Totally different locations on the planet have completely different cultures and basic outlooks on life. However we attempt to study extra about others and attempt to perceive them so we will get alongside higher. It simply so occurs that in some locations, there may be extra curiosity about completely different individuals and in some locations, there’s much less of it.
Typically those which might be ridiculed for not understanding what’s taking place elsewhere on the planet are Individuals. Bored Panda has a few articles by which we gathered lists of individuals poking enjoyable at Individuals. In this text you possibly can see individuals becoming a member of a TikTok development of sharing the dumbest issues Individuals have ever mentioned to them and in this one one can find an assortment of screenshots of Individuals being utterly clueless.
However the individuals from the US carry on stunning us and the tales of non-Individuals assembly peculiar Individuals are endless. Reddit consumer u/esq__ requested “Non-Individuals of Reddit, what is the weirdest factor an American has mentioned to you?” Almost 12okay individuals joined the dialogue and so they had been sharing not solely bizarre encounters however fairly absurd questions you wouldn’t anticipate an grownup to ask.
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“Why do you brits (I am not British) name an elevator a raise when it goes each up and down?”
I responded that Individuals did not name an elevator a descendevator when it strikes down.
At customs in LAX:
Customs Agent: “The place are you from?”
CA:“Sir, please don’t lie about your nationality”
Me: “Excuse me?”
CA: “Denmark isn’t an actual nation, now please inform me your nation of origin.”
Me: “Sir, you’re actually holding my passport, which is from Denmark, in your hand. How are you going to sit there and inform me that my nation doesn’t exist?!”
CA: “Sir, Denmark is a area of Sweden, and never a recognised unbiased nation”
The swedes can be keen on this encounter.
I as soon as had an american inform me I must strive the “actual” Gouda cheese they’ve within the US as a result of all the pieces else was pretend Gouda… I’m Dutch and truly lived close to Gouda
I’m British, was travelling within the states. Bought speaking to a man at a bar whereas we’re ready for service, and he beneficial I strive a pint of Guinness whereas within the US. He knowledgeable me they don’t promote Guinness within the UK.
I politely defined that they do certainly have Guinness in nearly each pub within the UK. He disagreed, including that he’s by no means been himself however his son in legislation went to London on enterprise and instructed him so. I defined I’d lived within the UK together with London my entire life. He checked out me misplaced in thought for just a few moments, and mentioned: “They don’t have Guinness there,” and walked away.
When an American requested me what it is prefer to have an accent. They thought that that they had no accent and their voice was ‘default’ principally
Speaking about my SIL
“Do you look alike?” “no, she’s black” “You possibly can’t say that!!!” “What ought to I name her then?” “African American” “However…. She’s British/Guyanese….”
I swear on my moms life that this occurred:
I used to be on a scholar trade between my German faculty and a faculty in San Francisco within the late 90s.
When the Individuals came around us, we had a welcome get together for them at a mates place. That buddy had a canine, and in some unspecified time in the future he gave the canine a command in German. The canine obeyed, and one of many American youngsters asks how we managed to show German to the canine.
He wasn’t joking both, he appeared satisfied that every one pets are by some means born with data of the English language, however all different languages must be taught to them.
Canadian right here. I used to be 7 and in Florida telling my new additionally 7 yr outdated buddy about our cash system. I instructed her we do not have greenback or two greenback payments they’re cash and referred to as a loonie and a toonie. She goes and asks her mother and father and so they instructed her I used to be mendacity.
I reside within the southern hemisphere. Speaking to an American on-line in December, and I discussed it was summer season for me. She saved asking which month I used to be in (saved insisting it have to be June) and could not appear to wrap her head round the concept it was concurrently December and summer season within the southern hemisphere.
“I don’t want reasonably priced healthcare. I would like freedom.”
That is an precise quote.
Anyway, the total price of my child’s beginning together with all scans, midwife, obstetrics appointment, labour, innoculations, heel stick and follow-up antenatal was $180.
An Austrian buddy and I had been instructed about about this magical factor they’ve in America referred to as Fireworks and the way we should always go see it no less than as soon as in our lives.
“How lengthy did you’re taking you study to make use of metric as a substitute of regular measurements?”
He genuinely did not perceive that metric was a system we truly used each day, we weren’t always having to mentally convert meausrements to toes or kilos to know how large they actually had been.
I used to be requested if France is a part of the UK. After I tried explaining him what the UK is, he instructed me England is now not a part of the UK due to Brexit.
“How can Canadians supply free healthcare? Why would any medical doctors need to work free of charge? That is slavery!”
“Communicate english that is america!” It was on-line, however yeah. The sheer stupidity struck me arduous.
Had a black american assume that I used to be “african-american additionally” as a result of I am black. I needed to clarify to him that the ethnically specified title “african-american” is simply used to explain black individuals from america, not black individuals from different international locations, and that black individuals from different international locations are usually not particularly labeled by heritage, race or ethnicity. Afterward I revealed to him that I’m truly bahamian.
Regardless of all that explaining, he nonetheless proceeded to ask “Oh! so that you’re an african-bahamian then?” I felt the vein on the facet of my head twinge somewhat lol.
Edit: The time period isn’t “african-bahamian” as a result of I’m not inherently connected to african citizenship or heritage. This time period can be used for somebody who is definitely from africa, however can also be a bahamian/ vice versa, OR somebody who’s intently connected to that heritage (say, a bahamian whose dad or mum/s had been african.) Over right here we’d simply say that we’re Bahamians of african first rate, however provided that the subject got here up.
‘I did not understand it was this chilly in Cuba’ we’re in Spain. Spain, Europe. Silly f****r got here to college right here on a scholarship for six months and did not even know which nation was coming into nor thought it was unusual how lengthy the flight was, he additionally did not take into consideration googling the place to see the place it was, the climate… dunno, INFORMATION concerning the place he was going to reside for six months. Solely packed flip flops, tshirts and shorts. We’re within the North of Spain, we now have UK climate. He needed to spend fairly a bit for winter garments in October as a result of he had nothing to put on. He was additionally bummed as a result of he could not discover tacos right here (you possibly can)
“Ya’ll are a part of the USA, you simply have a distinct flag ‘sall.”
Umm… no. I guarantee you Canada us not a part of the US.
Met a cool group in Belgrade, they had been very shocked they may have beer at 21. That was so honest, I kinda felt sorry for them in a great way. Determined to be an excellent host and present them the REAL good time. Took them events, river golf equipment, cave golf equipment, discovered them medicine (they requested) …all in all we had a reasonably epic week, the form of younger individuals of 21 could make for themselves in capital metropolis.
By some means the dialog went to God, I point out I do not actually consider in that, and so they had been so f*****g pissed. Actually, immediate change. Complete group began explaining me Jesus stuff, angrily, they had been upset and indignant they spent every week with me.
I used to be so f*****g shocked, I imply we drinked, drugged, and did loads of s**t Bible I presume does not approve. Could not held a dialog that night, could not change topic, they saved pushing. Aggressively.
Went to the toilet, went dwelling.
I’d say it’s a toss up between:
“Is England in London?”
“Do you continue to like, drive horses to get round in Europe?”
And a man making an attempt to smack speak on Xbox who after I instructed him no one cares mentioned “Who cares what you suppose?! You’re international!” I mentioned “So are you?” And he laughed and mentioned “No r****d, I’m American”
I met an American vacationer who was adamant that my nation [Iceland] was a house dominated territory beneath the US authorities.
He mentioned this throughout our nations independence day.
He assumed we shared an identical standing with Puerto Rico.
He was satisfied of the error of his methods after confronting two different natives and a Google search.
Poking enjoyable at me with France stereotypes. I am not from France, my mother and father are usually not from France, and I’ve by no means been to France. My first language is French, that is sufficient for Individuals to deal with me like I am from France.
I reside in NZ and labored in retail, so there’s been just a few.
Funniest was “It’s a must to serve me!” after they made a racial comment (wasn’t too dangerous, however nonetheless f****n impolite), threw a tantrum within the retailer as a result of they did not take a look at the costs earlier than they used certainly one of our merchandise, then began trashing the place.
When my supervisor instructed them no I actually didn’t should serve them (by legislation) and she or he was calling the cops for destruction of property the girl made an O face then took off with out paying. Cops received her like an hour later. I simply want I used to be nonetheless at work after they introduced her in to pay for all of the stuff she broke/stole/used.
A center aged American was shocked to seek out out Venice was so outdated (and an precise metropolis for hundreds of years), and never constructed within the 20th century for vacationer functions
“You communicate actual good English for a foreigner” – I am British and she or he knew that.
Edit, as a result of lots of people appear to suppose that no American might ever say this and imply it: it was a beautiful, candy, older girl who thought she was paying me a real praise. We sat and chatted in her backyard for about an hour as she plied me together with her home made lemonade and requested me about my life and what introduced me to Washington State. I thanked her, as a result of she was saying one thing pretty (albeit bizarre), and we continued chatting.
Had a taxi driver in New York ask how we received there (from Eire). Once we mentioned by airplane, he was like „you might have airports?!“.
Additionally thought we had been nonetheless getting spherical on horses.
Englishman, dwelling within the US for 15 years now. I’ve been requested loads of weird issues however the most effective was somebody who requested what language we communicate in England, and the way lengthy it took me to study English once I moved right here.
you possibly can’t be from nation that does not communicate English, you’re white!!
“Wow you communicate American very properly for a foreigner”
Thanks girl, I’m Canadian and “American” is the one language I do know
I’m Australian and in 2015 I used to be doing a cruise round New Zealand with my household. May add that I’ve an Autistic daughter who was 14 on the time and regardless of being Autistic is extremely sociable, however tends to strike up uncommon conversations with strangers. We wanted to get to one of many eating places just a few flooring above us and determined to make use of the raise as a substitute of the steps. The raise arrived on our ground and we entered with an aged couple already inside. My spouse and I greeted them and so they duly greeted us again and we quickly ascertained they had been American. Seconds later, my Autistic daughter acknowledged the plain that we had been all travelling in a “raise”. A random throw-away remark, however that’s simply who she is. The feminine actually barked at my daughter and instructed her the right phrase was in truth an “elevator”. At this level I interjected and politely talked about that the place we’re from it’s referred to as a “raise”, however this couple had been adamant that it was an “elevator”. Their perspective was we had been fallacious and so they had been proper. Luckily we by no means did get to see them the rest of the cruise. We share a standard language being English and there are going to be variations how we are saying issues relying the place we’ve been introduced up – it’s about being open minded and accepting. Sadly it appeared that the world revolved round this couple.
I as soon as spoke to an American that was shocked that black Australian people had an Australian accent.
It is so bizarre however you can too see it coming by some means in how they usually take into consideration race: the identical factor that one was shocked that black Dutch people after all had Dutch names.
A buddy was relationship an American, and a bunch of us went out for a pub meal (UK).
Now, there is a stereotype that Individuals generally is a little loud. And, sadly, this was the case with this lady. Actually everybody within the pub was giving her side-eye, however noone says something as a result of that will be impolite.
My buddy very subtly tries to make her conscious of the noise stage, and she or he talk-yells, “oh no, honey. I am not loud. All y’all are simply too quiet! Such a quaint little nation, y’all want to make use of your outside voices!”
We had been fairly clearly inside…
I lived for some time in an outdated home in Somerset. It was as soon as owned by Rev Thomas Budd who travelled to America on The Mayflower. Had fairly just a few Individuals flip up on the doorstep (there is a blue plaque) anticipating me to drop all the pieces and supply a home tour and have knowledgeable data of Thomas Budd.
One American man I met immediately instructed me the place he lives, why he left America, why he married his international spouse, when he shot his first gun and the way his father made him do it (7 years outdated IIRC), and why he thought that was an excellent factor and constructed character, and a bunch of different stuff I am unable to bear in mind.
I genuinely could not get a phrase in edgeways to get away. My spouse needed to come pull me away saying we wanted to go away. This was in a grocery store in southeast Asia. He simply came to visit and mentioned “Are you American”. I mentioned no. He launched into his life story and would not cease.
Spouse mentioned I am method too well mannered however how do you cope with that, simply stroll away whereas he is nonetheless speaking?
My spouse was staying at a hostel in Athens just a few years in the past. She shared a room with an American in her 20s. They received speaking about the place they’ve stayed previously, and my spouse instructed her that she used to reside in Sweden for just a few years. The American didn’t know the place or what Sweden was. My spouse mentioned “It’s a rustic, subsequent to Norway”. “Oh Norway!”, the American burst out, “Ole is from there! Have you learnt Ole?!”
“Spaghetti with eggs kinda bizarre”. “That’s a Carbonara”!!!
Canadian right here, labored for AT&T. The place I labored in Windsor, I might SEE America. The variety of questions on snow and igloos each time anybody came upon was too excessive. I swear I spent 15 minutes making an attempt to persuade a lady FROM Detriot that the criss crossing lights within the sky got here from Ceasars Windsor and that there isn’t any snow right here proper now, it is July