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We all sort of feel like "WTF America!" at present. There's too many weird things that we as a nation are totally behind on that are handled much more expertly in Europe, and Europe is pretty vocal about telling us that we need to get our act together.


u/schematicboy asked Reddit:

Europeans who visited America, what was your biggest WTF moment?

Here were some of the most WTF answers.


Cherry Pie

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Did a house exchange in New Jersey (from UK) and on the second day a neighbour came to the door with an actual cherry pie to welcome us and ask us to dinner. Was

  1. A huge confirmation of stereotype
  2. Really touching and sweet (pie was also wonderful btw)
  3. A bit weird because we knew our neighbours wouldn't give a flying f-ck and we felt bad :/

Oh, Deutschland

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It was my second trip to California, I was only 18 years old. When I got out of the plane, as usual, I had to go through all those security checks. At the last checkpoint, the officer asked me whether I have anything in my suitcase that I didn't mention on tis CBP thing. Then he asked for drugs and then for alcohol. I honestly answered all questions with "No" when surprisingly he asked me "Why not?". A bit confused, I told him that I knew, I wasn't allowed to take drugs or drink alcohol in his country. He got interested and asked whether it was different where i'm from (Germany). Here the minimum age is 16 for light beverages like beer and wine and 18 for the other stuff like spirits. He was so interested, he kept asking stuff for like 5 minutes, not even minding the 100 people behind me. When he let me pass, he instantly turned towards the guy in the other checkpoint was like "Hey, did you know ... "

dgk640

Casu-alligator

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In 2015 I went to Florida. We walked past a crazy golf place and a guy was holding an alligator in his arms, he also told me he had an 8-foot alligator in the back.

I'm from England, so I don't think I'll ever quite get over just how casual he was having a dang alligator in his arms.

AlexHY1999

Free Coffee

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Went to some diner in Portland, Oregon and I ordered coffee. Half way in my coffee she asked me if I wanted a refill, I politely declined telling her I was short on cash. She laughed and said refills are free of charge, and to top of my amazed reaction she complimented my shirt. Needless to say, she cured my hangover and I fell in love.

ProbablyOnAToilet

S-You-V

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I really wasn't prepared for the size of the cars! I'm used to getting into cars by opening the door and sitting down, not climbing up. And we had a rental car, a Dodge of some sort, that was pretty much a tank, with tiny windows so you could barely see where you were going.

1115955

The Queen's English

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While in Florida, we went through a drive through and the lady couldn't understand what i was ordering regardless of how slowly and carefully i spoke so, i decided to go inside instead where the lady behind the counter couldn't understand me either, i am a northern brit but not too too broad an accent.

My little sister had to put on her Florida accent to order for us, the manager who eventually took the order said she was sorry as the staff were only used to "normal" English lol

PeteSerut

Coins And Traffic Lights

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Boston: didn't notice I had left Europe.

Houston: the people were as friendly as they were huge. And loud. Hugely loud. And loudly huge, I guess.

Nashville and other places I went kinda blend together in my head, except for the delicious food.

Oh, and the person who asked if my country had coins and traffic lights. I.. what.. yes? I mean.. wat

the_geek_fwoop

Hey There Ho There How Do Ya Do

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While walking around Austin, random people would just give me a "Hey, how's it going" as they walked past. In the UK, if someone even looks like they might glance in your direction, it probably means they're about to try selling you something. I probably offended a couple of them with how defensive I seemed...

Deixel

The Fantasy

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First time I flew to America, right at the airport I see this guy walking around just all dressed up like a cowboy and my day was just made right there.

They've always just been these fantasy characters from TV or movies, in the back of my mind I knew they're real but no matter what you can never be prepared to really see one.

He wasn't even a cowboy, just an American.

hamadubai

The Forest

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The space. You guys have so much unused untouched space, it's crazy. In Europe there is barely anywhere that isn't owned or isn't being used. In Europe we have protected forests, in America you have some unrestricted, uncontrolled forests that are massive!

hopsinduo

Python Life

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I'm actually in NYC right now, so that was good timing! I'm from the UK.

Yesterday I went to Central Park and there were literally two guys just driving around on segways with giant a-- snakes around their necks. Occasionally they'd take them off and drape them around the nearest random person. I was actually frozen with horror.

Cereal Sugaring

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I'm an Aussie who visited USA, hope it's okay for me to crash this thread.

We LOVED our visit - loved the whole bloody place, but i was absolutely gobsmacked when I found Froot Loops with marshmallows. I genuinely did not think it was possible to make Froot Loops more unhealthy, but you guys did it - love your work!

Mandy1974

Baaaaaaacon

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Ordered a BLT sandwich in Las Vegas, I swear that sandwich was 90% bacon. Under a mount Everest of bacon were two tiny lurk warm tomato slices and a single leaf of lettuce almost apologizing for being there. 10/10 would visit America again.

Azaraatoo

Welshly Tales

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In Florida, how amazingly friendly people were whilst talking absolute nonsense to make us happy. We are from Wales in the UK, this guy at a burger store asked where we were from and started to tell us how he loves Wales, then went on about how his mum lives there.

We asked what part of Wales does she live?

His reply, "Paris, I think"

Robowen93

Middle America

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Pretty stereotypical stuff. Couple we stayed with were hugely nice but very religious and overweight. They voted for Obama and then Trump. Also drove us 4 hours for a daytrip! The bread is inexplicably sweet. A nice healthy pancake with blueberries for breakfast was actually five pancakes with blue syrup and whipped cream. I could get used to root beer floats though.

theivoryserf

Power Play

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Us Germans have the reputation of being deferential to all kinds of authority, and maybe deservedly so. But when there is some trashy drama going on in a U.S. supermarket, there always seems to be someone who at some point threatens to CALL THE MANAGER if those shenanigans don't stop RIGHT AWAY, sounding like they are about to conjure up some omnipotent eldritch deity. Which executive powers do store managers have in America? Are there states where they can invoke some kind of castle doctrine, and pull a gun on you?

NDontCallMeShirley

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Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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