It probably doesn’t require a great deal of self-reflection to wrap your mind around the idea that America is a really strange place. If you grew up around immigrants or in an even slightly heterogenous community, you’ve probably picked up on some totally American norms people from other parts of the world look at with disgust.
When I was growing up, one of the small things I took for granted, being born and raised here, was the strangeness of meal-accompanying beverages my mother always sought to point out. She mentioned early on how turned off she was by her college roommate’s desire for a Diet Coke with breakfast, and she was equally perplexed by the glass of milk the same woman enjoyed every evening with dinner.
So when people took to reddit to ask people from other countries what they found mind-blogging about American practices, the results did not disappoint. Read on to have your mind blown about our strange cultural practices, and to rethink 14 everyday norms you definitely take for granted.
They don’t see the big deal with drinking in public.
Prices are never what they say they are.
We wear our shoes inside the house.
We eat like crap.
Public bathrooms are too public.
All of our drinks have sugar in them.
Japanese people don’t know what to do with apples.
We’re really loud.
American teenagers hang out too much.
Work culture is really different.
We are bad at sorting our trash.
Learning costs money.
American priorities are weird.