19 Americans Talk About The One Thing That Foreigners Would Be Shocked To Learn About The United States

3. Anonymous

  • Somewhere between 35%-45% of American households own one or more guns, perhaps a lot less than some people think.
  • Despite the railroad having a huge impact on the development of the US, most of the country is served by very limited rail service, and it tends to be extremely slow and expensive.
  • Compared to many other countries, we adhere very strictly to traffic laws.
  • Not all Americans have cars! People in dense urban centers, particularly NYC but also many other cities, frequently don’t own a car. Outside of big cities, cars are virtually required.
  • Utah is a majority Mormon state and some laws, like their strict regulation of alcohol, are a result of the strong religious influence in government.
  • In addition to Mormonism (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), several other religions have been founded in the United States, including the Church of Scientology, Church of Christ, Scientist and Unitarian Universalism.
  • The American South receives more transfer payments (welfare and related services) per capita than any other region of the US, but is among the most reliably Republican and anti-government region of the country. If you wonder why the US seems so conservative, a large part of that influence comes from the South.
  • In some cities and towns, marijuana use is tolerated to a large degree, including in public spaces.
  • In most cities and towns, it’s illegal to consume alcohol on the street or in other undesignated public spaces.
  • These might not be particularly shocking, but this one is: Nearly half of Americans do not believe in evolution.

4. Deepthi Amarasuriya

  • The vast distances people in at least the larger states need to drive to get to the nearest town.
  • Pet psychologists, pet grooming parlors, and pet hotels to board your pet while you are on vacation. And no, these are not just for CEOs and Hollywood people.
  • Also, the preponderance of overweight pets.
  • The high cost of time and effort spent as human labor. In S. Asia, in particular, this is v. cheap.
  • The sheer array of product choices in grocery stores. You can get the same product in a variety of packaging containers, fat and sodium %s, and flavors.


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