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People share the weirdest things that Americans think are normal but weird for everyone else

Someone started a Reddit thread asking, “What do Americans think is normal for everyone but is actually not normal for anyone but Americans?” and you won’t believe some of them.

The thread quickly went viral, as people all around the world started sharing the strangest things they’ve noticed about American culture — things most US citizens might assume are totally normal. 

What do Americans think is normal for everyone, but actually it’s not normal for anyone but Americans? from AskReddit

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.”

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 their’s is the baseline somehow.”

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.”

3.”That the entire traffic has to stop when a school bus stops.”

4.”Writing dates as MM/DD/YYYY.”

5.“Being able to vote before reaching the legal drinking age.”

6.”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.”

7.”Calling the main course an ‘entrée.'” [In other parts of the world, ‘entrée’ refers to an appetizer.]

8.”Big glasses of water WITH ICE at restaurants.”

9.” 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.”

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

11.”Pledging allegiance to the flag in class.”

12.“Extra large bottomless cups for cola or soft drinks…you could bathe in those…”

13.”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.”

14.” Ambulance rides costing money seems pretty absurd to people from other countries.”

15.”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.”

16.“Putting a ton of sugar in products like bread.”

17.”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 $1.00 item in McDonald’s or Burger King is actually $1.00 or maybe $1.08.”

18.”Prescription drug ads encouraging people to ask their doctor about the drug being advertised.”

19.”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 is considered normal over there, that seems downright bizarre to me.”

20.“Talking 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.”

Written by Sandipan Kundu

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