Americans do things their way and there’s nothing wrong with that. Their behaviors and actions are parts of who they are. They’re a reflection of where they’re from, too.
But, here’s the thing:
Even if Americans do things a certain way, it doesn’t mean that it’s the right way. There are people in other parts of the world and for them, their way is the right one. For instance, the huge gap in a bathroom stall . . . Why?!
To give you examples, here are 30 things Americans think are normal but are actually really strange for others.
1. Drink sizes
“When my family visited in 2017, we landed in Texas for a stopover. First thing I saw in the shops part of the terminal was a dude who was drinking from what looked like an actual bucket. Here in New Zealand, our ‘large’ drinks would be considered an American ‘small’ or ‘medium.’” –Reddit-The_Sly_Sloth
Although having bigger drink sizes means getting more of your favorite beverage, it’s not entirely a good thing. You see, sugar-sweetened beverages contribute to obesity.
2. Glasses of water with ice
“Big glasses of water WITH ICE at restaurants. I live in Texas usually and I drink ice water like 24/7. It’s a good habit here, especially in Summer. When I was in Europe I would get the smallest glasses of luke warm water that I had to ask for more every ten seconds. I felt annoying! Aren’t y’all thirsty?! Or am I missing something?” –Reddit-bunnysnitch
Water isn’t free in all countries. In the US, you can enjoy unlimited refills.
3. The insane number of flags around
“How nice most of you are (once you get passed customs anyway), and the huge amount of flags.” –Reddit-Divolinon
Americans are patriotic people. They love their flag so much that they even use its design on clothing and shoes.