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32 Non-Americans Share Rumors About the U.S. That Turned out to Be True

If you didn't grow up with garbage disposals and cheez wiz, you might also think that they aren't real. Also paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for education. Here are some things people were dumbfounded to discover actually do exist in the US of A. For the other way around, here are some culture shocked Americans describing sharing things they didn't realize were so American.

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    Text - asmeeks1 35.9k points 1 day ago Injured people try to avoid getting ambulances called for them.
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    Text - FinalGirl1990 35.3k points 1 day ago That Hawaiians really like spam. Share Report Save 23 hours ago EthanRDoesMC 23.3k points edited 23 Yeah, and there's a perfectly good reason for it too: after Pearl Harbor, the effects of WW2 started in the US and rationing became a thing. Well, it turns out that it's kind of hard to get fresh rations to an island that imports a lot. So, for meat, they had to make do with spam. Human ingenuity prevails and dishes were made. And that's how hawaii learn
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    Text - edited 4 hours flyingmouse 23.3k points 22 hours ago I've had several German friends who amazed that at house parties everyone actually does drink out of red Solo cups. They thought that was just a weird thing people did in movies and now they think it is a huge conspiracy or something
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    Text - edited 16 hours ago alan13510 20.5k points 23 hours ago Not me but my dad My dad heard this crazy rumor about everyone getting drunk and wearing green for one day a year. He obviously didn't know this was a holiday, and was like WTF. When he came to the US and discovered St. Patrick's Day, he was amazed. Edit: My dad is from China for those who are asking
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    Text - AHoneyman 31.8k points 1 day ago edited 21 hours They have garbage disposals in their kitchens. That's just so wild to me. EDIT: To clarify - I'm from the UK. I'm aware that they're not the same as bins/trash cans, and that they're mainly for food waste and scraps. I'm also delighted that they're called garburators in Canada
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    Text - violetzinc 18.7k points 23 hours ago The honking... I thought it was a movie stereotype, and then I went to New York
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    Text - anixudh 15.8k points 1 day agoedited 1 day ago S That higher education can cost upwards of $50,000 edit: per year
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    Text - 22 hours ago edited 19 hours ago sammi2016 15.7k points Not really crazy, but I just learned you guys have like outdoor sirens that get tested somewhat frequently. I've only heard those noises in video games and movies until my friend sent me a clip, because I had no idea it actually happened.
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    Text - JezerezehElin 14.2k points 1 day ago The "Take me out to the ballgame song" thats apparently sung at baseball games. still not entirely sure that guy wasnt taking the piss out of me
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    Text - boob_girl 31.5k points 23 hours ago That public transport is almost nonexistent in many smaller towns, which makes it a necessity for teens to have their own cars.
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    Text - Jacilund 18.3k points 1 day ago That there are security guards(or cops) in the school's halls, and some even have metal detectors at the entrance like the TSA at airports...
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    Text - whowantsrice 13.4k points 22 hours ago That American kids eat straight sugar. Walked on to the playground and saw kids chugging these long thin sticks. I try and it was just colored sugar lol. Called them pixie sticks
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    Text - edited 18 hours ago 4 OhCleo 30.9k points 1 day ago I remember when I was younger seeing something on an American sitcom or a movie (I forget) about cheese that came in some kind of spray can? Or a squeezy tube? And I remember thinking it was a joke. EDIT: This is what I've learned! It's called Cheez Wiz or EZ Cheez or some variation, as long as there are Zs in the name It's more like a "cheese-based product" or "cheese-flavoured food fluid" both of which sound like something you extract
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    Text - BeYourOwn Dog 18.3k points 22 hours ago Sports Bars are actually exactly how they're portrayed on TV
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    Text - Ricket 12.0k points 22 hours ago 2 That you can identify Texans with the simple phrase The stars at night are big and bright"
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    Text - nibs123 17.2k points 22 hours ago That your country is huge! I got off the plane and asked the cap guy how far the hotel was and he said about 30 miles. I almost had a heart attack... turns out cabs are cheaper than the Uk I can't remember the price I paid but I was presently surprised The UK cabs are like £4 per mile also you would get laughed of the taxi for asking to go 30 miles and not taking the train
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    Text - tahsii 27.2k points 1 day ago 3 Home owners associations. What the fuck is up with that?
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    Text - everydayboots 9.8k points 20 hours ago American State and National parks are some of the most beautiful places on earth. All parks could use more funding, but American parks are well staffed and maintained. There's real pride.
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    Text - pgold05 7.5k points 23 hours ago edited 15 hours ago One positive thing Iv'e noticed, foreigners love how big Halloween is here
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    Text - bitsaboy 6.8k points 22 hours ago edited 12 hours ago Biscuits and gravy is a legit thing. Also you can ride motorcycles without helmets in some states??? And your iced tea isn't sweetened unless you ask for sweet. Edit: nothing could have possibly prepared me for the absolute dichotomy of sweet tea vs iced tea in the comments. This is evidently very important to many
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    Text - The_Sly_Sloth 6.4k points 21 hours ago Drink sizes. Holy shit. When my family visited in 2017 we landed in Texas for a stopover. First thing I saw in the shops part of the terminal was a dude who was drinking from what looked like an actual fucking bucket - here in NZ our "large" drinks would be considered an American "small" or maybe "medium"
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    Text - 21 hours ago panda_1996 5.6k points That Dolly Parton has her own theme park in Tennessee. I thought it was a joke
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    Text - Hamptaro 4.3k points 20 hours ago I always thought that the Olive Garden in The Simpsons was just code for 'generic restaurant Share Report Save ThePenIslands 2.4k points 15 hours ago I mean, you're still accurate in saying that.
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    Text - _Warsheep_ 3.8k points 21 hours ago The minimal amount of paid days off you get from work. A friend of mine from Wisconsin was very proud he got 20 days off per year. If someone in Germany would offer me only 20 days, I would laugh at him and leave.
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    Text - TrueHybrid 25.5k points 22 hours ago S As a Brit living in America the amount of pharmaceutical commercials on TV is creepy.
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    Text - Jacilund 16.0k points 1 day ago Literally anything about what goes on in Florida.
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    Text - raised-by-humans 8.7k points 1 day ago Apparently, rolling.coal is actually a thing.
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    Text - CasePaper33831 2.4k points 20 hours ago edited 13 hours ago Parents were from the USSR. They were fucking shocked on how nice you Americans are. They said that y'all a weird type of nice, but nice regardless. It didn't even matter they were from the USSR (moved to the States post collapse) you Americans seem to accept them anyway.
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    Text - SFLoridan 15.8k points 25 10 edited 8 hours ago 17 hours ago America has libraries that are essentially free to use. (This was not even a rumor, but more like sarcastic comment from a friend who heard I was excited to go to the US, because he knew what book nerds my entire family is) When I first arrived here 25 years ago, the first day of work at Newark NJ, I walked out at lunch time and saw the huge Central Library. The size boggled my mind, but I bravely walked in to check it out. The
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    Text - tinnic 8.6k points 1 day ago The extent of the tipping culture is frankly shocking to me. Share Report Save 4.4k points 1 day ago Shelleton8 My dad's girlfriend is a bartender and she relies on tips to have a good pay. On a good day she will walk out with $200 in tips. My best friend is a waitress who also depends on tips for a good wage. She has clocked out with upwards of $300 on a good night (usually after football games, if our home team wins, a bunch of people all usually go to the r
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    Text - Wurdan 24.0k points 21 hours ago edited 7 hours ago Not exactly crazy, but I wanted to test out the stereotype that Americans will talk to anyone so I sought out a sports bar on my first visit. Ended up having a ton of really fun conversations with total strangers who I'Il never talk to ever again. It was great!
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    Text - Hasetate 1.5k points 21 hours ago Surfer-dudes actually speak like that.
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