Every country has its own specific culture that sets it apart from all the rest.
From our youngest age, we learn about the world through surface-level stereotypes about many of these cultures, as well as landmarks and popular languages. Often, we carry these notions with us throughout our adult lives.
Of course, travel is one way to open your eyes to the reality of the world and its many cultures. But since travel is inaccessible to many, we rely on TV and other media to learn about other countries.
No country is as represented in film, television, and music as the United States, and being such a major player on the world stage, it’s easy to see our culture spread around the globe. While there are many great aspects of the American culture (though diverse in and of itself), there are also countless things that come off as being just a bit, well, strange.
People were asked to share some things that were only socially acceptable in America, or that made Americans stand out like sore thumbs while abroad, and these will crack you up.
Battle of the Brands
Ads that compare one brand to another openly, like Duracell vs Energizer, rather than Brand X (maenadery)
The Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint ads have gotten pretty intense. From Ricky Gervais making fun of the other brands for the whole commercial for Verizon, to Sprint hiring the old Verizon spokesperson to sh*t on Verizon. (Berti15)
AND THIS THEFT
Those companies also have something else to do with something strange in America.
The Duracell bunny pre-dated the Energizer bunny. However, because Energizer were first to trademark it, Duracell had to stop using their mascot in America (it’s still used elsewhere). (HowdyDoodlyDoo)
wearing the flag as a bathing suit. (SPQC)
We wear flags from other countries, too. (Arctic_Puppet)
One Stop Shop
I love explaining to non Americans that we can go buy beer, food, televisions and guns at the same store. (lacripa)
So Walmart? (strboola)