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

  1. I'm a South African and our American neighbour has all sorts of signs about American politics on their lawn. I always think it strange to advertise your political beliefs to people who can't even vote in American politics

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Not natural but man the Blue Razzberry Blow Pops sold quick in middle school. Bought for $9 a box, sold 48 * $0.50.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. I remember my first trip to Edinburgh. My dad, brother, and I were there for the first time. We were staying around the botanical garden and had dinner at this little pub.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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."

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Icelander/Norwegian here. Root beer and ranch dressing are both gifts from the gods and this is a hill I'm willing to die on. Same with chocolate and peanut butter together. I don't care what my countrymen say. Maybe I was American in a past life. If that means I get to enjoy root beer, ranch, and Reeese cups in this life, I'm more than cool with that.

  14. I was surprised to find out in recent years that people outside the USA don't love super cold beverages in lots of ice.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Spent a month in Brazil and I don't think I encountered fountain soda anywhere. No giant glasses of soda on every table at a restaurant. Individual cans were commonly available, though, and they charged for each.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. Chicken and waffles is absolutely amazing, and the story of how it came to be is rather interesting! If you haven’t tried it, you definitely should. It really is a unique but delicious combination.

  24. As a non-American, I saw this on the menu at a local restaurant a few months ago, so I ordered it because I'd never had it before. It was awesome, can't wait to go back and get it again.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. Yeah, as someone who moved to Poland reading and writing dates has made me dyslexic. I never know if a date refers to the 3rd of May or the 5th of March. Don't get me started on "," vs "." for decimal symbols vs. hundreds separator.

  28. 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.."

  29. 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

  30. 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.

  31. I was just watching GBBO and one of the contestants was making something with peanut butter and strawberries. Paul Hollywood was shocked and said something like "Interesting, peanut butter and fruit don't really go together, do they?"

  32. 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

  33. 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.

  34. It's because of George HW Bush. Say what you want about the guy (and rightfully) but the Americans with Disabilities Act was a great success

  35. Depends what you count as "not so much", I watched my local team in England regularly for years, and we have a national championships (albeit low crowds) and have watched a few NFL games in London too and quite a few friends watch the superbowl and some mid season games.

  36. 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.

  37. 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).

  38. 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?

  39. 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

  40. Depends on where you live. I live in Chicago and I take public transport or I walk. A twenty-thirty minute walk is not bad to me.

  41. I just don't understand why it isn't pretty much universal. It's like $0.15~0.55c a glass! If that sometimes.

  42. 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.

  43. Non-Americans that visit Texas really need to go out of their way to visit a Buc-ees. The bathrooms will change your life.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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....

  47. I believe it comes from Chinese migrant workers who had to make the most of the available ingredients to replicate their home cuisine, right?

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

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

  51. I’m Irish and on St. Patrick’s Day this year at the Dublin parade (Dublin, Ireland - not Dublin, Ohio), a marching band from the University of Dayton, Ohio had traveled here to participate in our big parade and they absolutely stole the show. They utterly slayed it and everyone was talking about them for days.

  52. Yeah, I always think about this when I am coming in one of the nice sous-terrain or straight basement pubs with a narrow flight of steep stairs. If I couldn't walk, my friends would have to carry me inside.

  53. Just had a customer come into my pub (uk) in a wheelchair, we were talking about travelling and he said America was the best place accessibility.

  54. I visited South Korea and Japan a few years ago. Really stood out to me how much it would suck to be handicapped in those places.

  55. Yeah when my family went to England to visit my sister while she was studying abroad, my 83-year-old paternal grandmother quickly found out that the entire country is apparently the land of stairs. We managed, but very, very slowly.

  56. Big religious families. In the UK, if you have > 3 kids, a lot of people will judge you. If you are > 3 kids AND you are religious, people will assume you are a part of a weird cult.

  57. I live in Utah and I went to school with a kid who had 12 siblings. He had a nephew in our same age group because his brother was 30 years older than him.

  58. This is specific to a few particular religious groups; most notably some Mormons, some Catholics, and an Evangelical Protestant group called

  59. I had a weird moment when I was on a work abroad program in the US - I was 18, a lot of my US coworkers were the same age or a bit younger, and a lot of them were planning missionary trips after high school. It was a very standard “straight to college or taking a missionary trip first?” discussion happening around me. I don’t know if I was just living/working in an area with a high density of missionary-based practice but I’d just never encountered it before. They were equally bewildered that I literally did not know a single person in my whole life who’d done this and it was not a consideration for people my age in my country, but a gap year for backpacking was.

  60. My mother [British] thought casseroles were weird and disgusting. Once her British friend came to visit, and asked that we not go to a restaurant "where all the food is mixed together in an awful jumble."

  61. That's such an odd take considering we have a culture of stews and hot-pots over here and they aren't a million miles away from casseroles!

  62. The way we manage our wildlife as a resource and take the funds used for hunting to help support fish and game. In America our fish and game is managed by several agencies and is owned by the American people. Anyone can hunt a deer or catch a fish and due to the way it's managed we ensure we have a healthy population. All of this is funded by hunting and fishing licences and is the reason multiple species have been brought back from the brink of extinction and reintroduced into its natural range.

  63. This. Also, it’s a really good way for poorer families to get food for a very long time. A deer goes a LONG way. And a deer hasn’t been kept in a pen it’s whole life!

  64. According to Brazilians at the Rio Olympics they can tell who's American because: We had beach towels, drank a whole bunch, and kept our areas trash free.

  65. Commercials about pharmaceutical pills. "Ask your doctor about taking xyz... side affects can include (everything). Wild!

  66. I'd like to say optimism, even if it's blind sometimes. The CAN DO attitude is extremely strong. I would also put belligerence up there for better or worse. That "Get the fuck out of my face, I'm not paying for / doing that" attitude. Whether you actually can or not, the American culture makes you feel like you can really do anything. Again, it's a double edged sword but you'll seldom find an American who's just going to lay down and take someone's shit or heed someone who says (to your aspirations) "You can't".

  67. I resonate so much with this comment, as an American that has lived in Europe for over a decade. My idiotic optimism, once derided, was in fact my superpower as I maneouvered through the world. Having become so bogged down by the "das ist nicht möglich/ce n'pas pas possible/that's not possible" on repeat, I allowed that to erode away (Corona times and doing a PhD did not help). It now takes enormous energy to try, and the expectation is that it will not work out/I will fail, whereas before I had relentless energy and such a thought would never have entered my mind.

  68. Having lived in the US for about a little while from Europe, I've said it like this: the best and worst thing about America is self reliance. If something breaks, Americans will try to fix it even if they have zero idea how it works. This leads to people generally being pretty handy, but also they often make things worse. My European reaction is not to fuck with it because I don't know what I'm doing, and call somebody who does.

  69. This one is a hard one for me. I’m a child of Ukrainian immigrants. We grew up pessimistic. My fathers favorite saying was “only an idiot smiles all the time” Oh boy did I have a hard time fitting in with my American classmates.

  70. Seeing a lot of hate towards root beer. I'm just here to defend it. Root beer is nectar of the gods! I'll die on this hill motherfuckers!

  71. A German exchange student in High School told me she thought Hershey chocolate tasted like vomit. Not figuratively, literally. Years later I found out why, but it's weird to me that my fellow Americans and I have grown used to eating something that tastes like puke. I'll eat Hershey chocolate, but it's very far from a favorite of mine or most other Americans under the age of 60.

  72. As a big dead fan I’ve thought about how they were a uniquely American phenomenon. I think a lot of it has to do w the traveling circus that followed them from city to city. It’d be hard to load all the freaks on a plane, VW buses, LSD and take the experience to a whole different continent. And a lot of the American cities could prepare and be ready for the huge event weeks before they arrived. Imagine a small city in France or Spain being overwhelmed with 80,000 people traveling to your town and setting up a drug fueled orgy for a few days. I’m sure it could be overwhelming

  73. Crossovers and big SUVs. It would be so nice if we could get some of the smaller economical cars that other markets around the world get.

  74. Last time I was in America I noticed they had parking spaces for "smaller" cars. The smaller cars, in those spaces were still bigger than the family car I drive in the UK....which I consider to be pretty big. It is far and away the biggest car I've ever owned. But I live in London, so my goal has always been to have the smallest possible car that I can get away with. Makes parking easy.

  75. we went to america on holiday once and all the car spaces were GINORMOUS. yet for some reason the first car we'd rented (we had to exchange it when it popped a tyre) was bigger than my mother's car, yet barely fit five people in it. it was purportedly a seven-seater, but i was squished in the back with zero leg space. my mothers car is quite a bit smaller, but is an incredibly comfortable 7 seater that you could shove tons of luggage into and still have enough room to stretch your legs.

  76. Have a geographically placed country that is far from competing nation states and which would be hard to hold for an invading force making military conquest almost impossible.

  77. The diversity in the United States is amazing. You want no snow at all and constant warm weather? Go to California. You love snow and want the air to hurt your face? Go to Alaska, or shit sometimes even Minnesota or Wisconsin. I heard it gets really cold in northern Montana too. North Dakota has nothing but cold weather and snow, depending on where you live of course. And then you have the Midwest/south. It’s the complete opposite. The land, the wether, the “culture” if you will, is even different. And then an armed population that is ready to fight.

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