People Break Down Which Practices The United States Needs To Adopt From Other Countries
We can all agree that there is something to appreciate about every country in the world, but there are arguably some countries that appear to have their ducks more consistently and happily in a row than others.
While it would be easy to let pride get in the way and continue to do things the same way, the more productive thing would be to learn from the countries who have figured out a better way to do certain things, whether it's healthcare, food banks, or other services.
Reflecting on the United States, Redditor Blinds**thead asked:
"What is one thing the USA should adopt from some other country?"
Introductions to Alcohol
"Swedish drinking laws. If I remember correctly, you can purchase alcohol below 5% at age 18, and be served liquor in bars (so the bartender can control the amount being served)."
"Seems like a smarter way to introduce kids to alcohol rather than opening the floodgates at 21."
Taxes to Approve
"I've never done them but they seem complicated and stress my parents out, so I just know I'll f**k mine up and end up in stupid jail, lol (laughing out loud)."
"Just send me something to sign, please!"
"A prison system that focuses on rehabilitation instead of punishment. Many countries have been successful with this saving literally billions of dollars and cutting down on crime."
Universal School Lunches
"Universal school lunches. It is embarrassing that we do not have folks cooking lunches for students from scratch and that it is not provided for free to all students."
"Do you want to bring your own lunch? Great, but you can also have the free hot lunch that looks homemade, not pizza squares, canned veggies, a slice of fruit, and 3 oz of milk."
"Kids shouldn't be going into debt for lunch. We're probably wealthy enough that our food waste alone would be sufficient, if captured magically, to feed every kid in the United States three proper meals per day."
"Also walkable cities and above-ground monorail systems."
"Finland has recently ended homelessness by just allowing people to live in small apartments without any preconditions, and four out of five of them make their way back to a stable life."
"It's also cheaper than allowing people to be homeless."
Foster Care Assistance
"It would be nice to also eliminate the fees foster parents pay for general registration, classes, and social services related to fostering or adoption."
"And also eliminate trying to recoup costs by billing parents whose children have been placed in foster care."
Longer Paid Family Leave
"I was SUPER blessed to get 12 weeks fully pay. But that’s not enough time. Putting the emotional aspect aside, I’ve returned to work functioning on four to five hours of sleep a night, and my productivity and cognitive abilities are greatly handicapped."
"My three-month-old son can’t even hold his head up or sit, let alone talk to tell me if anything’s wrong, and he’s placed in the care of someone else from 7:15 am to 5:15 pm. Doesn’t seem healthy for mother or child."
"The fact that our toilets don't have bidets and that at public restrooms the gap between the doors is massive, are both disgusting. Our whole bathroom situation is messed up."
Having a Siesta
"According to Dr. Andrew Huberman, whether you eat lunch or not, everyone requires a rest midday."
Tax Included in the Price
"Man, I had such a hard time with this when I visited America. Maths in my head is not my forte and I’m so used to looking at prices and expecting that to just be the price."
"I don’t get why you wouldn’t just add in the tax to the price. No one wants to do math unnecessarily. I mean, we don’t even tip in Australia so I don’t even need to work that out."
Raising Multilingual Children
"Teaching a foreign language to young students in public schools (ie 5yrs, k-5) when the propensity to learn the language quickly is maximum."
Clean Public Restrooms
"The clean restrooms in Japan were amazing. I never had to clean a toilet seat to put my young kids on it. In the states? Near every time. People here just don’t care about the ‘we’ when it comes to restrooms."
Separate Work and Healthcare
"Decent healthcare that isn't tied to your job. Other countries all over the world have figured out different ways to do this, so why can't we? (I know, corporations own politicians.)"
"I'm not an expert, but I'm guessing it would destabilize a bunch of industries in the near term. But I wonder if long-term, it would create so much new innovation since people would be unafraid to lose their health benefits to leave their stable but s**tty corporate jobs to start new ventures."
Designated Drivers on the Go
"In Japan, there is a service that you can call 24 hours per day that will come with two drivers and one car. One driver drives you and your car home, and the other follows in their car to pick up the driver that took you home with your car. No DUI, etc."
"It's actually really affordable there. No need to get an uber home that night and then an uber back the next day when you are hungover only to find out you have a million parking tickets or your car got towed."
Though there are positives to every country, it would be so cool to see each country be more open-minded about adopting the positives of other countries.
If a country is doing something better than another, the best thing for the citizens would be to take some notes, rather than let their pride do the talking.
People Expose Scams That Far Too Many Folks Fall For Without Realizing
Have you ever been told you can make money fast by selling a product and getting others to help you sell it too? Or gotten a text from a company saying they were impressed by your resume despite the fact that you never applied for a job and have never even heard of the company?
What about the ever-popular emails from a Nigerian prince asking for your information and some money?
All of the above examples are just some of the ever-present scams in today's world that people fall for.
It may seem silly at first: who is still falling for stuff like this? But it's more common than you think!
Redditors know this all too well and are ready to share the scams too many people still fall for.
It all started when Redditor eh17368 asked:
"What is scam that so many fall for without realizing?"
More Like A Donation
"The "add a tip" line at the end of EVERYTHING. No I'm not tipping the electric company, thanks."
"I went to a restaurant last week and the “recommended” 20% tip they put at the end of the receipt was actually more than an actual 20% of the total when I pulled out a calculator to do the math. It’s crazy how brazen tip culture has become."
"Went to a restaurant where you ordered your food when sitting down, but had to go grab it yourself off the counter when it’s ready for you, you had to pour your own drinks and such also, and lastly you out your dishes away in a bin, and they’re labeled by specific dish."
"Nothing wrong with this and I don’t mind it, but then they have that stupid a** “add a tip” sh*t to the bill and I’m like, bro they didn’t do anything worthy of earning a tip from this."
"Worst part too is when the add a tip menu comes up, it’s like some dramatic a** number like 20-25% lol."
"I don't live in a country with a tipping culture and get stressed when I travel anywhere where tipping is a thing. It low key feels like extortion."
"Help Me, Grandma"
"As a teller manager, I've had a few elderly customers who truly think their grandchildren are in jail and need to withdraw $20,000 in cash from their accounts to bail them out."
"Tell them outright to contact their grandchildren in front of me and that they are falling for a scam. Naturally, the youngster replies next."
"Their intentions are good, but before they part with such significant sums, they should consider whether they provided the con artists access to their home addresses."
"My mom got a call like that, she listened to the whole story before saying "but grandson, you're 5? How did this happen?" And the scammer hung up."
"My grandparents got suckered into thinking I was in jail in Canada after going there for a concert with a friend when I was 17."
"They didn’t think at all about how my mom would never let me go to a different country with a friend for a concert in a million years and that I was a complete square anyway. They only called me before sending the money because the teller at Western Union had seen other people get scammed and said they should reach out to me first."
"Sure enough, I got a call from them while I was at an academic decathlon luncheon and had to assure them I was home and in no trouble. Since then, I’ve had a secret magic word with my grandma in case she gets scammed about me and my grandpa passed away years later still certain the scammers had recorded my voice and engineered the story and responses lol"
"My dad got a call that his grandson (my son) was in jail and that my dad needed to send money. My dad told the guy he'd have to call his brother, Richard because Richard is the one with the money. We don't have anyone in the family named Richard."
It's On Sale...Right?
"My local grocery store uses yellow price tags for things that are on sale AND random things that aren't on sale but they're hoping you don't actually look closely and just assume it's a great price because the tag is yellow. I fell for it all the time cause it took me about a year of shopping there to realize it."
"It's amazing what "SPECIAL" and "ON SALE" does to people's brains."
"Often a customer will bring something to the checkout and ask me to check the price."
"Me (scans item): "It's $4.95.""
"Customer (thinks for a moment): "Is that on special?""
"... Does it matter? It's still going to cost $4.95."
"My job is putting the tags up. A lot of them, especially over the last couple years, will disguise a price increase by keeping the item on "sale", but the new sale price is the old regular price."
"My main store has red tags on "locked down" prices then they have orange for "this week only" which sounds like it's also a deal but it's not. I only noticed this after raspberries were on sale the week before for 1.88. The next week they were advertised as 2.88 this week only!. I wonder how many times I've fallen for that."
Tell Me How To Live My Life
"Life coaching/Business coaching etc. I was one for years, and can promise you that 99% of them poorly regurgitate info from each other, with absolutely no experience in the areas outside making money selling courses on things they’ve never done."
"From your typical IG 20yo life coach, to the popular Jay Sh*tty’s. All completely full of sh*t scam artists that are never transparent about how they actually make their money, and post wishy-washy babble on social media that never provides a solution but convinces people low on their luck that they’re the experts."
"There's a few out there who are legit who have huge businesses and done well - but they are the huge names that are transparent- Tony Robbins, Jim Rohn, Gary V, Eric Thomas to name a few from the small few."
"I have a personal anger towards life coaches, which makes me sad because I feel like there could be genuine people out there. But I was scammed by one as a teen. I was very overweight and miserable and found a woman who had lost a lot of weight and was even on the news. I related to her with life experiences. She had a tiny coaching business and charged a few thousand dollars for a course that lasted.. a couple months at most I think? My parents helped pay, hoping their miserable daughter would finally get some help after they had tried so many things."
"She gave me such surface level advice. I was so disappointed. There wasn’t real substance and I felt like I was being fed positive quotes you’d find on a coffee mug at a discount store or something."
"I have also been preyed on by Beachbody coaches more times than I can count. I never accepted their sales. The most recent one was a woman who really impressed me by her massive weight loss and her Instagram page with lots of relatable and helpful content. I became so disinterested as soon as I found out she was a Beachbody coach."
"A lot of coaches are quite young and it’s not that I think young people don’t have something to offer, but being a life coach at that age seems… idk?"
Our Time Now
"Timeshares. How do people still think these are good?"
"Are people still selling these or were there so many people locked into them they don't need new blood?"
"Enter to win this prize! Give us all your information"
"Hey my chances must be pretty high with how many I’ve applied to by now"
What A Steal!
"Black friday sales. Some are great deals but the Big majority just the same price with a fake discount sign"
"I worked at Best Buy years ago. They would just take the sh*tty TVs and put them up front. Those TVs were already cheap, so ppl saw the low price and thought they were getting a good deal. Nope, all you got was a sh*tty TV that was more than likely Best Buy's own brand."
Speaking To Those In The Beyond
"I dont care what youve experienced, its fake"
"Cold reading and psychology are learnable skills people exploit to present themselves as mediums. It’s convincing. And it’s total crap. I feel happy for people who get the closure they’re looking for. I feel badly for people who pour their hard earned money into these scam artists and never get the result they’re after."
"It “helps” or gives closure maybe but its not moral imo."
"If you really have that “gift” youd do it for free"
The Real Price Is Not The Sticker Price
"I just got to do this yesterday. I just bought a new car and the salesman was wonderful. But once in the finance guys office. He does the whole let me explain the standard warranty and then our extra warranty. He gets all done and shows me a paper with the cost of the extra baked into the payment. It raised the price of the car by nearly 20% but he was super smooth about it like it was no big deal just a little more per month. I said no and moved on but definitely a scam."
Make Money Fast
"Multi level marketing schemes, no Karen I don’t want your stick on nails or random sugar shakes"
"But if you can get three friends to sell them for you and each one of them gets 3 friends to sell them, we will all get rich!"
It's Not Me!
"Pretty soon. AI scams."
"We are very quickly entering an age where AI tools are going to allow scammers to essentially full dox you, impersonate you with near 100% accuracy, and target the statistically most vulnerable people you know."
"We are about to enter a really damn dark age. And unless you have already talked with loved ones and have discussed codewords that won't get shared. You will never know for certain that the person on the other line is even human, let alone that person."
"Also going to be really easy for your coworkers to get rid of you by having an AI impersonate you and just quitting."
– Deleted User
That last one's pretty dark...but also completely possible.
People Explain Which Actors Nailed Their Roles So Hard No One Will Ever Live Up To Their Performance
Anyone who loves watching movies or television shows undoubtedly has a favorite actor and film.
Most will also be able to answer a very important question: which performance was so good that it's truly irreplaceable?
A Redditor, who has since deleted their account, asked:
"Which actor or actress nailed their role so well that no one else will be able to live up to their performance?"
That's 'Captain'... Jack Sparrow.
"Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow."
"Especially since, if I remember correctly, Depp himself just up and decided to make Jack Sparrow so... Jack Sparrow. None of that flair was written into the character. Or so I've heard..."
"This is true, and in fact, the director had to defend him from Disney's attempts at studio interference and firing."
1 Actress, 17 Roles
"Tatiana Maslany in 'Orphan Black.'"
"She played 17 different characters and nailed them all."
The Legends of 'Harry Potter'
"Alan Rickman as Severus Snape and Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid. No one will ever bring those characters to life as they could."
"RIP, Alan and Robbie."
The Addams Family
"Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams (1991)… I’ve loved Jenna Ortega since 'You,' but nothing can beat the sheer feral nature of Ricci!!"
"Angelica Huston as Morticia Addams."
"I mean, CZJ did fine, but it’s just no comparison."
"The entire cast of 'Addams Family' is just absolutely pitch perfect:"
"Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester."
"Anjelica Huston as Morticia."
"Raul Julia as Gomez."
"Carel Struycken as Lurch."
"Every Gomez ever will always be put against Raul's. It's nearly impossible to outperform."
"Literally no one else in the world could play Mr. Bean except Rowan Atkinson."
Love You 3000
"Robert Downey Jr. as 'Iron Man.'"
"When your life pretty much, in its own way, parallels the character you’re playing, with the fall from grace, reinvention/rebirth, and then the second act… yeah, I don’t think anyone can ever take the place of RDJ as Stark."
"Also, I had to scroll down waaay too far to find his name."
"Catherine O'Hara as Moira Rose."
"Catherine O'Hara in everything, frankly. She's the best."
The Epitome of the Super Fan
"Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes in 'Misery.'"
"I don't think I've ever not felt a minor shudder whenever that role comes up. That's how good/perfect she was."
The Undeniable Villain
"Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall and Imelda Staunton as Umbridge."
"Anyone else having problems watching 'The Crown' since Imelda Staunton took over? I keep expecting her to torture Princess Diana into saying, 'I must not tell lies...'"
Tim Curry for Everyone!
"Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter."
"Tim Curry as Primeminister Chardenko in Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3."
"You can see him trying to not laugh when he delivers his most memorable line from that game too."
"'I'm going to the one place not touched by Capitalism... SPACE!'"
"Tim Curry in ANY of his roles if we're being honest."
"Even when I was young, I recognized how stand-out he was as Long John Silver in 'Muppet Treasure Island'!"
"An entire Tim Curry thread and no mention of the 90s “It”? He was downright unsettling as Pennywise and was absolutely the best part of that movie."
"Had to scroll wayyyyy too far to see Nigel Thornberry on here, my god."
"Tim Curry is iconic."
Robin Williams in Anything, Everything
"Robin Williams as the genie in 'Aladdin.'"
"Robin Williams in just about every role he ever played."
"Still miss the joy he brings to every movie."
"Make It So."
"Sir Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard."
"Or Charles Xavier, for that matter."
"Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley."
"Smart cat lady no one listens to. Everyone dies because no one listens to the smart lady. She survives with her cat."
"I love her so much in 'Aliens.' She’s so mad and she’s godd**n right to be!"
"Bryan Cranston as Walter White."
"After 'Breaking Bad' ended, Anthony Hopkins sent a message to Bryan Cranston, telling him that his portrayal as Walter White was some of the finest acting he had ever seen in his life."
"Coming from Anthony Hopkins, that is one h**luva compliment."
An Unforgettable 'Cast Away' Performance
"The Wilson volleyball as Wilson."
While there are surely countless performances anyone could name as good, there are only some out there that could be deemed as irreplaceable.
How fortunate we are to live in an era when so many of those performances are available to watch at the same time.
Love isn't forever.
That is a sad truth for many.
But when the relationship ends, let it end.
And then talk about it with everyone.
Give up the drama.
Redditor Specialist-Crazy1466 wanted to hear why and when the love ended, so they asked:
"Why did you and your ex break up?"
I always knew when it was over, but I always held on too long.
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"I took her for granted. She got fed up."
"I'm also a 'She that got fed up with being taken for granted", but I'd forgive him if he offered me an honest apology. Hell, I'd take him back if he really showed me that he cares. What I'm saying is - if she's not in a new relationship and you still love her, you might try and reach out. Life is too short.'"
"She brought a guy home with her one evening and told me I had an hour to pack my s**t and get out. I reminded her that the lease was in my name, not hers."
"Imagine the look of shock when I told her to get out."
"She saw my kindness towards her as a weakness she could exploit. I was very forgiving of her bad habits, and she pushed me to the point where she obviously thought I would let her stay in my apartment if she told me to get out."
"In hindsight, being that forgiving was my fault."
Don't Worry Though
"I found pictures of her doing some other dude in our bed while I was gone for work. 5 years of my life down the drain."
"Don't worry though. Was painful at first but ended up being the best thing that ever happened to me. Got me out of an unhealthy relationship with someone who clearly didn't really love me, and freed me up to meet the real love of my life, who I just proposed to 😁."
"I didn’t have my sh*t together yet and was selfish and unreliable. She thought she deserved better, and back then, she was right. I’ve come a long way since then."
"Huge props to you for being honest and having the self-awareness now to openly admit and accept that. I obviously don't know you but it's not easy for a person to admit that they were the bigger contributor to the relationship ending. You should be proud of your personal growth at the very least."
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"His mom slapped me. I was tired of being abused by the b**ch so I told him he couldn’t keep both of us in his life. He had to choose me or his mother. He chose his pregnant mistress."
Hands off. No touching others.
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"My ex-wife filed for divorce to teach me a lesson, thinking I would try to stop the divorce. She was piping mad when I didn't, though."
A Magical Time
"My ex and I were together for 14 years and it was a magical time. However, once the pandemic hit he took up smoking crystal meth at home while I was away at work all day. He became absolutely addicted, stopped taking his schizophrenia medication, and the psychosis and paranoia took over. Living with him became a horrific nightmare I wouldn't wish on anyone."
"I tried everything to get him to help but he wouldn't budge or acknowledge the depths of his despair. After 5 months of living with this madman who was once my best friend and partner in life, I had to move out and start my life all over from scratch. I still can't believe how quickly it all unraveled. Now he's homeless and living downtown in some bushes in a park."
"3 months of long distance. She gave me a 'summary' of her week via text."
"I spent the first few weeks trying to engage in conversation only to be ignored for another summary."
"I spent the next few months asking if we could just enjoy casual messages that flowed in a natural conversation to mimic how we spoke when we were in the same city."
"After 2 months of not being listened to, I called her up and broke it off. For some reason she was surprised."
I Got Nothing
"I took time off from work to take care of her parents. Her mom died, and it hit her hard. I continued taking care of her dad, but she was so stressed she would go out with her daughters and friends from work to de-stress. After two years of staying at her parents' house 24/7 and right before her dad died, she told me I was a godsend and she wanted a divorce."
"She locked me out of our house and had the attorney she was working with declare I had abandoned it so she could keep everything. Turned out her nights with our daughters and with her friends were actually with her boyfriend. She got the house and the inheritance and a new boyfriend. I got nothing."
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"We lost a child and grieved in very different ways. He went back into active military duty and was gone for 18 months. I developed an addiction to sleeping pills and alcohol."
When he came home, we started divorce proceedings and he returned to the military. I checked in a rehab center and we went our separate ways."
The truth is... when it's over, it's over.
And that is never easy.
It's fun to imagine what happens when worlds collide with the mixing of entertainment genres.
As an example of this, American author Seth Grahame-Smith comes to mind.
He brilliantly wove together two completely contrasting literary worlds together with his novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter–both of which were adapted for the big screen.
So what would happen if Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy was replaced by a completely different type of heroine?
The imagination of strangers went wild when Redditor AgreeableSolid7034 asked:
"Which Disney princess would win the Hunger games and why?"
Some people thought Elsa would be the best candidate, hands down, due to her supernatural powers.
Hard To Choose
"I have 3 potential winners:"
"Elsa on account of having super powers that can be used offensively."
"Mulan on having actual combat training."
"Nala (if you count her) for being a literal lion."
"Elsa can literally create sentient life and freeze everyone on their starting pedestals aoe style....there's no contest here twentieth level elemental wizard wins."
"Ohhh I hadn’t thought of Nala. Technically not in the Disney Princess lineup, and also she’s not a princess. But yes, Nala would be a good contender."
"Not one of the early ones, I’ll tell you that right now."
"Ah, but what if the sounds of the battlefield awaken sleeping Aurora to her true love, the love of Blood drawn in war. She wakes, shatters her glass coffin, and uses the shards of glass as a pair of swords. She hasn't eaten in years, so she doesn't need a lot of food. She jumps full into the fray, slashing and jabbing with her glass swords. Tributes fall to the left and right, as Aurora, goddess of the dawn, destroys them unto their very bloodline. Exterminated."
Some thought unique skills and credentials were more effective than witchcraft.
Take A Bow
"Merida is excellent with a bow. I think she’d have a fighting chance."
Thematically And Practically
"Practically? Elsa. She's literally a magical ice goddess that can flash freeze an entire lake. The only other princess with anything approaching supernatural power is Moana, and her power is over water ."
The Forest Expert
"Thematically, consider Pochahantas and Mulan too! If Elsa didn’t immediately freeze everything in the arena, Pochahantas might survive just from knowing what’s edible and what’s not and being able to track people and avoid being seen!"
So which is it?
"Mulan - trained warrior with excellent survival skills."
Weapon Of Choice
"She defeated the boss Hun with a paper fan. I think she's a safe bet."
Hitting The Bullseye
"Don't discount Merida. The Hunger Games were won by an archer, after all."
"Mulan definitely wound up being the skilled soldier of the bunch and probably best survival skills, but Merida was no stranger to the outdoors herself."
It's A Toss-Up
"I’m also between Merida and Mulan. I think they both have the skill set to win, but when it comes to killing the other princesses, I think Mulan’s death count will give her an edge. Merida hasn’t killed a human before, while Mulan is a war tested soldier with a 10,000 kill count."
I'd put my pound sterling on Merida to epically conquer all.
Our red-headed heroine is skilled with a bow and arrow and she would fiercely take down leaders of the wealthy Capitol city of Panem to end the annual carnage once and for all.