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)
Community Member
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.

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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.

Johnny Farnen
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3 months ago

This is a product of differences in traditional sanitation standards and cultural differences in hygiene. Remember, the US started out as primarily farmers, then switched to heavy industry in a time when running water in the house was a rare thing. In other words, stinky, sweaty boot feet. Also the difference in climate is a factor. much of the US has cold damp winters and it is highly uncomfortable to waltz around with cold feet. In Japan, I had to decide if I wanted to insult my hosts by stinking up their embarrassingly clean home with my sweaty size 12s, spread the athlete's foot infection most military end up with or insult them by just not visiting them in their home. A lose/lose situation for sure until I started carrying fresh, dry socks in a plastic bag in my pocket to change into...

JessG
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3 months ago

Why is this "American"? It's just a personal preference, also, who cares?

Asia
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3 months ago

To all those offended Americans who do take shoes off while at home. It's the media, watch any movie taking place in the US and you'll see people wearing outdoor shoes indoors, like, even in bed o_O

Lynda Momalo
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3 months ago

Not sure I've seen them IN bed, maybe lying on top of the bed.

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Daniel Lewis
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3 months ago

I hate wearing shoes inside or outside.

Nunya
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3 months ago

In our house, we have indoor shoes, when needed. Otherwise, all shoes are worn outside.

Paige Johnson
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3 months ago

Personally I prefer to be barefoot but it hurts my feet to stand for too long without shoes. I have bad arches and need the support. Plus I don't like things sticking to my bare feet, so I wear shoes while I clean.

Helen Haley
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3 months ago

Agreed. Being barefoot is super uncomfortable for me. It hurts.

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How Terribly Unfortunate
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3 months ago

Nah, I'm American I walk around barefoot all the time.

Brandon Collinsworth
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3 months ago

I know this will get down voted but I hate being barefoot so much, once I went to friends house and he told me I had to take off my shoes to come in, I just got back in my car and went home.

brukernavn340
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3 months ago

Don't you use socks?

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Gwen Pollock
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3 months ago

I prefer having something on my feet. But I try and switch to my "indoor" shoes when I get home from where ever it is I was. I think in the end, it boils down to personal preference.

Just Carmen
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm American and I walk around my house barefoot all the time. Even in the dead of winter when it's freezing outside.

Ms.GB
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3 months ago

I think most people do but a lot of times when you have guests or are a guest people will wear shoes.

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Kathy Baylis
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3 months ago

My husband is British, and he always kept his shoes on in the house. We both do—-if only from the door to the bedroom to change into comfy clothes (or pajamas) and put on our slippers after work!

deanna woods
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3 months ago

We don't, I take my shoes off the minute I come into my apartment. So does the rest of my family.

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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3 months ago

Shoes off the second I walk in.

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Carol Emory
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3 months ago

I don't..I hate wearing shoes...too restrictive.

Tia Fannen
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3 months ago

Not all Americans wear shoes inside. I don't know anyone who does.

Lynda Momalo
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3 months ago

You mean in a private home. Obviously, people wear shoes inside most business and public buildings, no matter where they are in the world.

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Jemima Muneer
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3 months ago

i take my shoes of automatically

Shirley Richard
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3 months ago

That's not an accurate assumption at all.

Denizcan Özdemir
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3 months ago

It is not hygienically

Brandy Grote
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3 months ago

Especially now. Take off your shoes at the door so you don't track Covid all through your house!

C Black
Community Member
3 months ago

"Americans?" We are all different. I don't wear my "outside" shoes in the house. It's unsanitary and I prefer to take my shoes off as I am entering my home. I'm not quite sure how you can generalize and group all Americans into "ANY" group, as you have done.

Florence Kirsch
Community Member
3 months ago

🤔 I’ve heard this. Keep a our feet clean? Most of us put on slippers or some variation. We have a love affair with “hard wood floors” which does not make for comfortable bare footing in North Dakota. Florida a different story. Big country

Lesley Watts
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3 months ago

I’m from uk and always use shoes in the house

Carina Elise Hagen
Community Member
3 months ago

In Norway, the surest way to offend someone is to NOT take your shoes off when you enter their house. No one here wear shoes inside, it's disgusting and rude.

Ms.GB
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3 months ago

It's almost the opposite in the US...if you go to visit someone and they don't expressly ask you to take your shoes off some people will be grossed out that your walking around on their carpet with your sweaty stinky feet...I know it doesn't really make sense as streets are dirtier

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YoyoSthlm
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3 months ago

Yeah this is a thing that baffles the Europeans the most

AzKhaleesi
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3 months ago

oh no I hate shoes, this is NOT a thing in my house. No shoe on in the house. If I had my way I'd never wear shoes. I hate it.

Flash Henry
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3 months ago

I don't mind people keeping their shoes on in my flat, but I do offer slippers to guests.

Sasha Ross
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3 months ago

I used to go in slippers but I have bad arches and so my feet hurt if I dont wear shoes..

Kay Nuehark
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2 months ago

https://www.spencofootwear.com/category.aspx?catid=5 Have a look at this if your feet hurt without support!

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MCathenaE
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3 months ago

Cuz my dogs are dirtbags & I hate walking on the debris they track in the house. Especially during spring.

jamie1707
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3 months ago

I'm American and I take my shoes off at the door. I expect guests to do the same but I don't make an issue of it if they don't.

I Just Changed My Name
Community Member
3 months ago

We do not do this at my house as it's unsanitary. Regardless of where you at in the world

Layla Corman
Community Member
3 months ago

Ewwww! I'm American and dirty outside shoes come off immediately when anyone steps in my home! I have a basket of house shoes by the door for anyone who is uncomfortable. Lord only knows what kind of shit gets tracked through the house! 🤢🤢🤢

Lynda Momalo
Community Member
3 months ago

It's funny though, my Chinese DIL would be grossed out by people walking in shoes in their condo but will, without thinking twice, roll the stroller that just was on the dirty sidewalks and streets in. A lot of it is just cultural or habit, not sense.

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david kohn
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1 month ago

i dont and im 4 gen american

Rage Racer
Community Member
3 months ago

Once again individuals. I like to but my wife and daughter do not.

Food Gurl
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3 months ago

i think its more american white people because me and all of my friends are no shoes in the house policy but the minute i came over to a white persons house she ran through her house in her dr. martens i thought she was crazy

Kori K. Warriner
Community Member
3 months ago

Stop generalizing. I walk barefoot in my house and even outside. And I'm American. Not by choice, but by birth.

Rae Black
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3 months ago

A lot of Americans don't walk thru their home with shoes on.

Kate S
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3 months ago

I'm American and NO it's not allowed in my house

Joseph Wolf
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3 months ago

I did this when I lived in Nevada but I stopped doing it once I moved to Seattle

Heidi I
Community Member
3 months ago

Considering how many germs one will spread throughout the house if wearing shoes indoor, you either take them off or stay outsider. The end.

blugeagua
Community Member
3 months ago

Many of us don't. A lot of Americans I know prefer to have shoes off when going indoors.

Id row
Community Member
3 months ago

I've always taken my shoes off as soon as I enter the house, as I'm sure a lot of us do. But since they show it in movies, we all must do it, I guess.

Junebug04
Community Member
3 months ago

It's not everybody here, I personally do but simply bc I have a much higher arch than most ppl, so it is painful to walk around on hard floors, but a lot of my friends do not wear their shoes indoors. Plus in my experience it has been mostly city folk who always take theirs off at the door.

Helen Haley
Community Member
3 months ago

Shoes are more comfortable. Plus we were largely agricultural until fairly recently. Living on farms and in small towns where you go in and out of the house a lot and the repeated application of shoes and stinky work feet would be not only inconvenient and inefficient but ridiculously stinky. Also as agriculture ruled for so long large families were the rule for a very long time. There's just no way to do all bare feet indoors when you have 12 kids. That became ingrained in our social norms and mores. If someone wants me to visit their house, I will be wearing shoes.

Catalina Chavez
Community Member
3 months ago

Because the floor is the floor & it is dirty.

Cal Capone
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm from Canada and i agree with this question

mr. stark i don't feel so good
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3 months ago

good question lol!!!

S
Community Member
3 months ago

Shoes are off at my front door. I'd like to do less sweeping, thank you very much. - american

kkathleen517
Community Member
3 months ago

I hate being barefoot. Floors are dirty. Yes, even my own, even if i mop every single damn day. I have 4 cats too. Floors are dirty!

Lillukka
Community Member
3 months ago

Of course they are since you use shoes inside.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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3 months ago

This is normal for me and pretty much everyone else I know. From the top of my head I can only think of 2 people I know personally that don’t wear shoes in their house but other people can.

aussie snowdropper
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3 months ago

Melbourne Australia here i never wear shoes inside my house

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Kim
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1 week ago

Not really hygienic...

Breez Brown
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1 month ago

Why do ignorants lump a small group of people with a whole country?

elfin
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1 month ago

Taking your shoes off keeps your floors cleaner. Keeping your shoes on keeps your feet/socks cleaner.

somnomania
Community Member
1 month ago

this one i don't get, i hate wearing shoes in general but especially in my house, i don't even wear socks indoors anymore

Fairsher
Community Member
1 month ago

We actually talk about this whenever we see it on tv or whatever. Canadians take their shoes off it seems more often than not but not in the US.

Karen Gavaletz
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't walk on my own floor without wearing shoes....

Dónal Ó Murchadha
Community Member
1 month ago

cos it's normal unless you live on a farm or somewhere snowy!

lenka
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm not American. I live with children. I wear shoes because .... lego and biscuit crumbs.

Kerri Russ
Community Member
1 month ago

I know of no Americans who walk all over their house with their shoes on. We take them off and toss them aside so the carpet stays cleaner longer.

Lauren Michlin
Community Member
1 month ago

as an american... i still agree (i don't do dat)

Funtime Foxy
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1 month ago

I wear my new flip flops inside to get them ready (idk how to say it :/)

Elizabeth Gardner
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1 month ago

Quite possibly because they are too lazy to take them off whether they are muddy or otherwise.

SF Angel
Community Member
1 month ago

We dont ALL do that. I dont

Cookie
Community Member
1 month ago

They even wear their street shoes into bed.

zootietoo
Community Member
1 month ago

It's a secret plot by the Dane's. Creating Lego blocks and wham! never walk in bare or stocking feet again. Fibbing..I suspect actually preceded by "Jacks", "Fivestones", "Tali" & "Knucklebones".

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

No win situation. Either way is gross.

Logan Colee
Community Member
2 months ago

What’s the point of taking your shoes off before going inside? The floors still get dirty and it wastes time. Besides where I live, you’re not exactly gonna be walking into the white house

Patrick McKemie
Community Member
3 months ago

Have you seen our fabulous shoes. We also sleep in them.

Lauren Darnell
Community Member
3 months ago

AND WEARING SHOES ON THEIR BED!!!!

Aria Whitaker
Community Member
3 months ago

What? Who the hell is wearing shoes on their beds? Been in America 39 years and have no idea what you are talking about!?

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JeffC
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3 months ago

This one is extremely debatable as I'm American and NEVER met anyone that wore shoes in their home yet "heard" about people doing it....nasty muricans lol

Jean Shultz
Community Member
3 months ago

Not all Americans are like that. I am Korean American. We do everything on the floor, We sit on the floor, babies crawl on the floor, we eat sitting on the floor. Others just like to bring dirt into their homes and just roll around in it. I find it disgusting.

Ariel Fox
Community Member
3 months ago

Is that why you use a pig image Jean?? Don't THEY "roll

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Guinny
Community Member
3 months ago

yeah, aussies just go barefoot everywhere, even to woolies

Rosemarie Briggs
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3 months ago

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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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