10 Things Americans Do That Confuse All Other Countries

  • Published on Aug 22, 2018
  • How to avoid some awkward situations abroad? The US is home to some customs that are very confusing to foreigners. Do you know which habits you should leave in the US before heading out on your travels? Check out this list of things Americans do that confuse the rest of the world.
    No metric system 1:04
    Customizing restaurant orders 2:30
    Vacation time 3:15
    Can I get a to-go box, please? 4:42
    Tipping 5:53
    Alcohol laws 6:35
    Variety of goods 7:13
    Thumbs up 8:15
    Being extremely patriotic 9:06
    Sales tax 9:59
    #americanfood #americanrules #newyork

    - The rest of the world is familiar with meters for measurements, kilograms for weight, liters for volume, and Celsius for temperature. But not the US! Only 3 countries in the world still use the imperial system of measurements: Myanmar, Liberia, and the US.
    - In America, it’s customary to request substitutions, additions, or changes to a menu order. But some foreign cultures that take great pride in their cuisine might consider it impolite if an American wanted to make substitutions, order a different sauce, or ask for an item to be left out of a dish.
    - Americans have very little time off compared to the rest of the world. 30% of American workers have 5 to 9 days off annually, 38% have 10 to 14 days, and 16% have 15 to 19 days. 8% have less than 5 days, and a lucky 2% have over 24 days. This means that the vast majority of Americans only have 10 to 14 days of vacation. Since there’s no law in the US to say that vacation time is mandatory, one out of every 4 Americans doesn’t get a single day off work.
    - A common American custom is to ask for a to-go box for their leftovers. However, if you do this in a foreign country, it might be frowned upon.
    - In America, given that waiters earn a small wage, it is customary to leave a 15%-20% tip. In Europe and most Asian countries, the service charge for restaurant dining is already included in the bill. Tipping in countries like China and Japan is practically nonexistent.
    - Most countries in the world have a legal drinking age of 18 or 19 years old. The US, along with countries like Sri Lanka, Samoa, and Kuwait, has a legal drinking age of 21.
    - Foreigners are amazed by the variety of goods sold in American supermarkets and pharmacies. Foreign supermarkets are mostly designed to offer food and a few home necessities. American superstores like Walmart offer a huge selection of food, furniture, car items, home improvement tools, and clothing.
    - Americans might think that giving someone the thumbs up is a universally positive sign, meaning “Well done!” or “Everything’s good!” But don’t use this gesture in Australia, Greece, or the Middle East as it's a rude way of telling someone to get lost. You might think that pointing at something is OK, but not in China! That gesture is considered to be very rude.
    - A lot of foreign countries reserve the use of their national flag for official government buildings. But in the US, you see the flag everywhere.
    - An aspect that confuses most foreigners visiting the United States is sales tax. They might be confused when they take an item to the register only to find out that it costs more than advertised. In Europe, sales tax is already added to the price displayed on the price tag; in the US, it gets added at the register.
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    BRIGHT SIDE  6 months ago +154

    Hey everybody! Are there any confusing things in your countries?

    • jonestyle3
      jonestyle3 26 days ago

      can you please drop the please subscribe thing in every video, its annoying to your loyal viewers and if your content is good enough on its own which with 22 m subscribers people will do it without being "reminded"

    • John Sweet
      John Sweet 27 days ago


    • bitch you freaking ugly
      bitch you freaking ugly Month ago

      Hey that thing with the thumbs up is a lie! In Greece they understand what thumbs up means and it boesn't means : get lost, and other things in your video are incorrect, the title says to all others countrys stop saying ballshit for my Country...

    • Jonathan Williams
      Jonathan Williams Month ago

      That American Football is called football meanwhile you don't use your hands. American Football should be renamed to handball because you are using your hands.

    • thecatatemyhomework
      thecatatemyhomework Month ago

      In Muslim countries, when they go to the bathroom, they use their right hand instead of toilet paper. that is why they will never shake hands or shake the hand of someone's right hand. I anticipate criticism. But look it up it's all true. If the truth hurts...

  • Tall Skinny games
    Tall Skinny games 5 days ago

    Come to Oregon we don’t have sales tax

  • auraeldodge
    auraeldodge 6 days ago

    Oh I thought of a really good one. You know that most Americans don't know their own blood type? And it's actually not as easy to find out as you think it should be. I actually had to like poke-poke-nudge-nudge a doctor for a while in order to give me a test to find out my blood type. And she looked at me like I was crazy for being so persistent about it. Um isn't the crazy thing the fact that I was almost 30 before I knew my own blood type? For some god knows reason doctors won't divulge your full medical data to you either in America.

    • auraeldodge
      auraeldodge 6 days ago

      Oh yeah and #1 actually confused me at one point as an American myself. lol. Because I've traveled around quite a bit and MOST states that I've lived in don't have a tax on food. Till I moved to TX and they for some reason are the only state I've lived in that has a food tax. Heh... Oh yeah, and what's really confusing about it is that some states seem to have different taxes for different types of items.

  • floople clob
    floople clob 7 days ago

    The pledge of allegiance seems like something in north korea to me

  • jose hurtado
    jose hurtado 7 days ago

    I would say calling themselves americans for every country except the US, America is a continent not a country. And also calling the #1 sport in the world soccer when everyone knows it as football

  • Red Scorpion 6
    Red Scorpion 6 8 days ago

    So basically what this video is saying is that foreigners will find America to be the land of the free in which they can do things that they can't do in their own countries.

  • Jerrod Forrest
    Jerrod Forrest 8 days ago

    At 1:24, the country highlighted on the Africa map is Central African Republic, not Liberia.

  • kris wilkinson
    kris wilkinson 8 days ago

    I'm number one has to be "allowing people to walk into schools and massacre children with assault rifles."

  • Abzeej Art
    Abzeej Art 8 days ago

    I live in australia and thums up is a positive thing, its only rude if you throw a thumbs up over your sholder.

  • Martin Allmostt
    Martin Allmostt 9 days ago

    You guys dont know where liberia is on the map

  • Noelia Selles Torregrosa

    In Spain you can order a box for the food that you didn’t eat

  • clashkid 275
    clashkid 275 9 days ago

    11th habit: voting discriminatory fuckbags *cough cough* donald trump *cough cough*

  • shitjustgotreal
    shitjustgotreal 9 days ago

    Using single use plates for home cooked meals

  • Moncho Mendez - Rivas
    Moncho Mendez - Rivas 10 days ago

    Not Liberia

  • CommandonerBob 1
    CommandonerBob 1 10 days ago

    If people dislike us, why do they come?
    When they stay, why won't they act like us & practice English all day?
    Long ago, people came to BECOME ONE OF US.

    Please explain what causes this.
    I say people are spoiled, & disrespect our good & generous nation.
    (We learn how to show respect in THEIR nations; they MUST do likewise.)

  • Gabriel Prunaru
    Gabriel Prunaru 10 days ago

    Hi, it happens to me something quiet interesting. Some markets don't accept the $100 bill. Why?

  • GearGoo
    GearGoo 10 days ago


  • Steve Carras
    Steve Carras 10 days ago

    America's noty just the US you knoew, also incoudes Canada, among other countries (look it up on Google..Mexico is another)

  • Nico Schurr
    Nico Schurr 10 days ago

    I will be getting 30 days off work when I START working this September

  • Amie Ott
    Amie Ott 10 days ago

    Mate you need to check your facts more you get so much wrong. nearly every video involving australia are mostly wrong
    You can give a thumbs up in Australia the only time you may not is if you where talking to a aboriginal elder but even then just ask. DO NOT TIP in australia I can't tell you how many Americans have come to my work and try to give me money it is illegal for us to take your money and we can get in big trouble if we do. And dont be extremaly patriotic I cant tell you how many Americans I've meet just telling me how great their country and how we should try and be more like them it just becomes annoying after you meet some Americans. And dont come to our country and complain how we say things and that we pronounce letters weird it just our accent.Just check you facts cause your video are good when there right😊

  • Tyson Bossard
    Tyson Bossard 11 days ago

    Thumbs up in Australia is not rude..

  • Tapasranjan Dash
    Tapasranjan Dash 11 days ago

    No metric system

  • Tapasranjan Dash
    Tapasranjan Dash 11 days ago


  • J D
    J D 11 days ago

    All countries have differences.

  • Renata Mahmud
    Renata Mahmud 11 days ago

    I went to America a couple of years ago. I was at a store and when paying for the items, the cashier was charging me more than I had expected. I asked her why and she (rudely!) told me that it was the tax. I really wish they include the tax in the display prices. It would make everyone’s lives so much easier

  • lynn faraj
    lynn faraj 11 days ago

    🙌🏾🙌🏾🇱🇷 Liberia! You got Liberia wrong! We’re located on the west coast of Africa not the central!😂

  • Randy Lin
    Randy Lin 11 days ago

    My friend moved to Russia. The women there were astonished at the size of her dinner plates. Apparently their dinner plates are the size of our luncheon plates.

  • Gazza King
    Gazza King 11 days ago

    The whole thumbs up thing in Australia is wrong, I have lived in 2 different Australian states for a combined total of 18 years, and everyone does it.

  • Jimmy Hayat
    Jimmy Hayat 12 days ago

    I’m shocked at the difference between what Americans think of themselves and what the rest of the world think about them.

    NJSMKMMS 12 days ago

    Another thing that amazes me about Americans is how many of them are super religious. They manage to make every topic of conversation relate back to religion. It's weird in the extreme.

    NJSMKMMS 12 days ago

    The thumbs up in Australia means the same as in the US. Some Europians use it as an insult.

  • CinnaminBun
    CinnaminBun 12 days ago

    It so sad that USA is so greedy that we don't pay workers right and our law won't put 24 days or a month of paid vacation.

  • DerDerImmerLaaagt
    DerDerImmerLaaagt 13 days ago

    Removing something from a meal or changing it a bit is somthing i do too, its rare tho
    U can ask for to go boxes too in europe but only mostly when u didnt finish ur meal

  • Jonathan Milien
    Jonathan Milien 13 days ago +1

    Americans consider NASCAR as a sport

    • Steve Carras
      Steve Carras 10 days ago

      Quite possibly, the video, in the first place, shoulda used the reference just to here, the USA!

  • Jonathan Milien
    Jonathan Milien 13 days ago +1

    Americans call football, “soccer”

  • Richard Hogenson
    Richard Hogenson 14 days ago

    What about Asians standing on the toilet 🚽 when using the bathroom?

  • George Manley
    George Manley 14 days ago

    How tf did they manage to put up the wrong map for liberia in the very first fact

  • Azzan gamer
    Azzan gamer 15 days ago +1

    In Oman bars are rare and you need to be older than 21 years old and also a license but in Oman mountin dew is nicknamed the Omani alcohole oh and also you cant raise the ok sign it means invitation to anul s**

  • Ken Peerapairoj
    Ken Peerapairoj 15 days ago

    6:18 That's a Japanese Yen

  • Dao Anh
    Dao Anh 15 days ago

    Actually, in France, we have around 40 paid days off per year, governmental departments and institutes have up to 45 days. And it is illegal if a waiter or waitress or any employee is paid under the minimum wage, every employee must have sufficient salary to live which does not depend on tip, tip in France is like a gift to the waiter/ress to acknowledge their kindness and good service, not a paid for service.

  • SGlitz
    SGlitz 15 days ago

    Need ID for alcohol but voting...well...that's r@cist... ;)

  • Amb Shadow
    Amb Shadow 16 days ago

    Is bright side credible

  • Jennifer Bolland
    Jennifer Bolland 17 days ago

    Please remember we have better credit card payment systems. Don't carry guns of advocate the use of. Organic foods more available. Vegetarianism/veganism is featured in most eating places. A "to go box" is known as a "doggy bag" and is frequently available. Please complain about poor service and unacceptable food-we like to get it right.

  • S Hyde
    S Hyde 17 days ago

    What a joke

  • Aimen Jamshed
    Aimen Jamshed 17 days ago

    I'm pretty sure it's rude to point at anyone

  • Diggitheins
    Diggitheins 18 days ago

    Okay what. A thumbs up means good im Australia.

  • eiqa Lavigne
    eiqa Lavigne 18 days ago

    When i see this video, there is nothing to be confusing about america. Because almost all of that things they do, malaysia do it too. There is not too much different from here.

  • Andrew Schwab
    Andrew Schwab 18 days ago

    You guys showed the wrong country for Liberia...

  • Wailing Rachel
    Wailing Rachel 19 days ago

    A thumbs up is a thumbs up in Australia, don't know where you got that from.

  • Lele girl
    Lele girl 19 days ago

    In the constitution your are not suposed to wear the us flag or have on anything other than the flag so we are basically breaking laws

  • NoICantGetUTickets
    NoICantGetUTickets 19 days ago

    So what do the countries do that don’t use thumbs up when they like a video??🤔

  • José Belo
    José Belo 19 days ago

    #3 "horn fingers" is ok to use in Portugal. Seriously it's perfectly fine to use it jajaja don't know where did you get this information xD 🤘

  • allinone videos
    allinone videos 20 days ago

    Always missguided thumbnail...

  • kevin percival
    kevin percival 20 days ago

    you cant go sking in Canada in the summer

  • Ellie Belle
    Ellie Belle 23 days ago +4

    Almost all the comments are saying things bad about USA can we get love instead be more nice like I love how you can take are food home with you if you can’t finish that is amazing maybe?😐

  • Lindsey Campbell
    Lindsey Campbell 23 days ago

    I have waitressed in the past when I was in college. I didn't mind how much I made hourly, since i made a lot in tips. Some restaurants you can make more in tips than if you were paid minimum wage or higher. This video isn't considering that most countries around the world have extremely high taxes, so that waiter or waitress could probably use a tip from a nice American.

  • Hedstown
    Hedstown 23 days ago

    The thing that confuses me most is that the us thinks it has got tipping right lol a tip is supposed to be a bonus for good service not an almost mandatory tax to make the servers wages up to what they should have been in the first place

  • Casey Leirer
    Casey Leirer 24 days ago

    38+30+16+8+2= 94%.
    At least show us the rest of the findings.

  • Jean donaghue21
    Jean donaghue21 24 days ago

    In the UK it is legal for any child over the age of 5 to drink alcohol at home , 16 to 17 years old can drink in a bar if they are with an adult and r having a meal.

  • Dan Wolf
    Dan Wolf 24 days ago

    You obviously don't live in the US. All american made cars for the US market feature the imperial scale as the primary for all gauges. Metric is optional or secondary.

  • Owen Sparks
    Owen Sparks 24 days ago

    Flags indoors in the US always got me. I get the patriotism bit, but keeping a flag indoors is like pulling the wings off a bird and locking it in a cage. Flags are meant to fly!

  • jamil linwood
    jamil linwood 25 days ago

    So if I buy some food and I wanna take it back with me I can't? Can I get my money back for the food I didnt eat then? Lol

  • Barbuli-Nagy Senada
    Barbuli-Nagy Senada 27 days ago

    less than 10 days vacation time?...oh wow...im so so sry america, i need to stop bitching about having only 21 vacation days...besides the other official national days off we get...it's not even february and we already had 3 national days off work ....

  • niet janken
    niet janken 27 days ago

    They eat cheddar on a freaken sandwich, now thats confusing

  • Julian Reid
    Julian Reid 27 days ago +1

    I have food allergies and people are DICKS! Still there are fewer choices in the grocery stores, more brands of fewer things.

  • Skye Styles
    Skye Styles 28 days ago

    Here in nepal we have 67 days of public/religious holidays.Previously it was 104 days but it was cut down to 67days.

  • Colleen M
    Colleen M 29 days ago

    Thumbs up is perfectly fine in Australia. Who does this research? 😂

  • Margherita Pirker
    Margherita Pirker 29 days ago

    It confuses me that they have these mixed ingredients for cakes and even pancakes, mixing stuff together ain’t that difficult

  • Antonela Sokota
    Antonela Sokota 29 days ago

    Being overly politically correcte. Bring back the 80's and 90's humor. Having a laugh doesn't make one a bad person 👍

  • Marie Cruz
    Marie Cruz Month ago

    I don’t think asking for a doggy bag in another country will be a problem since portion sizes are much smaller.

  • Angel Manuel Perez
    Angel Manuel Perez Month ago

    Umm, number one should be "Use Americans as a denomination term when that's the name of the continent not the country. Pretty much any country in the continent can be called "Country of America."

  • Djelal niyazi
    Djelal niyazi Month ago

    no---- britain also uses imperial most of time, eu was trying to change that.

  • Francisco Martinez
    Francisco Martinez Month ago

    Do 10 things other countries do that confuse Americans. But you won’t.

  • ernesto P.S
    ernesto P.S Month ago

    i'm Brazilian and this simbol with the hands it's "heavy metal" and no't' "cheating or some else." the truth is that it is used a lot, even for rock by some people .. (sorry, my english is very bad)

  • tien vo
    tien vo Month ago

    I dad has 2%

  • melody metherel
    melody metherel Month ago

    I think it's weird that they typically wear shoes indoors.

  • Niko Bellic
    Niko Bellic Month ago

    **The most confusing thing:
    U.S./U.S.A.: Month/Day/Year
    Rest of the World: Day/Month/Year**

  • Marie Campbell Dawson

    Yes a Lot and a They Don’t Understand .... That Every Country is Different ... Thanks

  • yashodhan B
    yashodhan B Month ago

    Americans don’t know what pre-pone or post-pone means!

  • yashodhan B
    yashodhan B Month ago

    Americans don’t know what a capsicum is!

  • zanda lee
    zanda lee Month ago

    I watch vlogs a lot, 90% are American. Why do yall use only paper plates? And it's always that same blue /purple /green pattern on them. We only use paper plates for braai's (barbecues). I can't imagine trading real plates for paper

  • Critical Mind
    Critical Mind Month ago +1

    It’s illegal to drink alcohol in Kuwait at any age. Fix that

  • Vhaidra
    Vhaidra Month ago

    Spells litres the American way. Haha

  • B Elzebub
    B Elzebub Month ago

    We're crazy, but we actually love the differenences in most peoples, and the things they do. Peace, from the States

  • Login Soliman
    Login Soliman Month ago

    Um, it's okay in the middle East to do the 'thumbs up'

  • Dixie Ten Broeck
    Dixie Ten Broeck Month ago

    "Things Americans do" or "Things the British do" or "Things (insert any nationality here) do" are ALL STEREOTYPES! Please, think twice before offering up stereotypical comments (which are somewhat akin to a milder form of racism, eh?), then just don't do it. Some habits and practices are variable from country to country, for certain, yet not every member of each place practices all of the "oddities". Thanks!

  • Miss Amanda's world

    Pop bottle milliliters to 3 litter bottles

  • robert43g
    robert43g Month ago

    number 3 thumbs up in Australia is good

  • Chenn Z
    Chenn Z Month ago +2

    Ummm... we tip waiters, have a Walmart, and have To Go boxes in Canada too...

  • Hannah Pilkey
    Hannah Pilkey Month ago

    You know, I don't know why, but in Canada, despite not using the Imperial system, we still measure height in inches, casual food-making ingredients in cups, and weight in pounds.

  • volleyballguy79
    volleyballguy79 Month ago

    Your "Liberia" is the Central African Republic on the map. Liberia is by Ghana in West Africa on the coast

  • David
    David Month ago

    But I don’t care 🤷‍♂️

  • clair schilf
    clair schilf Month ago

    As an Australian, I know for a fact that 👍 is a perfectly fine way of saying that something is good, not only that, it is the Auslan (Australian sign language) sign for good.
    So please, in order to not sound ignorant, check all of your facts before making videos.

  • akarsh sachan
    akarsh sachan Month ago

    There are no strong restrictions on indian flag
    And even even if there are ,they are there for maintaining the respect of it
    So that the indian flag(tiranga) is not I'll treated .
    The rules are that you must not burn put under foot or disrespect the flag

  • custerjessica
    custerjessica Month ago

    GOD MATE!!! Why'd you make that symbo'? Really? You wan' me to go?😡

  • Grammar Police
    Grammar Police Month ago

    Pretty random but in Qatar, you don’t have to pay tax.

  • Hex
    Hex Month ago

    a thumbs up in aussie isnt telling someone to get lost, thumbs up and throwing it over your shoulder is telling someone to get lost.

  • eremia victoras
    eremia victoras Month ago

    They laugh about North Korea that brainwash the population with patriotic songs or posters, but the USA population have flags everywhere and think that USA is the best country in the world. The same thing, i guess, in both countries.

  • MrKaufie
    MrKaufie Month ago

    Danmark has 6 weeks paid vacation 🤗

  • E Jensen
    E Jensen Month ago

    Oh yeah. Americans seem to express religious opinions very loudly. Even though Europeans also have their believes, they mostly exercise them privately in the church without shouting it out at any given occasion.