By dint of seeing heaps of clichés about Americans in series, films or simply on the Internet, we end up not knowing what is true or false. And, after a while, you think a lot of cliches are just… cliches. But ultimately, among all these big stereotypes, there are still a bunch that are true. Yes, the United States is a weird country.
1. High school science clubs
In all the American series, we see the high school science club which brings together the nerds of the class. There are also a whole bunch of other more or less popular clubs each time. All this is true in many American states. Some clubs even have waiting lists because they are so popular in the school.
2. In Florida, people really often end up with alligators in their swimming pool.
Which is very problematic, you will agree. This is a real problem for the inhabitants who can find themselves face to face with a reptile several meters long. The beast is above all there to cool off, but it is better not to look for it too much anyway.
3. Loads of injured people refuse to be called for an ambulance.
Since they do not have health insurance that reimburses them for ambulance costs and that the latter are exorbitantly expensive, many prefer to manage their own way to the hospital (or not to go to the hospital). hospital at all). It’s still super sad.
4. They really have garbage disposals in their sinks.
Of course, we think back to those horror movies where the character tries to grab something from the sink hole while everyone holds their breath for fear that the grinder will start. Well, even though the United States isn’t always well represented by horror movies, this crusher thing is true.
5. They eat tube cheese
And they often put it on crackers. For us French, it’s a shame, but hey, you have to admit that sometimes it makes you want this fake cheese from hell. I promise if we eat it afterwards we will go to confession.
6. At parties, people really drink from big red cups.
They are washable, opaque and stronger than white cups found in France. Their biggest advantage is that they are well suited for playing beer pong. Because no, beer pong is not just a cliché, it is often present at American parties. And if you want to become a pro in this quality activity, you can find all the accessories for a successful beer pong.
7. St. Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated
People really dress in green (at least a hat for form) and down loads of pints. And, highlight of the show, the big Saint-Patrick’s Day parade in New York, with big inflatable mascots in the sky, the one you see in lots of action movies, it really exists.
8. Fire and police sirens sound all the time in New York
It’s always the first thing you hear when you see the city on TV. We think it’s a little too big to be true, but no. The sirens there are heard all day long, and they are much louder than those we have in France. It is better to have good double glazing at home.
9. People really give each other big hugs and big smiles when they see each other.
That doesn’t mean they’re nicer than us, but that’s how it is, it’s cultural. Moreover, when Americans arrive in France, it may surprise them that we are not particularly enthusiastic when we say hello.
10. Americans are very patriotic
Suburban pavilions with American flags are not just fiction, it is a reality that can be found in all the states of the United States. After all, they are not all mad and ready to die for their country, but what is certain is that over there it is much less taboo than here to hang a flag on the facade of your house.
But no, not all Americans are obese. Not all.
Source: Reddit, among others