20 Brilliant Ideas America Should Steal From Other Countries

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Nobody's saying the United States isn't great, OK? The thing is, though, when you hold up some of our customs and comforts to other countries', we're kind of behind the times.

But we're a flexible nation, right? So we sent our readers to the far corners of the globe to find out what countries that have figured shit out do. The winner is below, but first the runners-up:

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Traffic light performers are common in South American countries like Chile. When the traffic light turns red, jugglers, acrobats, and other exhibition

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Entry by Chan Teik Onn

Germany raNKs fourth as the country with the most gun owners, and also ranks as one of the lowest in -related deaths. Gun owners are required to store

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Entry by ERRiley

Japan has the most awesome animal cafes! YOU can eat drink and relax with all kinds of critters!. CRACKEDCON

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CRACKED Finnish education puts less emphasis than the USA on standardized testing, and more emphasis than the USA on outdoor learning, teachers gettin

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Entry by Chan Teik Onn

Zero-hour contracts are outlawed in New Zealand. O O O Workers under zero-hour contracts are hired by their employers with no guarantee of work. With

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Entry by Busteq

CRAGKEDCO In Argentina, you are automatically an organ donor unless you choose to opt out. DONA TIEMPO DE VIDA 30 DE MAYO DIA NACIONAL DE LA DONACION

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Entry by MiaVega

CRACKED.COM Nepal considers abortion an undeniable human right. A Supreme Court case found that reproductive rights are an essential component to a wo

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Americans should work fewer hours. Some countries have experimented in cutting work hours by up to two hours a day. The result was an increase in not

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Entry by lemonstar

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Entry by PollyDarton

Iceland is feminist as f'ck. In 1975, 90% of lceland's female workforce participated in a 1 day strike how CRUCIOLSating their labor was to lcelandic

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Entry by Chan Teik Onn

Rather than adopting a zero-tolerance policy on drug use Portugal decriminalizesi it (and ends up winning the war on drugs). B B Drug users are offeRE

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In Denmark, fast employees food are unionized. The result? Wages equivalent to $20/hr, more than 2.5 times the US federal minimum wage. HMS CRACKED:CO

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Entry by culturekills

OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES (AND CANADA), RETAIL TAXES ARE INCLUDED IN THE ADVERTISED OR LISTED PRICE, S0 WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU PAYO CRACKEDCOMT

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Entry by RainbowCrash

In Norway, the fine for a DUI is determined by one's income and wealth; a few years ago, one man was fined about $109,000 for driving drunk. CRACKEDCO

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Entry by ERRiley

There are some grocery stores in the United States that donate unusable food to charity rather than throw it away HTATOB EXPORA ONIONS theezels PROSLO

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Entry by Andrea Meno

In some countries, like the UK, medicine and law are undergrad degrees. Switching to that model would make becoming a doctor or lawyer much easier. Ri

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Entry by Ann Jimenez

In norway when a book is published, the government buys 1000 copies and distributes them to libraries. This helps keep small publishers alive. CRACKED

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Entry by Chan Teik Onn

CRACKED CO COM The quality and nutrition of school meals in France are carefully regulated. The ingredients are mostly home- made and a typical lunch

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Entry by Ann Jimenez

The French Assembly has approved a ban on beauty pageant's for children to dissuade them from thinking that worth is based on appearance. CRACKED.COM

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Entry by E. J. Diaz

A reduced jail CRACKED COM time in exchange ORDENY for reading is possible in Brazil. For each book a prisoner reads, they must submit a report, and i