Only Americans Think This Is Normal… (12 pics)

Posted in INTERESTING       7 Jul 2020       4729       18

This week, Reddit user lmqr asked: "What do Americans think is normal for everyone, but actually it's not normal for anyone but Americans?"


The thread quickly went viral as people all across the globe started sharing the strangest things they've noticed about American culture — things most US citizens might assume are totally normal. Here are the top-voted responses:

 


1. "Asking everyone 'What do you do?' when you first meet them. I live outside the US and realized there are some people I’ve known for years, and I still don’t know their job. I think in the US, jobs are a bigger part of a person’s identity than in some other places."

Ssffxx


2. "American accents. I mean, everyone thinks their own accent is normal, but I’ve met Americans who think that they have no accent, like theirs is the baseline somehow."

alltherobots



3. "Attack ads against political opponents, and ads for law firms or lawyers. These kinds of ads are illegal and considered unethical in our country."

HollowMist11

 


4. "That the entire traffic has to stop when a school bus stops."

Hic_Forum_Est

 


5. "Writing dates as MM/DD/YYYY."

Sinister-Shadow



6. "Being able to vote before reaching the legal drinking age."

dingdongimprblywrong



7. "In America, my maternity leave was six weeks unpaid, and I had to fight them on not shorting me because I went past my due date and didn’t keep working until the day I went into labor."

robot_cupcak3

 

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8. "The idea that giving birth to a child is prohibitively expensive to a lot of people. One way or another, most of the world does not have that problem."

famishedhippo27

 

 

9. "Calling a main course an 'entrée.'" (In other parts of the world, "entrée" refers to an appetizer.)

hydrogenextraction

 

 

10. "Big glasses of water WITH ICE at restaurants."

bunnysnitch


 

11. "Identifying as your heritage instead of your nationality. Americans will say that they’re Italian, German, Polish, etc., when they don’t speak the language and have no real connection to those countries anymore. In other parts of the world, people just identify with the country they were born in or have lived in for a significant amount of time, regardless of their ancestry."

bluegreentree

 

 

12. "Having only two political parties: Republicans and Democrats. I know there are some smaller parties, but the system is stacked against them."

K_51

 

 

13. "Pledging allegiance to the flag in class."

—r93gd4dg1t


14. "Extra-large bottomless cups for cola or soft drinks...you could bathe in those..."

SlyDigits

 

 

15. "Cash bail. The concept of 'paying bail' has always seemed ludicrous to me. Here in the UK, everyone is bailed automatically unless they are seen as a significant flight risk or a severe danger to others (murderers, etc.). Cash bail is literally making extortion part of the justice system. Not only this, but it gives an unfair edge to the very wealthy, who can afford to be bailed out for even the most heinous of crimes."

nootnootenthusiast

 

 

16. "Ambulance rides that cost money seem pretty absurd to people from other countries."

—Meemesfourdayz

 


17. "Actively avoiding healthcare visits/checkups because if there's something wrong and you don't have the money to pay for treatment, then you'd rather just not know."

KingAceNumber1

 

 

18. "Toilet stalls where not only can people peek inside but an adult person could crawl into your cubicle. There is so much space under the 'door.'"

TitanicBeta

 

 

19. "Putting a ton of sugar in products like bread."

TheThingsWeMake

 

 

20. "Not putting the final price on the tag. I'm not sure whether it's still like this, but a few years ago, one never knew whether the $1 item in McDonald's or Burger King was actually $1 or maybe $1.08."

TitanicBeta

 

 

21. "Prescription drug ads encouraging people to ask their doctor about the drug being advertised."

glutenfreewater

 

 

22. "Naming side effects on medication advertisements. [email protected]#king hilarious to us Brits."

typicalcitrus

 

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23. "Gratuitous violence in entertainment is normal. But show one boob and people lose their [email protected]#t."

danno49

 

 

24. "Willingly putting yourself massively in debt for a college degree. I come from a place with free university education (which has its own drawbacks, of course), but the fact that you can make such a huge, life-altering decision at 17 and it's considered normal over there...that seems downright bizarre to me."

I_hate_traveling

 

 

25. "Talking about and sharing your life with complete strangers. I have met quite a few Americans, and it seems the norm that you share and engage with strangers in public. The bus, train, parks, etc. And then you go on your way. In Denmark you'd be a 'freak' if you did that."

WuuutWuuut


 

26. "A flag in every corner of a classroom, and Americans being very patriotic to the Stars and Stripes. Other countries barely give a poop about their flags."

Legendary-Lynx

 

 

27. "Having police patrol the school."

Alexis0292

 

 

And finally...


28. "Not owning kettles and MICROWAVING water for coffee/tea."

gibbylewd

 



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Eleanor 1 month ago
These are more like unfortunate realities of the US compared to other modern countries :(
       
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Ote 1 month ago
       
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Estella 1 month ago
Eleanor,

Oh, please enlighten us, comrade. Or was your observation just made up of adopted convictions that you don't really need to support, but can be applauded for online?
       
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James 1 month ago
#1, #4, #22 happens in France and aren't consider "not normal".
#11 as well, and #8 too.

#24 and #16 : Education and Medecine aren't free. Never. Nowhere.
You really shouldn't consider absurd to pay for it.
Even if some government pay for you; remember it always get its money from you.
Nurses, doctors and teachers aren't benevolent and need tools which aren't created by benevolent too.
wassat
       
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James 1 month ago
#29 : Gallon, Inch, Fahrenheit.
       
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Corey 1 month ago
James,

.... and spelling metre as meter.
       
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Alfy 1 month ago
oh god. being an American you can tell some of these reddit posts are from whiny Americans because they're too specific. like #6 about age. and massive college debt is a bigger reality in other countries also.
       
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Sammy 1 month ago
If these little things make you Europeans uncomfortable, wait until you find out about our love of pick-up trucks, fireworks on the 4th of July, apple pickin', corn dogs, giant foam "We're Number 1" fingers, target shootin' guns after lunch out in the backyard with grandma and the cousins, bass fishin', feedin' the birds and squirrels until they're monstrous sumo-sized, adults dressin' up for Halloween and acting like drunken idiots in public, jet skiing, snowmobiling, and dirt biking, going to a drive-in movie theater, DEEP FRIED EVERYTHING at the county fair, playin' little league baseball with the whole town lookin' on, wavin' to the cop directin' traffic - and meanin' it, and going to the church of our choice - or not, because we can. Don't hate us because we're beautiful and free, hate us because we don't give a $h#t about what you think of us.
       
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Conrad 1 month ago
Sammy,
We hate you because you are uneducated and stupid. You have become the school bully of the world, pushing everyone around and no one can stop you, because you have the biggest muscles. But it's fine, just like the bully's , your future is grim and dark and it already shows.
       
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Medora 1 month ago
Conrad,

Show me on this anime doll you have in your parents basement where the USA hurt your feelings.
       
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George 1 month ago
Quote: Sammy

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amen brother well stated
       
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Gerald 1 month ago
Sammy,

You're all about freedom and liberty? Great! Me too!
Blowing up stuff on the 4th of July equals freedom, right?
Staying in your houses when a tyrannical governor says so, too?
You're not free - you're freerange.
Liberty ends by guiltshaming everybody else into wearing useless muzzles.
Land of the greedy and home of the (mindcontrolled) slaves.
You have to be asleep to have the American dream.
Brace for a rude awakening.
       
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Newt 1 week ago
Sammy,
As an American I am ashamed of dip sh#ts and yahoos like this hogging the stage. Hang with us, we're just going through a phase.
acute
       
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Jerry 1 month ago
I love drinking a giant glass of ice cold water. Americans are definitely right in this one, unlike my country, where you mostly get warm sparkling water.
       
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Eben 1 month ago
       
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Martin 1 month ago
The US and New Zealand are the only two counties in the world that allow direct to consumer medication advertising. Ever notice how many people in films just pop a pill for anything and everything?
       
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Medora 1 month ago
You mean they do stuff different in the USA compared to other countries? Who would of thought it? How strange....
sm_80
       
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Missy 1 month ago
Murica, worlds greatest or not?
Biggest and most blatant does not mean greatest and best.
A cow sh#ts where it stands a traind dog or cat does not.

Most of the world:
Hip replacement = 0
Complicated birth = 0
Open heart surgery = 0
You get the jist!

In gods own US of A
Anything above a Paracetamol will put you in the poor house :-(
Yay go US and please keep up the isolation politics and you will go from first world to african world economy in 5-10 years.
       
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