People from all over the world reveal the weird things about America they don't understand

Check out some of the top responses below

Responses from all over the world
From State Fairs to “gross” processed foods, there are some things about America that the rest of the world finds truly bizarre.

An AskReddit thread asked non-American Redditors about the weirdest thing about America that Americans don't realize is weird.

So far, nearly 18,000 people on Reddit have responded from all over the world even though the question was only posted on Sunday.

1. Turkey legs

"As a Canadian, the raptor-sized turkey legs sold at amusement parks [are weird]. - Phalty

2. Commercials for lawyers

"All the commercials for lawyers — on the side of the road, on 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

3. Drive-through everything

Redditors pointed to everything from drive-through wedding chapels in Las Vegas to drive-through daiquiri stands in Louisiana. There were also comments about drive-through liquor, Starbucks, and ammunition stores.

4. The size of roads and parking lots

"I know the US is a huge area (and of course big, cramped cities like New York City are exceptions), but the size of the roads and parking lots just seemed really strange as a central European." - musland

"You guys drive everywhere. The parking lots at NFL stadiums are ridiculous in size. Most UK soccer stadiums either don't have car parks, or they are absolutely tiny." - HoraceDerwent

5. Americans are outdoorsy

"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

6. Commercials for prescription drugs

"Commercials for antidepressants and surgeries [are weird]. Generally advertisements for prescription drugs." - Dewnado

7. A surplus of flags

"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, [...] and don't get me started on flag tattoos." - ask_me_if_Im_lying

8. Smiling at strangers

"Come visit the Midwest. People who just met you feel perfectly comfortable acting like an old friend." - NoNeed2RGue

9. Paying tax at stores

"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

10. Red solo cups

"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

11. Nothing "grape-flavored" tastes like grapes

"To be fair, almost nothing in the US is grape-flavored. It's purple-flavored." - Sanfode

12. Having random bottles of pills for every ache and pain

"I bought 1,000 Aspirin for like $6 and could barely believe it." - Dewnado

"I lived in Ecuador for years and married an Ecuadorian, and yes, I could only ever buy a certain number of pills according to my immediate need. Have a headache? Head to the corner pharmacy and buy two ibuprofen. People never had random bottles of pills in their houses like we do in the US." - oohpartiv

13. It's not all just fast food

"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 [start] 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." - mrdeuter

14. The sheer amount of food choices

"As a Canadian, [I found it weird] just how much choice you guys have in everything at the grocery store. "Like you don't just have the standard koolaid flavors we do (grape, fruit punch, lemonade), you have like, 40 flavors." - Fauxdite

15. The gaps between the doors in public restrooms

"You could look someone in the eye through those a bit too comfortably! - pinksharks

"I've heard it's for a variety of reasons like cutting costs, minimizing loss from vandalism, and/or deterring public sex or doing drugs." - Rawr-meggedon

16. The amount of national pride

"If you walk into a busy bar and shout "USA WHOOOOOOOO!!!!!" 99% of the time someone somewhere in the bar will repeat it back." - Calthis

17. How big the country is

"It took me a while before I realized that a person cannot drive from New York City to the Grand Canyon in one day." - tokyolunchboxes


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