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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#3

PaigeImogenxx Report

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
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

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
Community Member
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

a_girl_probably Report

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

ThandekaMsane Report

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.

earringnut
Community Member
2 months ago

Just wondering, why the age difference?

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⚞ Katniss Everdeen ⚟
Community Member
2 months ago

*sigh* yes we do... it's torture, having to stand still for fifteen minutes in the freezing basement on Christmas Day every year while my grandpa tries to work the camera. And we have to smile, like we didn't just argue and scream at each other for the past hour about politics and stuff.

GeneralZod
Community Member
2 months ago

sadly this one is true. As someone who cringes when they see a camera pointed at them I cannot fathom anyone wanting a photo shoot for their birthday

Lady Laura
Community Member
2 months ago

We have photo shoots for EVERYTHING

Ms.GB
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't think it's the norm...I didn't know anyone who did that...you get your picture taken at homecoming or prom by the school or your parents...who pays for a photo shoot?

Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
2 months ago

it's a big waste of time, but yeah some people do that.

Johnny Farnen
Community Member
2 months ago

Rich people do. Real people could care less.

Lance d'Boyle
Community Member
2 months ago

Not common but not unheard of

Tim Scott
Community Member
2 months ago

I know that people do do that but I don't know anyone who have.

Cindy Snow
Community Member
2 months ago

Not only that for many other things as well...got a puppy? Having a baby? New car? Photo shoot.

JannerBananer
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes we do!!! Epic photoshoots that our parents use for blackmail when we're older. We actually went to homecomming in a stretch hummer... No lie. And not my family's money.

Katherine Gilleland
Community Member
2 months ago

For dances we did just for the memories that I ended up not caring about, otherwise it was senior photos and my wedding. For some holidays someone would just take a picture with a phone or something

Patti Renwick Parrish
Community Member
2 months ago

yes, we are a very vane society. :-(

Felix Utterback
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes. You gotta commemorate the event. Homecoming is all about having pics of you/your friend's/your date's dressed up and having fun together. Birthdays you just wanna capture the important things. Americans place high value on being able to look over photographs for memories

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
2 months ago

Some do.

Randy Roberts
Community Member
2 months ago

For school events yes. For birthdays and personal events depends on the family and how close and loving they are or appear to be.

Aimee Simmons
Community Member
2 months ago

it's a legitimate business out here now. When you want to have nice pictures to memorialise whatever event, you get a professional. They know what they are doing and will guarantee you a good package so you can send pics to family, and hang these photographic masterpieces on your walls.

Id row
Community Member
2 months ago

Only for the very special snowflakes among us.

Sarah Levine
Community Member
2 months ago

Prom, a big dance in high school, is one huge photo op. Friends and their parents get together to take pictures. It's actually pretty fun.

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
2 months ago

Homecoming and milestone birthdays, not every birthday.

Pug Pug
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah not for like every thing, but back before camera phones, if you were dressed nice, its time to pose and hate your parents

Mary Kelly
Community Member
2 months ago

for homecomings, proms, weddings...but not birthdays

Tiffany Marie
Community Member
2 months ago

People do this.

Karon Sheffield
Community Member
2 months ago

Don't forget Prom, and Graduation!

Debbie O'Grady
Community Member
2 months ago

sometimes, for big celebrations. Not usually though.

Amanda Rudnicki
Community Member
2 months ago

Dances, definitely. At home... Not so much

Debbie Orme
Community Member
2 months ago

Yep, it's true but the photographers are likely family or friends

Andrea Anthony
Community Member
2 months ago

there's usually a photographer at high school dances and you can choose to pay for a shot. Birthday photoshoots were never a thing before instagram.

Lynda Momalo
Community Member
2 months ago

IDK about homecoming or birthdays but engagement, pre-natal (pregnant) and newborn photo shoots are pretty common now (they never were until maybe 10-15 years ago.)

DKS 001
Community Member
2 months ago

as an american: we like documenting every aspect of our lives to look back on later

SAF saf
Community Member
2 months ago

Young girls are usually the ones that do birthday photo-shoots. It's pretty common for Prom and homecoming. My mom has my prom pics up still actually.

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
2 months ago

Some people do. I think it's weird, too.

Water Bottle
Community Member
2 months ago

I don’t know anyone who has birthday photo shoots

Star-Light Star-Bright
Community Member
2 months ago

My high school made us take senior pictures along with our yearbook photo. It took 3 days to get through all 155 of us. Our parents didn't have to buy the photos at least, but we were still required to take them.

Caryn Zent
Community Member
2 months ago

Some do.

Allen Dela Cruz
Community Member
2 months ago

Now a days, seems like people have photoshoots just cause they're eating the newest hottest food entree

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
2 months ago

Depends on the person. I have a cousin that takes pictures the entire time during a birthday party or whatever.

Mer
Community Member
2 months ago

Eh, most we ever did was take "candid" (surprise) photos of people in the gathering. Except for school pictures. And engagement photos. And weddings are their own separate kind of photographic hell.

PokemonMaster
Community Member
2 months ago

It depends on the occasion

Magpie
Community Member
2 months ago

You go to the dance, dance, take a picture, then split to engage in American teenage shenanigans.

elfin
Community Member
2 months ago

Some do, but not most. In most situations phones take all the shots needed. For something formal and more significant a photo shoot might be appropriate.

Rachael Wilkinson
Community Member
2 months ago

The photography industry realized that they can guilt you into anything. Telling you you may regret not saving those memories has added a new must have photoshoot to the industry every year. Grade graduation, prom, highschool graduation, college graduation, bridal shower, engagements, bridals, First Look, wedding, reception, pregnancy announcements, birth announcements, major holiday family pictures... there's more.

deanna woods
Community Member
2 months ago

That's on tv shows.

Helen Haley
Community Member
2 months ago

We have photoshoots of varying sizes or different levels of intricacy for all kinds of things. It's a way to have beautiful keepsakes of life. I don't personally, but I'm about as photogenic as jaba the hut.

CORRINE STANLEY
Community Member
2 months ago

it depends. for end of the year parties we have photobooths and stuff. for b-days it depends on the kid

CaptainDinosaur
Community Member
2 months ago

Nah, just Uncles with cameras.

3nails4holes
Community Member
2 months ago

totally a thing for some people. especially girls or those of a certain social strata for whom such things are required.

LaDonna Hulcy
Community Member
2 months ago

Totally made up!

Erin
Community Member
2 months ago

My coworker just spent $1,000 on a photographer for her 1 year old's birthday photo shoot. Because we are in quarantine, they had to pay extra for the photographer to do the shoot, but she thinks it was totally worth it. By the way, the $1K was for the photographer, they haven't ordered the pictures yet.

MammaG
Community Member
2 months ago

The stupid and vain do, yes. Vanity and egos here are out of control. Everyone thinks they're special or a celebrity.

C
Community Member
2 months ago

What does it have to do with vanity???

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Daniel Lewis
Community Member
2 months ago

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Yes, because we don't need to spend an entire day developing a glass plate negative like in your country.

Carrie de Luka
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah - you don't do sarcasm very well. That or you need to go back to school as you have no idea how the rest of the world works.

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C
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2 months ago

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do you ACTUALLY care???? Who is that hurting???

Well, I Tried
Community Member
2 months ago

It's just an observation

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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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