The United States—the land of the free. The home of the brave. And the nation of some very peculiar habits, according to the internet. Other countries in the world are confused by some of the things that Americans do. Like calling tuna “tuna fish” and putting too much cheese on everything. I find it endearing, others find it strange.

Bored Panda has collected some of the best tweets that show how confused foreigners are at what some Americans do. Scroll down and upvote your faves. And be sure to check out our previous post about Europeans who shared what problems are too American for them to grasp.

Culture clashes are nothing new. After all, if every country and culture were the same, there’d be no point in leaving your home, right? (Spoiler warning: due to the coronavirus pandemic, you shouldn’t be leaving your home either way.) Benny Lewis, founder of the Fluent in 3 Months blog, spent 4 years living in the US and has some gripes about the culture. Including how Americans are too politically correct while at the same time they think that everything is “awesome.”

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European other
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3 months ago

It makes sense to start with the day, but I guess it's what you get used to

Ivo H
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3 months ago

And year-month-day sorts so nicely... Just sayin'

G.
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3 months ago

I save files with name YYYYMMDD_filename just to find them quick, but with dates I use dd/mm/yy (;

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Foxxy (The Original)
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3 months ago

This one does my head in.

Tia Fannen
Community Member
3 months ago

We do it that way because that's what we were taught to do.

Youdontneed2know
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3 months ago

I'm American and I write it day/month/year. I agree, it looks ugly the other way.

me
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3 months ago

I write year/month/day, which honestly makes the most sense to me

Ariel Fox
Community Member
3 months ago

Knowing the MONTH before the DAY makes much more sense!

Brent Hollett
Community Member
1 month ago

Why? Knowing the month doesn't tell you the date until you get the day. Most people know the month. e.g."What day is it?" "The fifteenth." "Cool". Instead of "What day is it?" "June" "Ok but what day is it?"

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Leah Rays
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3 months ago (edited)

Because people say "March 31st 2020" and not "the thirty-first of March 2020"

Carina Elise Hagen
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3 months ago

Yeah, American prople. We use DD/MM/YY and say 31st of March 2020 in many Europen countries, including mine.

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Eatthe Damncookie
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3 months ago

I'm American and it drives me nuts as well. Our was is totally illogical.

Lady Mondegreen
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3 months ago

However the US Military write it the logical way (DD/MM/YY)

Emi Asanuma
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3 months ago

Personally I like year/month/day best especially when saving as file so the file will automatically line accordingly from either old to new version order, or vice versa.

kitty_player 03
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3 months ago

tbh ive always wondered that

Tabitha L
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3 months ago

How many times do I need to explain this???? Star Wars day is ONLY possible in Day/Month/Year countries. May the 4th. May the fourth be with you. Nuff said.

Lucas
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1 month ago

Well, exactly!

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Hannah M
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3 months ago

Yeah, I mean a lot of countries go smallest/middle/biggest, some like China go biggest/middle/smallest, and then you just have Americans who are like well! Let's mess up all the logic here

Florence Kirsch
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3 months ago

What the hell - of all things to argue about

Darling McKee
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3 months ago

Why not? Do you want me to tell you which shoe to put on first?

Karen Da Manager
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3 months ago

Lol But I get your point

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khushi
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3 months ago

even the show f.r.i.e.n.d.s supports this statement lol

Guinny
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3 months ago

I never got this

Dee Stern
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1 month ago

When I was in the military they did it day/month/year and I've been doing it ever since

Kikka io
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1 month ago

in fact, this strange habit of putting the month in front of the day has always intrigued me too. it would have made sense if they had completely reversed putting year-month-day but so it seems a strange mixture

Jack Lambrecht
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2 months ago

Its psychological: you are more likely to remember the date with it being in month/day/year form. People remember the date as being unique: there is no order of importance. With day/month/year, you remember is as being gradually more unimportant- and you are more likely to forget the date.

Heidi I
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3 months ago

I'm born January 7th (7/1 in Europe) and my brother is born July 1st (1/7 in Europe). However, in the US I was born 1/7 and HE was born 7/1....... that confused the heck outta me, so I'd always just say January 7th, and let them figure out how to write it themselves 😄

Rob Buitenhuis
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3 months ago

D/M/Y is so much better!!!

Dónal Ó Murchadha
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1 month ago

nah mm/dd/yyyy mean files store chronologically on a computer

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MidnightFury
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3 months ago

Hey did you realize that American's say their special day the normal date way? I mean they say fourth of July instead of July fourth.

Laura Pantazis
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3 months ago

I think I can answer this one. Months are more distinguishable than days. If I'm reviewing a document, the actual day is usually not as important as the month. If I'm chronologically ordering a year's worth of documents for one year, I can do so much faster by looking at the month first, then the date.

Sue Prewitt
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3 months ago

Because we say January 20, 2020, not 20th of January, 2020

Catalina Chavez
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3 months ago

When I was a child, I was confused about this too. But you just get used to it 🤷🏻‍♀️

Mary Launer
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3 months ago

If you file something by dates, it make sense to file it by Month then date. If you file it by day then months its harder to do consecutive days?

iblowsheep
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3 months ago

Wwith the exception of 4th of July, or maybe a couple others, when you verbalize the date it's March 31st, not 31st of March, so MM/DD/YYYY follows that, the other way do not

Liam Walsh
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1 month ago

Many countries say 31st of March as their norm.

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Jennifer Rosburg
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6 days ago

US military does dd/mm/year. Been out for 7 years now and I'm still trying to get used to how the civilians do it.

Christophe Beunens
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1 month ago

It is to confuse the Russians (and the rest of the world)

Robyn Denton
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1 month ago

As an Australian, I use D/M/Y. When ordering files on my computer. I prefix the file with Y/M/D.

Brent Hollett
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1 month ago

YYYY-MM-DD or go home.

Jolee Hang
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1 month ago

I wouldn't say it looks ugly, per say, but it's easier to interpret the non-American way.

KCN
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1 month ago

I usually say Month/day/year, such as June 2nd, 2020. That seems to me to be reason we do it that way here in the US>

Dónal Ó Murchadha
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1 month ago

Actually, when stored on computers mm/dd/yyyy means the dates are numerically chronological.... 01/01/2020(1stJan) 01/02/2020(2ndJan)

Jo Choto
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1 month ago

I feel like the most logical sequence would be year/month/day. So we would go 20/05/01, 20/05/02, 20/05/03. Just makes sense to me.

Avery Day
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1 month ago

Nope, year-month-day is the best and you will know it when you name your folders using this system. Sort by name.

Daniel (ShadowDrakken)
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1 month ago (edited)

It's based on the order of importance in daily life. Farmers didn't care what day it was, just the month/season. And the year was rarely meaningful to anyone for daily life. Personally, Year/Month/Day is the most useful in my life, so that's what I tend to use by default, but I also adjust based on what I'm doing and who I'm communicating with.

Dilly Millandry
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1 month ago

As the child of a farmer we absolutely did mind about the day. You must be thinking of farming from the 18th century...

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Joseph Wolf
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3 months ago

How I was taught to do it

Geoffrey Holland
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3 months ago

Year month day is much better

Dave P
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3 months ago

because in classical written form you do March 31, 2020, so when we do all numbers we keep the classical format order for 3/31/2020

Dónal Ó Murchadha
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1 month ago

no, it's for chronological storage on a computer

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DAV
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3 months ago

do you start with the milliseconds when writing out the full date and time?

Cookie
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1 month ago

That's like writing minutes/hour/seconds.

Meami
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1 month ago

I find this fascinating that this irritates people. Who cares?

Dorothy Parker
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1 month ago

Ugly? Bizarre description for this.

Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

Because there are more days than months.

Kk C-Mcgee
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2 months ago

Not to us. It looks weird the other way around because that's how they we were raised. Way to be more self-absorbed than Americans haha ironic

Joseph Roberts
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3 months ago

12/31/99 It goes in order of quantity of units not duration of.

CrackDiddly
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3 months ago

Why does this even matter? We can ultimately read the date regardless of the order in which it is written..

Karen Dyer
Community Member
3 months ago

why do Europeans spell COLOR, COLOUR?

Stevie
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3 months ago

Because that's the original spelling. Americans are just lazy and like to forgo unnecessary letters.

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Paul K. Johnson
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3 months ago

Year, month day actually makes the most sense.

Piper Smythe
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3 months ago

Linguistic! Day/month/year makes much more sense, I know, but we're all so used to saying "March first" or "April eleventh" that it came out in our date writing. Sometimes I wish I'd grown up in Europe so I could do DD/MM/YY and the metric system, but we're weird like that.

Just Carmen
Community Member
2 months ago

Having it day/month/year is weird to me, so I could ask you all the same question. It's the way you're taught and it is what it is.

blugeagua
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3 months ago

You know some Americans would say that how they do it makes more sense. Its really all about what you're used to

Gregg Long
Community Member
3 months ago

Because in English it's more common to say it's April 1st 2020 than to say it is to say it's the 1st of April 2020.

Lucas
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1 month ago

Not if you are actually in England!

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C Black
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3 months ago

Because when one speaks of a date they say the month first, the day second, and the year third.....March 31, 2020. Besides, the bigger question is why it bothers you so much. To ME, that's what is ugly. No offense intended, of course. LOL

Jonathan Talan
Community Member
3 months ago

but month day year makes more sense if you do a data sort by date.

Ronda Larimore
Community Member
3 months ago

I don’t understand why anyone would take so much time concerning themselves with trying to change us. You change these are our ways!

Stephen Peach
Community Member
3 months ago

When said in sentence for example we say on March 31, 2020 we started our trip. Not 31st of March 2020 we started our trip.

Id row
Community Member
3 months ago

The American way is better.

Kerri Labelle
Community Member
3 months ago

I don't get why anyone would write it as day/month/year. I don't say it's 30 March 2020.

Dilly Millandry
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1 month ago

Many countries do though.

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Gabi
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3 months ago

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How about years/month/day, like normal people do?

Alberto
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3 months ago

Define "normal"…

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Colin Bayler
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3 months ago

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Actually, month and then day is more cogent. When you say the month first, the brain has a split second to recognize and focus on what part of the year you're talking about. When you say the day first, the brain has a split second of confusion wondering which of the twelve months is coming next before it's finally revealed. It may be semantics to a European; but, it show the clean, crisp straight forward thinking characteristic of Americans as opposed to the muddled thinking of Europeans who have an irritating tendency to put action verbs and adjectives after nouns (backwards) and to make words either feminine or masculine (WTF?).

Johnny Q Mattie
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3 months ago

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How did your moon landing go?

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DaVo
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3 months ago

it should be called Handegg!

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Prince Maroochy
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3 months ago

We choose from a lot more at first, eventually narrowing it down to two and choosing from them.

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According to Benny from Ireland, Europeans traveling around the US will find a lot of things weird. Like the fact that Americans smile way too much and it’s difficult to know when they mean it and when they’re smiling out of reflex.

Another thing that Benny found very unusual is something a lot of people complain about when they arrive in the US. Yup, you guessed it—tipping! “I really think tipping as a means of waitresses and others earning the vast majority of their living is ridiculous. If I have to pay, say 15% anyway, then include it in the bill! It's not a bloody tip if it's mandatory!” Benny expressed his opinion. Some of us can agree that mandatory tipping is sneaky and that servers should earn a decent wage that isn’t based on tips.

“Why not tip everyone who you interact with in some way—bus drivers, or leave money on your trash can for the garbage man? It's inconsistent, and waiters, hairdressers, and taxi drivers should just charge us what needs to be charged,” Benny writes in his blog.

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Kaisu
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3 months ago

This also goes for strict gun laws. Why do Americans think strict gun laws won't work in their country when it works in literally all other developed countries?

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Thomas brennan
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3 months ago

As an irish person I dont mind it, it is nice for people to be proud of their heritage. What I do mind is when they ask do I know paddy mcsomething from donegal. I know Ireland's small but we don't all live in one village. Oh and the accent impersonations are damn annoying...although in my experience the English are the worst for imitating accents.

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Alan Green
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3 months ago

The other day when they announced America now has the highest C19 infections of any country an american in the comments said "BS, I'm sure Europe has more". Seems some Americans think Europe is a country.

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He also has issues with how in some parts of America prices aren’t what they seem because the tax isn’t included to make the cost seem lower than it really is.

Of course, taxing is different in different states, but this doesn’t excuse corporations from printing up different product costs for each state. Or, as Benny puts it, “We have the same product sold across many European countries and somehow someone in the company found the time to punch numbers into a $1 calculator in advance to tell people how much they are actually paying.”

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Foxxy (The Original)
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3 months ago

Why was fahrenheit even invented? The metric system just makes so much more sense. Freezing point is 0C and boiling point is 100C. A litre is 1000millilitres, 100 centimetres is 1 metre etc.

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Petra Schaap
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3 months ago

thats not just American. I think it depends on the person. I have local friends who do and local friends who dont, and American friends who do and dont.

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Luna Lovebug
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3 months ago

Do me a favour and google Jessica Simpson: tuna, chicken of the sea. Should answer this question. Seems some people are unaware tuna is fish.

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But before you start thinking that all Europeans have it out for the US, Benny also mentions some awesome things about Americans. For example, nobody can deny that Americans have an incredible work ethic and how open-minded and diverse most of the country is. It’s a country with plenty of positives, peppered with a whole lot of bizarreness.

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Colin Bayler
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3 months ago

Because you don't need a bloody scale to measure grams. All you need is a simple cup with lines. DUH!

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Just Carmen
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3 months ago

Well actually, most of the time we say that we don't give a shit, so.....

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Stimpy
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3 months ago

I tried changing it to "the poopery" but people won't listen to me

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Carol Lewis
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3 months ago

I don't think that, nor have I ever thought that. I don't know anyone who does. Where did you even come up with that nonsense.

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Mette Olsen Douglas
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3 months ago

I don't think I know anybody who lives like they have free healthcare - quite the opposite actually. "Is it truly bad enough to go see a doctor or can we survive without going"? Nobody want those bills that follows a doctors visit!!

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Kaisu
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3 months ago

Some Americans also love making fun of people who speak English with a foreign accent, when they themselves can only speak one language

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Brick
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3 months ago

Anything to not use the metric system whats next: glazed donuts per bald eagle who knows

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Guinny
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3 months ago

eye rarck

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Just Carmen
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3 months ago

Because it's in a MOVIE!! We don't do that IRL.

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Stimpy
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3 months ago

gas

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Bill
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3 months ago (edited)

Because educators didn't want parents to think E meant "Excellent"

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Chewie Baron
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3 months ago

Don't get me started on how Americans pronounce 'mirror'. They miss out the 'o' and say "mirrrrr". Madness!

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Foxxy (The Original)
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3 months ago (edited)

High school was pretty much the worst time in my life. My daughter is going through it now and I wish I could just fast forward her outta there.

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Jean Shultz
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3 months ago

Why do European soccer players roll around on the ground during the game acting like they just got their leg cut off?

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Marcellus the Third
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3 months ago

Yeah but then you also have 'drinks halls' in germany with liquor, beer, water, soda... Why? Also you're ignoring the "dry county" thing where within one state many counties may sell absolutely zero alcohol and the next does.

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David Arnold
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3 months ago

Why do you NOT put cheese on everything??

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Caitlin Mangan
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3 months ago

I don't think people do, at least where I'm from in the states.

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Patrick McKemie
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3 months ago

I pronounce it Bond, James Bond

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Anne
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3 months ago

They are handy when you bring cooked food to a meeting/people etc.

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Just Carmen
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3 months ago

It's the MOVIES for F sake! Get a clue would you?! We don't DO that IRL.

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