r/AskReddit 5d ago Silver 2 Helpful 6 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Doot 🎵 Doot 1

What things do Americans like and the rest of the world not so much?

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u/BittenOnion 5d ago Eureka!

Opinion signs outside their houses. Like "in this house we support...". I find it weird and unusual.

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u/-comfypants 4d ago

Many Americans (like me) also find those signs to be odd and off-putting.

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u/BirbMaster1998 5d ago

I'm american and I agree

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u/Back2Bach 5d ago

Bumper stickers

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u/assortednut 5d ago

Sometimes I get the impression people put their entire political philosophy in the space of a bumper sticker.

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u/Stompya 5d ago edited 5d ago

You can say a lot with one two letters and a few a*******s.

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u/AwesomeAsian 5d ago edited 5d ago

This used to be much more prevalent in the US but food coloring. When I moved from Japan to the US, I was surprised at how colorful their foods were.

These days Americans are now more keen to organic natural stuff so I see it less but it took me a while to realize that blue raspberry is not a real thing.

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u/Thomisawesome 5d ago

When we had just started dating, I took my Japanese wife to a new italian restaurant near my place. She ordered pasta with a red wine sauce. What she got was a plate of spaghetti with pink cream sauce all over it. When we asked why it was pink, the waiter admitted they don’t use wine. Just food coloring. Gross.

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u/AwesomeAsian 5d ago

Wtf lol? It wasn’t even vodka sauce?!

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u/Thomisawesome 5d ago

No. It was probably canned alfredo sauce with red food coloring. This place didn’t stay open long.

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u/AwesomeAsian 5d ago edited 5d ago

That’s funny because there’s a Japanese dish called “Mentaiko Pasta” which is naturally pink from the spicy roe… I don’t think I’ve ever been to an Italian place with artificial food coloring

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u/Fryceratops 5d ago

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_raspberry_flavor

For those who are unaware and yes it is that blue

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u/celtic1888 5d ago Table Slap

Garbage Disposals

Just shove that turkey carcass in the disposal and run some warm water behind it

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u/Distinct-Inspector-2 5d ago hehehehe Wholesome Seal of Approval

When I was in the US the house had a garbage disposal and of course it got clogged (bunch of foreigners living together with no idea how to use/maintain one) and needed cleaning. Landlord wouldn’t do any maintenance and I had no tools and I’ve never cleaned one before.

I realised I needed to stick my hand in it. And I have seen a lot of horror films.

Do Americans realise that usually the first time people from other countries see garbage disposals in use is in horror films where someone gets their hand horrifically mangled?

I turned it off at the switch. Then decided to just flip the power for the house off at the breaker. No way in hell I was sticking my hand in there otherwise. My heart was genuinely racing as I cleaned it out, I was terrified.

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u/KelleyMcChes 5d ago

Just so you know, they usually have a plug under the sink you can pull out. Sometimes it's just a normal outlet under there that's controlled by the switch

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u/Distinct-Inspector-2 5d ago

It was a long time ago but I believed I turned off the power at the switch, pulled the plug from the outlet and still turned off power to the house because my fear was not at all reasonable or based in reality lol. The horror films where they turn it off at the switch and paranormal forces make it turn on anyway? Front of mind during the whole process.

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u/baethan 4d ago

I dunno, my parents have a garbage disposal and that seems like an entirely reasonable fear to me

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u/jokomul 5d ago

The house I live in now has a garbage disposal. And we're not on a sewer system. We never use it but I cringe thinking about the shit the previous owners have sent to the septic tank.

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u/craigdavid-- 5d ago

Ranch dressing

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u/harleyslayjetson 5d ago

When I was in Germany they had sour cream Doritos when to me tasted exactly like cool ranch. Which was just strange

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u/Some_Developer_Guy 5d ago

I've seen ranch flavored chips tagged as American flavor in northern Europe

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u/nargleflargle 5d ago Silver Wholesome

Root beer and ranch dressing. I brought some to Germany and had my friends try it and they said the root beer tasted like medicine. They politely tasted the dressing with aa celery and said "hmmm, interesting" but the look on their faces was that it was terrible ha.

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u/1tacoshort 5d ago

Root beer and ranch dressing but, you know, not together.

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u/byerss 5d ago Silver

Pizza is the glue that brings these two together.

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u/Megafister420 5d ago

...I'm not dipping my pizza in root bear

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u/snorkeling_moose 5d ago

Don't say that around a root bear, they'll fuck you up. Sensitive bunch of bastards.

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u/thecyberbard 5d ago

This guy's not kidding, lost a whole goddamn arm to a root bear. That night still haunts me...

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u/Kvedvulf 5d ago

Had a sibling marry a Swede and his parents came to visit. We wanted to show them a bit of our cultural foods so we served them root beer floats. They said it tasted like toothpaste. We were kind of shocked, back then there wasn’t really international communication like there is now.

Anyway they actually had brought toothpaste samples and sure enough one of them did taste exactly like root beer.

Wonder what it would be like for us to go somewhere and someone serve us a dessert that tasted like Colgate or something. I can understand their confusion.

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u/swaggyxwaggy 5d ago

I mean my toothpaste is minty but I still like mint choco ice cream

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u/onepunchsans 5d ago

My SO makes fun of me for liking mint chocolate anything because according to him it "tastes like toothpaste".

I'm like what kind of toothpaste have you been using? Because I would totally buy and brush the hell out of my teeth with that.

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u/Yardninja 5d ago

While I can empathize and understand, DON'T TRY TO GUILT TRIP ME FROM MY SHAMROCK SHAKE DANGNABBIT

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u/BurnedOutFatty 5d ago

That kind of sounds like some badass toothpaste.

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u/Serpent_of_Rehoboam 5d ago

Dad's Old Fashioned Toothpaste

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u/the_agox 5d ago

Germans are great like that. My German friend met me in New York one evening. I bought us some bubble teas. He sipped his politely, then we stopped by his hotel for a moment and his bubble tea disappeared. A few minutes later he said, "I have to confess... I did not like the bubbles."

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u/financewiz 5d ago

I remember going to a German restaurant, run by actual Germans in the USA.

“We are very crowded tonight. You should probably go eat somewhere else.”

I thought that this was exceedingly polite.

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u/bonnomi 5d ago

There's a German guy that runs a food truck in my area- brats and what not. He asked if I wanted ketchup for the fries, and I said "yes, on the side please" (be polite to the people making your food), and he got really belligerent, with his thick accent: "where else would I put it?! Put it on the side?! Of course I'm going to put it on the side!"

We were a little drunk, so lots "angry German" jokes.

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u/redwoman72 5d ago

Some people squirt it all over the fries.

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u/lowlycalvin2001 5d ago

Wait what else would you do?

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u/jmblock2 5d ago

In the US it would usually be stated as "it's about an hour and a half wait" (with a big fake smile).

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u/JWhitmore 5d ago

US restaurant worker here. Exactly this. My boss would be like "You told them to do what!? You didn't insist that they waste their entire evening waiting for a table?"

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u/zuzg 5d ago

Yeah we Germans are way too direct for such things, haha

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u/Theshutupguy 5d ago

The old German Honesty.

My band has played some shows in Germany. They let you know exactly what they think.

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u/Ej043 5d ago

“I like your album but the set tonight was a bit shit,” as they purchase a T-shirt from the merch stand.

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u/GreasyPeter 5d ago

I take that as them trying to be constructive but also admitting they understand everyone has bad days.

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u/SynKnightly 5d ago

I grew up in a small town with a lot of German heritage. A lot of the old folks still speak it. If you ask them "how are you", they will absolutely tell you exactly how they are. A lot of people who aren't familiar with their culture get offended by their unflinching honesty but I always tell them that obviously they liked you or they would've straight up told you otherwise.

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u/pclabhardware 5d ago

I remember being at "Rock am Ring" (huge multi day music festival) and on day 3 Velvet Revolver was up on the main stage.

They were not vibing with the crowd and you could tell they were getting flustered when more and more people just sat down and waited out their act.

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u/ClownfishSoup 5d ago

We are patiently awaiting and end to your music.

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u/BigBillz128 5d ago

Dude Jagermeister tastes like medicine!!

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u/MrDilbert 5d ago

Jaegermeister IS medicine! It has 35% alcohol content + 56 herbs and spices, whatever's ailing ya, one of them will help :D

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u/kellis744 5d ago

Root beer started out as medicine too - sassafras root. Now it’s just artificial medicine flavor.

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u/philos_albatross 5d ago edited 5d ago

I lived in Australia for a while and asked for ranch dressing at a restaurant. Everyone looked at me like I had asked for toenail clippings. Had my mom send me some, similar reactions. They begged me to get Twinkies because they saw them on TV so she sent me those too, and they were equally unimpressed.

Edit: this was 2006

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u/ian2121 5d ago

When my Kiwi relatives were here in the states they thought it was the funniest thing ever when we got pizza they asked if we wanted ranch. They also loved to say, “raaanch”. At this point I almost think it is a part of the Americana experience. Some relatives bought a full sized pickup and travel trailer and spent the summer road tripping across the country. They went for the full Americana experience.

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u/drchimpansee 5d ago edited 5d ago

Yea I tried root beer from one of those American sections in a shop once and it tastes like my mouthwash, probably cause of an overlapping ingrediënt that's used in European mouthwash and American rootbeer that isn't used in American mouthwash. It's interesting how your brain makes that association and thus you don't like the taste,whereas if the medicine taste association isn't there for you it tastes yummy.

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u/liebe_rootBete 5d ago

Cheerleaders

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u/KrystalGhost 5d ago

Cheerleading is also popular in Japan- albeit due to American influence.

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u/zzy335 5d ago

Same with marching bands. Japanese compete with massive American schools and do well.

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u/sneakrosco 5d ago

and drum corps

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u/FiredFox 5d ago edited 5d ago Silver Helpful

Argentina took the concept of cheerleaders and devolved them into straight up half-time show strippers.

Edit:

For...Uh...Science...NSFW

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u/AmericanJelly 5d ago

I guess they thought "Why not draw the concept out to its most obvious conclusion."

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u/locoliga 5d ago Starry

ICE. Filled till the brim before you pour any drink.

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u/cortez0498 5d ago

Thought you were talking about the border patrol guys

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u/GARlactic 5d ago

Nah he's talking about internal combustion engines.

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u/101Alexander 5d ago hehehehe

Which, contrary to the acronym, get quite hot

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u/botaxel499 5d ago Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy

My sister is visiting the US from Europe and sent me a picture of a small coke and asked "why is it so big?" I could see old glory flapping in the wind, boys.

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u/Dakens2021 5d ago

This is a weird thing I noticed too. I don't go to fast food places much, but the last time I did I ordered a large drink and get this enormous cup. I asked what the small looked like and that was literally the cup which was considered a large back in the 1980's. I'm not sure when it changed, but it was a dramatic difference.

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u/TheInfinitePlaylist 5d ago Silver Gold

You should see Child size… at 512 oz it's roughly equivalent to the size of a two-year old child if they were liquified, and is real bargain at only $1.59

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u/excreto2000 5d ago

That’s what I get every time I go to PaunchBurger

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u/queernhighonblugrass 5d ago edited 5d ago

What's in it? Who cares. How many calories is it? SHUT UP!

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u/thecomicskid 5d ago

Put it your body or you’re a NERD!

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u/jokeefe72 5d ago Silver

It’s part of American culture to err on providing excess vs running out.

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u/Spiralife 5d ago

Woah, that actually is a very insightful and concise way to describe that aspect of our culture. I feel like I just learned something about myself.

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u/botaxel499 5d ago

24 hour stores. I was in Chicago working with a colleague from Switzerland who suddenly realized around midnight that he needed a network cable to configure a mobile router for a job the next morning.

I told him that I'd meet him in the hotel lobby to drive him out to Walmart.

He was happily surprised, as he had forgotten about the US's famous chain of Walmart stores.

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u/Traditional-Ad-4112 5d ago

It's interesting how after the pandemic the 24 hour model for convenience and hospitality industries has been diminishing and people are extremely inconvenienced by this. I deal with mostly tourists and a great deal are bewildered by the fact that they can't get something like, say a phone charger or toothpast, at 2 am because the local Walgreens and CVS are simply closed at that hour now. And this is coming from a 24 hour kind of town.

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u/minneapple79 5d ago

Yeah, we used go have two 24-hour Walmarts near us that both went to shorter hours during the pandemic and never went back to 24 hours.

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u/liltinykitter 5d ago

My state’s liquor laws are pretty strict, and when the pandemic hit it only got worse. They used to be open until 10pm which felt early to begin with, and then went to closing at 7pm and have not gone back and I doubt they will. On top of that the state owns all the liquor stores- you can’t get it anywhere except a state liquor store. This includes all wine and beers over 4% ABV. There aren’t that many stores… also they are closed on Sundays.

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u/Bigelwood9 5d ago

As a creature of the night I get off work at 2am in Chicago and my options from grocery shopping to grabbing dinner have all but vanished since the virus.

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u/Big_Man_Ran 5d ago

I'm also a night owl, and I started visiting Chicago quite frequently this year.
While I LOVE Chicago, I was quite disappointed with how early everything closes (I'm sure it was different before COVID).

You should never have to search so hard for a place to eat at 10:00pm in a world city. Especially in a place that's known for its amazing food.

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u/Mike81890 5d ago

Big ol diner across the street with a big neon sign that says "24 hours!"

Closes at 9

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u/parkrndl 5d ago

So yeah, 24 hours... just not all in a row

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u/Guvnuh_T_Boggs 5d ago

I'm a night person, I work nights, I live at night, I am the night, and Covid really fucked that up for me. Going shopping at 0900 is like going shopping at your bedtime. It powerful sucks.

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u/lil_squirrelly 5d ago Take My Power

Same. I loved grocery shopping at 3am bc they had started restocking but had zero crowds. Now I’m stuck shopping with everyone else and it’s terrible.

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u/Gr8NonSequitur 5d ago

I'm a night person, I work nights, I live at night, I am the night,

Are you Batman?

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u/Fondren_Richmond 5d ago

24 hour stores.

Coronavirus shut that down quick, particularly Wal-Mart and the few large supermarkets that would do it

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u/LongRodVonHugendonk 5d ago

Root beer

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u/Demoliri 5d ago

I'm irish and have never lived in the US, but I've been there a few times on holiday and for business.

I f*cking love root beer.

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u/SuperDizz 5d ago

Tell me, have you had a root beer float?

Basically root beer’s ultimate form.

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u/Shiftlock0 5d ago

Root beer and vanilla ice cream is as perfect a pairing of flavors as you can get in this universe. Now I want one.

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u/Demoliri 5d ago

Yes I have, and yes it is. A glorious combination to be sure!

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u/jabbadarth 5d ago Gold Helpful

Try and find birch beer if you come back. It's my preferred tree based soda.

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u/jedidaemin 5d ago

Sarsaparilla slaps. Sioux city has great root beer, birch beer, and sarsaparilla.

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u/WillyBluntz89 5d ago Silver

Sioux City Slapsarilla?

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u/TheyCallMeStone 5d ago Silver Helpful

That's a good one.

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u/serenitynow1983 5d ago Silver

Have it your way dude.

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u/SquirrelyDan93 5d ago

“You got any more of that good sarsaparilla?”

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u/jolbina 5d ago

Honestly didn’t know this one was a thing until a coworker visited from the uk and said he had to “try root beer”.

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u/Condoricia 5d ago

I've heard it tastes like medicine to non-Americans, I can see that, but I enjoy a good craft root beer.

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u/Ferropater 5d ago

Fun fact, root beer will hide more booze than a British boarding school.

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u/_Carmines 5d ago

Root beer and spiced rum is great. You could mix it 50/50 and still be drinkable.

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u/YourMoonWife 5d ago

You can take root beer out of my cold dead Canadian hands you bastard. Best pop hands down

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u/nookster145 5d ago

I agree. Root beer has always been my favorite soda. Grew up drinking barqs then somewhat recently was able to try craft root beer which changed everything.

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u/AssociationDouble267 5d ago

Just wait until all these Europeans discover the Root Beer Float.

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u/TeamAndrew 5d ago

I love a root beer float. There was a decent American diner in Newcastle that used to do them.

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u/paulboyrom 5d ago

Big trucks

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u/maryfisherman 5d ago

Canadians love these too. Especially in Alberta

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u/funkyb 5d ago

Alberta

Well that's just North Texas so that checks out

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u/Scrappy_Larue 5d ago Silver Wholesome

College sports. Particularly football and basketball.

The rest of the world loves soccer, but nobody gives a hoot about it at the university level.

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u/giraffeman3705 5d ago

When I was taking Japanese, my teacher always told us how Japan is crazy on high school sports... So maybe US isn't alone on that one!

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u/BillyTenderness 5d ago

The high school baseball tournament (the Kōshien) in particular is a massive national event, on par with March Madness. There's some great anime about it, if you're into that kinda thing.

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u/BananaRepublic_BR 5d ago

I've watched a bunch of baseball anime. There's just something about them that make them great fun to watch.

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u/divinewolfwood 5d ago

Sports anime in general are just hype for reasons I can't really explain.

Sad Phoenix fan answer: it's like rooting for a sports team but sometimes they actually win

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u/cheeseburgerwaffles 5d ago

Yeah but they'll watch club soccer down to like the 4th tier

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u/amazingmikeyc 5d ago

It's a different pipeline isn't it? US college teams contain players that will go professional, don't they? Whereas if you're good enough to go pro at football, you'll already be playing pro at 18.

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u/dijon_dreams 5d ago

Some college players go pro but most of them won't. Watching future pros is a part of the fun, but mostly it's a matter of regional pride. Places like Nebraska and Iowa are far too small for any professional teams, but the entire state will live and die by their main college team. Many of their athletes are home grown too, so if anything there's probably more pride and fervor around college teams because it feels more personal to the fans.

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u/Humbugalarm 5d ago

A big part of it is how the league systems are set up. In American sports you have one league (NBA, NFL etc), while most other countries have several divisions with promotion and relegation. Which means every small town and neighborhood have their own teams at some level.

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u/WayneH2O 5d ago

Biscuits and gravy

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u/glori-hallelujah 5d ago

Waffles with chicken

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u/scullys_alien_baby 5d ago

Super weird to not see it as chicken and waffles. And to be fair, chicken and waffles is semi regional to the American south.

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u/javapyscript 5d ago Silver Gold Take My Energy

MM-DD-YYYY Date format 😅

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u/TempMailProfile 5d ago Bravo!

What's even more confusing is some regulated manufacturing industries in the US use DD-MM-YYYY and I had a job with one for awhile. If both nums are below 12 I'm lost.

Now I just do 24NOV2022 as my format so there's no confusion lol

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u/KipShades 5d ago Silver

YYYY-MM-DD is another good one, if only because no one in their right mind does YYYY-DD-MM

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u/sonofamonster 5d ago All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy

Also, it sorts.

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u/z-vap 5d ago

this is the only right answer YYYY-MM-DD sorts

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u/allomanticpush 5d ago

And you get more granular with YYYY-MM-DD-HH-MM-SS…

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u/Inimposter 5d ago

That's for autogenerated file names, in case are produced even back-to-back

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u/IONaut 5d ago

This is the only sane format. I'm a programmer.

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u/IamNoqturnal 5d ago

American IT worker here. I prefer YYYY-MM-DD format for files and logs so you can sort them by name and they end up chronological.

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u/Siphon098 5d ago

Software Developer here and 100% this. That's the most common format for databases and it makes sorting dates very intuitive.

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u/RScribster 5d ago

Corn dogs?

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u/hamburger666666 4d ago

very popular in korea actually. often covered in cinnamon sugar, mochi, cheese, etc

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u/Kirby_zzz 5d ago edited 3d ago Helpful All-Seeing Upvote

imperial units
(edit: fahrenheit aswell as celsius are good for certain scenarios so ill omit the former)

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u/ClooneysBatNipples 5d ago Silver Helpful Wholesome hehehehe Bravo Grande!

They don’t like storm troopers in the UK?

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u/SonofSniglet 5d ago Wholesome Hugz Wholesome Seal of Approval

Not since the 40's.

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u/_DasDingo_ 5d ago

I doubt they liked them in WW1

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u/squalorparlor 5d ago

I still quote the joke from Archer years ago where Lana mentions that only the U.S., Burma, and Liberia use the imperial units and Archer says back "which is weird, because you never think of the other two as having their shit together.."

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u/FlyBuy3 5d ago

Peanut butter and jelly

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u/11thNite 5d ago

It doesn't help that outside the US "jelly" often means gelatin dessert like Jello. Some folks who hear "pb & jelly" are therefore duly horrified

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u/Level1Roshan 5d ago

Nevermind the absurdity of 'biscuits and gravy' to non US people.

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u/lupusdude 5d ago Silver Yummy

Savoury scones in a sage sausage bechamel

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u/haiku-d2 5d ago

Thank you for this. I actually understand what biscuits and gravy is now.

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u/RocketPoweredRedneck 5d ago

That just rolls right off the tongue

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u/jimboz16 5d ago

I eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches several times a week and have for many years. I guess it's a link to my youth and I won't give it up.

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u/cowboyaccent 5d ago

You really can’t go wrong with a PB&J, I still eat them all the time too.

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u/Azuras_Star8 5d ago

I love them in my 40s as much as when I was 5. Filling, tasty, like eating dessert.

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u/vebidib774 5d ago All-Seeing Upvote

xJust finished my masters in handicap discrimination and holy shit for once the US completely flat out beats Scandinavia on a human rights issue. We are so far behind the US and our legislation is pretty much trying to be what the US did decades ago

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u/whatafuckinusername 5d ago edited 5d ago

What an interesting field in which to have a Master’s Degree

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u/zerton 5d ago All-Seeing Upvote

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (commonly known as ADA) was pretty revolutionary in how it drastically increased accessibility. It’s really something the USA does very well at. Many developed countries are not accessible at all if you have any degree of mobile impairment for instance.

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u/badhoyt 5d ago

American football

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u/Get-more-Groceries 5d ago Silver Helpful

I guess midwestern emo didn’t take in Europe

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u/youre_a_burrito_bud 5d ago

Well we can just forget about Modern Baseball then.

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u/MiserableSpaghetti 5d ago

Forever fucked up about modern baseball being gone

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u/justmyfakename 5d ago

Flags. So many American flags everywhere.

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u/SadShots 5d ago edited 4d ago

Also clothes made from flags.

Edit: I am honestly surprised I have to clarify this, but I don't mean clothes made out of ACTUAL flags. I mean clothes designed with the flag print on them. Because nothing says you love your country like farting on your own flag.

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u/Luke_Cold_Lyle 5d ago Wholesome

"You think anybody wants a roundhouse kick to the face while I'm wearing these bad boys? Forget about it."

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u/sacred_cow_tipper 5d ago

Bow to your sensei. BOW TO YOUR SENSEI!

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u/shrtnylove 5d ago

Last off, my students will learn about self respect. You think anybody thinks I'm a failure because I go home to Starla at night?

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u/KenGriffythe3rd 5d ago

You think I’d get anywhere in life dressing like Peter Pan over here? Forget about it

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u/CobaltDestroyer 5d ago

*Denmark entered the chat.

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u/Mr-Fliffi 5d ago

*Germany leaves the chat.

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u/FlyingLettuce27 5d ago

*austria silently leaves with germany

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u/InfamousFoundation76 5d ago

Ice water

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u/terryjuicelawson 5d ago

I think the confusion with ice outside the US is you are fine having it, you generally just have to ask. It can be seen as a bit of a rip-off if you ordered a soda and got a glass full of ice with little drink in it so it isn't necessarily an automatic.

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u/Raftking_ 5d ago

99% of soda is free refill in the USA.

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u/Jay2Jee 5d ago

... which also isn't usually a thing. At least where I come from.

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u/facobi8356 5d ago All-Seeing Upvote

Bankruptcy laws. It's a major reason why America has historically had some of the highest rates of small business growth and entrepreneurship. America is one of the most forgiving countries when it comes to personal and corporate bankruptcy (student loans notwithstanding).

Comparatively, European countries are much more pro-creditor which severely hampers any sort of investment that's even somewhat risky.

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u/defaultQueue 5d ago

A couple of genuine questions from a guy who is not very savvy in economics:

Once a business has gone bankrupt, who exactly pays its creditors if the business owner does not have enough assets to cover debts?

I mean, in any schema there is always a guy who is the last in line. Who that would be in this case? US government?

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u/PrettyFly4aGeek 5d ago

who exactly pays its creditors if the business owner does not have enough assets to cover debts?

The assets and any collateral is liquidated to pay the debt. If that is not enough, the creditor is out of luck. This is the reason the interest rate on small business loans tend to be high; the bank is assuming a lot of risk.

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u/CardboardSoyuz 5d ago

There are priorities in bankruptcy, too -- employees wages get paid first, then secured creditors can get back certain things like equipment, then there's a pool that gets divvied up.

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u/Kayanne1990 5d ago

That explains a lot. So you can essentially start a business over there and if you go bankrupt over it the state will look after you so to speak?

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u/Friendly_Jackal 5d ago edited 5d ago

Afaik, you start a business and it’s a seperate legal entity from your personal assets. If you can’t pay your debtors, you can file for bankruptcy with the courts. Creditors then file claims for how much they’re owed and the business is liquidated. Creditors are then paid based on how much money is leftover. Personal assets aren’t touched unless they were out up as collateral for a loan or something. At least that’s my understanding of it.

Edit: apparently chapter 11 bankruptcy is different in the states as you can declare bankruptcy, pay your creditors, and still remain solvent.

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u/jabbadarth 5d ago

That's why llc's exist. It's in the name, Limited liability company. Keeps your business and your personal assets seperate unless, as you said, you tie your mortgage or other assets to the business.

Adds risk to partners and vendors but removes risk from the person or group setting up the llc. Basically you can lose the whole business and everything you put into it but no one can go after your home or personal assets as a result of a failed business. Overall good thing as long as everyone knows their own risk.

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u/MXXIV666 5d ago

Driving everywhere. Anywhere you go, you go in a car.

But I suspect for many, other options are so rare they don't think about them even if they do exist.

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u/CornfedOMS 5d ago

I grew up in rural Wyoming. We drove 2 hours to go to Costco and Target 2-3 times a month. Also zero public transportation in my hometown

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u/BeardedSir1 5d ago

Rural America, you are not walking anywhere. Not even to the mailbox…

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u/sky_rose777 5d ago

Or if you do, you’re barefoot and have at least 3 dogs following you

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u/BeardedSir1 5d ago

This statement is 100% truth lol. My Mom would take the dogs and a cup of coffee to get the mail when the weather was good.

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u/Lostarchitorture 5d ago

Free soda refills at dine-in places

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u/vebidib774 5d ago

Free public restrooms. I know they're gross but they are nice to have.

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u/Dakens2021 5d ago Wholesome

A lot of people don't remember it and assume this is because of the disability act or something, but in the 1970's there was actually a grassroots political movement to ban pay toilets were becoming really common in the U.S. The group called itself aptly CEPTIA, and they were probably one of the most successful grassroots movements ever in this country. It's an interesting thing to read up on if you're bored sometime.

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u/The___Repeater 5d ago

I remember reading on this. If I recall, they disbanded because they actually achieved their objective! Kinda crazy

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u/FuhrerGirthWorm 5d ago

Aye guys… um… we actually did the thing soooo… now what?

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u/CocodaMonkey 5d ago

You have no idea how rare that is. Usually once a movement gets going they just keep pivoting to other issues or making more demands until their money dries up.

Look up Candace Lightner who made MADD. She tried to shutdown MADD in the 80's once she felt they achieved their goals. MADD's response was to have her leave the organization and wipe out almost all references to her while they changed their goals to pursue a more prohibitionist stance on alcohol.

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u/TeardropsFromHell 5d ago

MADD essentially has fabricated most of the statistics used for their campaigns. They include things like drunk pedestrians hit by sober drivers as drunk driving accidents among other things.

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u/facobi8356 5d ago

God damn delis. At least out of all the places I’ve traveled to the US by far has the best delis. I don’t know if I can live somewhere without a great Jewish or Italian deli.

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u/SirJoePininfarina 5d ago

Delis became a thing in Ireland in the 90s and would definitely differentiate the average corner shop/bodega-type store here from a similar one in the UK. We like our sandwiches made fresh, so every little shop had one.

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u/Substance___P 5d ago

Finally a good answer. Delis are amazing.

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u/botaxel499 5d ago

Americanized Chinese food. No one has us beat in that category.,

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u/xxzephyrxx 5d ago

I'm Chinese and I crave orange chicken.

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u/Mysterious_Pop247 5d ago

General Tso outranks Colonel Sanders!

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u/xxzephyrxx 5d ago

I also fucking love General Tso's lol

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u/Simple_Bass_5564 5d ago

American Texan here who has worked in an authentic vietnamese restraunt and Asian meat market. I LOVE authentic Asian food. So obviously I'm gonna look down on Panda Express and not try it at ALL....

.....until last week. Panda go too hard.

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u/doublestitch 5d ago

The family that founded Panda Express really started out as Chinese chefs. In the early '70s they opened a sit-down restaurant called Panda Inn in Pasadena, California which got popular with the local NASA/JPL engineers who drew in more business through word of mouth. That branched out to the first Panda Express during the early eighties.

I met Andrew Cherng in 1978 when he was working as a host in the family restaurant. Nice guy. He was born in Yangzhou and came to the United States when he was 18. He's a self-made billionaire now.

Panda Inn on Foothill Blvd. still exists under new management and most of the menu has changed.

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u/maleia 5d ago

See this is my take on Taco Bell. I know it's not the same. I get authentic Mexican regularly too. But what they have at TB is like, "do I want a Wendy's burger, or Taco Bell tacos" not "do I want real Mexican or Taco Bell".

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u/Fuzzie_Lee 5d ago edited 4d ago

Marching bands. If you’d played the flute in a marching band at my school you would have gotten pelters but in the US you can become a state hero.

Edit: Just to be clear I don’t personally dislike marching bands. I lived in the 9th ward New Orleans for a summer so got to love that big sound. I just can’t comprehend how big it is for you guys. Also, ‘pelters’ is verbal abuse or light bullying.

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u/Necessary_Sir_5079 5d ago

I went to football games to watch the marching band's half time show lol. They won more titles than the football team. Love a good marching band.

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u/lashazior 5d ago

Just watch the movie Drumline. It has a cheesy plot but there are a lot of accurate notions for Southern pride in band.

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