It's easy to feel like an outsider when you travel out of the country. The customs people have, which might have been taught to them since a young age, can be difficult to pick up. How you hand money to a cashier, how to hail a taxi, or even when it's appropriate to hold a door open for someone can all have different contexts in various countries.
Reddit user, u/ojlol2, wanted an idea of the world around them when they asked:
More For Protection Than Posterity
Being middle-class with a property having a 6' wall, electric fencing linked to an alarm, automated gate and garage doors (with security clamps over the gate motor to prevent theft of the motor), security gates over every door, burglar bars, and a house alarm system with infra-red sensors linked to armed response with a reaction time of under 3-4 minutes.
We Can't Pick A System And We're Fine With It
Everyone rags on the US for using imperial, but can we talk for a second about how weird we are here in the UK for using both inconsistently?
You buy a pint of milk or beer, but a litre of coke and 25ml of whiskey
People know how many miles to the gallon their cars get, but you buy fuel at pence per litre.
You watch the weather forecast and the temperature is in Celsius but the wind speed is in miles per hour
Most people can tell you their weight in kilograms, and their height in feet, and if they can't give you kilograms they can probably give you stone instead, which is even older than pounds, which nobody uses as a unit of measurement, probably because of the confusion between lbs and £...
It's a glorious mess.
What About The Man-Sized Bunny?
In my friend's country, Easter is when gangs of boys roam the countryside, pouring water over girls and beating them (gently) with sticks. The girls then have to thank them for it.
I thought that was pretty weird.
Edit: She's from Slovakia
Meet My Son, Erick The Redd. He's Outside.
Leaving your baby alone outside for their nap, even if it rains or snows.
Norway but it's common in all of Scandinavia. That's how we create Vikings.
How Else Are People Supposed To Know?
We have matrimonial ads in newspapers and sites to find grooms and brides which I think don't happen in western countries and they find it strange. The ads are mostly published by parents. It's like tinder supervised by parents.
Make Some Noise For The Best Lecture You've Ever Heard
In university we thump the tables to "applaud" our professors. Instead of actually applauding. Or doing nothing.
During my exchange semester everyone not from Germany was looking at me confused why I did this.
Nothing Too Stiff
A short while ago they stopped selling alcohol after 10pm. At some stores you couldn't even get non-alcoholic beer. What's weird tho is that wine is not considered alcoholic drink so you can buy it anytime.
Welcome to Moldova ;)
Don't Let The Heat Get You
Strangers sitting totally naked skin to skin in a steamy room heated to +80 to +100C... and us having competitions on who can last the longest in there.
I miss Finland. ❤️
Improvised Home Security
Putting broken glass bottles on the walls around your house so burglars cant jump it and rob you. I moved to Canada and they don't even have walls around the houses!
All of Latin America!
Honestly, It's Our Own Fault We Don't Have Nicer Restrooms
The cracks that are just wide enough to be able to see in and out of public restroom stalls. (United States) I've heard it's thought of as weird since many other countries enjoy the luxury of privacy.
How else would you know if the stall is occupied though?
Seriously though, as a European having to visit the US ~twice a year, pooping in the US is stressful.
99.9% of the time it's fine. And then one time when you are in mid poop bliss with your phone out, you get a weird feeling. So you glance up and see an Eye silently peering at you through the crack. eye contact is made and the Eye does not look away. You feel like ages pass but it's really just a second and you yell out something like "what the f-k are you doing!?!" And the Eye leaves. You jump out of the stall but nobody is around anymore. The Eye waits for the next unwary visitor.