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    31 Things Americans Think Are Normal, But Are Actually Reeealllyyy Weird

    "Flags are literally everywhere no matter what."

    Recently, Reddit user u/micahdotjohnson asked non-Americans, "What is something in American culture that is so strange/abnormal for you?"

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    People had A LOT to say about what goes on in the good ol' US of A, and despite what Americans may believe, the way we do things in this country actually seems pretty bizarre!

    Trevor Noah saying, America is just weird"
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    Here are some of the best responses:

    1. "Having to pay an enormously large amount of money for college education."

    Woman from "Titanic" saying, "It's been 84 years since I had money in my bank account"
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    2. "Not getting proper holiday time."

    3. "The fact that swearing is such a big deal and you bleep out everything is so weird."

    Person saying, "I'm not doing the curse words cause of my upbringing"
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    4. "How American towns and cities are generally designed so that you have to drive everywhere."

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    5. "The extreme polarization in politics."

    Dennis from "Always Sunny" saying, "Who am I supposed to vote for? The Republican who's blasting me in the ass or the Democrat who's blasting me in the ass"
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    "I'm used to having many parties, which gives more nuances. In the US, it seems politics became a team sport, and you end up with the 'you're either with us or against us' mentality a lot easier. I think that is very detrimental for the country, but I guess there's no realistic way out of that, nor any will from either of your leading parties to do so."


    6. "Treating politicians like celebrities."

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    7. "Food portions."

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    8. "TV is hyper-commercialized to the point of being completely unwatchable."

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    "Even the news programs report and discuss stories on Starbucks announcing their autumn drinks menu two weeks ahead of schedule. It's ludicrous."


    9. "People have lunch at their desks. And usually it's just a snack. Where I come from, lunch is the most complete meal of the day."

    10. "The price on things in your stores is not the actual price, but the price without tax and such."

    Kristin Wiig saying, "Help me, I'm poor"
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    11. "The more credit you take the better for your credit score. Here in Germany, your credit score will suffer the more credit you take. Even if you pay it back on time."

    Dre Johnson saying, "My credit score is the best thing about me"
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    12. "Repo men for vehicles and bounty hunters. Mainly the bounty hunters, that’s some cowboy shit right there."

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    13. "How tipping is expected no matter what. Over in the UK, you tip for exceptional or good service; it's something extra. In American culture, it's expected."

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    14. "That you have extremely violent shows on daytime TV, but you sensor nudity. How will a boob harm you, but stabbing and blood splashing are normal?"

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    15. "Never listing the country name when they say a US place name, even if they’re talking to a non-American who might not know what the US state names are."

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    16. "So many tall buildings. Spider-Man loves 'em."

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    17. "The obsession with high school. I have friends who say their best years were spent in high school, and I think that's really, really sad."

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    18. "Homecoming. Who the heck is coming home?"

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    19. "Child beauty pageants. Frankly I would be wary of anyone who organizes or enters a child in one of those things."

    Toddler from "Toddlers in Tiaras" saying "I could care less about my beauty. I just want my pizza"
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    20. "The doors on public bathrooms have a gap on each side so they're not completely private. I find that weird."

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    21. "The push for individualism and breakdown of families unfortunately."

    "Hey Arnold" with the caption "Each person is a unique individual"
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    22. "How big the country is and the amount of time you are willing to drive. I had a friend who drove for 16 hours to visit family for the weekend. It's baffling."

    Tom Cruise saying, "Seriously, how long have we been driving"

    23. "All the pharmaceutical ads all the time."

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    24. "Parents demanding rent or any money from their kids who are living at home after age 18."

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    "In my country, adult kids who live at home will spontaneously contribute to the extent that they can, but most parents will do A LOT to avoid accepting those contributions. Allowing your kid to focus on studies/their early career and saving is a point of pride."


    25. "That calling an ambulance is an expensive thing to do."

    26. "Gender reveal parties."

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    27. "All the things you can do at younger ages before you can have a drink."

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    "You can get into lifelong debt with a mortgage or university fees, you can drive a car, you can buy a fucking gun, you can have kids, you can join the army and kill people, and you can get married. But at the wedding, even having done all of the above, when the father of the bride makes his speech and ends with a toast, you're sat at the kids table raising a glass of orange juice because you're not allowed champagne!"


    28. "Standing and pledging allegiance to a flag every single school day from childhood into early adulthood is very odd."

    A man giving another man the middle finger while delivering the pledge of allegiance
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    29. "Using the imperial system."

    Grampa Simpson saying, "I think the metric system is the tool of the devil"
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    30. "Wearing your shoes inside the house."

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    31. And finally, "Flags are literally everywhere no matter what. The only time I would see that many Canadian flags would be Canada Day."

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    Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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