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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

We also wear our shoes in bed as well.

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#6

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Erin
Community Member
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

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

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#14

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Catlady6000
Community Member
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

Why? Hot water is hot water.

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#17

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Colin L
Community Member
5 months ago

You don't?!?!!

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#18

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Keith Nolen
Community Member
5 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
5 months ago

my sister has about 400. I have 2.

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#20

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
5 months ago

I believe this is mostly a southern trait.

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#21

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes, we do. Or Fritos or Cheetos.

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#22

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
5 months ago

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

Newt Scamander
Community Member
5 months ago

Same with Jello and Bandaids

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Erin
Community Member
5 months ago

The same way you "hoover" a rug, we use kleenex. It is very weird to us that you say hoover instead of vacuum.

Lolabean
Community Member
5 months ago

(British) I use both, but tend to favour hoover in terms of both verb and noun. It's hard to think about it when I'm trying to consciously think about what I'd say, but I'm pretty sure I hoover more than I vacuum lol.

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Colin L
Community Member
5 months ago

Yep. Also "asprin" and "frisbee" are also brand names synonymous with their products.

Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
5 months ago

Frisbee and Tylenol - yes, "aspirin" is not a brand name, just short for acetylsalicylic acid

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Marsha Brown
Community Member
5 months ago

Yup, Kleenex has become generic, as has Scotch Tape, Saran Wrap... many older people called refrigerators Frigidares, and in England, vacuuming is called Hoovering. All names derived from brand names.

MammaG
Community Member
5 months ago

It's a brand name that became a term for any brand of facial tissue

Helen Haley
Community Member
5 months ago

Have never once heard someone say the phrase facial tissue in conversation.

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Tabitha L
Community Member
5 months ago

Yep. Can confirm. Pass me a Kleenex. Make a Xerox of this. I'd like a Coke. This recipe calls for Pet milk. I need a Band-Aid. Ace bandage. We use so many brand names interchangeably with the product.

(((Sherlocat))) she/her
Community Member
5 months ago

Wait... what the heck is Pet milk?? Never heard of it.

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Nicki
Community Member
5 months ago

I thought Jacuzzi was the name for a spa (not a brand of spa) until I was in my twenties, that's what everybody called them. lol!

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

We Americans often refer to items by their brand name, mostly out of habit due to advertising, or having only one brand available in certain areas. Kleenex, not tissue; Spam, not canned ham; Cheerios, not floating baked oat rings; Band-Aids, not bandages; Jello, not gelatine...you get the picture.

Roadkill TheBrave
Community Member
5 months ago

Branding is pretty powerful in the U.S. and even though its a brand name we have a tendency to use it. We might not even have Kleenex Brand and will still call it a Kleenex.This happens over a lot of things, and a massive part of that has to do with the Branding the companies have been doing for generations.

PotterHead
Community Member
5 months ago

Kleenex is a popular brand of tissues.

T
Community Member
5 months ago

Do British people always refer to vacuum cleaners as Hoovers?

John Montgomery
Community Member
5 months ago

That is an actual thing. Just like here in Texas all sodas are called cokes.

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
5 months ago

sho'nuff...

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Inés Sanz
Community Member
5 months ago

It's like when you use Levi's to name a pair of jeans, or Toyota to name a car. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synecdoche

Amanda Rudnicki
Community Member
5 months ago

What is tissue? Isn't that what we put in presents with new ties? Or what our skin is made of?

(((Sherlocat))) she/her
Community Member
5 months ago

Facial tissue.

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kitty_player 03
Community Member
5 months ago

It's the same thing with Purell/hand sanitizer

elfin
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes. Kleenex is a brand owned by a specific company, but it's so common that it became a name applied to facial tissue in general. Kleenex has to fight hard to keep its trademark.

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
5 months ago

Kimberly-Clark of Neenah, Wisconsin, created Kleenex as a filter for gas masks during the First World War (called the Great War, everywhere else). The tissue failed to keep the smoke out, and it sat around until someone (as the legend states) in the R&D grabbed a sheet to blow their nose...and Kleenex was born. -Dr M

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Bored Silly
Community Member
5 months ago

Who says give me a tissue. Most people say Kleenex. That is the company that invented it so now regardless of the brand people say Kleenex.

Cdickson
Community Member
5 months ago

My husband says tissue and it’s so adorable. He is English Kiwi though.

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AnnSmithJones
Community Member
5 months ago

Older people do. They're the same ones who call it "xeroxing" when they make a copy of something on a copier or now what is known as an MFD.

Full Name
Community Member
5 months ago

MFD?

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Mr Hump
Community Member
1 month ago

I remember a time where every MP3 player for some reason was called an iPod

Lacey Heward
Community Member
5 months ago

Kleenex

Gretal S
Community Member
5 months ago

I say tissues

Brent Kaufman
Community Member
5 months ago

Just like we call catsup - ketchup (which is also a brand name).

Beth Arriaga
Community Member
5 months ago

Kleenex for all tissues. Bandaids for all adhesive bandages. Xerox for all photo copying etc etc. The Brand names that have permeated so deeply into the American psyche due to constant, chronic advertising is very effective. Not so much welcome, but effective.

Emily Smith
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Yep. 'Kleenex' is specific. You could say 'tissue' but do you mean bath tissue, tissue paper, facial tissue? We don't just do it with tissue either. Bandages are 'Band-Aids', ibuprofen is 'Advil', gelatin is 'Jell-o'...

Animus 2.0
Community Member
5 months ago

That's what a lot of people call them in France...

Carrie Roettger
Community Member
5 months ago

Its like calling hot tubs jacuzzis or copy machines xeroxed. All jacuzzis are hot tubs but not all hot tubs are jacuzzis.

Kitsune Chan
Community Member
5 months ago

In Poland people call diapers "Pampers(es)". And we used to call the tape player "Walkman" too. or we call shoes "Adidas(es)". Funny thing, isn't it?

Tanyard Park
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes. We also refer to adhesive bandages as "Band Aids" and some Americans refer to all carbonated sodas as "Coke" (brand that is ingrained in us early).

Ringo Starkey
Community Member
5 months ago

And Chap Stick.

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
5 months ago

we call a lot of things by their most popular brands name.

Stephen Joslyn
Community Member
5 months ago

Same as Q-tips ( cotton swaps),

(((Sherlocat))) she/her
Community Member
5 months ago

I photoshopped a picture of the Queen using Pixlr (free online pic editor). I listened to a mixtape on my walkman (from Sanyo, not Sony). Blew my nose on kleenex made my Scotties. Hoovered my floor with an Electrolux. Ate some No Name brand jello. Patched up a scrape with bandaids by Elastoplast. Drank some 7-Up (that was actually Sprite).

Felix Utterback
Community Member
5 months ago

Kleenex is a popular brand and all tissues are kleenex. Just like all punch drink stuff is kool-aid even if it isn't kool-aid brand

Ronald Nye
Community Member
5 months ago

Branding is pretty common. Quite a few things are called by the brand name even when they are made by some other company. Cresent wrenches like Kleenex are common

Randy Roberts
Community Member
5 months ago

Kleenex is a brand that gets used most by all so they are just using the brand name. There are quite a few products we do that with.

Aimee Simmons
Community Member
5 months ago

Kleenex is the brand that first marketed them I think. There are many brands now, but it's a habit. They are actually called Facial Tissues. :D

Steve Barker
Community Member
5 months ago

That kind of thing happens all over the world. Usually, the first or longest-lasting/most popular item is referred to by its' commercial name. My grandparents referred to their refrigerator (when they didn't call it an icebox) as a Frigidaire, which was the manufacturer.

Ruth Beaty
Community Member
5 months ago

Kleenex has become a generic name for tissues, just like many other brand names have. It's just a thing.

Jim Wyatt-Lees
Community Member
5 months ago

Well we do the Hoovering in the UK and it's nothing to do with that director of the FBI

Id row
Community Member
5 months ago

It's kind of like ordering a Coke instead of cola. The brand name itself has come to symbolize the product in general. So, yes, we call tissues Kleenex because it's catchy and a popular brand that has been around forever.

ADHD
Community Member
5 months ago

we call all vacuums Hoovers in the UK, Hoover was a company

Johnny Farnen
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Why do people call acetylsalicylic acid "Aspirin" when it that is a German brand name? Same difference.

Sinkvenice
Community Member
5 months ago

My boyfriend says 'hoover', even though our vacuum cleaner isn't a Hoover and it bugs me every time ;-D

Karen Perez
Community Member
5 months ago

Of course in the south, and a soft drink is called Coke As in what kind of coat do you want? Sprite? Dr Pepper? Orange Fanta?

Loki C
Community Member
5 months ago

Kleenex is a brand, tissues are not. It's like how Jacuzzis are all hot tubs, but no joy y

Karasu
Community Member
5 months ago

Kleenex, Band-Aids... there are just some things known by a flagship brand name. In parts of the South, they call all soda "Coke" no matter what it actually is.

CR Harvey
Community Member
5 months ago

The brand name became the generic word for tissues.

Andrea Careless
Community Member
5 months ago

Just like British people call vacuum cleaners "hoovers."

Mary Kelly
Community Member
5 months ago

yes, and the makers of kleenex want us to stop using their trademark this way

albertmarksjr@aol.com
Community Member
5 months ago

Only one brand can legally be called KLEENEX. But the name has developed into a generic term similar to asking for a COKE when you'd be okay with any cola EXCEPT DR. PEPPER.

Tiffany Marie
Community Member
5 months ago

Its the name of tissue paper so yes.

Karon Sheffield
Community Member
5 months ago

Kleenx is usually accurate. In Texas all sodas are generally referred to as " Do you want a Coke?"

Lisa Shelton
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes, just like we refer to most bandages as Band-Aids and most cotton swabs as Q-Tips.

Debbie O'Grady
Community Member
5 months ago

yes.

Jane Petersen
Community Member
5 months ago

Most of us do call it that even though most of us use off-brand tissue!

Dre Mosley
Community Member
5 months ago

Kleenex is such a popular, known brand that's associated with tissue, so. . .yeah, many do.

Lynda Momalo
Community Member
5 months ago

IDK, I just say tissues. But maybe that's because I'm old (60). Maybe younger people are more likely to use the brand name as generic.

DKS 001
Community Member
5 months ago

as an american: fuck the movies ... and yes

J. Zingler
Community Member
5 months ago

In Germany we say Tempo for a handkerchief.....

Eric Mac Fadden
Community Member
5 months ago

In Brazil we call cotton swabs "Cotonete" - it's a brand

Shart
Community Member
5 months ago

Kleenex is the brand name of the tissue..its like saying i drive a ford instead of saying i drive a car

Siena Valenta
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes, of course. The main brand of tissue is Kleenex, that's why people call it that. Kinda like how people call it an "IPad" instead of "tablet" or something. That's the brand.

Philler Space
Community Member
5 months ago

Kleenex is a maker of facial tissues so ubiquitous as to by synonymous, like Q-tip or Frisbee. It is an example of brand-recognition that gives larger companies an advantage over smaller, lesser known businesses, and is a practice encouraged only by those with no moral integrity and a spine of Jell-o.

Bettina Jansen
Community Member
5 months ago

They do that in France too. It's weird when you're not used to it. Like, I lived in the Netherlands until '94, where they used the equivalent of 'tissue', so the first time someone asked me a kleenex, I answered "I don't, but I can give you a tissue, if you want."

Ice cube
Community Member
5 months ago

It's just a popular brand.

India Morgan
Community Member
5 months ago

kleenex..?

Lavender Brown
Community Member
5 months ago

Yep. It's a real thing

Jaguarundi
Community Member
5 months ago

Probably for the same reason Brits call floor cleaning "Hoovering", both are popular brand names.

Dilly Millandry
Community Member
5 months ago

We mostly say vacuum...

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Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
5 months ago

lol no

Gilda
Community Member
5 months ago

Mcnuggets all chicken nuggets are mcnuggets

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Hedy Hahn
Community Member
5 months ago

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

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Dynein
Community Member
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

Yes, many people do.

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#30

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April Simnel
Community Member
5 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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