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[–]FeFiFoShizzle 453 points454 points  (16 children)

The plot of Breaking Bad being about a science teacher getting cancer and worrying about leaving his family with massive medical debt when he dies.

[–]NoxicGasDeployed 67 points68 points  (8 children)

Breaking Bad would have been way less interesting in any other country

[–]typicalcitrus 3492 points3493 points  (179 children)

Side effects on medication adverts.

Fucking hilarious to us Brits.

With James' Hayfever meds, I can get through the day with ease!

Side effects may include:

Loss of sight

Loss of hearing

Loss of sense of smell

Coma

Headaches

Fever

Vomiting

Diarrhoea

Loss of consciousness

and death.

[–]rbowbirdie 1976 points1977 points  (59 children)

I saw one the other day where one of the side effects was “bone loss”. The loss of your fucking bones.

[–]PeleKen 163 points164 points  (13 children)

Manditory drug tests from an employer. I've asked around, don't know a single fellow Canadian who's had to do one. Cops included.

[–]ferret_80 1247 points1248 points  (95 children)

casually driving a couple hours. cars are so ubiquitous and stuff is so spread out a lot of the time we don't even think about travel in distance but instead in driving time. Driving 2 hours on a weekend for random day trip doesn't seem like anything of note. driving 8 hours is a long trip but not really a huge deal.

[–]jillybean712 378 points379 points  (20 children)

Same in Australia. As a kid, we pretty much annually drove 20+ hours to visit family and we were still in the same state! And then we’d do weekend netball tournaments and drive 12 hours just to play a few games.

I drove some Japanese friends of my brother’s 3hrs to a music festival and to them that was considered a massive trip. To me, I’d easily do that in a weekend and not bat an eyelid.

[–]HollowMist11 13.0k points13.0k points  (287 children)

Attack ads against political opponents, ads for law firms or lawyers. These kinds of ads are illegal and considered unethical in our country. Also expecting a teenager to be out of the house by the time they're 18. I live in Southeast Asia. There's no stigma about living with one's parents. Most of the time, there will be three generations living in one house.

[–]CallMyNameOrWalkOnBy 2877 points2878 points  (66 children)

In the USA, it was illegal for lawyers to advertise their services until 1977. The change came from a Supreme Court decision in which some lawyers argued that advertising is Free Speech, covered by the First Amendment.

Where did I learn this? An episode of Better Call Saul, believe it or not. In the show, the character of Chuck is a respected lawyer and legal scholar who believes very deeply in having high ethical standards. During an argument with Jimmy about ethics, he blurts out that only scumbag lawyers advertise on TV "because the Supreme Court went crazy in 1977". I paused and looked it up.

[–]Jim777PS3 534 points535 points  (29 children)

Such a great show, and to my understanding they get almost everything bout law right.

[–]thefake8 186 points187 points  (23 children)

Supposedly the only piece of visual media as accurate as My Cousin Vinny

[–]JayPeaker 279 points280 points  (15 children)

Going along with this is pharmaceutical companies advertising their latest drug on tv, magazines, etc.

[–]Hic_Forum_Est 3426 points3427 points  (324 children)

That the entire traffic has to stop when a school bus stops. I've seen this a few times on r/idiotsincars and there is always a debate about how its not normal outside of the US.

[–]The_Tomahawker_ 1819 points1820 points  (174 children)

Well there’s a lot of idiots in cars in America and there have been many deaths due to drivers ignoring when school buses stop to let kids on. Lady killed about 3 kids last year due to that.

[–]honey_bear27 324 points325 points  (64 children)

It happened in Indiana and she was found guilty in December of 2019. She was sentenced to 4 years prison, 3 years house arrest and 3 years probation. However, she is appealing the sentence stating that it was an accident and not a crime.

Article for reference.

[–]glassssshark 11.8k points11.8k points  (575 children)

Lemonade. I'm America, but there was a post going around a while back about an American who ordered a lemonade at a restaurant in Australia and was confused to receive a Sprite. The op of the post was the server, and thought it was just the American being snooty for being confused. Then commenters from other nonUS countries chimed in on what a lemonade is to them. It blew my mind, because in the US lemonade is so iconic as a summer drink, and is often homemade.

Eta: lemonade is not water with lemon in it. It requires sugar and preparation.

Second edit: to all the people commenting "hello America, I'm dad" pay your child support. You can't just walk out on an entire country like that and show up suddenly now that I've got karma

[–]comments_suck 386 points387 points  (52 children)

My first trip to Spain I wanted to order a beer. Didn't know the local brands, so I told the waitress "claro", which to me meant I wanted a lager, not a dark beer. She came back with a half beer/half lemonade thing. Learned my lesson!

[–]cryingglitter 1417 points1418 points  (92 children)

Interesting I would never consider Sprite lemonade. I even forgot it's "made of" lemons

Edit: I forgot it's made of lemons AND limes aka limones

[–]dobiewan_nz 525 points526 points  (30 children)

Here in New Zealand, lemonade generally equals Sprite or similar. But you can still get 'American' lemonade - it's usually called 'old-fashioned lemonade'. You wouldn't get it at your standard restaurant, but you can find it at most supermarkets.

[–]evil_onion 1837 points1838 points  (63 children)

Mmmm, not just an american thing (but maybe not many countries share the lemonade love)

Portuguese here. When I ask for a lemonade I get a "proper" lemonade (lemon juice+water). One time in Barcelona I got a 7up instead :(

[–]glassssshark 539 points540 points  (13 children)

I'm glad to know it isn't just us with our love of sweet lemon juice.

[–]Ssffxx 12.9k points12.9k points  (459 children)

Asking everyone “what do you do?” when you first meet them. I live outside the US and realized there are some people I’ve known for years and I still don’t know their job. I think in the US jobs are a bigger part of a person’s identity than in some other places.

[–]French_foxy 1622 points1623 points  (90 children)

We also do that in France, "Tu fais quoi dans la vie ?" which literally means "What do you do in life?" xD

[–]town_bicycle 209 points210 points  (11 children)

I visited india a few years ago (I’m American) and everybody there immediately asks if you’re married.

“What is your name?”

“Town_bicycle”

“Are you married?”

“No”

“Why?”

Always made me laugh

[–]hydrogenextraction 4979 points4980 points  (136 children)

Calling a main course an entree.

[–]dingdongimprblywrong 13.0k points13.0k points  (280 children)

being able to vote before reaching the legal drinking age

[–]Steb20 944 points945 points  (42 children)

Fun fact:

Drinking, voting, and the Draft, all used to be 21. The draft age was lowered during WW2 by FDR to meet the demand for more troops. They only lowered the voting age with the passing of the 26th Amendment in 1971, and they lowered it to 18 to match the Draft age, since it was real shitty to die for your country but not be able to vote. States then started dropping the drinking age to 18 to match the Draft age. Then “Mothers Against Drunk Driving” helped lead the charge to raise the drinking age back to 21 in 1984.

[–]Wifflemeyer 102 points103 points  (2 children)

When I turned 18, the drinking age was 18 but then almost immediately raised to 19. Then I turned 19 and it was raised to 21. Of course, I eventually turned 21. So three birthdays to celebrate becoming legal. However, my BDay was during Finals Week so no partying.

[–]MaximumPizza7 1866 points1867 points  (129 children)

In my country legal drinking age is 18 and you can vote when you are 16 but it's optional.

[–]robot_cupcak3 16.3k points16.3k points  (762 children)

My maternity leave was an unpaid 6 weeks, and I had to fight them on not shorting me because I went past my due date and didn’t keep working until the day I went into labor.

[–]Bre_Ivy 7200 points7201 points  (308 children)

This comment is very underrated. Maternity leave is a joke in the US, and you can forget about paternity leave. I know someone that went into labor while at work (grocery store) and she was back in a couple weeks because she used up her 2 weeks vacation.

[–]triffidsting 2967 points2968 points  (178 children)

Agree. It should be much higher. 6 weeks is a fucking joke compared to most civilised countries. It shameless how little support workers get in the US.

[–]Take_Some_Soma 3729 points3730 points  (144 children)

The Swedish government says that parents of both sexes are entitled to 480 days (16 months) of paid parental leave at about 80% of their salary (with a cap), plus bonus days for twins, and they must share — Swedish dads must take at least some of those 16 months. The days don't expire until the child is 8 years old.

https://www.businessinsider.com/sweden-maternity-leave-paternity-leave-policies-latte-dads-2018-4

America: “GET BACK TO WORK!” cracks whip

[–]Bagel_Technician 530 points531 points  (64 children)

No no no you're wrong "we're crazy, driven, hardworking believers...that's why!"

I still have to post this fucking tone deaf ad everywhere I can. The audacity of Cadillac to claim Americans want to work this hard like it's a fucking choice but this is the propaganda that is being force fed to our fellow countrymen and the industry leaders even think they can use it to sell us cars.

Just disgusting

[–]yoga_kittymeowmeow 594 points595 points  (9 children)

It’s even more frustrating when you consider that you can’t even adopt a PUPPY before 8 weeks bc it’s too soon to separate it from the mother. Even 8 weeks is a laughable amount of maternity leave and we don’t even get that.

[–]foxlei 2010 points2011 points  (246 children)

I'm never going to understand how americans keep having babies when it seems like everything is so difficult concerning pregnancy, labour and children.

Having to work up until you give birth, insane medical bill from giving birth, barely having recovered from labour until you have to go back to work, insane child care costs, etc. I mean in my country you can't even put a baby that's younger than 9 months old to daycare. The idea of going back to work when your baby is only a few weeks old is crazy to me.

Not to mention having no safety nets if you have children and happen to get sick or lose your job.

[–]BlondieeAggiee 136 points137 points  (4 children)

Even worse is when your child is sick. My son was in the NICU for 10 weeks. I got 8 weeks of short term disability. I had to go back to work before my baby ever came home from the hospital.

Then, his pediatrician would not authorize him to go to daycare until he was at least 10 pounds. That was three more months. Fortunately my MIL was able to take care of him during that time.

Even after, he was in and out of the hospital until he was 4 years old. Our employers were (mostly) understanding.

[–]sunnyeggs0 3626 points3627 points  (245 children)

Say "I'll just have water" at a restaurant and not be charged for it or be asked "What kind?"

[–]K_51 13.1k points13.1k points  (532 children)

Having only two parties: Republicans and Democrats. I know there are some smaller parties, but the system is stacked against them.

[–]MrTacoHunter 5926 points5927 points  (277 children)

This. The bipartisan system is messed up. The idea that Americans have a (literal) red vs blue mentality with their own country, and are willing to pick sides so vehemently and aggressively boggles my mind.

[–]Budgiesaurus 2064 points2065 points  (141 children)

The red an blue mess me up as well.

Usually red associates with worker or socialist parties, and blue with conservative parties. For some reasons the US reversed this it seems.

Edit: wow, politics can sure be touchy. I only stated the colours used by the main parties don't seem to match their equivalent parties in other countries. Not sure why that got controversial.

I did like the factoid that the republicans are the workers party and the dems the capitalists, it made me laugh.

[–]LampsLookingatyou 20.2k points20.2k points  (790 children)

I've heard someone say that we are the only ones who drink out of Solo Cups

[–]smurfcock 10.8k points10.8k points  (257 children)

Canadians do too, and in Europe when some younger people play beer pong they get them for "authenticity". Other than that. Yes, north americans are the only ones as far as i know.

[–]Bolts_and_Nuts 3198 points3199 points  (155 children)

Yeah we use them for beer pong here in Europe (mostly knock-offs though) but that's just because the standard here is like 0,2L plastic cups, which are way harder to throw ping pong balls into. Generally you can't buy them as disposable cups in the supermarket though and you have to buy some sort of beer pong set.

[–]NateNateBoBate 2199 points2200 points  (81 children)

I was in Germany for the 4th of July about 10 years ago. The stores had big Solo cup displays with "American Party!!" advertisements and everyone wearing red, white, and blue clothes. Brought a tear to my eye.

[–]smezra12[🍰] 1715 points1716 points  (46 children)

And they say us Americans have no culture smh

[–]Tanomil 4750 points4751 points  (270 children)

I don't even know what a Solo Cup is, aren't most cups intended for one person? lol

Edit: It's the brand name of disposable cups with measuring lines, that have a song dedicated to them, gotcha :)

[–]confusedvegetarian 2507 points2508 points  (163 children)

They’re the red plastic disposable cups that are white on the inside that people use at parties

[–]Tanomil 1773 points1774 points  (107 children)

Ohh yeah, I've used them maybe once. Was talking to someone last new years about why it's always those red cups that are used in American movies. Guess it's just the standard over there, like the standard where I am is either clear plastic or tiny white ones.

[–]Badloss 1640 points1641 points  (50 children)

yeah it's not just a movie stereotype, that is genuinely the most prevalent party cup here.

They're a little less flimsy than the other kinds so they're popular for drinking games

[–]Whodanceswithwolves 569 points570 points  (35 children)

For that reason my undergrad banned red solo cups. Just the red ones, they sold green and blue at the campus store.

[–]shrubtheshrub123 513 points514 points  (12 children)

Well you can't play beer pong in green and blue of course

[–]r93gd4dg1t 5037 points5038 points  (361 children)

Pledge to the flag in class

[–]K_51 3045 points3046 points  (172 children)

When I first saw footage of Pledge of Allegiance, I thought I was watching some dystopia fiction, like "1984".

[–]raymengl 1681 points1682 points  (110 children)

I attended a church rally in Austin, TX on Independence Day about 15 years ago, and they did the whole Pledge of Allegiance thing. After the procession of veterans across the stage the entire congregation stood as one and recited it word for word. Then the pastor gave a VERY political sermon.

Speaking as a Scot, it has to be one of the most surreal experiences of my life.

[–]umru316 339 points340 points  (53 children)

In TX schools they start every day with a pledge to the US flag and a different pledge to the state flag.

[–]SlyDigits 11.9k points11.9k points  (256 children)

Extra large bottomless cups for cola or soft drinks.... you could bathe in those....

[–]FrancistheBison 7801 points7802 points  (94 children)

"How is this a child size?"

"Well, it's roughly the size of a 2 year old child if they were liquified"

Edit: Sorry for the region locked video, it's the parks and rec scene.

[–]original-name-taken 1411 points1412 points  (42 children)

Funny how that video isn't available in my country

[–]Skhan93 427 points428 points  (12 children)

This video isn't available in the UK but I'm guessing it's the parks and rec scene lol

[–]DankNerd97 457 points458 points  (45 children)

And somehow half a liter of a soft drink is cheaper than a small bottle of water.

[–]SirPsychoSexy22 109 points110 points  (10 children)

It's not even a half liter, it's sometimes a whole liter

[–]KingAceNumber1 10.9k points10.9k points  (277 children)

Actively avoiding healthcare visits/checkups because if there's something wrong and you don't have the money to pay for treatment, then you'd rather just not know

[–]MagickalMama_ 3631 points3632 points  (134 children)

Or because we get gaslighted into believing that it’s no big deal or that we’re even a burden for showing up to the doctors office in the first place.

[–]coffeewithmyoxygen 1952 points1953 points  (104 children)

Ugh, yes. I rolled and sprained my ankle two months ago. A bad one, badly tore a ligament, mildly tore a second one, damaged a nerve. The doc at urgent care told me I’d be fine in a week or two and most people wouldn’t come in for something like this. I couldn’t walk on it and it was the size of a softball. She made me feel like an idiot.

I’m glad I followed up. I’m in PT now to restrengthen my ankle. It still swells like crazy and hurts from overuse. I have nerve pain. My balance and ankle strength are just fucked in general. It’s “just a sprain” though.

[–]writingonzewall 685 points686 points  (57 children)

I asked my doctor for pt for a similar injury. He told me that my ankle would just be messed up from now on and that I needed to lose weight. He also wouldn't talk to me about my sudden hand weakness and the fact that I think I have tendonitis or carpal tunnel until I lost weight. Yeah, I'm currently putting off finding a new doctor because insurance only covers 1 well visit a year.

[–]I-am-a-Mango 17.6k points17.6k points  (563 children)

Being legally allowed to drink only when you reach 21

[–]fredbuddle 19.3k points19.3k points  (313 children)

Yeah that’s ridiculous. You can get gangbanged on camera or shot in a war but can’t have a lovely sip of beer for 3 more years. Insane

[–]ms_eleventy 7386 points7387 points  (74 children)

I've heard the go to war but never the gangbanged on camera comparison. That puts it in perspective in a very different way.

[–]ViolentVBC 5531 points5532 points  (48 children)

At 18 you can be reamed, and double teamed, but you can't drink Jim Beam.

[–]MiskonceptioN 2956 points2957 points  (92 children)

You can get gangbanged on camera

In the UK you have to be 18 to buy (or be in) porn, but the age of consent is 16. So you can bone if you like, but you close your eyes while doing so.

[–]Voller_Faulheit 1497 points1498 points  (33 children)

Police arrests guy and gal for having sex with their eyes open.

[–]Meemesfourdayz 15.7k points15.7k points  (752 children)

Ambulance rides costing money seems pretty absurd to people from other countries

[–]kirbyateme3433 5700 points5701 points  (440 children)

I've heard of people getting Ubers instead of getting an ambulance because it costs so much

[–]RoxanneBarton 4102 points4103 points  (278 children)

Yeah, my roommate was really sick once. I got an Uber and took her to the hospital because an ambulance would’ve cost $1000 instead of $15.

[–]NotsoNewtoGermany 1999 points2000 points  (237 children)

Which reasonably priced state do you live in? It's usually 3 - 5K

[–]Big-Operation 1827 points1828 points  (165 children)

Yep. I'm still paying off debt from an ambulance ride that cost me $3,500. I went like two miles. And I have amazing health insurance by US standards.

[–]EsmeParker 650 points651 points  (26 children)

Jesus Christ

[–]deer_hobbies 99 points100 points  (11 children)

And guess what? The EMTs in that ambulance make $15 an hour. Paramedics maybe $25 an hour.

Its only that there are billion dollar companies ensuring that americans can't imagine any other system that it stays that way.

[–]junkbug928 767 points768 points  (5 children)

Only $150 cleaning fee for bleeding on their seats!

[–]TheThingsWeMake 17.7k points17.7k points  (661 children)

Putting a ton of sugar in products like bread.

[–]User1539 7348 points7349 points  (295 children)

In America, it's corn syrup!

[–]a_trane13 2633 points2634 points  (237 children)

The trend now in the US is to remove corn syrup.

But don’t be fooled. They replace it with similar amounts of regular sugar, usually labeled “cane sugar” or “beet sugar”. And it’s basically the same health-wise.

People think it tastes better, which I tend to agree with.

Edit for all the experts here:

Regular sugar is ~50% fructose. HFCS comes in two main versions, either 42% or 55% fructose. Most studies on metabolization find no difference or find the difference nearly irrelevant to health. It’s important to stick to science here. The medical and scientific community agree there isn’t an important difference nutritionally for normal people. Medical conditions like diabetes or lack of normal enzymes will cause issues, though.

90% HFCS is rare and very different nutritionally but must be labeled as fructose (or HFCS-90). Usually it is labeled as fructose to avoid the stigma of HFCS, and this isn’t what we are seeing get removed from food, just normal HFCS.

So you’re correct that fructose one of the “worse” complements, but removing the ingredient labeled HFCS doesn’t really help, since you’re swapping 42% or 55% for 50%.

[–]Viktemeyez 797 points798 points  (99 children)

Florida Man checking in. I so badly want regular sugar back in beverages! Fuck corn subsidies.

[–]Dorkyporkypoo 8031 points8032 points  (227 children)

When I went to New York I was flabbergasted by the amount of people just loitering on the streets or having phone conversations that everyone can hear on the train like npcs from GTA.

People outside of the USA don't hang out in public or let other people into their business on public transport.

I managed to hear a woman talk about how her baby daddy wasn't going to her daughters birthday party and I started to pick side's in her personal life, while walking through Central Park I heard two friends with a substantial age gap talk about everyone in their friend group having mistresses and they were trading information on the mistress facts each of them knew for their respective friends, I got invested in that one so I folliwed them for a while (pretending I wasn't) because I wanted the tea.

[–]robxburninator 3340 points3341 points  (69 children)

While this isn't exclusive to NYC, as a new yorker I can tell you that it is much more common in the city than in most places in the USA. Frankly it comes down to a space issue. Most people don't have big apartments, many people have roommates, our offices are small, so if we have to have a rough conversation the choice is sometimes between "let everyone in my living situation know about something personal I don't want them to" or "let some people that will never see me again know".

[–]Ffdmatt 191 points192 points  (4 children)

People watching and hearing conversations you "probably didn't want to hear but screw it this is interesting" is one of the great things about living in New York.

[–]whereditg0 8425 points8426 points  (164 children)

Just "dealing with" preventable and curable diseases instead of seeking medical attention out of fear of crippling debt.

[–]gecko090 1438 points1439 points  (44 children)

One of the biggest things I feel those against access to healthcare being a right miss is that there are so many little things that happen to people that if they just got them checked out early it would be a cheap fix. If they could take a little time off to rest after an injury or Illness. Instead we just have people ignore small treatable issues until they become big chronic issues that require some form of regular maintenance or care.

[–]brush_between_meals 278 points279 points  (3 children)

This is literally why the for-profit medical industry in the USA likes the system as is. Greater access to low-profit preventative care would mean less demand for high-profit treatment. Textbook perverse incentive.

It's in the public interest for a health care system to help make the population healthier, but for-profit care is diametrically opposed to that. There's very little profit in prevention, but loads of profit in treatment.

[–]TitanicBeta 37.1k points37.1k points  (1107 children)

Toilet cubicles, where people not only can peek, but an adult person could crawl into your cubicle, there is so much space under the "door".

[–]hfsh 15.1k points15.1k points  (201 children)

Forget under the door, there are like centimeters of space all around the door.

[–]KeySlimePies 165 points166 points  (2 children)

I was pooping at a rest area in Maryland once and the top of the toilet's door was so low that a guy just looked directly at me from over it and was like, "oh sorry"

[–]EL-YEO 8280 points8281 points  (117 children)

We dont measure in cm here, we measure in spoons

[–]ImNotReal8 3709 points3710 points  (373 children)

As a kid I always thought that was for in case you got locked it. Like if some bully tried to lock you in you could crawl out. Now I have no idea why the doors are like that

[–]ColonelBelmont 2178 points2179 points  (119 children)

They're cheaper. Places could still get full-size doors and walls if they wanted. But it's considered "ordinary" here now so why shell out for more expensive shit than what anyone would expect.

[–]Adam-West 26.7k points26.7k points  (1377 children)

When I was there during the last election I was shocked at how phrases like ‘well they have the black vote’ or the ‘Latino vote’ came up all the time on the radio. Obviously it’s not racist but it’s just something that would never come up in my country. Like, why would latino people all vote for the same person?

[–]Sasquatch1729 9418 points9419 points  (632 children)

Similar to this, in the USA 80-90% of the voters don't switch, which is odd to me. Most countries have areas that tend to vote conservative or liberal, but there's a lot more swing. Mostly in the US the ads are aimed at the 10-20% who will change their ballot, the other 80% who vote are "locked-in" as Democrat or Republican supporters/households (I couldn't imagine voting because we're a "Liberal household" or because "Ethnic group X always supports the Conservatives".)

The US House and Senate actually have less turnover than a lot of dictatorships, as people get elected in areas that are Republican or Democrat, then they're pretty much guaranteed a win (as long as they don't lose their nomination or switch parties or retire/die.)

EDIT: the number 80-90% above is an exaggeration, the only way you can get to a number so high is if you discount the swing voters in "safe" states and only count the voters in battleground states. Someone posted a link to a better source and I want to include it here for accuracy https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/just-how-many-swing-voters-are-there/

EDIT: someone else wanted more clarification on the low turnover rate in the US federal government. After a search it seems there's a wikipedia article on the issue, Congressional Stagnation, they set the rate of incumbency reelection at "well over 90%" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congressional_stagnation_in_the_United_States It is not the best source, but if there's a wikipedia article on it with links to academic sources it's probably more than I can hash out in a single reddit post. The main thing is, although there are "safe seats" in most countries, I don't think most countries can rely on 90%+ of their incumbents getting re-elected term after term after term...

[–]SalokinNoraa 5593 points5594 points  (401 children)

I think the US could benefit from having more political parties than just Dem or Repub. It's too divided. Probably wouldn't ever catch on, though. I hate how people in the US feel that political alignment is a hill to die on and we can barely ever have civil discussion about it, much less have cooperation between the parties in government office.

Edit: fixed spelling errors

Also, not just a third party (already sorta exists), but several more parties is what I wish for.

[–]ryeinn 2662 points2663 points  (171 children)

I'd personally love this, but the First Past the Post voting system we have won't allow it. I saw something years ago about how Game Theory predicts this. If we switch to something like Ranked Choice or Instant Runoff, things change. But as it is, There Can Be Only Two (insert Highlander theme song).

Edit: Hey everyone not reading all the comments below before replying. I know other countries have a FPTP system and have third parties. You can stop pointing it out. But, having not seen a counter-example (willing to change my mind if I hear one!) I suspect that these are parliamentary systems. Those executives are not directly elected by FPTP but by coalition formation in the legislative. Those parties are forced by the structure of your government to cooperate wheel-and-deal for the government to even exist. So, while FPTP is part of the problem, the structure of the government is too, and that is a far more intractable problem than the voting.

[–]powerlesshero111 738 points739 points  (53 children)

Indeed. There is a very nice CPGrey on voting systems and how first past the post basically forces a 2 party system.

[–]DirtThief 366 points367 points  (29 children)

It also forces you to vote against a party rather than for your own.

[–]thealmightyzfactor 199 points200 points  (24 children)

Yes, you end up strategically voting for the party you least don't want instead of most want.

[–]neptunesice88 2469 points2470 points  (394 children)

I'm an American (born and raised), but I've heard that in other countries, strangers don't say hi or strike up conversations with each other. I know non-Americans are confused but let me explain:

Sometimes if you are say at an amusement park for example and you're waiting in line for a ride, strangers would strike conversations with you and such and this is actually pretty normal. Or say you are walking around in a park and you walk past by someone, you usually smile and say a quick "hi" as you are walking past that person.

I've had countless times where I've had people strike conversations with me that I didn't know. White people do this, but especially Black people do this a lot as well. Like you would see an old Black lady at a store and she'll just start talking to you.

I've had Europeans tell me that people would think you are mentally ill if you were to strike up conversations with strangers in Europe for example. Especially in Asian countries no one does this (I've heard). Strangers absolutely do not say a word to each other in Japan or China for example.

Side note: This may also be a regional thing in the US. I've lived in southern states mostly (like Texas) and people are really damn friendly down there. Now I live in Connecticut and people are way less friendly over here (no offense).

EDIT: I want to make a comment about Asian countries and their people not talking to strangers. If you are White American/European, they will tend to talk to you because they don't see people like you daily, because you are a foreigner. I was talking about Asian strangers specifically.

[–]infolgedessen 974 points975 points  (68 children)

That's actually something I really like about the USA. People will say it's superficial, and they are probably right. Not every conversation needs to be meaningful though. I was amazed at how often my gf got compliments on her style by complete strangers (mostly black women indeed) on the street in NYC or how people would just strike up a casual conversation in a queue when they heard us speaking in a foreign language to each other.

I tried to bring that attitude home with me, even though toned down. Plus I obviously don't compliment strange women. I don't want people to think that I'm a lunatic or call the cops on me.

[–]Sarah3006 914 points915 points  (72 children)

I’m British and the most you’re getting out of any of us in a line is “are you in the queue”.

You’re absolutely right, I must say when I’ve visited the states, people are extremely friendly.

[–]TitanicBeta 19.7k points19.7k points  (1252 children)

Not putting the final price on the tag. I'm not sure whether it's still like this, but a few years ago one never knew whether the $1.00 item in McDonald's or Burger King is actually $1.00 or maybe $1.08.

[–]dancestomusic 1277 points1278 points  (36 children)

That's the same in Canada. Most places don't include the tax and I wish they did.

[–]Criticon 415 points416 points  (18 children)

Japan as well, but at least it's the same all across the country, so 8-10% depending on the type of item

In the US it varies by state, county or even cities

[–]doughydonuts 10.5k points10.5k points  (469 children)

American flags everywhere. I traveled throughout Europe and the Caribbean and I usually only saw their flag on government builds and here and there. Where as here in the USA the flag is like Franks Red Hot. We put that shit on everything. Magnets, churches, cars, condoms, every front porch, and street lamp. #murica

Damn, I throw out a random comment and get 9k likes. Also, I feel like this thread became a sub reddit for Canada.

[–]Andromeda321 2246 points2247 points  (175 children)

Some other countries do this too. In Canada for example they strategically put the Canadian flag and maple leaf everywhere, even in logos- for example, Canadian McDonald’s has a maple leaf in its logo (and most of my Canadian friends had never even noticed when I mentioned it!).

[–]riskable 4046 points4047 points 2 (19 children)

In Canada the flag is so common it's even on the trees!

[–]MondayToFriday 945 points946 points  (35 children)

When Canadian products have a maple leaf logo, the connotation is "We're not American!"

[–]krnl4bin 415 points416 points  (13 children)

Also, if you live near the States and watch tv channels from both sides, you can tell if the commercial pertains to the Canadian version of that company or not. Like "$1 Frosties!" on a Wendy's commercial, then you see the little maple leaf somewhere at the end of the commercial on the logo so you know it is a Canadian deal. Then you put on your mukluks and snowshoe over to Wendy's god damn it!

[–]pourmewhineoh 19.9k points19.9k points 2 (1286 children)

Portion sizes.

[–]chris_courtland 3129 points3130 points  (433 children)

The first meal for any foreigner should be the Cheesecake Factory because their portions are huge and because it's all uphill from there.

[–]Dahhhkness 1365 points1366 points  (103 children)

The fucking menu alone is massive.

[–]PeterMT 2358 points2359 points  (271 children)

Cheesecake Factory is a real restaurant? Where Penny and Bernadette from the Big Bang Theory worked and the rest went for dinner? I always assumed it was a fake name. Non-American here obviously.

[–]overworkedattorney 1444 points1445 points  (158 children)

It’s real. They give you portion sizes no normal person could possibly eat. If by some chance to want to order a slice of cheesecake (which is very good), you get a slice the size of your head. I’ve been there several times for dinner and maybe once did we actually order cheesecake at the end cause your so full.

[–]the5thbeagle 10.7k points10.7k points  (496 children)

I'm from Canada and assumed we were the same based on mcdonalds servings and such. Then I went to california and had an omelette at a diner...sweet jesus. It must have been made from 6 eggs and took up the entire 12 inch plate. I asked for mushrooms but there was no room inside for them, so I got a pile of mushrooms on a side plate. AND two biscuits the size of my hand. It was like a day's worth of calories in one meal.

EDIT: For those who are asking, I'm 99% sure it wasn't Black Bear Cafe. It was a few years ago, but I recall it was a one-off generic diner outside San Luis Obispo that was either attached to or next to a motel. Sorry, that's all I can remember. I tried a google street search but nothing looked familiar. Also, we took the biscuits and the other half of the omelette to go. It's still a ridiculous amount of food though!

EDIT 2: Apparently it's Margie's Diner. Thanks everyone!

[–]technos 7119 points7120 points  (311 children)

That's just a diner thing. A 6-egg omelette is standard at many, because traditionally most of their patrons will be skipping lunch.

[–]the5thbeagle 2144 points2145 points  (70 children)

Ahhhhhh, that makes sense. Thanks!

[–]LFMNX 719 points720 points  (31 children)

My favorite California diner, my friend and I would split one dish, and we'd both be stuffed. And I had a big appetite those days! The portions were simply outrageous... and yummy...

[–]assignpseudonym 1042 points1043 points  (144 children)

traditionally most of their patrons will be skipping lunch

Can you elaborate on this for us Non-Americans? Diners also serve lunch, so I'm confused by this.

[–]the5thbeagle 2539 points2540 points  (113 children)

I assumed they meant truckers. Load up at the diner in the morning and haul ass all day.

[–]assignpseudonym 911 points912 points  (90 children)

Oh right! I didn't even think of truck drivers. Thanks for answering this, that actually makes total sense!

[–]extra_username 647 points648 points  (69 children)

It's fantastic. I go out to eat once and have leftovers for days.

[–]Ironsweetiez 350 points351 points  (46 children)

I am always furious when I see people eat a third of their meal and throw the rest away. Why wouldn't you save it!

[–]glutenfreewater 49.1k points49.1k points & 3 more (1487 children)

Prescription drug ads encouraging people to ask their doctor about the drug being advertised.

Edit: a lot of people have mentioned this is also common in several other countries like New Zealand. I thought it was exclusively the US. Also, some interesting points are that it has helped raise awareness to some issues people might otherwise not take seriously or be ashamed to bring up to their doctor.

Thank you for the awards, I appreciate it!

[–]RageSiren 10.8k points10.8k points  (806 children)

I'm an American and over the past ~3 weeks I've been getting ads for Vyvanse (an amphetamine ADHD medication) and some shit for low libido in women on Facebook. So now not only are they on TV, they're on freaking Facebook.

FWIW I don't think this practice should be legal, either.

E: I wasn't trying to shit talk Vyvanse (I've been on it since 2016) I just never expected to see an ad for it, to be honest.

E2, for those telling me to delete FB: I plan on it once my dad dies. He has cancer and tags me in cute/funny stuff all the time since he's medically retired and bored now. It makes me happy that he thinks of me so much :)

Once he's gone I plan to memorialize his page, download my fb data, and have my account fully deleted.

[–]sapieninja 3595 points3596 points  (547 children)

It's not legal here in the UK or more specifically you can't advertise any prescription medicine to anybody who isn't a doctor (i.e the general public). But I guess our entire healthcare and advertising systems are different. Edit: fixed typo

[–]the-lady-jessica 997 points998 points  (340 children)

I never understand these. How is it profitable for drug companies to make ads like this? Do so many people really watch the ads, hear all the horrible side-effects throughout the ad, and then still ask their doctors and are prescribed these drugs??

[–]danno49 16.1k points16.1k points  (399 children)

Gratuitous violence in entertainment is normal. But show one boob and people lose their shit.

[–]WhatIsThisKnottyPine 11.2k points11.2k points  (192 children)

I read an article last year about how in American Horror Story they played a four minute long scene of Lady Gaga's character slashing throats and drinking blood during an orgy but the song playing in the background had the word 'fucking' censored. American censorship standards are wild.

[–]Star_Court_ 992 points993 points  (16 children)

I can't remember which show, but there was also that one time when there were two dead bodies showing their bare asses, and to make it pass the censor, they added more blood to cover the cracks.

[–]tienna 939 points940 points  (12 children)

Hannibal. There was a fully flayed dead body on screen, and the Americans took issue with an arse crack being visible. So they covered it with more blood and it was fine.

[–]grantrules 2391 points2392 points  (96 children)

Haha there was a great representation that I can't find.. it was the same publication (maybe Newsweek?) but their US and EU editions had censored a picture differently. It was a topless woman, the EU edition covered her eyes, the US edition covered her tits.

[–]bingebandit 442 points443 points  (70 children)

Why would they cover the eyes?

[–]toostupidtodream 706 points707 points  (29 children)

Not sure on the specific case OC is referring to, but eyes are commonly covered in pictures/ videos to try and prevent someone being readily/ unambiguously identified.

(Probably their friends and family would recognise them, but strangers on the internet would have a very hard time)

[–]Asscroft 258 points259 points  (15 children)

I've often wondered if I had to have a sex tape of me on the internet but I could choose either:

1) wear a mask/have face blurred so no one knows it's you, but your body is shown

2) only your face is shown, so everyone knows it you, but they can't see you having sex and you can always claim it's good acting.

Which I would pick.

[–]roeallen 112 points113 points  (0 children)

Unless you had an identifying birthmark or something I think I would choose face blurred. There is so much porn out there someone you knew would probably just go past it, but if your face was on it it would be noticeable.

[–]Scrogger19 334 points335 points  (12 children)

Presumably to protect her privacy.

[–]dog_fart_tacos 1179 points1180 points  (39 children)

What if the boob is holding a gun?

[–]I_hate_traveling 6229 points6230 points  (427 children)

Willingly putting yourself massively in debt for a college degree.

I come from a place with free university education (which has its own drawbacks of course), and the fact that you can make such a huge, life-altering decision at 17 is considered normal over there, that seems downright bizarre to me.

[–]H2O-skier 1649 points1650 points  (152 children)

Agree- this is ridiculous. Especially with taking decades to pay off. A lot of times that teenager changes their career path or doesn’t even use the degree.

[–]Eternal_Isolationist 798 points799 points  (43 children)

Students are continuously fed information about how they "must" go to college to get a well-paying job and schools are evaluated on the number of students that continue on into a four-year university.

Most schools cut vocational programs to teach more college prep classes as those classes are heavily assessed to determine the school ranking (especially math and language arts).

[–]WuuutWuuut 15.8k points15.8k points  (891 children)

This one is more on the positive side, because I think we could learn some from it.

Talking and sharing your life with complete strangers. I have met quite a few americans so it seems the norm that you share and engage with strangers in public. The bus, train, parks etc. And then you go on your way.

In Denmark you'd be a "freak" if you did that.

[–]N0tThatKindofDr 1668 points1669 points  (51 children)

I lived in Ireland for awhile and when I was first there I was always looking around, so it was obvious I wasn’t from there. During this time old people would sit next to me on the bus and tell me their life story rather frequently. As soon as I started looking like every other office drone it stopped.

[–]aaron_5555 671 points672 points  (30 children)

Came here to to leave this exact comment. I'm Irish and when I go out with my granny she's the whole time telling her life story to other people. Myself and the younger generation would be mortified by this but the older generations would chat with anyone

[–]lp40012645 3765 points3766 points  (158 children)

Yeah for sure. We become very talkative when we are standing in long lines or on airplanes where the flight is going to last more than an hour because it gives us something to do to pass the time and you can also learn a lot from other’s life experiences.

[–]gibbylewd 1841 points1842 points  (365 children)

not owning kettles and MICROWAVING their water for coffee/tea

[–]Scott-Cheggs 442 points443 points  (42 children)

My wife gets frustrated with hotels in the US for not having a kettle in the room.

[–]CatManMax527 6298 points6299 points  (641 children)

As an American I was shocked to learn that not every school internationally has a building cop

[–]gingerboyz4 3351 points3352 points  (148 children)

in australia we have good ol constable whatshisname come down like once a year to give a lecture on how drugs are bad

thats the only cops ive ever seen at school

[–]skittlesmcgee94 753 points754 points  (43 children)

Constable Care or Healthy Harold the giraffe!

[–]tabletennis6 383 points384 points  (21 children)

HEALTHY HAROLD! Did you know that if you rub the carpet hard enough the lights will turn on? It's literal magic!

[–]mydadsyamum 983 points984 points  (37 children)

Oh did you guys learn about drugs in organised classes and seminars?

Yeah nah mate. Some giraffe in the back of a demountable caravan in the school car park rocks up and proceeds to act out being on different drugs to help 10 year old you understand why boofing ket and punching cones isn't for 'big boys and girls'.

[–]drahcirenoob 408 points409 points  (29 children)

A lot of schools in the US don't even have a building cop. As an american I was kinda shocked to learn that they're normal for most people, having grown up without ever having one

[–]srocan 676 points677 points  (182 children)

Building cops!?! As in an official police officer with a badge?

Canadian here and I never heard of such a thing.

[–]srocan 2426 points2427 points  (73 children)

The enabling customer service culture.

It’s created excessive portions in restaurants, created Karen, gives way to a disposable attitude towards products, and generally gives a sense of entitlement where most people start adding it to their list of rights.

[–]labrume 343 points344 points  (5 children)

Also gives a disposable attitude towards customer service workers, unfortunately. As if these workers should do everything humanly possible to make the patron happy and if they don’t, get rid of them.

[–]Legendary-Lynx 7485 points7486 points  (637 children)

A flag in every corner of a classroom, and Americans being very patriotic to the stars and stripes. Other countries barely give a poop about their flags

[–]pennysoap 1013 points1014 points  (90 children)