The United States of America is the third-largest country in the world. People around the world are more influenced by the American culture than they imagine, usually through Hollywood movies and they generally know a thing or two about the US.
Even though these days, anything could be found anywhere, there are still some things you’ll only find in America.
In this post, we’ll show you 10 special things, unique to Uncle Sam’s country!
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1- American black Friday
In recent years, Black Friday culture could be found in most countries in the world but the original black Friday still belongs to America. On that day, you’ll witness a lot of fighting in the stores, tons of car accidents, and huge lines of people sleeping at the stores’ doors the night before, only to be the first going in!
Tipping is not considered normal in a lot of countries, especially the European ones, but in the US, there’s a tipping culture that is not written, but expected! If you go to a restaurant and are somewhat satisfied, it’s expected to pay a 20% tip!
3- Unused vacation days
A total of 768 million vacation days went unused in 2018 in the US! That’s more than 55% of people who were working! This unhealthy style of working is generally seen in the US.
4- “How are you?” means “Hello!”
In the US, most people are used to say “How are you?” as a form of greetings! You should expect to hear it a lot while visiting stores in the US! Don’t expect others to listen to your response after saying it!
5- Pets are children
For Americans, dogs are a serious family member! That’s the main reason there’s a huge dog business in the US with spas, hotels, and daycares for the dogs!
6- Spray cheese
No explanation needed! In the US, you can find almost any kind of cheese in a spray!
7- Large portion sizes
Food portion sizes in the US is a huge shock to tourists! In the US, people prefer everything big! Bigger cars, bigger homes, and of course, bigger portions!
8- Waiters checking up
In the US, it’s pretty normal for the waiters to check up on the customer during the meal and ask if everything is OK, or if they need a refill, which annoys visitors from other countries, especially those from Europe!
9- 24/7 stores
How about grocery shopping at 1 AM? Or coffee and donut at 3 AM? America is all about continence!
10- American patriotism
Americans are just too much proud to be American! You’ll find people hanging the US flag everywhere from their home’s front door to their cars! It’s also a tradition to sing America’s national anthem before each sports game!
41 thoughts on “10 things you’ll only find in America”
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Stores are open 24/7 because people work all kinds of hours. In England all work seems to stop by 5. Many businesses close by then. People do not take vacation because they are made to feel they are not good workers if they take it all. In other countries restaurants etc. pay their workers a living wage so tipping is not necessary.
Exactly. It’s a little too sad not being able to take your vacation days. In a blink, you’ll be like 50 years old and all you got is work memory (and probably a tired body!)
I hope these businesses pay people for their unused days when they leave. I know my job will pay for unused sick days, but not much.
I believe they do. I’ve never worked in the US but in Canada they pay for the unused vacation days just like your regular hourly wage, if you end up not using them.
Depends on the business here. Some pay very little for sick days other pay more. Some you just loose them if you did not use them. Not sure how vacation days work.
By the end of each year, you’d lose sick days here as well.
I’m gonna check the US laws about vacation days now! lol! I’m so curious now!
My job we can carry them over and accumulate them. Payout upon retirement is very low.
Wow, talk about simplistic. Not YOU. America. The fact that we have spray cheese, and on the East Coast you get weird eyes like you have a 2nd head if you ask for real cheese on a Hoagie… so, I don’t eat them… always had the feeling with the sandwich… “Where’s the Triscuit?” 🙂 … Spray Cheese. WTF is that, really? Like a Velveeta box says “Processed Cheese Food.” Really? lol. If you have to TELL me it’s food, then I gather it’s not, or very close to not.
You nailed it on this post. Yes, missed the guns, though so what? No worries, they’ll posture themselves forward to account for the omission themselves. Me? I have to keep a license current on my hands and feet as deadly weapons from Korea, That’s plenty enough nonsense for me. May be true, though just sayin’. I’d much rather do the admin for that than experience spray cheese, so I gather it’s a full-on win.
lol! You’re right, it’s cool to have things like spray cheese, but not for regular use, maybe for like when you’re on the road and don’t have access to real cheese! I don’t know. I’m probably talking nonsense!
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Interesting facts indeed but you can find these things all over the world now, not only in America.
That’s right, but (in my opinion) these things would be Americans signature!
Hmm, I could agree with you.
Bigger portion=bigger belly
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I don’t do Black Friday or spray cheese. And “how are you” as a greeting was something I never thought about until my late 20s, when I was accused of things that didn’t happen at the church I was going to, and one of my “friends” said that one of the reasons people didn’t like me was because they ask “how are you” and I actually tell them how I am, and they really don’t care and they just want me to say “fine” and move on. I’m sorry, I can’t be friends with people that shallow, or attend a church where people are like that…
That’s funny because I had the esact same experience with “how are you”. I always wondered why they didn’t listen after asking it until a South African friend of mine who’d experienced it before, explained it to me!
It’s so nice to see you here again Craig. I was about sending you an email, asking how you were doing!
You mean Greg… was that a voice text that your device heard wrong? I’m doing ok, still reading, just busy.
Oh, sorry! It was my stupid bixby!
Great! Glad to hear from you!
Spray cheese 😉
That’s sort of cool, eh? 😅
This post seems to be trying to be a little extreme, grouping all Americans under one type of behavior. It is certainly not that simplistic here.
I’m sorry if you felt offended by this post.
The aim is only to show some differences, not generalizing everyone! 😊
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You forgot a sick love of guns
I don’t know if it eases your mind at all, but I don’t own a gun and never have, and I don’t actually know a single person who owns a gun and I’ve lived her 60 years. So even though a lot of Americans do seem to like guns, I would say that the majority do not.
Guns are almost a religion for many who own them.
I didn’t mean to imply all Americans have guns. I sure don’t and none of my family do. The fact of the matter is that people who do own guns have influenced American culture in a way that no other country has and guns are what people overseas think of when they think of the US. I rest my case
I agree and I don’t own a gun either. I don’t ever need to use one. It’s not in my nature to cause harm yet unfortunately that fact is entirely too prevelant in this country.
I’m laughing out loud my friend with these spot on American isms!!!! We are duperunhealthy workers, I know too many people who are workaholics. Cheese in a can was my sister’s favorite snack growing up. I don’t adhere to this but yes, how are you is not really what most people mean. That one has bothered me on a personal level my entitelife because I actually care how people are and am genuinely curious. A lot of us don’t stand by the meaning of words and I don’t know if it’s the writer in me but words mean a lot to me. I actually mean hello and when I ask someone how they are, I am looking for a response. You have us Americans nailed in this list in a correct way my friend🤣
Lol! In fact, I had to think about this list for a week and asked about it from a lot of people!
“How are you” thing always bothered me as well and it was a friend of mine who explained it to me! I thought people were just being rude, not listening to my response! Lol!
Glad to know you enjoyed reading it!
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My pleasure, I love your posts❤❤❤ Exactly, ikr…the rude vibe is a misconception. People are just moving so fast here 😆
Thank you 😍😍😍
I appreciate your kind words!
Canadians have the same culture, but they would generally listen to you if you if you wanna tell them how you are doing! 😅 I guess it has to do with life’s pace that you mentioned!
I love you all as a culture and country! I have a few Canadian friends and they are so kind and respectful in that way. There’s an overall genuine spirit that every Canadian i have ever met embodies. It’s the pace here mostly I feel. I live in the South where it is slower thankfully😉
My pleasure always, i find the information you share fascinating.
Well, it was about the positive stuff! 😅
All but the pets one were definite reverse culture shock moments for me! Some of those make me want to disappear 🤦🏼♀️
Lol! Right! That’s confusing. The first few times you wonder if they’re serious or just being funny! 😅
Enjoying your post.
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