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
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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#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

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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

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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

Mer
Community Member
2 months ago

Came to say exactly that - it's much more common in small towns.

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Esca Sav
Community Member
2 months ago

I hung out at the top floor of the parking lot at my university. Had the best view of the city on campus. It was nice to hang there at night after classes.

Nemo.-.
Community Member
2 months ago

Not a myth there are some mainly students that hang out in parking lots.

3nails4holes
Community Member
2 months ago

teenagers do in a town or area with little else to do. or it's any age range of people who are up to no good.

CaptainDinosaur
Community Member
2 months ago

Small town kids just wanna get out of the house. We literally called it 'parking'.

DKS 001
Community Member
2 months ago

as an american: some do, especially youth. They're bored.

M Adams
Community Member
2 months ago

We hang out in all kinds of places. It is a big country.

Magpie
Community Member
2 months ago

When you're a teenager, you get run out of most establishments for loitering, so you hang in the parking lot until the cops come by and tell you to move it along and go hang in another parking lot. When I was in high school, the big hangouts were the lots outside McDonald's and the arcade.

Henry Zhang
Community Member
2 months ago

During a certain age range, you will actively STRIVE to hang out in parking lots. It lets you show off your newly acquired automobile to potential mates, and signifies to them youre ready to leave town forever, just the two of us babe

deanna woods
Community Member
2 months ago

In small towns, like the one I live in, yes they do. There isn't a lot to do around here.

Brandon Collinsworth
Community Member
2 months ago

This was my childhood. We spent most evening all meeting up together in different parking lots or similar public places. I grew up in a really rural area.

Bev Brown
Community Member
2 months ago

Especially in small towns, it’s the hangout spot. Lol

Dre Mosley
Community Member
2 months ago

If you live in a small town, yes, the local movie theater parking lot for example(this was my situation) can turn into a hot spot for people to hang out.

Foock Auff
Community Member
2 months ago

I get why Daniel Lewis is being downvoted, but that's honestly a good point -- most people I know who hang out in parking lots are wandering teenagers with no where else to go (and yes, that does mean that they're engaging in less-than-savory activity like hookups and buying recreational drugs).

elfin
Community Member
2 months ago

People might hang out all kinds of places. Parking lots aren't very scenic, but they are a convenient place for people arriving by car to meet.

The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
2 months ago

Best spot for doing donuts!

Colin L
Community Member
2 months ago

Weirdly, yeah. Tailgating is a thing, and there is some bizarre Walmart thing that makes no sense in a human universe.

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
2 months ago

And migratory non-residential Americans live in the Walmart parking lots.

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Kit Kat
Community Member
2 months ago

Sometimes

Lacey Heward
Community Member
2 months ago

I know people who are really into cars do. Like my dad in the 60's. And no one was allowed unless invited or they'd get in fights.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
2 months ago

It is strange returning from nations that are centuries older than the U.S. and very densely developed, to see sprawling acreage just for parking cars. To answer the question: where else is one supposed to change a baby and leave the dirty diaper behind?

Jeannie Carle
Community Member
2 months ago

Best place! Esp WalMart - cuz you run into friends there. Perfect place to meet.

Tanyard Park
Community Member
2 months ago

Only when we are tailgating!

Eddie
Community Member
2 months ago

Only when we are conducting dope deals or hiring a hitman.

Cindy Cantrell
Community Member
2 months ago

We have a liquor store across the street from us, in a small town and to many drunk people hang out sometimes fighting being loud and stupid. What i really hate is the thumping music

Felix Utterback
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes. Especially in small towns.

Crazycube
Community Member
2 months ago

I know people do it before sporting events such as football, but never personally seen it

Jewels Vern
Community Member
2 months ago

Sometimes we even carry barbecue equipment so we can have a picnic in a parking lot.

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
2 months ago

It is called tailgating and involves alcohol consumption and sometimes eating assorted grilled foods. See the one about college football.

Randy Roberts
Community Member
2 months ago

American teens usually gather in the biggest place that is located in the middle where everyone lives. We are not required to hang in parking lots. When I was a teenager our Mall had smoking circles sunk down into the middle of the mall at both ends. We would all hang there and get sick trying to look cool smoking.

Steve Barker
Community Member
2 months ago

You meant "Do Americans really hang out in the car park." Yes, we do.

Mari Bryant
Community Member
2 months ago

Do they mean like tailgating for a game or just hanging out on a Friday? Lol

Johnny Farnen
Community Member
2 months ago

Do football hooligans trash the town after every match?

Lance d'Boyle
Community Member
2 months ago

They do and before major sporting events they have a party called tailgating where many people set up their grills, chairs and a coolers and load up before the game.

Pug Pug
Community Member
2 months ago

Yup, more pakinglots then their parks, so why not

Living_Shadow
Community Member
2 months ago

Yep we do that

Tiffany Marie
Community Member
2 months ago

They hang out everywhere & anywhere. All over!!

Toast Of Saint Louis
Community Member
2 months ago

I did but I live in Saint Louis city. SAINT LOUIS IS NOT a small town but we were high school kids and needed a place to hang back then. Not so safe these days.

Amanda Rudnicki
Community Member
2 months ago

I want to be witty but honestly... Never seen this before, outside of tailgating before a sporting event.

Kerri Russ
Community Member
2 months ago

Depending on the size of the town, yeah... teens tend to hang out in a wide open area so they can all have their cars and trucks to run between or hang out in. I lived in such a tiny town, we had to go to then next town over, which was about 3x our size, for any type of activity (skating, movies, music venues, etc). We maybe had a carnival or 2 come to our town in the summer. There really was NOTHING to do but hang out with your friends in their trucks in the parking lot of the big shopping strip in town.

Ivana
Community Member
2 months ago

So I went to see my grandmother who lives in this tiny town and while I was there I stopped by my friend's house who I hadn't seen since 4th grade. I asked her what there was to do and she took me to the neighboring town which was slightly bigger to hang out in the parking lot across the street from the police station. I asked her if this was it and she said the cool kids hang out in the Wendy's parking lot...Went to the woods and drank in a deer stand instead.

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
2 months ago

Uh... I've not experienced this.

Shart
Community Member
2 months ago

Very true...kids hangout...its what killed the mall concept..100s of teens hanging out and then a few start a fight

Allen Dela Cruz
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah, we called it parking lot pimpin

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
2 months ago

it depends...is there anyplace else for them to hang out in?

Evil Little Thing
Community Member
2 months ago

It's called tailgating

Kristina Jensen
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, I live in a teeny tiny village in Sweden and a specific group of people hang out there, in their cars. Mostly Volvos 😂

Hedy Hahn
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, I believe people do hang out in parking lots near bars more than any other store.

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
2 months ago

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Mostly prostitutes and drug dealers.

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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

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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

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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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