9 everyday American things that surprise foreigners


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Some things Americans find commonplace don’t necessarily exist outside of the US.
For example, you won’t see yellow school buses anywhere else.

There are some American customs that outsiders choose to eschew as a matter of personal taste — the supposedly questionable foods, for example, or the ratio of liquid to ice in drinks.

But some of the things US citizens consider to be commonplace are actually pretty unique to the states.

From bright yellow school buses to toilet stalls with inexplicably wide gaps, you’d be hard-pressed to spot these 9 everyday American things outside of the US.

Fake cheese

Be it plastic-y orange cheese squares to sprayable cheese from a can, foreigners just don’t get the whole processed cheese thing.

British Quora users shared which American food items they just don’t understand, and processed cheese topped their list more than once.

“Orange ‘cheese’ squares and/or Cheez Whiz. Just no.” — Quora user Adam M. Steiner.

“That peculiar, bright yellow and wholly unnatural looking thing called ‘processed cheese.’ It’s clearly not the work of anything natural.”— Quora user Steve Jones.

Tipping 20%

When someone working in the service industry assists you — such as a hairdresser, waitress, or concierge — in North America, it’s customary to leave them a tip. And not just any amount — a whopping 20%.

Tipping isn’t a commonplace practice in countries such as French Polynesia, Belgium, or Switzerland. More often than not, tipping in other countries simply comprises rounding up the bill. In places such as Japan and Hong Kong, a tip can even be seen as impolite.

Gaps in bathroom stalls

Ok, so wide-gapped toilet stalls probably do exist elsewhere, but nowhere are they as common and pervasive as in the US.

The question of why American bathroom stalls have gaps between the individual stall doors and the frames is one that has beleaguered visiting tourists not once, and not twice, but a seemingly endless amount of times.

NBC once aired a segment of various news anchors participating in the debate; even The Onion has gotten in on the fun.

Prevailing theories include that way back when, US bathrooms were purposely designed to be somewhat revealing, because authorities feared the hijinks people would get into (such as doing drugs or having sex) if they had utter privacy.

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