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.

Comments • 43 304

  • Queen Bee
    Queen Bee 42 minutes ago

    I can agree with it all except for graduations.it is a milestone in your life, that SHOULD be celebrated!

  • Malgremor
    Malgremor Hour ago

    Here in New York, unscrupulous salespersons will, if they see you're a foreigner, charge you VAT(value added tax). We do not have a VAT in the USA.

  • Elinore Koenigsfeld

    No cheese with apple pie where I come from. Ice cream, yes.

  • Andy Wallace
    Andy Wallace 2 hours ago

    Was this written by a 5th grader?

  • Luka Kršlović
    Luka Kršlović 4 hours ago

    Well, a lot of facts above are pretty wrong, especially about tips, I don't know where he went for a drink or food but tips are pretty welcome anywhere in Europe since waiters are not paid well enough.

  • James Roark
    James Roark 6 hours ago

    having lived several years in Germany the things that i learned that americans stood out was eating with your hands when it wasnt appropreate some things in the USA that we would normally eat with our hands germans use a knife and fork for drinking ice cold beverages most German beverages ie some beers are at room temp not refrigerated plus there rapid transit and heath care

  • Millsyboy84
    Millsyboy84 7 hours ago

    No ice served in drinks anywhere in the world, apart from the U.S? I'm afraid whoever you asked is telling you lies or has never been left home.

  • จุฑามาศ เจริญพร

    11:00 yeah that's not true I live in thailand and the drinking age is 20

  • Lompass
    Lompass 8 hours ago

    comming from europe and never seen a switch on an outlet

  • Lena Fjellberg
    Lena Fjellberg 8 hours ago

    I think it,s strange not to take of your shoes when wisit someones house/ going inside your home...

  • Camilla Drakenborg
    Camilla Drakenborg 8 hours ago

    You think your drinking laws are weird, try Sweden. We buy alcohol at the Systembolaget - government owned alcohol shop, the only place you can buy alcohol over 2. something. Or you can go out to pubs/restaurants to drink. Here is the thing- In order to drink at pubs & such, you must be 18 years old. However, if you wanna have a glass of wine or beer at home for dinner, you have to be 20! in order to buy at the systembolaget. So in other words, its totally ok to get smashed in public just dont drink responsible at home ;)

  • The Bige
    The Bige 9 hours ago

    america is not spread out you can drive from here to there like that, australia on the other hand

  • The Bige
    The Bige 9 hours ago

    health care, if north korea knew america didn’t have it....

  • Grief Wizard
    Grief Wizard 9 hours ago

    Nibbas acting like they the intellectual cultured being on earth. And americans are so alien-like. Thats so childish man.

  • John Catty
    John Catty 11 hours ago

    Drinking water from the bottle, eat a lot of cheese, no switch at the power outlet, take leftovers home, tipping the waiter, having ice cubes in drinks, having coffee-to-go - nope, I do not live in the US but in Germany. I don't know which countries you have been to. But Germany is most likely not on that list.

  • SUSANA SEKALI
    SUSANA SEKALI 11 hours ago

    Australians have similar food habits except for the excessive use of syrup and salt. Syrup here only belongs on desserts like waffles and pancakes. tipping waiters though is not as common because the minimum wage for them is about $12.00. It is good there is no mandate on tipping in restaurants here because if the customer forgets they are not frowned at.

  • Terrific TiaA05
    Terrific TiaA05 12 hours ago

    I`m british and I have ice in my drinks and refils in restaurants. I`ve been to a graduation as well. I also take food from restauramts sometimes.

  • Ncojay
    Ncojay 12 hours ago +1

    TLDW;
    America bad, Europeans live properly.
    The funny thing is that the pompous European culture comes across as having a mindset fixated on a lack of resources. Don't have cars, can't make ice, food is tiny, cannot tip service staff, only enough water to flush pee.
    Basically sounds like everyone outside the US is a bunch of broke ass hippies.

  • Mimi
    Mimi 12 hours ago

    Some of these are ridiculous. In the uk we put ice in drinks and wouldnt be rude to Americans over it. For some drinks, you may be asked if you want ice first but most places put ice in automatically. We also drink bottled water, less so in the uk but in France and Italy lots of people drink bottled water. We tip in some places in the uk, it all depends on the customer, the service and the establishment.

  • Simon McILGREW
    Simon McILGREW 12 hours ago

    How old is this? Many of the ideas are out of date: ice in drinks for example

  • zthde
    zthde 13 hours ago

    This was all true because i went to the states in 1980 and found out for my self

  • Alexander A.
    Alexander A. 14 hours ago

    The video is about the US; yet, there are only a few shots from the country (maybe 5 % of all of the shots).

  • AngelofGiggles
    AngelofGiggles 14 hours ago

    Some of these of rubbish. We have a real problem with plastic bottle waste and disposable coffee cups in Europe.

  • toni Bingham
    toni Bingham 15 hours ago

    it's uncommon to get ice in your beverage outside of the USA?? I don't think so! here in Australia, the first thing the bar staff does is put ice in your glass, I'm the one asking for no ice as a standard request, after I say what I want

  • vilabreze
    vilabreze 17 hours ago

    Re.: Bottled water - in Bulgaria, for instance, when people go to a restaurant, they order bottled water (either spring or mineral, flat or sparkling), Many people also use bottled water at home (it depends greatly on whether the tap water tastes fresh and cold or chlorinated and warm).

  • Matthew Sabo
    Matthew Sabo 17 hours ago

    Number 4 happens because people do not learn how much they can eat till they are full.

  • cameron liddell
    cameron liddell 17 hours ago

    i just want to know who the Blondie in number 3 is lol

  • HI Joe
    HI Joe 19 hours ago

    Fact: my dick is bigger than urs

  • kat64470
    kat64470 20 hours ago

    When I was in Brazil I couldn’t find ice for my drinks. They actually walk around with hot drinks in these special cups

  • victor lee
    victor lee 21 hour ago

    The title should be "10 things confusing everyone, misleading others and provoking the rest to start fighting about country, culture, food, politics and the way of life". The video looks like its anti-America, compares too much to Europe while forgetting other continents, info that's either made up or outdated by years to decades, definitely clickbait and posted by idiots who sound like they're American (not assuming) to prop up some cash. At least you can learn more real info in the comments than this video.

  • Todd Behm
    Todd Behm 21 hour ago

    As an American that has lived in other countries. I am embarrassed by the way fat lazy American's are. Go to any food mart parking lot. Parking in the store front fire lane. Never ending trash always tossed out of vehicles. POS that can not even push a shopping cart 20' to the corral area for them. Parking a car between two lines is more proof some should not drive let alone reproduce.
    As far as tipping. Pure and simple. Americans have no clue about honor. Tipping is an insult in some places. Telling the owner they do not know how to price their food or pay their staff correctly. Waiting staff trying to pocket a tip could get them fired. One owner had a great plan for for smart ass tourist leaving hidden tips. All tips got turned in and he bought lottery tickets that everyone would share the winnings. Allowed them all to save face.
    Not to long ago in human history that if you was a worthless POS. You and your's starved to death. Thanks to taxes making welfare and food stamps possible. Extinction of the cave bear early on. The dumb and lazy live and reproduce. You are a special snowflake and the world revolves around you. GJ earning the 16th place trophy out of 16 teams. Spank your kids more ..... hell spank the neighbors kids. One two things will happen. You was wrong and go to jail. Or they go home and tell their parents what happened and they get their ass beat again.

    • Todd Behm
      Todd Behm 5 hours ago

      And you your cyanide koolaid. And if you are one of those that would of fattened a cave bear. Share with your offspring. Humanity needs less of those peeing in the gene pool.

    • Ncojay
      Ncojay 12 hours ago

      Remember to take your lithium

  • Opaque Motives
    Opaque Motives 22 hours ago

    All that bottled water explains why your men are such girls. And why your women look like men.

  • Opaque Motives
    Opaque Motives 22 hours ago

    Wow 16 days holiday a year I get 4. UK

  • Bill Seidel
    Bill Seidel 23 hours ago

    The sales tax thing gets my goat. As for the vehicle thing, got to accept it's different here. Totally agree with vaca days. As for the food thing, I agree with the rest of the world. Water, totally agree. Teeth, right on. Tipping, that's just the way it is.. If only our servers were paid decently. I disagree with leftovers.. Portion size are the reason. I totally disagree with no ice in sodas.. Way too sugary otherwise. Despite the looks, I still ask for ice. Drinking age, no kidding. I'm a bit torn on the whole high school thing.. But I get it.

  • mark ashford
    mark ashford 23 hours ago

    The strangest thing Americans are known for? Making such nonsensical, incorrect and unresearched videos like this one? Scarcely got one thing correct. Poor effort. Oh, and it's just "Outside" America. No "of" in between. No such thing as tipping, ice or graduation ceremonies! I laughed until I farted!

    • Jon R.
      Jon R. 9 hours ago

      The video wasn't made by Americans

  • mark ashford
    mark ashford 23 hours ago

    They got apple pie with cheese from Britain, hardly surprisingly...

  • Richardo Frankie

    My kids eating their boogers, which is impossible to police? Do foreigners kids eat their boogers? I guess I did as a kid too?

  • Glenn Canning
    Glenn Canning Day ago

    Dear lord, nearly all of these are total nonsense. Whoever "researched" this video clearly took the day off

  • Donbeachop Souaid

    NO PROM?!?!?! Bitch please ..... It cost all my classmates and I 700$ each for the party at the hotel not to mention the buffet at school and without the after party at the beach bar of eddesands and without counting in cloth cars and the next day breackfast ..... lol.

  • Donbeachop Souaid

    Wtf are you talking about ....No Ice? No cofee on the go? lol I presume most countries don't have electricity and internet also? LMFAO

  • raeynah vellkin
    raeynah vellkin Day ago

    Why do americans drink their tea with the tea bag still in the cup - thats nasty

  • Bev
    Bev Day ago

    No ice in drinks anywhere else? Obviously never been to Australia.

  • Allan Anderson
    Allan Anderson Day ago

    Reinforces negative stereotypes about the US that might have been true 30 years ago, but not today.

  • Charlienmeg
    Charlienmeg Day ago

    No ice in drinks in Europe? Someone has been going to the wrong places.

  • Tina Carson
    Tina Carson Day ago

    US restaurants charge $3 and up for a soda so for that price its expected to get refills. ( I drink water though not soda, coffee or tea, lol)

  • Tina Carson
    Tina Carson Day ago

    I eat fried cheese every morning. I put cheddar cheese in a copper pan and slightly crisp it. Put on a paper towel for a sec to absorb the fat the eat. It’s delicious and satisfying and is replacement for bread.
    I really ever put salt or sugar on or in my food. I use spices like garlic, rosemary and chives.
    Some of what he’s saying 😳, applies to all countries.

  • James Stewart
    James Stewart Day ago

    This video is complete garbage, come on criticizing americans for wanting white teeth.

  • Lucas Tassie
    Lucas Tassie Day ago

    Wait a minute why so many dislikes

  • Ray van der Heij

    So many things to comment on as being plain silly... of course we have ice abroad, and no we don’t look funny if you asked for it because you usually get it already without asking, just like in the US. Oh, and the thing the rest of the world looks at the US at for being ridiculous, the plain obsession with smoking weed, as if it’s the best thing ever.

    • Jon R.
      Jon R. Day ago

      Obsession with smoking weed? I'm American and never heard of this.

  • QuietQueen Project

    A high school diploma is a actually degree.

  • salsasonja
    salsasonja Day ago

    It's not cheese you're eating, it's salty with a plastic texture and it's yellow.......Believe me, it's not cheese!

    • Jon R.
      Jon R. Day ago

      That's just the cheap processed cheese. We have good cheese too, like every other country.

  • TK2_ JAKE
    TK2_ JAKE Day ago +1

    We British have ice in our restaurant drinks

  • braeduin
    braeduin Day ago

    What really confuses foreigners is the way Americans speak English. An American would say 'Take the elevator to the 10th floor' and foreigners would be like 'Elevator? What the fuck's an Elevator? Oh you silly Americans." (That was sarcasm incase anyone thought I was being serious)

  • AUSTIN KNIGHT
    AUSTIN KNIGHT Day ago

    how about some foreigners are confused about taking a bath everyday

  • Frank Bowne
    Frank Bowne Day ago

    Fluoride in water.

  • Sola Sunny
    Sola Sunny Day ago

    Stupid comments in the video about doggie bags. In Europa people just find it a bit embarrasing asking for it, they won't others think they're gringy. Or that they can't afford it to buy there own (after having spent a lot of money in the restaurant. But it's possible to ask for it. Especially when there's left over a lot of meat (expensive) nobody touched, f.a spareribs. For sure in Holland, a lot of times, the waiter will ask you if you want to take it home with you. So, it maybe less common in Europa but it's not really unusual.

  • MARY VERDE
    MARY VERDE Day ago

    CHEETO IS A CULT LEADER.

  • Sola Sunny
    Sola Sunny Day ago

    In Europa it's very common to tip a waiter. Nearly everybody does.

  • Michiel Tachelet

    Lol, on/off switches are virtually non-existent in Belgium

  • Jeff The sex-offender

    Ice in drinks is common in Europe dipshit

  • Omar Segura
    Omar Segura Day ago

    The strangest thing that they do is to call themseft "americans" and their country "América " when América is a whole continent and americans are every person living whithin that continent.

    • Jon R.
      Jon R. 9 hours ago

      Yes

    • SSHitMan
      SSHitMan 16 hours ago

      No.

    • Jon R.
      Jon R. Day ago

      America is short for United States of America

  • shawn lindsey
    shawn lindsey Day ago

    The bottled water craze still amazes me. when it first started I thought and still think it is the stupidest thing unless you are camping out.

  • Purple Iguana
    Purple Iguana Day ago

    tell Flint that their water is just as healthy as bottled

  • Tyrannosaurus Rex

    Americans are apes!

    • Jon R.
      Jon R. Day ago

      You're full of shit.

  • Joey Gegaj
    Joey Gegaj Day ago

    This is why USA is horrible. People actually believe this nonsense just because another american told them so. These people believe anything the television tells them. This country should be called the united states of propaganda

    • Jon R.
      Jon R. Day ago

      Where's your proof of that?

  • Chikago Asa
    Chikago Asa Day ago

    I absolutely love this video

  • Val Valyrian
    Val Valyrian Day ago

    I am American and I think really white teeth look freaky too they look fake like dentures or something.

    • Jon R.
      Jon R. Day ago

      But most of us don't do that.

  • Val Valyrian
    Val Valyrian Day ago

    paid vacation lolol pay you to do nothing... never in America.

    • Jon R.
      Jon R. Day ago

      How do non-American employers pay for their employees longer paid vacations? It's got to come from somewhere. Think maybe out of the employees pay?

  • icE Carbon
    icE Carbon Day ago

    Ice is always in drinks in England

  • Nabranes TwistyPuzzler

    Why would you you put ice in a drink? It’s really annoying when I forget to ask them to not put ice in my drink.

  • Nabranes TwistyPuzzler

    How is plastic bad for the environment? Is it because of all of the retards that don’t recycle them & just throw them away?

  • Nabranes TwistyPuzzler

    1:39 I thought you were going to say about the driver’s seat on the left side.

  • RoobElla
    RoobElla Day ago

    This video just proves that our country is full of greedy MFers.

    • Jon R.
      Jon R. Day ago

      It's a bunch of lies told by American hating foreigners.

  • Lee Green
    Lee Green Day ago

    I am an American and I agree with the high school graduation thing it is pointless.

  • Please Refer To Other Acount

    Apple pie and cheese??? Where the fuck in America did this monstrosity come from. I am am American and I deny that cheese and apple pie is a common food combination.

  • Hector Garcia
    Hector Garcia Day ago +1

    The strangest thing that Americans are known for is the weird asshole president they have elected.

    • Jon R.
      Jon R. Day ago

      So what would criminal Hitlery have done by now?
      www.courant.com/opinion/op-ed/hc-op-thiessen-trumps-10-accomplishments-1228-20171227-story.html

    • RoobElla
      RoobElla Day ago

      😂😂

  • Wopadopadoobawop

    Good to see top 10 channels are still garbage. Fuck outa here with missinformation.

  • James Wasielewski

    When I was stationed in Germany , I found there lives so much more Natural then in the U.S. Because it is so much more compact.. Here I know people that drive over an Hour to get back an forth to work ..

  • random observer
    random observer Day ago

    That bit about coffee to go is interesting. Many of the things on this vid apply to Canada too, including this one. And yet you can find older people all across North America, if only just, who remember when it was weird to eat or drink in your car or while walking around. Even some of the earlier exceptions would have been considered carnival food- popcorn, ice cream, hot dogs, candy floss, suitable for walking around at a fair not in the street on an ordinary day. Of course, things like ice cream were among the earliest and commonest rule-breakers, but the new normal of anything goes if you can hold it up is quite recent.

  • random observer
    random observer Day ago

    Oooooohhhh. Apple pie with cheese.... McGriddle.....

  • J Golden
    J Golden Day ago

    This man talked about the American diet like he's never eaten a damn waffle or cheezit lol

  • God's Child
    God's Child Day ago

    Also the metric system the fact that we don't use it is confusing. Being an American is weird😂 Europeans and Asians do it better. Like if you agree

    • Jon R.
      Jon R. Day ago

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

  • ghosts are sort of my thang

    And yet America receives 10X more immigrants every single year than any other country in the entire world.

  • PX
    PX Day ago

    So much of this is bad information, the best thing to do is to go overseas and find out yourself

  • Robert Baggerson

    While the amount of work and vacations are true. The majority of the video is just factually false on so many levels. It's like this guy has never seen or heard of BBC.

  • Alan Smith
    Alan Smith 2 days ago

    I think you might want to research drinking ages and alcohol laws in South East Asia. Indonesia is 21, Malaysia is 18 but some states its prohibited, in Brunei It's prohibited, Singapore is 18, Philippines is 18 but not really enforced, to name a few.

  • ptah31
    ptah31 2 days ago

    I easily got coffee to go in Europe back in the 70s.. something change? One thing you didn't cover was American's prudish attitude about the nude body, they don't understand that at all.

    • Jon R.
      Jon R. Day ago

      I think most people's bodies look better covered up. We have nudity in R rated movies. Not very many topless female scenes in movies any more since feminists complained, but there sure are lots of shirtless muscleman scenes in about every movie that comes out.

  • PassNba2k
    PassNba2k 2 days ago

    I see nothing wrong with having straight white teeth. Perhaps socialized medicine isn't as cool as it's made out to be 🤷

  • George Sakkas
    George Sakkas 2 days ago

    In Greece tipping is something good but you tip 10% of your total receit but you mustn't exceed 5 euros

  • texman81
    texman81 2 days ago

    This video mentions being drafted into the military at age 18, but not being old enough to drink. I don't think any 18-year-olds are being drafted here, but you can enlist at 18. But the premise is correct. It's ridiculous that you can be considered old enough to fight and die for your country, but too young to order a beer or wine with a meal. Military personnel under 21 should be exempt from all states' 21-year-old drinking age requirement.

  • ferkemall
    ferkemall 2 days ago

    20% vat [value added tax ] UK government is 80% plus Jewish !

  • William Perrigo
    William Perrigo 2 days ago

    Ice cubes are the best invention!

  • Douglas Parkinson
    Douglas Parkinson 2 days ago +2

    This isn't even done by One of us "other people". He talks like he actually knows what we are like.

  • Gavin Little
    Gavin Little 2 days ago

    this guys a top draw cunt talking about europe as if hes ever been there

  • Brett Nine
    Brett Nine 2 days ago

    No, there is nothing wrong with our dental hygiene standards in Europe. We just like healthy, clean, natural looking teeth. We don't regard startling white veneers as beautiful. Additionally, in many European countries, bottled water is used at home. Also, I have travelled all over Europe, and is has been customary to tip waiting staff everywhere I've travelled. We also use ice in our drinks, in Europe. There is not a single correct "fact" in this whole clip. It's total nonsense.

  • thanosdarkside
    thanosdarkside 2 days ago

    So bad for us, but so good.

  • thanosdarkside
    thanosdarkside 2 days ago

    Our obsession is with cheese and especially bacon, don't forget the bacon.

    • Jon R.
      Jon R. Day ago

      I'm American and this is news to me.

  • thanosdarkside
    thanosdarkside 2 days ago +4

    The bottom line is that the USA, is the best, freest, and greatest country in the world. If it wasn't, then why do most of the world come here for? Not to criticize, but to experience it. Most that I've met don't want to leave. What I loved is our 2nd amendment and what it means for us. Most foreigners don't understand that and our obsession with our freedom to own and fight for our rights to own weapons. As long as we stay armed, our government will respect our rights and wishes. That's why liberal politicians want to disarm us, so they, like their European counterparts can do whatever they want, but never, here.

    • Jon R.
      Jon R. 36 minutes ago

      The Thompsta
      How about all the knife attacks going on in Europe now? nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/03/there-is-no-epidemic-of-mass-school-shootings.html?gtm=top>m=top

    • Jon R.
      Jon R. 9 hours ago

      E MTB
      Germany is letting itself be taken over by Muslim immigrants. We emerged from a genocide? Who started World War II? It wasn't us. Terrorists are on record saying they're going to slip as many of themselves in with the legitimate immigrants as they can. Why wouldn't they? And Trump's stupid? Read this. www.courant.com/opinion/op-ed/hc-op-thiessen-trumps-10-accomplishments-1228-20171227-story.html

    • Paul K
      Paul K 11 hours ago

      @thanosdarkside
      You clearly have never been to Germany. The crime rate is at the lowest level in 30 years and the unenployment rate is at 3,4% (lowest in 38 years) despite the refugee crisis. Btw there about 5 million muslims in Germany. They are as peaceful as any other german citizen.

  • lestki
    lestki 2 days ago

    Jeez mate, you need to do more research. "Most countries" doesn't mean much when you are giving incorrect info.

  • sunnymas
    sunnymas 2 days ago

    In germany, the dining culture have changed.
    You can get your rest of your dinner boxed to take home. Free service. Just ask for it.
    More and more coffee sellings will put the ordered coffee also in your coffee mug.
    So a one way coffee pot is not needed. Less garbage.
    Maybe some give a small discount.