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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3 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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3 months ago

it should be called Handegg!

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Prince Maroochy
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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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.

An Honest Merchant
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3 months ago

I'm australian and I have been raised on celsius, but 104 degrees does a hell of a lot better of a job than 40 degrees at conveying that the day is hot.

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Colin Bayler
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3 months ago

Back in the early 18th century, the Fahrenheit measurement system was actually pretty useful. It comes from Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, a German scientist born in Poland in 1686. As a young man, Fahrenheit became obsessed with thermometers. This may seem weird, but measuring temperature was a big problem at the time. No one had really invented a consistent, reliable way to measure temperature objectively. "Fahrenheit was still only twenty-eight years old when he stunned the world by making a pair of thermometers that both gave the same reading," the University of Houston's John Lienhard writes. "No one had ever managed to do that before." As an early inventor of the thermometer as we know it, Fahrenheit naturally had to put something on them to mark out different temperatures. The scale he used became what we now call Fahrenheit. Fahrenheit set zero at the lowest temperature he could get a water and salt mixture to reach. He then used a (very slightly incorrect) measurement of the av

Sinkvenice
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3 months ago

I'm a 37 year old Brit and I don't understand Celsius, only Fahrenheit. I have no idea why and it infuriates everyone around me :-D

Everybody Say love!
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3 months ago

Not sure why you're being down voted for a harmless preference? People are strange.

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Dave P
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3 months ago

B/c Fahrenheit came first, was original measurement, and what scientists used until the later 19th century. We use the Original, you guys all switched and we didnt. Our scale is not based on freezing temp like celsius, but rather based on air temp and temp stability

Why?
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3 months ago

Water also freezes at 273.15 degrees Kelvin.

Id row
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3 months ago

Why do Brits think stone makes sense as a unit of measurement? "He weighted 13 stone, 8 pounds". Just use pounds if you're going to put it in there anyway. Don't make me multiply by 14 every time I hear that stupid term.

Rob Buitenhuis
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3 months ago

METRIC is SOOO much more logical !!

Darling McKee
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

It’s what we grew up with. It’s our language. It’s a system already in place. We like it complicated. We like being individual. Pioneers. What do you have to measure with? A cup.

Frankenfrog
Community Member
3 months ago

You also measure things in cups and feet. It's stupid.

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Jack Lambrecht
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3 months ago

While celsius seems superior, with freezing point of water being 0° and boiling point being 100°, fahrenheit is run off of a much more important variable- air temperature.

Winston Smith
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3 months ago

Why do some countries speak different languages. Because its what they were taught as children

Frankenfrog
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3 months ago

Not comparable

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Paige Johnson
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3 months ago

I use both, in the fall and winter I use Celsius. In the summer I use Fahrenheit.

Bettye McKee
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1 month ago

The whole world likes to judge the U.S. for being different. We understand the measurements we use, so what's the problem?

Rage Racer
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Well lets see, why do North Koreans think there daily life is normal? When you have been conditioned since birth to use a certain system and practice it in your daily routine why would you think we could just hop over to another system? It is like me asking you why wouldn't you just understand how MPH work all of a sudden if you use KPH instead? Also in terms of accuracy the kelvin scale is superior anyways.

Joseph Roberts
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3 months ago

Fahrenheit was invented the same way as all imperial measurements, by choosing measurements first and then comparing values. A great way of understanding it is by thinking in terms of percents. 50°=50%: cold, 75%: nice, 100%: hot. Thanks for reading.

Kori K. Warriner
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3 months ago

We know nothing else other than what we have been taught. Blame the system, not the people.

Joseph Wolf
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3 months ago

It does not make any sense, agreed. The US should of switched to metric system

Katie Allen
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1 month ago

"should HAVE"

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Joseph Wolf
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3 months ago

I must be honest it just the way we were taught in elementary school

hoRSefAce
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3 months ago

this makes no sense to me either

blugeagua
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3 months ago

Why should it matter? People should be able to use any system that works for them.

Frankenfrog
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3 months ago

You clearly haven't gotten the point.

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Junebug04
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3 months ago

From what I've seen, yall's metric crap is way too confusing to use everyday. lol

Frankenfrog
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3 months ago

That's because you're stupid, as your many many comments have shown.

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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3 months ago

It's what we are taught. It's what the weatherman on tv uses. Don't know why it started, I wish we used celcius.

C Black
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3 months ago

Americans, mostly, were taught using the Fahrenheit scale, which to me makes more sense than saying (when it's 72 degrees outside, ) that it's 22.2222222222 degrees. THAT'S why.

Florence Kirsch
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3 months ago

Agreed

Edith Wild
Community Member
3 months ago

Sigh ... face palm. Okay. We use the "imperial system" because that is what has always been used. Many many times it has been proposed that change should happen ... attempts are always vaguely reminiscent of horror films ...

Felix-Marie Badeau
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3 months ago

In Canada we switched to the metric system in the 1970's. It wasn't remeniscent of a horror film. Some of us even enjoy the mental exercise of knowing both. ... Don't hit yourself in the face too hard ;0)

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Tia Fannen
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3 months ago

It works, so it does make sense.

Claire
Community Member
3 months ago

We don't think it makes more sense, it's just how we were raised and we're too lazy to change and learn a different system.

Guinny
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah come on. when random internet people say 30 degrees and don't specify its confusing

Jesse O'Brien
Community Member
16 hours ago

Freedomheit should be interpreted as % of hotness. At 80F it's 80% hot out, at 100F it's 100% hot out, and at 0F it's 0% hot out so you'll probably want more than that Tshirt.

Breez Brown
Community Member
3 weeks ago

The ignorance in this is funny

elfin
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Habit, mostly. Plus too many Americans think that if we are doing something then it must be right. The idea of changing because of what foreigners think is not acceptable to the mindset of too many Americans. The good news is that we're not all the same.

Blackheart
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1 month ago

Hmmmm. Wonder where Americans got the Imperial system to begin with?

Jolee Hang
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1 month ago (edited)

I had to look this up, and it seemed stupid until now, and I'm an american. 300 years ago, it was a lot harder to accurately measure temperature. No two thermometers ever gave the same reading, making it virtually impossible to come up with a consistent, reliable temperature measurement system. So one guy managed to get two thermometers to come up with the same reading one day, and he seized his chance. He set the lowest temperature that he could get salt water down to as 0º, and then for some reason, made his other fixed temperature, the body's temperature, 96º. When the rest of the world had switched over to the metric system, the congress decided it was high time we switched, too. However, the law was written as optional, and no one wanted to switch over, learning an entirely new system of measurements. This is a major problem, though. It makes it so that American children have to learn the conversion equations for the metric system in science when they'll forget it in a year, making it a pointless waste of time. And there are far more opportunities for confusion in all fields, like medications, by making a mistake with a conversion and accidentally overdosing an otherwise harmless medication, or underdosing a very critical medication, such as one to help with sleeping, or personality disorders, or a diet pill. I don't want to switch, just because it would be frustrating, but we should, or rather, we should have switched a long time ago.

Deanna Crichley
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1 month ago

Fahrenheit was 1st. Why don’t we all use Kelvin?

Lauren Michlin
Community Member
1 month ago

as an american... i agree

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
1 month ago

LOL they are Americans they believe they know better.

Nick Silva
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1 month ago

Fahrenheit degrees relate to how humans feel temperature. Celsius degrees are based around the temperature water freezes and boils. So Fahrenheit makes more sense when in relation to people, like air temperature.

Kikka io
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1 month ago

because we persist in keeping an infinite number of different measurement systems standing, so every time you have to understand what measurement is the one presented in inches, in ounces, in gallons, you have to do a complicated series of calculations to get to the metric system decimal which is still the official one.

Meami
Community Member
1 month ago

We don't.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

Never thought about it. Should have.

Jeff Christensen
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1 month ago

As I understand it, Fahrenheit was originally based on a scale of 0 to 100: 0 was the coldest temperature the relevant scientist could achieve in the laboratory (the freezing point of a salt-water mixture) and 100 was human body temperature (now considered closer to 98.6 F).

Logan Colee
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2 months ago

If we never explored we wouldn’t know anything, that’s why farenheight was invented

Merlyn Emrys
Community Member
3 months ago

Fahrenheit is about Body Temperature. But the man used 100 as the baseline for the human body and his wife's temp was elevated at the time. So you can kinda use it as a feels like gauge. I fyoure gonna do science we do use celsius.

Karen Da Manager
Community Member
3 months ago

Because we Americans use dumb units of measurement that are hard to convert. For example a mile 5,280 ft. Who the heck decided that?

kitty_player 03
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3 months ago

because america always has to have the last word

Catalina Chavez
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3 months ago

I don’t know, its too late to change it Gigi.

Panda Kid
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3 months ago

Who uses kelvin

idraax poission
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3 months ago

Scientists

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Wottermehlon Doge
Community Member
3 months ago

yeah exactly! its like the goth girls at my school, put a little eyeshadow on and pretend your different from everyone else. like dang its so much easier 0 to 100. don't get me started on measuring stuff

Zillyboy
Community Member
3 months ago

I thought everybody knew this. The metric system was a knockoff. Fahrenheit came first, and 0 was the coldest temperature consistently reproducible. Also, why would a temperature system be based on the transition points of water. The only system that makes sense is Kelvin.

Joran Quinten
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3 months ago

I'm blaming the water for acting like a jackass when Fahrenheit is around

Adam C
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3 months ago

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Like BC make sense? Are you sure Christ was born year 0? Are you really sure?

Felix-Marie Badeau
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3 months ago

Most people nowadays use CE and BCE (common era and before our common era) because they prefer to leave Christianity out of the equation.

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Petra Schaap
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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 months ago

eye rarck

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Just Carmen
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3 months ago

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

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Stimpy
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3 months ago

gas

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Bill
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3 months ago (edited)

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

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Chewie Baron
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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 months ago

Why do you NOT put cheese on everything??

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Caitlin Mangan
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3 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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3 months ago

I pronounce it Bond, James Bond

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Anne
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3 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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3 months ago

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

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