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    Non-Americans Who Visited America Are Sharing The Most Shocking Thing They Experienced

    Yup...that's America for ya.

    Last month, Reddit user @agentjakethedog asked non-Americans who visited the United States, "What was the weirdest (or shocking) thing you saw?"

    "A backwoods, northern Wisconsin gas station with a big fence on which was painted in enormous letters: CHAINSAWS. CHEESE. GUNS."

    milesmac

    "The show To Catch A Predator. There must have been some sort of marathon of it because I remember my whole family watching it, jaws dropped, for hours."

    upcitybigfoot

    MSNBC

    "Your news. It’s over-sensationalized. I couldn’t believe it when I visited. Every news program seems much less like news and more like reality TV."

    AwayComparison

    "The coupons. I was visiting a friend of mine who is from the States, and she bought a book of coupons. The discounts you could get were ridiculously fantastic!"

    Sakura_Leviiathan

    "Massive gaps in toilet doors!"

    IWOOZLE

    Restroom stall gap

    "A young girl beckoning her almost spherical dog with 'C'mere budder nugget,' said with an appropriately strong accent. Absolutely flawless American experience."

    Hummdinger27

    "I was there for a student exchange some years ago, and I was pretty weirded out by the Pledge of Allegiance. Nobody told me you guys do that, so when on my first day everyone suddenly stood up and started reciting some stuff to a flag, I briefly wondered if my organization left me in the hands of some cult school."

    fran_renshaw

    Elementary school students doing the Pledge of Allegiance
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    "The overwhelming number of American flags. Flags everywhere — on storefronts, on lawns, all over public property, on people's cars. So many flags. It was all very, 'YOU'RE IN AMERICA AND DON'T YOU GODDAMN FORGET IT.'"

    JuniusBobbledoonary

    "When I first arrived here, the most noticeable thing was the size of a one-person, small pho noodle soup was the same size of my whole family's dinner soup back home."

    bluewhitecup

    "One time, my girlfriend took me to an American Girl doll store — like one of the huge ones that has its own building. And boy, I was not prepared for that. These dolls were treated a little too realistically for my taste."

    SpazzLord

    A girl at an American Girl Doll store in Colorado
    Andy Cross / Getty Images

    "The size of rats and the amount of cockroaches. I saw a roadkill cockroach the size of a tennis ball at the Grand Canyon. I have lived in Berlin for years, and I have yet to see any rat that comes close to New York rats."

    GodOfProvocation

    "I was in New York walking in Times Square. I was standing at a stoplight waiting to cross the street and a guy next to me was watching porn on a tablet with the sound turned on."

    edwardtalk

    "Televisions in the car and eating mash potatoes out of a small cup."

    — Resumme

    "Florida. Just...all of it."

    fandomfighter29

    Have you ever visited America and been shocked by these things too? Let me know in the comments below!

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