20 Things That Are ‘Normal’ In USA But The Rest Of The World Finds Strange

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A list of 24 things that are normal in USA but the rest of the world finds strange.

Sometimes people in the US forget that the way we do things isn’t necessarily the way it’s done everywhere else. In fact, some of the things we do are just strange, compared to other countries. For example, did you know tipping waiters is considered rude in many other countries? Or how about having the same color money? Many other country citizens think that some of the things USA does is just outright strange.


1. Using The Same Color On Money

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In the US, dollar bills are all the same shade of green, and they all look very similar. The only differences in the bills are the images. If you travel to other countries, you’ll find that their bills are typically all different colors and sizes according to what they’re worth. Many foreigners find our currency to be a bit confusing, since it all looks the same.


2. Putting A Lot Of Ice In Our Drinks.

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One small thing that stands out when you visit Europe is that they don’t use a lot of ice. As a matter of fact, at most restaurants, you won’t get it unless you ask for it. Americans are some of the only people who use an excess of ice in their drinks. Articles have even written about why we do it. The Smithsonian believes it may be related to our “more is more” vibe in the US. Personally I don’t like a lot of ice in my drink. I even ask for less ice a lot of times. If you haven’t visited Europe and you don’t like a lot of ice, Europe is the place for you.


3. Using “America” or “Americans” To Describes Ourselves, Our customs, And Our Country.

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If you were born in or grew up in USA, you would think of America and USA / United States interchangeable. But, the rest of the world doesn’t see it that way. “America” isn’t the only America out there. There is South America and North America (which is the United States + Canada + Mexico). Because of this, the rest of the world doesn’t understand when we refer to ourselves as American. They simply refer to us as “The States”.


4. Writing The Date Beginning With The Month.

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People in the U.S. normally write the date like this: September 1st, 2020. In most other parts of the world, including Europe and the United Kingdom, and most of Asia, this is strange. They write the date with the day, month, then year. An example would be 1st September, 2020. Typically they format it like this 1-9-20. This would mean the first of September, in the year 2020. They don’t understand why we write the date out of order. After all, September 1st, 2020 is placing the month in front of the date.


5. Advertising Prescription Drugs All Over The Place.

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In a discussion thread on Reddit, an American asked what was the weirdest things Americans do. Many users responded with how strange they think it is that the USA advertises prescription drugs on TV and billboards. In fact, they said this was one of the strangest things they couldn’t understand. Reddit user NoDownvotesPlease said, “That was the weirdest one for me. ‘Ask your doctor for brand x antidepressants’ type commercials on TV. In the UK, your doctor tells you what drugs you should take, not the other way round.”

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