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American Things Europeans Find Weird

American Things Europeans Find Weird


If you’ve ever seen Quentin Tarrantino’s
hit movie, Pulp Fiction, you’ll know it opens with a scene in which Samuel Jackson
shows his surprise regarding the legality of cannabis smoking in Holland and the fact
that the French eat their fries with mayonnaise. “Ugh” is his reaction to the use of such
a condiment. Well, we can tell you “ugh” works both
ways, and there are plenty of things Americans eat, do, believe, and say, that European’s
find plain weird. Today we’ll look at some of those things,
in this episode of The Infographics Show, American Things Europeans Find Weird. Don’t forget to subscribe and click the
bell button so that you can be part of our Notification Squad. We’ll stay with food and restaurants for
the time being. As we’ve discussed in other shows, not everyone
in the world is so draconian about tipping. In fact, in some parts of Europe, throwing
a buck on the counter after receiving a cold beer would be totally insulting. In many European countries, tipping in some
situations can be seen as charity. When visiting the U.S., many Europeans might
find it weird that a waiter or waitress keeps coming back to your table. In the States, it may been seen as just good
service, but to some Europeans, it could be construed as someone getting in the way of
a good meal. That meal, by the way, could be about three
times larger than many people in Europe are used to. In general, American food portions look to
some Europeans like they are supposed to feed two people. It may also seem like an act of largesse to
some Europeans when someone keeps refilling their glass of soda or cup of coffee for no
extra cost. In terms of the food itself, as we noted earlier,
Americans and Europeans have very different ideas about what goes with what. Pancakes for breakfast, with fried chicken,
are you kidding me, says the travelling European. And what about putting honey on bacon for
breakfast? The Frenchman wanted mustard with his sliced
beef and tasted something not like mustard but a sweeter version with less bite. The Italian went to Chicago and in one restaurant
ordered a pizza, only to be served what he thought looked more like a quiche or a cake. So, what about when Europeans head to the
store. Again, the rather affable smile and general
friendliness of staff may seem strange to someone from grumpy England, where service
with a smile is certainly no guarantee. In fact, it’s been remarked that American
friendliness can result in some Europeans thinking something suspicious is afoot. If that European is in the store to buy a
packet of cigarettes or a bottle of wine, they may be extremely surprised when they
get asked for ID, as that might not have happened to them for over a decade or two. On top of Europe mainly having laxer laws
on age restrictions, ID-ing people is not such a big deal as it is in America. Only in July this year, Oasis frontman Liam
Gallagher said he was ID-ed in the US after trying to buy cigarettes. He tweeted, “I’ve just been told I can’t
buy cigs unless I got ID, I’m forty-[expletive]-four… has the world gone mad.” Indeed, in his home city of Manchester he’d
probably been buying his smokes for 30 years without a problem. And then the European looks inside his or
her wallet, only to see a bunch of notes that all look the same, all the time wondering
how this could possibly make any sense. The good thing is in America you can pay with
plastic just about anywhere, which is something many Europeans are still not used to. They may also be unpleasantly surprised to
find out when they do buy something, taxes get added on top of the price they saw. So, they try and get back to their hotel,
but have to ask the way. They are told to walk six blocks this way
and turn left. Only for some Europeans not familiar with
the U.S., giving someone directions using ‘blocks’ may seem weird. Parts of Europe were not built with city blocks
in mind, and just gradually spread in a way that makes it hard to find your way around. When they finally do get back, they settle
down to watch some TV, only for some reason the shows are interspersed with commercials
that seem to be longer than the actual minutes given to the actual content. This drives some Europeans crazy. At some point, they might come across World
Wrestling Entertainment, and be quite confused at how some Americans can get so worked up
about what to them looks like an act with an ending already scripted. You may have to be American to enjoy that
kind of drama with such passion. Turn over to the news and, depending on the
channel, this may also look something like a drama or a soap opera to a European; they
may easily believe they are watching a news satire. One of the great things in America, though,
for some Europeans at least, is the fact that some things are open 24/7. Can’t sleep, just go out. Shopping hours are relatively quite restrictive
in many European nations, but in most places in the U.S. in or near a big city, there is
always something to do or buy in the middle of the night. In Europe, the BBC reported that London, England,
and 6 cities in Spain were the better 24 hour cities. Now we’ll visit the sensitive issues of
religion and patriotism. World Atlas puts America at the top of the
list as the most Christian nation in the world. In the U.S, on any given day, you might hear
the word God, or at least see signs pointing to where you might find him. While parts of Europe are also predominantly
Christian, the omnipresence of God in the streets may seem a little overbearing to many
of these nations that have forgone church duty. It’s the same with flags everywhere. You won’t go far in America without seeing
the Stars and Stripes, whereas in Europe, flags are usually designated to the top of
poles outside of official buildings. Seeing one planted in a garden may induce
a travelling European to believe that he is at the house of a hardcore nationalist, not
just someone who is proud of where he comes from. Interesting side note: A 2014 survey revealed
the most patriotic country in the world was Thailand, closely followed by the USA. While it may not seem too weird for Europeans,
the fact that some people in the states carry firearms might be scary. Per capita, more people in the states own
guns than any other country. While most cops in Europe do carry guns, it’s
unusual to see a cop in England, Scotland or Wales carrying a gun. The fact that regular Joes might be carrying
a firearm seems fairly weird to many Europeans. It might not seem so strange to Serbians,
who also have a high rate of guns owned per person. Size also matters to Europeans when traveling
in the States. In America, everything just seems bigger,
and not just the aforementioned dishes. The roads and streets seem larger for the
most part, and if you don’t have a car, it can seem hard to get anywhere, especially
in a place like LA. The cars themselves seem a lot bigger, large
enough to crush Mr. Bean in his mini; and the people inside them also seem big on average
– if not taller, than wider on average. The skyscrapers are taller, and in general,American
houses statistically have a lot more space than the average European house. One survey stated that the Danish had the
most living space in Europe, still much less than Americans, but much more than the Brits
that to Americans might seem their whole house is smaller than their basement. It may not be that weird, but one might ask
why everything is so big in the U.S. As for appearance, some Europeans may find
the amount of Americans that are continually decked in what looks like gym wear a bit strange
as most are not going to the gym. Other styles, that are mostly an 80s thing
but seem to have stayed around a little, are the Big Hair styles on some older American
women. Big lips and big breasts, may also be a fashion
weird to some Europeans, while in the USA the president still seems to sport a fake
tan. On the positive side, Americans all seem to
have such perfect white teeth, quite different from those Brits. This was hilariously depicted in an episode
of The Simpsons in which The Big Book of British Smiles horrifically demonstrated the apparent
lack of dental hygiene in the country. So, what do you Europeans out there find strange
about Americans? And Americans, what do you think is weird
about Europeans? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
called the Loudest Things a Person Can Hear?! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!


Reader Comments

  1. The athletic clothes that you see Americans wear for the most part isn't dictated by Style poor fashion it's because a large population of the United States is very middle-class and our clothing is mostly dictated by what department stores are carrying like Walmart I want to say probably the largest percentage of the population gets the majority of their clothes from places like Walmart so whatever they're selling is dictating what we're wearing that's pretty much the gist of it I mean yeah we can go to Fancy stores and boutiques and by name brand clothing but most of our clothes were made in places like China Indonesia Bangladesh and even Mexico and for the most part outside of work just lounging around running some errands to the store or whatever these clothes are more than fine and they're comfortable

  2. What I like about the USA is that its USA First, always using American brands, Manufactures in America, American Owned and Used, unlike the UK where every industry has basically been bought buy foreign investors, other foreign companies, or other companies from cheaper labour countries has took their business

  3. Well it's factually wrong that Europeans don't use plastic tip party. In Scandinavia you cannot pay with cash most places, and even the banks don't have cash. In the rest of Europe you can use cash, but also plastic 90% of the time. Only exception is the germans.

  4. Tax and tipping in America is really odd to me. Like why don’t they just include tax in the price instead of making customers doing mental gymnastics to work it out?

  5. In Greece the tip is very usual in many jobs,also you see greek flag in many houses and i believe we are very christian country

  6. As a European i find it weird you can buy firearms at wallmart. Is that something you buy on impuls? I’m off to the store honey want anything? 6 bottles of milk, Some butter and a glock

  7. It’s usual for English people to see police officers with guns partly because we stepped up the security to armed police because of terrorist attacks lately.

  8. its soo fake americans all seem to have perfect teeth while the british all have terrible teeth… most of the americans that say that have never got out of their own state. I've lived in London for most of my life and, IT'S NOT TRUE!!!!!!

  9. Uhh the taller part if pretty false, Central and Northern Europeans (particularly Holland, Sweden, Norway, and Finland) are taller than Americans on average

  10. Literally everything said about the British was wrong, we are not grumpy and we have some of the best oral care in the world, r u seriously basing our teeth of a cartoon??

  11. Yeah news looks like satire to Europeans because a lot of it IS satire. People take news shows like the daily show seriously. It's hard to find unbiased news anywhere in the US.

    I am American btw.

  12. pay with plastics? in sweden i pay everyting with my phone, an app called "Swish" that is aproved and supperted by all banks you generally think of here. i always leave my "plastics" at home and haven't had cash in my pocket since 2014.

  13. Using a giant pick-up truck to drive from the McMansion to the mall just around the corner. Oh , and Bro Country.

  14. That’s true with the commercials in England most of us without cable grow up with a channel called cbbc which have barely any cartoons or commercials

  15. European differences have nothing on watching an America recoiling that not all pies are sweet like in Australia……

  16. Lol I'm from England , and I def agree with this list after visiting Boston, your customer service is sooo much better than ours, is actually unusual to get a smile and someone who is helpful lol 😋

    But I dont know how you guys cope with the adverts , I tried to watch King Kong over in Boston and gave up after 40 mins 😋

  17. Do Americans who need an i.d in case a person is under 21 not able to tell if a person is obviously over 40? Also for me an English person to have perfect teeth I would need to sell my house to afford it. And I would add that Americans still seem to dress like they are from the 80's.

  18. Yeah the gym outfit is pretty weird. Seen this too many times especially in LA and SF everyone be shopping at Walmart in their gym clothes.

  19. The reason english people seem to have dirtier teeth is that dentists here focus more on actual cleanliness of the teeth, rather than whitening like in america. Teeth are actually naturally slightly yellow and being pure white can be downright bad for your teeth.

  20. 1:45 that's rly untrue I'm from a small town in england and everyone in the shops is rly nice like hey madam how are you today u know

  21. What I find wierd about Americans is that they call a political party that's anti-Semitic, bigoted and authoritarian: "The Democratic Party". Wierd!

  22. I'm American and I agree with almost all of these. When I go eat out with my girlfriend, the portions are so huge that we often just order one thing and split it. Not sure how other people manage to eat a whole meal at Olive Garden or Texas Roadhouse.

  23. Go Poland you'll see what a grumpy cashier is I GURANTEE YOU. You won't even have to look for them, they'll be in every shop.

  24. we don’t carry guns and place flags everywhere like we r normal y do u have to show ur from america like we don’t know

  25. What we realy find weird is that nobody is playing Football the real one in Europe and the rest of the world you see kids playing every where! Because it is the biggest sport

  26. I think it's strange that Europeans eat so little, what's wrong with the portions of a whole steak and baked potato and some corn???

  27. Now I’m not a hater but the facts that you seem to be so confident in and you think are weird to Europeans. Lots of them are simply not true
    For example: police in Great Britain surely does carry guns I have been 6 times there already and a lot of the social stuff that you talked about is either well known in Europe or is actually the same in Europe too

  28. Just know that everybody is different and we all have to accept it. For example, the guns. Stereotype, the teeth, stereotype. Sure, some of us may be at eachothers throats but that won't change a thing. Everybody loves their homeland because they grew up with it! If the roles were reversed you would fight for it because it's your home. So, can't we all just accept eachother?? Besides, it's not like it'll affect anyone if we're not in the same continent/country/countries.

  29. buys a water bottle in America
    Guy at the counter: aaaa…. would you like cheese with that?

    I mean seriously guys
    Americans have cheese with everything.

  30. for people who think its weird to eat fries with mayo i have a friend who likes to drink ketchup…..just ketchup and in belguim (were i live) its common to have mayo with ANYTHING they can combine with

  31. My fellow Americans becoming way too casual in their dress and attitude..

    BTW I love mayo with French fries (I hate sugary ketchup )

  32. Stereotype on the last ones fact is in the uk we have the best teeth on the world (true) when America hits and eight on the list. Now say that last one again

  33. It’s a myth that British people ALL have bad teeth. We don’t consider veneers or dermal implants to be ‘healthy’ teeth, more that that’s what you do when your teeth aren’t healthy.

  34. I'm an American in Europe right now, and i cant stand the fact that they dont believe in ac, and they even have the heat on when it's almost 70 degrees outside.

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