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    33 Things I've Discovered That Americans Do Better Than 95% Of The World

    From big salads to cold brew.

    I've been making lists about *weird* American things for years, and here are the things I've discovered and realized Americans actually do better.


    1. Salads, especially big salads — like, people say Americans are unhealthy, but our salad culture is THRIVING.

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    We also have many great fast casual salad chains like Sweet Green and Just Salad.

    2. 24-hour stores.

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    Supermarkets, pharmacies, McDonald' can basically get whatever you want, whenever you want. Even on Sundays.

    3. Our grocery stores have 72 brands of yogurt, 22 brands of milk, and 172 types of soda to choose from.

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    Not to mention the cereal aisle.

    4. Ranch dressing.

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    5. Window screens.

    Not sure why all of Europe decided to ignore the invention of the window screen, but at least my new wasp roomies don't attack me too often

    All windows need screens!

    6. Drive-in movie theaters.

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    So fun and also cute.

    7. Drive-thrus for literally everything.

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    It's just convenient!

    8. Iced coffee/cold brew.

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    Again, so many choices.

    9. Diners.

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    You have the ability to have breakfast at midnight in most of the United States. That's special!

    10. Seasonal flavored things.

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    There's nothing Americans love more than a good seasonal drink, cookie, cereal, literally anything. We got it covered.

    11. Halloween, in general.

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    Shoutout to Spirit Halloween. 

    12. Hamburgers, steak, and CRISPY bacon.

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    The American meat trifecta.

    13. The ability to turn right on red at stop lights.

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    I love a good "right on red" moment.

    14. Drying machines.

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     I know it's bad for the clothes, but it's good for my convenience.

    15. Gyms.

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    The size of our gyms are bigger and they're usually cheaper. There are also more of them.

    16. Movie theater popcorn with butter.

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    One of the pinnacles of American cuisine. 

    17. Hot sauce selection.

    You know you're in America when... All the diner tables have a selection on hot sauce. #TravelDanners

    18. Peanut butter.

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    Like hot sauce, there are so many varieties. It's also usually cheaper than anywhere else.

    19. Just, like, Trader Joes.

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    20. Bagels and cream cheese.

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    When done right, bagels are simply the best.

    21. Spiked seltzer.

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    Spiked seltzer is about as American as apple pie.

    22. Birthday cake–flavored things.

    23. Voting stickers.

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    Because have you even voted if you didn't get a sticker?

    24. Side dishes.

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    Mainly because of Thanksgiving, the holiday the entire world envies. 

    25. Ben and Jerry's ice cream variety.

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    A gas station staple.

    26. Road trips.

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    Each state is different (even if half of the US is just strip malls).

    27. Fortune cookies.

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    The highlight of Chinese food takeout.

    28. Garage sales and thrift stores.

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    Shoutout to lemonade stands too.

    29. "Designer" weed.

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    The variety and strength of weed is just better here.

    30. The strength of cocktails.

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    Because I love a free-pour and HATE a measured one.

    31. Free bread at restaurants.

    32. Ice water.

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    33. And, of course, fall — like, the season.

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    No one fucks with fall quite like Americans do. No one.

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