40 Things That Got People Confused About Whether Americans Only Do This In Movies Or In Real Life Too

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Americans have long been exporting their pop culture to the world. With TV shows and movies being among the most consumed global American exports, it’s no surprise that US actors and directors are recognized all around the globe. However, for all of us non-Americans out there, sometimes the silver screens get us all dazed and confused. Do American people really drink from those red plastic cups at parties? Do they really wear shoes inside their houses? Is homecoming really such a big thing as movies make it out to be?

But we’re gonna need a true expert’s opinion on the matter—our Bored Panda readers living in the US! So scroll down below to read all the questions that people had about the things they saw on TV and feel free to share your answers!

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Living in a college town I can attest that yes they do. It’s all anyone talks about, and the traffic jams are awful. High school football here is just as bad.

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Its the easiest reference for us and a football field is 100yards or 300 feet or 91.44 meters.

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the only thing in my locker is a mound of trash.

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We also wear our shoes in bed as well.

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We say goodbye, or something like it. It’s an idiosyncrasy of script writing, not Americans.

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Yes, we do. It is the only access we have to water.

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When my relatives from Ireland come to visit, they love to play with the garbage disposal. Even the people in their 60’s think it is hilarious. They refer to it as “the murder sink”.

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We’re tough! We don’t need… er… pill lubricants?

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I’m American and it’s a select few who do that but it’s not the norm.

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When I was in school, it was hard boiled eggs. Now they have high-tech baby dolls called Baby Think About it. It is a Life Skills class that teaches you how to be an adult.

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Millions of people eat this daily in the US.

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In my family, we only use paper plates for gatherings.

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This is especially true in small towns. The largest parking lot in town is the local teen hangout

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The “funeral” is usually in a church and then a burial service graveside.

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Why? Hot water is hot water.

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I guess it depends. My family and friends only do photoshoots for weddings, 18th birthdays (girls), 21st birthdays (boys), or someone’s first birthday.

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Because hot chocolate is the candy bar that melted in your pocket.

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I had a lab partner in chemistry and biology in high school.

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I believe this is mostly a southern trait.

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Yes, Homecoming is really big here in the US. Celebrating at high school and university.

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I think that is to avoid accidental advertising? I’d think that in most (industrialized) countries, the typical bags offered by stores have the store logo all over them…

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In the big cities, all you need to do is raise your arm on a busy street. I’ve lived in NYC almost 30 years now, and no one yells “TAXI!” here. I grew up in a smaller town, though, and in the smaller places, you pretty much have to call a taxi in advance. I never flagged a cab until I moved to NYC.

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We do call them Kleenex all the time probably because that brand is what we used.

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Yes, we do. Or Fritos or Cheetos.

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It’s ground meat with binders like egg and breadcrumbs, and can also have minced onions and peppers (capsicum), and seasonings that’s all mixed together and baked in a loaf pan in the oven. Most people make it with just ground beef, but when I was little in the 70s, in our home it was made with ground beef, pork, and veal, and we had it maybe once a month with homemade mashed potatoes and brown gravy, and a green vegetable. I don’t eat meatloaf now. It’s not horrible, it’s just not my first choice for comfort food.

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Chicken and waffles is a religious experience. I live in the Midwest and some of the best chicken and waffles in the world is right here in Indianapolis at Maxine’s Chicken and Waffles. Another awesome place is in Harlem (where chicken and waffles was invented).

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Because Americans have been sold the lie (mostly by Nestle, thank you!) that bottled water is better than tap water in some way. In truth most of the bottled water IS tap water.

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my sister has about 400. I have 2.

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Yes, many people do.

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It used to be more popular, but most jobs are boring and kids get in the way. It’s take your kid to work, not just daughters.

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Fluorescent lights are the REASON why I have terrible eyesight!

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I guess the same reason brits say “Innit” after something to make sure you pay attention.

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Many people do.

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We only leave a spare key somewhere if we’re not home and a relative/friend is going to stay with us. And even then, it’s not under the doormat. (Anyone else does do this???)

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We think it’s fancy. *shrug*

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Yes. If you play baseball or softball.

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I named my dog Bosintang.

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“Always”? I’m not familiar with that trope either.

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