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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#2

euricawithhope Report

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#4

angelvnte Report

Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
2 months ago

the only thing in my locker is a mound of trash.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#5

cereaImiIk Report

Why?
Community Member
2 months ago

We also wear our shoes in bed as well.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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".

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#8

sIeepfordays Report

Erin
Community Member
2 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#10

mynameisnotmac Report

Hedy Hahn
Community Member
2 months ago

Millions of people eat this daily in the US.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#11

gracieelaciee Report

ROSSELAIRA EUGENIE CRUZ
Community Member
2 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#12

benallenwf Report

Kristy P
Community Member
2 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#13

mrsmop68 Report

Colin L
Community Member
2 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#16

Uhuras Report

MammaG
Community Member
2 months ago

Why? Hot water is hot water.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#17

taanapoop Report

Colin L
Community Member
2 months ago

You don't?!?!!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#19

sIeepfordays Report

Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
2 months ago

my sister has about 400. I have 2.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#20

a_girl_probably Report

Hedy Hahn
Community Member
2 months ago

I believe this is mostly a southern trait.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#21

NeedsDirection Report

Hedy Hahn
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, we do. Or Fritos or Cheetos.

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#22

todorokidokie Report

Hedy Hahn
Community Member
2 months ago

We do call them Kleenex all the time probably because that brand is what we used.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#23

libbybrwnlw Report

Hedy Hahn
Community Member
2 months ago

I had a lab partner in chemistry and biology in high school.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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...

JuJu
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't think it's about the neutral bags...but why do they never have handles in movies? they just carry it in their arms.

Load More Replies...
Erin
Community Member
2 months ago

Paper bags are sort of a thing of the past, but I suppose they look better on screen that the non-recyclable ones given to you at the store. Personally, I have reusable canvas ones that I take with me everywhere.

April Simnel
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Not always since the late 80s, but some stores still use paper bags. In NYC, now that using plastic bags is illegal, stores will sell you a paper bag to use for 5 cents each, and reusable bags for a couple of bucks if you forget to bring your own bags. But they don't always have a loaf of French bread sticking out of it.

Jim Ellington
Community Member
2 months ago

They were a thing until the 80s. They're neat and all, but no one really wants a non-waterproof bag that smells funny and has no handles.

elfin
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes. For a time plastic bags were more common, but they linger in the environment so paper has made a comeback. A lot of people do bring their own bags, but with the current pandemic the clerks are not allowed to touch them so we're back to paper.

Sarra R
Community Member
2 months ago

There's a choice of paper or plastic but lately the (AWESOME) trend is reusable recycled cloth like totes.

Alex King
Community Member
2 months ago

Awesome!??? No need

Load More Replies...
Sawdust
Community Member
2 months ago

Back before the late 80s, most grocery stores used brown paper bags without handles.

Colin L
Community Member
2 months ago

I use canvas bags, but I'm a weirdo here.

Leslie O
Community Member
2 months ago

Me too. I think I must have thirty of them because I hate having plastic ones piling up and taking over my home!

Load More Replies...
deanna woods
Community Member
2 months ago

I usually get my groceries in plastic bags and then use those leftover bags for trash.

Pug Pug
Community Member
2 months ago

not any more in NY

Load More Replies...
Lacey Heward
Community Member
2 months ago

Started using paper when we moved to the woods and had a wood stove. It's a good fire starter. Plus plastic sucks!

Brent Kaufman
Community Member
2 months ago

Only paper bags were used when I was growing up in the 70s. Plastic wasn't used until late 70s or 80s.

Emily Smith
Community Member
2 months ago

Since we now have a plastic bag ban in place, yes - many people use paper bags. Reusable shopping bags are becoming more prevalent.

JannerBananer
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes we do. And they're useful for recycling said groceries later.

Tanyard Park
Community Member
2 months ago

Paper, plastic or reusable options are available. Plastic being the most common currently but paper bags were the primary options through the 70's, 80's and early 90's. A lot of stores are going back to paper as they are better for the environment than plastic and are reused to sort recycling.

Patti Renwick Parrish
Community Member
2 months ago

many have smartened up and use bags made of material

Jaybird3939
Community Member
2 months ago

Believe it or not, paper bags were used before we had plastic ones. This goes waayy back, to the turn of the LAST century.

Drive Bee
Community Member
2 months ago

Not for a long time now

Cindy Cantrell
Community Member
2 months ago

They offer paper or plastic

Felix Utterback
Community Member
2 months ago

We do a lot more plastic bags which is awful for the environment. I wish paper bags were as common as in movies

Crazycube
Community Member
2 months ago

Some people do because in a lot of stores paper bags are cheaper than plastic bags

Janelle Collard
Community Member
2 months ago

Before COVID-19 we had to bring our own bags to shop.

Randy Roberts
Community Member
2 months ago

Nowadays I think most of us use recyclable bags for groceries to avoid wasting more plastic or killing more trees for paper bags.

Aimee Simmons
Community Member
2 months ago

we are moving to the reusable canvas bags now.

Podunkus
Community Member
2 months ago

In the movies, every bag of groceries has a loaf of French bread sticking out so you know it is a bag of groceries.

Viv Hart
Community Member
2 months ago

I have my own shopping cooler bag, with the store's logo, using less plastic.

Id row
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm having a hard time understanding that the rest of the world doesn't have paper bags for groceries.

AliJanx
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes. Publix still asks "paper or plastic" and it's amazing how often a paper bag gets reused

Katie Axon
Community Member
2 months ago

Most people use plastic bags, but grocery stores usually have paper bags. They're better for the environment, but they're more expensive for the stores, so they don't tell people they have them. You have to ask for them. My dad has been using paper bags because his reusable bags aren't allowed right now.

CbusResident
Community Member
2 months ago

An American here, yes I did that last night! I worked at a grocery store here that had a whole paper bag recycling program, and in elementary and middle school the teachers would often have us make a 'book cover' out of a brown paper grocery bag for our textbooks during the first week of school. Lol.

Kelly Murray
Community Member
2 months ago

Haven't seen paper bags at grocery stores in years.

T Chen
Community Member
2 months ago

On the West Coast a lot of areas began charging for paper or plastic bags so we began using reusable bags. then Coronavirus happened and disposable bags are now back in vogue.

Johnny Farnen
Community Member
2 months ago

Paper bags used to be the standard for grocers until the mid 1980s and the advent of plastic bags.

Sarah Levine
Community Member
2 months ago

Where I live, paper grocery bags are always available. Someone packing your groceries always asks "Paper or Plastic?" I bring my own bags, but if I don't have enough, or forgot them, I always use paper. Then I put my recycling in the bags at home.

Karasu
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, we have paper grocery bags. "Paper or plastic" is not about your payment method.

CR Harvey
Community Member
2 months ago

Yup. The environmentally minded bring their own.

Pug Pug
Community Member
2 months ago

I worked in a grocery store for years. Mostly old people want paper and double bagged. Im from NY

Mary Kelly
Community Member
2 months ago

many stores don't even have paper bags anymore...just flimsy plastic ones...but responsible americans bring their own reusable bags to the grocery store

Nandy Nam
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah !!' Trader Joe's is the best example and most recently Giant start (or go back) to use them as well :)

albertmarksjr@aol.com
Community Member
2 months ago

Not until the plastic bags were recently outlawed in NEW YORK STATE. Pain in the @#$ !!

KLo
Community Member
2 months ago

The smart Americans who avoid plastic bags, so they don't end up in the ocean do. I use paper bags, but I moved to America as an adult.

Tiffany Marie
Community Member
2 months ago

O.o Yes.. Why is this weird?

Lisa Shelton
Community Member
2 months ago

There is a store where I live where I will still sometimes get paper bags instead of plastic. They can be useful to save.

Bev Brown
Community Member
2 months ago

Mostly movies in my experience. No one I know does.

Debbie O'Grady
Community Member
2 months ago

not anymore. Plastic bags are banned in some stores.

Amanda Rudnicki
Community Member
2 months ago

We are intelegent and conscious of the fact that plastic bags are killing the ocean.

Jane Petersen
Community Member
2 months ago

I am overseas now and I miss the paper bags :(

Andrea Anthony
Community Member
2 months ago

paper is common where I live if you don't bring a reusable bag, because there's a plastic bag ban. when I was a kid in the 80s, it was like all plastic all the time.

arianna kalal
Community Member
2 months ago

Here in Oregon passed a law for no paper bags and they usually charge you 5 cents

Shart
Community Member
2 months ago

Some people prefer paper bags to plastic

Sasha Ross
Community Member
2 months ago

nope we use plastic, which is far worse.

Siena Valenta
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes. If you didn't bring your own bags to the store, you can get them from the store. Sometimes paper, sometimes plastic, sometimes both.

Philler Space
Community Member
2 months ago

And there is always a french load and a bunch of carrots/celery sticking out of it!

Marsha Brown
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, used to always carry groceries in paper bags. Then plastic bags came in. For many years, the checkout people would ask, "Paper or plastic"; in some stores, paper bags were still available until quite recently. Now, some cities and states in the U.S. are banning plastic bags. People are expected to bring their own, multi-use bags, or buy them there. But I believe that some stores are experimenting with a return to paper bags.

The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
2 months ago

And you have to pay for the bags you get from the store if you don't have your own.

The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
2 months ago

In my county plastic bags are illegal. It's all paper bags or bags you bring from home.

M Adams
Community Member
2 months ago

Paper, plastic, or bring your own.

Daisy
Community Member
2 months ago

They are environmentally friendly! I know Whole Foods does this. My cats absolutely LOVE the bags!

Bill
Community Member
2 months ago

What are you basing that assumption on? Ever been to a paper mill?

Load More Replies...
Holly Hofmann
Community Member
2 months ago

I always choose paper bags over plastic when given the option. Much more ecological.

Full Name
Community Member
2 months ago

I'll just copy/paste another reply I gave above: Paper takes WAY more water to produce, more energy to produce, is orders of magnitude larger which means that much more transport/storage involved, and paper bags are almost never reused. Add that to the pollution the forestry industry and pulp mills produce and it's not a clear cut winner by any stretch. Then add to that the fact that sweating ice cream in a paper bag when you walk out into a rainstorm is a recipe for disaster and I say paper can go to hell.

Load More Replies...
DKS 001
Community Member
2 months ago

as an american: when is the last time you've seen a paper bag? And why all these comparisons to television .... is that the ONLY way you get to see "American culture"? Hollywood is full of crap

Bill
Community Member
2 months ago

Paper bags for frozen goods. Still have them in grocery stores

glowworm2
Community Member
2 months ago

We'd use paper in plastic.

Hedy Hahn
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, now we use plastic bags donated free by the grocery stores usually.

C
Community Member
2 months ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

paper is recyclable so YES people do. Why is that a problem?

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
2 months ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Unlike people in your county, we can afford to shop in supermarkets.

Inga Viviane
Community Member
2 months ago

You like the orange man and have never been outside the US, haven't you? Cause there are developed countries there. With free Health care and a social System so kids do not have to rely on being fed by their own school.

Load More Replies...
View More Replies...
View more comments
#25

tobesostyles Report

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#26

danaokeke Report

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).

View More Replies...
View more comments
#27

foreverqal Report

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
2 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#29

rrudegal Report

Hedy Hahn
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, many people do.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#30

aIIexx_ Report

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments

Note: this post originally had 40 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

See Also on Bored Panda