Tourists To America Were Asked: 'What's The Weirdest Thing You've Ever Taken Home As A Souvenir?'
Tourists of Reddit were asked: "What kinds of souvenirs are popular to take back home when you visit the United States?" These are some of the best answers.
2/36 I have a Hillary Clinton nutcracker my parents brought me when they went in 2008. She's about the size of an action man, but if you put a nut between her legs and squeeze them together she cracks it.
3/36 I will smuggle as many packs of Nutter Butters I can carry.
4/36 One of my best friends brought a 48-pack of red solo cups back to France with her three summers ago- last fall when she sent me a photo of her uni apartment, what was sitting on her bedside table? One of those damn cups. She was OBSESSED.
5/36 Hot Cheetos! I do not understand why they don't sell 'em in Europe :/
6/36 My exchange students always want me to ship them "just add water" food mixed. Brownies, stove top stuffing, etc.
7/36 I lived in a country without a Victoria's Secret. It was like a huge deal for any woman to own VS.
8/36 My British relatives used to bring back Folger's because our [crap] coffee is way better than their coffee which is [crap].
9/36 Jack Daniel etc. - Especially some neat hard liquor from Tennessee or Kentucky is highly valued. We have a saying back in India which goes something like this - "When India to US, bring cigarettes, When US to India, bring the JD, ya !!"
10/36 Nyquil. I was in the US earlier this year and come down with a pretty horrendous cough and someone recommended this magical nectar of the gods. It seems to work on the basis that you can't cough if you are in a coma!
After years of using crappy UK cough medicine that simply does nothing beyond slightly soothing your throat on its way past, this stuff was a god send. It is pretty much the equivalent of Night Nurse before they took all the good stuff out of it.
11/36 Cinnamon Toast Crunch. It costs $30 to ship a large box to my home in Western Australia. A box lasts maybe 1 week between me and my dude.
12/36 Some good BBQ sauce from the south/Tennessee.
13/36 It was November of 2008, Obama just won, so I came home with a [ton] of street-bought Obama shirts.
14/36 I always bring home chocolate bars, candy and liquor we can't get here. I'd do jail time for a what-cha-ma-call-it.
15/36 Had a friend bring back a US mail box.
16/36 Those home-made cosmetics and creams and hair styling products. Back in India, we only get standard mass-manufacture brands like Axe etc.
17/36 A friend from the UK bought a ton of king size Reese's to give to friends. Another friend from Germany thought it was hilarious to bring back a bunch of those "redneck" T-shirts from Wal-mart for him and his friends.
18/36 Everyone I know keeps American currency, especially notes. It's just so iconic.
19/36 State shaped fridge magnets. Got one for each state we've genuinely been it. Slowly building a map.
20/36 Pancake mix. European Crepes are popular in India, but people are wide-eyed at fluffy spongy American pancakes. Blew my mind.
21/36 Clothes. All the clothes. Every time I go to the US I do about two years' worth of shopping. You guys have NO IDEA how cheap your country is. All the clothes in my country (in Central America) have to be imported from the US with huge tariffs and there's barely any variety.
22/36 That cheese in a can. [Damn], I love that spray cheese.
23/36 Red hot dogs. Everyone talks about the red hot dogs. My fianc comes from the local First Nations reservation and we can't even mention going to the states without everyone and their cousin asking for red hot dogs.
24/36 I brought back a massive 30-ounce Dunkin Donuts travel mug. Best purchase for uni ever.
25/36 Jif peanut butter. My grandma still hasn't gotten over it no longer being sold in Canada.
26/36 Pine needles! When visiting the PNW, what better way to remember it than to bring the smell home with you?
27/36 Not a typical souvenir but my parents just came back from NY and brought me a kitchen measuring set (with different sized cups and spoons). I'm so excited to use them, I wanted some for a while, I love to cook but american recipes are always a PITA because of the measurements. Now I'm gonna cook ALL THE THINGS!
28/36 India here. My state Gujarat is dry state as in no alcohol in whole damn state. Whenever I visit I HAVE TO bring as much alcohol as my skinny shoulders can carry.
29/36 Jeans. A $40 pair of Levi's is three times as much in Germany. Americans are living the denim high life and they don't even know it.
30/36 I bought a plushy buffalo when i visited Buffalo, NY for 3 weeks for work, because the idea of having a Buffalo Buffalo just amuses me.
31/36 My family in China always wants vitamins when we go back to visit them. Gummy vitamins for the kids and normal ones for everyone else. They're also big fans of over the counter tylenol or excedrin.
32/36 Finland doesn't have strawberry milk. At all. My boyfriend is from Florida and mails/brings me some every once in a while to ensure my survival.
33/36 We have family living in the states. Whenever we go over or if they come back here to the UK I always get them to bring some apple butter. That stuff is like crack.
34/36 As weird as it sound, my souvenir from the US was a single Dollar that I have hanging on the wall. Every night I go to bed under the watchful eyes of General Washington.
35/36 I brought back something that I have never seen before, and that I can't believe even exists - cheese that you can squirt out of a can.
36/36 Those cinnamon roll tubes that explode when you open them! I'd give my first born for those things.
Racism is an insidious, and unfortunately prevalent, force in all of our daily lives. Maybe we're on the receiving end of it, being treated differently and losing opportunities because of others' preconceived notions.
Or maybe we're on the other side of things. Even those who aren't actively racist or discriminatory still have to process the world through the filters of the things they've been told about people who are different.