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    Updated on Oct 16, 2019. Posted on Jun 29, 2018

    19 Bizarre Things That Mexicans Have Noticed About America

    First of all, your restaurant portions are RIDICULOUS, you guys.

    1. First of all, people ACTUALLY follow traffic signs??

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    In the United States, "stop" means "stop" and that's it. In Mexico, well, a stop sign is merely a suggestion.

    2. And they eat lunch at 12 p.m.?

    It makes the entire rest of the day seem never-ending!

    3. Greeting people is always a little awkward...

    Because apparently a kiss and a hug is a little too forward?

    4. And, strangely, a lot of Americans leave their houses and cars unlocked??


    Let's just say that, in Mexico, that's a "tad" dangerous.

    5. And the measurement system is WHACK.

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    Five "pounds?" Three "feet"? What is this nonsense?

    6. What's with all the free stuff just left on the street?

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    Does this actually work??

    7. The added tax on purchases is a total mystery.

    Like, how come this gum will be $2 on the shelf but $4 with tax??

    8. There is AC on, all. the. time.

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    You guys need to cool it, yo.

    9. And strangers will compliment you out of the blue.


    Random people on the street won't hesitate to compliment your t-shirt!

    10. One dollar is twenty pesos.

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    Yeah, yeah, we all know. But it's only when we actually go and buy stuff that we realize how painful the exchange rate is.

    11. Everyone gets carded to buy alcohol.

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    Even seemingly old people! It's wild.

    12. The roads are HUGE, and there's always a lot of traffic.

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    Where did all these cars come from??

    13. Public restrooms


    And they always have toilet paper!

    14. The restaurant servings are HUMONGOUS.

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    Who eats this much??

    15. Buses have ramps for wheelchair users!

    We want these all over the world!

    16. Water at restaurants is also free??

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    In Mexico, they'll always charge you for a bottle of water. In the States, tap water is given out for free!

    17. Everybody is VERY punctual.


    If they say the party starts at 9, it definitely starts right at 9.

    18. There's a massive Latino presence in many parts of the country.

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    There's people from all over Latin America living in the U.S., and at times, you feel like you're walking around in Mexico.

    19. And finally, "Mexican" food is not reaaaally Mexican at all.

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    Ordering tacos is the worst mistake you can make in the US.


    An earlier version of this post contained an inaccurate translation that stated Americans don't insure their homes or cars.

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    This post was translated from Spanish.