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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#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

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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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#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.

Esca Sav
Community Member
7 months ago

I think it is just a movie thing, I've never heard it either when I stop by NYC.

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AnnSmithJones
Community Member
7 months ago

Think about it. How on earth could the driver hear you? They have their windows up & it is noisy. No. You step to the curb, & raise your hand when you see one approach. If they don't have a fare, they'll stop. This would only be on a random street. At the airport or train station, they'll just be lined up outside.

Ice cube
Community Member
7 months ago

Just in the movies, dude.

Johnny Farnen
Community Member
7 months ago

This assumes you live in a place that has Taxis.

Lisa Shelton
Community Member
7 months ago

I think that's just a movie thing so the viewer knows what the character is doing

Siena Valenta
Community Member
7 months ago

No. I doubt they would even hear you on a busy street.

Marsha Brown
Community Member
7 months ago

In NYC, where I grew up, one used to raise an arm and yell "Taxi!". With today's cacophony, and universal a/c meaning closed windows, no one would hear you anyway, so the practice is becoming rare.

Cindy Cantrell
Community Member
7 months ago

I dont think they could hear you over all the traffic

Randy Roberts
Community Member
7 months ago

That's old school. And to look "cool" in movies. Most people just raise their hand in the big cities. In suburbs, you just call them on your phone and they come pick you up.

Id row
Community Member
7 months ago

Nope, people just have to raise their hand. Or you wait at a taxi station like you see outside JFK or the Port Authority.

Mary Kelly
Community Member
7 months ago

i suppose they did a long time ago, but now everything is too loud...

albertmarksjr@aol.com
Community Member
7 months ago

Nope aggressive waving will usually do the trick because the drivers keep a close eye out.

Philler Space
Community Member
7 months ago

No. Americans text Uber, just like everywhere else.

Mer
Community Member
7 months ago

Nah, just hold out your hand in an obvious way and the next available taxi will pull up.

Tabitha L
Community Member
7 months ago

No. We don't yell "taxi!"

Emily Smith
Community Member
7 months ago

Ironically here in Oregon, Taxis operate a little differently. We actually have to order one either by calling ahead or online. We are not allowed to flag one down. I think this is pretty much a New York thing.

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
7 months ago

no one yells 'taxi', they either whistle if you see one, or wave them down in the streets. In smaller towns, you have to call them. in Boston you wave them down.

Raymond Ewen
Community Member
7 months ago

If you have ever been in a big city, you know your voice will be drowned out by the traffic.

Toast Of Saint Louis
Community Member
7 months ago

I've never yelled taxi, just call and one picks you up. Now with Lyft and uber, I just use my smart phone.

DKS 001
Community Member
7 months ago

as an american: fuck the movies .... it depends. cities yes. Towns you call for one and it comes to get you

kitty_player 03
Community Member
7 months ago

........Uber?

Jeannie Carle
Community Member
7 months ago

I've seen the doorman of a large hotel shout for a Taxi - but that was where the taxi-stand was down the block.

T Chen
Community Member
7 months ago

We've started just using Smartphones to get an Uber of Lyft in the large cities on the West Coast. No one really yelled Taxi before that.

Amanda Rudnicki
Community Member
7 months ago

How else would they know if you are flagging down a friend or a bus. We have to scream taxi in order for them to know we are speaking to them. And any person of color is instantly ignored! Especially in ny

Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
7 months ago

maybe? I live in a place where seeing a taxi is pretty rare, so I wouldn't know.

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
7 months ago

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Yes, we don't drop our pants and flash our butt to get them to stop as you do in your country.

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