10 Things Americans Do That Confuse The Rest Of The World!

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  • Published on Jun 9, 2018
  • Top things Americans do that confuse everyone else! These are the confusing and weird customs of americans and things americans do that confuse the rest of the world!


    #5. “Hollywood Smile”-- Another place that foreigners think Americans are wasting water is at the Dentist’s office. While dental hygiene in other countries may not be as bad as it is stereotyped to be, like in England, they aren’t quite as obsessed with attaining or maintaining the perfect smile in the way that Americans have. Where Americans have been known to spend thousands of dollars on braces and whitening procedures in order to get a pearly white Hollywood grill many foreigners are content with crooked and discolored teeth as long as they aren’t falling out or making them look like Nosferatu. Most foreigners from first world nations care about their teeth, they just haven’t become indoctrinated with the intense beauty standards American society has made a part of its culture in regards to dental perfection. In many countries, having a brighter than normal smile that is unnaturally straight is viewed as superficial to the point of being unattractive or off-putting.

    #4. “Dining Out”-- Tipping your server and taking home leftover food. Two habits that are so ingrained in the American dining experience that they can be hard to kick, but rest assured if you try doing these outside of the US you are sure to draw confused looks and reveal your Stars and Stripes. In most Asian and European countries a service charge is either already included in your bill or it is not customary to leave a tip. In many places if you do try to tip you can offend your waiter, this is because a tip can be seen as a person having pity on their server or offering some sort of charity. In some countries giving good service is expected whereas in the United States the food industry has become a sort of meritocracy. Foreigners see this as absurd, why should a server be rewarded for something they should be doing in the first place? However, In places where tipping is insulting waitstaff aren’t ridiculously underpaid like they are in the U.S. The other habit that can draw the scoffs of onlookers at a restaurant outside the United States is asking for a ‘doggy bag’ or ‘to-go box’. In many countries, especially European ones the idea of saving a hot meal at a restaurant in order to reheat it and eat it at home is a disgusting prospect. Many dining cultures believe that the food is meant to be eaten exactly how it is prepared by the chef or cook at that moment, not to be consumed after the various sauces and meat juices congeal or have their perfect grilling or baking sullied by your microwave. A lot of the reason that Americans have developed this custom of bringing scraps home with them is due to portion sizes being generally much larger in the States than elsewhere. This may be a result of capitalist consumers becoming obsessed with getting their money’s worth causing restaurants to have slowly battled to stuff people’s gullets.

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  • Grape Potatos
    Grape Potatos 20 minutes ago

    Ew, cheese of freaking apple pie?! HOW ARE YOU TRYING TO BOMBARD AMERICA! We aren’t Neanderthals jeez

  • Mr. Comments
    Mr. Comments 25 minutes ago

    The rest of the world is not just Europe...

  • Levy Lux
    Levy Lux Hour ago

    In England, tipping isn’t seen as offensive and taking food home isn’t seen as weird at all. You can always get ice if you want it, the server usually asks you if you’d like it or not. The worst one is about coffee, we literally have so much coffee to go, there are many shops which sell coffee and other hot drinks to go. Some high schools do have prom but that is actually pretty new - I had one when I left high school. Lastly, the fact he said food outside of the US is flavourless is absolute bs 😂 There are so many amazing and tasty foods all over the world and half of the food in the US isn’t even American food but okay then. I just had to confirm this so people don’t think we’re a bunch off stuck up assholes that care about taking food home 🙄😂

  • mbbro 21
    mbbro 21 Hour ago

    In England taking food home is very very normal and is not at all weird.

  • Grayson Brodie
    Grayson Brodie Hour ago

    Idiotic views on the rest of the world

  • Adam Novik
    Adam Novik 2 hours ago

    Evian spelled backwards?

  • Jurgen Van Den Bergh
    Jurgen Van Den Bergh 3 hours ago

    I love going to the States, because it's a beautiful place, but also because it most resembles being on another planet. The customs pointed out in this video indeed seems funny to us Europeans and some of them are just weird. But still, you gotta love this country :). Btw, driving is the states is childsplay opposed to driving in Europe.

  • Lu k e
    Lu k e 3 hours ago

    "what weird habits should Americans leave at home" simple answer: Everything.

  • John Poole
    John Poole 3 hours ago

    A lot of incorrect information in this video. More people who have never been out of the USA but think they know the rest of the world.

  • Joe White
    Joe White 5 hours ago +1

    This video is pure shit. 💩

  • Gail Raby
    Gail Raby 7 hours ago

    missed out the funding terrorism.. longest unbroken support of terrorism in human history. almost 100 years.

  • That Fucking Kid
    That Fucking Kid 7 hours ago

    I'm English and i don't recall having to ask for ice in my drinks although that's normally for non alcoholic drinks such as cola

  • Toby Young
    Toby Young 8 hours ago

    Everywhere outside of usa serves ice, people in the UK do drive everywhere unless you are in London, it is not offensive to give a tip its a nice gesture but not expected also alot of people take food home. People in European countries such as Spain, France, Greece tend to only drink bottled water due to the fact that the quality of water from the tap can be poor and cause sickness and diarrhoea. In most European countries there isn't a power on/off switch, the on/off is in the UK but not many other countries. Dental care is key in the UK, but difference is we don't need to pay for a lot of our dental care such as braces as most people get them when they are younger and its free on the NHS (unless you choose private dental). In most European countries and almost all countries in the world you can get a coffee to go, there is Starbucks and Costa drive through everywhere and coffee stores to get a coffee to go. You should probably do some research before you make a video like this

  • scotsava
    scotsava 8 hours ago

    This video wants me to react on so many things as a Dutch guy. But I also read the comment section for a good 20min..oh boi..
    Ps: my American friend sended me this, with the mention how sad this was. We talk a lot about our differences USA to EU. I'm not the biggest fan of my own country but I have realized that we are doing pretty well. I'll leave it at that.

  • Noir Lily
    Noir Lily 10 hours ago

    Apple Pie & CHEESE?!

  • Bernice Brumby
    Bernice Brumby 10 hours ago

    There's a thing called research, you should try it sometime.

  • Renee Malgand
    Renee Malgand 11 hours ago

    this is basically a buzzfeed video and narrated/written by a person never been to europe or even spoken to an european

  • Coolebrie LOL
    Coolebrie LOL 12 hours ago

    Are you f***ing serious this is a hell lot of b**s*it, have you ever been to another country?
    Well I guess not

  • DOOM89
    DOOM89 12 hours ago

    wtf? most of these are horribly inaccurate, no ice in drinks? really? idiotic...

  • Emily Keranen
    Emily Keranen 13 hours ago

    I am proud of everything except for the grad party one.

  • B N
    B N 13 hours ago

    Holy shit, this is so fucking off... Almost nothing is true.

  • Kostas Kitrakis
    Kostas Kitrakis 14 hours ago

    All of the above so true. I grew up tracing Europe and lived a bit in Norway too, but I am a greek-American citizen. So when I moved in the states everything was so difficult to adapt lol.

  • Evelyn Marshall
    Evelyn Marshall 14 hours ago

    Referring to milk as cream?

  • Theteller3
    Theteller3 14 hours ago

    sweet and savory isnt only an american thing, its most of chinese cuisine... this video makes it seems like america has the best food and anywhere else just isnt as flavorful.

  • d2fxas
    d2fxas 16 hours ago

    9. passports stamped travelling from country to country in Europe? Excuse me? What year is this? 1990? Most of Europe is in EU now and the last time I actually had to have my passport stamped was like in 1999.

  • SlickFam
    SlickFam 17 hours ago

    I forgot that Europe was the rest of the world

  • HEAVYWALL 70
    HEAVYWALL 70 17 hours ago

    I don’t like Europe
    I’ve been, too damn many people, like our coasts.
    I don’t like Europeans on the whole, mainly because I don’t care about your opinions of my America and I really don’t like ugly Europeans visiting here while constantly saying how much better Europe is and just being rude in general,
    Ironically they haven’t figured out the “when in Rome” idea. So if you have so much negative inside you in regard to my nation, go back and I promise I won’t darken your doorways either.
    And I’ll keep my feet and inches thank you very much.

  • Jon Isabell
    Jon Isabell 17 hours ago

    New York tax is not 4%

  • Ronald Dean
    Ronald Dean 18 hours ago

    This tedious video assumes that Europe is the standard by which Americans should be judged. The snarky voiceover is definitely biased.

  • Richie Lew
    Richie Lew 18 hours ago

    further confirms that america is uncultured af. the narrator doesn't even know what hes going on about.

  • Daniel Källman
    Daniel Källman 19 hours ago

    Nr 11 voting for trump as president
    Nr 12 playing world police
    Nr13 leting people like trump live free

  • sw gs
    sw gs 20 hours ago +1

    That video is racist to non Americans.

  • Olivia Perkins
    Olivia Perkins 21 hour ago

    On the sales tax map it says that Ohio is 5.5% which is incorrect. In Ohio our tax is 8%

  • Tired of it
    Tired of it 21 hour ago

    Everyone makes fun of Americans and the things we do, but EVERYBODY wants to live here. Hmmm, go figure

  • Tegan Crause
    Tegan Crause 21 hour ago

    Alot of other countries celebrate prom. It is just not called 'prom'.

  • YouTube Soldier
    YouTube Soldier 21 hour ago +1

    Am happy to be a uk citizens

  • isabella czajka
    isabella czajka 21 hour ago

    what? number 4, in Australia we tip the waiter, they are acting like only Americans do theses things! ever heard of drink bottles, the stainless steel or Tupperware ones? cheap plastic drink bottles aren't what everyone uses!

  • Gaming With Sloaneyboo
    Gaming With Sloaneyboo 22 hours ago

    THIS IS A WHOLE 'NOTHER COUNTRY! DON'T EXPECT IT TO BE JUST LIKE YOURS!
    (9) Not all of America is western.
    (8) Americans can't control that, only the government can.
    (7) Not every American has even heard of those weird combinations,
    (6) ????
    (5) Not every American is obsessed with having good teeth, but some actually DO need braces and appliances, since teeth sometimes don't come out right. (I'm meaning like teeth growing behind another tooth.)
    (4) So what? We tip so people who work at restaurants actually earn money, and like a lot of people say, in America, there are big portions, so we take them home.
    (3) Everyone puts ice in drinks.
    Do research next time you make a video like this.

  • Sky Reaper2k
    Sky Reaper2k 23 hours ago

    So many of these facts are wrong

  • Breizh 29292929
    Breizh 29292929 23 hours ago

    This video is a load of shit.

  • isays
    isays Day ago

    #9 people in the eurozone don't need passports to travel between countries.
    i've only watched the first two points so far and they're both wrong.
    did you even bother to do any research or did you just make this shit up??

  • isays
    isays Day ago

    the explanation for #10 makes literally no sense as a consumer.
    All the store locations already have the tax info, because it applies the correct tax when you actually buy it. if they know the correct tax at the store, and they print the price tags at the store, then they can easily apply the correct tax to the price tags
    "making it appear less competitive"... it _is_ less competitive. what you said translates into "its ok for companies to hide the actual price from consumers to make the company look better".
    I live somewhere that doesn't include tax on price tags, so this isn't just a phobia to things I'm not familiar with... the justifications simply don't hold water.

  • Nathan
    Nathan Day ago

    The ice one is absolute bull shit

  • amira laroussi
    amira laroussi Day ago

    I live in Britain and we also tip a lot.....

  • SilasBNFromDK !
    SilasBNFromDK ! Day ago

    Most of these our incredible are Wrong

  • Jawn_life11
    Jawn_life11 Day ago

    Our government

  • Jyn Dared
    Jyn Dared Day ago

    I'm in Australia and also drink bottled water. It's due to the tap water being strongly contaminated with chlorine. Maybe the Americans also do this?

  • yo yoniko
    yo yoniko Day ago

    You compare culture between usa and europe , but you cant in your case because you compare little things like if tipping the server or drinking from the bottle or whatever. and this little things are so different from country to country in europe...
    To be fair there is a big lack of information ( like we need passport stamped thats just bullshit). You can say things like european tend to take the train more often but not european dont understand when you tip a server. For me this video is a big freestyle based on biased information like when you say that france and switzerland would be shocked how much cheese americans eat. french people are the one who eats the most cheese in the world. How do you know we would be shocked ?
    I just have the feeling you compare usa and uk.

  • AviaryGarden
    AviaryGarden Day ago

    Proms in the USA may gone Officially Overboard. But still, it's a coming of age ritual for both boys and girls as how it is celebrated in Europe for girls' 16th or 18th birthday.
    If you are looking for something more meaningless than a prom - there is the Australia's SCHOOLIES for you. Cannot get any more MEANINGLESS and USELESS than that "tradition".

  • Ram Grandhi
    Ram Grandhi Day ago

    Don't' agree with healthy teeth. Healthy and straight teeth are not just a vanity. Studies have shown that gum increases the chance of heart attacks and several other medical conditions. I do agree with high school graduation. Let's not forget that the graduation rate here is poor compared to several other countries. For the majority of the world, graduating from high school is expected. There is another thing the world is confused about us. Our habit of calling our winning sports teams "World Champions". How did we became world champions when we play within the country.

  • Roy B
    Roy B Day ago

    Sounds like ur just talking a lot of shit bro

  • sbjkd
    sbjkd Day ago

    Ice in drinks is in most countries, and takeaway coffee is also in other countries. You have more public holidays than us. The rest of it was spot on. It’s always funny to see a Yank ask to take food home from a restaurant.

  • SJHHES050804 Yay

    Is Europe the only other place in the world for you, what the hell is this video

  • SJHHES050804 Yay

    Why are u constantly saying ‘in Europe’, also this is so incorrect

  • Sebastian SeBasTiaN

    Of course we use ice

  • Sebastian SeBasTiaN

    You are talking out your ass

  • Sebastian SeBasTiaN

    In EU we don’t need passports to get to other EU countries and in Europe we don’t get stamps to go to different Europe countries

  • Erin Butterfield

    Did you forget Canada exists? Also Africa?? Cool cool cool.

  • Jennifer Aguirre

    Sorry I rather have white straight teeth 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ spent a lot on my teeth and I’m glad.

  • Schoorstijn
    Schoorstijn Day ago

    It is very interesting. How you stop. So many times within. One sentence.

  • Karen Guistino
    Karen Guistino Day ago +1

    50 yrs ago when I was in college our french teacher told us they drink bottled water in France. Water was polluted

  • Karen Guistino
    Karen Guistino Day ago +1

    That's why we revolted. We wanted to think for ourselves.

  • TheBritishLion 08

    At my school in England we have prom which is a fairly big celebration and I once saw someone arriving in a helicopter 🚁

  • Oliver Hepplewhite

    A lot of these things are incorrect such as tipping in the uk and many European countries is normal. Getting a take away coffee is normal.

    • Oliver Hepplewhite
      Oliver Hepplewhite Day ago

      We celebrating graduating with a prom sooooo... we do not have a ceremony per say but we have special trips in England like at my school hook there is a very good prom on the river Thames

  • Euphonium-San :D

    lmao I hate my braces, I liked my crooked teeth. I also don’t have a problem with yellowed teeth
    Edit: also this overall is completely untrue? jeez, research much?

  • Teacher Advice Hanoi

    Number 11: Eat until they are a big ball

  • JakePlayz
    JakePlayz Day ago +1

    1 dollar burgurs that taste good vs 5.99 dollar salads that taste bland, but hey lets blame fat disorders on video games

  • Mark Lopez
    Mark Lopez Day ago +1

    The ice one is just incorrect

  • Surviver 68
    Surviver 68 Day ago

    This is so bollocks!

  • Eddie Christie
    Eddie Christie Day ago +4

    Having lived in Germany, Americans stand out like a sore thumb. You can pick them out on the plane in tourist areas, et cetra firstly by their clothing such as sweatpants. Secondly by their rudeness and demands. Thirdly, by assuming that every where they go someone will speak English to you. Fourthly by not knowing the customs of the country, admitted some you wouldn’t know because they are minor enough to not be mentioned in traveling books. An example would be flipping through a magazine or book before buying it. Not only do you get strange looks from everybody, they consider it weird, especially if you don’t buy it. Traveling is fun but learning the culture is something that will last for a lifetime of telling stories and having great (or horrible) memories.

    • derek rubalcaba
      derek rubalcaba 15 hours ago

      idk ..only two families i have ever met from Germany were the most rude groups of human beings i have ever met.

  • Eddie Christie
    Eddie Christie Day ago +6

    At 5:07 marker stating that the USA tap water is just as healthy or better because of the extra minerals ... you mean the hazardous waste Fluoride and the pesticides from run off as well as sulfic acid and caustic soda to give the water a neutral pH or what about all the places in the USA that have tap water that is undrinkable? You didn’t do much research on this one or you are propagating the governmental and elitist propaganda and falsities.

    • DOOM89
      DOOM89 12 hours ago

      low amounts of fluoride aren't bad, hell, its in your tooth paste...

  • Matt Toll
    Matt Toll Day ago +2

    Is it me or does this guy sound like he is bitter against America? Strange video and most of the time he says "other parts of the world" he really means one other place.

  • Lucy We
    Lucy We Day ago

    In Australia you don’t have prom you have a formal dance formal dance

  • Nathan Ciancio
    Nathan Ciancio 2 days ago

    What a load of shit hahaha

  • Kyto Bytes
    Kyto Bytes 2 days ago

    Well that settles it, I really was born in the wrong country. From their power management, the metric sustem, and to not being seen aas a freak because I *refuse* to use ice cubes (as well as around 100 other reasons) I really do belong in the UK.

  • Beppo1953
    Beppo1953 2 days ago +1

    In Great Britain It is illegal for people under 18 to buy alcohol in a pub, off-licence, shop or elsewher. 18 is the age as you formally become an adult. As in the US its also the yougest age you can join the army to fight and die for your country. We think its a bit strange that in the US you can be old enogh to die for your country but not old enough to oreder a beer. (Young people aged 16 or 17 can drink beer, wine or cider with a meal if it is bought by an adult and they are accompanied by an adult. It is illegal for this age group to drink spirits in pubs even with a meal)

  • Uwe Moyela
    Uwe Moyela 2 days ago

    that video is trash and its not true... it only shows how ignorant and unknowing americans are.

  • Staci Jack
    Staci Jack 2 days ago

    The ice thing is bullllshit... i travelled all round europe for 2 months and had ice in near on all my drinks

  • sangton terria
    sangton terria 2 days ago

    why American put sugar in their tea?

    • Jon R.
      Jon R. 2 days ago +1

      It tastes better.

  • Justin Shemluk
    Justin Shemluk 2 days ago

    Uhh canada has this to

  • Jacky Chan
    Jacky Chan 2 days ago

    all the units such as inches, ac, ft, oz, ... like wtf

    • Jon R.
      Jon R. 2 days ago

      www.popsci.com/why-hasnt-us-adopted-metric-system

  • Zoli Korda
    Zoli Korda 2 days ago

    Guys you should really do some research next time. Just saying. :)

  • Arthur Pendragon
    Arthur Pendragon 2 days ago +1

    Everything that the self-righteous Americans do confuse the rest of the world. #notallcanadiansarenice

    • Arthur Pendragon
      Arthur Pendragon 2 days ago

      +Jon R. when i feel like it lol.

    • Jon R.
      Jon R. 2 days ago

      Wow. You're a really big asshole, aren't you.

  • jimcle mctson
    jimcle mctson 2 days ago

    You don’t need passports in EU

  • Beau Leavitt
    Beau Leavitt 2 days ago

    Drinking Tap water out here Nevada is super dangerous. This video sound more like opinions, than facts.

  • K D
    K D 2 days ago

    #8 is wrong. In India we have 6 working days and most of the schools and colleges are open on Saturday also. and we dont get so many paid holiday and if a National holiday falls on Sunday l, then thats gone, we dont get Saturday or Monday off that.

  • Caroline Freeman
    Caroline Freeman 2 days ago

    Why would you want warm drinks like sodas. Gross.

  • Caroline Freeman
    Caroline Freeman 2 days ago +2

    Apple pie with cheese is not that uncommon.

  • Cam Burke
    Cam Burke 2 days ago

    Lol. The rest of the world knows what tipping is. 10% is my bare minimum, always. As a waitress too, it's mostly always expected.

  • Rainbow llama Corn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Canada does like the same things tho

  • TheMata1121979
    TheMata1121979 2 days ago

    Most off this is BS . Things sed about Europe is a big BS

  • Joe Soap
    Joe Soap 2 days ago

    Electricity leaking from outlets which don’t have an on off switch WTF??

  • Alex Linos
    Alex Linos 2 days ago

    this video is such bs

  • JDM Imports
    JDM Imports 2 days ago

    maybe he was talking about Americans putting ice in beer and wine

    • Jon R.
      Jon R. 2 days ago

      Where do we do that?

  • Sy Xs
    Sy Xs 2 days ago

    The ice thing was a load of bollocks I’m a Londoner and we have ice with our drinks

  • Robin Banks
    Robin Banks 3 days ago

    Salt water taffy did not it its name because of salt.
    Look it up. Its quite a tale.

  • stefan pålsson
    stefan pålsson 3 days ago

    The dummest thing America has as we in Europe dont hve is the titts thing wy? Wy are nudety tabu its redikulius

    • Jon R.
      Jon R. 2 days ago

      Can people walk around naked in department stores in Europe if they want? Why not?

  • Error_404 PL
    Error_404 PL 3 days ago +1

    I think that most commenters didn't graduate primary school. There is a thing called statistics.
    And when reffering to some group of people (eg. Americans, Europeans) you say what's most common. F.e. yes many places in Europe serves drinks with ice. But there are way less places than in US.
    Or other example. You may be European and you may have white clean teeth. But most of Europeans got "worse" teeth than Americans. (Mostly because of Eastern Europe I think where braces can cost yearly salary)
    And yes. Some places in Europe can show price with and without taxes. But most of places include price with tax counted (I think in some countries it is even the law that shops need to follow)
    Remember. Loud minority won't change statistics by just being loud.

  • jude fenson
    jude fenson 3 days ago

    this guy needs to do some research. I have lived in England for 17 years and I don't think I have ever not received ice in my drinks when ordering from a bar or restaurant.

  • Waddinxslayer
    Waddinxslayer 3 days ago

    Doggy bags are a good thing. It starts to appear in The Netherlands too. And it's not uncommon to have standard ice cubes in your drinks here 🙂