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20 Things Americans Do That Totally Baffle The Rest Of The World


Most people around the world look at America as being “the land of opportunity.” People who emigrate here do so looking for the American Dream. There are things about the U.S. that people find to be very strange. Here are 20 things Americans do that totally baffle the rest of the world.

Super Casual

American tourists dress much more casually than people in the rest of the world. They wear t-shirts and khakis everywhere they go. Compared to the way that tourists in other parts of the world dress, Americans are super casual.

Unites Of Measurement

People around the U.S. use the imperial measurement system. Inches, feet, yards, etc. are believed to be complicated. Also, in the U.S., the freezing temperature should be 0 rather than 32 degrees.

On the Rocks

In the U.S., people serve their beverages on the rocks. Whether it is an alcoholic beverage or a soda from a local restaurant, Americans use ice. We don’t seem to mind that the ice makes drinks uncomfortable to sip or that it waters down the drink quickly.

Hot Coffee On the Run

Americans order their piping hot coffee and drink it on the way to work. In other countries, they take their time to drink their coffee at home or at their desk.

Bathroom Breaks

Compared to many Western nations, the public restrooms in the U.S. are filthy. The sizes of the stalls are also very large. Americans like their privacy.


Everyone has pride for their country; but not like in the United States. In the U.S., there are flags just about everywhere you look. Also, Americans are always talking about freedom and military troops.


In just about every place around the world, prices end in .99. For example, something will cost $20.99. In the United States; however, sales tax isn’t included. Therefore, the final cost at the register will be more than $20.99.

Hard Workers

Americans work really hard. We work longer days and have less vacation time. Also, depending on your job, you may need to answer calls or emails after hours.

Loaded Pharmacies

In most places around the world, pharmacies sell prescriptions, bandages, and toothpaste. In the U.S., you can buy snacks, batteries, balloons, and holiday decorations.


People in many parts of the world don’t need to tip. In the United States, servers are paid just a small hourly wage, and the majority of their paycheck comes from tips. Americans also tip hairdressers, cab drivers, baristas, and many other people who provide services.

Small Talk

Americans are friendly than people in other countries, which is why we are so great at small talk.

Deep Fried

Americans love our fried foods. We love it so much that we use oil for more than frying chicken and french fries. We love deep fried Oreos, dough, pickles, ice cream, and even macaroni and cheese.

Peanut Butter and Jelly

Peanut butter and jelly is considered a sandwich, but it is so sweet it should be considered a dessert. While it is popular in the U.S., most people in other countries have never tried a PB&J sandwich.

Prescription Drugs

In other countries, doctors decide what medications to prescribe. This is why tourists find it strange that there are commercials on U.S. television for prescription medications.


You won’t find cheerleaders cheering on the sidelines in many places around the world. In the U.S. it is strange not to see a cheerleader at a football or basketball game.

Air Conditioning

Americans are a bit strange when it comes to the temperature in their homes. During the winter, if the temperature drops down to 65 degrees, they crank up the heat. During the summer, 65 degrees is considered the perfect temperature for the house, even if it means that you need to wear long pants and a sweatshirt inside.

Sweats and Pajama Pants

America is the only country where it is normal to wear sweat pants and pajama pants in public. In other countries around the world, these are considered house clothes, and people don’t wear them out.

Fast Food

America is famous for its fast food restaurants. It is not uncommon for there to be a different fast food joint on every block. This isn’t something that you see in many parts of the world.

Doggy Bags

In many places around the world, it is considered rude or low-class to ask your server to pack up the rest of your meal to go. In the U.S., most people leave the restaurant with doggy bags.


In the U.S., a person can be called worldly if they have the best of everything, including education. In other parts of the world, you can’t be called worldly unless you have left your home country.

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