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

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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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Todd Behm (14 minutes 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.
Opaque Motives (52 minutes ago)
All that bottled water explains why your men are such girls. And why your women look like men.
Opaque Motives (58 minutes ago)
Wow 16 days holiday a year I get 4. UK
Bill Seidel (2 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 (2 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!
mark ashford (2 hours ago)
They got apple pie with cheese from Britain, hardly surprisingly...
Richardo Frankie (2 hours ago)
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 (2 hours ago)
Dear lord, nearly all of these are total nonsense. Whoever "researched" this video clearly took the day off
Donbeachop Souaid (2 hours ago)
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 (2 hours ago)
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 (3 hours ago)
Why do americans drink their tea with the tea bag still in the cup - thats nasty
Bev (3 hours ago)
No ice in drinks anywhere else? Obviously never been to Australia.
Allan Anderson (3 hours ago)
Reinforces negative stereotypes about the US that might have been true 30 years ago, but not today.
Charlienmeg (4 hours ago)
No ice in drinks in Europe? Someone has been going to the wrong places.
Tina Carson (4 hours 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 (4 hours 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 (4 hours ago)
This video is complete garbage, come on criticizing americans for wanting white teeth.
Lucas Tassie (5 hours ago)
Wait a minute why so many dislikes
Ray van der Heij (5 hours ago)
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. (3 hours ago)
Obsession with smoking weed? I'm American and never heard of this.
QuietQueen Project (6 hours ago)
A high school diploma is a actually degree.
salsasonja (6 hours 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. (3 hours ago)
That's just the cheap processed cheese. We have good cheese too, like every other country.
TK2_ JAKE (7 hours ago)
We British have ice in our restaurant drinks
braeduin (7 hours 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 (7 hours ago)
how about some foreigners are confused about taking a bath everyday
Frank Bowne (10 hours ago)
Fluoride in water.
Sola Sunny (10 hours 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 (10 hours ago)
CHEETO IS A CULT LEADER.
Sola Sunny (11 hours ago)
In Europa it's very common to tip a waiter. Nearly everybody does.
Michiel Tachelet (11 hours ago)
Lol, on/off switches are virtually non-existent in Belgium
Jeff The sex-offender (11 hours ago)
Ice in drinks is common in Europe dipshit
Omar Segura (12 hours 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. (3 hours ago)
America is short for United States of America
shawn lindsey (13 hours 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 (14 hours ago)
tell Flint that their water is just as healthy as bottled
Tyrannosaurus Rex (16 hours ago)
Americans are apes!
Jon R. (3 hours ago)
You're full of shit.
Joey Gegaj (16 hours 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. (16 hours ago)
Where's your proof of that?
Chikago Asa (17 hours ago)
I absolutely love this video
Val Valyrian (17 hours ago)
I am American and I think really white teeth look freaky too they look fake like dentures or something.
Jon R. (3 hours ago)
But most of us don't do that.
Val Valyrian (17 hours ago)
paid vacation lolol pay you to do nothing... never in America.
Jon R. (3 hours 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 (18 hours ago)
Ice is always in drinks in England
Nabranes TwistyPuzzler (19 hours ago)
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 (19 hours ago)
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 (20 hours ago)
1:39 I thought you were going to say about the driver’s seat on the left side.
RoobElla (22 hours ago)
This video just proves that our country is full of greedy MFers.
Jon R. (16 hours ago)
It's a bunch of lies told by American hating foreigners.
Lee Green (22 hours ago)
I am an American and I agree with the high school graduation thing it is pointless.
Please Refer To Other Acount (22 hours ago)
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 (22 hours ago)
The strangest thing that Americans are known for is the weird asshole president they have elected.
Jon R. (20 hours ago)
So what would criminal Hitlery have done by now? http://www.courant.com/opinion/op-ed/hc-op-thiessen-trumps-10-accomplishments-1228-20171227-story.html
RoobElla (22 hours ago)
😂😂
Wopadopadoobawop (23 hours ago)
Good to see top 10 channels are still garbage. Fuck outa here with missinformation.
James Wasielewski (1 day ago)
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 (1 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 (1 day ago)
Oooooohhhh. Apple pie with cheese.... McGriddle.....
J Golden (1 day ago)
This man talked about the American diet like he's never eaten a damn waffle or cheezit lol
God's Child (1 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. (20 hours ago)
http://www.courant.com/opinion/op-ed/hc-op-thiessen-trumps-10-accomplishments-1228-20171227-story.html
ghosts are sort of my thang (1 day ago)
And yet America receives 10X more immigrants every single year than any other country in the entire world.
PX (1 day ago)
So much of this is bad information, the best thing to do is to go overseas and find out yourself
Robert Baggerson (1 day ago)
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 (1 day 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 (1 day 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. (16 hours 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 (1 day 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 (1 day ago)
In Greece tipping is something good but you tip 10% of your total receit but you mustn't exceed 5 euros
texman81 (1 day 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 (1 day ago)
20% vat [value added tax ] UK government is 80% plus Jewish !
William Perrigo (1 day ago)
Ice cubes are the best invention!
Douglas Parkinson (1 day ago)
This isn't even done by One of us "other people". He talks like he actually knows what we are like.
Gavin Little (1 day ago)
this guys a top draw cunt talking about europe as if hes ever been there
Brett Nine (1 day 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 (1 day ago)
So bad for us, but so good.
thanosdarkside (1 day ago)
Our obsession is with cheese and especially bacon, don't forget the bacon.
Jon R. (20 hours ago)
I'm American and this is news to me.
thanosdarkside (1 day ago)
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.
Tina Carson (3 hours ago)
I disagree with “our government respects our right and wishes”. Sadly our government has been taking our rights away slowly without much resistance. They can spy on us through the patriot act. They don’t follow our own laws letting millions of foreigners into and stay in our county without legal documents. They’re like children with they’re parents unlimited credit cards spending money we don’t have. Why the hell do we give any of our taxes to other countries before our country is completely taken care of? Obama’s trillions of dollars that were supposed to fix our infrastructure.... we shouldn’t have any problems with our bridges or roads but yet.... But we can still say ( for now) we are allowed to have our guns. I used to love my country but sadly in the past 20 years I’ve seen it go down hill because of our government. Let’s pray that Trump will get on to draining that swamp because he hasn’t done much in that department at all. Term limits for all elected government positions as well as some government jobs with power. Take care my friend❤️. I still have hope!
Charlienmeg (4 hours ago)
"Most of the world come here" - this has to be the most sweeping and generalised statement ever.
The Thompsta (11 hours ago)
This is exactly why you have school shootings.
lestki (1 day ago)
Jeez mate, you need to do more research. "Most countries" doesn't mean much when you are giving incorrect info.
sunnymas (1 day 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.
Samuel Placensis (1 day ago)
To be honest. I don’t give a “FUCK” what the rest of the world thinks about us. We are in the best country in the world and that’s that!
Jon Heckendorf (1 day ago)
Damn. Mostly wrong. I have lived, worked, traveled to over 122 countries during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Owned property too. Tipping is not frowned upon and is well received. Who turns away money in this world? N-O-B-O-D-Y. ICE? Is found everywhere even in remote parts of the world. Ever heard of a refrigerator? The entire world has. I and everyone else drove an insane amount of klicks in Europe and elsewhere. Coffee is not on the go. Really? As important as coffee is and ... too stupid of a topic to even refute. Not worth my time to continue to point out the rest of the misinformation. What drugs were your researcher(s) on? Not good ones for sure. Psst. If you had just Googled it, you would know better. Do some traveling and find out for yourself.
Fainites Barley (1 day ago)
Absolutely not true about the tips
Thepourdeuxchanson (1 day ago)
The sheer size of an American typical heaped plateful of food has been what has amazed most of my European visitors. They take pictures to astonish their folks back home. The thought of reheating a box of leftovers after driving home with the food getting soggy in a room temperature car makes them queasy. And the notion that if one clove of garlic perfumes a dish subtly, then ten cloves must obviously be even better, with no regard to the balancing of flavors. Same with chilis - napalm the taste buds and numb them so we can't tell what else is in the dish if blindfolded. Eating fast and guzzling quarts of soda, and wondering why we get fat. Soft pasty commercial bread. But they all like American wines, starting to admire microbrews, and love all the parks and open country that aren't fenced off by private owners. Mostly they just like Americans - the ordinary people who are generally very welcoming.
Jon R. (20 hours ago)
Usually you don't have to drive that far with your leftover food and it goes right in the refrigerator when you get home. I never heard anybody complain about it. Now say something crappy about Europe.
dbcubb (1 day ago)
You should live in Europe?
Aplutypus (1 day ago)
This video should me called "10 Things Americans Do That Confuse Europeans". Half of those things you say are the same in Brazil and I bet is not only place that the same. US, you not that special honey
Jon R. (20 hours ago)
We have freedom of speech as law where other countries don't, we can defend ourselves with guns legally, and we aren't letting Muslims come in by the thousands to take over.
yannis zaxaro (1 day ago)
nope, things have changed except the laws. u need to remake the video and make more research
Edgardo (1 day ago)
Did the video talk about AMERICANS? Ohhh wait no! US people is so dumb (narrator included) they think AMERICANS refer only to US born people! One thing that US citizens Do That Confuse The Rest Of The World? Believing they are the only ones called AMERICANS!
Edgardo (10 hours ago)
Please please RE-READ (like 10 times) what you've just wrote!
Jon R. (20 hours ago)
America is short for United States of America.
Bob Risse (1 day ago)
What a crap video...
Stalker Plague (2 days ago)
" European nation, european nation, european nation"..., No Asia no Latín América, this guys world is pretty small.
Michael Stöcker (2 days ago)
Mostly outdated or plainly wrong "facts".
Theodore Rzepski (2 days ago)
Recently visited Spain. #4 points are valid. We American's over salt and over sugar stuff. We never encountered a restaurant table with salt, pepper. If there's excess food it's because we didn't realize how to judge portions when we ordered. Also, in many European countries bread is placed on the table. If you eat it you are charged extra. If you want water, often you are charged extra. We were on a pilgrimage and were unsure of how available food would be. I had some zip lock plastic bags and would snag a few rolls or or pieces of fruit for the next day's walk. Overall, European food is a treat.
Vox Quod (2 days ago)
#3 is not accurate. While ice in beverages is not as common in Europe, it is just as common in SE Asian countries as it is in America. SE Asia is hot and tropical so ice is always served. #1 is also not accurate. Again in Asian countries, HS graduation ceremonies are very common.
Dennis Böhm (2 days ago)
In Germany we use rocks to make fire..... America is the world together in one country. Tipical American is smoke Tabak und hunt buffalos... Nothing else
Jon R. (16 hours ago)
Nobody hunts buffalo in the U.S., far as I know. They're endangered or used to be. And even if they aren't, they only live in certain parts of the country, and most people here aren't hunters.
sorenkiergegaard (21 hours ago)
Eigentlich, gib's fast keine Buffalos mehr. Zu viele Buffalojaeger. Auch in Amerika, kauen wir unser Tobak.
Johnny Mack (2 days ago)
God Bless America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
slayer nation (2 days ago)
GLOBALIST bullshit
Debra Harris (2 days ago)
I am from the UK and I find some of this is so inaccurate, first of all Europe is a continent which has 50 countries in it with different cultures so you cannot say in Europe they do this or that! North America has 23 countries but you don’t hear people merging the customs and cultures of, let’s say Mexico with Canada! 1. If I feel the need I will ask for a doggie bag as I have hundreds of time and get one with no fuss at all. 2. We do tip in restaurants, we just don’t tip for every single service we receive. 3. People do drink bottled water and there a significant number of people who only drink bottle water, bottled water is a million pound industry in the UK. 4. People do buy coffee to go and drink in the street, while they’re walking or at their work. 5. Having ice in our drinks is the norm, we may get asked if we want ice before they add it but it is readily available. 6. The Hollywood smile - the stereotype about British teeth is an exaggeration but I will say that historically there may have been some truth in it. However that bright, impossibly white teeth that you see on some American TV looks ridiculous and unrealistic! 7. People drive everywhere!
PhillipZX3 (2 days ago)
The strangest thing would be voting for Trump, a professional grifter.
Jon R. (2 days ago)
http://www.courant.com/opinion/op-ed/hc-op-thiessen-trumps-10-accomplishments-1228-20171227-story.html
cattleNhay (2 days ago)
#1 should be that americans actually believe the lies and deception from the evil US government...the rest of the world just cant understand how they can be so stupid.
Jon R. (16 hours ago)
We automatically believe our politicians because we think they never lie? Where did you get that idea?
Alex MacEwen (2 days ago)
You forgot to add Canada to all of these. YOU should say North America not United States
billio steam (2 days ago)
LOLOLOL "Saltwater Taffy" FYI saltwater has NOTHING to do with saltwater taffy.There is NO saltwater in saltwater taffy!! It's just a name.
Contenu Chaud (2 days ago)
Nothing wrong with these American Practices.
Chris Hardgrove (2 days ago)
In Colombia, we have the option to leave the tip for the waitress. If the service is not good, you don't have to pay it. But she will always ask if you want to include it. Usually it's 10%
Elijah cesspoole (2 days ago)
Number nine is a fallacy. Mnay europeans use their cars to go on vacation, or at least here in Spain.
L. V. Gargiulo (2 days ago)
The NUMBER ONE thing that confuses everybody, including most Americans is the archaic measuring system. Ounces, Inches, Pounds, Fahrenheit. God have mercy!
Jon R. (2 days ago)
https://www.popsci.com/why-hasnt-us-adopted-metric-system
VeganCake (2 days ago)
Me: I wonder what Americans do differently Thumbnail: *PUT* *STRAWS* *IN* *DRINKS*
Jon R. (16 hours ago)
I don't. If I go in a Subway or Burger King or any other restaurant in my area, I almost never see it.
VeganCake (19 hours ago)
+Jon R. Really? I see it all the time.
Jon R. (20 hours ago)
I'm American and never see anybody doing that unless they're driving.
Kenneth Jones (2 days ago)
What’s weird bout this?
Hildiswini (2 days ago)
Stopped watching as soon as I realized around two minute in that this video is from 2018 and yet the producers still think Europeans need to worry about getting their passports stamped... Most of Central and Western Europe is Schengen! And even the parts that are not, like Switzerland, do not require any European citizen to have their passport stamped.
YouTube Moderator (2 days ago)
Thanks for the video! Seems like the rest of the world sucks and it makes me even happier to be an American!
Erzahler (2 days ago)
If Europeans are so confused by our *American* customs, then perhaps they should not come here. I am not going to change *my* customs to suit someone else! Besides, when you travel to another country, you are expected to observe that country's customs. Certainly customs in other countries can be confusing and sometimes difficult. But with just a little research, you will be prepared.