20 Of The Weirdest Things About America That Americans Don't Realize Are Weird 1. Portion Sizes. 2. Flags everywhere. EVERYWHERE. 3. Price tags without tax included. How do you know how much you're spending until you get to the cashier? 4. Tipping: It was incredibly hard for me to wrap my head about how much is appropriate for the service. 5. Advertising prescription drugs. That was the weirdest one for me. "ask your doctor for brand x antidepressants" type commercials on TV. In the UK, your doctor tells you what drugs you should take, not the other way round. 6. Everything being designed around cars. 7. The sheer amount of commercials on the television, and their lack of quality. 8. Aerosol cheese. Like seriously I would try it at least once, but that shit looks like cancer. 9. a visiting Italian friend was very puzzled at Americans' use of the phrase, "Oh, really?" in group conversations. Somehow he took that as a person challenging his opinion, when in reality, it's just some habit a lot of us have that basically means, "Interesting. Can you elaborate?" The guy was red in the face after an hour because he literally thought everyone in our group was challenging every single thing he said. 10. Your toilets are too low down and the stalls have massive gaps around the door so that people can see in. You can put a man on the moon but can't design a setup whereby I can have a dump in comfortable privacy. Sort it out America. 11. Pickles. Your hidden love for pickles. I have been in the states for like 8 years and you guys give a pickle with everything. 12. I find it really weird how college football players are kind of celebrities. They're scrutinized and have fans and do TV interviews, and it just boggles my mind so much. They're just students that do an extracurricular activity! I don't understand. 13. Jaywalking is a crime? I did this a lot in the US without realizing it was supposed to be illegal. 14. Why is bread in the USA so sweet? Sandwich bread, hamburger buns, taste like cake but Americans have no idea what you're talking about because they're used to it. 15. Soft drink is free flowing, everywhere. McDonalds you get a gigantic cup for a dollar - it comes with unlimited refills. Even at a restaurant if you half finish your coke the waitress will bring you another one. The first time you're like "hey I didn't order this" but then you realize it's free. 16. You are all so loud! But friendly. 17. There is so much water in your toilet bowls! Seriously, why so much? 18. A very blasé approach to credit card security. Signatures don't matter and no one uses a PIN. 19. The pledge of allegiance is creepy. I know most Americans just say it because they have to in school but if you listen to the words it sounds strange to have children just chanting it off 20. Lawyer adverts, everywhere. Saul Goodman style.
2) I too find it disturbing, I mean does any other country actually do this?
3) Okay, someone didn't do their homework and realize we have tax differences based on location.
5) I think the doctor will tell you if you need the drug regardless.
6) Where have you been?
8) See number 7.
9) Never saw it that way.
10) Uh no, a stall is pretty private.
11) No, you're thinking of condiments.
12) THANK YOU!
13) Well......you know actually, why is it illegal? I mean the only liability is if you get hit, and then you're the one who gets to sue.
14) We have additives for EVERYTHING dude! McDonald's rinses their lettuce in fucking sugar water!
15) Marketing strategy, give you more, you drink it, sugar gets you addicted, you want more, you buy more.
16) You probably visited the nice parts of America, there are some loud and not so friendly people here.
17) Don't ask man, please, just ignore it.
18) True enough.
19) Surprisingly I haven't seen the majority of people in a room do the pledge of allegiance since 5th grade.