Non-Americans Are Revealing The Strangest Things They’ve Noticed About The USA


1. This Marketing Tactic

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Reddit user dybre‘s visitor got more than she bargained for on her visit.

“I think my cousin from Europe lost it when she saw a wacky inflatable tube man for the first time in America.”

2. This Common Animal

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Some things are so common they’re practically background noise and you don’t notice them until someone points them out, as SthrnCrss did.

“That there are a lot of squirrels.”

3. This Event For Kids

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Not everything that’s weird is innocuous, as Rhoobarb2002 noticed.

“Little girl beauty pageants. Just creepy IMO.”

4. This Competition

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Less creepy, but still unusual is this event for children, as noted by SailRBoi.

“Spelling bees.”

5. This Fast Food Staple

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The rest of the world isn’t as convenient as America, according to the aptly named outofplaceandstrange.

“Drive-thru everything!”

6. This Amusement Park Delicacy

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If you want food that’s delicious and festive, look to America, according to Phalty.

“As a Canadian, the raptor-sized turkey legs sold at amusement parks.”

7. This Flavor

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It’s not just what we eat that’s different, but how it tastes, according to EmperorBrendan.

“I’m from the U.S but when speaking to the Spanish exchange students when they came to my high school [they] told us that the meals tasted ‘sweeter.'”

8. This Way Of Eating

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How much we eat is so different, it’s become its own standard, according to SlightlyDarkerBlack2.

“Our portion sizes. Other countries literally have ‘American’ as a size option.”

9. These NSFW Actions

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As YabbaDerBabba points out, we might want to reconsider our standards for ‘unsafe.’

“Excessive violence? No problem! Nudity and cursing? Protect our children!”

10. This Party Item

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Parties must be very different in Switzerland, at least according to DillSe.

“Met some Swiss guys at a house party after a mutual friend’s 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!'”

11. This Facial Expression

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If you think smiling is the universal sign of friendliness, Spectrum2081 has news for you.

“As someone born in Europe but very much an American, it took me a while to get accustomed to it and I was reminded of this when traveling out of states.

Americans smile a lot when talking. To Americans, it signals that you are warm and friendly, seeking to encourage a conversation. To a European, it’s rather strange and a bit disconcerting to be talking to a stranger who is smiling for no apparent reason. It signals that you are superficial and disingenuous, like you’re trying to sell something… or possibly mad/dangerous.”

12. This Social Exchange

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If neither smiling nor, as Hourior points out, talking to strangers is acceptable outside of America, the rest of the world is starting to sound like an unfriendly place.

“Striking up random conversation with strangers on the street, as someone who loves conversation but sucks at starting them, it’s so refreshing to go to the States and just have people start talking to you about any old thing. If you tried to do that in the south of England, where I’m from, people would think you’re insane.”

13. This Common Occurrence

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Speaking of unfriendly, Julius_OU points out another mode of communication that’s not as acceptable outside of America.

“In many African countries/cultures, looking at someone dead in the eye when talking to them, particularly adults, is very very rude. In Murica, looking an adult in the eye is a sign of respect/confidence in the speaker.”

14. This Household Item

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It isn’t just face-to-face communication that’s odd in America. Even snail mail has its weirdness, according to a deleted user.

“A coworker of mine visited the U.S. and stayed over my house from the U.K. [sic]

‘Oh my god… You have a mail box!!! Just like in the movies!’


15. This Ritual

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How do you get rid of a dead fish? Apparently, according to sixtninecoug‘s girlfriend, it’s done differently in Japan.

“My girlfriend is Japanese and she was hanging out with me at home. I have a fish tank there and well, one fish wasn’t doing so well anymore and he had finally swam to visit Poseidon.

So I did what anyone would have done. Scooped him out of the tank, tossed him in the toilet and sent him on a final watery voyage with a few respectful words.

The GF looked shocked. She said ‘Why did you flush him?!?!’

‘That’s, just what you do. It’s a fish.’


I then showed her a few videos on YouTube showing people doing the same thing. She thought it was the strangest thing ever.

In fact, when she went back to Japan she brought it up to her mother who had a similar shocked response. I guess I’m supposed to bury a fish or something.”