People Break Down Which Things Most Folks Don't Realize Are Distinctly American
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As Americans, we never question how we go about our daily lives and engage with society.

That is, until, we travel abroad and experience culture shock after observing how others interact with each other outside of our own country.

Curious to hear examples of stricly American behavior, Redditor Professional-Ad-2850 asked:
"What's an incredibly American thing americans don't realize is american?"

Americans respond differently than people from other nations when it comes to indicating where they're from.

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"I used to work in a call Center that took calls from Americans and Canadians. I’d ask 'Where are you from, Canada or the US?' Canadians would say 'Canada' and American would say 'Texas' or 'New York' etc. Never ever would they reply with their country name."

– fancyllamapants-

Sticking To Specifics

"Might just be me, but I do notice when you ask Americans on the internet where they're from, they reply with either a state or a city instead of their country."

"The thing is, it doesn't cause any confusion, since most people know most American states and at least the major cities."

"You don't often see an Indonesian person, for example, say they're from West Java. Just that they're from Indonesia."

– FlygonsGonnaFly

More Background

"I also find that Americans often include where they were born. For example "I'm from Philly but originally from Jersey.'"

"Edit: I understand that the US is big and has many different regions. I'm Canadian and find that Canadians typically don't answer that way, despite being very large."

– RedSpikeyThing

Some people are dumbfounded by these the following behaviors and tendencies.

Shortened Pronunciation

"Its the American pronunciation of 'squirrel' that gets me. Here its a two syllable word. 'Sqwe-rell' kinda. But when my American gf says it it comes out kinda like 'sqwurl.' The first time she said it I thought she said 'swirl'. Its just one syllable."

– DonSmo

Favored Flavor

"Ranch. I never knew ranch was just an American thing until recently."

– BlocBoyBaloo

Time To Close Out The Check

"Not having to ask for the bill."

– Ok_Independence_5025

Complete Trust

"Handing your credit card to a stranger, having them walk away, swipe it, then bring it back to like they didn’t just put a down payment on a new house with it…"

– browncoat47

European Academics

"Universities in Europe are simply institutions of higher learning, nothing more."

"Americans would be surprised by the cultural differences when it comes to university education. There are no athletic teams, no Greek life, no 30 foot climbing walls at universities in Europe. You come to school to learn and leave when your classes are over for the day. If you want to study, you can go to the library, but there is very little that a university offers outside of academia."

– sharksedition

Simple Dish

"Mixing three different canned foods together and calling it a casserole."

– calls_you_a_bellend

Transactions that seem normal to Americans is considered completely unusual in other countries.

Name The Price

"Not including tax on prices displayed in stores."

– rubs_tshirts

Always On-The-Go

"Drive thru atms and everything else."

"I didn't learn we had drive thru liquor stores until later in my life."

– cbeiser

Side Effects May Include Feeling Jaded

"Prescription drug commercials."

– Dhk3rd

"Me and my husband love watching the American feed of NFL. We quite like the drug ads, as they have to list all the side effects and it sound like every drug will kill you. We love laughing at the ads."

– toonlass91

Tipping has always been a practice I never understood.

In many other countries, it is not customary to tip because–from what I understand–service industry employees are already incentivized to work hard and provide excellent service because they are already more than reasonably compensated.

Depending on the situation, I think tipping is a flawed system that doesn't work fairly for the consumer and the employee as it can breed resentment.

But that's just my two cents -- which for the record is NOT an appropriate tip. The figure you're looking for is 20%.

People Break Down The Times A Bully Absolutely Went Too Far
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Bullying seems to be a concept that has always been around. It comes in all forms, and in varying degrees.

Sometimes, the bullying can be mild and temporary. That doesn't make it okay, but it does make the bullying easier to deal with.

Other times, the bullying is harsh, and can even go too far. Sometimes, that can mean relentless teasing. Othertimes, it can mean that a bully took their torment to a new level, even proceeding into physical violence.

Whatever the case, when bullying goes too far, it sticks with you. Sometimes, you get revenge. Other times, you just deal with it until you can find a solution. Whichever method you choose, you will never forget it.

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Here we are, decades into the life and journey of the internet.

And we still can't clean up all of the horrible spots.

The internet is a fantastic invention with many, many flaws.

Our screens have been exposed to things that will remain with our souls forever.

So let's talk about it.


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Everyone always harps on the importance of first impressions.

But we also need to pay attention to all that follows.

I'm starting to believe a first impression can be a great fake-out.

People will allow their true colors to shine over time.

Redditor Xanax_Sprite wanted everyone to open up about what things people can do that immediately change one's opinion of a person's character, not for the better.

They asked:

"What immediately makes you think less of someone?"

It's entirely too easy to turn me off. I admit, it's an issue. Maybe that's a thing people suddenly dislike about me.

Bad Behavior

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"Intentional embarrassment. When someone brings something up in front of a group to humiliate someone else."


Man Up

"Not taking responsibility for their actions."


"Even worse. people who make excuses for their mistakes, no matter how bluntly you point it out to them that this is their shortcoming. Man up and admit you make a mistake. Stop telling me A happened then B happened so C happened. we are here to work, not tell each other make believe stories."


Be Quiet

"Someone who interrupts a serious conversation to make it about them."


"Being subject to that infuriating s**t was what eventually inspired me to listen to people more, especially regarding heavier topics. Sometimes people just need to be heard and held, and it isn't fair for them to expose their vulnerabilities only to have you dismiss them by trying to make their suffering about you."


Where are they?

"How they speak about a person who is not present in the conversation."


"One of the most important lessons my father taught me..."

"Don't speak about a person if they're not in the room."

"They don't have a representative in the room and especially if your words get back to them and they can't say 'I know, he already had that convo with me.' I've earned a rep for not speaking behind people's backs to the point where when someone claimed I did, that person called them a liar. Pops sucked but I thank him for that lesson."


Be Consistent

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"100. People can change their opinions, but not flip flop regularly."


I can't with hypocrites. My life's biggest pet peeve.

Be clean

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"Yep, had a coworker once who spit on the floor inside."

"It was a warehouse-type building, but still. This particular guy also left cigarette butts on the floor inside and dumped a dog on the business property. Needless to say, he didn't last long here. Some people are just really rude and stupid."


Say Sorry

"Had a friend who never, ever apologized for anything or really took any responsibility. Even in situations which were funny and non-serious, he’d always talk his a** out of it (in a jokey matter). But when some s**t hit the fan, that guy turned into one of the scariest, manipulative and aggressive people I’ve met that would rather die than take accountability for the things he’s done."

"And for which there were many witnesses and evidence against him. Moral of the story, if you know someone who won’t say sorry or admit they did something wrong for even the least serious things, run, because when they actually do something seriously bad it’s just gonna get real ugly."


Face 2 Face

"Lying to my face. There’s no going back in my eyes because I will never trust you. Secrets are fine and dandy. That’s not quite the same as straight up lying. A direct example is people lying about their family dying to get out of work or when this older woman in her 40’s tried to lie about cleaning up her work station when she left it for me to clean."


“as a joke”

"Being mean to animals."


"Even when people joke about being mean to animals. I have a cat I love dearly and the number of comments I get about harming cats because people don’t like them 'as a joke' is infuriating and not funny, Ken."


"I include poorly training their pets in this. It’s neglect/negligence and it’s abuse."


Eyes Up

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"When they’re looking at their phones, not paying any attention to you when you’re trying to have a conversation with them."


It doesn't take much to change an impression. Let's do better.

People Describe The Grossest Thing They've Ever Seen At Someone Else's House
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Some people keep their homes in such disarray that it's frightening.

Have you ever walked into a home and felt the need to run?

What people do in their homes is their business.

You decorate, color, and destroy it as you see fit.

However, it's our choice not to visit.

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