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!

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221Lauren Report

Felix Feline
Community Member
2 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.

Connie Martin
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm afraid the impact on high school players is worse. The parents are just as rabid but the kids are younger and even more emotionally susceptible to pressure.

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Well, I Tried
Community Member
2 months ago

It annoys me how people can get into college for being good at sports. I just think it's unfair for people who have tried so hard to get into college for academic reasons and studied hard for tests and someone can just get in for being able to throw a football

Aragorn II Elessar
Community Member
2 months ago

Welcome to America, where entertainment and pleasure is more important than literally anything else

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Colin L
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes... the fans are real. If only the colleges would pay the professors half as well as the coaches, I would be set for life.

TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
2 months ago

Full name is unfortunately right. You also see it in high schools. You’d be amazed how many parents are really into their kids and sports even at a young age and the money they raise and the effort they put into it. Also band funding.

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3nails4holes
Community Member
2 months ago

it's probably toned down a bit for public consumption in movies. it really is do or die. i'm not a fan of pro sports to any serious degree. it's just a bunch of millionaires running around winning or losing. college is heart and soul. it's real, visceral, and changes in 3-4 year cycles. ups and downs. love it. (sure, there's probably loads of cheating, bribes, etc. but it's more by my rival teams than mine. right?)

CaptainDinosaur
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
2 months ago

You would not believe how seriously this is taken in the South!

Erin
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes. Football is serious business. Even high school football is serious business.

Amazon QT
Community Member
2 months ago

I hate any kind of football... it’s a brutal unnecessary sport! 🤮

Id row
Community Member
2 months ago

Unfortunately, yes. I've lived here my whole life and don't get the appeal.

Eli
Community Member
2 months ago

I actually think this is a global thing, just with different sports. South African here, who greatly dislikes rugby (I know, don't kill me, it was my high school's fault) and you should see our whole town during rugby season. Other parts of the country it's soccer (football). Or cricket, though I struggle to understand how anything as drawn out as that could cause the hype. (I have two professional action cricket players in the family who would kill me if they knew I thought that...)

Tim Douglass
Community Member
2 months ago

Ever watch the World Cup? Yeah, we're pretty crazy about sports, but so is the rest of the world, just different ones.

Mona Khadra
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm American and I dislike all football.

KT Pinto
Community Member
2 months ago

All sports, not just college football. And there's nothing wrong with it. Just like many Spanish cultures like soccer and British like Rugby. -shrug-

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
2 months ago

Have you been in a tavern or pub and watched the packed-in locals scream at a tiny tv set that is playing the national soccer game? Same.

Shart
Community Member
2 months ago

Just like europeans take football seriously

Foock Auff
Community Member
2 months ago

Upvote for the username

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kat lia
Community Member
2 months ago

Living here for more than 10 yrs, yes they are crazy about it.

Leesa DeAndrea
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't. I don't follow sports.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
2 months ago

If only the world knew the truth about college football, what a racket it is, and how players are exploited for revenue and not paid. As for hoopla, take a league rugby match and add thousands of underage drunks: they destroy when they celebrate and destroy when they're angry over loss.

Beth Arriaga
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes. You will meet rabid, crazed College football fans - and then learn they never even went to school there! The state of Alabama is a great example: they root for Univ of Alabama or Auburn fanatically yet a huge percentage never attended classes at either !

Jeannie Carle
Community Member
2 months ago

Of COURSE we do!! Ummm those who have an interest - then there are those like me who couldn't possibly care less.

Cindy Snow
Community Member
2 months ago

You mean like soccer?

Cindy Snow
Community Member
2 months ago

You mean like...soccer?

Carrie Roettger
Community Member
2 months ago

Living in Texas I can tell you ALL football is taken that seriously from Pee-Wee to pro.

Susan Riley
Community Member
2 months ago

Most Americans, I suppose, love football. I hate it and so does my husband.

James Gallegos
Community Member
2 months ago

Umm really? What about other countries that are die hard over rugby and soccer? Ya'll either trample each other or start riots if your team is not winning.

Felix Utterback
Community Member
2 months ago

My family does

Crazycube
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Yes they do but I don't watch football myself I've seen people get into fights over it

Randy Roberts
Community Member
2 months ago

No I love NFL football but I don't care about college at all. The players only play in a school on the average 2 years, so it's impossible to keep track of all the players.

Joyce Berman
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm a big fan of college football - much more fun to watch than the pros to me.

vita ariztegui
Community Member
2 months ago

Football? do they play with their FEET? I see them running ball in hand. Football is another sport.

I Just Changed My Name
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, yes we do.

Johnny Farnen
Community Member
2 months ago

Depends on the locale. If they have pro teams, not so much. If they don't have a pro team, they are a bunch of zealots about their collegiate sportsball.

Lance d'Boyle
Community Member
2 months ago

yes

Petri Häkkinen
Community Member
2 months ago

It's insane that the players, who often are fucked up for life, are actively prevented from making money while their coaches earn millions. Slave trade is doing fine in the NCAA.

Imma Letchoofinish
Community Member
2 months ago

yes

Mary Kelly
Community Member
2 months ago

yes, it is sad and tragic, and i am ashamed for my people

Tiffany Marie
Community Member
2 months ago

Seem to worship it.

Angela Vezdos
Community Member
2 months ago

Sadly, yes...and high school football as well.

Karon Sheffield
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh sweet Lord yes! High school and college!

Scott Shepard
Community Member
2 months ago

It depends on the school, and the city. In college towns, football is huge. At my school the major sports was basketball. The hype has a financial aspect. Keeping it exciting encourages alumni donations.

Tara Brooks
Community Member
2 months ago

Scary hilarious

Bev Brown
Community Member
2 months ago

Maybe in some parts of the U.S. but no one I know personally does. But then I live in Michigan and the Lions aren’t exactly known for their skill.

Amanda Rudnicki
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Yes. From pee-wee leagues to high-school, college and NFL... We all get off work early on Fridays and pack into tiny stadiums to watch kids play. Then Saturdays are high school and college and NFL on Sundays and Thursday. In order to keep our pasports we are required to watch or attend 3 games a week.

DKS 001
Community Member
2 months ago

as an american: I am not a fan of sports in general, let alone college sports. And I live in a college town.

Lynda Momalo
Community Member
2 months ago

It depends on the area of the country. It's mostly a southern thing, where they glorify even high school football and raise it to a cultish level.

Ivana
Community Member
2 months ago

Don't ever move to a college town. I live in Gainesville FL...football at UF is no laughing matter. All of my Saturday nights are ruined.

J. Kasilo
Community Member
2 months ago

Used to be in Jacksonville - I feel your pain! It is a strange obsession! But it is FUN!

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SAF saf
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah we do actually, most of the USC football fans i know never even went to college let alone that school. It's pretty big here more so in the areas without an NFL team.

Carole Reid
Community Member
2 months ago

Soccer for the rest of the world. And taken very seriously.

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
2 months ago

In the south it's crazy how seriously they take football. High School football is broadcast.

Emily Jefferson
Community Member
2 months ago

Typ

Sasha Ross
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes they do. But its no different then the football others play(soccer).Ive seen people get way more crazy in other countries.

Mindy Keys
Community Member
2 months ago

worse

Mommyofboth
Community Member
2 months ago

It's huge where I'm from. We don't have any pro teams though.

Karen Gavaletz
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, yes they do. Actually, it's worse in real life, sadly.

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
2 months ago

unfortunately, yes. -Dr M, retired college professor (in whose classes the jocks rarely passed)

Evil Little Thing
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes.

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

When I was dating and the guy met my family at Christmas or whenever, my uncle's would shake his hand and say "are you for Alabama or auburn". I had already coached them to say alabama. Everyone knows not to plan weddings or parties in a Saturday during football season. I couldn't care less about football.

Foock Auff
Community Member
2 months ago

Not everywhere, but if you grew up/go to school in the rural midwest YES.

Mimi M
Community Member
2 months ago

Not quite as seriously as Europeans take football (i.e., soccer).

Jaymi Leigh
Community Member
2 months ago

Sounds like Canada and our beloved hockey!

Chealseay Gist
Community Member
2 months ago

Unfortunately yes

Cdickson
Community Member
2 months ago

Approx.110 meters with end zones included. 94 without end zones.

Cdickson
Community Member
2 months ago

Oops. Forget that.Wrong article.

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J Rob
Community Member
2 months ago

Do Europeans really beat each other bloody and stampede at "football" matches b/c it is actually hilarious!

Jim Kang
Community Member
2 months ago

How is that any different than most other country's obsession with football(soccer)? It's not really. Not saying Americans aren't obsessed, I'm not really, but I've met many Europeans who were mad for football(soccer). Hey I'm not judging, whatever floats your boat, just don't judge us for the same thing.

Everybody Say love!
Community Member
2 months ago

Of course it's different. Europeans are fans of grown men playing professional football as a career, not children hoping they can run faster than their counterparts in order to secure a scholarship.

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Daniel Lewis
Community Member
2 months ago

Maybe someday your civilization will become advanced enough to develop sports.

akash chotai
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh bite me Daniel! Your country basically just added steroids to every other sport created around the world by OTHER "civilisations" and called it their own!

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M Adams
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, it is ridiculous. Football is way out of hand even at the high school level, The worst part is it only benefits males.

April McMurphy
Community Member
2 months ago

It's true. Saturdays during college football season, people don't do anything but watch the games on TV.

Tanyard Park
Community Member
2 months ago

... and college basketball, baseball... Not so different than Europeans rooting for their local USSF team.

Pug Pug
Community Member
2 months ago

Do Europeans take university soccer as seriously as they do in the movies?

Jack Nimble
Community Member
2 months ago

Americans also apparently answer tweets that are posted on a website as if they are actually responding to the original tweet. You guys know that these people aren't getting your responses, right?

JJ Bentley
Community Member
2 months ago

YES!!! Especially here in Texas.

Amanda Rudnicki
Community Member
2 months ago

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Amanda Rudnicki
Community Member
2 months ago

In some states. Others, not so much

Les Izmore
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2 months ago

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elfin
Community Member
2 months ago

Some do, some don't, much like many other human activity.

Henry Zhang
Community Member
2 months ago

Pretty much anything sports related is spot on, from belligerent little league fathers, to pro bowl coach meltdowns while chewing gum aggressively

Lady Laura
Community Member
2 months ago

We most certainly do!

Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
2 months ago

Unlike a dignified European soccer match.

Nina
Community Member
2 months ago

University of Texas Longhorns fan here. It's a religion in the South.

Vanta Black
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2 months ago

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Tailgate party! Go Panthers! *downs half a Coors Light* I'm drunk... and Dan Marino can kiss my white naked ass...

CaptainDinosaur
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2 months ago

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Yes. Where I'm from it's college basket-ball, but people who NEVER attended the Universities in question will come to blows over it. Half the yanks on here will be able to guess where I live.

MammaG
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2 months ago

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We feel the same about your football.

Melene Majlovic
Community Member
2 months ago

Fair enough! At least "our" football actually IS a ball, that you kick with your feet ;-)

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Andres Tejeda
Community Member
2 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
2 months ago

We say goodbye, or something like it. It's an idiosyncrasy of script writing, not Americans.

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#4

angelvnte Report

Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
2 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
2 months ago

We also wear our shoes in bed as well.

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#6

kaya_lorne Report

Erin
Community Member
2 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

XXXX_G0LD Report

Laura Land
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2 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

sIeepfordays Report

Erin
Community Member
2 months ago

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

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#9

disposablefilms Report

Erin
Community Member
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

In my family, we only use paper plates for gatherings.

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#12

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Kristy P
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2 months ago

The "funeral" is usually in a church and then a burial service graveside.

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#13

mrsmop68 Report

Colin L
Community Member
2 months ago

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

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#14

RiverrunStately Report

Catlady6000
Community Member
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

Why? Hot water is hot water.

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#17

taanapoop Report

Colin L
Community Member
2 months ago

You don't?!?!!

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#18

KatieBelsey Report

Keith Nolen
Community Member
2 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
2 months ago

my sister has about 400. I have 2.

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#20

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
2 months ago

I believe this is mostly a southern trait.

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#21

NeedsDirection Report

Hedy Hahn
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, we do. Or Fritos or Cheetos.

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#22

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
2 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
2 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
2 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
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2 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
2 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

foreverqal Report

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
2 months ago

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

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#28

Fkatiee Report

April Simnel
Community Member
2 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
2 months ago

Yes, many people do.

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#30

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April Simnel
Community Member
2 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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