The United States—the land of the free. The home of the brave. And the nation of some very peculiar habits, according to the internet. Other countries in the world are confused by some of the things that Americans do. Like calling tuna “tuna fish” and putting too much cheese on everything. I find it endearing, others find it strange.

Bored Panda has collected some of the best tweets that show how confused foreigners are at what some Americans do. Scroll down and upvote your faves. And be sure to check out our previous post about Europeans who shared what problems are too American for them to grasp.

Culture clashes are nothing new. After all, if every country and culture were the same, there’d be no point in leaving your home, right? (Spoiler warning: due to the coronavirus pandemic, you shouldn’t be leaving your home either way.) Benny Lewis, founder of the Fluent in 3 Months blog, spent 4 years living in the US and has some gripes about the culture. Including how Americans are too politically correct while at the same time they think that everything is “awesome.”

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 year ago

This one does my head in.

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DaVo
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1 year ago

it should be called Handegg!

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 year ago

Pretty much the same in Aus, whilst yes we have other minority parties that you can vote for. The fact is there are so many minor parties with varying ideas and policies that mass amounts of people aren’t going to pick one specific one. So it is unlikely for a minor party to be in power, so to speak. We had a hung parliament a few years ago with a minor and major party and it was a flop. Although I could say the same for about 80% of the people in government. We need to erase the board and start again, especially with people who KNOW and actually understand the every day aussie and not those people that have grown up in privilidged or entitled etc.

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According to Benny from Ireland, Europeans traveling around the US will find a lot of things weird. Like the fact that Americans smile way too much and it’s difficult to know when they mean it and when they’re smiling out of reflex.

Another thing that Benny found very unusual is something a lot of people complain about when they arrive in the US. Yup, you guessed it—tipping! “I really think tipping as a means of waitresses and others earning the vast majority of their living is ridiculous. If I have to pay, say 15% anyway, then include it in the bill! It's not a bloody tip if it's mandatory!” Benny expressed his opinion. Some of us can agree that mandatory tipping is sneaky and that servers should earn a decent wage that isn’t based on tips.

“Why not tip everyone who you interact with in some way—bus drivers, or leave money on your trash can for the garbage man? It's inconsistent, and waiters, hairdressers, and taxi drivers should just charge us what needs to be charged,” Benny writes in his blog.

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

This also goes for strict gun laws. Why do Americans think strict gun laws won't work in their country when it works in literally all other developed countries?

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 year ago

Maybe I have been sheltered but I have never heard someone from the US claim to be half irish. That is including social media, family and acquaintances or the tv and media. Is this really a thing?

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Chernobyl is in Europe, too. :)

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He also has issues with how in some parts of America prices aren’t what they seem because the tax isn’t included to make the cost seem lower than it really is.

Of course, taxing is different in different states, but this doesn’t excuse corporations from printing up different product costs for each state. Or, as Benny puts it, “We have the same product sold across many European countries and somehow someone in the company found the time to punch numbers into a $1 calculator in advance to tell people how much they are actually paying.”

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Sinkvenice
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1 year ago

I'm a 37 year old Brit and I don't understand Celsius, only Fahrenheit. I have no idea why and it infuriates everyone around me :-D

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 year ago

This is normal for me and pretty much everyone else I know. From the top of my head I can only think of 2 people I know personally that don’t wear shoes in their house but other people can.

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

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I guess they wouldn't know that it's fish unless you clearly specify it's fish. Like how a percentage of American adults think chocolate milk comes from brown cows

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But before you start thinking that all Europeans have it out for the US, Benny also mentions some awesome things about Americans. For example, nobody can deny that Americans have an incredible work ethic and how open-minded and diverse most of the country is. It’s a country with plenty of positives, peppered with a whole lot of bizarreness.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 year ago

I am Australian and our recipes vary, some use cups and spoons whilst some use grams and many use a mix of both. I actually find the cups and spoons so much easier.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 year ago

Yeah, I get it. Unfortunately I have caught myself saying it many times. It isn’t intentional as I know the correct way but it’s just habit that I probably learnt from pop culture.

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Marcellus the Third
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1 year ago

Toilet, just like water closed and restroom (and bathroom) are euphemisms to avoid thinking of bodily functions... Much weirder to me is that americans park on their driveway but drive on parkways.

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Carol Lewis
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1 year ago

I don't think that, nor have I ever thought that. I don't know anyone who does. Where did you even come up with that nonsense.

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Guinny
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1 year ago

Yep. Why. And why don't they have free healthcare.

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

Some Americans also love making fun of people who speak English with a foreign accent, when they themselves can only speak one language

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Chewie Baron
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1 year ago

Well to be fair, the British measure things against a London Bus. Which is totally acceptable. Right?

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Scott Lloyd
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1 year ago

This is funny. So when does the new I-RAQ and I-RAN come out.

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Scott Lloyd
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1 year ago

They slept in.

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Bill
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1 year ago

Work tools and supplies. Need 4wd to make it to some jobsites

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Bill
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1 year ago (edited)

Because educators didn't want parents to think E meant "Excellent"

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Chewie Baron
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1 year ago

Don't get me started on how Americans pronounce 'mirror'. They miss out the 'o' and say "mirrrrr". Madness!

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 year ago (edited)

High school was pretty much the worst time in my life. My daughter is going through it now and I wish I could just fast forward her outta there.

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Guinny
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1 year ago

and why do they wear puffed sleeves and batting helmets while playing their football which is actually more like rugby

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Marcellus the Third
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1 year ago

Yeah but then you also have 'drinks halls' in germany with liquor, beer, water, soda... Why? Also you're ignoring the "dry county" thing where within one state many counties may sell absolutely zero alcohol and the next does.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 year ago

I have more of an issue that their cheddar cheese is orange.

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Scott Lloyd
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1 year ago

that is only 360 miles so it is somewhat close.

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Ripley
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1 year ago

I'm always left wondering if they mean Craig or Greg.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 year ago (edited)

Is that like a giant cockroach or beetle on the bottom left hand side?

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Marcellus the Third
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1 year ago

Seinfeld was the exception!... Jokes about the multiple locks on NY apartments etc.

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