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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4 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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4 months ago

it should be called Handegg!

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Prince Maroochy
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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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
4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 months ago

eye rarck

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Just Carmen
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4 months ago

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

Patrick McKemie
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4 months ago

Dogs can't talk either.

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Colin L
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4 months ago

My 3 word retort: Full British Breakfast.

SnowWolf
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4 months ago

Yeah we sit down and actually eat that

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Merlyn Emrys
Community Member
4 months ago

no one does that IRL. We don't know why films do it. Just as baffled. Real american breakfast is gonna be a coffee thing of some kind and a bagel, or a slice of toast, or a bowl of cereal, or a protein bar gnawed on the way to a second minimum wage job.

Id row
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4 months ago

It's a movie thing, just like people in movies never say 'bye' when hanging up the phone. My biggest peeve in movies is pouring a big glass of oj and the person only takes one little sip and just leaves the glass on the table and walks out the door.

Thatllama
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4 months ago

Because it's in a f---ing movie and not everything in movies is real

Not what you think.
Community Member
4 months ago

Ok now, this question is just simply ridiculous. While here I'd also like to mention we didn't get invaded by aliens yet. Also, there're no dinosaurs and Chimps didn't take over the world.

JeffC
Community Member
4 months ago

MOVIES = ANYTHING GOES???

Marcos Pereira
Community Member
4 months ago

Keyword "FILM".

Colin Bayler
Community Member
4 months ago

The plots usually don't involve watching people eat a full breakfast.

Mimi
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4 months ago

The question was why that occours "IN FILMS" / MOVIES - not IRL, so please don't get offended

Scott Lloyd
Community Member
4 months ago

They slept in.

Stimpy
Community Member
4 months ago

and used all of the little time they had left cooking bacon sausages pancakes waffles

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FosterDraws
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4 months ago

and that is on GOSSIP GIRL

Jean Shultz
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4 months ago

Again South, Central or North America? Anyways it's a movie!! Have you ever seen the movie Aladdin? Does that mean you believe that carpets fly?

LoPandas
Community Member
4 months ago

If you repeat yourself again I'm gonna scream. You know what they are talking about. YOU. CHOOSE. TO. BE. DENSE

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Troux
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2 months ago

No idea. I grew up in America and never understood the concept of a "breakfast table" which exists in all movies and also as a decoration in expensive houses.

C Black
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4 months ago

Seriously? It's not real life. Movies are not real life.

Edith Wild
Community Member
4 months ago

normal breakfast here is not like that. The movies lie.

david kohn
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2 months ago

haha im allergic to all those thing im also jewish and kosher

Amanda Ric
Community Member
4 months ago

Because we like sleeping too much.

Kori K. Warriner
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4 months ago

Theaters actually sell that shit? I've missed out!!!

Ryan Rickels
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4 months ago

Paid product placement

Junebug04
Community Member
4 months ago

Um...bc it's a movie ..most likely made in Hollywood.... so...yea, there's that

Timothy Fisher
Community Member
1 month ago

We don't. You watch too much TV.

Breez Brown
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2 months ago

Its the movies ask the director you fucking inbred retard

Odette Greyling
Community Member
2 months ago

That actually bothers me allot. I guess it's part of the food fight-food waste culture.

Lindy Mac
Community Member
2 months ago

OOOOOHHHH that drives me nuts too. Movie also show people going to a bar, order drinks, talk while they are waiting and decide they have to go some place else immediately... I hope that doesn't happen very often in real life... bad for the poor waitress ..no payment for the drinks nor a tip.

elfin
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2 months ago

Because films can't afford to waste screen time on someone chewing.

Bettye McKee
Community Member
2 months ago

We eat a proper breakfast on weekends when we have time for it.

John Baker
Community Member
2 months ago

Partly because depicting a scene like that realistically, where the family actually finishes their breakfast, would use up a good twenty minutes of runtime, and partly because even such a simple scene may be shot several times before the director is satisfied. Would you really expect the actors to eat five or six full breakfasts within a couple of hours' time?

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
2 months ago

They are props?

Jeff Christensen
Community Member
2 months ago

The mystery only deepens when you consider that in such films nobody seems to eat any of it.

Logan Colee
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah no, most of the time our breakfast is more like a few bowls of cereal and orange juice

Rage Racer
Community Member
4 months ago

Its a Movie man seriously. that's as idiotic as asking why SpongeBob talks!

Kate S
Community Member
4 months ago

The better question: what does that say about us?

Catalina Chavez
Community Member
4 months ago

In real life we eat the whole meal plus another plate for the road.

Alberto
Community Member
4 months ago

Well, in American movies, they're always sorry, so sorry and they love each other, in between pistol and gun fights where the Americans always win...

Winston Smith
Community Member
4 months ago

Because mommy loves her disrespectful brat

Guinny
Community Member
4 months ago

BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS BIG THERE

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Stimpy
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4 months ago

gas

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Bill
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4 months ago (edited)

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

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Chewie Baron
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4 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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4 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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4 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
4 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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4 months ago

Why do you NOT put cheese on everything??

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Caitlin Mangan
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4 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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4 months ago

I pronounce it Bond, James Bond

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Anne
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4 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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4 months ago

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

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