Here's a recently compiled list of things Americans do that the rest of the world thinks is weird. Now granted, this list was supposedly taken from a Reddit thread, so keep your grains of salt nearby...
1. We’re too patriotic: “Flags. Flags everywhere. I don’t my see my country’s flag anywhere except on national holidays,” says _TheDust_. “We love our flag up here in Canada, but it's nothing like in America,” says Coziestpigeon2. And Australia-based CaravelClerihew agrees that it’s odd how Americans put the US flag “everywhere and on everything. A flagpole on your porch or car bumper sticker may be somewhat understandable, but it gets really weird when it starts popping up on baseball caps, swimsuits or underwear. I'm in Australia and Americans are the only ones who do this (yes, with the American flag), even all the way out here.”
Hell yeah we do!
2. We eat dessert first. Apparently the rest of the world doesn’t think the world actually runs on Dunkin: “Eating for breakfast what would be considered dessert elsewhere,” says parallelglow “Donuts, Belgian waffles, pancakes with syrup and icing, sugary cereal—it’s a uniquely American thing to start your day loaded with sugar.”
Well, except for the bacon, egg and hash brown part.
3. We tip: “I have gotten into a few arguments with Americans when they heard I don't tip where I'm from,” says lustforwine. “It may be normal in America but not every country has to tip lol.” DrNintendroid also questions our tipping culture: “Why don't they include the service and tax price in the price of a meal? Since it’s frowned for not leaving a tip. Also why is it based on percentage (cheap vs. expensive food) and not on the number of times of being served? If anyone deserves a tip I believe it should go to the cook. Should I tip at Starbucks and ice cream parlors too?” Another user, hanoian, adds: “It's extremely annoying. Been to America a few times and eating out is so awkward. The fakeness of it all because it's tips-based is very off-putting.”
Except we have a culture of rewarding excellence — at least that’s the theory.
4. We’re loud: “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,” complains Reddit user Dorkyporkypoo. “People outside of the USA don't hang out in public or let other people into their business on public transport.”
Yeah, they’re not hanging out in public elsewhere because they’re on LOCKDOWN.
5. We talk to strangers: Another thing people don’t do in other countries: “Talking about and sharing your life with complete strangers,” says WuuutWuuut. “I have met quite a few Americans, and 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."
Around America you’d be a freak if you don’t say at least “howdy.”
6. We love our cars: Foreigners are shocked by U.S. car culture, including how much Americans drive and the long distances we will travel without blinking an eye. “One of my favorite sayings,” says grantrules. “To Europeans 100 years is a short time but 100 miles is a long distance; to Americans, 100 years is a long time and 100 miles is a short distance.”
What’s not to understand about the pleasures of the open road from sea to shining sea?
7. We wear shoes inside: Wearing shoes inside is a no-no in many countries—and many foreigners find it odd that not all Americans do the same. “I'm not American, but I lived there three years as a child and sometimes get weirded out when I see movies and people are wearing shoes inside,” says SpohieAuz. “I just take them off at the entrance.”
Well, we definitely take our boots off outside — except if it’s a saloon. Then we keep them on. And our spurs.
8. We’re nosy: Some foreigners find it strange that Americans are so career focused. Ssffxx explains: “Asking everyone ‘What do you do?’ when you first meet them. I live outside the U.S. and realized there are some people I’ve known for years, and I still don’t know their job. I think in the U.S. jobs are a bigger part of a person’s identity than in some other places.”
You’re damn right. Because we value work and being a productive member of society vs being a socialist sponge!
And thank God we still do.