ODD THINGS ABOUT AMERICA THAT AMERICANS DON'T REALIZE

(Answers.com) America is a large country with a blend of cultures and people from around the world. This melting pot has helped shape it into what it is now. What some Americans might not realize is that America is full of quirks and oddities that people from other countries d not understand.

Other Countries Don't Tip
Elsewhere in the world servers are able to make a decent wage that is not dependent upon tips. In many places, a tip is only given in the cases of very good or exceptional service and is certainly not the norm.

Portion Sizes
Americans love their food! From BBQ to Chicago-style deep dish pizza, American food is the best that there is. One thing about American restaurants that baffles people from around the globe is the massive portion sizes.

Free Refills
Soda flows freely in all of its high fructose corn syrup glory! In almost any restaurant in America, soda refills are free. Americans take this for granted, because nearly everywhere else, you have to pay.

Loud People, Friendly People
People in America are generally really loud and unnervingly friendly (although this partially depends on which are of the country you are in). It just isn't normal in many other countries to strike up a conversation with the person sitting next to you on the bus.

Americans Waste a Lot of Water
Toilets in America use a lot of water! Foreigners see this and are baffled at how much water is wasted with every flush; other places in the world are in desperate need of water. In general Americans have a more wasteful attitude towards their resources than other countries with less.

College Sports
College athletes are worshipped and venerated in America. Aren't they just students playing sports? Non-Americans are baffled by this treatment; they aren't professional athletes yet.

Odd Bathroom
Stalls Public restrooms in America are a risky endeavor. With toilets low to the ground and large gaps in between the walls and door, American public toilets can leave one yearning for just a little more privacy.

Cheese...In A Can?
Cheese isn't supposed to come in a can. Aerosol cheese is puzzling and is an affront to all of the good dairy farmers and cows out there.

Taxes Aren't Built Into the Price
In America, taxes are figured out after all the other purchases have been made. In most other countries, the tax price is already figured into the goods. So if you see something on the shelf priced at 2 euros, that's how much you will pay at the register.

Sweetening
Only in America do people sweeten things so liberally. Whether it be coffee, tea, or strawberries, Americans never miss a chance to add some sugar.

Meal Times
In America, lunch is traditionally at noon, and dinner is around 6:30 in the evening. However, dinner in some European countries won't get served until as late as 9pm.

Colloquial Phrases
America is a huge place, so common phrases and phrase meanings differ from region to region. It isn't difficult to see how non-Americans could be confused by many phrases that you use every day without even thinking about them, such as "How are you?" and "Oh, really?"

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