8 Things America Does Differently From The Rest Of The World
Living in Americahas shown me that Americans do things prettydifferently from the rest of the world.
It starts with price tags and extends to the spelling of words. Many tourists are amazed at the way America propagates a larger than life philosophy, which is then applied to every aspect of the nation.
Here are eight things Americans do that are a bit baffling to visitors from around the globe:
The Price Tags
America is probably the only country that displays the price of items on sale without including the tax applied to the item. Youronly option is to calculate the final price for yourself or to wait and see what you final bill turns out to be.
If youre going out for a meal, be prepared to shell out a20 percent tip on your final bill, ormore if the situation calls for it. Thats not to say the portions of food dont justify the amount you pay for it, which brings me to my next point.
American restaurants serve some of the largest portion sizes in the world. They also continue to beamazed at the smaller plates common in other parts of the world. Value sizing is a concept taken seriously by American restaurant chains. Theyknow that a larger plate of food will make your customer think theyregetting more value for their money.
College football is a huge deal in America, with players and cheerleaders becoming celebrities in the own right. They do interviews, the matches are aired on television and their plays are closely analyzed by viewers and recruiters. Some players are even drafted for the National Football League (NFL) after playing for three to fouryears in college.
An American Lexicon
While the rest of the world preferscolour, Americans insist on omitting the u. Schedule is pronounced with a sk sound at the start of the word, while the non-US version is pronounced with a sh sound at the beginning of it. Americans have essentially created their own dictionary.
The lack of metric system
What do America, Myanmar and Liberia have in common? Theyre the only three countries in the entire worldthat havent prescribedto the metric system.
However, the measurement system used by the USisnt entirely non-metric either. For example, the power of an automobile engine is measured in horsepower, but the engines displacement is measured in liters.
In most countries around the world, its commonto display country flags on Government buildings or otherbuildings of importance. In America, a large part of the population displays the US flag on their motor vehicles, homes, offices, schools and every other place imaginable.
All states in America allow some form of carrying a concealed firearm in public for protection. Some even allow open carrying of an unconcealed firearm in a public place. While some states ask for a background check or a license before you can own a gun, many have not set strict boundaries in place.
Needless to say, America is a melting pot of every culture and tradition. The diversity of the people and beliefs make it a very accommodating place to both live in and visit.
At the end of the day, the country is home to me and many other hopeful individuals, and I dont see that changing for the foreseeable future. All said and done, its a comfortable place in which to travel, and you should include as much as you can in your future travels.