10 Things Americans DO That PUZZLE The World

Hey it’s Mike Chen. Let me ask you guys living in the US from one American to another. Have you ever found yourself in an argument
with a friend about miles vs. kilometer or having to explain what homecoming is when you travel abroad? Especially now with the new Spider-Man movie? Different countries, of course, have their own different customs from the way words are pronounced and spelled
to what unit of measurement is acceptable for daily use, and of course every country around the globe has its own way of presenting things but When it comes to the US, a lot of foreigners and visitors end up baffled and confused about certain practices and customs
that seem to be quite unique just to us. So in this video we are counting down 10
things Americans do that really confuse the rest of the world. We’ll start of with number 10: The Metric System versus the Imperial System If you are from, well, most parts of the world you have grown accustomed to using units of measurement like kilometers, centimeters,
liters. But in the US you may end
up confused and struggling to convert your units of measurement to adapt to local units
like inches, yards, and miles or having to convert today’s weather from Celsius to
Fahrenheit. That’s because we love using the imperial system but we are in the minority here. Like the extreme minority. In fact, only three countries in the world still utilizes the imperial system. Liberia, Myanmar, and of course the US. Now you might be thinking, “Ok the entire world is basically on the metric system wouldn’t it be easier for us if freezing temperature of water is just known as 0 rather than 32? And it might be some really profound reason we’re not switching over, right? I mean – I guess we can give ourselves props for not bending to peer pressure? Number 9: Sporting Scholarships In the US, it is common for school athletes to be accepted in the college because of how good they are at sports. In fact, many of them are even offered scholarships
as long as, well, they bat for the right university team. This academic practice is found to be bizarre
by many countries mainly because no such program exists in their curricula. Number 8: Calling Jam “Jelly” Whether it’s a point of confusion or just plain happy coincidence, the word “Jelly”
seems to be used interchangeably with jam seeing that they have similar consistencies. It’s the interchanging of the use of the
word that confuses non-Americans because jelly is generally used in other countries to describe
a food product that is made out of gelatin and the homemade fruit preserve used to spread
over bread is called jam in other countries. So, to an Englishman, offering him a spread
of “Jelly” on his scone might give him the impression that he has unwittingly stepped
into the Twilight Zone. Number 7: Gun Laws In general, gun and ammunition laws in the US are an often discussed subject by many
countries around the world. Many non-Americans have been stumped by the
fact that generally anyone can just easily buy bullets over the counter or military grade
firearms on the internet without really any kind of screening process. While there are provisions in the US constitution that
provides individuals the right to bear arms, people overseas show an amount of concern and confusion
over some clauses in different states that allows, for example, people to openly carry
firearms in public. And personally, I don’t really have a huge opinion either way on the gun issue. But I do like that fact the while I’m in a country like Japan if somebody’s going to kill me they’ll going to work really hard at it. Their swords skill better be better than mine. Number 6: Price Tags without the Tax This is something we are all used to, but people from other countries might get surprised to find out that sales
taxes are not included in any price tags – which is quite strange given that many countries
around the world adopt the practice of including taxes in any product’s tags to do away with
the burden of, you know, making people do math in the head while they’re shopping. Now the reason behind this is that since the US
has a different set of regional laws governing each state, that would mean that taxes will
also vary per state; and in each state, items may cost a little more or a little less than
the retail price depending on individual state taxes. Number 5: Large Food Portions Ok, I have to admit I really don’t have a problem with this one but most visitors to the US are shocked at how large our food portions are. I guess the concept of Supersize Me is defiantly an American one? So I don’t know, will they literally have a heart attack if they went somewhere like ,you know, the Heart Attack Grill in California? From their coffee to their soda, their cups
are almost brimming with ice. While we cannot argue that ice can freshen
up a drink, the average American’s obsession with these frozen bits of water confuses many
people from other parts of the world simply because they can drastically water down your
drink and, at some point, add a little bit of dirt into it if the water used comes from
a questionable source. Number 2: Going Out for Drinks
TV shows like Cheers and How I Met Your Mother seems to have reinforced the American practice
of casually inviting friends out for a few drinks at a local bar. In countries like Japan, it is not an entirely
alien concept to go out for a few drinks after work. However, casually calling up people to go
out is something unheard of in many cultures. In some parts of the world, people get to
gather with a drink in hand at parties or special occasions but not on, let’s say,
a Thursday night. Number 1: Spending for College According to data from the College Board,
from the academic years of 2014 – 2015, the average cost to get into an in-State public
college is about $23,000 a year Going to a private school would burn $46,000 And by private, we are not including Ivy League
schools such as Harvard University where a single year can cost you $60,000 The cost of higher learning in America is
confusingly expensive and many students who and many students who have graduated have gone on to establish distinguished careers are still paying for thousands of dollars’ worth of Student Loans Compared to countries like England where the
cost of attending a single year at Oxford is only at $13,903, American colleges and
universities basically drive students into deep debt even before graduating. In other countries, like Sweden, Germany, and France college education is free or – in some cases
– partially free; and in countries like Denmark, there are instances that the national
government pays for your college education and even provides you with a student allowance.

81 thoughts on “10 Things Americans DO That PUZZLE The World

  1. I loved talking about unique customs when I went abroad. It's amazing how unique different cultures can be 🙂

  2. The main reason why we don’t switch to metric is because there are thousands and thousands of roadsigns that measure speed and height in mph or feet and inches. Replacing all of those signs would cost a fortune.

  3. I'm Dutch, amd I've had 3 MRI scans, which costs nothihg becaise it is covered by any basic insurance, in the USA I would have been broke by now……

  4. American university is expensive and low quality. It's high priced paper that isn't particularly globally competitive, especially considering that primary education standards are so low and universities are catering to young people who have MASSIVE deficiencies in foundation learning.

    When I was hiring for a company for positions that required a degree we still had to use a basic skills test in the interview process. You would be shocked how many American university grads can't do basic math or comprehend what they are reading. The cost of university is the least if Americans educational concerns.

  5. 1. YOU CANNOT BUY A GUN ONLINE WITHOUT A NICS BACKGROUND CHECK!!! Really wish you didn't help spread this lie. To legally buy a gun online it MUST be sent to a licensed FFL dealer who must complete a background check before you can take the gun home. The same with gun show purchases.

    2. Jam & Jelly are completely different. Jelly used only the juice so it looks like jello.

  6. I use metric system when shooting but, as I live in Montana, much prefer miles when measuring driving distance bc it's such a large distance.
    We're America, as my dad used to say, "Why should we be like other countries? Didn't your mother ever ask you if you'd jump off a cliff if all your friends were"?

  7. Firstly mike love ur work but u said some wrong things
    The bahamas and several carribean countries use the imperial system

    Weren't u born in china?

    Also America is weird!

  8. Jam is made from crushed fruit, fruit pulp and often contains seeds; it's opaque and has a thicker consistency. Jelly is always made from clear fruit juice and contains no actual fruit pulp or seeds. If anyone actually cares lol

  9. College is University and College is College… wait wha?
    That's something that really confuses me about the US, over in Canada it's still called University (or Uni for short) and College is a similar, but slightly different, secondary education option

  10. I'm from the US and I don't mind tipping. I do think employers should pay their employees a living wage so that they do not have to rely on tips, but I do enjoy giving a tip to people who do a good job. I have even started giving a small tip to the employees at my local take-out restaurant, I know that some immigrants employed at those places make next to nothing, so I look at it as helping out those individuals.

  11. Okay Mikey…The Celsius would be easier for us 'Mericans if the scale it's based on was actually useful in every day life. I'm 28 years old and I've never, in any day of those 28 years, had a need for the "zero is freezing, 100 is boiling" scale. Still, that fact is presented to everyone like it's useful to us when it actually isn't. At all. Unless you're an engineer (like myself) or a scientist, it's largely useless for every day life. The Fahrenheit scale, however, can be roughly linked to human survivability, a MUCH more useful scale for every day life. I was taught as a child that if my body temperature is at or above 100°F, I've got a pretty decent fever and should possibly start looking at a trip to the doctor. On the opposite end, going outside under 0°F could result in some lasting injuries if I wasn't careful. In my opinion, those ends of a temperature scale are far more useful for every human being on this planet compared to the scale that, with water boiling at 100°C, takes the majority of the scale out of daily use.

    The rest of the imperial scale is a pain in the butt though. I'd happily ditch miles/feet/inches and their stupid fractions for meters and tenths any day.

  12. America is Bloody Backwards, On education,, seriously W.T.F. are you trying make your people stupid ?? damn.. that is half the price of a house

  13. goes to show that sports shouldn't be , held so highly errhm,, NFL, MLB, NBA urgghmm sorry, something in the throat.

  14. In the 70's, while in grade school, students were told that we would soon be going metric. lol I don't tip for everything. When ordering a drink, I tell them "no ice".

  15. I disagree with the guns not being accessable. My neighbor had his home broken into while he was home. The only thing that stopped them was another neighbor with a gun. My self I have arthritis and have since purchased a pistol for self defense because I know I stand no chance against a healthy person let alone if they have a weapon.

  16. -_________- jam, has fruit chunks… jelly, does not have fruit chunks………………. -______________- my logic
    athletic scholarships where grades are important good, free college education, priceless. America isnt the only country that need to invest more in its public brain bank

  17. Celsius is not part of the metric system. The US could convert to Metric but keep Ferinheight. As far as tipping goes, businesses encourage tipping because they often pay less than minimum wage (They assume 15% tip with every order with x orders per hour and subtract the theoretical commission from the paycheck some servers make less than 1/3 the minimum wage in their area).

  18. You cannot buy a gun on the internet without a background check. No loop holes around it. If you buy a gun then you get your background checked. States like Oregon even require background checks on private sales.

  19. Well, I am sticking to that ice in my drink. Here in the South, summertime means sweet iced tea time! No way we are giving that up!

  20. Im american and even I think we eat to much food… I see people leave half a plate on the table.. its crazy.

  21. I enjoy your videos, Mr. Beyond Science 2, but this time I have one small correction. I have no idea which region in the U.S. calls jam, "jelly," but I've never heard it. Obviously, as you mention, it's incorrect. A jelly is made solely from fruits' juices, whereas a jam is made from the whole fruit. One is clear and the other has chunks of fruit in it.

    Neither contains gelatin. In order to make the products gel, a substance called pectin is used. It's generally made from apples, which are the cheapest source of fruit pectin. The actual gelling comes from the ratio of sugar and pectin to the pH (we want acidity for this).

  22. The oddest thing about the US to me is how they sweeten nearly everything, for example US bread is as sweet as cake from the Netherlands.

  23. Having tax included is really stupid because you have to do maths to figure out the real cost and it's much easier to add a tax to something (price x 1.tax) than it is to take a final price and subtract a tax

  24. Sports scholarships are a thing because sports a big business in the US. There's the demand for it so it's not a surprise it's a thing.

  25. At 6:16 he says Sweden but shows a picture were Denmark is in focus XD We're not the same countries!

  26. why not make one about the south in the us I live here I grew up here but even I get creeped out at some of the things done here

  27. i get the ice thing… i dont put ice in my soda and the amount of ice resturaunts put in it is almost like a ripoff…lots of ice and less soda

  28. nobody tips a plumber. also, black people don't tip and they tend to hate waiting on other blacks at tipping jobs because they know they wont get tipped.

  29. The freezing temperature of water is not zero C. The MELTING point of water is zero C. Next, I'd really would prefer to live in a country where I can have my gun and be a citizen as opposed to not having one and being a subject,, and where college is paid for at the point of service, not through crippling taxes that destroy the economy, and where if I go to the emergency room, I'm actually likely to survive. (There is a reason doctors prefer to study in the US.)

  30. I like the ability to protect myself and I love my freedom to do whatever the hell I want that's why the gun laws not to mention guns are just plain awesome

  31. Cambridge University isn't expensive… it is just staying in London that is expensive. $3,000/mo for a dump.

  32. hey in America if you buy a gun online it has to be shipped to a ffl a person who runs a commercial building and has a federal firearm licence and then take a back round check

  33. That's not Quite true about the food there are some Japanese Foods or 10 times bigger than Americans food. For a example their McDonald's food is huge compared to the USA

  34. What a weird country. Its basically what happens when capitalism is allowed to go unchecked and socialism and liberalism are alienated. But it will be the USA's undoing.

  35. I wonder if large food portion is the reason why the average Americans are fat ( fat is just a word )? I mean do we really need hamburger as large as our face? Nope.

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