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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6 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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6 months ago

it should be called Handegg!

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Prince Maroochy
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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

eye rarck

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Just Carmen
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6 months ago

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

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Stimpy
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6 months ago

gas

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Bill
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6 months ago (edited)

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

Patrick McKemie
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6 months ago

This is actually the correct answer.

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Christoph Lindemann
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6 months ago

If you add just one line to an F it becomes an E. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the reason why there is no E.

Monika Nagyova
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6 months ago

At my university we used to have A to E and Fx for fail. Fx cannot be made into an E.

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Chris Green
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6 months ago

Because "F" is officially for "Failure"

Carrot dude
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6 months ago

Yes!

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Johnny Farnen
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6 months ago

Because our education system is modeled for an agrarian society....food and farm products are graded the same way... and "F" is not a grade. It only indicates failure. (One can actually "pass" with a "D")

Jeri Moore
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2 months ago

Ds were still failures where I went to school.

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Marcos Pereira
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6 months ago

F for FAIL.

Brandon Collinsworth
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6 months ago

We don't actually get F grades, they didn't actually skip E. It isn't our fault that the word Fail starts with an F

Guinny
Community Member
6 months ago

What? it's just ABCD here

Colin L
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6 months ago

As an educator, I can tell you that failure is indeed an option.

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Martti Laurson
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6 months ago

It is normal that you have 5 steps. Like a lot of other countries. Fail (F) is enough. Or E would be Exceptional fail or Extra fail?

Alberto
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6 months ago

Many countries grade out of 10 or 20. In Italy, at the university, you get grades out of 110

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Kathy Baylis
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5 months ago (edited)

When I was in school, they tried the ABCDE grading, back when report card grades were handwritten on the forms. Then they found out just how easily an E can become a B with patience, a steady hand, and a matching ink color...

ROSSELAIRA EUGENIE CRUZ
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6 months ago

A = Awesome! B = Boring, but okay. C = Congratulations! You're mediocre! D = Dumb*ss F = Fun! You FAILED.

Catalina Chavez
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6 months ago

Because people who get Es are Secretly terminated , shh don’t tell anybody 🤫

Leah Rays
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6 months ago

To put an emphasis on failure.

How Terribly Unfortunate
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6 months ago

Actually they do Es where I live.

Molly Block
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6 months ago

Because F is for FAIL! Which sounds quite awesome.

Lauren Darnell
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6 months ago

We have ABCDEF here

Tabitha L
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6 months ago

Where do you live? I've never seen E!

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Scott Lloyd
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6 months ago

F=failure.

Xandra, The Little Hufflepuff
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1 week ago

I am an American high school student, and I have wondered this forever

Sjjd
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5 months ago

They do

Kori K. Warriner
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5 months ago

I'm stumped. It has bothered me all my life.

Joseph Wolf
Community Member
6 months ago

Have no clue

Maggie
Community Member
6 months ago

So that kids can realize the fullness of their failure

Id row
Community Member
6 months ago

Because F means Fail. What do you want to do, add insult to injury by giving them an Extreme fail? Way to rub it in, lol. Parent: "Why did you give my snowflake an E?" Teacher: "Besides getting every answer wrong, he also spelled his name wrong. He thought Tim was spelled with a 6."

Monika Nagyova
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6 months ago

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Cynthia Doyle
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6 months ago

The better question is why do we use the grade scale that goes along with those letters — 0-60 is failing, but there are only ten percentage points between all the others

C Black
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6 months ago

Because "F" means "Fail" and "E" means "excellent" and since "D" falls before the grade of "F," it would be unwise to have an "excellent" grade inbetween "almost failing (D)" and completely failing (F.)

Kerri Labelle
Community Member
6 months ago

Why would you need an E? What a stupid question.

Christine
Community Member
6 months ago

Because A-D are graduated degrees of how well you are doing and F stands for 'Fail'

Sébastien POMMIER
Community Member
6 months ago

F as in FAIL

Kathy Smith
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

We Americans have wondered this, too! Hmm, maybe because it’d be too easy to change an F to an E.

mr. stark i don't feel so good
Community Member
6 months ago

I have wondered that since I was five! and I'm american!!!!

Darling McKee
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Colleges use E. But up till then F is used to drill in the idea of Failing so you won’t

Thatllama
Community Member
6 months ago

How about z for zee worst ever

Heaven Scott
Community Member
6 months ago

in my school, an E is a failing grade. (i live in america.)

Charl Marx
Community Member
6 months ago

We also have U as a grade in UK too.

European other
Community Member
6 months ago

I think that was the grading system they used when I did school exams in England it may be the same now.

Stephanie Trump
Community Member
2 weeks ago

I’ve always wondered that myself

Jeri Moore
Community Member
2 months ago

I’m still trying to figure out how 50s and 60s are acceptable in some places. And I didn’t receive Es in elementary school when being graded on behavior.

Jayne Kyra
Community Member
3 months ago

We do the same at universities here (middle Europe), only that F is Fx instead.

Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

We do. Some subjects, especially in primary grades, give U-unsatisfactory, N-needs improvement, S-satisfactory, and E-excellent. E would be confused as excellent in an A B C D F system

mr. stark i don't feel so good
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3 months ago

I've been wondering that my entire life

Jolee Hang
Community Member
3 months ago

YES I KNOW!!!

izzy bradford
Community Member
4 months ago

i agree with bill

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
4 months ago

Good point. That's just plaine stupid. The dummy who wrote it didn't know the alphabet. I also think it's cruel to grade that way.

Path of Totality
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4 months ago

Wait, then how are people graded in other places? Is it with a number scale? Do they use E?

Logan Colee
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5 months ago

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Alexis the kangaroo
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5 months ago

In Maryland, they do use E. 🤦🏼‍♀️

Karin Jansen
Community Member
6 months ago

I had an American tell me that whether you get an A or an F depends on your classmates. The top percentile for instance gets the highest grades, if you scored lower than the rest of your class you get an F. So it depends on the curve. Is this always the case? It seemed so weird to me! You should just hope to be in class with a bunch of dummies in order to be a straight A student?

Jean Shultz
Community Member
6 months ago

A is the beginning of the alphabet. Like Alpha....mean the best, number one! Then it goes down from there.

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Chewie Baron
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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

Why do you NOT put cheese on everything??

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Caitlin Mangan
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6 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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6 months ago

I pronounce it Bond, James Bond

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Anne
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6 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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6 months ago

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

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