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)
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
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.

SilverRozFox
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes. I agree. It has helped my family with unexpected but wonderful visits from friends/family

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Scott Lloyd
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5 months ago

Mostly its just Quick cleanup.

Guinny
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5 months ago

bad for the environment tho :(

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Prince Maroochy
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5 months ago

They're only for transportation.

Ariel Fox
Community Member
5 months ago

Also can be used as a cooking container - like a Thanksgiving turkey!

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Johnny Farnen
Community Member
5 months ago

Aluminum is infinitely recyclable and we actually have lots of it available to mine.

Colin L
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5 months ago

Most recycling centers won't accept dirty recyclables. But yeah, 75% of aluminum used goes back into circulation.

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Paige Johnson
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5 months ago

Easier to transport, you can cook in them, and you don't have to bug someone for your dishes back. They have lids too.

Winston Smith
Community Member
5 months ago

Its a cheap way to transport food for catering

Chloe Drury
Community Member
5 months ago

they can have a top, its a pretty big decent container, not too heavy, reusable

Esca Sav
Community Member
5 months ago

Easy to use, transport, and very cheap. You don't need to take them home after bringing them to someone's house. They are ugly, but they're handy.

Ariel Fox
Community Member
5 months ago

And you can just heat up the food in the oven as is!

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Charlotte Hoyle
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5 months ago

UK here and I use those too!

Junebug04
Community Member
5 months ago

Bc if you bring food to a get-together, cook out, etc. in a reusable container, you'll likely never see it again

AzKhaleesi
Community Member
5 months ago

it keeps the food warm.

Daniel (ShadowDrakken)
Community Member
4 months ago

That is a picture of a catered event. Those are for transportation and serving. They're not plates... good grief. How do other countries do catering?

I Just Changed My Name
Community Member
5 months ago

That food likes horrendous

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
5 months ago

Because it is a redneck barbecue.

sh
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

These are also a way to keep from taking your good dishes out into the world and having to worry about bringing them back. Simpler cleanup.

Leah Rays
Community Member
5 months ago

To keep the food inside warm.

david kohn
Community Member
3 months ago

i dont my fam is strictly glasswear no plastic or foil unless hard recycleable plastic otherwise you are destroying the planet

SF Angel
Community Member
3 months ago

That "thingie" is called a "Pan"

Randi S
Community Member
5 months ago

Its so you can insist on your guests keeping the leftover food without having to worry about never seeing your favorite tupperware again.

Rae Black
Community Member
5 months ago

These are mostly used for catering.

Id row
Community Member
5 months ago

Is this question a joke?

Lynda Momalo
Community Member
5 months ago

Again, most don't -- regional/ socio-economic thing.

Sue Prewitt
Community Member
5 months ago

Those are take-out containers

Catalina Chavez
Community Member
5 months ago

Cookouts?? COME ON, have you ever been to one?! I feel sorry for you. 😔

Shae Marae
Community Member
5 months ago

So there's barely to not many dishes to do afterwards lol

Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
5 months ago

Because we have a shortage of banana leaves and sheep stomachs.

Ginger Maniscalco
Community Member
5 months ago

lazy. don't have to wash them.

Amanda Sherland
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow, this really specific and random at the same time.

Radek Suski
Community Member
5 months ago

With plastic cutlery

Jean Shultz
Community Member
5 months ago

Obviously you've never been to a family gathering at a park where there is a lot of food and people. These things hold more food and can be reheated in the oven. I'm not bringing mash potatoes to a party of 50 people in 20 different containers.

LoPandas
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5 months ago

Now you know.

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Emi Asanuma
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5 months ago

This one made me realize I actually was an American.

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Is that like a giant cockroach or beetle on the bottom left hand side?

Anne
Community Member
5 months ago

I think it's a crawdad, but that's in the cockroach fam so :)

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Jeri Moore
Community Member
2 months ago

We don’t. It’s usually to cook for events so you don’t lose your good cookware.

Timothy Fisher
Community Member
2 months ago

We don't eat from them. We cook stuff in them whenever it would be inconvenient to do dishes later.

@Daisychain
Community Member
3 months ago

They keep the food warmer than if they were just sitting on the counter... I'm pretty sure no one likes cold mashed potatos!!

Jolee Hang
Community Member
3 months ago

It's easy to use, easily disposable, and some things that cook in the oven need to be cooked in them, or something similar like tinfoil, or it won't cook properly, or, rather, the way most Americans like it..

Hannah Marshall
Community Member
3 months ago

Because it keeps the food insulated, and warm. In European countries, if you buy a wrap, or a kebab, they wrap it in tinfoil to keep it warm. I mean, tinfoil is more expensive than polythene, but those boxes don't keep your food warm for longer than 5 minutes.

izzy bradford
Community Member
3 months ago

because we just do.

Jazmin Rebel
Community Member
3 months ago

Idk

Jaybird3939
Community Member
4 months ago

You don't have to bring the good Pyrex to a potluck and take a chance on never getting it back.

Kikka io
Community Member
4 months ago

and why do they eat all those pre-cooked meals in those containers, heating them with the oven?

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
4 months ago

Just looks so tacky when you lay it on the table without a dish and it slides around.

Logan Colee
Community Member
5 months ago

Because it can keep food warm longer and are cheap and easy to make

C Black
Community Member
5 months ago

Because they can actually be used to cook in and when taking food to someone or to a potluck, they are disposable, so you don't have to try to get your dish back. It can simply be thrown in the trash.

deanna woods
Community Member
5 months ago

It is convenient and less cleanup.

Cookie
Community Member
3 months ago

Because they are wasteful and don't care about their health.

Patrick McKemie
Community Member
5 months ago

When the food comes in metallic foil thingees, we eat off of paper! With plastic utensils! Like God ordained it!

Ana Arena
Community Member
5 months ago

Spaniard here, to all americans commenting: Did you heard about TUPPERWARE? You cant reheat the food on the microwave with that

Aria Whitaker
Community Member
5 months ago

Hey Ana, Yes, most of us have heard of it....since IT IS AN AMERICAN INVENTION. I own several sets. Do you frequently think that over 310 million people are the same? These are usually used for a different purpose than tupperware and are frequently heated via a heat source from the bottom.

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Norbertus Van Den Bosch
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5 months ago

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To produce more waste, national sport out there...

Guinny
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5 months ago

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its like plane food

Ariel Fox
Community Member
5 months ago

No - it's usually home-cooked, like casseroles, meat dishes, barbeque, 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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