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!

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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.

david kohn
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3 months ago

you could homeschool depending on how far through she is im homeschooled and it is better i have done nothing for a year and im a grade ahead it is very good for mental health to decide what you do and when without felling pressured best of luck im sure she will turn out great whatever you do

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S
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5 months ago

I'm american and I had a great experience in high school but by NO MEANS was it my "glory days" and you couldn't pay me to go back... Thank God I didn't peak back then.

Evil Little Thing
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5 months ago

American MEDIA likes high school for the same reason that Japanese anime likes middle school - it is the final session of compulsory education, so the characters can be pretty, immature people with no real responsibilities who do stupid things and have shallow, boorish priorities, allowing for minimal resistance to plot devices. Seriously though, if high school was the best years of your life, your life sucks.

Johnny Farnen
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5 months ago

For a small percentage of our population, high school was their glory days...because after graduation most sportsball stars and cheerleaders turn into baby making factories living in a mobile home at the back of their parent's property...LMAO

Joseph Wolf
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5 months ago

Those people who say HS was best years of their lives are losers out of high school

Molly Block
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5 months ago

I agree. High school was horror.

Emi Asanuma
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5 months ago

Totally. Except mine continued to university and after that lol

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Guinny
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5 months ago

AND WHATS WITH THE SOPHOMORE FRESHMAN CRAP it's kindy, year one year two, yer three, year four etc

Prince Maroochy
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5 months ago

We also call it 9th, 10th, 11, and 12th grades, continuing from elementary and middle school.

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Darling McKee
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5 months ago

To get to go to high school used to be a luxury. We are taught to enjoy while you can you’ll be expected to work very hard the rest of you’re life providing the opportunity for someone else.

Chloe Drury
Community Member
5 months ago

I mean high school is pretty important because it decides the rest of your life. It decides colleges and sometimes jobs look at it.

Merlyn Emrys
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5 months ago

high school is hell. tv and movies lie.

Id row
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5 months ago

Most people don't view it this way and the ones that do see the past with rose colored glasses. If you asked anyone if they'd like to relive their HS days, they'd almost assuredly say no. The ones who really remembered it fondly peaked early and never recovered.

Jenny Lorenz
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5 months ago

High school was amazing!

Winston Smith
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5 months ago

Last chance to get away with a lot of stuff

deanna woods
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5 months ago

Some of us are not obsessed with our high school days and really don't miss them.

The Girl on Fire
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5 months ago

I hate high school (I'm homeschooled and that makes it worse). Can I be in college please?

Jaybird3939
Community Member
3 months ago

Believe me, unless you're a cheerleader or playing sports, High School is the worst. You just put your head down and hope you make it through the next few years with only a few mental scars, and no physical ones.

Kikka io
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3 months ago

in fact they do a lot of talking about their high school years, how their glorious years have been, they make meetings to meet again even after years, all without then wanting to see the fact that they are the years in which bullying is more violent, in to which you are also marginalized for nonsense, in which you are either a star or you are nobody. I still have the nightmares of when I was in high school, which would be their high school, and I don't want to see any of them again in my life.

savannah burrows
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5 months ago

I didn't mind high school. I got into activities that made my experience great not to mention I didn't really focus on relationships or popularity so I had it a bit easier

Kathy Baylis
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5 months ago (edited)

It’s the last time in your life where you don’t have bills to pay, a job you hate but need, you don’t have kids, a mortgage, or any other adult responsibilities (unless you have chosen to have them). Hell yeah we’re going to make the best of it—-or just survive it and wait to have our glory days in college.

Rae Black
Community Member
5 months ago

Never understood it. Most people I know thought hs was tough, not glorious.

Catalina Chavez
Community Member
5 months ago

Honestly, I don’t know.. I appreciate my high school experience & I often look back at it, but I love my adult life more.

Mireia Dos
Community Member
5 months ago

And graduation ceremonies every couple of courses. Just why?

C Black
Community Member
5 months ago

The only people who think that are probably the ones who are still in high school. For me, it was my years in college that were so much fun.

Ionescu Popa
Community Member
5 months ago

No university?

JeffC
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5 months ago

Your maturity levels are popping here....keep going!!!! LMAO

Minnie-me
Community Member
5 months ago

ugh HS was the worst. When I think of those old fogies living in their "glory days" of HS, I pity them. That must've been when they peaked.

Jeri Moore
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2 months ago

I thought that was only for the popular kids? Mine were my 20s.

Blackheart
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3 months ago

I agree. High school sucked for many people. Also, how depressing would it be to think as a teenager, things would never be any better?

Jolee Hang
Community Member
3 months ago

It's the time that you get better responsibilities, get crushes, start being taken seriously by your parents and other adults, you look like a fully-grown adult and can be a little more confident about showing yourself off (if you want), you can legally have a job and are usually earning a lot more money without all of the cost of living shit, you can stay out late, chose the classes you want rather than just the electives, afford your own things instead of go crying to your parents for that $100 necklace that was at the mall that would look good for prom, or ask your parents for money to buy your girlfriend an expensive gift, you can drive, you are probably at some point going to have a more serious relationship but not super serious, where you are still just totally in love. I've never experienced any of this except for the going to high school part, but I'm not even halfway through yet, so I have hope, even though I don't have a social life.

Hannah Marshall
Community Member
3 months ago

Why do Americans insist on "graduating" from Kindergarten/Junior School/Middle School/High School?? You should only be graduating from University!

Jo Choto
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah, and there is this big event of graduation for everybody who makes it through basic schooling, which is some of the most facile on the planet. Like wow, you made it through essential education without getting kicked out. Let's have a graduation like you got a PhD. It's ridiculous.

Harley Hans Hoglin
Community Member
3 months ago

Because that's it for many of us. After high school many people go on to low paying jobs, kids and dead end marriages. Some might go on to college or technical schools, or the military. But once they are out of high school, no one cares that you were a cheerleader, captain of the football team. You are now the nobodies you looked down on in school, and many of the nobodies are somebodies. It hard going from miss popular to the check out girl at Wally World, with three kids, and a fat husband, who works at the Quick Lube, and he was so hot in high school.

Katie Allen
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3 months ago

I hated high school. I hated college more.

Elaine Mattingly
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4 months ago

Movies with food props.

Kori K. Warriner
Community Member
5 months ago

Please explain the reasons why it would not be just that.

Natalia Bills
Community Member
5 months ago

Not an American here, but high school was indeed one of the best times in my life and I two years younger than my other classmates!!

Hannah M
Community Member
5 months ago

OK and why is it senior or junior or freshman, sophomore, etc. To just have numbered years/grades/forms is so easy, instead of having to remember all these terms. Do Americans exist solely to make the English language confusing? I mean, there's quite a bit of evidence to that effect😂

Helen Haley
Community Member
5 months ago

Because in our mostly rural past when most people stopped attending school by 6th grade to work in factories or on the farm, high school was basically seen like college is today. It was seen as a scholarly pursuit and not just the natural progression in grades.

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Jean Shultz
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5 months ago

Because that is when children on the cusp of adulthood find out who they are and where they fit in. High school is considered the glory days because you are finding out who your are, you have a mass amount of things and are able to do anything! when you become an adult, the friends become fewer and the ability to do things become limited. Adulthood is not easy.

LoPandas
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5 months ago

Look at that, now you know where they are talking about. Jeez

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Zillyboy
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5 months ago

Your parents pay for everything. You have few responsibilities. You're in peak physical form. You're with cute single women all day. I have no idea why people would idealize that.

Tracy Lord
Community Member
5 months ago

For a lot of kids that is not the case. And even when it is, bullying or not fitting in can be a pretty big problem that would make people hate high school.

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Logan Colee
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5 months ago

Because, you don’t have to worry about bills, food, and you can be carefree with your significant other. And we like to reflect to when life was easy

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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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