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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8 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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8 months ago

it should be called Handegg!

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Prince Maroochy
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8 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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8 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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8 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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8 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
8 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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8 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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8 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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7 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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8 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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8 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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8 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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8 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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8 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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8 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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8 months ago

eye rarck

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Just Carmen
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8 months ago

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

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Stimpy
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8 months ago

gas

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Bill
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8 months ago (edited)

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

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Chewie Baron
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8 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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8 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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7 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
8 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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8 months ago

Why do you NOT put cheese on everything??

Lori Jabi
Community Member
7 months ago

As a Swiss I have to say, this is the right question! WHY NOT?

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Laugh or not
Community Member
8 months ago

The real question is why they call this semi-plastic, tasteless thing cheese.

Emperor Kitten
Community Member
7 months ago

American "cheese" is revolting. It's technically not even cheese, is classified as "cheese-food" by the fda.

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Patrick McKemie
Community Member
8 months ago

Why would anyone ask this question? Dude, ITS CHEESE!

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
8 months ago

I put cheese AND bacon on everything. I even put cheese and bacon on my cheese and bacon.

Just Carmen
Community Member
8 months ago

Because it's CHEESE!! And CHEESE is YUMMY!!

JessG
Community Member
7 months ago

And the Swiss, and the French, and the Italians, and the Mexicans......come on, everyone loves cheese

Guy MacGregor
Community Member
8 months ago

"Cheese"

Stimpy
Community Member
8 months ago

cheese 😍

Leah Rays
Community Member
7 months ago

Cheese is good, and life is short.

Colin Bayler
Community Member
7 months ago

Specifics? What the heck are all the things we are putting cheese on?

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
8 months ago

Because it tastes good - in case you never bothered to notice.

Colin L
Community Member
8 months ago

Dairy is the single most common food allergy. It makes it hard (even for Americans).

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Evil Little Thing
Community Member
7 months ago

Because it's cheese.

John Louis
Community Member
7 months ago

CULINARY RULE 1: There is no comfort food like cheese.

Claire
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

I don't put cheese on anything or eat cheese at all

Nunya
Community Member
7 months ago

I put cheese on a lot of things. But I put bacon on even more things...

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
7 months ago

Grilled boneless chick breasts wrapped in bacon topped with bbq sauce and provolone is the best!

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Johnny Farnen
Community Member
7 months ago

Well, this is actually the result of clever marketing in the 1950s of "american cheese", which is actually a cheese flavored processed food product made mostly of vegetable oil and salt....the real question should be why are Americans obsessed with salt?

Peter Bear
Community Member
7 months ago

Bro... have you seen the French?

Peachikeen
Community Member
7 months ago

Everything's better with cheese. And I'm English.

Lilli Stanard
Community Member
7 months ago

In Nebraska they put Ranch on everything

C Black
Community Member
7 months ago

LOL. What's wrong with cheese? I don't know anyone who puts cheese on everything though. That's very strange. Who do you know who puts cheese on everything?

Darling McKee
Community Member
7 months ago

Pioneers. Cheese is easy to preserve.

kkathleen517
Community Member
7 months ago

Why do some people from some places put mayonnaise on everything?

Katie Allen
Community Member
6 months ago

yeah, I don't get this. I hate mayo

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Rage Racer
Community Member
7 months ago

NOPE! I do not indulge.

Hafida
Community Member
7 months ago

If you put extra’s on your food (like chees, Mayo, saus etc) means the food is not tasty. That is wat I learned from a chef ☺️

Ice cube
Community Member
7 months ago

The same goes with ketchup.

Felix-Marie Badeau
Community Member
7 months ago

Sorry 0_0 can you repeat the question? I only heard CHEESE!

Gregg Long
Community Member
7 months ago

I'm American and I agree with this. I have had made restaurants remake so many Hamburgers in my life because i don't like cheese on them and specifically tell them that but they still put it on anyway.

Lynda Momalo
Community Member
7 months ago

Again, it's a regional thing -- not something everyone does.

MidnightFury
Community Member
7 months ago

*ranch

Catalina Chavez
Community Member
7 months ago

CHEESE IS FUCKINF DELICIOUS BRO.

Shae Marae
Community Member
7 months ago

Because it's frickin delicious sis! P.s. not every American can tolerate cheese. Taste or effect it has on the digestive system

Reee
Community Member
7 months ago

but cheese is good

Brandy Grote
Community Member
7 months ago

Especially "American cheese", which is actually "pasteurized cheese product", not cream and rennet.

Kerri Labelle
Community Member
7 months ago

Why do Brits eat beans on toast?

Liam Walsh
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

That's not just the Brits - but add some cheese.

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Emperor Kitten
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7 months ago

Because it tastes good

Winston Smith
Community Member
7 months ago

Not me. Unless its pizza or grilled cheese.

Gwen Pollock
Community Member
7 months ago

Because we can!

Thatllama
Community Member
7 months ago

Because f•cking cheese my dude

AzKhaleesi
Community Member
7 months ago

Because cheese is fucking delicious bruh!

JeffC
Community Member
7 months ago

Yet the comment was cheesy LMAO;)

Chloe Drury
Community Member
7 months ago

I get putting cheese on thing but cheese in America is DISGUSTING I SWEAR its like. this super fake yellow color that isn't even half melted and they just slap it on something and it tastes like plastic poop.

Paul K. Johnson
Community Member
7 months ago

Because there are some things that there can't be too much of. It's not a big list but this isn't complete - Cheese, bacon, chocolate, butter, maple syrup, canned clams, etc.

Tomáš Mesároš
Community Member
7 months ago

Ever been in Italy? ;)

I Just Changed My Name
Community Member
7 months ago

You're welcome

Ben Smith
Community Member
7 months ago

Because we’re much, much smarter than you.

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
8 months ago

I have more of an issue that their cheddar cheese is orange.

Dippin Dot
Community Member
8 months ago

It's orange because of Beta-Carotene! (I'm a proud Wisconsinite where we love our dairy farms!)

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Stephanie Trump
Community Member
2 months ago

Because cheese is delicious. I’m trying to eat a pant based diet, and I miss cheese soooo much.

Jeri Moore
Community Member
4 months ago

We don’t. It’s often on fast food, but it doesn’t go on everything.

Timothy Fisher
Community Member
4 months ago

Because cheese is delicious.

Blackheart
Community Member
5 months ago

Because it is soooo awesome!

Collin Edward
Community Member
5 months ago

Because during the great depression, the gov. bought cheese and butter to support the dairy economy, and now has caves that are literally FULL of cheese.

Jo Choto
Community Member
5 months ago

Same reason they put peanuts in most of their candy bars.

Harley Hans Hoglin
Community Member
5 months ago

We don't. But we do use it a lot.

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
6 months ago

I put cheese on many things I love it we in Australia eat a lot cheeses.

Katie Allen
Community Member
6 months ago

well not on everything. I don't put cheese on sushi

SF Angel
Community Member
6 months ago

I don't

Olli Glx
Community Member
6 months ago

"Cheese"

Cookie
Community Member
6 months ago

Ranch dressing, yo.

John Baker
Community Member
6 months ago

There is no such thing as too much cheese.

bv7hearts
Community Member
6 months ago

BECAUSE IT'S DELICIOUS, ABBY

Jaybird3939
Community Member
6 months ago

Everything's better with cheese!

Troux
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Real answer: Sometime in the middle of the last century, skim and reduced fat milk became more popular as being fit and thin became more popular. Take regular milk and cut out the fat, now more consumption from people trying to be healthy. Not content with these additional profits, the dairy industry wanted to do something with all that wasted fat which they skimmed out of the milk. Cheese! How to sell it? Market it as healthy/natural/essential/part of every meal etc. Why do Americans put cheese on everything? Because ad men told us it goes with everything and we are gullible. This also answers another question: "Why does American cheese taste so bad?" Because milk is still the primary product and most cheese is just recovered from the milk scraps, as opposed to cheese-for-cheese's-sake which is produced from the start with a distinctive flavor profile in mind.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
6 months ago

Ever try to eat brockley (I know I misspeled it) without cheeze?

Logan Colee
Community Member
7 months ago

The only time we put cheese on everything is up north, down here in the south we have more variety I like to think

Lorraine R
Community Member
7 months ago

Kraft and Velveeta can keep their . . . whatever it is. COLBY is where it's at.

Rebecca Satterlee
Community Member
7 months ago

Canada:

Id row
Community Member
7 months ago

Why do Brits drink tea every half hour? Why haven't you made any efforts to improve your terrible cuisine? Who came up with the idea of putting sausage, pork blood and suet together and calling it pudding? We can go deep down this hole if you start pulling on threads.

Katie Allen
Community Member
6 months ago

I love tea and I'm not even British

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Junebug04
Community Member
7 months ago

Bc it goes with everything. Duh

deanna woods
Community Member
7 months ago

Cheese is delicious, that's why.

S
Community Member
7 months ago

Have you tasted cheese...?

Delboy
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8 months ago

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Do Americans know what cheese is? when I was over there the only "cheese" I saw came wrapped as individual cheese slices and barely tasted of cheese...

Aria Whitaker
Community Member
7 months ago

Wow. Do you have any clue how HUGE America is? Did you even go to a grocery store? the cheese section in my local store has an entire freaking aisle dedicated to cheeses! Dozens upon dozens of different types...if all you saw was processed cheese slices, you sure as hell were not looking very far.

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Caitlin Mangan
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8 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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8 months ago

I pronounce it Bond, James Bond

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Anne
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8 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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8 months ago

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

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