19 Things That Don’t Exist Outside the US

19 Things That Don’t Exist Outside the US


For most of the world, Americans seem to be
exporting just about everything, from movies to McDonald’s. But if you think you can see everything American
without visiting America, think again. There’s stuff that the U.S. seems to reserve
just for itself. So let’s experiment. Let’s all pretend that we’re a first time
visitor to the US, and check out what’s really worth giving a try! 1. Spray cheese
Ah, the famous Philly cheesesteak… Getting hungry just thinking about it. But did you know they make it without even
using actual cheese? Things like Cheez Whiz or Squeeze Cheese have
a strong flavor and add delicious notes to any dish that goes well with cheese, but flavor
is basically all they have: cheese isn’t the main ingredient there. Still, they love it anyway, don’t they? 2. Doggy bags
Pets are treated very much like family members in the US, and it’s a really serious thing. You’ll hardly find a restaurant where you
won’t be offered a doggy bag at the end of your meal if you come with your pooch. And even when your furry buddy stayed at home,
if you ask your waiter for it, they’ll bring you one without a question. So here, you’ll always be able to share
the deliciousness of the moment with your four-legged friend. But in really, very few pets actually get
to eat this stuff. Their owners normally get to it first. 3. Black Friday
Although this tradition is slowly but steadily being adopted by other countries, the American
Black Friday is still a thing to behold. Most shops throw incredible discounts on almost
everything they have, and every year, people start waiting in lines long before the stores
are opened. Even more, dozens of tents are put out on
the parking lot of every Walmart on the night before Black Friday. If you want to see one, though, be careful:
the crowds are so huge, you can get yourself in a stampede. 4. Supersize
Lots of things can be said about the USA, but one thing is certain: they love a hearty
meal. Wherever you go to have a snack, be prepared
to see supersized helpings. This is mostly a fast food feature, but even
in restaurants, compared to other countries, you’ll more often than not get a dish that’s
enough to make you full halfway through. Americans seem to know about it themselves,
though: almost any restaurant will allow you to take the leftovers with you. So considerate! 5. Tipping everyone
In many countries of the world, leaving a tip to your waiter or taxi driver is a customary
thing. In the US, however, you tip basically everyone
in the service industry, be it a hairdresser or a valet. And it’s not just any amount, mind you:
the tip should always be around 15- 20% of the bill. No one will say anything to you if you leave
less, of course, but you’re sure to get a few looks from the staff. 6. Yellow school buses
Of all things American, these vehicles have become pretty much a hallmark of the United
States. No movie featuring school kids goes without
a yellow bus taking them to school. Remember Forest Gump? This color can only be seen in North America,
so it’s like a school version of the famous red London double-decker. 7. Medical advertising
A question to those who don’t live in the US: have you ever seen an ad of any medical
drug on TV or on the streets? Let me know down in the comments! Anyway, you probably haven’t because the
United States is the only country, apart from New Zealand, where drugs are freely advertised
just about anywhere. Also, drug stores have long since become much
more than just pharmacies: they sell all kinds of things there, even food. 8. Unused vacations
This is something nobody from other countries understands — at least from those with healthier
attitudes towards work. For some reason, Americans voluntarily work
more than they are required to. According to Business Insider, 169 million
days off were left unspent in the USA in 2013. That’s about half the working population
without vacation whatsoever. Yikes. 9. Surprise prices
When you’re going to a grocery store and look at price tags, you expect to pay for
exactly what it says, right? Well, not in the US. All items in stores are tagged with prices
that don’t include VAT, or value-added tax. So when you’re shopping big, make sure you
have some extra cash to spend above the price tag of your goodies, because a sales tax will
be added at checkout. 10. Imperial units
The United States is literally the only country that still hasn’t switched to the metric
system of units. While the rest of the world has 100 centimeters
in a meter and 1,000 meters in a kilometer, the US has 12 inches in a foot and 5,280 feet
in a mile. Oh, and there’s also a yard, which is 3
feet. They tried changing to metric some years ago,
but it somehow just didn’t catch on. 11. A question instead of a greeting
What do you say when you meet someone? Usually it’s some form of greeting, like
“hello” or “hi.” Well, in the US, you ask a rhetorical question
first. Really, They say “How are you?” and think
it’s perfectly okay not to receive an answer to that: they use it as a polite way to greet
someone. So when somebody in the USA asks how you’re
doing, there’s no need to go into detail about your current affairs — just say “fine. how are you?” and move on. 12. Date writing order
On the topic of unusual things in the US, Americans also have their own particular way
to indicate dates. In most countries, you go from the smallest
to the biggest, meaning from day to month to year. In some others, like Japan, it’s the exact
opposite, but still there’s clear logic. So, for example, if you’re in Europe, the
date written as 11.12.2018 will mean it’s the eleventh of December, 2018. Cross the Atlantic, however, and you’ll
have the twelfth of November, 2018. No wonder many tourists feel confused when
seeing American dates for the first time. And even for the second. 13. Patriotism
Okay, everyone loves their countries, granted. But how some Americans celebrate their homeland
could be viewed as a little over the top. Yes, you can see people with faces painted
with stars and stripes at sports events, hear some of them loudly brag about being American
in conversations, and of course, you’ll see flags. Lots of flags. But it also says something about their government’s
protection of their right to Freedom of Expression, which does not exist in many other parts of
the world. 14. Road trips
The most stereotypical American dream is a vacation on the road. While in many other places in the world, people
tend to fly or at least travel by train, Americans’ preferred type of travel is driving. It’s not unusual for a person to drive across
the whole country, East Coast to West Coast or vice versa, just for the freedom of it. No wonder 5 of the world’s longest highways
are located in the US. 15. Garbage disposal in the sink
You’ve probably seen it in the movies how kitchen scraps are disposed of right in the
sink. In fact, this thing is only typical for the
US, and no other country uses it. What’s more, most European countries have
had it banned for being, well, not exactly environmentally friendly. 16. Prom night
Prom is one of the biggest occasions in any American student’s life. Their parents can spend hundreds and even
thousands of bucks for their kids to have a prom they’d remember for the rest of their
lives. While most countries certainly have their
own dance parties for students, prom beats them all at every turn. It’s flashy, it’s posh, it’s beastly
expensive. 17. Peanut shells on the floor
No one knows why, but throwing the shell on the floor after eating a peanut is a sort
of a tradition in the US. Like anywhere else, littering is an offence,
yet peanut shells seem to be exempt from this law. You can throw them almost wherever you please
in many restaurants, or at a public event, like a baseball game. Rest assured, nobody will say anything. It’s just what people do. 18. Red Solo cups
Almost every movie featuring parties, especially those with lots of young people gathering
together, would have those red plastic cups on screen. Red Solos have become a staple in the US pop
culture, and they’re more strongly associated with American parties than pretty much anything
else. 19. Free refills
Adding to the supersized portions I mentioned earlier, the US is famous for its free drink
refills at any fast food joint. If you didn’t manage to quench your thirst
with that huge Coke, please be my guest and have another one, free of charge. By the way, Americans typically add lots of
ice in their soda cups and prefer their drinks chilly. It’s not unusual to order a Coke at a restaurant
and receive 70% ice. That’s why Americans traveling to Europe
find it surprising when waiters there bring them lukewarm drinks without any of those
refreshing cubes in the glass. Yeah, what’s up with that? Well, Bright Sider, what are things that can
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100 thoughts on “19 Things That Don’t Exist Outside the US

  1. The peanut shell thing isn't true. While there are some bars where this is allowed (and even encouraged) and some outdoor sporting events, it's not correct to tell people they can drop peanut shells anywhere in America.

  2. Food from restaurants is often bagged or boxed here in the uk, we don’t need to tip as our wait staff are paid a living wage, we use imperial and metric units, “you alright” is a customary greeting, freedom of expression? Kinda ironic from the most racist, sexist, misogynistic nation . The peanut shell on the floor just comes across as disgusting. My local Weatherspoons offers free coffee refills, my local pizza restaurant has bottomless soft drinks, some local bars around me even have bottomless prosecco with their brunch. I have never had a Luke warm drink from a bar!
    All the video says to me is, the people making it have no idea dear what the rest of the world is like!
    Sorry but this video has s not only wrong, it’s embarrassing and [email protected]

  3. so not true about garbage disposals. They are as common in Canada as the Usa, Same as doggy bags and free refills. Also peanuts on the floor in steak places and bars is common in Canada as is red solo cups. Checks your facts before putting out false information

  4. In Romania the drugs have advertasing every were! you have evan advertasing to offer of package of druks! If you pay for 2 you recive 3

  5. if you have a headache,dont take Advil,you might die…listerning to side effects of any medicne better of not having any medicaion (did like getting mirgrane tablets x100 for $6…at walmart) and tipping what a pain that was.(Orlando 2018)

  6. You're so wrong about number 7
    Basically every country do that
    Medical advertising are everywhere
    (I'm from Algeria 🇩🇿 not Nigeria 🇳🇬)
    Oh and about 13th one ! Think again 😂
    1 2 3 viva l'algerie

  7. The 51st state (otherwise known as Australia) has already taken up some of these things. Apart from that I predict our accent will be gone in 50 years.

  8. Why should anyone tip someone more money for doing their job???
    You don't tip your plumber now do you??? If it's their JOB, then they should Never expect to be tipped. Thus why I don't tip. It's their job to serve me when I go to a restaurant. They already get a pay check. They are NOT entitled to extra money from me.

  9. Dont go throwing nuts shells everywhere when you visit the US. Its not normal. Ive never seen anybody do thst except at Texas Road House.

  10. The only places I know of where it’s acceptable to throw peanut shells on the ground are either outdoor places, like baseball ball stadiums or picnic tables in the park, or at certain specialty restaurants like Texas Roadhouse where they provide the peanuts for free and encourage you to throw them anywhere. Otherwise behave yourself and clean up after yourselves people!

  11. How are garbage disposals not environmentally friendly??? It's just food, not actual garbage…
    And I have never been anywhere where it is okay to throw peanut shells on the floor. I don't know why you would say it's acceptable to do that anywhere. No restaurant lets anyone just throw food of any kind onto the floor.
    Do people in other countries use glasses at parties & picnics? We can't be the only ones that use Solo cups or plastic cups at picnics or parties. Glasses will break, and you have to wash all of them after…
    And who in their right mind drinks warm water or soda??? How is that even remotely refreshing???

  12. 10:12 im from europe, and i went to a mc donald's and ordered a beverage with no ice: it was still chilly and i got extra beverage

  13. Brazil is a country that heavily copies the US, So for us black Friday, Halloween, Meds ads on tv, super expensive proms are the norm these days…

  14. I think there actually three countries that still use Imperial. Also, unfortunately, Canada has a few of the same things like red Solo cups. 🙂

  15. Hah jokes on u england now has a sink garbage disposer new but this video is new sooooooooo LIES also england has free refills

  16. Interesting video. One thing you'll not see in the uk that you might see often in the States is people not going bankrupt from illness. But hey, love free refills eh?😂

  17. Most of these things apply to the UK also… I have lived in both USA and and from the UK. There are some things mentioned where i know England is european… but mostly everything else is almost the same as USA. X

  18. 👎🏿lie. I grew up in Philly (Philadelphia), lived there most of my life so far. Cheese wiz is an alternative option some eateries offer. American cheese or provolone cheese are the usual ingredients.

  19. For years, we had a free charge rephill drink option by ikea store down holland for years after paying once foryour food,,
    Now you no longer have that and it requires you to insert a coin,not mention,even the drink has been changed,so no more coca cola for us anymore😣

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