13 things America does differently as compared to the rest of the world which makes you wonder the reasons why the things America does.
Foreigners who come to visit or stay in US are puzzled by various weird but strange customs followed in America which they have not experienced anywhere else, especially not in their home nation at all. So here we are to help out the foreigners who are bowled out by the strange customs of Americans and teach them how to deal with it.
Public toilets have really large gaps.
Among things America does, public toilets are one place in which every normal human being would want more privacy because you are surrounded with strangers. But in US the restrooms have larger gaps at the sides and huge gaps at the bottom of the stalls making you practically exposed to the world. Many people believe that gaps are for safety purpose to discourage people from doing wrong things inside the booth.
Americans are huge eaters and any average diner or fast food joints offer 3 lb burgers, 20 inches pizzas and other dished which would seem huge to any outsider. In fact, Mallie’s Sports and grills bar offers one of the biggest portions of burgers weighing 350 lb. one of the theories suggest that service portions have increased to increase the profit margins.
Almost everything is deep-fried.
Every culture has deep-fried fish as a popular dish. But these are the things America does differently. In America they have taken deep frying to a whole new level. In fact, almost everything is deep fried. Cookies, biscuits, peanuts, pickles, butter, chocolate bars and even bubble gum have not been spared from the hot cauldron of boiling oil.
Coins don’t display numerical values and have confusing names.
In the US, the names of the coins are entirely different ball game. 1 cent coin is called a “Penny”, while a 5 cent coin is called a “nickel” which is the material it’s made of .10 cent coin is called a “dime “and the 25 cent coin is called quarter .
Price tags do not include taxes.
Among things America does, when a tourist is shopping in a store in America there is a high chance, the final bill is higher than you thought. Blame it on the absence of taxes on the price tags which spoilt all your calculations. Story does not end here as the sales tax is not fixed and it varies according to the states which makes it even more difficult to calculate your shopping expenditures.
Pharmacies here sell a whole variety of goods apart from medication.
In fact, American pharmacies look more like a super market as you can get stuffs like magazines, snacks, perfumes cosmetics, and even toys apart from medicines. Actually, pharmacies usually double as convenience stores as in some states they are located quite far off.
You can return almost any gift you don’t like.
This is really convenient and another thing Americans do differently; you can return any gift which you got on holidays even if you did not buy it yourself and get the money back for it. Even better is the fact that there is a National Return day which is usually held in the month of January in which can return the Christmas gifts without the receipts as well.
They give big tips and for a wider range of services.
In America the sheer percentage of tips is huge as compared to any other nation. Sometime it reaches up to 25%. Here in America apart from tipping the waiters, the bellboys, taxi drivers you’ll also have to shell out money to attendants in stores, tour guides, hairdressers, rest room and parking attendants.
People here have rare and short vacations.
Americans seem to be overworked and least holidaying workforce. They hardly get any vacations. Usually in other countries if you slog for a year you are entitled to a vacation for a few weeks or a month. But in America they do not give leave that easily. Even if they do go on a holiday, they are inundated with work calls, emails and checking in with office regularly. It’s like they are mentally always at work and can never really enjoy their holidays which is really sad.
In-sink kitchen garbage disposals
Because of their negative impact on environment they are banned from all the European nations but they are very much in use in America still. Food waste after meals or cooking can be directly flushed in the kitchen sink and in fact almost all-American houses are with this amenity.
Among things America does, Americans have weird notions and ways of eating cheese, cheese sprayed from a can, orange square slices of processed cheese, in fact Americans are the biggest lovers of “unnatural” commercialized cheese which is completely different then the European love for farm fresh specialized cheese. But Americans just love their fake cheese.
The grab and go coffee culture
One of the things Americans do differently is If you spend some time in US or any major commercial city of America, you’ll find so many coffee guzzlers that you’ll wonder that coffee does not natively belong to this land where it’s consumed so much! In fact espresso was created in Italy so that it can be savoured in relaxed environment but the Starbucks culture of America in which hundreds of customers come and get their customised coffee and rush out to work because they feel energised and ready for the day after a drinking coffee in this way completely alters the culture of drinking coffee.
Super long highways
Among things America does, statistics tell it all 5 out 10 world’s longest highways are in America. America’s route 20 is 3365 miles long stretch of road and crosses 12 states out which major cities stoppages are Boston, Massachusetts, Newport, Oregon etc. no wonder long car drive is so popular in American culture rather than taking a quick flight.