20 Weird Things about America that Americans don't Realize...

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    Hilarious!! I'll try to elaborate on some of them...
    #1 portion size correlates to our waist size....but did big portions make big waists or the other way around?...hmmm
    #2 check out Utah, not just everywhere, but HUGE flags, like 40x30 feet!!!! Don't know what's up with those people
    #3 Knowing doesn't matter, we are good little capitalists and put it on the CC
    #11 Yes pickles are awesome, I'm surprised you didn't know this
    #12 The top tier of college athletes are NOT students, they are athletes, they are not getting and education, merely training for their chosen professional sport
    #13 See #6
    #19 You're right it's creepy. But we just give it lip service
    excellent post!!

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    OMG YES!

    The flag one is very strange, I've never actually been there, but know about this from tv shows & films (admittedly not a great source of information) but it's still rather odd

    The price thing though is the biggest thing here though, that makes literally no sense whatsoever. You price something at $9.99 but then you get there and it's $10.54 or some other random number?! i mean what the hell!?
    Can i ask an American if this is normal for you? Do you see the price thing as a problem; do you calculate how much it actually costs, or how do you go about dealing with it?

    American adverts are...well i think they're in a category of their own

    I think jay-walking is illegal in Germany as well? (though i could be wrong) again something that seems completely pointless, if there aren't any cars there, just walk ffs!! Again can an American confirm how much they stick to this law, or do you just cross even with the law?

    And as most things on this list are, the pledge of allegiance is also very strange, and it's weird that everyone learns it in school & recites it like a well trained robot

    I lived in Texas when I was a kid and there were flags absolutely everywhere. I think it may have been enhanced because it was right after 9/11 but still, I've never seen anything like it anywhere else in the world
    - poopiteepoop April 12, 2014, 8:03 pm
    The prices listed without sales tax included never bothered me. I honestly never thought of it as a problem until now, and I still don't.
    Yes, our advertisements are horrendous
    Jay-walking is one of those laws that's not really enforced. I do it everyday when I walk to school. I think it's enforced because people are stupid and walk into traffic. But most people who have common sense wait until there's no traffic or a break in it to cross.
    - tbart2010 April 14, 2014, 1:26 pm
    There are only taxes on drinks where I live. Anything else like meat, bread, or clothing have no taxes. I'm not sure if it is different in other states but I've never noticed it when I visit them. I usually just assume I'm paying more so I always add onto the price and try to guess over what I'm going to pay.
    And I have to agree with you I found the pledge of allegiance was creepy too and I actually had to say it everyday during school. I don't know if you know this but you actually have to say and do it a certain way or you're wrong. You have to face the U.S. flag, which is in every classroom in a school and I mean EVERY room there's even one in the cafeteria, put a hand over your heart and say it while looking at the flag. It's even weirder when you are in a huge room with tons of people doing, imagine over a hundred children voices saying the pledge while staring at a flag with a hand over their heart.
    For jay walking it really depends in what area you are in and how much the local law enforcement cares. Where I live you can most of the time cross a street without getting in trouble and in some cases you could walk down the middle of the street if you really wanted to without getting in trouble, I wouldn't suggest it though, it's mostly depends on how busy the street is.
    And as for advertisements... They are sad and long, especially for television. It's gotten to the point were I will have something else to do, like read a book, while the commercials come on because they are just so long and uninteresting to me. And they come on every 10 to 8 minutes for 4-5 minutes.
    So yeah go America... I guess...
    - Savi99755 April 15, 2014, 9:45 am

    all of your guys' replies made me laugh, so cheers for that :D

    and it's good to hear that America is as fucked up as England is, just in different ways :P
    - Fail4424 April 16, 2014, 6:19 am
    Texas has a lot more flags than other states, since we have a lot more state pride and Texas is also unique in that it is the only state that was an independant country at one point, and could legally break away from the union if we wanted.

    After 9/11 definitely added to it as well.
    - casper667 April 18, 2014, 1:38 am
    The price thing isn't weird at all. Our food products are still cheaper than yours are even including tax, and I could not really care less if $5 tax is added onto my $100 grocery shopping trip.

    Jaywalking is not enforced. The pledge isn't that weird. You just say it and are done with it once a day. Sometimes you don't even say it especially in higher up classes. Lots of people don't do it correctly either.
    - casper667 April 18, 2014, 1:40 am
    i'm not saying that the price one means that it'll be more expensive than it is here or anything; it just looks more logical to include the price on the item when it's on the shelf, rather than surprising you with what it'll cost later on :P
    - Fail4424 April 18, 2014, 10:50 am
    With you on that. I like to know exactly how much something is going to cost when I pick it up.
    - Math April 18, 2014, 8:04 pm
    Yeah man, I'm a uni student so I've gotta pretttty limited money.

    When I go to the shops I take $10, and tally everything up as I go along to make sure I spend exactly $10 or just under.

    No chance you'd be able to do that in the states without just guessing
    - poopiteepoop April 18, 2014, 9:36 pm
    You can actually calculate the tax with basic math if you know the percentage you pay.
    - triclebickle April 19, 2014, 1:38 am
    I don't think I've ever felt the need to tally prices up. If you're worried just add 10c per dollar (overestimate). I'm a uni student too.
    - casper667 April 22, 2014, 2:59 am
    I guess I'm just cheap :P
    - poopiteepoop April 22, 2014, 7:05 am
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    the price tag one is simple, each state has different taxes on purchases so stores don't include tax on the tags.

    Just lazy. These major chain stores manage to add tax on across Europe and that's not only at different tax rates but different currencies.
    - Math April 17, 2014, 8:54 am
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    I knew about the portion sizes. My aunt owns a bakery in Tipperary in Ireland and part of her draw was "American style pastries" aka really big.

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    Jay walking is a law on the books it rarely goes enforced but it exists here are a few others, in the state I live in it is illegal to fish off the back of camel, ride a merry go round on sunday, I can't hunt from a helicopter or from the internet, and I have to get permission of the sheriff to buy/sell chickens after sundown and cloud seed.

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    "You're all so loud. But friendly." - Where the fuck were you? People in my city are quiet but fucking rude as hell.

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    (USA resident, commenting on these observations)
    1. this is why we are all fat. Murrica!

    2.living in Florida I see more Puerto Rican flags than US flags...so no comment.

    3.calculating tax isn't that difficult... use the brain you were given.

    4. I still don't know how much it proper to tip. I base it on 2 things, how well they serviced me and how fat my wallet is that week.

    5. those commercials make me laugh... because there is always a list of side effects they say that are worse than the problem... "do you have erectile dysfunction? ask your dr. about rockharddickitol, side effects may include, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, and death."

    6.not a car guy so I idgaf about this one... I don't even notice.

    7.this is why I don't watch tv. yay Netflix!

    8. it is cancer in a can but it is sooooo good. Murrica!

    9.can't help you here, not our fault.

    10. if they didn't have the cracks "big brother" couldn't watch you poop....

    11.I would eat a whole jar of pickles in a sitting... if it weren't for pickle poop...

    12.i give zero f**ks about American football. nuf said

    13. Yup... again Murrica!

    14.i don't have an explanation for this one...

    15. see # 13's answer

    16. im calling bs on this one, im not loud and im a jackass to people I don't know

    17. I don't even know how to answer this one...

    18. never thought about it...

    19. yes, just yes.

    20. Murrica!

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    as a german I approve this list

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