American Customs That Other Countries Find Quite Puzzling

What is normal in one country can seem strange if you aren’t from there. Granted, “normal” is a relative and subjective term, but most of us have experienced a touch of culture shock when traveling abroad.

But what about those who come to the United States for a visit? What is most unusual to them about us? Here’s a few things they can’t quite figure out:

  • That We Say Please And Thank You

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This leads some to think that Americans are ultrapolite.

 

  • That There Are American Flags Everywhere!

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We put the flag almost everywhere: On our homes, on our cars, on our clothing. In most other countries, the flag is reserved for government buildings and national holidays.

 

  • The Food Portions Are HUGE!

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Most non-Americans are amazed by how much we are served in a restarant. Supersizing is not that common in other countries, and the idea of free refills on anything is practically unheard of!

 

  • Tipping Is Not Practiced

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This is not because Americans are more generous to those who serve us. In Europe, servers are paid significantly more per hour, so tipping is not needed.

 

  • America Is Gigantic

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If you come from a smaller country, it can take some adjusting to the fact that you can drive for three days and still not run out of land.

 

  • Our Public Restrooms Are Not Very Private

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Public bathrooms in the U.S. often have a gap around the door, and if you’re not careful, you can catch an eyeful of a stranger inside.

In many countries, public restrooms are more like closets, with full doors and ceilings. The openness of American stalls is uncomfortable for people who aren’t used to it.

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