21 Ways America Is Vastly Different From Other Countries

One of the side effects of living in the United States is thinking that what you see around you is normal. But as it turns out, there's a ton of stuff that's incredibly commonplace in America that would be considered super bizarre anywhere else.

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ELECTIONS Text UNITED RIDIN to 30330 In the U.S., races often start more than a year before the actual vote. In most other countries, campaigns last O

For details, read 7 Surprising Ways Democracy Is Totally Different Overseas

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INDOOR SHOES 0000 You might be confused by the custom people in some countries have of taking off their shoes as soon as they enter a house. Those peo

Source: NY Times

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ICY DRINKS Other countries chill drinks, and they throw in a couple ice cubes, but visitors to America are baffled by the tradition of filling a glass

Source: Smithsonian

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BREAD To visitors from other countries, American bread tastes like cake. That's because manufacturers add a ton of h-fructose corn syrup-the stuff is

Source: BBC

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TIPPING WASHinGTon T OF DEPATE 5 nea H. aiar'the immera D Treesuny 5 29.30 UTed 01 Tipping varies greatly from one country to the next. In many countr

For details, read 5 Foreign Rules of Etiquette That America Desperately Needs

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DINNERTIME Since many middle-class Americans skip breakfast (or eat on the go) and eat lunch at their desk (if at all), they're ready for dinner as so

Source: The New Yorker

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COLLEGE LOANS 21P STOP OUR the price of QUY DR UTURE Even keeping to where student loans are necessary, there's a big difference in how the U.S. and o

Source: Reuters

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TWO PARTIES There are ten political parties represented in Israel's parliament, the Knesset. The Bundestag in Germany has six. Eleven in the Oireachta

Source: The Atlantic

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SMILES There's nothing universal about the automatic smiles you get from a waiter or a cashier in America. In Russia, for instance, a polite smile is

For details, read 5 Foreign Rules of Etiquette That America Desperately Needs

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LITTERING Even the biggest slob in America knows better than to throw trash all over the floor in a restaurant or bar. But in Spain, littering can be

For details, read 5 Foreign Rules of Etiquette That America Desperately Needs

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GARBAGE DISPOSALS Only the U.S. has widely adopted in-sink garbage disposals. Because of how much water they use and the burden they place on the sewa

Source: Wall Street Journal

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BLACKCURRANTS en Ribe Riben: BLACKCURRANT BLACKCURR CK CURRANT BLACK FRUIT TUICE SYRUP FRUIT JUICE SYRI FRUITJU ESYRUP Many people around the world en

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INEQUALITY When it comes to income, the U.S. is one of the most unequal countries in the world. In 2014, for example, it ranked #1 (China has since ov

Source: BBC

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EGGS The FDA mandates that eggs be washed, which removes their natural protective coating and makes them more susceptible to spoilage. Other countries

 Source: LA Times

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COLLEGE SPORTS A. Every country loves sports, sure. College sports, though... the U.S. is unique in loving that SO much. In most states, the highest-p

Source: USA Today

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THE FLAG Homes fly flags, malls fly flags, cars fly flags, and people stick flags all over their clothes. But to other countries, this looks like obse

Source: France24

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STORE HOURS OPe 24 E S Stores staying open 24/7 is a thing in the U.S. and also in parts of Asia, but not at all in Europe. For example, in Germany, o

Source: OECD

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Source: Microsoft

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RELIGION a az anca a1 Among developed countries, America is the most religious. A study by the Pew Research Center found that wealthy countries tend t

Source: Pew

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PORTION SIZES American portion sizes are abnormally huge. Food servings from the average restaurant are 40-80 percent larger in American cities than -

Source: Reuters

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WHITE TEETH Foreigners don't get why many Americans, even the ones who aren't celebrities, are SO obsessed with having perfectly straight, unnaturally

Source: BBC

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