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Tuesday, 26 June 2018

37 American Habits That Visitors Find Confusing



What's up with those bathroom stalls?
<p>Even though laughing loudly and <a href="https://www.redbookmag.com/food-recipes/a22711/starbucks-drinks-to-lose-weight/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:grabbing coffee to-go" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">grabbing coffee to-go</a> are both part of most American's everyday lives, to others it's downright strange - and even rude. These are all of the common practices and cultural norms in our society that the rest of the world doesn't share.</p>
Even though laughing loudly and grabbing coffee to-go are both part of most American's everyday lives, to others it's downright strange - and even rude. These are all of the common practices and cultural norms in our society that the rest of the world doesn't share.
<p>Starbucks may be on every block around the globe, but that doesn’t mean people in other countries drink it the same way we do. Most international coffee customs are more about the communal ritual of sharing a cup in a coffee shop with friends, while Americans opt for the less eco-friendly alternative - <a href="https://www.quora.com/Why-do-Americans-walk-around-with-huge-coffee-takeaway-cups-Dont-they-have-coffee-machines-in-the-office-home-Doesnt-the-coffee-get-cold-after-a-while-Who-would-want-to-drink-more-than-a-litre-of-coffee-in-one-go" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:an extra-large paper and plastic to-go cup" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">an extra-large paper and plastic to-go cup</a>.</p>
Drink Coffee On the Go
Starbucks may be on every block around the globe, but that doesn’t mean people in other countries drink it the same way we do. Most international coffee customs are more about the communal ritual of sharing a cup in a coffee shop with friends, while Americans opt for the less eco-friendly alternative - an extra-large paper and plastic to-go cup.
<p>American dollars may be powerful, but they are anything but exciting. The green and black design is fairly boring (<a href="https://www.history.com/news/why-is-american-currency-green" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:but practical" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">but practical</a>) compared to our cultural counterparts that have rainbow-colored bills - some even with metallic accents!</p>
Use a Single-Colored Currency
American dollars may be powerful, but they are anything but exciting. The green and black design is fairly boring (but practical) compared to our cultural counterparts that have rainbow-colored bills - some even with metallic accents!
<p>America has three sizes: large, larger, and largest - from super-sized drinks to indulgent feasts. The country even glorifies restaurants with the biggest food (sundaes, burgers, you name it!), while other parts of the world typically <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/foreigners-share-what-they-cant-believe-about-america-2013-11" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:value quality over quantity" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">value quality over quantity</a>.</p>
Super Size Everything
America has three sizes: large, larger, and largest - from super-sized drinks to indulgent feasts. The country even glorifies restaurants with the biggest food (sundaes, burgers, you name it!), while other parts of the world typically value quality over quantity.
<p>In some foreign cultures that take pride in their cuisine, it's considered uncouth to request condiments to adjust your meal to taste. Requesting a bottle of ketchup or salt that isn't already on the table will get you some major side-eye from your server. If you're worried about committing a faux pas while eating out, it's not a bad idea to brush up on foreign <a href="https://www.themuse.com/advice/business-dinner-abroad-a-crash-course-in-european-dining-etiquette" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:dining etiquette" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">dining etiquette</a> before traveling abroad. </p>
Customize Restaurant Orders
In some foreign cultures that take pride in their cuisine, it's considered uncouth to request condiments to adjust your meal to taste. Requesting a bottle of ketchup or salt that isn't already on the table will get you some major side-eye from your server. If you're worried about committing a faux pas while eating out, it's not a bad idea to brush up on foreign dining etiquette before traveling abroad.
Asking for a doggy bag at the end of the meal is just as gauche as asking for ketchup. It might seem terrible to let food go to waste, but many European eateries turn their nose up at the idea of taking food to go - in their view, it's a health hazard that could potentially lead to food poisoning. Despite the local attitude, France attempted to cut down on food waste by making it <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/12079039/Doggy-bag-law-introduced-in-France.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:illegal" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">illegal</a> for restaurants to deny doggy bags if they're requested.
Request Doggie Bags
Asking for a doggy bag at the end of the meal is just as gauche as asking for ketchup. It might seem terrible to let food go to waste, but many European eateries turn their nose up at the idea of taking food to go - in their view, it's a health hazard that could potentially lead to food poisoning. Despite the local attitude, France attempted to cut down on food waste by making it illegal for restaurants to deny doggy bags if they're requested.
Putting ice in everything is mostly just a U.S. thing. Many foreign countries write ice off as something that waters down your drink, in addition to having questionable origins. A Smithsonian writer <a href="https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-dont-other-countries-use-ice-cubes-50361097/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:posits" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">posits</a> that it isn't so much of a foreign distaste for ice as it is more of just an American obsession with it.
Require a Ton of Ice
Putting ice in everything is mostly just a U.S. thing. Many foreign countries write ice off as something that waters down your drink, in addition to having questionable origins. A Smithsonian writer posits that it isn't so much of a foreign distaste for ice as it is more of just an American obsession with it.
There's even an emoji for it, but the affirming gesture of giving of a thumbs up is not <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com/gayle-cotton/cross-cultural-gestures_b_3437653.html)" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:universal" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">universal</a>. It is actually akin to raising your middle finger in places like Australia, Greece, and the Middle East. It's probably best to just use your words - especially in business transactions.
Give a Thumbs Up
There's even an emoji for it, but the affirming gesture of giving of a thumbs up is not universal. It is actually akin to raising your middle finger in places like Australia, Greece, and the Middle East. It's probably best to just use your words - especially in business transactions.
Foreigners who come to the U.S. for a little retail therapy are usually warned that prices are not what they seem. In other countries, the taxes are reflected in the price of the item you are purchasing. The idea of sales tax that gets applied upon checkout is <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g191-c1484/United-States:Sales.Tax.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:not the norm" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">not the norm</a>.
Pay Sales Tax
Foreigners who come to the U.S. for a little retail therapy are usually warned that prices are not what they seem. In other countries, the taxes are reflected in the price of the item you are purchasing. The idea of sales tax that gets applied upon checkout is not the norm.
Every October, our baseball teams compete in the World Series championship. We call it the World Series, but we're the only country that participates aside from a single Canadian team. The fact that we call our team the best in the world in a competition that doesn't operate internationally is baffling to foreigners. So why is it called that? According to <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4675711" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:NPR" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">NPR</a>, it may have started as just a marketing ploy.
Hold a World Series
Every October, our baseball teams compete in the World Series championship. We call it the World Series, but we're the only country that participates aside from a single Canadian team. The fact that we call our team the best in the world in a competition that doesn't operate internationally is baffling to foreigners. So why is it called that? According to NPR, it may have started as just a marketing ploy.
Sometimes it seems like we forget that the U.S. is not the only America in the world. It is actually considered politically incorrect in South America to call the U.S. just America. In fact, there is a whole <a href="http://www.usaisnotamerica.com/index.php" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:website" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">website</a> dedicated to explaining the common mistake.
Refer to Ourselves Simply as America
Sometimes it seems like we forget that the U.S. is not the only America in the world. It is actually considered politically incorrect in South America to call the U.S. just America. In fact, there is a whole website dedicated to explaining the common mistake.
Speaking of U.S. obsessions, our fascination with pumpkins has also been called into question. The rest of the world just sees them as another member of the squash family, but we've come to expect pumpkin-flavored everything once fall hits. The nation's pumpkin pandemonium may never reach the same level outside of the U.S., but <a href="https://www.thelocal.de/20161012/germanys-love-affair-with-the-pumpkin" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:some places" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">some places</a> are starting to come around.
Consume All Things Pumpkin
Speaking of U.S. obsessions, our fascination with pumpkins has also been called into question. The rest of the world just sees them as another member of the squash family, but we've come to expect pumpkin-flavored everything once fall hits. The nation's pumpkin pandemonium may never reach the same level outside of the U.S., but some places are starting to come around.
We're living in the age of 3D printing and yet our paper money all looks similar. Our bills have remained the same green color and standard size <a href="https://gizmodo.com/an-illustrated-history-of-american-money-design-1743743361" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:since 1929" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">since 1929</a>. Similarly, our habit of walking around <a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/5-weird-things-i-found-out-about-corporate-america-in-my-first-24-hours-2017-07-28" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:cashless" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">cashless</a> and opting to pay with plastic is equally as puzzling to our foreign friends.
Using Identical-Looking Bills
We're living in the age of 3D printing and yet our paper money all looks similar. Our bills have remained the same green color and standard size since 1929. Similarly, our habit of walking around cashless and opting to pay with plastic is equally as puzzling to our foreign friends.
The U.S. always has to be different, even when it comes to something as simple as writing the date. Here it's typically written as "MM-DD-YY" but most other places write it as "DD-MM-YY". Our reason for doing so remains a mystery but <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2013/dec/16/why-do-americans-write-the-month-before-the-day" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Guardian" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Guardian</a> has some theories.
Write the Date Out of Order
The U.S. always has to be different, even when it comes to something as simple as writing the date. Here it's typically written as "MM-DD-YY" but most other places write it as "DD-MM-YY". Our reason for doing so remains a mystery but The Guardian has some theories.
We've got major baby fever in the U.S., from the initial pregnancy announcement until the birth. To us, baby showers seem commonplace, but they're not really a <a href="http://www.europeanmama.com/baby-shower-even-youre-american/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:tradition" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">tradition</a> in other parts of the world. Some even consider it bad luck to celebrate a baby before they're born. And while we're on the subject of celebrating ...
Hold Baby Showers
We've got major baby fever in the U.S., from the initial pregnancy announcement until the birth. To us, baby showers seem commonplace, but they're not really a tradition in other parts of the world. Some even consider it bad luck to celebrate a baby before they're born. And while we're on the subject of celebrating ...
It's always lovely to receive a gift. Although it may seem polite to open a present in front of the giver in order to thank them personally, it doesn't work that way everywhere. In some <a href="https://chinachange.org/2011/12/28/the-art-of-giving-and-receiving-gifts-in-china/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Asian cultures" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Asian cultures</a>, it is considered rude to open gifts immediately after receiving them; you may actually be seen as greedy for doing so.
Open Gifts in Front of the Giver
It's always lovely to receive a gift. Although it may seem polite to open a present in front of the giver in order to thank them personally, it doesn't work that way everywhere. In some Asian cultures, it is considered rude to open gifts immediately after receiving them; you may actually be seen as greedy for doing so.
This one isn't so much of a weird custom as it is just a funny cultural association. The idea of going to a party and drinking out of red solo cups is viewed by the rest of the world as a very American thing to do. This has a lot to do with Hollywood consistently using them in party scenes. The cups are a staple at <a href="http://souvenirfinder.com/2014/03/21/red-solo-cups-beer-pong-souvenir-american-party-cups/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:America-themed" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">America-themed</a> parties thrown around the world.
Party With Red Solo Cups
This one isn't so much of a weird custom as it is just a funny cultural association. The idea of going to a party and drinking out of red solo cups is viewed by the rest of the world as a very American thing to do. This has a lot to do with Hollywood consistently using them in party scenes. The cups are a staple at America-themed parties thrown around the world.
We love our personal space here in the U.S. Invasion of that space in a social situation (especially with a stranger) makes Americans uncomfortable and is sometimes seen as unnecessarily aggressive (remember that <em>Seinfeld</em> episode?). Foreign travel blogs <a href="http://www.internationalstudentguidetotheusa.com/articles/understanding-american-culture.htm" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:advise" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">advise</a> that it's best to give Americans space during conversation, and note that even minimal physical contact is a bit too intimate for most.
Require Personal Space
We love our personal space here in the U.S. Invasion of that space in a social situation (especially with a stranger) makes Americans uncomfortable and is sometimes seen as unnecessarily aggressive (remember that Seinfeld episode?). Foreign travel blogs advisethat it's best to give Americans space during conversation, and note that even minimal physical contact is a bit too intimate for most.
Restaurant-goers outside the U.S. rarely worry about leaving tips for waitstaff. Sounds unfair, until you realize that service industry employees abroad tend to earn higher hourly wages than their American counterparts, whose pay structure is built around gratuity. As one TripAdvisor article <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g191-s606/United-States:Tipping.And.Etiquette.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:noted" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">noted</a>, "[Those] who provide service are often dependent on tip income and generally are grateful for any tips received, especially when prompt and exceptional service has been provided."
Tip (Almost) Everyone
Restaurant-goers outside the U.S. rarely worry about leaving tips for waitstaff. Sounds unfair, until you realize that service industry employees abroad tend to earn higher hourly wages than their American counterparts, whose pay structure is built around gratuity. As one TripAdvisor article noted, "[Those] who provide service are often dependent on tip income and generally are grateful for any tips received, especially when prompt and exceptional service has been provided."
In addition to being one of just a handful of countries that prohibit alcohol consumption for anyone under 21, some places across the U.S. still abide by Prohibition-era laws restricting the sale of beer, wine, and liquor. In Indiana, for example, liquor stores still aren't <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/news/ct-ptb-liquor-sunday-sales-st-0131-20160131-story.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:allowed to sell alcohol" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">allowed to sell alcohol</a> on Sundays, and Kansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi are "dry states by default," meaning municipalities have to "opt in" <a href="http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/mapping-places-in-america-where-prohibition-never-ended" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:if they want to sell booze" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">if they want to sell booze</a>.
Follow Strict Alcohol Laws
In addition to being one of just a handful of countries that prohibit alcohol consumption for anyone under 21, some places across the U.S. still abide by Prohibition-era laws restricting the sale of beer, wine, and liquor. In Indiana, for example, liquor stores still aren't allowed to sell alcohol on Sundays, and Kansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi are "dry states by default," meaning municipalities have to "opt in" if they want to sell booze.
Americans' penchant for small talk can be off-putting to people who didn't grow up talking about the weather. Especially perplexing? The fact that "How are you?" <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/20/opinion/the-how-are-you-culture-clash.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:isn't actually an invitation" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">isn't actually an invitation</a> to open up. <strong>RELATED: </strong><span><strong>8 Secrets America's First Ladies Never Wanted You to Know</strong></span>
Chat Up Strangers
Americans' penchant for small talk can be off-putting to people who didn't grow up talking about the weather. Especially perplexing? The fact that "How are you?" isn't actually an invitation to open up. RELATED: 8 Secrets America's First Ladies Never Wanted You to Know
"Americans generally do not discuss how much money they make or how much they paid for certain high-end items," another <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g191-c3541/United-States:Customs.Habits.And.Etiquette.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:TripAdvisor article" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">TripAdvisor article</a> cautioned. "It is considered very rude and is even more uncomfortable to discuss."
Refuse to Discuss Finances
"Americans generally do not discuss how much money they make or how much they paid for certain high-end items," another TripAdvisor article cautioned. "It is considered very rude and is even more uncomfortable to discuss."
In a country where Speedos never stood a chance, it's no surprise that nude sunbathing is especially frowned upon. "[It] should definitely be noted that nude bathing, and even changing clothes on the beach, can be construed as indecent exposure and therefore may cause problems," the German government told its citizens in <a href="http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/DE/Laenderinformationen/00-SiHi/Nodes/UsaVereinigteStaatenSicherheit_node.html#doc335722bodyText2" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:official travel warnings" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">official travel warnings</a> for the U.S.
Cover Up
In a country where Speedos never stood a chance, it's no surprise that nude sunbathing is especially frowned upon. "[It] should definitely be noted that nude bathing, and even changing clothes on the beach, can be construed as indecent exposure and therefore may cause problems," the German government told its citizens in official travel warnings for the U.S.
The Japanese think it's <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/american-customs-that-are-offensive-abroad-2015-8" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:rude to show one's teeth" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">rude to show one's teeth</a>, which is why they aren't fond of Americans' tendency to let out hearty, open-mouthed guffaws. <strong>RELATED: </strong><span><strong>10 of the Most Phenomenal Travel Photos You'll See All Year</strong></span>
Laugh Out Loud
The Japanese think it's rude to show one's teeth, which is why they aren't fond of Americans' tendency to let out hearty, open-mouthed guffaws. RELATED: 10 of the Most Phenomenal Travel Photos You'll See All Year
<a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/05/why-americans-smile-so-much/524967/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Some experts think" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Some experts think</a> that the reason Americans are just so darn <em>nice</em> is because, as a nation of immigrants, Americans had to find ways to transcend language barriers. Hence, the tendency to smile at strangers, which just isn't something non-Americans are used to.
Smile - A Lot
Some experts think that the reason Americans are just so darn nice is because, as a nation of immigrants, Americans had to find ways to transcend language barriers. Hence, the tendency to smile at strangers, which just isn't something non-Americans are used to.
<p>This is an obvious one, and, yet, it's still a constant source of bewilderment for most of the world. Instead of following the metric system, America is one of just three countries to follow the imperial system of measurement. (The others are <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5786004/these-are-the-three-countries-who-dont-use-the-metric-system" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Liberia and Myanmar" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Liberia and Myanmar</a>.)</p>
Measure in Miles, Feet, and Inches
This is an obvious one, and, yet, it's still a constant source of bewilderment for most of the world. Instead of following the metric system, America is one of just three countries to follow the imperial system of measurement. (The others are Liberia and Myanmar.)
<p>Visitors to the U.S. are often blown away by the size of American meals. Researchers<a href="http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20030822/french-secrets-to-staying-slim" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:compared the size" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">compared the size</a> of certain snacks in Philadelphia to their Parisian counterparts and found that the U.S. candy bars were an average of 41% bigger, sodas were 52% bigger, and yogurt servings were 82% bigger. What's more, studies show that people <a href="https://www.pri.org/stories/2011-11-24/american-immigrants-quickly-learn-how-gain-weight" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:often gain weight" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">often gain weight</a> after immigrating to the U.S.<br><br><strong>RELATED: </strong><span><strong>20 of the Most Charming Beach Towns Across America</strong></span><br></p>
Eat It All
Visitors to the U.S. are often blown away by the size of American meals. Researcherscompared the size of certain snacks in Philadelphia to their Parisian counterparts and found that the U.S. candy bars were an average of 41% bigger, sodas were 52% bigger, and yogurt servings were 82% bigger. What's more, studies show that people often gain weight after immigrating to the U.S.

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<p>The only eateries outside of the U.S. that offer free refills on soft drinks and coffee are (usually) American fast food chains. But as those fast food brands extend their reach internationally, free refills are spreading - and not everyone is happy about it. Earlier this year, France <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38767941" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:banned" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">banned</a> the sale of unlimited-refill soda in an effort to curb rising obesity rates.</p>
Expect Free Refills
The only eateries outside of the U.S. that offer free refills on soft drinks and coffee are (usually) American fast food chains. But as those fast food brands extend their reach internationally, free refills are spreading - and not everyone is happy about it. Earlier this year, France banned the sale of unlimited-refill soda in an effort to curb rising obesity rates.
<p>Americans "can't have just one thing," one U.K. resident <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1nppqc/nonamericans_who_have_been_to_the_us_what_is_the/?sort=top" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:wrote on Reddit" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">wrote on Reddit</a>. "It has to come in blueberry, vanilla, diet, low fat, low sodium, big, small, round, and GRAPE, everything is grape flavoured [<em>sic</em>]. Nothing is grape flavoured in the UK."</p>
Insist on Variety
Americans "can't have just one thing," one U.K. resident wrote on Reddit. "It has to come in blueberry, vanilla, diet, low fat, low sodium, big, small, round, and GRAPE, everything is grape flavoured [sic]. Nothing is grape flavoured in the UK."
<p>Europeans in particular balk at the <a href="http://time.com/money/4543839/college-costs-record-2016/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:cost of college" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">cost of college</a> in the U.S., which in 2016 was nearly $25,000 a year for public, in-state colleges and almost $50,000 a year for private universities. Meanwhile, students in countries like France and Germany can attend college <a href="http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/a33473/things-only-americans-do/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:for free" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">for free</a>.</p>
Go Into Debt for a Degree
Europeans in particular balk at the cost of college in the U.S., which in 2016 was nearly $25,000 a year for public, in-state colleges and almost $50,000 a year for private universities. Meanwhile, students in countries like France and Germany can attend college for free.
<p>It's weird enough that American football has almost nothing in common with the sport the rest of the world knows as football. But the culture surrounding both pro- and college-level American football is especially confusing to non-Americans. (See: <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskAnAmerican/comments/52pyqf/have_you_been_to_a_tailgate_party/#bottom-comments" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:This Reddit forum" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">This Reddit forum</a>, in which Americans explain what tailgating entails to a bewildered Brit.)</p><p><strong>RELATED: </strong><span><strong>An Agoraphobic Woman "Travels" the World Using Google Street View</strong></span><br></p>
Tailgate
It's weird enough that American football has almost nothing in common with the sport the rest of the world knows as football. But the culture surrounding both pro- and college-level American football is especially confusing to non-Americans. (See: This Reddit forum, in which Americans explain what tailgating entails to a bewildered Brit.)
<p>The U.S.'s take on Halloween has only recently begun to catch on in other countries. Although some find it bizarre - and point to it as another example of Americans' tendency to commercialize everything - others are envious. "I moved to the U.S. from Poland when I was 26," one Reddit user <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1nppqc/nonamericans_who_have_been_to_the_us_what_is_the/ccl4hzq/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:wrote" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">wrote</a>. "When [my] first Halloween came and my friends explained to me that I am way too old to go trick-or-treating, it almost broke my heart."</p>
Trick or Treat
The U.S.'s take on Halloween has only recently begun to catch on in other countries. Although some find it bizarre - and point to it as another example of Americans' tendency to commercialize everything - others are envious. "I moved to the U.S. from Poland when I was 26," one Reddit user wrote. "When [my] first Halloween came and my friends explained to me that I am way too old to go trick-or-treating, it almost broke my heart."
<p>Prescription drug ads are a head-scratcher to the rest of the world, where direct-to-consumer ads for medications are <a href="http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/87/8/09-040809/en/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:largely illegal" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">largely illegal</a>. Also strange to non-Americans: commercials for lawyers. One visitor to America <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1nppqc/nonamericans_who_have_been_to_the_us_what_is_the/?sort=top" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:wrote on Reddit" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">wrote on Reddit</a> that there were "lawyer adverts everywhere. Proper Saul Goodman style law adverts. The rented villa we stayed in had at least 4 fridge magnets advertising lawyers, brochures for more lawyers lay around the villa, [and] adverts on TV [constantly] with more lawyers."</p><p><strong>RELATED: </strong><span><strong>8 Best Cheap Places to Live Around the World</strong></span><br></p>
Advertise Everything
Prescription drug ads are a head-scratcher to the rest of the world, where direct-to-consumer ads for medications are largely illegal. Also strange to non-Americans: commercials for lawyers. One visitor to America wrote on Reddit that there were "lawyer adverts everywhere. Proper Saul Goodman style law adverts. The rented villa we stayed in had at least 4 fridge magnets advertising lawyers, brochures for more lawyers lay around the villa, [and] adverts on TV [constantly] with more lawyers."
<p>Hail a cab in any U.S. city and the driver will likely look at you funny if you try to climb in the front with them. But in places like Australia and New Zealand, opting for the backseat is considered <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/american-customs-that-are-offensive-abroad-2015-8" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:rude and elitist" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">rude and elitist</a>.</p>
Sit in the Backseat
Hail a cab in any U.S. city and the driver will likely look at you funny if you try to climb in the front with them. But in places like Australia and New Zealand, opting for the backseat is considered rude and elitist.
<p>Visitors to the U.S. really, really, <em>really</em> don't appreciate American-style bathroom stalls. Several online <a href="https://www.quora.com/Why-are-the-public-restroom-stalls-in-America-built-with-huge-cracks-between-the-door-pieces-of-wall-that-people-can-see-right-through" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:forums" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">forums</a> have been devoted to the mystery of why there's so much space underneath and around stall doors.</p>
Show Too Much in Public Restrooms
Visitors to the U.S. really, really, reallydon't appreciate American-style bathroom stalls. Several online forums have been devoted to the mystery of why there's so much space underneath and around stall doors.
<p>According to a 2013 <a href="http://cepr.net/documents/publications/no-vacation-update-2013-05.pdf" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:report" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">report</a> by the Center for Economic Policy and Research, almost 1 in 4 American workers don't have any guaranteed paid leave, and those that do only get an average of 21 days. "The U.S. is the only advanced economy in the world that does not guarantee its workers paid vacation," the authors wrote. Compare that to some European countries, like Spain and Germany, where employers are required to offer workers about a month of paid vacation days per year.</p><p><strong>RELATED: </strong><span><strong>I Can Afford to Travel the World Because My Clothes Are All Under $15</strong></span><br></p>
Work All the Time
According to a 2013 report by the Center for Economic Policy and Research, almost 1 in 4 American workers don't have any guaranteed paid leave, and those that do only get an average of 21 days. "The U.S. is the only advanced economy in the world that does not guarantee its workers paid vacation," the authors wrote. Compare that to some European countries, like Spain and Germany, where employers are required to offer workers about a month of paid vacation days per year.
<p>Articles about business etiquette in America frequently reference how informal workplaces in the U.S. are - particularly when it comes to interactions with bosses. "In a discussion with Americans, when they say, 'I wonder if this is really the best solution?' they mean 'no,'" one German website <a href="https://usaerklaert.wordpress.com/2006/09/18/warum-amerikaner-briten-kanadier-nicht-sagen-was-sie-meinen/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:warned" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">warned</a>. "If they say 'I'm wondering if we might need more time,' they mean 'no' ... Americans get confused (or just plain mad) if a German boss answers statements with 'No,' 'That's good,' [or] 'Just go ahead.'"</p>
Avoid Harsh Critiques
Articles about business etiquette in America frequently reference how informal workplaces in the U.S. are - particularly when it comes to interactions with bosses. "In a discussion with Americans, when they say, 'I wonder if this is really the best solution?' they mean 'no,'" one German website warned. "If they say 'I'm wondering if we might need more time,' they mean 'no' ... Americans get confused (or just plain mad) if a German boss answers statements with 'No,' 'That's good,' [or] 'Just go ahead.'"
<p>"Americans and Russians say different things when faced with the same situation," one Russian website <a href="http://www.yescompany.ru/news/document99294/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:explained" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">explained</a>. "Seeing the man who has fallen in the street, an American asks, 'Are you all right?' Russians will inquire, 'Are you ill?' ... Where we 'aren't sick,' they 'stay well.'" And one <a href="http://www.ryokojoho.jp/usa/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Japanese guide" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Japanese guide</a> to American culture noted that "In America, you can make mistakes, fail, and it doesn't matter. It is a fundamental feeling that to sometimes be incorrect is natural ... rather than thinking about mistakes and failures, American's [<em>sic</em>] have curiosity and say, 'Let's try anyway!'"</p>
Stay Fundamentally Optimistic
"Americans and Russians say different things when faced with the same situation," one Russian website explained. "Seeing the man who has fallen in the street, an American asks, 'Are you all right?' Russians will inquire, 'Are you ill?' ... Where we 'aren't sick,' they 'stay well.'" And one Japanese guide to American culture noted that "In America, you can make mistakes, fail, and it doesn't matter. It is a fundamental feeling that to sometimes be incorrect is natural ... rather than thinking about mistakes and failures, American's [sic] have curiosity and say, 'Let's try anyway!'"

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