Some Americans have been known to wish they lived elsewhere in the world, owing to certain things appearing to be much better handled elsewhere.
Up to and including healthcare, free education, cost of living, or simply the way they make pizza or coffee.
However, sometimes we must stop and remind ourselves that the grass is always greener in someone else's yard.
As there are plenty of people all over the world who wish they were living in the USA, believing that some things are simply done better in America.
Redditor KyleB2131 was curious to hear what people thought America does better than anywhere else, leading them to ask:
"What does America do better than most other countries?"
The Versatility Of Corn!
"Turning corn into things that are not corn."- rlemon
"I was going to say cornbread but everyone said rest stops. Have y’all ever had cornbread?"- Admirable-Ad-2554
The Pause That Refreshes
"I love the Interstate Rest Areas on road trips."
"I'm a Canadian from the west coast, and was always VERY impressed with the 24/7 rest areas."
"Clean washrooms, nice grassy areas for dogs, picnic tables, and a lot of times people selling crafts, or offering free coffee!"
"I've only driven through the western states, (WA,OR,CA,NV,UT,AZ) but yeah, those rest areas were always reliable."
"Always well-marked signs when the next one was coming up."
"Just made everything about traveling easier!"
"Thanks neighbors!"- Ubba-GaGiphy
"Jazz, the Blues."- BretonVikander
...But Maybe Not The Airports...
"Aircraft carriers."- TheBladeRodenFlying Take Off GIF by U.S. NavyGiphy
A Breath Of Fresh Air
"National Parks."- Big-Win6220
"We have nearly every biome on Earth available in the lower 48 alone."
"Adding Alaska and Hawaii just completes the set."
"Is there any biome that doesn't exist in The US?"- Ursa_Mid
A Nice Cold Drink
"Make sure there's ice in your beverage."- HegemonHarbingerWater Day GIF by ZinZenGiphy
Very Logical Indeed
"Serious answer? "
"We're quite a large country and we've gotten very good at moving things around."- weirdoldhobo1978
America is what it is today all owing to the fact that people came here for a better life.
No question, America has its issues, hence why no one mentioned our political system or our electoral process.
But it's the things that are uniquely and unequivocally American which makes people feeling lucky to be living here.
Love it or hate it, it's hard to avoid eating at McDonald's or other fast food chains every now and then.
Those who tend to avoid it also tend to simply not have a taste for the greasy, deep-fried, not particularly healthy items on the menu.
Some even wonder if the greasy, high-calorie food is even less healthy than people think, wondering what exactly goes in the burger patties and the chicken nuggets.
A viral photo of a deep-fried rat from a New York City Popeye's only exacerbated those ever-growing conspiracy theories.
With this in mind, it would be helpful to have some first-hand knowledge from those in the kitchen at McDonald's, Burger King, and the like, to know what is and isn't safe to grab and go.
"McDonald's workers of Reddit, what is the one menu option that you would recommend people never eat and why?"
Less The Menu Than The Location.
"Really depends on store and location."
"In my experience everything is pretty clean compared to other places I've worked."
"And because the food sits in heating trays, even the stale food is relatively safe to eat."
"They are also pretty anal with inventory and food waste."
"With the volume they push out weekly, it would be very rare for a store to have expired food."
"There is a comment in here about the grease vats not being changed."
"Maybe it was just my store, but we filtered the grease nightly, and cleaned the vat before every oil change."
"The fry vats got changed the most, due to their overuse."
"We also had constant secret shoppers and annual corporate patrons who would really judge the quality of the food."
"In all honesty, it was one of the hardest jobs I've ever worked."
"I did it all in the 6 years I was there."
"Cashier, drive thru, dishes, back end, maintenance, inventory, overnights, management."
"Pretty much every job they had, I spent time in."
"Other than the miserable treatment the employees get from the customer and corporate, the overall business and restaurant side of it is impressively streamlined."
"They have quantified almost everything."
"Maybe the only thing I'd stay away from is the birthday cake."
"I don't even know if you can still buy them, but they would be like the only item in the freezer year round until some unfortunate soul bought one."- WalterPeckyToren C Humor GIF by VPROGiphy
"I worked at a burger King for a week, couldn't stand all day plus the sounds caused constant migraines."
"It was clean as you'd expect it needed to be."
"Made me feel better about eating fast food actually."
"They had a simple rule, if you wouldn't eat it or feed it to your mother then don't serve it."
"Well that plus all the other rules."- modsarefascists42
Be Selective When It Comes To Egg...
"Any of the eggs.'
'There are 2 different ones."
"When they make the scrambled they don't even cook the top of them."
"The round egg sometimes has eggs shells in them, and the folded eggs are like fake frozen squares lol."
"The only real egg is the round egg."
"And never eat the fish sandwich at night time, or the fries b4 the places closes they are not fresh and fryers are already shut off, so it just sits until someone orders it."- Bloomoon-2232
"You know, no matter how many times I see something like this, it will never, ever make me stop eating fast food."- Artemis_CrabLady69french fries mcdonalds GIFGiphy
When In Doubt Stay On Land...
"Worked at Subway 2010-12."
"Only thing I have to say is that tuna and seafood packaged used to have a label on it that said that it didn't contain dolphin or turtles in the meat, then that label suddenly disappeared in 2012."- UnitedTrout
Just When You Think You've Picked The Healthy Option!
"I worked at McDonald's this past summer, and I learned a LOT."
"My store hadn't served them since pre-COVID, but I would stray away from the salads."
"They actually often tend to have more calories than the burgers."
"Also, I wouldn't say not to eat them, but I would still be weary about the fries."
"In the two months I worked there, I think the fry oil was only changed once."- inreallife12001
"Worked at Dairy Queen for 4 years.'
"Do not order the salad, ever.'
"No one ever orders them, because it’s DQ, so when you do, it’s probably 2-3 days old."- naganol32Wet Hot American Summer Cooking GIF by NETFLIXGiphy
"Not a single thing off the entire menu."
"Not because of how it's prepared or sits until it's served, but because I've read the nutrition facts of most of it in paperwork and boxes, bags and things like that."
"I worked at McDs in Canton, OH on Cleveland ave."
"Pretty well-maintained, clean place staffed by competent people, on 3rd shift, anyway, but you cant get away from whats in the food no matter how its cooked or handled."
"But I will say, based on what I saw, if you're intolerant of too much sodium for any reason, STAY AWAY from the fries specifically, and asking for unsalted doesn't make a difference."
"I don't remember a number, but thats always stuck out in my mind as being crazy high whenever their nasty food comes up in conversation."- seventytwosuccubi
We must remember, should we find ourselves eating at a fast food chain or a five star restaurant, health inspectors check them regularly.
Suggesting that everything served was at the very least cooked in a sanitary environment.
What exactly was being cooked, however, might remain a mystery...
Who hasn't faked an illness at least once in their life, to get out of going to a work, school or a party or gathering you just really didn't want to go to?
In such cases, a simple call or message saying you're sick will often suffice.
Other times, a doctor's note might be necessary to prove that you are in fact sick.
While needing medical proof of illness is enough for some people to wave the white flag, others are a bit more determined, and will give the performance of their lives to try to convince a doctor they are ailing.
Unfortunately for them, most doctors can detect a fraudulent invalid before even inserting a thermometer.
"Doctors of Reddit, what are the dead giveaway signs that someone is faking?"
Believe Them First
"Brief note foe all the student doctors out there."
"People can pass stroke field tests and still be having a stroke."
"I could do everything on the list while I had a clot in my brain, verified by CT and MRI."
"Except I couldn't stop vomiting."
"Be aware sometimes sh*t doesn't look like you think it should."-Justbecauseitcameup
"I went to emergency once with intense chest pain."
"The young (new) doctor I saw first listen to my chest and immediately concluded I had pericarditis but the supervising doctor decided I was faking it for drugs for some reason."
"The next morning I woke up to a psychologist in my room asking all sorts of random sh*t when an orderly interrupted because the ultrasound guy was in and wanted to see me first thing."
"I think after talking to the first doc I saw."
"Turns out I had pericarditis and myocarditis and the dude wheeled me out himself and told them to order an ambulance to take me to a hospital with a cardiac clinic."- freeLightbulbshomer simpson pain GIFGiphy
"I'm a nurse on a floor that deals with a lot of chronic and acute pain patients."
"Most recent instance was this lady from a few weeks ago that was apparently splitting the Oxycodone we were giving her in half in her mouth and then when the nurse's backs were turned, she would stuff it in a pill jar."
"A night nurse caught her in the act and all of her sh*t had to be searched."
"We found 20 half tablets of Oxycodone she had been stashing."
"She told us that she was 'saving them for her family in case they need them because it's just so hard to get an Oxycodone prescription these days'."
"I had her a few days after that, and she was having some abdominal pain ."
"STAT x-ray showed only gas."
"She just really needed to fart."
"But she was screaming, claiming it was a 10, and making a huge f*cking scene."
"She DEMANDED Dilaudid through her IV, and she wanted it to be pushed fast."
"Huge red flag right there."
"She wanted the high, not the relief."
"Doc straight up said he wouldn't give her Dilaudid because she was already on so many opiates."
"She then demanded Lorazepam, still through her IV of course."
"Doc was like fine whatever, just one time and only a low end dose."
"I was flushing her IV with normal saline first, to make sure her IV was patent, and she leans back and is like 'OOOOoooo that's so much better already'."
"Hadn't even given her the Lorazepam yet, smdh."- strawberrytaintEverything Is Fine Reaction GIF by Tricia GraceGiphy
Desperate Ways To Avoid Change...
"Obligatory not a doctor, but I got a call from my son's school nurse when he was in 2nd grade, and the conversation went like this:"
"Nurse sounding upbeat & cheerful says, 'your son wants to tell you his terrible news'."
"Son gets on the phone, says 'Hi mom, I cut my finger off'."
"I ask him, 'Where is your finger now?'"
"Son: 'I put it back on'."
"I said, 'Can I talk to the nurse?'"
"Nurse gets on the phone again, says, 'Sounds serious, right?'"
"I asked, 'does he have a substitute teacher today?'"
"I told the nurse to let him know I will take him to the hospital for a shot for his finger, to which he says 'I think it's OK. I glued it on really good'."
"Nurse kept him in the office for a bit to talk about scary changes in the classroom."- cat9tail
Crying Wolf Ruins It For Everyone
"I don’t know why anyone would want to fake anything medical."
"Unconsciousness in particular."
"I got a compound fracture recently and called 911 on myself and was put on hold."
"But got through and asked them to send help."
"Operator was a badass and kept asking me questions to keep me conscious."
"The ambulance folks arrive, casually got out of the ambulance, walk up to me and then saw the bone sticking out of my body, and said, quote, 'Oh! You’re actually hurt!'"
"YES! Did you think I called 911 because I spilled some lemonade?"
"Then it occurred to me that most of their calls must be horsesh*t."
"But to cause me even more confusion, I received close to a $2000 bill for the privilege of actual help and the ride to the hospital."
"That ludicrous bill is no fault of the EMS.
"I’m very much appreciative of their existence and they don’t get nearly enough credit, but the best part of receiving that bill?"
"The ambulance ride was roughly $1850."
"The fentanyl they gave me was $2.15."- KedaZ1bart simpson run GIFGiphy
Can You Repeat That?
"My sister is a pediatric audiologist and this is my favorite story of hers."
"Apparently, sometime in elementary school, usually the early grades, a ton of kids like to fake hearing loss."
"Like not just 'oh, I can’t hear the teacher'.”
"Full on, want to get hearing aids, etc."
"Anyway, she explained to me that based on the way she plays the tones, you can usually tell if someone is faking."
"Especially when they just pretend they can’t hear anything.'
"But it’s not 100%, obviously, because hearing loss patterns can be really weird."
"However, she’s caught a number of kids simply by saying, 'okay, so I’m going to play [a random number] of tones and they’ll go in both ears'."
"I want you to say ‘yes’ if you hear it and ‘no’ if you don’t'.”- rbickfor1988
People will likely continue to fake illness in order to get out of something till the end of time.
And power to anyone who can successfully dupe their doctor.
Though, there's anyone one should always be in a trusting, honest relationship with, it's the person in charge of making sure you're healthy.
Something to consider.
This past June, America's eyes widened in disbelief when the Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade, the landmark decision which gave women the legal right to an abortion.
Members of all political parties were astonished that the Court put mandates on women and their bodies, while certain states swiftly implemented abortion bans.
A definite low point for the United States and the U.S. government.
But was it the lowest point?
Hard as it may be to imagine, the overturning of Roe V. Wade was only one in a long list of shocking mandates and cover-ups and actions the US government was responsible for.
Some have been long forgotten, others which certain elected officials and civil servants are hoping people will forget.
'What’s the most f**ked up thing the US government has done?"
Too Many To Name
"You want this chronological or alphabetical?"- Thelegendarybros2
"I mean, there was the time the national guard shot and killed coal miners and their families who were being horribly exploited by coal companies so they were striking."
"See also: the Ludlow massacre."
"And the time they decided to routinely sterilize native American women."
"And the Guatemala syphilis experiments."- DandyWarlocks
"Back in the 50's and 60's, the US military tested several different biological weapons on and unbeknownst to the public."
"They specifically targeted low income and poverty-stricken areas."
'They tested things from chemicals to viruses."
'It wasn't declassified till 10 years ago."
"Why would they declassify it?"
"Freedom of Information Act required them to disclose this."
"For years, so many people were arrested, disappeared and even dismissed as conspiracy theorist through this."
'I can also say that chem trails aren't a thing."
"I work aerospace and the altitude that these planes are flying, wouldn't do anything."
"Planes would be flying much lower like crop dusters in order to make any effect."
"It's literally vapor and exhaust coming from the planes and some stay longer because of the different altitudes, temps and RH that they are flying."- zismahname
Non-Consensual Is An Understatement
"The CIA testing birth control on unsuspecting women in Puerto Rico."- nikolasmaduro
We Have No Idea...
"The things they haven’t been caught for."- Happysunflow3r
Deep Rooted Problems With Immigration...
"Along the lines / same ethics of the Japanese internment camps, but not as well known."- TautNeckSkin
Forgotten Elements Of The Cold War
"The involvement in various Latin American countries during the Cold War was pretty f*cked up."- Playstation_Tea
It Never Ends...
"The government has been trying to take away all privacy."- Shattered_Mind0rigin
Too Many To Name
"The Dred Scott Decision, involvement in the Vietnam War, Agent Orange, and slavery are the most f*cked up that I can think of."- TVStankee
There are certainly numerous advantages to living in the United States, which all of us lucky enough to do so should not take for granted.
Though when we look back at some of the things our country has done, and continues to do, it can be very difficult to be patriotic.
There is little more nerve wracking than the first time someone introduces their partner to their parents.
For everyone involved.
Both halves of the couple worry that the parents will judge their every move, disapprove of the partner's choice of profession, or decide that they aren't good enough for their son or daughter.
Making both the child and significant other wish more than anything that they knew what was going through the heads of the parents.
"Parents of reddit: How do you feel when your kid brings back a girlfriend/boyfriend? How do you decide whether you like them or not?"
If They're Happy, I'm Happy...
"It's not up to me to like them, it's up to her. If she does, then I do."
"I care that my daughter is, safe, happy, motivated, handling her own business."
"Apart from that, I'm just enjoying watching her experience things, and hoping she includes me in some of that."- Mahhrat
It Can Be Just As Nerve Wracking For Them.
"Met my daughter's boyfriend the other day.'
"I must admit I was a bit nervous and I remember very well being 18 and what I was thinking/wanting, but had a word with myself to be welcoming and warm and to treat him as an equal, my daughter's friend, and therefore my friend."
"Anyway, he’s a nice young man so it’s all good."
"But to answer your question I guess if he’s nice I’ll like him if he’s a d*ck I won't."
"Either way as far as my daughter is concerned I’ll like him."- dou8le8u88lewatching you meet the parents GIFGiphy
Just Give It Time
"I come from a middle class Indian immigrant family and my parents were never cool with us kids having boyfriends."
"So when at the age of 25 I brought my boyfriend home, they were a bit hesitant and took a long time to open up to him."
"My mom went all mother-in-law mode and felt she had to keep up appearances."
"If he came over and she was laying on the couch, she would get up and act all formal."
"The first day he met my dad, I asked my dad afterward what he thinks of my boyfriend, his response was 'don't lose him, that's all'."
"Now he comes over and hangs out with them without an ounce of formality."
"They all have little inside jokes with him, my siblings included."
"My parents went car shopping and I didn't get to go so my dad asked if the boyfriend and I would go take a look at the car one day after work."
"They just really wanted him to check it out too, which felt so special to me because they value his opinion and he's part of the family now."
"I never would have imagined that my family would welcome him like this."
"Melts my heart."- annnabear
Parents Have A Way Of Surprising You
"Not a parent, but this was my experience with my mother when I was a teen."
"So, as a teen, my mother pulled me to the side and gave me the 'gay talk'."
"You know, the ''I'll still love you even if you were gay' talk."
"I asked her why she thought I was gay and she said it was because I never bring any girls to the house."
"Guess what I did within the next few days?"
"I brought a girl in the house."
"Guess what my mother did?"
"She kicked her out and gave me a lecture on how inappropriate it was to bring girls to the house."
"Yes, it makes no sense."- Mr-Klausfamily guy no girls allowed GIFGiphy
Young, YOUNG, Love
"My 4yo daughter introduced me to the 5yo neighbor kid as a bf."
"She told me he's really good at running fast and he appreciates snails as much as she does."
'Needless to say, this is a keeper."- LittleMissEmmet
What Does This Even Mean?
"My daughter just started dating."
"She was mortified when I picked them up and asked if everything was Gucci."- raynbowz13
Just Be Polite, And Wait It Out...
"My daughter, 13, wanted me to meet her first 'real' boyfriend."
"I was nice and pleasant, but I knew it wouldn't last cause he was all looks and no brains."
"Of course, as jr high relationships go, it was about a 2 month ordeal."
"I think all parents should try and be cordial, unless the person feels like a serial killer or something."- littlecakebakerAriana Grande Couple GIF by Justin BieberGiphy
It's ingrained in parent's DNA to worry about their children.
And all parents have an idea of how they want their children's lives to turn out.
Hence their immediate trepidation when they bring their first significant other home.
Of course, their trepidation doesn't always come from a place of judgment, but rather a place of sadness.
As the first partner is a bittersweet reminder that their children aren't children anymore.