Non-Americans Share The Weirdest Things About America That Americans Don’t Even Realize.

When visiting a different country, you have insights into that culture that people living there might not even realize. What you may consider to be a normal part of your every day life may be very odd to a visitor.

Here, non-Americans reveal the weirdest things about America that Americans don't even realize.


1/29. Met some Swiss guys at a house party after a mutual friends wedding. They couldn't believe that we were all actually drinking out of red Solo cups, it blew their minds. They kept on taking pictures and saying "It's just like the movies!"

DillSe

2/29. Not so much weird, but I was actually really surprised at how big of a subject food is in your general conversations.

Maybe it was just the people I met, but seriously. Every time someone mentions they're going to a specific town, "oh you gotta try that pizza place there", people talking about new burger joints that opened or how they're going to this restaurant that serves pancakes with bananas or whatever.

The image about Americans and food in France is that you guys don't really care - you always eat at fast food restaurants or just microwave everything because you don't care, quantity over quality. But that is so untrue - oh god, how much you care about food.

We definitely have differing standards of quality in food & drinks compared to you guys, but dammit if you guys aren't passionate about it.

mrdeuter

3/29. Probably not the weirdest but I recently realized Americans have to register to vote. In here it's just: you're 18, you can vote.

Makhiel

4/29. A coworker of mine visited the U.S. and stayed over my house from the U.K.

"Oh my god... You have a mail box!!! Just like in the movies!"

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5/29. As a Brit having traveled America extensively I don't know if I find anything about America that weird any more. Your media and politics are insane, but day to day life is just rather normal and toned down. Average American is a lot less loud and annoying than their average politician or TV host.

I guess one thing that's odd is that the average American seems a lot more attuned to the outdoors than we are. I've seen Americans sporadically ask their friends if they want to go on a night hike or go hunting. Generally if you hunt animals in the UK you're part of the nobility.

Comradmiral

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6/29. All the commercials for lawyers. On the side of the road... In television... In hotel rooms...

Okay, the last one was only in one hotel room but most of the time you couldn't go anywhere without seeing any adds for lawyers.

hn-t

7/29. Smiling at strangers.

kidsinballoons

8/29. To be fair, almost nothing in the US is grape flavored. It's purple flavored.

Sanfode

9/29. I remember clearly this one guy playing some shooter game in a greyhound lobby, he was so into it like nobody was watching, then this random guy came to look and shout at the guy words of encouragement. I was also really surprised how American America really is, just like from the movies. So encouraging to strangers.

SmallTap

10/29. You want flags? Well, we got 'em.

We got porch flags, roof flags, yard flags, flags to frame and hang on your wall, flags on your shirt, flags on your pants, we got little mini flags to stick on your car, we even got flags to wrap ya dead folk in when you bury them, and don't get me started on flag tattoos.

ask_me_if_Im_lying

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11/29. I find it weird how you're trusted with guns but aren't trusted not to eat the toy inside kinder surprise eggs.

starlit_moon

12/29. Drive-thru everything!

outofplaceandstrange

13/29. Having tax added on when you get to the till i.e. price tag says $5, you take a $5 bill out of your wallet, then bam, you're asked to pay $5.86 or whatever.

ahphoque

14/29. Commercials for antidepressants and surgeries. Generally advertisements for prescription drugs.

Dewnado

15/29. How much everything can change from state to state. Different police, different traffic rules, different alcohol policies. It's so very confusing.

WillieConway

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16/29. There's so much space. I know the US is a huge area (and of course big cramped cities like NYC are exceptions), but the size of the roads and parking lots just seemed really strange as a central European.

musland

17/29. American here, one huge difference I noticed being in Germany was that our toilets are puny and wimpy. The first time I flushed a toilet there it sounded like a jet engine and I swear the air pressure dropped in the room. That is a proper toilet.

Brendazee

18/29. I remember in high school some Japanese students came for a week and they took a picture with just about every blonde girl in the school. They thought every blonde was a cheerleader because of movies. They were so excited.

changfukaana

19/29. As a Canadian, the raptor sized turkey legs sold at amusement parks.

Phalty

20/29. I'm from the U.S but when speaking to the Spanish exchange students when they came to my High school told us that the meals tasted "sweeter".

EmperorBrendan

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21/29. I know a guy from Germany and he was in awe at how long our lines are at the super market. He said in Germany everyone bags their own stuff and the cashier just scans it and slides it. The lines move really fast.

TDeath21

22/29. Spent a year in the US and came back for a few more weeks because I like you guys. I know you don't give a crap when you ask how I am doing but it's still nice to be asked that sometimes.

SantaMonicaPier

23/29. Your lack of inhibition with strangers.

I spent a month travelling from East to West and stayed with my best mate in NYC for a few weeks. While there I decided to top up my red hair dye as it had seriously faded. One disaster later (boring story) and my hair actually came out pink/red instead. I'm talking pretty out there from my usual red, but I thought, 'it'll fade soon enough and I'm travelling, why not just rock it for a bit?'

What I did NOT expect was for all the comments on it by complete strangers! I live in Scotland and we're a fairly friendly, cheery, chatty bunch when we want to be, but it's usually during an ongoing exchange. Such as when you're being served by someone in a shop or restaurant, after having established base contact you might then venture out with 'Oh I love your hair/clothes/bag' whatever. It's pretty rare (though not unheard of) for someone to just pass you in the street and make comments like that.

I was blown away by how often it happened over there. I'm a fairly sociable person myself and enjoyed it. But it constantly surprised me. I'd be walking down the street in my own world and I'd hear a "Hey, awesome hair!" from someone just passing me. It was great.

I would probably regard this as an asset as opposed to weird, but I don't know if you guys realize just how different you are in this respect.

TheRider1

24/29. The size of (non alcoholic) drinks. Seriously, y'all need to slow down on those.

CHOCOLATEJ3SU5

25/29. Canadian who lived in the US for a couple years. I may be way off, and please educate me if I am. I always thought States were like provinces in other countries, but it seems more like each state is closer to being it's own country and counties are more closely compared to provinces. The amount of power each state has within itself is quite a bit! And the federal government is something unlike any other. When I saw this, the name of your country "the United States of America" became more of a description than a country itself!

Of course, I know that in reality the US is a country and the States are not, but the amount of diversity and autonomy between each state is nothing like I imagined anywhere else I've seen.

toolong_cannotread

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26/29. That there are a lot of squirrels.

SthrnCrss

27/29. Asking strangers "how are you" without expecting an actual answer. It always felt so weird to answer with a "how are you" myself. And the huge bottles of pills. I bought 1000 Aspirin for like 6$ and could barely believe it.

Dewnado

28/29. Really nice and clean cities, until you take two steps into a back alley and you realize that they just shoved the dirt under the rug.

It is weird.

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29/29. Fahrenheit... it's just silly.

HeyNowHankKingsley

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