Now, as an American, I am always obsessed with reading what things we do that non-Americans find weird. And I get it, we do a lot of things that only make sense to us!
And yesterday, Reddit user celestial_introvertt asked that very question to the AskReddit community: "What's something that as a non-American you will never understand?"
Of course, the thread quickly went viral, with thousands of replies. Here are some of the top-voted and best comments that non-Americans have for the good ol' USA:
1."Why they don't use the metric system! And another thing: WHY THE FUCK is the month first and then the day???"
2."The importance sports have in college."
3."Homecoming. Would someone please explain what a 'homecoming' is?"
4."HOAs. They aren't really a thing where I am and it baffles me that people don't have permission to do certain things to their own homes."
5."Having an average of only 10 days of annual leave. And then sometimes even being looked down on for taking it."
6."Not including tax on retail items — so if something is $20 on the price tag, it could be $21.50 when you get to the counter. Just makes no sense, include it prior so that people can get the change out if they need it. Not such a big issue if you pay by card, but still."
8."Some Americans' (note: I say some, I'm not generalizing here) total lack of awareness about other parts of the world, e.g. I've seen things like Africa referred to as a country, people who don't know Paris is in France, etc. It just seems bizarre to me."
9."Jumbo-sized drinks intended for one person to drink."
10."The fact that so many people don't want universal healthcare."
11."How obsessed you guys are with politics and integrate it into everyday life."
"'Oh, he does (something I don't agree with), must be a Democrat!' I have an aunt there and all she does is ramble on, on, and on on Facebook about Democrat this, Republican that, liberal, conservative blah, blah.I've seen it brought up many times on Reddit during arguments...why is this so important?"
12."How long American commutes are. Some Americans really think it’s normal to drive for a couple hours for work."
13."Why they always assume everyone views things from the eyes of an American 🙄."
14."Children's beauty pageants."
15."What I will never be able to understand is this: How can it be completely normal for you people for Amazon to leave the package on your doorstep???"
16."Why kids have a social pressure to leave their parents' homes at 18."
17."The World Series. Why is it called that?"
18."Why public toilets have this little gap between the doors that let people make eye contact with you when you...you know, are taking a shit."
You can read the full thread of responses on Reddit.
Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.