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People Break Down Which Things Seem Normal In Their Country And Strange In Another Culture
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When traveling abroad, one need only set one foot in a foreign country and realize just how different their culture and customs are to ours.

While Americans would certainly expect this in countries on different continents, where they speak a different language, they might find themselves surprised that even our northern neighbors in Canada still have a noticeably different way of life to ours.

And likewise, visitors from abroad, be it Canada or Cambodia, will likely find themselves startled at things Americans find commonplace.

Redditor kerris2508 was curious to learn about things which are everyday occurrences in some countries which foreigners might find bizarre, leading them to ask:

"What is something that in your culture is normal, but in another place is a weird thing?"
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People Abroad Share The Most Generic 'John Smith' Names From Their Home Country
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We like to think we're individual snowflakes, dancing around on this planet until we land on the soft, gentle tongue of death.

What?

Turns out, we're not as unique as we think. Ever meet someone with the same name as you? Weird, right?

How do we tell Jennifer apart from Jennifer, or which Zach is the one with brown hair and the one with blonde.

Thankfully your name isn't something so unbelievably common sounding that it sounds made up, like John Smith, or something.

That's only here in America, though. What about the rest of the world?

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There are over 190 countries around the world today and each one has its own fascinating history. Many people love to travel to far off lands to learn more about these places. But are they always getting the full picture, especially if that country has a sordid past?

Many of us know about the genocide that took place in Rwanda nearly 30 years ago just as we know about the way that Chile's leader, Pinochet, would disappear his opponents. But that's just scratching the surface.

People told us some creepy facts about their countries after Redditor Dantehasabig_ asked the online community,

"What are creepy facts about your country that most foreigners wouldn’t know?"
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People Explain Which Stereotypes About Their Home Country Annoy Them The Most
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Believe it or not, the British don't have bad teeth, Canadians don't say "eh" after every sentence, and the widlife in Australia generally leaves you alone. People in Germany aren't all Nazis, either (you should read a history book sometime).

But many people believe these stereotypes, much to the annoyance of people actually from these countries.

As an American, it's pretty frustrating to hear that everyone thinks we're all packing heat (we're not) and that it's the Wild West out here (okay, that one might have a kernel of truth).

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People Break Down The Countries They Never Want To Visit
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When we eventually get out of the pandemic and more countries open their borders to tourists, people will start booking flights to fulfill their wanderlust desires.

Those who enjoy travel usually talk about the countries they've visited and places that are on the bucket list to explore in the future.

But seldom do people talk about the places they would rather not visit.

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