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
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.

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#2

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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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Kristin Scarbrough
Community Member
2 months ago

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

Ericka s
Community Member
2 months ago

Retail worker here. No you guys do NOT say goodbye or anything like it. I can count on one hand the number of times someone has said goodbye at the end of a call in the last 15 years I've done the job.

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Sean Harrison
Community Member
2 months ago

Do Foreigners really believe everything they see in movies and TV?

Bender Bending Rodríguez
Community Member
2 months ago

Do USAians really believe what they see in 'HOLLYWOOD' movies and TV about the rest of the world? Answer to your and my question is the same.

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Stormapotamus
Community Member
2 months ago

Okay, it's annoying, but this happens in british shows and stuff too.

elfin
Community Member
2 months ago

I imagine it's to save time since it would not add to the story. In real life we say goodbye.

Philler Space
Community Member
2 months ago

It's based on an old screenwriting technique that cuts anything that doesn't advance the plot. Polite goodbyes kill movie momentum, especially when said phone call has just relayed important information to push the plot forward.

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
2 months ago

Goodbye.

glowworm2
Community Member
2 months ago

I always say goodbye on the phone--although with my boyfriend--we'll always say "Bye for now."

Hedy Hahn
Community Member
2 months ago

That’s TV stuff. I watch Acorn and Britbox and the UK people don’t say goodbye either. Is that rude there too?

Lance d'Boyle
Community Member
2 months ago

That is not accurate. It's a tv thing. Americans say goodbye.

Rick
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah this is like one of those cliches when a down-on-their-luck person in a TV show or film rings up a bank because they need a loan or something and then they slightly get a bit desperate and beg and suddenly they’re like “Hello? HELLO?” And the phone call has been cut because they’ve been hung up on. Does. Not. Happen. Unless someone is being very threatening or swearing a lot, you can not just hang up the phone on a customer because you feel like it and they pleaded with you for a couple of seconds. Yet it’s routinely recreated in tv shows and films throughout the years lol

Karen Gavaletz
Community Member
2 months ago

No, that is a movie thing or a rude habit of your strange Aunt.

Daria B
Community Member
2 months ago

It's because in films phone calls are usually made from suspicious people who will drive the character who received the call into stunts filled actions.

Laura Maeflower
Community Member
2 months ago

This annoys me so much! It's a film thing used to save time mainly, but I notice it every freaking time.

Susan Riley
Community Member
2 months ago

I HATE it when people do not say goodbye.

Drive Bee
Community Member
2 months ago

It's considered rude here, too. I don't know why they do it in movies.

DKS 001
Community Member
2 months ago

as an american: ask the script writers. In real life we say "have a good day" or something like that

Ljdia
Community Member
2 months ago

That's nice!

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Laura Land
Community Member
2 months ago

Mostly thatsv.

Leesa DeAndrea
Community Member
2 months ago

I always say goodbye. It is rude to just hang up.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
2 months ago

Sometimes we say "F-cough."

Jeannie Carle
Community Member
2 months ago

Just in the movies - and no idea why.

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
2 months ago

no, that's a hollywood thing... annoys me too.

Donna Gettings Apperson
Community Member
2 months ago

I say good-bye. I agree that it's rude.

Randy Roberts
Community Member
2 months ago

Thats just poor script writing. We all say hi, hello, cya, goodbye, love ya.

Id row
Community Member
2 months ago

This has always bothered me. It actually takes me out of the moment because I'm thinking, 'How did they know the other person was done with the conversation?'

Pug Pug
Community Member
2 months ago

I like to ask people if this sounds like a phone hanging up? then just hang up - 8 heads in a duffel bag

LaDonna Hulcy
Community Member
2 months ago

It's a total guy thing...it also shows you that we do not value woman.

Tiffany Marie
Community Member
2 months ago

I say good bye.. I think its just TV.

Bev Brown
Community Member
2 months ago

I think that’s just a movie thing. I’ve only ever heard people be polite and sayngoodby e, or at least take care. And “love you” if applicable.

Eric Potter
Community Member
2 months ago

They do. Tv thing

Tim Scott
Community Member
2 months ago

I have never experienced this and also hate to see it in movies.

Amanda Rudnicki
Community Member
2 months ago

We usually end our phonecalls with f/u to be extra extra rude

Dre Mosley
Community Member
2 months ago

The shows and movies are inaccurate.

Andrea Anthony
Community Member
2 months ago

we do say goodbye and that weird quick of movies/TV makes me crazy

Ty Roberts
Community Member
2 months ago

It’s just TV/Movies. Every second of screen time is important. Anything that doesn’t move the story is cut out. Notice guns don’t recoil. Not possible if shooting real bullets instead of blanks. Newton’s third law. Also lead doesn’t create sparks.

Lynda Momalo
Community Member
2 months ago

It's a movie/TV thing.

Karen Johnston
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't know anyone that doesn't say goodbye when hanging up.

Shart
Community Member
2 months ago

Screenwriting is different than normal conversations

Siena Valenta
Community Member
2 months ago

Ummmm...That's called a movie. If you were actually having a normal conversation with one of your friends that had nothing to do with superpowers and creepy people who are coming after you, yeah, of course you would say goodbye.

Dave Thompson
Community Member
2 months ago

Just movies unless you're really rude.

Mal
Community Member
2 months ago

This bugs the hell outta me in tv shows. And no one closes doors. AND their coffee cups are empty.

Eva Bryson
Community Member
2 months ago

It's TV, it's not real life!

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Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
2 months ago

For the same reason people don't nail time meet places or times, it takes up valuble screen time with nothing that adds to the program.

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
2 months ago

I hate it when people just hang up on tv. I always say bye.

Aelised
Community Member
2 months ago

Most of my conversations end in a feedback loop of 'Yup, bye' between myself and the person I'm speaking to.

Jim Kang
Community Member
2 months ago

This ones just plain dumb.

deanna woods
Community Member
2 months ago

Whenever I get off the phone I say goodbye and so does the other person.

CORRINE STANLEY
Community Member
2 months ago

i mean, i say bye. sometimes people just say, "I have to go!" and then hang up

Colin L
Community Member
2 months ago

No you hang up!

Henry Zhang
Community Member
2 months ago

For the URGENCY, Paige!

Lady Laura
Community Member
2 months ago

I say some sort of bye most of the time. Unless I'm in a rush

Bored Silly
Community Member
2 months ago

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Leslie O
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't know anyone who hangs up without saying goodbye. I've never noticed that in movies-- unless the character is supposed to be an a-hole!

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#4

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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

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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

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Laura Land
Community Member
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

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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
Community Member
2 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
2 months ago

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

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#14

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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

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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

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MammaG
Community Member
2 months ago

Why? Hot water is hot water.

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#17

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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

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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
Community Member
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

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Daniel Lewis
Community Member
2 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
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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