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)
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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.

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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.

MidnightFury
Community Member
4 months ago

Actually I've noticed when dropping off my friends here in the states (I moved here from England last year) that they all just open the door freely and walk right in. No keys, no one to open their door, nothing.

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JessG
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4 months ago

Just American movies eh? I guess you could also ask why people in movies don't go to the bathroom, or why do they do ANYTHING in movies?....oh, yeah, cuz it's the freakin' MOVIES!

Aria Whitaker
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Because it is a damn tv show, Rita. It is literally NOT REAL. That's why, love. Do you think we fly out of windows and throw cars at each other because you saw it on Superman?

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago

When I was a kid, my parents never locked our front door when we went out. Didn’t start locking it until I was about 16.

Lauren Darnell
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4 months ago

TBF we never used to lock our front door unless no one was in the house, but crime rates went up so we always lock it now

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Tia Fannen
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4 months ago

Because some areas of our wide, expansive country have houses that are isolated and/or have a low crime rate, which makes keeping your doors unlocked an okay thing to do.

Evil Little Thing
Community Member
4 months ago

Because if the TV people locked their doors, whomever was about to walk right into their home and terrorize them would be stuck outside rattling a doorknob, which is boring to watch on TV.

Paul K. Johnson
Community Member
4 months ago

Lock their doors? In most shows they don't even close their doors.

Thatllama
Community Member
4 months ago

WTF IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE!!! this is like me saying "why do British spys not catch the bad guy"

S
Community Member
4 months ago

reread your question. TV SHOWS. Unless of course you're one of those people that think TV is real life???

Emi Asanuma
Community Member
4 months ago

TV is not real life? Now a lot of things in my life make sense..

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
4 months ago

Seinfeld was the exception!... Jokes about the multiple locks on NY apartments etc.

Katie Allen
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2 months ago

Seinfeld didn't lock his door so Kramer could barge in all the time

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Donna Leske
Community Member
4 months ago

Americans? I watch a LOT of BBC, they are movies. MOVIES! Not real life.

Meami
Community Member
2 months ago

I had to stop reading. The generalizations here are ridiculous. Not all Americans do any of these things. A lot of us would like to change the things that are "stupid" and a number of things that are mentioned here only happen in movies.

Simon Levene
Community Member
2 months ago

Quite. It's like saying "Why are all American men called John?"

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Kk C-Mcgee
Community Member
3 months ago

That's called a movie you idiot. In other words, FICTION

Rage Racer
Community Member
3 months ago

Why do you ask dumb question on the internet?

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Because they are works of fiction where you agree to suspend your disbelief when watching them. (Though there was a time when people, especially in rural areas where everyone knew—-and looked out for—-their neighbors, didn’t lock their doors. Those days are long gone, unfortunately.)

Rae Black
Community Member
4 months ago

TV and movies are NOT REAL.

Id row
Community Member
4 months ago

Why do non-Americans think everything they see on tv is actual reality?

Tabitha L
Community Member
4 months ago

I don't lock my doors. I only lock them if I leave the country for more than a week. It is so easy, friends can stop by. My cleaning person doesn't need a key. My lawn guy can use the bathroom if he needs too. Never fumbling with keys in the rain. Why would I lock my doors? So weird.

Jenny Lorenz
Community Member
4 months ago

because it's a tv show meaning it's not real.

C Black
Community Member
4 months ago

It's TV. It's not real life...

I Just Changed My Name
Community Member
4 months ago

Some people in certain areas don't. It's stupid.

Johnny Farnen
Community Member
4 months ago

Not all of us live in filthy, high population density environments. Also guns. A scary amount of guns.

hoRSefAce
Community Member
4 months ago

my neighbor does that irl

Bea Moeller
Community Member
4 months ago

In film and on stage, locking a door takes time, and anything that takes time should advance the plot of the story. Actors lock doors when they want to convey fear or that they are expecting an attack or don't want to interact with people. You do realize that nothing you see on film is actually happening, it's all heavily edited including documentaries. Personally, we don't lock our doors unless we go out, or to sleep. Or the wind is high enough to blow a door open. We've lived that way 70 years. Drives my friend from the city wild.

Katie Allen
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2 months ago

I lock my door when I'm home.

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Brandy Grote
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4 months ago

People still don't lock their cars. So dumb.

John Baker
Community Member
2 months ago

There's nothing in my car worth stealing. I'd rather have a potential thief open a door to find that out than break a window. And in case you're wondering, the car itself isn't worth stealing either. ;-)

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Winston Smith
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4 months ago

Just for pacing

Mary Launer
Community Member
4 months ago

So there are foreign tv shows with people just locking the doors??

Darling McKee
Community Member
4 months ago

Do you believe all tv content is real?

Nunya
Community Member
4 months ago

Depends on the part of the country. I lived in the southern midwest. For many years, it was ok to leave the doors unlocked at night. We'd lock them if we left the house for an extended period, but oftentimes it was ok to leave the door unlocked. It was country, the nearest neighbor was a couple miles off and very few people ever come down the dirt road we lived on.

Colin Bayler
Community Member
4 months ago

OMG! We have been missing out on an integral part of the movie by not watching people locking and unlocking their doors.

Guinny
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4 months ago

Cuz Its a free country :D

Toea Muresan Iulia
Community Member
4 days ago

because doesn't matter, in the movies they have also the famous backdoor, especially for criminals to enter :)))

Jeri Moore
Community Member
3 weeks ago

That takes screen time. You’ll only see it if it’s foreshadowing something. It’s assumed it happens offscreen. Kind of like using the bathroom.

Jesse O'Brien
Community Member
1 month ago

In America, we only lock the door to the gun rooms.

elfin
Community Member
2 months ago

Because it wastes screen time. Do you really want tv shows to show every single think that people do in real life. That would be one long show.

Jolee Hang
Community Member
2 months ago

We lock it when we are away or sleeping, or just chilling and wouldn't immediately notice if someone walked in, but not when we're awake, aware, and home. At least, my family does that.

Hannah Marshall
Community Member
2 months ago

Because it depends on the area in which you grow up. My girlfriend lives in Grande Cache, all her life, it's a hamlet and there is ZERO crime. She never once locked her car doors or front door (except at night) I come from a town, and whilst there's low to no crime in some areas, in others, it can get dicey. I was always brought up to lock windows and doors, to stop burglars... Cue me going to visit my gf in Canada once, and being so anxious about locking doors if we go out (even to the shops!) so now she has to lock her car/front/back doors, even if she goes out for 5 minutes... Also, I don't have anxiety, I just get worried, due to the way I was brought up.

Harley Hans Hoglin
Community Member
2 months ago

It's tv/movies. They also don't look before getting out on the street side of a car, or lock the car. It's not real, it's crapy writing.

Curry on...
Community Member
2 months ago

How else would Freddy Krueger get in?

pusheen buttercup
Community Member
2 months ago

Some parts are safer than others, America is quite big. :) It also depends on your culture and how you were raised.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
2 months ago

Makes for a good murder movie without damaging the props.

Veronica Sjöberg
Community Member
3 months ago

I rarely do? I like to trust people. Even when growing up in the suburbs of Stockholm me and my mom almost never locked the door unless we went on vacation or something like that

Logan Colee
Community Member
3 months ago

We lock our doors, unless we live our in the country. Then you don’t really have to worry about it, but yeah it’s in a tv show, we’re not THAT stupid

O G
Community Member
3 months ago

Because TV shows time is money. If it's not important for the story, it wouldn't be shown

Junebug04
Community Member
4 months ago

Um, bc they're tv shows...what more do you want?

Catalina Chavez
Community Member
4 months ago

Because America is the safest place in earth.

Mimi
Community Member
4 months ago

In 1996 in a rich californian suburb about half the ppl didn't lock their doors and the other half locked with alarm. And I really liked how many ppl didn't lock their cars and even left the ignition key in, that was completely new to me. But I guess that's just decades ago.

John Baker
Community Member
2 months ago

Believe it or not, in many small towns and rural areas in the US, it's perfectly safe to leave your door unlocked.

John Baker
Community Member
1 week ago

To the asshole who downvoted me: just because you don't live in a safe area doesn't meant they don't exist.

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Jean Shultz
Community Member
4 months ago

What Americans??? the south, Central or North!! If it's the south or central - it's because a large majority are poor class. If it north Americans......it's because it's a movie. Have you ever seen a movie with talking dogs?? Do you believe all dogs can talk?

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