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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5 months ago

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

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DaVo
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5 months ago

it should be called Handegg!

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Prince Maroochy
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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 months ago

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

Carol Emory
Community Member
5 months ago

Colin Bayler...when baking, grams is actually more accurate than a cup. Better to weigh your ingredients. It also makes it easier to double or triple a recipe.

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Charlotte
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5 months ago

The volume of a cup isn't internationally defined (to my knowledge) which means a cup is not an accurate measurement. It's ok for very approximate or ratio-based recipes, but weights are more reliable and translate into any language.

Claire
Community Member
5 months ago

I don't have any problems using cups for cooking - after all, you don't need an exact amount of flour or anything. In chemistry class, yes, we should use grams for amounts but I don't see the need in cooking. Do you have to weigh every ingredient before you put it in?

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

I am Australian and our recipes vary, some use cups and spoons whilst some use grams and many use a mix of both. I actually find the cups and spoons so much easier.

Charlotte
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5 months ago

The official volume of a "cup" varies by county. The actual volume of cups varies depending on what's in your cupboard and how tightly you pack in dry ingredients.

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Loki C
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5 months ago

I dunno. It makes sense, and makes for a more "tried and true"approach. Also, at least in my part of the country, pretty much every illicit drug is sold in gram increments.

The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
5 months ago

Because we snort grams not drink them.

Rage Racer
Community Member
5 months ago

Why are you yelling?

Kori K. Warriner
Community Member
5 months ago

What is a gram equal to? I was never taught that, or exposed to that measurement...in America. Just ceased to happen. I can't control the school systems.

Rae Black
Community Member
5 months ago

A lot of use both, not just cups.

Peter Bear
Community Member
5 months ago

Blame the British for that one, and the other measurement-related question. We're stupid for holding on to their old Imperial system, but they're stupid for inventing it in the first place. Put the blame where it's due.

Stephanie Trump
Community Member
1 week ago

They invented it way back in the day. People had what they had on hand. They would use an actual cup and an actual spoon to measure things. Not really stupid.

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Id row
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5 months ago

It's a much more efficient system and you don't need a scale.

Helen Haley
Community Member
5 months ago

Our recipes were handed down through families, accurate weight measuring equipment would've been a luxury. However, a tin cup with lines denoting measurements was vastly more available. Ergo, measuring, not weighing.

Stephanie Trump
Community Member
1 week ago

Even before that, they would have used an actual cup to measure things.

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Bill
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5 months ago

Easy to spot who can and can't cook

Tia Fannen
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5 months ago

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Petra Schaap
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5 months ago

why do you use caps lock?!

Jack Lambrecht
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Its easier- you don't have to weigh anything, and can measure solids and liquids in the same way. Also, I could say the same thing to you about grams.

Jerry Mathers
Community Member
5 months ago

Has anyone seen my horse? Ooh there it. It has been beaten to death. Like this argument. Simple solution, cup folks. Weigh your cup. Then empty it. Fill and weigh again. It will vary. For accuracy you must use weights on dry ingredients. This isn't debatable. If you don't need a accuracy, a cup is fine. If you do, use a scale. It isn't hard

Suzanne Dunne
Community Member
5 months ago

Yea, try to do a cup of butter, unless you melt it, yuck

Heather Webster
Community Member
4 months ago

That’s why the come in equal, pre-measured sticks. Two sticks is a cup.

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kitty_player 03
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5 months ago

no comment

SteFaqs
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5 months ago

The cup size may be standard but how the user fills/packs it varies greatly. If you want to know your recipe can be repeated with expected result, weighing is the best option. I would also like to hear the response from your dealers when requesting a 1/4 cup of cocaine.

Catalina Chavez
Community Member
5 months ago

Well I don’t know, I’m getting a headache now thanks Elizabeth .

C Black
Community Member
5 months ago

You don't know that recipes call for ingredients to be measured in measuring cups? Do you know what a measuring cup IS? I guess not.

Kel Gal
Community Member
5 months ago

Why are you screaming at us?

Paul O'Connor
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5 months ago

She's just typing in cups.

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Marge Flanders
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5 months ago

Because when Americans measure white powdery substances on a scale, by the gram, they are usually not measuring for cooking food

Tia Fannen
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5 months ago

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Zillyboy
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5 months ago

It started with the early settlers on the prairies, who found their gram-accurate scales would lose their accuracy due to the dustbowl effects. Then they'd grab their shot glasses, which were a full cup back then because it was before prohibition, tip the dust out and low and behold they discovered the scientific principle that it's easier to measure a volume accurately than a weight.So why do Europeans use lightwaves and time as a measure of distance?

Patrick McKemie
Community Member
5 months ago

Our drug dealers do!

Stephanie Trump
Community Member
1 week ago

Cups comes from back when people used what they had on hand to measure stuff. They would use a cup, or a tea spoon.

Breez Brown
Community Member
3 months ago

Why ask questions when the answers are so easily attainable? Also how are you morons so ignorant? We get born into this country and are taught a certain way! Do we choose to be different than EVERY other country NO. The morons who started this did. Problem here is it seems you are no different from them!

elfin
Community Member
3 months ago

Why not? It works okay.

Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

Because it works just fine.

Caroline Driver
Community Member
3 months ago

I think it must be a hangover from the Pioneering days, when a cup was always available in the house. People were very resourceful then. But it does seem weird to the rest of us.

Katie Allen
Community Member
3 months ago

one is volume and the other's weight anyway

Kikka io
Community Member
3 months ago

this too leaves doubts. you use the cup for the measurements, but then you have to tell me the measurements of the cup. because if I use my black cup, it is small but long, while if I use my dory cup it is a large and tall cup. so how much is a cup?

John Baker
Community Member
3 months ago

One cup (US) is 8 fluid ounces, or 237 ml. Things can be a bit confusing for the uninitiated, since in the US, the term "ounce" is used for both a unit of weight and a unit of volume. As a unit of weight, one ounce is approximately 28.35 grams. As a unit of volume, it's 29.625 ml. Not that difficult, really. ;-)

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Elaine Mattingly
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4 months ago

The same reason we call tuna a fish.

Community Member
4 months ago

WHY ALL CAPS? WHY???

Logan Colee
Community Member
5 months ago

I agree with Colin baller but with a much less aggressive tone

Lorraine R
Community Member
5 months ago

Okay, if the recipe says 'one cup of flour' you scoop out the flour into the cup and level it off and there's your cup. But if it says 'one cup of flour, sifted', then, I was taught, you sift what you think is about a cup of flour, lift the sifted flour carefully on a spatula, slide it into the cup until it's heaped up, carefully level it off, and there's THAT cup. I wonder what the weight difference is between the sifted and unsifted cups? I also wonder whether there's a texture difference between sifted and unsifted, once you start combining it with the wet ingredients, that actually affects the consistency of the batter. I used to have a wonderful little book about the actual chemistry of cooking, but I lost it and now can't even remember the title. It would have answered all my questions.

ShayLynne Bronson
Community Member
5 months ago

Because to us(at least me anyway) the grams are WAY harder to keep track of!

Florence Kirsch
Community Member
5 months ago

We just weren’t taught to do things this way. There had to be some thread of truth to the phrase “good old American know-how”. Again I think it’s our unique brand of diversity that answers a lot of these questions. Most countries this size aren’t countries at all but collections of countries. These are aware of each other’s ways e.g. France, England as our states are of each other. I give you the priceless lampooning of mid- western U.S. accents in the movie Fargo.

Winston Smith
Community Member
5 months ago

We dont. Unless you mean sugar or flour. Its volume not weight. We measure in dimensions. ThisXthatXthat

Mary Launer
Community Member
5 months ago

Because math, lol

Charlotte
Community Member
3 months ago

Do any other Brits find it amusing how independence loving Yanks get really defensive about using the Imperial system? "I will bake my 4th of July cookies in pounds and ounces, just like Queen Victoria would have wanted", lol. Meanwhile the Empire has moved on to metric... It's like keeping your ex's T-shirt.

StillBrian'smom
Community Member
3 months ago

Why does it matter to you Elizabeth May? Seriously

Guinny
Community Member
5 months ago

because you can just scoop. its good when a recipe gives both grams and cups

Guinny
Community Member
5 months ago

in cooking obv

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Just Carmen
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5 months ago

Because we don't like to weigh our ingredients if we're making something.

Brick
Community Member
5 months ago

Eh, one cup of flour vs 120 grams, one cups easier. Im from new zealand and I thought cups were pretty universal

Stimpy
Community Member
5 months ago

it's only "easier" to you because you are used to it. but it's highly illogical, difficult to convert and also difficult to scale. the fact that the recipe calls for "120"grams is to make it a round "cup" not because it has to be exactly that amount. If it were metric, the total serving size would simply be adjusted so that you need 200 grams. in what twisted universe can "cups" actually be seen as "easier" (I mean actual cups are differently sized!)

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Daniel Lewis
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5 months ago

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Cup is a unit of volume and gram is a unit of weight, you moron.

Alan Green
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5 months ago

All cups are the same size then?

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Just Carmen
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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 months ago

eye rarck

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Just Carmen
Community Member
5 months ago

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

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Stimpy
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5 months ago

gas

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Bill
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5 months ago (edited)

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

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Chewie Baron
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5 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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5 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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5 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
Community Member
5 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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5 months ago

Why do you NOT put cheese on everything??

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Caitlin Mangan
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5 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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5 months ago

I pronounce it Bond, James Bond

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Anne
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5 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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5 months ago

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

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