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2014-03-01 06:10:13 PM  
If you want to ask for directions go to a service station.  If you ask a person on the street you might be shot as they stand their ground.
 
2014-03-01 06:13:53 PM  
In the hotel you leave two dollars per day per person cleaning.

You're supposed to tip hotel maids?


US etiquette prohibits flirting with a woman who is not your girlfriend or wife

What would be the point of flirting, then?
 
2014-03-01 06:20:13 PM  
Violent Toilet is my new punk rock band name.
 
2014-03-01 07:06:04 PM  
exactly what i tell people about america:

*seriously, you almost dip your ass in toilet water in the US.. not sure why you need it that full.
*don't drink the water is normal for any country (due to the differing levels of fluride etc). i'm scottish but can't drink the water in london (it really is gross there).

*the fridge thing is standard too.
 
2014-03-01 07:07:05 PM  
From India: The U.S. doesn't offer much in terms of shopping. "Based on my experience everyone need to bring almost every basic thing you need on a daily basis."

What?????
 
2014-03-01 07:07:07 PM  
African immigrants and refugees are shown Coming to America.
 
2014-03-01 07:09:45 PM  

nekom: Violent Toilet is my new punk rock band name.


You're close: The Violent Toilet Trout
 
2014-03-01 07:10:46 PM  
If you have an erection that lasts more than four hours seek medical help.

Old American folk tale.
 
2014-03-01 07:11:02 PM  
But can I drink the violent toilet water whilst hiding in the fridge?
 
2014-03-01 07:11:28 PM  

Walker: From India: The U.S. doesn't offer much in terms of shopping. "Based on my experience everyone need to bring almost every basic thing you need on a daily basis."

What?????


To be fair, our curry options are somewhat limited unless you go to specialty markets.
 
2014-03-01 07:11:53 PM  
From China.

Americans love to follow rules, even when no one is looking. "Americans are such strict rule followers. I witnessed this once sitting on the sidelines of a high school dodge ball game. To me, it was goofy, a little violent, and very American. It struck me that my classmates followed the rules of the game so strictly. Even when no one noticed that a person had been hit and he could have kept playing, he voluntarily gave himself up and left the game. I was deeply impressed by how much people honored the rules



If you don't follow the rules in dodgeball, and someone finds out, they will hit you with dogeballs until you fall down, then hit you some more.
 
2014-03-01 07:12:15 PM  
I heard they keep dogs as pets and eat chickens.
 
2014-03-01 07:12:32 PM  
What a violent American toilet might look like:

photos1.blogger.com

Also, the NSA must wonder why someone just Googled "toilet holding a gun".
 
2014-03-01 07:12:40 PM  

Walker: From India: The U.S. doesn't offer much in terms of shopping. "Based on my experience everyone need to bring almost every basic thing you need on a daily basis."

What?????


I wondered about that too. Did he parachute in the middle of a desert and was airlifted out of there afterward. Where was he.
 
2014-03-01 07:12:57 PM  
From China.

Americans love to follow rules, even when no one is looking. "Americans are such strict rule followers. I witnessed this once sitting on the sidelines of a high school dodge ball game. To me, it was goofy, a little violent, and very American. It struck me that my classmates followed the rules of the game so strictly. Even when no one noticed that a person had been hit and he could have kept playing, he voluntarily gave himself up and left the game. I was deeply impressed by how much people honored the rules

This one says a lot about China...not the US.
 
2014-03-01 07:13:42 PM  

Splish: Walker: From India: The U.S. doesn't offer much in terms of shopping. "Based on my experience everyone need to bring almost every basic thing you need on a daily basis."

What?????

To be fair, our curry options are somewhat limited unless you go to specialty markets.


And you won't easily find Ayurvedic toothpaste at Walgreens.
 
2014-03-01 07:14:55 PM  
one time i mistook a bunch of japanese tourist in hip hop clothes for a street gang. things got ugly pretty fast
 
2014-03-01 07:15:57 PM  
FTA:  It's probably best not to drink the water. "There are strict laws regarding Hygiene eating places that must be met, so that restaurants and even street stalls are safe. In some areas you can take the tap water.

Where do they think those restaurants and food stalls get their water from?
 
2014-03-01 07:16:29 PM  
Sometimes I read these things and think, "America is good in some ways, not so good in others."

This one I read and thought, "You foreigners are retarded."
 
2014-03-01 07:17:05 PM  
Americans love to follow rules, even when no one is looking. "Americans are such strict rule followers. I witnessed this once sitting on the sidelines of a high school dodge ball game. To me, it was goofy, a little violent, and very American. It struck me that my classmates followed the rules of the game so strictly. Even when no one noticed that a person had been hit and he could have kept playing, he voluntarily gave himself up and left the game. I was deeply impressed by how much people honored the rules

I pictured Chinese traffic while reading this.

Americans' social boundaries are very inconsistent. "Things like "We should get together sometime" doesn't really mean anything, unless the same people keep mentioning it to you."

Yeah, I don't bother saying pleasantries like that but I know people who do.
 
2014-03-01 07:17:10 PM  
Did we mention the violence of U.S. toilets? "A veritable swimming pool of water greets you when you open the toilet lid and when you flush, it all goes down the drain

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N American toilets are legendary.
 
2014-03-01 07:18:03 PM  
 
2014-03-01 07:19:15 PM  
Great article. I love reading travel guides, especially those about visiting the US. Kudos subs.
 
2014-03-01 07:19:19 PM  

aerojockey: Sometimes I read these things and think, "America is good in some ways, not so good in others."

This one I read and thought, "You foreigners are retarded."


Sure, but some of them are valid points, like cultural differences around gifting and drinking.
 
2014-03-01 07:19:35 PM  

Alx_xlA: FTA:  It's probably best not to drink the water. "There are strict laws regarding Hygiene eating places that must be met, so that restaurants and even street stalls are safe. In some areas you can take the tap water.

Where do they think those restaurants and food stalls get their water from?


different bacterial levels in tap water that you are not used to, will kill your stomach for a couple of days and if you are on a short trip will ruin your vacation.
 
2014-03-01 07:20:28 PM  
Also, women play a greater role in business. Often they insist to be treated exactly as an equal and not as a lady.

yes, sometimes it does suck here.
 
2014-03-01 07:21:40 PM  

Kanemano: Alx_xlA: FTA:  It's probably best not to drink the water. "There are strict laws regarding Hygiene eating places that must be met, so that restaurants and even street stalls are safe. In some areas you can take the tap water.

Where do they think those restaurants and food stalls get their water from?

different bacterial levels in tap water that you are not used to, will kill your stomach for a couple of days and if you are on a short trip will ruin your vacation.


No, I was pointing out the contradiction in saying that water in restaurants is safe to drink, but not tap water in general, even though most restaurants only serve regular tap water.
 
2014-03-01 07:22:13 PM  
"In the U.S., they do not have a sense of pride if they drink a large amount. Rather, if you drink a lot, there is a sense that you cannot manage yourself, and you can lose respect from those around you. Being drunk doesn't excuse your actions, and to drink alcohol habitually is a sign of alcoholism. Alcoholics are seen as mentally weak, and are ostracized by society due to their inability to have self control."


The hell you say.
 
2014-03-01 07:22:22 PM  

"Travelers love coming to America, a land many of them have seen via exports from Hollywood. They rave about the landscapes, the recreational opportunities, the vibrant cities and the culture."


Funny, I say that about Europe. If I had a choice between living in the USA or a country in Europe it would be a tough choice.

Paris, France is as awesome as you'd think it is.

 
2014-03-01 07:23:49 PM  
wxboy: "toilet holding a gun".

Like in The Godfather?
 
2014-03-01 07:24:11 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: If you want to ask for directions go to a service station.  If you ask a person on the street you might be shot as they stand their ground.


that really depends on how brown you are.
 
2014-03-01 07:24:55 PM  
I had always heard that the reason Japanese women cover their mouths when they laugh isn't because that they don't want their mouths to be seen but rather that they don't want evil spirits to enter into them through their mouths.
Which I always found amusing considering what Japanese women put into their mouths.
 
2014-03-01 07:25:17 PM  

Strongbeerrules: I heard they keep dogs as pets and eat chickens.


Take off hat to lady, give name to dog, and march into battle left, right, left, right
 
2014-03-01 07:26:53 PM  
They missed the part where you're likely to be shot for looking foreign.
 
2014-03-01 07:31:50 PM  

Sticky Hands: Also, women play a greater role in business. Often they insist to be treated exactly as an equal and not as a lady.

yes, sometimes it does suck here.


Remember, this is advice for the Russians. They forgot to add that American snowbanks are not as deep as Russian snowbanks, so avoid drinking at the hotel and jumping off the balcony.
 
2014-03-01 07:32:09 PM  

Ryker's Peninsula: I had always heard that the reason Japanese women cover their mouths when they laugh isn't because that they don't want their mouths to be seen but rather that they don't want evil spirits to enter into them through their mouths.
Which I always found amusing considering what Japanese women put into their mouths.


Okay..i lol'd
 
2014-03-01 07:34:16 PM  
...it all goes down the drain in a huge rotating whirlpool.

So the article mentions discussing politics twice.
 
2014-03-01 07:34:43 PM  

Sticky Hands: Americans love to follow rules, even when no one is looking. "Americans are such strict rule followers. I witnessed this once sitting on the sidelines of a high school dodge ball game. To me, it was goofy, a little violent, and very American. It struck me that my classmates followed the rules of the game so strictly. Even when no one noticed that a person had been hit and he could have kept playing, he voluntarily gave himself up and left the game. I was deeply impressed by how much people honored the rules


It's true though. A number of years ago I was driving in a small town which I know well around midnight with a female friend from Ireland. She was astonished when I stopped at the stoplight and waited until it turned green even though, as she stated, there wasn't another car within 25 miles. It never struck me as odd until she remarked upon it.
 
2014-03-01 07:34:52 PM  

skinink: Funny, I say that about Europe. If I had a choice between living in the USA or a country in Europe it would be a tough choice.

Paris, France is as awesome as you'd think it is.


Yes, it is. But I'd rather live in Copenhagen. It's a bit like a very clean Paris without so many of the monumental buildings. And I love the scale and orderliness of the city.  Our last afternoon there we had lunch at an outdoor cafe. A Spanish guy was flirting furiously with a French girl. They spoke in English and used current American slang.

I could be very comfortable in Copenhagen.

/I was heartbroken later to find that we were 2 blocks from Ben Webster's grave and didn't drop by to pay our respects.
 
2014-03-01 07:41:59 PM  
More than one mention of how expensive health care is without insurance. I guess it could be pretty awful to travel here and end up owing thousands of dollars for something that is either very cheap or free.
 
2014-03-01 07:43:05 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-03-01 07:49:22 PM  
You hear that baristas?
 
2014-03-01 07:49:25 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: If you want to ask for directions go to a service station.  If you ask a person on the street you might be shot as they stand their ground.


When I went overseas in the Navy I had more than a few people ask me (in what seemed complete seriousness) how many drive by shootings I'd seen.


/'MURICA
//water can do a number on you even within the USA if you travel far enough
 
2014-03-01 07:50:08 PM  

worlddan: Sticky Hands: Americans love to follow rules, even when no one is looking. "Americans are such strict rule followers. I witnessed this once sitting on the sidelines of a high school dodge ball game. To me, it was goofy, a little violent, and very American. It struck me that my classmates followed the rules of the game so strictly. Even when no one noticed that a person had been hit and he could have kept playing, he voluntarily gave himself up and left the game. I was deeply impressed by how much people honored the rules

It's true though. A number of years ago I was driving in a small town which I know well around midnight with a female friend from Ireland. She was astonished when I stopped at the stoplight and waited until it turned green even though, as she stated, there wasn't another car within 25 miles. It never struck me as odd until she remarked upon it.


You should have told her that most people stop because of Murphy's Law. The one time you blow through the red light is the one time a cop was hidden behind the bushes ready to write a ticket.

It's not that Americans are more honest than other nationalities. It's more that we don't think we are going to get away with something.

That kid who volunteers to leave the dodge ball floor does not do so because he is honest. He is just not 100% sure that everyone missed him getting hit.
 
2014-03-01 07:50:53 PM  

worlddan: Sticky Hands: Americans love to follow rules, even when no one is looking. "Americans are such strict rule followers. I witnessed this once sitting on the sidelines of a high school dodge ball game. To me, it was goofy, a little violent, and very American. It struck me that my classmates followed the rules of the game so strictly. Even when no one noticed that a person had been hit and he could have kept playing, he voluntarily gave himself up and left the game. I was deeply impressed by how much people honored the rules

It's true though. A number of years ago I was driving in a small town which I know well around midnight with a female friend from Ireland. She was astonished when I stopped at the stoplight and waited until it turned green even though, as she stated, there wasn't another car within 25 miles. It never struck me as odd until she remarked upon it.


Just tell her its late at night in a small town. So there was probably a cop lurking nearby just waiting to nail your ass.
 
2014-03-01 07:51:16 PM  
If you are an attractive woman, and a man grabs you in the vagina, that's their way of saying "hello".  Don't be offended.
 
2014-03-01 07:52:27 PM  
I'm an American, but if I was going to give foreigners some advice about traveling here, it would be that you are pretty safe to stop and ask an American a question pretty much anywhere except for the big cities. Ask about directions, where you should eat, where local landmarks are, pretty much anything related to getting around, and it's not considered rude. Ask a cop, if they aren't doing anything they basically become tourist guides, they'll direct towards anything you want to find and are happy to help (again, I'm talking about everywhere outside of cities). Play up your foreign-ness, Americans are fascinated to hear about people from outside the US traveling through their area. And if you wave to Americans as you drive by, a lot of the time they'll wave back and smile, it doesn't matter if they have no idea who you are.
 
2014-03-01 07:55:16 PM  

ramblinwreck: From China.

Americans love to follow rules, even when no one is looking. "Americans are such strict rule followers. I witnessed this once sitting on the sidelines of a high school dodge ball game. To me, it was goofy, a little violent, and very American. It struck me that my classmates followed the rules of the game so strictly. Even when no one noticed that a person had been hit and he could have kept playing, he voluntarily gave himself up and left the game. I was deeply impressed by how much people honored the rules

This one says a lot about China...not the US.


I think that could be said for most of them. For example today I learned Swiss people pee in the road, get drunk in public and like to get naked.
 
2014-03-01 07:56:29 PM  
Tipping talk:

For Christ's sake foreigners just do it. Everyone knows its bullshiat but it's just what we do. Just tip and stop biatching about it.

Constantly when I'm abroad it's talking about how tipping is so foolish and ridiculous. Yes. I know. Just tip.
 
2014-03-01 07:56:54 PM  

worlddan: Sticky Hands: Americans love to follow rules, even when no one is looking. "Americans are such strict rule followers. I witnessed this once sitting on the sidelines of a high school dodge ball game. To me, it was goofy, a little violent, and very American. It struck me that my classmates followed the rules of the game so strictly. Even when no one noticed that a person had been hit and he could have kept playing, he voluntarily gave himself up and left the game. I was deeply impressed by how much people honored the rules

It's true though. A number of years ago I was driving in a small town which I know well around midnight with a female friend from Ireland. She was astonished when I stopped at the stoplight and waited until it turned green even though, as she stated, there wasn't another car within 25 miles. It never struck me as odd until she remarked upon it.


Because you know the one time you do it, that's your ass. Like the one from France said, the American constabulary are NOT KIDDING. Whether you realize it or not you've been cowed into submission. Don't worry, you're a normal American.
 
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