The United States of America is one of the biggest superpowers in the world with a country covering 9.8 million square kilometres of land. When you see it on a map you can't help but go, "Woah, is that one whole country?" Isn't not just that though! If you look up to the left a bit and over, you'll find two parts of the US that are sometimes easy to forget about.
People on Reddit who live in Alaska or Hawaii were asked: "What's the biggest difference between you and the rest of mainland USA?" These are some of the best answers.
In Hawaii, people will stop for you while driving. Even with people behind them. They (mostly) always wave/Shaka as a thank you. I've gotten in multiple friendly "fights" with other drivers, insisting I would go, me refusing, them insisting, etc.
I've moved to Los Angeles since then, and when you stop for other cars to go, they don't. They don't know what the hell you're doing. Then the cars behind you are honking as quickly as your break lights show pretty much.
We love spam. Fry it up with some shoyu (soy sauce) and put it with white sticky rice and seaweed wrapped around it, the magic of musubi! Even McDonald's here has spam sms rice for breakfast. We eat more spam than the mainland combined. We even have a spam festival.
I live in Anchorage, AK. I think the biggest difference is mostly the intensity of the wild life. Just the other day I biked to my friends house, and out the trees comes a fully grown bull moose. He was no more than 20 feet away from me. I booked it the other way and luckily he wasn't angry. He only trotted after me but just as easily could have charged after me.
The fact that I brought my daughter home from the hospital on an ATV.
That probably only applies to the Alaskan bush though. The biggest difference is the price for things like groceries is way higher. And if the barge doesn't come on time stores can have entire isles that are empty.
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