People Debate What the USA Would Taste Like If The Country Had A Flavor
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When you go to the food court in any of the fast-disappearing malls across America, you may find cuisine from many parts of the world.


Italy is epitomized by its delicious food staples, pizza, and pasta. Let's head to Sbarro's.

Craving Chinese food? Panda Express and other similar knock-offs using stereotypical names have got you covered.

But what is the taste of America? Is any food, distinctly American? Even hot dogs are a cultural import from Germany, as are hamburgers.

Maybe those tailgate party staples are distinctly American after they've been popularized in the heartland.

Expanding on the notion of the flavor of America, Redditor SalmonSoup15 asked:

"If American was a flavor, what would it taste like?"

Likening the flavor of America to condiments was the first thing that came to Reddtors' minds.

The Very Definition

"It IS a flavor: it’s how ranch gets named in some European countries."

– ToBePacific

"I was in the Caribbean when I found out Cool Ranch Doritos are called Cool American in some countries."

– BeTooLive

What's In It?

"Ranch dressing is an American salad dressing usually made from buttermilk, salt, garlic, onion, mustard, herbs, and spices mixed into a sauce based on mayonnaise or another oil emulsion. Sour cream and yogurt are sometimes used in addition to, or as a substitute for, buttermilk and mayonnaise. The dried version on chips is delicious."

– BreakfastTequila

The German Interpretation

"In Germany, American dressing is Thousand islands."

– BonScoppinger

Effect On Buffalo

"Buffalo is appalled to learn this."

"Edit: This comment was about blue cheese vs ranch. Go search "ranch" on any buffalo-related subreddit (r/buffalo, r/buffalobills)."

– fatloui

Let's Not Forget...

"BBQ"

–Senator_Chickpea

"With beer, whiskey and cigars!! Murica!"

– IrishWhiskey556

What U.S. teenagers haven't participated in this atrocious soda trend?

The Everything Elixir

"You know when you used to mix every drink at the soda machine as a kid?"

"Like that."

– juspassinby12

Washingtonians Call It:

"WA state here."

"We called them 'Graveyards.'"

– anon

It Does Sound Toxic

"We called them 'suicides'"

"Edit: love hearing all the different names. I wonder if it's a geography/generational thing? I grew up in the Midwest in the 80s."

– greenvillain

Candy You Can Drink

"We called it skittles soda."

– suckmytoes27

The taste of America wasn't necessarily thought of as anything that would be beneficial to our health.

The Ingredients Found In All American Junk Food

"Partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, milk solids, ascorbic acid, xanthum gum, red dye #5, MSG, marshmallow fluff, and hollow point bullets."

– GlitchyMcGlitchFace

Vegetable Oil Jacuzzi

"Deep fried."

– billybobjimmyjoe

"That deep fried bar and grill taste. Where it's good dipped in ranch, but after a basket of any deep fried food... it just tastes and feels heavy. Like way too much of whatever it is."

– zXster

Interestingly, having grown up in Los Angeles–where authentic Mexican food was in abundance–I associate the flavor of America with chili con carne in chili colorado sauce.

Additionally because of my Japanese heritage, I also associate teriyaki sauce–which my dad marinated chicken skewers in for our backyard BBQs–with 'Murica.

My American flavors are a kaleidoscopic mish-mash of different cultures. Because aren't we supposed to be a melting pot anyway? Or so I've thought.

All of us have something that we tend to "geek out" over.

This could be a book, television show, actor, singer or sports team.

But some shows or celebrities have a considerably wider fanbase than others, as evidenced by the terms "Trekkies" or "Beliebers".

Some times, members of these fan bases are so passionate, that they often come off as obnoxious or aggressive, possibly even hurting the reputation of the people or product they go wild over.

Redditor vejack was curious to learn which fan bases the Reddit community tends to find the most off putting, leading them to ask:

"Which is the most toxic community/fan base that you know?"
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People Share The Most Nostalgic Things From Their Childhood
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Oh to be a child again.

There are very few people who don't have a memory that runs through their thoughts every so often, which makes them reminisce about their childhood.

Be it staying up way past your bedtime in a blanket tent to watch a scary movie for the first time, or waking up at Christmas hoping that Santa didn't forget the Power Ranger action figure that you can never find in stores.

It's hard not to look back and smile at the good old days every now and then.

Redditor agentMICHAELscarnTLM was curious to hear what memories instantly sent the Reddit community back on a nostalgia trip, leading them to ask:

"What’s something you can bring up right now to unlock some childhood nostalgia for the rest of us?"

How high could you go?

"That feeling when you are going as high as you can go on the swings."

"Power?"

"Freedom? "

"Hard to describe."- zazzlekdazzle

"What's your function...?"

"Conjunction Junction."- HarlanCulpepper

Before there was facebook.

"That sound of a door opening and shutting on AIM when your friend logs on."- Consistent-Candy6277

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Snow Day!!!

"Getting up in the morning on a day it snowed to watch the list of closed schools across the bottom of the news/weather channel hoping your school was closed."- cmokelley213

Does anyone still have a VCR?

"When you'd watch a VHS and it would say 'and now your feature presentation'."- Mickthemouse

A gift bag perennial

"Chinese finger traps."- JbunnyThumper

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Incentive to avoid mistakes.

"An eraser that looks and smells like a very fake strawberry."- zazzlekdazzle

Just don't push too much...

"Flintstones push pop ice creams."- Reveries25

Sleep in? Pffft!

"Waking up super early on Saturday morning before the rest of the family to watch cartoons."- helltothenoyo

"Mom, I think I have the flu..."

"Watching the Price Is Right when you were sick at home."- mayhemy11·

It goes without saying that there are numerous things about being a child that no one misses.

But oh, the things we wish we could do once more.

Then again, are we ever too old for swings?

There are several inconveniences which come with an illness or injury.

Being bedridden at home, missing work, having to cancel plans which were long in the making.

But the worst thing which often comes hand in hand with illness or injury, is physical pain.

While some pains can be taken care of with an ibuprofen or other medicines, others are so unbearable that almost nothing can ease it.

Redditor Dassag-Kababi-07 was curious to learn of the worst pain members of the Reddit community had to endure, leading them to ask:

"Users for Reddit, What is the most physical pain you have experienced? And how did it happen?"
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People Explain Which Harmless Things They Were Terrified Of As A Kid
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I have a friend who is terrified of moths.

She's an adult, but the fear has been there since she was a child. Interestingly, as is the case with many phobias, she is fully aware that moths are pretty much harmless. Especially to her as a fully grown adult human.

Still - she has that involuntary panic reaction every time she sees one and finds herself regularly screaming and sobbing her way through "moth season" (she means Spring.)

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