. It appears instantly and is only sipped, never really drunk.

Elina Kuusisto
Community Member
7 months ago

I don't know anyone who calls it hot cocoa.

Felix Utterback
Community Member
7 months ago

cocoa. It's cocoa. I have never said hot chocolate what even. It's hot cocoa

Toni Carroll
Community Member
7 months ago

most use both phrases. Interchangeable.

Randy Roberts
Community Member
7 months ago

Its all where you are from. Some say cocoa some say chocolate. Some say pop others call it soda and others are stupid that call everything coke.

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
7 months ago

I have always called it hot chocolate because we make it with melted chocolate bars and milk. Cocoa is a powder and tastes terrible.

Raymond Ewen
Community Member
7 months ago

I never heard anyone call it cocoa.

Kelly Murray
Community Member
7 months ago

I call it hot chocolate. *shrug*

Johnny Farnen
Community Member
7 months ago

Depends on where you live in the country. Is it Soda? Or Pop? Or Soda Pop? Or, if in Texas is everything "Coke"?

Hiie Posti
Community Member
7 months ago

I call it just cocoa. It's like... Cocoa is always hot

Karasu
Community Member
7 months ago

"Hot cocoa" is weird. It's only said on ads for hot chocolate.

Mary Kelly
Community Member
7 months ago

well, both terms are used interchangeably (and incorrectly) in the u.s...both terms are used to indicate a beverage that is prepared by mixing (or using a mix of) cocoa powder, sugar, and powdered milk with hot water or hot milk...my understanding that hot chocolate in europe is prepared by melting chocolate shavings in hot milk...that is not what american moms are serving to cold kids during winter...and, you forgot the best part...the marshmallows on top

Scott Shepard
Community Member
7 months ago

It goes by both. My wife's first language is not English, so we say hot chocolate for clarity

Toast Of Saint Louis
Community Member
7 months ago

Its delicious no matter what.

Amanda Rudnicki
Community Member
7 months ago

Hallmark makes money for every time they say cocoa so it's just in the movies. We call it warm chocolate milk.

Ty Roberts
Community Member
7 months ago

Hot cocoa is better than hot chocolate. It’s like good Arabica coffee vs cheap Robusta.

DKS 001
Community Member
7 months ago

as an american: "hot chocolate" ... it is what it is and it is delish

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
7 months ago

I suppose it depends on the region.

Shart
Community Member
7 months ago

Well first off there is no chocolate in the drink..its coco powder

Zoe
Community Member
7 months ago

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Siena Valenta
Community Member
7 months ago

No it's a real thing. Cuz what do you do when you have a really hot piece of chocolate, ya know? Potato, potato, tomato, tomato. I think that Americans can call it whatever they please.

Dave Thompson
Community Member
7 months ago

Synonyms.

Allen Dela Cruz
Community Member
7 months ago

Because we don't use actual chocolate, we use the fake stuff called cocoa

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
7 months ago

it's regional...coastal US calls it cocoa, in the Midwest & South, it's chocolate

Switzerland
Community Member
7 months ago

I mean i call it that do other people not?

Mer
Community Member
7 months ago

I have never in my life called hot chocolate "hot cocoa" but now I feel I must. Quest time!

Marsha Brown
Community Member
7 months ago

Yeah, hot cocoa. That's even what it say on the label of some brands, e.g. Hershey's.

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago

Hot cocoa and hot chocolate are very different where I live. Cocoa is extremely bitter and is mainly used in cooking whilst hot chocolate is sweetened and often has milk powder added too.

elfin
Community Member
7 months ago

I've heard it both ways. It's usually made with cocoa powder, so I suppose hot, milky cocoa would be more accurate, but pretty silly. Why is hot chocolate a better description?

Carrie de Luka
Community Member
7 months ago

Different products. Cocoa powder is bitter and doesn't have other ingredients. You make it with hot milk and add sugar or sweeteners unless you like the bitter taste. Hot chocolate is usually a prepared mix that you just add boiling water to as it has milk powder and sweeteners included. That's how I'm used to it anyway!

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Meami
Community Member
7 months ago

I think this might be a regional thing. I grew up in the PNW and we called it "hot chocolate".

Bettina Tallaksen
Community Member
7 months ago

We call it hot cocoa in Norway, also.

MadMom
Community Member
7 months ago

For myself, if someone offers cocoa I assume it is a hot drink. But generally I think it's just hot chocolate.

Bunzilla
Community Member
7 months ago

They're two different things, though people (incorrectly) refer to them interchangeably. Hot cocoa is made from hot water and cocoa powder. Hot chocolate is made from melted chocolate and hot milk (or chocolate syrup, or straight up chocolate milk).

Gipsy Kings fan
Community Member
7 months ago

We do call it hot cocoa, because we make it with cocoa powder. https://www.amazon.com/HERSHEYS-Hersheys-Natural-Unsweetened-Cocoa/dp/B00FNH6QCQ/ref=sr_1_14?dchild=1&keywords=cocoa+powder&qid=1586899179&sr=8-14

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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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