21 Things in the US That Puzzle Most Foreigners

When you live in a country for many years, everything looks ordinary and familiar. But an outsider will always spot some curious quirks in your customs and behaviors that make them think, “What’s going on here?” Life in the US can puzzle newcomers in many ways, from buying foods and magazines in a pharmacy to deep-frying almost anything you can think of.
For example, if you’re not from the US, it may be puzzling to walk into a pharmacy and see aisles and aisles of over-the-counter meds, toys, makeup, clothes, and even groceries! In America, if a restaurant doesn’t offer free refills on fountain drinks, it’s kind of strange. But in other countries, once you buy one beverage, that’s it! And Americans speak so loud compared to other countries. Whether it’s talking on your cell phone or chatting with a friend over lunch, Americans seem to really like projecting their voice.
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Sales tax is a guessing game 0:27
It’s not a party without red Solo cups 1:29
Deep-fried everything! 1:55
Fill ‘er up! 2:52
If you don’t like it, return it! 3:18
Tips for everyone! 3:45
The land of ice-cold drinks 4:48
Looking at dollars is a snooze-fest 5:41
The date-writing conundrum 6:40
Pre-baby baby showers 7:03
Where “How are you?” means “Hello!” 7:23
Bathroom stalls that aren’t so private 7:46
No one uses their “inside voice” 8:14
Hopping into the backseat of a cab 8:55
That classic American smile 9:10
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- When you go shopping in the US and see a price tag says $14.88, don’t expect to pay 14.88 at the register! Sales tax is NOT included in the price of an item!
- A lot of Americans don’t feel the need to take long vacations, so they often let vacation and sick hours pile up without ever using them. Plus, most employers only give you 2 weeks out of the year!
- In the States, this red plastic cup is synonymous with “party on, dude!” But other countries apparently don’t recognize this cup to mean the same thing.
- Whether it’s an ugly sweater from Grandma or a heinous pair of earrings from an ex, if you don’t like it, you can just return it!
- Cab drivers, servers, hairdressers - you gotta tip ‘em! Tips are acceptable for almost any service in the US and sometimes consist of 25% of the bill!
- Speaking of drinks, if it’s not a hot coffee or cocoa, then it’s probably got ice in it. Tea, coffee, lemonade, soda, water - Americans like it on the rocks!
- Americans must have an aversion to being hot! In many parts of Europe, people simply don’t use air conditioning as much as they do in the States.
- So many visitors to the US get really confused by the month-day-year thing because most parts of the world write the day, then the month, and finally the year.
- Walk into any grocery store aisle, and you’ll notice at least 10 different options for cookies, crackers, or cereal.
- When getting into a cab, it’s customary in the States to scoot on into the back seat. But in countries like New Zealand and Australia, riding anywhere but shotgun can be a little rude.
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  • Hey there BrightSiders! Do you like deep-fried food or prefer it boiled?

    • Boiled

      Mr EpicMr EpicHace 3 días
    • I’m aussie and prefers deep fried

      Popkernal_0oPopkernal_0oHace 6 días
    • Deed fried

      Fire WolfFire WolfHace 17 días
    • Me: Toco with ranch and ketchup

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  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="531">8:51</a> I eat grape pills🍇

    Alexander HellerAlexander HellerHace 7 horas
  • Okay the first one already got me shook price tags without VAT???

    Ketcha KarelKetcha KarelHace un día
  • No

    Usha RaoUsha RaoHace un día
  • I love American

    Cbr TytyCbr TytyHace 3 días
  • I in USA and it normal for me

    Sean KaiserSean KaiserHace 4 días
  • Deep fried im from caribbeans by the way

    jaedon brownjaedon brownHace 4 días
  • avoiding eye contact.

    roy garfunkelroy garfunkelHace 4 días
  • canadians also carry coffee around

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  • I LOVE fried Oreos! I’ve also had fried twinkies. But my favorite is fried cheesecake ❤️🤤 I can only wish that tipping was offensive in America ☹️ There shouldn’t be the need to tip! Employees should get paid an actual decent wage.

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    John GreathouseJohn GreathouseHace 6 días
  • I live in the UK and i thought America was similar to Britain but they are actually very different

    Khuzaimah ToyzKhuzaimah ToyzHace 6 días
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    Lucius ReesLucius ReesHace 7 días
  • We have plenty of choice in the UK thank you very much, especially when it comes to crisps (chips). We have myriad flavours, whereas you guys have plain or cheese or...

    Philip WatlingPhilip WatlingHace 8 días
  • Indians do pre-baby baby showers since centuries.

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  • The us is the exact same as Canada

    Donutman5Donutman5Hace 13 días
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="270">4:30</a> why did you leave russia off the map? it looks odd

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    Vincent RochetteVincent RochetteHace 18 días
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  • No.7: Pre baby baby showers It’s not only in America Indians also do celebrate 🎉

    Swapna PawarSwapna PawarHace 18 días
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  • Number two is completely wrong i’m Australian it’s not rude

    Jack BrownJack BrownHace 21 un día
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  • They have different English than Europe

    Anshuman AgrawalAnshuman AgrawalHace 22 días
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="212">3:32</a> normal? I think not nice ughhh

    William RamirezWilliam RamirezHace 24 días
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="269">4:29</a> Russia and Canada don’t exist

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  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="387">6:27</a> I don't think that is totally true.... I'm Greek and it seems to me that people are ok with the «thumps up» thing

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  • They have fans but they barely ever use it

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  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="547">9:07</a> I'm never aware of it, but I often take my Uber to the left of the driver rather than behind especially at night, so the drivers won't feel like I'll jump them. Granted: Females tend to sit at the back so they won't get harassed.

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  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="437">7:17</a> Once they are born, and another after 100 days, because they are the most vulnerable after birth without any immunizations.

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  • This time for America

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    nongthipnongthipHace un mes
  • I can drink a 20 oz. Coffee within 2 minutes

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  • Well looks like u could indians don't meed most of these things . They're normal in india too😇

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