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.

Carol Emory
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5 months ago (edited)

Except we don't get to decide who the two are. In the electoral college, we can tell them who we want...then the fat cats at the top that ARE the electoral get to side with us or go out on their own. So in reality..when November comes around...we get to decide between the two candidates they wanted. But this year is going to be a repeat of last election. Two democratic candidates splitting the democratic vote and one republican taking all the republican votes. Can you guess who's going to be president next year?

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Zillyboy
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5 months ago

Miss America contestants have a time limit on how long they can talk. Candidates don't.

Evil Little Thing
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5 months ago

We inherited a two-party system from the English (whigs vs tories) centuries ago. But they are more progressive than us and reformed their system Meanwhile, many Americans think Trump is smart, so... There's only so far we can fix things because 36% of our voters are morons.

Dilly Millandry
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3 months ago

Meanwhile in the UK we want more reform as it's still not progressive enough. Don't worry though, you aren't alone! Sadly, we also have our share of morons - hence Boris.

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Molly Block
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5 months ago

Because there are 50 states, and a candidate comes from each. Then, Miss American is chosen from one of the 50.

Tabitha L
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5 months ago

And DC, so 51.

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Peter Bear
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5 months ago

Because our political system is broken as hell. Oh, and 'we the people' don't choose. We appoint electors for each state, and then those people choose the President. And they're under no legal, ethical, or moral obligation to vote the way 'the people' actually did. The popular vote is a complete fraud and has no relevance at all.

Helena Murphy
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5 months ago

Shockingly that is why they got to the King of Clueless .... Trump

Dave P
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5 months ago

We have third parties, hypothetically they can win. We just have two dominant parties. And each party has their own primary where dozens enter for month before someone wins

Carol Emory
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5 months ago

Actually..I agree with this one. Let's do away with the primaries and let everyone straight vote for their candidate directly. That way we have a fair representation of who is most favored. But the ballots here are a joke this year. My sister was given an non-partisan ballot...10 democrats listed...only one republican (the orange idiot.) SMH

Rosemarie Briggs
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5 months ago

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SashaAlexandra
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3 months ago

I`m russian - we haven`t seen any second candidate for president in 20 years

Kathy Baylis
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5 months ago

Well, more than two candidates, since you have to include those from smaller parties. As for Miss America, there are 50 states, and each one send the winner of their statewide pageant. And, really, beauty pageants are becoming relics anyway.

Kori K. Warriner
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5 months ago

American here. Been asking this same question for 47 years. My candidate didn't stand a chance against a corrupt two-party system.

Tabitha L
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5 months ago

Well, there are more than 50 Miss America contestants, since DC sends a representative. Plus, last presidential election there were 4 major candidates. Donald Trump, Hilary Clinton, Jill Stein, and Gary Johnson. But hey, who cares about facts?? Let's just bash the USA!!!

Belinda_Vikingheart_🇧🇻
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5 months ago

Best question ever 😀

Patrick McKemie
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5 months ago

Our Misses are much better than our Presidents.

Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

Pretty much the same in Aus, whilst yes we have other minority parties that you can vote for. The fact is there are so many minor parties with varying ideas and policies that mass amounts of people aren’t going to pick one specific one. So it is unlikely for a minor party to be in power, so to speak. We had a hung parliament a few years ago with a minor and major party and it was a flop. Although I could say the same for about 80% of the people in government. We need to erase the board and start again, especially with people who KNOW and actually understand the every day aussie and not those people that have grown up in privilidged or entitled etc.

sh
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5 months ago

Except in America our two larger parties actively do things to make sure the people don't hear what the "minority" parties have to say - like breaking their backs to keep them off the debate stage, for example. Make no mistake, the Repblicans and Democrats are two heads of the same beast, and as long as one of them wins, they can keep the status quo and they're happy - regardless of what they'd have us believe.

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Brent Hollett
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3 months ago

Because Miss America uses a scoring system, and Presidential Elections use a method from the Dark Ages called First Past the Post.

Monika Soffronow
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3 months ago

First Past the Post is also used in the UK, with disastrous results there too.

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Winston Smith
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5 months ago

Both star with a lot then narrow it done. Like a bracket system

Bill
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5 months ago (edited)

Why don't countries in Europe directly elect their Presidents?

Monika Soffronow
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3 months ago

In Europe, the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, Luxembourg, Monaco, Andorra, Liechtenstein and Sweden, are constitutional monarchies and thus have no president. The king or queen is the head of state, enjoying all the glory but no political power, the Prime Minister ends up with all the hard work but no glory. Cyprus is the only presidential republic (the president is the head of state and the head of government). France, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Romania are semi-presidential republics (the president and the prime minister share a number of competences), the president is elected by direct popular vote. Seven parliamentary republics, namely Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, Slovakia and Slovenia also elect their president by direct popular vote. In another seven parliamentary republics, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia and Malta, the president is elected by parliament or other body (Germany)

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5 months ago

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Jean Shultz
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5 months ago

Because we have two political parties which divides our country. Because of the two political parties no ever sees eye to eye. Thomas Jefferson (one of the founding fathers of the United States) said that having a to party system will be the death of the US and it is.

Emperor Kitten
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5 months ago

There's are a lot more than 2 parties. A lot of the US problems could be signed if people would just aknowledge the other parties.

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Just Carmen
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5 months ago

Blame the Founding Fathers for that. We don't have a choice in the matter.

Dilly Millandry
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3 months ago

Campaign for reform.

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Monika Soffronow
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3 months ago

Even weirder, why does each state send two senators to Washington? There are six states with less than one million inhabitants, another eight that have a population of between one and two million, and at the other end, there is Texas with 29 million and California with 40 million inhabitants. Each Senator from California represents 20 million people and each Senator from Wyoming represents less than 300.000 people.

Kim St
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3 months ago

cause men are in charge of it. they like to see a lot of women.

Daniel (ShadowDrakken)
Community Member
3 months ago

We had 24 candidates in 2012. We don't choose between just 2, the media just make it looks like we do.

Elaine Mattingly
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4 months ago

They enjoy looking at the Miss America contestants.

Logan Colee
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5 months ago

Because nobody cares about that miss America anymore, it idolizes females and it just a bunch of pretty faces

Logan Colee
Community Member
5 months ago

And beachside nobody even cares about miss America anymore

Joseph Roberts
Community Member
5 months ago

It’s a system that only allows two parties. If votes are divided 65-45 then the first candidate wins. If a third candidate runs and is a member of the same party the first candidate is part of and the votes are divided 32-38-30 then the second candidate wins even though only 38% of people voted for them.

Id row
Community Member
5 months ago

It's not just two people. Where are these dumb questions coming from?

Darling McKee
Community Member
5 months ago

Politics is about party affiliations and miss America is about States. What grade are you in?

Daniel Lewis
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5 months ago

because the Miss America candidates are much more attractive than the presidential candidates.

Bettye McKee
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3 months ago

Because there are fifty states and only two major political parties. However, it might be interesting to have a pageant to select a president. A swimsuit section, an evening gown section, a talent section, etc. Then we could pick the prettiest, most talented candidate.

Dilly Millandry
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3 months ago

ARGH - no-one wants to see Trump in a swimsuit!

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The Emerald Triangle
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5 months ago

Have you seen what they look like? Miss America is WAY better looking and we can only so much ugly on CNN

Wil Thibodeau
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5 months ago

How do such elementary questions get featured? All this stuff is covered before middle school. What's next? Why do men have nipples? Good grief...

C Black
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5 months ago

We only choose ONE person for President if you want to get technical. We also only choose ONE lady for Miss America. The Presidential election starts out with MANY people running for the office and it takes time for people to decide who they want to actually be the last two to be voted for.....Did you not know that?

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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)
Community Member
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!

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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
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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
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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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