People around the world like to give the US a hard time — they like to make fun of their accents, they’re bewildered by the many friendly smiles, and overactive air conditioners are a great source of concern (and cold).
But stereotypes aside, what are the real-life American quirks that shock foreigners?
We looked at a recent Reddit thread that had non-Americans share the strangest things they learned about the US after visiting.
Outofplaceandstrange was surprised by the number of drive-thru establishments the US features. Others agreed, citing drive-thru liquor stores, and even drive-thru Daiquiri stands in Louisiana.
In general, foreigners find it weird how Americans seem to drive absolutely everywhere, resulting in parking lots the size of small villages.
Hn-t mentioned how ubiquitous ads for lawyers are stateside. According to the Redditor, 'Most of the time you couldn't go anywhere without seeing any ads for lawyers.'
Many others added pharmaceutical ads to the list. According to crunchymush, 'Sitting in our hotel room in Vegas and listening to the horrendous lists of possible side-effects for drugs made me wonder how anyone can bring themselves to take them. Lunesta is terrifying. I don't remember the specific 'possible side-effects,' but I just recall the fact that 'death' wasn't the most troubling one.'
Musland writes 'I know the US is a huge area, but the size of the roads and parking lots just seemed really strange (to) a central European.'
Various Redditors agree, pointing to the amount of space between homes. British user BloatedBaryonyx said 'I see American houses on TV and am amazed by how they have all these massive detached houses. I thought the people living there were rich or something, but I eventually picked up enough context to know that this was a standard suburban house.'
Bedsheetsforsale is American, but only realised how exposed American toilet stalls leaves users when travelling to Europe. 'I remember being in England, and seriously every bathroom stall was sectioned off with a full door and everything. Seriously, the gaps in between American stalls are horrible and I always think someone is watching me.'
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