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(Some Guy)   Sixteen non-Americans talk about the things they couldn't or wouldn't believe about America before living there. The common denominator: Serving sizes   (thoughtcatalog.com) divider line 133
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2013-11-12 11:47:45 PM
31 votes:

Cyclometh: If this thread goes green, I predict a larger than average percentage of sparkly eagles.


i838.photobucket.com
2013-11-12 07:09:02 PM
19 votes:

Triumph: People don't really care about the FIFA World Cup even though USA qualifies.

What is this "World Cup" you speak of?


It's the Stanley Cup of pretending to get hurt and flopping around on the ground
2013-11-12 09:14:37 PM
14 votes:
When my UltraGuzzle hits the one-inch-remaining mark a soundchip plays "God Bless the USA" to remind me it's time for a refill!
2013-11-13 12:02:17 AM
10 votes:

Shostie: America is literally HUGE.

I think a lot of Americans don't quite comprehend how massive this country really is.


A few months ago I had a long-time friend fly in from Denmark to stay with me for a week.  He had already planned out an itinerary for all the places he wanted to drive to...

Mon he arrived in Ft Lauderdale.
Tues he thought it would be fun to drive to Washington DC.
Weds we're going to see the arch in St Louis
Thurs let's hike the Grand Canyon in the morning and then go to Disneyland in the afternoon
Fri drive back to FL
etc.
2013-11-12 07:26:15 PM
10 votes:
I work in customer service a lot, and this article has taught me that I should treat foreigners rudely so they can feel at home.
2013-11-12 08:48:45 PM
8 votes:

Cyclometh: If this thread goes green, I predict a larger than average percentage of sparkly eagles.


i881.photobucket.com
2013-11-12 11:37:52 PM
7 votes:

Fano: My Indian wife would agree with all the points the first two made.

Except. What is an EMI?


I don't know...but there's an unlimited supply.
2013-11-12 11:28:41 PM
7 votes:

SlothB77: Grinding. The dance form.

ha.


Heh, reminds me of a CSB

Was in London in '86, and part (most) of my group was from NC.

In NC they were crazy about this dance called the Shag. Now, post-Austin Powers, everyone knows what 'shag' means in the UK, but it wasn't common knowledge at the time.

One of the first nights we're there, the girls wamt to go dancing. As we're waiting in line at a club, one of the girls - this tiny, petite, sweet little thing - asks the gigantic british bouncer;

"Do ya'll Shag in this club?"

The look on his face was priceless.
2013-11-12 10:47:16 PM
7 votes:

God Is My Co-Pirate: You have TVs on everywhere, building lobbies, restaurants, taxis.  Your portion sizes are ridiculous.  You're friendly to strangers. Your beer is better than its reputation, but your chocolate is shiate.


The rest of the world is hiding the good chocolate on us. It's in drawer where they keep the fancy place mats. Nobody thinks to look there.
2013-11-13 01:33:13 AM
5 votes:
I had friends visit from my home planet of Dalron 7. They were amazed at the lack of Tyrasaur beasts on the streets and that they could walk around freely with no fear of being impregnated with larvae.

The grocery stores were sa source of confusion since most of our foods are deadly poison to them, and my cousin Mih fell dead after trying a hotdog snack thing from some sample stand....
2013-11-13 12:23:29 AM
5 votes:
The[y] couldn't believe that we like Root Beer.

upload.wikimedia.org
It's so bubbly and cloying, and happy...
2013-11-12 10:04:43 PM
5 votes:

I_Am_Weasel: Portion size and gravy on everything.


img.fark.net
"Is there anything on this menu not swimming in gravy?"
2013-11-13 12:28:07 AM
4 votes:
1.  People don't really care where your money came from - as long as you're rich and not currently involved in a high speed chase
2.  People actually watch reality TV series
3.  What passes for culture is based entirely on the spending habits of 15 year old girls
4.  Most women dress like whores - even those who have little or no claim to the title
5.  It important to have as big a house as possible - it saves trips to Goodwill
6.  You definitely need an SUV - you never know when you might take the wrong off-ramp and end up on top of Pikes Peak
7.  In America, architecture isn't an art - it's an affliction

...and don't even get me started on Canada
2013-11-13 12:25:52 AM
4 votes:

CygnusDarius: As a Mexican, I have two obvious disadvantages: One, being brown-skinned, and second, my closest neighbor is Arizona. That being said, however, there's only been two or three times I've faced actual discrimination, but all in all, it has been either good, or initially hesitant, but switched off to good (maybe because my tendency in the US is to speak English in first, ask questions later).

However, it's been a while since I've been in the US (four or five years), so I don't know how are things.


Oh, they're going okay, I suppose.  The government shut down for awhile, but everybody forgot and now we're debating about stores being open on Thanksgiving because actual holidays where non-essential workers get a chance to rest sounds vaguely socialist.  How are things in Mexico?
2013-11-13 12:09:58 AM
4 votes:
I'm surprised the list wasn't filled with things like "They wipe their ass with soft tissue and flush it into some sort of pipe system!" and "Their buildings don't collapse during light thunderstorms!"
2013-11-13 12:03:56 AM
4 votes:

Ishidan: Dude, my roomate guzzles 2 liter bottles.
I biatched him out about it, that there's a goddamned correlation between pounding soda straight from the bottle while sitting on his ass watching TV and the fact that he's too fat for his knees to support him...
Yeah you can guess how that conversation ended.


With a diabetic coma?
2013-11-12 08:46:00 PM
4 votes:

Shostie: I think a lot of Americans don't quite comprehend how massive this country really is.


upload.wikimedia.org

half the country is 9th Ave and 10th ave, then Jersey, a couple rocks, some brown dirt, Pacific Ocean.
2013-11-13 01:10:52 AM
3 votes:

fusillade762: Lionel Mandrake: Fano: My Indian wife would agree with all the points the first two made.

Except. What is an EMI?

I don't know...but there's an unlimited supply.

From the context it seemed like they were referring to smartphones. Electronic Mobile Instrument?


Probably.  Koreans call them "handphones" and refuse to believe me when I tell them that's not actually a word in (American) English.

More generally, every country has its own variety of English, even (or maybe especially) ones where English isn't the native language.  Nepalis and Indians in particular will insist that they're speaking British English, and any time they're using a word that an American isn't familiar with, that unfamiliarity is because the word is "British English."  It's much more fun when there's a Brit in the room who can say, "No, it really isn't."
2013-11-13 12:52:05 AM
3 votes:

drumhellar: The[y] couldn't believe that we like Root Beer.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 250x236]
It's so bubbly and cloying, and happy...


Just like America. But you know what's really frightening? If you drink enough of it, you begin to like it.
2013-11-13 12:49:21 AM
3 votes:

Bondith: I gotta chime in on the portion size thing.

I've made a couple of trips to the States recently, and sweet merciful farkmonkeys do you people overeat.  I ordered a medium drink at a fast food place at the airport, and they gave me something larger than the largest Big Gulp 7-11 sells up here in Canada.  I nursed that thing for hours.

I don't wanna know how big the extra large was.  I'd probably still be drinking it today.


Yup. Recently hosted some relatives from Norway. Took them out to dine at one of the big chains (Applebee's, or some such -- their idea, not mine.) Yeah, they were pretty much astounded/horrified by the portion sizes.

/But, then again, they ate their hamburgers with a fork and knife...in public...so, it's a tossup on who's the real monster, here.
2013-11-13 12:41:12 AM
3 votes:
I gotta chime in on the portion size thing.

I've made a couple of trips to the States recently, and sweet merciful farkmonkeys do you people overeat.  I ordered a medium drink at a fast food place at the airport, and they gave me something larger than the largest Big Gulp 7-11 sells up here in Canada.  I nursed that thing for hours.

I don't wanna know how big the extra large was.  I'd probably still be drinking it today.
2013-11-13 12:28:09 AM
3 votes:
FTFA: "They also assumed that you could run into ultra famous people, like, in the open market or on the bus"


True story:

I was once working as a lift operator at a ski resort.  Those resorts have a lot of foreign transplants from the southern hemisphere--folks who follow winters and work ski service year round.  So one day I'm sitting at the bottom end of my lift helping guests and such when a group of eight black guys come cruising through.  (This wouldn't be notable anywhere else, but I mean, it's mostly true: not a lot of black people ski or snowboard.)  So I greet them, help them onto the lift, continue what I'm doing.  One of the guys looked vaguely familiar with his baby dreads, but I didn't think much of it.  So it gets to the point where I need to swap spots with the Bolivian guy who was working the top spot of the lift.  I ride up to the top and the first thing he says (which is the most English I got out of him the whole season): "Holy shiat, man.  You see Coolio?!"

Made me laugh that the first big celebrity I'd ever met, I didn't even recognize, but the guy from La Paz was all over it.
2013-11-13 12:10:27 AM
3 votes:
faircitynews.com
2013-11-13 12:03:42 AM
3 votes:
Buffets.  "No, really, they just charge you to enter."
2013-11-12 08:19:18 PM
3 votes:

i259.photobucket.com


AMERICA, FARK YEAH!!

2013-11-12 06:53:39 PM
3 votes:
People don't really care about the FIFA World Cup even though USA qualifies.

What is this "World Cup" you speak of?
2013-11-13 11:59:05 AM
2 votes:

Palin2012: Fissile: Palin2012: Thats just one place that im not in a hurry to go to. I dont really feel like dumping in a hole in the floor

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A squat toilet is healthier for you than the throne toilets American use.  Using a squat toilet means you are less likely to develop hemorrhoids and incontinence problems later in life.  It's natural for humans to squat when they dump.  Sitting while taking a dump has been around for only a hundred years or so.

I think that's what communists want you to believe. Every country that uses squatters is or was formerly communist in my experience. China, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, all squatters. Sitting is the most natural way, has a longer and older history, and traditionally shows one is more culturally refined. It is really hard to wipe your ass while squatting. If sitting increases your risk of hemorrhoids, squatting destroys your knees. Try squatting for 10 minutes while you have diarrhoea over a shiatty, slippery, smelly, hole. Then trying to just lean forward enough so that you can wipe you ass while barely missing the festering day old shiat pile beneath you and not touching the door that has been torrentially pissed on. Do you know that most squatters are broken? I shiat you not, no pun intended, 9/10 squatters are broken and full before you get there. Also, squatters are the best solution for the Chinese. Most bathrooms have a lot of fluid on the floor and smell like ammonia. You know why? Because the first Chinese misses the urinal and a little gets on the ground. The next guy stands just past the piss on the ground and long shots it. He misses a little too. The third guy, the forth guy, these people were there at like 6 in the morning. Now there has been 10,000 people and you can imagine how wet the floor is and how strong the smell of ammonia. But I digress, squatters are the best solution for China because at least you dont have to touch your ass to where those 10,000 other people sat and shiat. If your careful  ...

================

Hmmmm.  I never thought of that before, but now that you've explained it.....yes, it probably is a communist plot for world domination, turning the world brown....and then red.
2013-11-13 05:34:47 AM
2 votes:
I'm surprised the ladies didn't mention our huge American cocks and our incredible sexual fortitude.
2013-11-13 03:49:21 AM
2 votes:
There was an exchange student on our soccer team in high school who was from somewhere in Eastern Europe (I can't remember where).  He was a cool guy but didn't understand that all Americans wear deodorant, especially during two a days in August.  On the second day someone went to the store at lunch and bought him a few different sticks of deodorant.  Watching him try to apply it with the cap still on generated some laughs but once we explained what was going on and that we weren't trying to be dicks he got the picture.  It's probably a good thing we did that before school started since no one wants to sit next to someone who smells like armpits.
I also recall going to Canada about 10 years ago and being taken aback by vinegar packets at fast food restaurants and how casually racist some people were, especially regarding the native population.  I also recall being on the light rail and the subject of gun ownership coming up and everyone around us becoming very concerned since we were American and they thought we were armed to the teeth and insane.
2013-11-13 03:37:48 AM
2 votes:

Fano: pyrotek85: ciberido: pyrotek85: Shostie: America is literally HUGE.

I think a lot of Americans don't quite comprehend how massive this country really is.

I've seen this observation in other articles too, and I'm always surprised by it. Now I haven't personally traveled all over the country, but I have looked at maps and globes that show states/countries to scale to each other. Doesn't everyone else learn this in school at some point?

Whenever I would show a Nepali a map of Asia (or a globe), they would be amazed at how small Nepal was compared to other Asian countries such as China or India.  To be fair, India and China are both pretty big countries, but still, I was surprised at how surprised they were.

Conversely, they didn't seem all that surprised to see how big the USA was.

The again, a Nepali man once asked me which bus he would take to get to America.  Well, it's a landlocked country.  I'm not sure the man knew what an ocean was.

Well I wouldn't blame him for not knowing, not everyone has access to the same amount of schooling as everyone else does unfortunately. I'm just surprised that tourists visiting from other first world countries are ignorant of something I thought be common knowledge to them. I mean, the size and scope of the world and it's countries is pretty basic wouldn't you think?

Remember though, Americans are renowned for not knowing shiat about foreign lands. Even though it's a universal trait- Most countries are reduced to their major cities- Japan= Tokyo, Britain = London, France= Paris, etc. America is New York and Los Angeles, perhaps one other city.


How many people UNDERSTAND that pic?


I think I understand that pic... It means that Cuba is somewhere in the Sahara Desert, right?
2013-11-13 02:21:02 AM
2 votes:

flucto: Interesting. Even moving back to the US after a couple of years triggers some of these observations. Wait, I can buy milk, on Sunday, at 9pm, in 200 places? In gallons?


And it comes in a REAL container. Not some wimpy plastic bag.

i0.kym-cdn.com
2013-11-13 01:57:29 AM
2 votes:

SpdrJay: I had friends visit from my home planet of Dalron 7. They were amazed at the lack of Tyrasaur beasts on the streets and that they could walk around freely with no fear of being impregnated with larvae.

The grocery stores were sa source of confusion since most of our foods are deadly poison to them, and my cousin Mih fell dead after trying a hotdog snack thing from some sample stand....


No, no that happens to people from ALL planets.
2013-11-13 01:43:50 AM
2 votes:
america is blowing up people thousands of miles away to protect our CHEAP ICE!
2013-11-13 01:37:34 AM
2 votes:
Canadians and Australians understand distance. Europeans, not so much.
2013-11-13 01:13:25 AM
2 votes:

ciberido: fusillade762: Lionel Mandrake: Fano: My Indian wife would agree with all the points the first two made.

Except. What is an EMI?

I don't know...but there's an unlimited supply.

From the context it seemed like they were referring to smartphones. Electronic Mobile Instrument?

Probably.  Koreans call them "handphones" and refuse to believe me when I tell them that's not actually a word in (American) English.


www.distantcreations.com

www.wired.com
/the future is now!
2013-11-13 01:02:56 AM
2 votes:

stiletto_the_wise: kombi: Also culturally. Here in the USA we shop for the week. We plan our meals ahead. We dont shop for a day or two.

This is highly dependent on where in the USA you are. In flyover country, yea you're right. Pile in the SUV, drive 25 miles to the nearest ultramarket, and drop $500 on groceries you need a forklift to move. In cities where people walk and/or bike to work/shopping, it's more common to go to the grocery store once a day.


I go to the grocery store once a day, and I don't own a car. But then I'm a pretty lousy American.
2013-11-13 12:30:30 AM
2 votes:

9Speed: Mon he arrived in Ft Lauderdale.
Tues he thought it would be fun to drive to Washington DC.
Weds we're going to see the arch in St Louis
Thurs let's hike the Grand Canyon in the morning and then go to Disneyland in the afternoon
Fri drive back to FL
etc.


A friend had relatives visit from Ireland a few years ago. They planned to fly into New York City, rent a car, and drive to San Francisco. They told him they'd be ready for lunch when they got to Denver and wanted to know if he'd join them.
2013-11-13 12:24:54 AM
2 votes:
When I have relatives from Europe visit, they are almost always astonished by how big everything is.   Most were dumbstruck to find out that New York is a large state and not just Manhattan Island.  Last few times I had fun farking with them.  I'd ask them where they wanted to go (I'm in Jersey).   They'd reply, "New York!".  I'd drive them over to Staten Island.  They'd sit there in the car looking at each other and then sheepishly ask, "Where are we?"   I'd say, "New York.  You said you wanted to go to New York."  They'd work up some courage and say, "But we wanted to go to New York City."   I'd reply, "You are in New York City."   They'd look around and point across the bay, "We want to go over there.", pointing to Manhattan.  I'd say, "Manhattan?  Why didn't you say so?"  They had no idea NYC was made up of 5 boroughs.
2013-11-13 12:04:45 AM
2 votes:
I do remember a Nigerian friend expounding on this by asking me, "If I woke you up in the middle of the night and asked you to come with me, what would you say?"
"I'd ask what was going on..."
"You see," he said. "My friends from my village would come with me, and on the way would ask, 'Ade, where are we going?'"
2013-11-12 11:44:21 PM
2 votes:
What is most interesting is the responses people have based on the area of the US they visited. as a new yorker, i laughed out loud about the person who said there was no jay walking because they didnt see it in Seattle.
2013-11-12 11:35:46 PM
2 votes:
Americans wouldn't be so fat if the beer and chocolate were as good as in Europe.
2013-11-12 11:33:42 PM
2 votes:
FTA: Bureaucracy really is kafkaesque at times. But most of the time, it's just that there are over 300 million people and the manning for a certain department is limited to two guys in Kentucky who have to answer every request by snail mail. This is probably the real reason people say government is evil.

LOL.
2013-11-12 11:24:21 PM
2 votes:

urger: Triumph: People don't really care about the FIFA World Cup even though USA qualifies.

What is this "World Cup" you speak of?

It's the Stanley Cup of pretending to get hurt and flopping around on the ground


Don't be harsh.  It's the Stanley Cup of foot hockey.
2013-11-12 11:19:36 PM
2 votes:

Cyclometh: If this thread goes green, I predict a larger than average percentage of sparkly eagles.


how about a larger than average percentage of people calling you a smug, elitist jackass?  Did you see that one too?
2013-11-12 08:53:22 PM
2 votes:
The[y] couldn't believe that we like Root Beer.

Heh. I took a big bottle of Dr. Pepper and a bottle of A&W root beer to some friends in Santiago. The look on their faces when they tasted it was awesome.

"Sabe a jarabe antitusivo." ("It tastes like cough syrup.") They couldn't believe that some people prefer those drinks to Coke or Sprite.
2013-11-12 08:29:49 PM
2 votes:
Grinding. The dance form.

ha.
2013-11-12 07:17:20 PM
2 votes:
If this thread goes green, I predict a larger than average percentage of sparkly eagles.
2013-11-13 11:43:02 AM
1 votes:
My husband's family are from Haiti and they are constantly telling me how "Americans" are wasteful and silly and pretty much suck at life, but they would recite the declaration of independence on the spot if someone came to take them back to Haiti.
2013-11-13 11:39:54 AM
1 votes:

Captain James T. Smirk: drumhellar: The[y] couldn't believe that we like Root Beer.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 250x236]
It's so bubbly and cloying, and happy...

Just like America. But you know what's really frightening? If you drink enough of it, you begin to like it.


www.extremetech.com
2013-11-13 11:21:27 AM
1 votes:

kombi: Palin2012: God Dammit so much! As a displaced poor Arkansas boy living in China you have no farking idea how awesome America is until you are gone!

Thats just one place that im not in a hurry to go to. I dont really feel like dumping in a hole in the floor


You haven't taken a dump in a hole the floor until you have defiled some dead guy's home's hole in the floor on a mountain. I was hiking around the Laoshan Mountain Range in Shandong and I decided to explore one of the tops of the mountains. The local Chinese cannot traverse a steep wheel chair ramp without assistance so they did not follow me as there was a fair amount of climbing. As I reached the top of the mountain nature calls out to me. I found a staircase with vines growing all over it and I walked into some ruined hovel. There was an ancient hole in the ground complete with ornate lionish dragon character overlooking it. I defiled it and now I am probably haunted.

/CSB
2013-11-13 10:58:42 AM
1 votes:

Fano: Mose: itazurakko: ciberido: So.... Africa is a country?

I think that's part of what the graphic is aimed at - it seems a lot of people think that Africa is one giant homogenous place.

And apparently some graphic artists tend to conveniently forget that Alaska and Hawaii are states of the United States.  Oopsy.

A lot of people are getting hung up on "Africa is not a country" and missing the salient point that a Mercator projection makes Africa seem smaller than it is. The Congo is huge.

Leaving out Alaska does the US a disservice since it's pretty large, but easily fitting the continental us, all of Europe except for Russia, china, and a few other states really drives it home for me.

Let's face it also, most farkers would fail a geography quiz on Africa, probably being only able to place Egypt, Libya, and south Africa on the map.


Mercator projection also make Greenland look enormous.  Where's the outrage at this?  Farking smug Greenlanders.
2013-11-13 10:09:29 AM
1 votes:

Phinn: In Europe, everyone is intellectual and cultured and slim and they wear tweed and heavy wool clothes and go to cafés where they eat really good chocolate and talk in six languages about art and literature and politics, then eat tiny, exotic meals, all expertly prepared, and live in quaint cobblestone neighborhoods where you can walk to the corner market that has a butcher and a baker and a candlestick maker.

In America, you drive your SUV from your McMansion to an enormous supermarket where fake-nice salespeople try to sell you oversized Oreos packages and Coca-Cola in giant plastic bottles and then you eat dinner at a chain restaurant where you get a 4,000 calorie cheeseburger and talk really loudly about things like "the bottom line" or high school football or how much you hate minorities and socialism.


I don't remember reading anything from you before but you just got made the same shade of green as PocketNinja. That is a compliment
2013-11-13 09:54:08 AM
1 votes:

itazurakko: Seth'n'Spectrum: fawning deference for the military

Oh heck yes. It's everywhere, and it's quite frankly a bit creepy.


I've just come back from semi-rural Pennsylvania, where the entire economy would fall over without the military, and I have a q in regard to this - is Heinz tomato ketchup that hono(u)rs the military a product sold nationally or is it exclusive to local restaurants*?

*where, in another counter to prevailing cultural stereotypes, grumpy old white women serve dismal food at relatively high prices. Although the portion sizes of tepid slurry are huge
2013-11-13 09:14:00 AM
1 votes:

serial_crusher: I hate when people point out the soda portion sizes.  Yes, it's a big farking cup.  It's also filled with ice.  Foreigners sit there with their little 8 ounce (or, whatever's near that size in metric) can of warm Coca Cola and act all critical of our 24 ounce cup with 16 ounces of ice and 8 ounces of ice cold refreshing Coke.

Sure, there is still this:
[www.foodpolitics.com image 500x668]
and people who buy that crap deserve some criticism, but a "medium" isn't the excess people make it out to be.


There's a certain kind of irony about tying the purchase of a gigantic sugary drink to the funding of juvenile diabetes research.
2013-11-13 09:10:56 AM
1 votes:

CujoQuarrel: you are a puppet: I do remember a Nigerian friend expounding on this by asking me, "If I woke you up in the middle of the night and asked you to come with me, what would you say?"
"I'd ask what was going on..."
"You see," he said. "My friends from my village would come with me, and on the way would ask, 'Ade, where are we going?'"

If you don't tell me what's going on how will I know to bring either guns/money/lawyers or a combination?


Well, you should ideally have a bag next to your bed with all of those things in it.  Er, except for the lawyer.  Keep his business card in the bag to save on feeding costs.  Besides, if the lawyer's needed, your friend will take you by his house to wake him up and have him join your posse.
2013-11-13 08:47:51 AM
1 votes:

you are a puppet: I do remember a Nigerian friend expounding on this by asking me, "If I woke you up in the middle of the night and asked you to come with me, what would you say?"
"I'd ask what was going on..."
"You see," he said. "My friends from my village would come with me, and on the way would ask, 'Ade, where are we going?'"


If you don't tell me what's going on how will I know to bring either guns/money/lawyers or a combination?
2013-11-13 08:38:33 AM
1 votes:

stiletto_the_wise: One thing I didn't see mentioned that I thought I would have: Lines (or queues)

In the USA everyone understands the concept of standing in line for things, and lines are very orderly. There are understood rules about not cutting in line and not pushing or standing too close, etc. And, you will be corrected if you try to jump in front of someone.

In most developing countries I've visited (and I'm looking mostly at you, India), getting service at any counter was always this mad mob pushing and shoving your way to the front. In these mobs, people have no hesitation to get extremely close and physical. Shocking for folks used to orderly lines.


My god, Russian lines. In Russia it is very common for someone to hold your place in line while you finish shopping. In fact, I have watched people walk into a store, ask someone in the middle of the line to save a place for them, do all of their shopping, and then get into line just as their saved place gets to the register. fark anyone who does this.
2013-11-13 08:36:52 AM
1 votes:

brantgoose: Maraschino cherries.

Take cherries, pit them, soak them in lye until they are as white as an Emo, then dye them bright red or green (or yellow or blue if you wish) and add enough "cherry" flavor to kill that giant Kool-Aid Jug that used to crash through walls and save people from thirst.

It's hard to believe this was invented in Eastern Europe and not America.

How did you miss that one? It should have been invented in Alabama or possibly by a crazed farmer's wife in Minnesotta. You was robbed!


The brining method was developed at Oregon State.
2013-11-13 08:33:29 AM
1 votes:
In Europe, everyone is intellectual and cultured and slim and they wear tweed and heavy wool clothes and go to cafés where they eat really good chocolate and talk in six languages about art and literature and politics, then eat tiny, exotic meals, all expertly prepared, and live in quaint cobblestone neighborhoods where you can walk to the corner market that has a butcher and a baker and a candlestick maker.

In America, you drive your SUV from your McMansion to an enormous supermarket where fake-nice salespeople try to sell you oversized Oreos packages and Coca-Cola in giant plastic bottles and then you eat dinner at a chain restaurant where you get a 4,000 calorie cheeseburger and talk really loudly about things like "the bottom line" or high school football or how much you hate minorities and socialism.
2013-11-13 08:19:36 AM
1 votes:

serial_crusher: This is the first I've heard of a drug store being referred to as a "chemist".


Never read Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

"Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space."
2013-11-13 08:14:01 AM
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Americans find it very odd if people use different words than them, like British English for eg. people looked at me funny when I asked where the "Chemist" is (Drug Store). Biscuit (Cookie), Billing Counter (Cashier), Coriander (Cilantro), Petrol (Gas) are others.

This is the first I've heard of a drug store being referred to as a "chemist".  If you asked me where a chemist was, I'd look at you as strangely as if you'd asked me where a stewardess was (while not on an airplane).  Best case scenario I'm going to assume based on your ethnicity that you've mistaken me for a member of your criminal organization and are looking for the drug or chemical weapon laboratory.

The biscuits vs. cookies thing is easily confusing in most contexts, since those are two completely different things.  If you're clearly talking about a cookie and use the word "biscuit", I'll figure it out.  But if we're at the grocery store and you ask me what aisle the biscuits are on, you're not going to end up where you intended.

The rest, anybody who doesn't figure them out is an idiot.
2013-11-13 08:00:49 AM
1 votes:
I hate when people point out the soda portion sizes.  Yes, it's a big farking cup.  It's also filled with ice.  Foreigners sit there with their little 8 ounce (or, whatever's near that size in metric) can of warm Coca Cola and act all critical of our 24 ounce cup with 16 ounces of ice and 8 ounces of ice cold refreshing Coke.

Sure, there is still this:
www.foodpolitics.com
and people who buy that crap deserve some criticism, but a "medium" isn't the excess people make it out to be.
2013-11-13 07:44:36 AM
1 votes:
You get that same sentiment moving from one part of the country to another. I moved from New York City to Kentucky and I had the shock of my life when I went to the supermarket. Almost every person in the supermarket (shoppers, mind you) greeted me with "good morning," or some other greeting. Then, in the middle of my shopping trip, the manager of the store comes up to me with a sales circular and tells me about some of the current items on sale. I was looking around for the hidden cameras. The icing on the cake comes when I get to the checkout and the bagger offers to push my groceries to the car and PACK IT UP! He wouldn't even take a tip! I did feel like I was in a foreign country.  That doesn't happen in New York City!
2013-11-13 06:53:45 AM
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The Voice of Doom: But then again, the stereotypical Northern Germans really aren't known for their exuberance and there's also the infamous and proverbial Berliner Schnauze..


We have this nice saying: "Nicht geschimpft ist genug gelobt." (Not ranting is praise enough.) I admit it is a bit hard to get us (from Berlin or Brandenburg) to warm up, but if you manage to do it, you have a friend you can rely on. We tend to think of the Southern Germans as fake and shallow.
2013-11-13 06:36:32 AM
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I work for a large tech company so there are a lot of Indians there. A few things about them baffle me.

1. Their complete lack of appreciation of "Personal Space". Even if it's just me and one Indian guy in the elevator, He'll stand so close I'm waiting for him to start grinding on me.

2. The men go to the bathroom in large groups, I don't notice this with the Indian women though. Very odd.
2013-11-13 05:53:18 AM
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I'm an American and I went to Windsor, Canada when I was 20 to drink and smoke weed and gamble at the casino and go to strip clubs. Canadians seemed to be a lot like Americans. There was a store that sold weed called Harvest Moon. It was a lot nicer than Detroit across the river. Cigarettes had pictures of lung cancer. At the time 80 American cents got you a Canadian dollar and you didn't need a passport. It isn't like that now.
2013-11-13 03:58:47 AM
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Palin2012: God Dammit so much! As a displaced poor Arkansas boy living in China you have no farking idea how awesome America is until you are gone!


Thats just one place that im not in a hurry to go to. I dont really feel like dumping in a hole in the floor
2013-11-13 03:55:37 AM
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kombi: orangehat: There was an exchange student on our soccer team in high school who was from somewhere in Eastern Europe (I can't remember where).  He was a cool guy but didn't understand that all Americans wear deodorant, especially during two a days in August.  On the second day someone went to the store at lunch and bought him a few different sticks of deodorant.  Watching him try to apply it with the cap still on generated some laughs but once we explained what was going on and that we weren't trying to be dicks he got the picture.  It's probably a good thing we did that before school started since no one wants to sit next to someone who smells like armpits.
I also recall going to Canada about 10 years ago and being taken aback by vinegar packets at fast food restaurants and how casually racist some people were, especially regarding the native population.  I also recall being on the light rail and the subject of gun ownership coming up and everyone around us becoming very concerned since we were American and they thought we were armed to the teeth and insane.

Well alot of contries are like that. Your American. You listen to Eminem, You own alot of guns, and have them on you at all times, drive a big SUV, You know celebrities. You live in LA or NYC.


Oh and you dont play real football
2013-11-13 03:54:55 AM
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orangehat: There was an exchange student on our soccer team in high school who was from somewhere in Eastern Europe (I can't remember where).  He was a cool guy but didn't understand that all Americans wear deodorant, especially during two a days in August.  On the second day someone went to the store at lunch and bought him a few different sticks of deodorant.  Watching him try to apply it with the cap still on generated some laughs but once we explained what was going on and that we weren't trying to be dicks he got the picture.  It's probably a good thing we did that before school started since no one wants to sit next to someone who smells like armpits.
I also recall going to Canada about 10 years ago and being taken aback by vinegar packets at fast food restaurants and how casually racist some people were, especially regarding the native population.  I also recall being on the light rail and the subject of gun ownership coming up and everyone around us becoming very concerned since we were American and they thought we were armed to the teeth and insane.


Well alot of contries are like that. Your American. You listen to Eminem, You own alot of guns, and have them on you at all times, drive a big SUV, You know celebrities. You live in LA or NYC.
2013-11-13 03:53:47 AM
1 votes:
God Dammit so much! As a displaced poor Arkansas boy living in China you have no farking idea how awesome America is until you are gone!
2013-11-13 03:41:08 AM
1 votes:

kombi: Ah yes the OC. Dont get me started about the OC and El Torro


FTFY.

He he he... I went to see the folks in OC a few weeks ago and was gonna meet up with my sister and her kid for some drinks. I told her I didn't want to go to a bar that was full of douchebags... she said we'd need to leave OC for that...

I despise that place.
2013-11-13 03:39:51 AM
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Fano: pyrotek85: ciberido: pyrotek85: Shostie: America is literally HUGE.

I think a lot of Americans don't quite comprehend how massive this country really is.

I've seen this observation in other articles too, and I'm always surprised by it. Now I haven't personally traveled all over the country, but I have looked at maps and globes that show states/countries to scale to each other. Doesn't everyone else learn this in school at some point?

Whenever I would show a Nepali a map of Asia (or a globe), they would be amazed at how small Nepal was compared to other Asian countries such as China or India.  To be fair, India and China are both pretty big countries, but still, I was surprised at how surprised they were.

Conversely, they didn't seem all that surprised to see how big the USA was.

The again, a Nepali man once asked me which bus he would take to get to America.  Well, it's a landlocked country.  I'm not sure the man knew what an ocean was.

Well I wouldn't blame him for not knowing, not everyone has access to the same amount of schooling as everyone else does unfortunately. I'm just surprised that tourists visiting from other first world countries are ignorant of something I thought be common knowledge to them. I mean, the size and scope of the world and it's countries is pretty basic wouldn't you think?

Remember though, Americans are renowned for not knowing shiat about foreign lands. Even though it's a universal trait- Most countries are reduced to their major cities- Japan= Tokyo, Britain = London, France= Paris, etc. America is New York and Los Angeles, perhaps one other city.
[www.bequi.com image 604x786]

How many people UNDERSTAND that pic?


How many people understand that individual countries (with the exception of Western Europe, which is a part of a continent) are going to be smaller than a whole continent?

Not you apparently.
2013-11-13 03:34:18 AM
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doosh: kombi: BigJake: kombi: I do think its funny how alot of Europeans just think we are backwards.

Were you originally from somewhere else?

No Im Native

He's probably asking because you don't know the difference between there and their. Or apostrophes.


Sorry. I know.My grammar sucks.
2013-11-13 03:25:30 AM
1 votes:

kombi: BigJake: kombi: I do think its funny how alot of Europeans just think we are backwards.

Were you originally from somewhere else?

No Im Native


He's probably asking because you don't know the difference between there and their. Or apostrophes.
2013-11-13 03:13:12 AM
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kombi: spaten: kombi: I do think its funny how alot of Europeans just think we are backwards. When I was in soccer radio we would have Euro players come in and complain how we dont drive on the correct side of the road. They cant take there teenage kids to a bar, we dont use pal for our video standard, we use 110v and not 220. How we where simple and backwards compared to the rest of the world. Why would someone want to live so far away from LA or NY. Why would we want to live any ware else in the country. They dont understand why there teenage kids could not go to Hollywood clubs with them. All kinds of stuff

Lived in Poland for a while. They love Americans and hate the Germans. Wonder why. The hooligan culture in Bitom and Katowice is very strong. shiatheads tried to rob me a couple times. I laughed at them and told them to buy a ticket to Detroit. The real Eastern Europe gangsters aren't petty criminals...

Oh hell ya. They are real villains. Would not want to screw with them. Even with the shooting now and then, We are incredibly safe compared to alot of the world. . And they have alot more firepower than anyone here. Even when it comes to street crime.


Its like that with the people of KUWAIT too. They love us there. Dont really like there neighbors. When ever we have any kind of disaster they are usually one of the first to offer aid. We always turn them down.
2013-11-13 03:11:26 AM
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stiletto_the_wise: Popular Opinion: Confabulat: One thing I learned from years of waiting tables in a touristy-type restaurant is Europeans are very uncomfortable with lots of ice in their drinks. Americans are very much the opposite.

before the advent of free refills, it may seem like a gyp to get a glass full of ice and hardly any beverage.
a jewish friend used to go to mcdonalds and order a large coke, no ice, and a courtesy cup of ice, so he would not be paying for ice.

os for the UK, my experience led me to believe the costs of energy and big commercial ice makers just means it isn't common unless the establishment serves a lot of customers who like lots of ice (like americans).

Also, something I've only seen in the USA: Ice in beer! UGGGHHHHHHH!!


I'm an alcoholic American and I've never seen anyone put ice in their beer and if I did I would kick someone's ASS
2013-11-13 03:06:44 AM
1 votes:

Fano: How many people UNDERSTAND that pic?


Well, I UNDERSTAND that Africa and Western Europe are not countries, unlike whoever made that travesty of an infographic.
2013-11-13 02:59:39 AM
1 votes:

drgloryboy: Some observations I had of Europe in the 90's:

Couldn't find non-carbonated bottled water anywhere. All bottled water was carbonated.

No public drinking fountains in museums or other public places.

Go to a restaurant and they would place a single small ice cube in your water or soft drink.

Bought a meal from a street vendor who refused to give me more then 1 single small paper napkin.

Wild cuts of pork and beef I never saw before. What do we do with all the scapulas of pigs here in the states? Seeing animals in various stages of slaughter hung upside down after being skinned, seeing brains and tripe etc.

Almost daily saw some troop of protestors marching down the street.

Met a very friendly girl in a museum who could carry on a conversation in English. We talked for a while and she was helpful. She wasn't Spanish and I was in Spain. I asked what country she was from and she refused to tell me stating she was embarrassed thought that was odd.


Romania
2013-11-13 02:58:53 AM
1 votes:

kombi: I do think its funny how alot of Europeans just think we are backwards. When I was in soccer radio we would have Euro players come in and complain how we dont drive on the correct side of the road. They cant take there teenage kids to a bar, we dont use pal for our video standard, we use 110v and not 220. How we where simple and backwards compared to the rest of the world. Why would someone want to live so far away from LA or NY. Why would we want to live any ware else in the country. They dont understand why there teenage kids could not go to Hollywood clubs with them. All kinds of stuff


Lived in Poland for a while. They love Americans and hate the Germans. Wonder why. The hooligan culture in Bitom and Katowice is very strong. shiatheads tried to rob me a couple times. I laughed at them and told them to buy a ticket to Detroit. The real Eastern Europe gangsters aren't petty criminals...
2013-11-13 02:37:28 AM
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It surprises me that both Americans and non Americans assume you are supposed to eat the entire, huge restaurant portion in one sitting. The point is to take half of it home and re-experience the meal again later. In part, it's a marketing technique for the restaurant...you now have a container of stuff in your fridge that serves to extend your consumer experience. Brilliant!
2013-11-13 02:28:39 AM
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HotWingAgenda: Coffee shop baristas here actually learn my first name, and make a point of saying hi to me even if the last time I came by for a latte was months ago.


I get that at liquor stores.
2013-11-13 02:18:52 AM
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GRCooper:
Was just in Berlin in Aug. Found the people there decidedly less friendly than in Munich.

When talking to my german friend about it he laughed and said "dude you were in northern Germany..they're pretty unfriendly."


Eh, Germany is just like the US:
both apparently have "Southern Charm" and the charmers who are still pissed about losing their civil war(s) in the 1860s against the Northern aggressors who forced them into a federal union which they still threaten to secede from.

Did the friendly folks in the south at least refer to their brothers and sisters from the north as "Saupreissn" (roughly: Prussian pigs) in front of you as it's the charming Bavarian custom? ;-)

But then again, the stereotypical Northern Germans really aren't known for their exuberance and there's also the infamous and proverbial Berliner Schnauze..
2013-11-13 02:12:13 AM
1 votes:

kombi: GRCooper: CygnusDarius: 

Other Latin Americans, though, seem to all hate, really *hate* Mexicans. Have you noticed that?

I did soccer radio and yes they HATE Mexicans. I mean HATE. Its hard to explain to people.


It's like this, a gross modo:

Salvadorans, Guatemalans & Hondurans resent them for treating them like shiat and pretending they're superior
Cubans look down on them as uneducated, dirty yokels
Colombians think they talk and act goofy (and have poor taste)
Venezuelans are bitter for them having stolen their trend-setting crown throughout the rest of S. America
Puerto Ricans for making them look bad since they're so much harder working
Argentinians, well, Argentinians are more arrogant than the French or South Koreans so they hate even being lumped in as being Latin Americans at all!
2013-11-13 01:57:19 AM
1 votes:

simplicimus: Lived for a few years in Norco, then moved to Kenner. Worked downtown. Early eighties to early nineties.


Cool, my grandparents lived in Kenner and I had a cousin or two that lived out in Norco or Destrehan. Somewhere over there.
2013-11-13 01:50:58 AM
1 votes:

pyrotek85: Shostie: America is literally HUGE.

I think a lot of Americans don't quite comprehend how massive this country really is.

I've seen this observation in other articles too, and I'm always surprised by it. Now I haven't personally traveled all over the country, but I have looked at maps and globes that show states/countries to scale to each other. Doesn't everyone else learn this in school at some point?


Whenever I would show a Nepali a map of Asia (or a globe), they would be amazed at how small Nepal was compared to other Asian countries such as China or India.  To be fair, India and China are both pretty big countries, but still, I was surprised at how surprised they were.

Conversely, they didn't seem all that surprised to see how big the USA was.

The again, a Nepali man once asked me which bus he would take to get to America.  Well, it's a landlocked country.  I'm not sure the man knew what an ocean was.
2013-11-13 01:50:02 AM
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I remember flying from Zurich back to JFK airport. Zurich was clean and quiet and just generally all around nice. I really liked the place, but I can see how it would be boring after the charm wore off. The pron shop with huge sexually explicit posters in the window right next to the medieval church was a nice plus. The airport was freakishly clean and new. When you get to JFK you're hustled in cattle-like herds down grimy grey corridors until you get to a big room packed with pissed off people, with huge TVs blaring CNN while customs assholes bark questions at you. I felt like I was in some third world dictatorship or something.
2013-11-13 01:49:35 AM
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Popular Opinion: Confabulat: One thing I learned from years of waiting tables in a touristy-type restaurant is Europeans are very uncomfortable with lots of ice in their drinks. Americans are very much the opposite.

before the advent of free refills, it may seem like a gyp to get a glass full of ice and hardly any beverage.
a jewish friend used to go to mcdonalds and order a large coke, no ice, and a courtesy cup of ice, so he would not be paying for ice.

os for the UK, my experience led me to believe the costs of energy and big commercial ice makers just means it isn't common unless the establishment serves a lot of customers who like lots of ice (like americans).


Also, something I've only seen in the USA: Ice in beer! UGGGHHHHHHH!!
2013-11-13 01:43:14 AM
1 votes:
New Yorkers, at least when I was growing up there, did not over share. Or share, for that matter.
Louisiana, when I lived there, if you stood next to someone for five minutes, you got their life story.
Texans love to talk, but not much is personal.
2013-11-13 01:40:20 AM
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brantgoose: ecmoRandomNumbers: The[y] couldn't believe that we like Root Beer.

Heh. I took a big bottle of Dr. Pepper and a bottle of A&W root beer to some friends in Santiago. The look on their faces when they tasted it was awesome.

"Sabe a jarabe antitusivo." ("It tastes like cough syrup.") They couldn't believe that some people prefer those drinks to Coke or Sprite.

I hate Dr. Pepper. My Mother included one in a C.A.R.E. package when I was an undergrad and I could not finish it. Poured it out. Yes, it does taste like cough syrup. Straight up, it tastes like the juice from a jar of marschino cherries.

Blah! Yuck! Phtooie! Phtoie! I also hate Cherry Cola and Cream Soda, the sickliest beverage in the world. I would happily drink a bottle of Robitussin over Cream Soda.

www.heyreverb.com


Agrees  (nsfw audio).
2013-11-13 01:36:57 AM
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Captain James T. Smirk:

 But you know what's really frightening? If you drink enough of it, you begin to like it.

Just like America.
2013-11-13 01:35:16 AM
1 votes:

davidphogan: gunslinger_RG: Also, 100% of all the Germans I entertained for work, were fanatical about Mexican food.  They loved it!  I thought that if someone opened a true Mexican restaurant in Germany that there would be a constant line around the block.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_immigration_to_Mexico

There are reasons.


And along the road, they taught beer-brewing to Mexicans; hell, even my own city had a brewery (Supposedly to fight alcoholism). Sort of a lost art because of the crap commercial beer flooding the market these days, but we're getting back the hang of it.
2013-11-13 01:29:47 AM
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gunslinger_RG: Also, 100% of all the Germans I entertained for work, were fanatical about Mexican food.  They loved it!  I thought that if someone opened a true Mexican restaurant in Germany that there would be a constant line around the block.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_immigration_to_Mexico

There are reasons.
2013-11-13 01:17:50 AM
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GRCooper: I agree on tge McDonalds. I tried to avoid them as much as possible, but when away from the US you get weird cravings (I NEVER crave McDs here, and very very rarely go). The Big Macs in Europe actually look like the ones in the ads.

Other things I've noticed from travelling;

Germans in Germany are hospitable, warm and friendly - but when they are travelling outaide of Germany they are complete assholes.

Spanish women are very forward, and 'aggressive' sexually. They're wonderful.

Finns are extremely reserved, but friendly once they become comfortable around you.

Most Dutch speak better English than most Americans.

French people hate Parisians and find them as obnoxious as the rest of us do.

I'm 6 feet tall, and I felt short in Scandanavia. Those guys are huge, and the number of stunning women was overwhelming.

/just some thoughts before sleep


Was just in Berlin in Aug. Found the people there decidedly less friendly than in Munich.

When talking to my german friend about it he laughed and said "dude you were in northern Germany..they're pretty unfriendly."
2013-11-13 01:16:26 AM
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ciberido: fusillade762: Lionel Mandrake: Fano: 
More generally, every country has its own variety of English, even (or maybe especially) ones where English isn't the native language.  Nepalis and Indians in particular will insist that they're speaking British English, and any time they're using a word that an American isn't familiar with, that unfamiliarity is because the word is "British English."  It's much more fun when there's a Brit in the room who can say, "No, it really isn't."


I know a ton of people from places that speak "British English" who will not miss an opportunity to make fun of you for mispronouncing any words from their first language, but you'd better not dare say anything about their pronunciation or use of English words.
2013-11-13 01:10:42 AM
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" Anyway, for whatever reason the quality of food at a McDonald's in the USA is much, much lower than at any McDonald's outside the USA (at least in my personal experience). "

Jesus maccas food is awful in Australia, I'm scared to try it in the US.
2013-11-13 01:03:45 AM
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Monkeyfark Ridiculous: 1. The Coke is terrible
2. Wonderful roads and parking lots
3. Yeah, okay, fat people and huge portions
4. Huge stores/selection of goods, everything is in season always
5. Ethnic diversity
6. Cheap gas (and many other things)
7. Tipping
8. Free speech, angry politics, propaganda
9. Isolated cookie-cutter suburbs and McMansion cocoons
10. Many 4-way stops, virtually no roundabouts
11. Seriously, Coke should have sugar in it


What you want is Mexican Coke.  And no, not the kind that comes as a white powder.

/Best enjoyed with barbecued iguana, but only if you're in Tijuana listening to the radio.
2013-11-13 12:52:29 AM
1 votes:

CygnusDarius: tripleseven: I worked with a guy from mexico city.
However he insisted he was castillian. Would get pissy when you pronounced the z in his name as a z. Wanted it pronounced the Spanish way of th.

Hated going to lunch with him cause he treated the Latino staff like shiat.

Kinda weird guy.

\csb

Perhaps he was a Spaniard that was working in Mexico City. There's lots of Spaniards in the same situation down there, but most are nice, or at leas decent enough to hide any sort of animosity.


Oh no. He was born and raised Mexican. Seemed to consider the non Spanish Mexicans "natives" or something. Not sure how long his roots were in mexico but he was definitely born there.

God forbid a Mexican bus person serviced our table. It was painful.
2013-11-13 12:48:33 AM
1 votes:
Maraschino cherries.

Take cherries, pit them, soak them in lye until they are as white as an Emo, then dye them bright red or green (or yellow or blue if you wish) and add enough "cherry" flavor to kill that giant Kool-Aid Jug that used to crash through walls and save people from thirst.

It's hard to believe this was invented in Eastern Europe and not America.

How did you miss that one? It should have been invented in Alabama or possibly by a crazed farmer's wife in Minnesotta. You was robbed!
2013-11-13 12:48:30 AM
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kombi: mr0x: Fano: This was an interesting discussion on quora a couple weeks back.

One great point, corroborated by my wife, was that Americans are superficially friendly and overshare everything. In the course of an elevator ride an American woman might talk about her abortion and the particulars of how her marriage failed. The sorts of things you might confide only in a close friend about. This often leads foreigners to think that they have instantly made a friend for life. This can lead to disappointment when they find out that we would share that stuff with just anybody.

Nah, who are we kidding with these overly complicated analysis?

Why would someone want to befriend a foreigner who has limited resources and skills? An American would get nothing out of befriending a foreigner.

If the foreigner had mad skillz or lots of money, then that's another story.

The foreigners just haven't adjusted to their social rank yet. They may have been top dog in their country that would have been very beneficial to befriend, but in America they have to start at the bottom of the ladder.

Of course, western Europe immigrants have the least disadvantage, then eastern Europe and then the third worlders.

I think thats what we dont understand here. Now this is going to bug people but we really dont have a class system like they do in other countries. They really do. You are born poor. You stay poor. You dont go to school. Your dad pounds rock on the road you do too. Its difficult go get out of your class in alot of countries. You where born in the slums. You die in the slums.


We don't have a class system here? Hahaha yeah right.
2013-11-13 12:47:28 AM
1 votes:

ecmoRandomNumbers: I took a big bottle of Dr. Pepper and a bottle of A&W root beer to some friends in Santiago. The look on their faces when they tasted it was awesome.


My girlfriend is from China and says that root beer tastes like traditional Chinese medicine.
2013-11-13 12:33:53 AM
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Man as an Australian they've started selling yankie Chocolate in some supermarkets here the one about the quality of the chocolate really hit me.

You guys eat that stuff... like by choice?
Like a block of Hershies chocolate is the equivilent of the cheapest, nastiest fark off chocolate you can buy. It's just foul.
2013-11-13 12:32:43 AM
1 votes:
FTA: Yes, they'd meet with a lot of friendliness and amicable treatment, but there was a bit of cold water splashed in their faces as they assumed it was the beginning of a real friendship, and they'd seek the person out for activities, interaction, etc. A lot of Korean, Japanese, West African, and Middle Eastern folks said the same things: they thought they were making friends but they turned out to be arms-length acquaintances. Several expressed that they started to feel that the initial friendliness was phony or superficial. Fortunately, not all of their relationships went this way, and they often met great new real friends.

Niko, it's your cousin! Why don't you take me bowling...
2013-11-13 12:30:56 AM
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Yes we have a very large geographically deserve country. And We dont have a great public trans portion system. Again geographically deserve and the size. So we usually have larger cars with larger engines. Go drive the 15 thru the California desert in a 1.2-2.0 liter. not a great trip. And it may sound counter intuitive but, in a non flat place like LA. You can get better mileage with a slightly larger engine.

Food. We do eat to much. But oh we can afford it in this country. One thing people from other country's dont understand is we dont have Vat's or any import tax on alot of food. So its cheaper.

We also make more money. So we can buy more than a 1 liter. Does not mean we have to.

Chocolate does suck here. But we are used to it and like it. Thats one of our cultural things.

We like big houses and land. We really dont like to live on top of each other.
The houses look alike because they are housing tracts. Not custom built. or one offs.

We eat alot of beef because we have room. Alot of country dont have the room to raise them and graze them.

We dont walk as much as we should. Im sorry but to go to work I would have to walk 7 miles each way. Same to go to the store. When I lived closer to the store and college I did walk or ride. But in most cases people here have some type of commute.

Traffic. Unfortunately the city I live in has not learned this. But round abouts are a waist of time and cause more problems than they solve. We learn how to drive here. The police really dont have much to worry about here. Not like other country's. Where the police could be walking into an armed camp. So what do they do? write tickets. so we learn how to drive quick.

Guns,Guns, Guns. We love our guns. I love my guns. Its ingrained in our way of life. And im sorry but I hate it when people think they can just buy a gun without a background check or anything. Even in private gun sales your are so pose to go to a gun shop fill out the paper work and transfer the gun. People that dont are breaking the law. In the past I have purchased 2 guns and a riffle from gun shows. And had background checks with each one.
2013-11-13 12:27:14 AM
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Fark It: worlddan: (1) More often than not, Americans are honest. There is very little corruption here compared to what one finds in many countries.
(2) There is a real tradition of public service that many countries simply do not have. In many places being in government is a way to get rich.

Ever been to Illinois?


Ever been to India?
2013-11-13 12:14:02 AM
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Coming on a Bicycle: Friendly cashiers are a feature now - WTF?


Well, granted plenty of the supposedly friendly places have a tip jar... friendly cashier, or GOLD-DIGGING SLUT?
2013-11-13 12:13:41 AM
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9Speed: Shostie: America is literally HUGE.

I think a lot of Americans don't quite comprehend how massive this country really is.

A few months ago I had a long-time friend fly in from Denmark to stay with me for a week.  He had already planned out an itinerary for all the places he wanted to drive to...

Mon he arrived in Ft Lauderdale.
Tues he thought it would be fun to drive to Washington DC.
Weds we're going to see the arch in St Louis
Thurs let's hike the Grand Canyon in the morning and then go to Disneyland in the afternoon
Fri drive back to FL
etc.


I've found this map to be a useful visual aid for that sort of thing.

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2013-11-13 12:11:49 AM
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Friendly cashiers are a feature now - WTF?
2013-11-13 12:11:14 AM
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So basically American culture is better than your culture in every way, and we can outeat your asses.  YEAH AMERICA.
2013-11-13 12:10:50 AM
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I used to host international students. EVERY ONE of them believed that Americans NEVER locked their cars because in every American movie and TV show the car doors are never locked, Also they were all amazed at how huge the country is Even the Distance from Delaware to New York city surprised them.
2013-11-13 12:10:00 AM
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thisispete: I'm a New Zealander who has spent a grand total of two weeks in the United States. In 2011 I was sent to a conference in Milwaukee and I extended the trip with a week's holiday in Chicago. I was there when Osama bin Laden was killed. Which was interesting. Had I just stuck with websites or CNN, I would have thought there would be general rejoicing in the streets, but being there people just took it in their stride.


A little bit off-topic, but I don't care.

As a Mexican... I hope New Zealand wins this next soccer match. Our country doesn't deserve to enter the World Cup, and we as a nation should be concerned with more pressing matters than sports.

Now, back on topic... The one thing that surprises me about Americans is their sheer love of huge drinking cups, although the term 'cup' should not be applied; bucket fits the description far better.
2013-11-13 12:09:54 AM
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9Speed: Shostie: America is literally HUGE.

I think a lot of Americans don't quite comprehend how massive this country really is.

A few months ago I had a long-time friend fly in from Denmark to stay with me for a week.  He had already planned out an itinerary for all the places he wanted to drive to...

Mon he arrived in Ft Lauderdale.
Tues he thought it would be fun to drive to Washington DC.
Weds we're going to see the arch in St Louis
Thurs let's hike the Grand Canyon in the morning and then go to Disneyland in the afternoon
Fri drive back to FL
etc.


Your friend should just go to California. Pearl Harbor's there, also Texas.
2013-11-13 12:01:59 AM
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"Wall-to-wall carpeting. The absolutely needless luxury is both profoundly wasteful and absurd. Not to mention hard to clean."

Well you don't really need to clean a dirt floor, so I guess they have a point about cleaning, but really carpeting is pretty much the same price as wood or ceramic tile flooring and I think vacuuming is way easier than mopping. I guess they think we should just walk around on the bare cement or wood subfloor.
2013-11-12 11:57:41 PM
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fusillade762: Our cars and houses are ridiculous in size.


There's some house-hunter reality TV show on Discovery or Travel or whatever and they took some Americans to the UK to house-hunt.  It was pretty hilarious because the Americans were looking for a flat about 30 times as large as whatever the realtor was showing them.
2013-11-12 11:56:26 PM
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JasonOfOrillia: urger: Triumph: People don't really care about the FIFA World Cup even though USA qualifies.

What is this "World Cup" you speak of?

It's the Stanley Cup of pretending to get hurt and flopping around on the ground

Don't be harsh.  It's the Stanley Cup of foot hockey.


Lacross?
2013-11-12 11:54:59 PM
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j had friends from wales visit me (I lived overseas for a few years)...
the funniest thing i remember is how 1) they wanted to go to Taco Bell, and 2) they filled their purses with hot sauce and ketchup packets.
when i lived over there, they charged 5p for a packet of ketchup, even if you bought an entire meal and fries.
2013-11-12 11:52:38 PM
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fusillade762: Lionel Mandrake: Fano: My Indian wife would agree with all the points the first two made.

Except. What is an EMI?

I don't know...but there's an unlimited supply.

From the context it seemed like they were referring to smartphones. Electronic Mobile Instrument?


Vibrators?
2013-11-12 11:51:15 PM
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RINO: Cyclometh: If this thread goes green, I predict a larger than average percentage of sparkly eagles.

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2013-11-12 11:50:15 PM
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RINO: Cyclometh: If this thread goes green, I predict a larger than average percentage of sparkly eagles.

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THAT IS GLORIOUS
2013-11-12 11:49:11 PM
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Credit Score WTF - The credit system in America will create a numerical value (credit score) to asses everyone's financial fitness. No one know how the score is calculated but you need that to get a loan... or two... or three... and beyond.
However, in order to get a credit score, you need to get a loan e.g car financing. In order to get a loan... well... you need a credit score (notice the circular reference). Your credit score can also be created by using credit card. You just need a credit score to apply for a credit card.



Hear, hear.

A lot of people really think a constitution written hundreds of years ago provides written guidance to any issue the nation might be faced with. Then again, a large subset of the same group believes that a book written 2000 years ago provides answers to all problems in life

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2013-11-12 11:47:02 PM
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ecmoRandomNumbers: flucto: Interesting. Even moving back to the US after a couple of years triggers some of these observations. Wait, I can buy milk, on Sunday, at 9pm, in 200 places? In gallons? For $3??? And the cashier is nice? And wishes me a blessed day? WHATTHEIDONTEVEN

I was gone for two years. When I came back, I couldn't believe people could drink 32 oz. of soda. And OMG! 44 oz! Then I saw somebody carrying around a literal plastic bucket from AM/PM (with an actual handle to carry it.) In Chile, we'd buy a 1-liter bottle of Coca-Cola as a treat to go with dinner, which was for everybody -- small glass, no ice.

It doesn't shock me any more as much as make me facepalm.


Dude, my roomate guzzles 2 liter bottles.
I biatched him out about it, that there's a goddamned correlation between pounding soda straight from the bottle while sitting on his ass watching TV and the fact that he's too fat for his knees to support him...
Yeah you can guess how that conversation ended.
2013-11-12 11:44:10 PM
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This was an interesting discussion on quora a couple weeks back.

One great point, corroborated by my wife, was that Americans are superficially friendly and overshare everything. In the course of an elevator ride an American woman might talk about her abortion and the particulars of how her marriage failed. The sorts of things you might confide only in a close friend about. This often leads foreigners to think that they have instantly made a friend for life. This can lead to disappointment when they find out that we would share that stuff with just anybody.
2013-11-12 11:41:56 PM
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DamnYankees: The other one, which is also an inverse of one mentioned in the article, is the observation that the types of food we eat in the US is very narrow. If you go to a restaurant, you will pretty much only have beef, pork, chicken or a few basic fishes, and none of which will ever come with bones (or, god forbid, whole). This is a very US-thing, I think.


Eh... except, you know, we're a nation of immigrants (and Native Americans).  I'm in a medium sized city and I could get multiple kinds of fish, boned meat, duck, lamb, etc... well, I could have a few hours ago, it's still not a very big city.

Serving sizes / cars / house size though, *definitely*.

And f--k, I'm born and raised American and maybe because going out to eat happened once a week growing up (with grandma!) but serving sizes here are still too damn big for me.  I'm honestly hard-pressed to think of the last time I ate an entire portion by myself at a restaurant.

God Is My Co-Pirate: You have TVs on everywhere, building lobbies, restaurants, taxis.  Your portion sizes are ridiculous.  You're friendly to strangers. Your beer is better than its reputation, but your chocolate is shiate.


... oh, come on, you're Canadian!
2013-11-12 11:41:22 PM
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America sounds fat.
2013-11-12 11:39:28 PM
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fta I remember going to my American friend's house and being shocked that people in real life actually ate dessert.

What? How are you going to max out your cholesterol without a pecan pie or peach cobbler chaser?
2013-11-12 11:38:30 PM
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Triumph: Americans wouldn't be so fat if the beer and chocolate were as good as in Europe.


Oh, please. I would say that the selection of beer I can get in the liquor stores within a mile of my house rivals or surpasses anything in Europe. The craft beer revolution has paid many, many dividends to the discerning beer drinker. It's a wonderful time to be an American beer snob.
2013-11-12 11:29:19 PM
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Actually, the common denominator was how expensive our health care system is.
2013-11-12 10:20:41 PM
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Coffee. I just don't get it.

Blasphemer!!
2013-11-12 09:24:07 PM
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A lot of people really think a constitution written hundreds of years ago provides written guidance to any issue the nation might be faced with. Then again, a large subset of the same group believes that a book written 2000 years ago provides answers to all problems in life.

is it that obvious?
2013-11-12 09:01:18 PM
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alwaysjaded: Cyclometh: If this thread goes green, I predict a larger than average percentage of sparkly eagles.

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that...is...so...AWESOME
2013-11-12 08:53:44 PM
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SlothB77: Shostie: I think a lot of Americans don't quite comprehend how massive this country really is.

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half the country is 9th Ave and 10th ave, then Jersey, a couple rocks, some brown dirt, Pacific Ocean.


I've always loved that cover.
2013-11-12 08:42:57 PM
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America is literally HUGE.

I think a lot of Americans don't quite comprehend how massive this country really is.

Black Friday and the frenzy associated with it.

You and me both, pal.
2013-11-12 06:23:38 PM
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flucto: Interesting. Even moving back to the US after a couple of years triggers some of these observations. Wait, I can buy milk, on Sunday, at 9pm, in 200 places? In gallons? For $3??? And the cashier is nice? And wishes me a blessed day? WHATTHEIDONTEVEN


Indeed. It's pretty interesting to see your own country through a foreign lens.
2013-11-12 06:18:28 PM
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Interesting. Even moving back to the US after a couple of years triggers some of these observations. Wait, I can buy milk, on Sunday, at 9pm, in 200 places? In gallons? For $3??? And the cashier is nice? And wishes me a blessed day? WHATTHEIDONTEVEN
 
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