MemeSlave: Isn't America trolling getting a little old?"Oh, you're so fat!""You guys think you run the world!""But capital punishment!""Silly President!"Geez, time to move on.
Triumph: Americans wouldn't be so fat if the beer and chocolate were as good as in Europe.
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.
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.
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? WHATTHEIDONTEVENI 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.
Cyclometh: If this thread goes green, I predict a larger than average percentage of sparkly eagles.
LemSkroob: 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.
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.
RINO: Cyclometh: If this thread goes green, I predict a larger than average percentage of sparkly eagles.[i838.photobucket.com image 285x171]
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.
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?
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.
theorellior: 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.
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 groundDon't be harsh. It's the Stanley Cup of foot hockey.
fusillade762: Our cars and houses are ridiculous in size.
Notabunny: fta Majority of high and middle schools have sport facilities of very high, almost professional quality.Didn't go to a college game, huh?
Erik_Emune: Completely bizarre to this Dane. The idea of an employer going through the rigamarole of printing checks rather than get a bank account number and doing direct transfer is positively 1950s.
Shostie: America is literally HUGE.I think a lot of Americans don't quite comprehend how massive this country really is.
gunslinger_RG: I have worked with a lot of people from around the world and everyone is astonished the first time they order a large soda at one of the fast food chains.
Starshines: SlothB77: Shostie: I think a lot of Americans don't quite comprehend how massive this country really is.[upload.wikimedia.org image 300x409]half the country is 9th Ave and 10th ave, then Jersey, a couple rocks, some brown dirt, Pacific Ocean.Actually, the overwhelming majority of the country is behind the viewer.
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.
ecmoRandomNumbers: Then I saw somebody carrying around a literal plastic bucket from AM/PM (with an actual handle to carry it.)
Fish in a Barrel: Erik_Emune: Completely bizarre to this Dane. The idea of an employer going through the rigamarole of printing checks rather than get a bank account number and doing direct transfer is positively 1950s.As an American, I'm surprised checks came up at all. About the only time I see a check is for large transfers: buying a car, renovating the kitchen, etc. Everything else is direct debit/deposit or credit card. I'm honestly curious where these folks are coming across checks so often that it would make an impression.
Roman Fyseek: 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.
ReapTheChaos: "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.
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 LouisThurs let's hike the Grand Canyon in the morning and then go to Disneyland in the afternoonFri drive back to FLetc.
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.
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