If you take a trip to Europe, or most other places around the world, you'll get some odd stares for requesting ice in your water or soda. It makes sense for locales that are less developed—they just don't have the refrigeration infrastructure. Some places even prefer hot drinks in hot weather. Ever been to Turkey? They regularly drink hot tea during the hot days they experience.
Sure, impeachments and celebrity trials are a thing in other countries. However, the U.S has a way of making people celebrities because of trials. Turning people like Casey Anthony into household names is not something you see everywhere.
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Wasted Vacation Days
Americans have a long, rich history of having a really weird relationship with sex. We indulge in two unique assertions: nudity is inherently sexual, and sex is somehow more objectionable than violence. The rest of the world just doesn’t understand these notions.
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American Flag Decor
From bathing suits to home decor, the American flag has become a major style and fashion statement in the United States. While many foreigners don't find using a national flag for these purposes offensive, it's definitely something that doesn't happen a lot in other countries.
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Free Drink Refills
Turning Right at a Red Light
While some places in central and south America allow this driving practice, most European and Asian countries prohibit turning right at a red light--or left, depending on which side of the road you're driving on. So, don't be surprised if your foreign friends have a heart attack when riding with you!
Sweet 16 Parties
We Americans love our small talk. We’re super friendly. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s weird for people who live in another country. “How’s the weather?” “It’s fine, are you not outside as well?” It’s kinda weird if you think about it.
Most of the time we (and most of the world) avoid commercials. That being said, there’s one time a year that we tune in and pay special attention to commercials—during the Superbowl. It’s weird, but they’re much better than usual, okay?
One of the big ones is tax season. Taxes in other countries are often automatically deducted from wages, and if employers get something wrong, the country sends a letter saying how much the person owes. Alternatively, some get a letter stating how much will be refunded. In America, the whole thing is done by us.
Some cities are famous for never sleeping—looking at you, New York. Even in smaller towns, there are tons of businesses and restaurants that are open around the clock. In other countries, they don’t need to eat at 3 a.m.
In other countries, you just don’t tell strangers stuff about you. In America? Different story. It isn’t weird for someone to open up about themselves on any subject. Sometimes, if you try to make small talk, you may very well learn about someone’s entire life.
Cheerleaders? Totally a strange concept for people that aren’t from America. Other countries don’t have cheer squads at their sports games. Just take a look at the World Cup!
Every year, when Pumpkin Spice Latte season hits, Punkin Chunkin season follows. Families get together to pick out pumpkins and then hurl them through the air at great distances only to explode upon impact. What isn’t fun about this?
Gotta admit that this one is pretty quirky. A live turkey is presented by the National Turkey Federation (yes, a real thing) to be pardoned. This tradition has been going on since 1947.
Starting in high school (or middle school for some), we start having proms. Short for promenade, these get-togethers are when kids get primped and party with classmates. Some countries are beginning to adopt this tradition, but they usually aren’t as formal as ours.
Maybe it’s because we have more room than other countries, but almost everyone shops at Costco, Walmart, or another superstore. Those who visit our nation are baffled by the volume of stuff and choice at these places.