Things AMERICANS Who’ve Never Traveled Don’t Know About the World…

Hey, you. Yeah, you, the dude reading this. Think you know America? We’re sure you do. You look like the sort of intelligent, handsome,
perceptive person who really grasps the ins and outs of their home country. But what about the rest of the world. Think ya know it? Think again. Polling shows 50% of Americans have never,
ever been abroad. And while that’s easily done in a yuuuge
country like the United States, it also means half of all Americans are missing out on some
important, firsthand experience of the rest of world. That means a lot of stuff about humanity Americans
know only comes through TV, books and YouTube. While you might think that’s enough to get
a clear picture, other countries respectfully disagree. Here are the top 10 things Americans who don’t
travel probably don’t get about the rest of our big, beautiful world. 10. Even the Most Gun-Friendly Nations Have Far
Fewer Guns The American love of guns is like the love
between Romeo and Juliet: intense, all-consuming, and involving far more death than your average
romantic affair. But even the biggest gun-toting Texan is probably
aware not all other countries share the USA’s passion. Still, Americans may not know just how much
of an outlier their nation is. Go abroad, and even the gun friendliest nations
have far fewer guns than the United States. The US has 112.6 guns per 100 residents, which
means there are more guns in America than actual Americans. Literally no other country on Earth has more
guns than citizens. The closest is Serbia, which became awash
with guns after the disintegration of Yugoslavia, and now has 75.6 guns per 100 residents. To find a rich nation with high ownership
levels, you have to go to Switzerland, which has a paltry 45.7. The culture surrounding guns is different
in other pro-gun countries, too. In 2014, Guns and Ammo magazine named the
Czech Republic the gun-friendliest non-American nation on Earth. But go the Czech Republic expecting the sort
of gun fairs and 2nd Amendment love-ins you find in the US and you’ll be sorely disappointed. Czechs regard their guns as tools for hunting
and nothing more. To them, the idea of treating their guns as
Americans do would be utterly bizarre. 9. Freedom of Speech Isn’t a Thing in Most
Democracies You gotta love freedom of speech. The First Amendment is what separates us from
places like China and Soviet Russia, right? You simply can’t have democracy without
free speech. Or so we’re often told. If that were true, it would mean the USA was
the only democracy on Earth. Why? Because the vast majority of other democratic
nations don’t have free speech in the sense that Americans understand it. By US standards, they’re heavily censored. In the US, for example, you are free to say
anything that does not incite immediate violence. If you want to burn an American flag while
drawing a picture of Mohammed, no-one can stop you. Remember that scene in Die Hard With a Vengeance
(NSFW) when Bruce Willis walks around a black neighborhood wearing a placard covered in
racist slurs? In the US, he’d get beaten up. In European democracies, he’d be jailed
for hate speech. In France, for example, it’s against the
law to deny the Armenian Genocide. In Germany, you can go to jail for displaying
a Nazi flag. In the UK, you can be fined for calling homosexuality
a sin. There are still blasphemy laws in some democracies,
something your average untraveled American would likely consider lunacy. 8. Trial by Jury Also Isn’t a Thing in Most
Democracies That’s right. One of those other things you thought was
an essential pillar of democracy isn’t. Trial by jury is so rare in the rest of the
world as to be effectively non-existent. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica,
around 90 percent of the globe’s jury trials happen in the USA. This isn’t because everyone else’s criminals
are better behaved, but because most democracies ditched trial by jury decades ago. In France, for example, you will almost certainly
just be plonked in front of judges and given a sentence. In the UK, only the highest-profile cases
get jury trials. Since these are the ones everyone hears about,
it gives a false impression that the British legal system is like the US, but it really
isn’t. Only about 2 percent of UK criminal cases
end in a jury trial, and that’s still high compared to most of Europe. In some countries, jury trials are actually
seen as a hindrance to justice being done. After Japan reintroduced a hybrid system of
“lay judges” in 2009, there was an outcry about the emotional burden placed on jurors
who were compelled to recommend the death penalty. 7. Brits Barely Remember the Revolutionary War If you went to an American school, a big part
of your education likely involved learning about the Revolutionary War. Since it lead directly to the creation of
the world’s only current superpower, you might have assumed everyone else learned about
it, too. Well, prepare to have your view of the world
flipped on its head. Most education systems in most countries either
only teach the Revolutionary War as a footnote, or don’t mention it at all. In Britain, they barely remember it happening,
and can’t figure out why Americans hate King George III as much as they do the Kaiser. The average European, Australian, African,
South American and Asian probably can’t even tell you what decade it took place in. There’s a good reason for this. Historically, the Revolutionary War was important,
but nowhere near as important as what came next. The French Revolution shook Europe to its
core, and the subsequent Napoleonic Wars took those shook-up remains and shook them even
further. Europeans (and Russians) mostly see the birth
of America as a kind of prelude to that exceptionally turbulent time, and teach it accordingly. Since the French Revolution inspired Latin
America’s Bolivarian Revolutions, South American schools do likewise. 6. Literally Everyone Else Thinks in Grams, Celsius
and Meters You’ve probably heard of the metric system,
with its bizarre insistence on ditching Fahrenheit for Celsius, feet for meters, and pints for
liters. Confusing, huh? Like, what does 52 kilometers even mean? (31 miles, if you’re interested). Well, here’s something any American who
has been abroad will already know: 99% of countries use this “confusing” system. From their point of view, it’s the USA’s
instance on imperial measurements that’s insane. There are only three countries that officially
use the imperial system: the USA, Liberia, and Myanmar (AKA Burma). The UK uses a confusing mishmash, whereby
everyone thinks of height in terms of feet and inches, but heat in terms of Celsius. Oh, and a UK imperial pint is different to
a US imperial pint, just to make your London vacation really confusing. To be fair, this embracing of the metric system
is only at a governmental level. Many former countries of the British Empire
(and, boy, are there a lot of those) still understand imperial units, even if they officially
use metric. But when you talk about cruising at 55 while
enjoying the 82 degree heat, most people on Earth are imagining your loser-mobile crawling
along while you roast in a heatwave almost hot enough to boil water. 5. Not Everyone Thinks You Saved Their Ass in
WWII Where would Europe be without America, huh? Twice, the US had to go and kick German hintern
and save plenty of British arses and French derrieres in the process. Well, it might come as a surprise to passport-less
Americans that not everyone else sees it this way. In fact, a whole lot of the countries America
“saved” see the US Army less as saviors, and more like guys who came to the party late,
then tried to claim all the credit. The British, for example, think they were
the heroes of WWII. The entire national myth is built upon one
plucky little island holding out alone against the might of Hitler; keeping up a cheerful
spirit even as bombs rained on London. Without the Brits, the British version of
events goes, Hitler would’ve run rampant across Europe and been unstoppable. The Russians, too, think they were the real
heroes. The Russian legend of WWII is about the supreme
sacrifice of 20 million citizens to defend the motherland from German barbarism, with
the entire European theatre essentially a backdrop to this painful struggle. Even the French prefer to talk about their
near-mythical resistance rather than the painful wait for American liberators to arrive. 4. Other Continents are Bigger and More Varied
Than You Think Mention “Africa” to a stay-at-home American,
and they’ll likely have a specific image in their mind involving elephants, savannah,
and uplifting songs about the Circle of Life. The well-traveled American would laugh at
such an idea. Despite what US media tells you, other continents
are way, way more varied and way, way bigger than you think. Take Africa. Know the distance between, say, Senegal and
Somalia? 4,542 miles. That’s almost the distance from New York
City to Honolulu. And that’s just straight across the middle
of Africa. What about the distance from, say, Morocco
to Madagascar? That’s over 5,000 miles; equivalent to the
distance separating Maine from Nigeria. That one word “Africa” encompasses unimaginable
distances; between 54-57 countries (depending on if you count unrecognized states like Somaliland
and Western Sahara); over 1,500 languages; a huge variety of legal and social systems
and histories; terrain ranging from jungle to swamp to mountaintop to desert to forest
to grassland; hundreds of cities as complex and varied as the one you live in; and 1.2
billion lives. And then there’s Europe. Most Americans who haven’t been there think
of Europe as a place of quaint old buildings that are much the same, but the variety there
is staggering. In a tiny space, Europe fits in so many different
architectural styles, philosophical outlooks, histories and people that visiting is like
opening a variety box of chocolates designed by Willy Wonka. Americans might tend to think of the rest
of the world in monolithic blocks. The residents of those “blocks” know how
unique their often-tiny countries are. 3. It’s Far More Routine to Visit Other Countries So, we’ve established that it’s not super,
super common for Americans to visit other countries. We may not have established quite how unusual
that is. Americans who pride themselves on never leaving
the country would probably be surprised to hear just how rare such isolation is in many
other parts of the world. Elsewhere, people are hopping between countries
just as part of their commute to work. We’re not exaggerating. In France alone, nearly half a million commute
across the border every single workday. In the whole of the EU, around 4.5 million
work as cross-border commuters, while nearly 20 million live in a different EU state to
the one they were born in. Look at Britain, and a huge chunk of the population
considers “vacationing” synonymous with “going abroad.” In 2014 alone, Brits made 13 million visits
to Spain and 8.8 million to France. Within the EU’s open-borders Schengen Area,
the number of cross-border vacations is so high nobody even bothers to count them anymore. It’s not just Europe. You may not have heard of ECOWAS, the West-African
version of the EU. A collection of 15 African states (with more
joining), residents have the right to work and reside in any other ECOWAS country, and
you better believe they use it. Millions of ECOWAS residents hop abroad at
the drop of a hat, and we can’t say we blame them. 2. Multiculturalism Looks Very Different Abroad America is a country built on immigrants. There are huge Irish, Scottish, German, French,
Italian, English, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Jewish descended populations in the USA,
plus many more we don’t have space to list here. That’s not even including the large Hispanic,
Native American and African-American populations. While America actually ranks around the middle
in terms of countries by diversity, it’s still a pretty multicultural place. But there’s multicultural, and then there’s
multicultural. Go abroad, and diversity elsewhere can look
interestingly different to US diversity. For example, the US has the second-highest
black population in the world outside of Africa. While Britain and France both also have large
black populations, plenty of other Western nations don’t. Most of central Europe has almost non-existent
black communities, and seeing a dark-skinned person in Japan is so unusual that locals
will openly stare. Jews are hugely underrepresented in other
diverse societies, too. Between them, multicultural France and Britain
barely have 700,000 Jewish residents, compared to over 6 million in the US. Sweden, long a haven for multiculturalism,
has a mere 15,000. There are historic reasons for all of this
of course, but it does show that a diverse city looks very different in the USA to a
diverse city in other parts of the world. 1. The Rest of the World Has Some Poor Opinion
about Americans Let’s pose a quick rhetorical question. What qualities do you think the rest of the
world sees in Americans? If you said “optimistic and hardworking”
you win the prize. According to a PEW Research poll, majorities
in most major countries consider those traits as American as apple pie and drunken barfights. That’s the good news. The bad news is that there are some other
traits people associate with citizens of the USA, and you might not want to hear them. Majorities in countries across the globe consider
Americans arrogant, greedy, and violent, traits so undesirable the Old Testament felt it necessary
to warn against them. Those who think this, by the way, are some
of America’s staunchest allies. 64% of UK respondents, 69% of Canadians and
Australians, 50% of Japanese, and 58% of French thought Americans were smug and self-satisfied,
possibly because they were just fed up with being told the US saved their asses in WWII
(see entry #5). Then there’s the president. Without taking sides, it’s fair to say that
other nations just don’t get President Trump at all. Over 60% of Brits and Germans, and over 50%
of French think the current US administration is actively making the world a dangerous place. In Germany, the White House under Trump is
as (un)popular as Russia under Putin. Whether it’s the rest of the world that’s
weird in this case, or Americans themselves, we’ll leave for you to decide.

100 thoughts on “Things AMERICANS Who’ve Never Traveled Don’t Know About the World…

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  2. I wouldn't say American "brag" about never traveling to a foreign country. It more like we complain that we can't afford to travel to a foreign country. A passport alone cost $150 for Americans. Travel is going to be in the 4 digits.

  3. The worst part of the British thinking they are the true hero’s we had to give them guns to keep their plucky little island. Russia has a better claim tbh.

  4. Am a very well traveled American and it taught me to own as many firearms as possible, protect that freedom at all cost.

  5. Really wish America would just get on board with the Metric system so I can stop having to convert anytime anything not made in America is watched. Or wish my school at least taught us more about it.

  6. I'm from canada and have never left it but seen almost all of it but a have never seen a dessert in real life

  7. We Americans would travel more if we actually got vacation time like Europeans get. We'd also travel more if there were other countries NEAR ours.

  8. I used to think this channel as entertaining and well informed. You have had a few videos on the US over the last couple weeks that have been misleading at best and flat out incorrect at worst.

    I don't know what kind of significant experience you've had with any large number of Americans, but your perceptions of us and how you project us toward the rest of the world couldn't be farther from the truth and the misrepresentations that you are publishing have led me to question many of the other "interesting and entertaining" videos you've made, and therefore no longer subscribe.

    We don't go attempting to speak for anyone but ourselves (as imperfect as we may be). Kindly refrain from attempting to speak for us any more, it's only the same courtesy we give to the rest of the world, because frankly we don't give a damn what the world thinks about us when presented with accurate information

  9. The USA isn't a Democracy!!!! It's a constitutional Republic if you are going to spout off about things make sure you get your facts straight.


  11. Backpacking is a thing in Germany… young Germans travel a lot around in Europe, getting to know other cultures and learn their customs; this is among the reasons, why people that travel the world, usually are at least bi-lingual (Americans usually are not – in Germany it's about 78% of the population who speak a foreign language at least to a conversational extend; in France it's a bit below that and in America, it's about 19%). Americans, on the other hand (and to be fair, because the reasons are rather simplyfied in this video (no offense, though)), don't have much incentive to leave their country. European countries (like Germany, where I am from, France, Italy, Spain, England, etc.) are relatively small and harbor mostly homogenous cultures – there is not much difference throughout the given country. So, as a European, if you wanna see what's outside your cultural boundaries, you really have to leave the country and travel around. America, as I got to know and experience it, is one of the most diverse countries in the world. Lots of different cultures often crammed close together in any of the larger cities. Yes, there is the general mainstream american culture, but even this "mainstream" differs a lot between the time- and climate zones (the climate governs a lot of the daily life of people and the US has all four of them). So, traveling the US mainland is like traveling an entire, culturally diverse world of its own. Backpacking outside of the country is not a thing for Americans, specifically because there is so much to see and experience in their own country. I agree, that the Americans should travel more, to get to know all the other ethnicities and cultures of the world – doing this widens understanding and deepens compassion for other cultures. But like I said: The reason why Americans mostly are not traveling the world, is relatively easy to explain with the great diversity of their own country (not exclusively but mostly, I think).

  12. Ok, the US essentially footed the bill for both World Wars for Britian and France. So yes, without the US the British and French would not have emerged victorious from either conflict. Wars take money, duh.
    That tidbit aside, this video actually makes me less inclined to get a passport when I live in such a glorious place as Florida.

  13. What is it with the attacks on America every damn day!!?
    I mean, how much do YOU know about America, Simon Whistler!!!?

  14. up to about a few years ago, i used to think that a passport is a single use item that allows a person to cross a specified border, and you would need multiple passports if you want to visit multiple countries.

  15. comparing european country border crossings to US would be more accurate if it compared it to US state border crossings. Our states are about the size of countries in the EU

  16. Well seeing how europe is like the size of one of our states…we dont have to go so far to see different stuff..

  17. It is easy to be well traveled in Europe, or most other places in the world. I mean, look at America's neighbors. Canadia and Mexico… Why would we want to go to either of those places? One is basically the same as America but colder and less people, the other is a place you go when you want to get decapitated.

    Also, nice Alien Gear holster 😉

  18. Best argument for NOT traveling overseas that I've ever seen. I've been in Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas and that's plenty.

  19. Maybe if the people of all of those other countries have such a dim view of Americans, they should stop taking our money. We know the US saved many other countries asses in both WWs. France?? Don't even get me started. It was real tough surrendering huh. I have much respect for what Poland endured. And even the Japanese. No one "wins" a war.

  20. Actually, most Americans would be happy to just visit all 50 states and Puerto Rico in their lifetime. We have a lot of beautiful things to see here before we think of going abroad. And, except for the islands, we can drive everywhere.

  21. #5 Everyone else is wrong, American resources and man power won the war. Maybe eventually the Reich would have collapsed but definitely well later.

  22. The US is the size of Europe! it's much more expensive and time consuming for Americans to leave the country that for Brits… Hell, your whole country is smaller than 11 states! Bad premise.

    1. Alaska is equal to 7.05 UKs

    2. Texas is equal to 2.86 UKs

    3. California is equal to 1.74 UKs

    4. Montana is equal to 1.56 UKs

    5. New Mexico is equal to 1.29 UKs

    6. Arizona is equal to 1.21 UKs

    7. Nevada is equal to 1.17 UKs

    8. Colorado is equal to 1.11 UKs

    9. Oregon is equal to 1.04 UKs

    10. Wyoming is equal to 1.03 UKs

    11. Michigan is equal to 1.03 UKs


  24. First, Europeans live in an area that is smaller than half the U.S. for most of it. So traveling to another country is like us going to another state! When British people can go to France by train or ferry in an hour or two. That's less distance than NorCal to SoCal. We are the ONLY country that has a 2nd amendment. So of course our place for guns and self defense is different than ANY other country in the world. Most have had or still have royal families and or single powerful rulers. This whole thing is almost hogwash. First there isn't a single country that goes from tropical to arctic, from desert to swamp, tropical rainforest to deciduous rainforest, from over 200 ft below sealevel to over 20000ft, from glaciers to wide river delta and tidal basins. All in the same country, without needing a passport! You are comparing a whole continent to one country! The U.S. bailed out Europe twice. Without the Marshall Plan modern Europe today wouldn't exist! Sorry if the truth hurts!

  25. Honestly, metric is better in all aspects, except one. Temperature for most people is the temperature outside, and celsius is a terrible way to measure that, simply because of the fact that there are more units between frigid weather, and unbearable skin-melting heat

  26. Arrogant, greedy and violent eh…….yeah that's about right actually. can't even complain about that theory. I remember reading our history books and going ..maaan we did a LOT to help the world yeah?…yeah…. adult me can read between the lines. a lot of us from the US are a bit…close minded when it comes to other countries. ESPECIALLY in the south.

  27. Unfortunately, the average American probably can't tell you what decade the revolutionary war took place in either.

  28. Counterpoint- While the obligatory anti gun , anti Trump theme is expected the drunken bar fight theme witnessed on other videos is a puzzle. Believe it or not one can visit many bars in America without witnessing the first confrontation much less a cross word.
    Many Europeans who criticize America as violent and smug have never been here. Untraveled? To counter your point I can visit 50 states with their own flavor, culture, and geography. We don’t travel because we aren’t finished exploring our own country due to its vast expanse. Can you say the same or will shooting a slingshot in your backyard result in an international incident when the rock crosses a national border?
    Most Americans do view guns as a tool and not as life itself which only further underscores the media’s perverted way of twisting truth mentioned in your rant. Many of those from “cross the pond” who visit one or two larger cities and consider all Americans to be part and parcel of the same fabric miss the much larger picture. Most Americans want nothing to do with bigger cities seeing them as an anthill of self adulation.
    Brits may see the defiance of the socialist invasion during WW2 as a heroic effort, and rightfully so, but if they are truthful they know that without the English Channel and America’s participation most would be speaking German today.
    I did forget to mention that traveling from state to state to state doesn’t require identifying documentation, just go ….freedom.

  29. I've visited 38 different countries and while I'm well in tuned with what you're saying here, do people who think bad about us ever stop and wonder what we think of them?

  30. Your second point is incorrect. There are no democracies on earth, not even the US.
    Unless you can give an example of a country whose citizens
    (a) are in sole control over choosing who governs them
    (b) are in sole control over choosing who joins them in choosing who governs them.
    No such system as a democracy exists, because without it you can't tell if consent is really being given.

  31. Most Americans don't get a trial. There's a lot wrong in this video. We all now the world uses metric. I usually like this channel. Where did you get your information?

  32. The UK literally did nothing in WWII. They were nothing but a thorn in Hitler's side, but what happened in the east was all that mattered. As for Japan, USA did everything. If anyone gives themselves too much credit, it's the UK.

  33. I've traveled to 13 countries in 4 continents and actually lived in Italy and Japan. Its worth noting that other countries are as ignorant about America as we are about them. A "big Texan" myself, the first thing people in Italy would ask is if in TX we all rode horses and carried guns. And that was in the 1970s. (They even ask that in NY too). Incidentally China's cops don't carry guns either mostly. But in all the countries I have traveled to, they all make me more grateful for the U.S.

  34. Point of fact : America is a constitutional republic. Not a democracy.
    Just a foot note :
    There are two types of countries. Those that use the metric system & those that landed men on the moon.
    Would certainly agree with that last issue you mentioned but I would rephrase it saying that though Americans are not necessarily violent by nature we are most definitely comfortable with violence should it come our way.

  35. fun fact: in some countries people don't even learn about their own war of independence
    fun fact 2: yes it's possible for some independent countries to have lost their war of independence

  36. It's amusing how every European that visits the USA, the first thing they ask is "where can I shoot a gun?".

  37. I enjoyed this video! Although number 3 is kind of unfair, Americans literally can’t cross a border for work (or casually for that matter), so it’s not really the same. We just don’t have access to all the countries that people on other continents do.

  38. The difference between America and England is that Americans think 100 years is a long time, while the English think 100 miles is a long way.

  39. Living in a rural area of US, and having simple tastes and ambitions, it has never appealed to me to travel abroad. Watching this video has pretty much confirmed that idea in my mind. I think it's fairly dangerous to generalize the american public like has been done in this video. There's a big difference between a person from New York City and a person from Kansas City.

  40. A couple of notes:
    1. The U.S. is NOT a democracy. Our founding fathers felt that democracy allowed majorities to oppress minorities. We are democratic republic. This is the reason for the 2nd amendment: "A democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well armed sheep contesting the vote." – Ben Franklin. It is also the reason for our Electoral College which gives weight to less populous states in presidential elections as well as the existence of the House of Representatives.

    2. While G.B. has forgotten the Revolutionary War, so have we. The problem is that American schools are now ignoring "dumb stuff" like History, Geography, Math, and Science and spending time on raising little sheeples who march to the leftist pipes. Many if not most of our older children could not even tell you what country we fought in the Revolutionary War or in what century it happened or the difference between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.

  41. Simon,
    Hmm…so this is the 2nd video of yours where you're quite biased and insulting to Americans. What is your problem? Are you aware of how arrogant and belittling these are?
    Not sure I want to be subscribed to a set of channels that thinks bashing my country is cool…no matter how interesting the other content may be. I'm really disappointed in your choice to promote ignorance and divisiveness.

  42. Wow. Just looked up how many videos that your channels have done that are derogatory towards America. You seem to truly hate us. It's so sad that you're using this platform to promote hate and ignorance. That's your choice. It's my choice to no longer support your channels and to say to anyone watching these that they're highly prejudicial and not entirely accurate. Let's support understanding and working together. That's definitely more of what the world needs. Not more hate.

  43. You always think you know so much about Americans but I learned not a thing from you I didn’t already know. Most Americans think to be British your teeth have to be nasty crooked and Rotted. Do a top ten on things people didn’t know about British people toofs.

  44. Most Americans can't afford to go abroad. A lot of the ones that do when they are young end up doing it on credit. Most of our money has to go into our dysfunctional healthcare system.

  45. Is this about travel, or is this about your anti-American geopolitical message? By the way, I am an American and I support US metrication, and I have been to Israel, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Australia, and Solomon Islands.

  46. Uhh.. I like Simon a lot but I dislike this view on the untraveled American. It makes us seem like we are resenting to travel abroad. The way I see it most Americans, at least ones of average means, view traveling abroad like a once in a life time opportunity; visiting a paradise or even a fantasy. In many regions of the US, going abroad would mean planning to travel hundreds or thousands of miles away and could seem intangible physically or financially. Most of the people I know who travel abroad often or regularly are either well-off or it is required of their job. This correlates with the argument that Europeans travel abroad for work on a daily bases. Most Americans would obviously not travel abroad everyday because, geographically and logistically speaking, that's idiotic.  To ask, I don't know how passport processes work in foreign countries but am I wrong to assume they might be more lax?
    Also, we get less 'holiday' or vacation time allotted by our employers than most Europeans. When we do have our vacation days, it makes sense to want to spend as little time as we can traveling so we have more time to spend vacationing. There are also many desirable vacation scenes here in the nation such as specific cities, lakes, beaches, mountains, deserts, and historically or geographically significant sites to see what most citizens don't get to because of the sheer vastness of them. A lot of Americans die without seeing most of what the country itself offers.
    I'm from Philly and in my late twenties and have been in 2 other countries (because I studied Spanish) and maybe 13 states. I have never seen the Grand Canyon, Utah Arches, Red Woods, Yellowstone or Yosemite. I have never been to Hawaii, Alaska, San Fransisco, Seattle, Denver, Boston, Houston, or New Orleans. I have been to California once, Washington D.C. twice, and NYC less than 10 times even though it's only ninety miles away. The perception of our historical education seems like a grossly over-observed projection of the masses. I can't speak for any other American other than myself, but in my education from 10th grade on you were able to pick the history classes you wanted to take. By far in my school, western or european history classes & world history or world cultures classes took the most students. Our American history glasses, in my school at least, dealt mainly with our government, the establishment of such and how it works. We also held many mock elections so kids could learn about census and the electoral college, political parties and candidate's platforms, doctrines and branches of government, and how to vote for the best person to lead a nation and defend what it stands for. You can see today just how successful we've been with that….

  47. We actually know all of these things… obviously our war for independence is going to be much more relevant than the French revolution because it was the birth of our own country. It was simply a foreign war to others but it was our birth. We also have guns because we recognize how dangerous and idiotic our government is. Our guns aren't for food or even for using against one another. The 2nd amendment states that the right to bear arms is necessary to prohibit a tyrannical government. You all complain about our government and yet wonder why we wish to arm ourselves against them… also we hated your king because he taxed us yet gave us no representation in the government. Why pay when we are nothing but a lesser colony? All of these points were off base. We recognize them. We also see how weird the imperial system is, but we also dont create the standards for measurements in our country. Again, our crazy government does.

    We are the most diverse country in the world. Just by walking down my own street, I can meet with Hispanic, European, African, and Asian cultures. Simply by traveling to a few states I can view mountains, forests, oceans, deserts, etc. Travel is expensive due to the level of governmental regulation put in place on such a thing. We aren't stupid and most of us aren't ignorant to these facts. We just happen to be in a country where you can experience an entire world of things all in one package. I'm not saying I'm against travel. Most of us would love to travel abroad. But I can see so many sights and meet so many cultures here in my own country and to think we are all white and black typical Americans is quite ignorant on your own part. Our diversity is much greater than any other nation on the planet. We aren't perfect and we definitely have bad eggs. But you show me a country that doesnt have ignorance and I'll show you a liar.

    P.S. Your country went from ruling 2/3 of the world to controlling and island the size of a US state within the course of a century. Without our military (which I understand isn't always morally utilized) most countries would be incredibly vulnerable. There is a reason we have more military installments abroad than any other country. Your governments have welcomed our military for protection. We didnt simply set up camp and decide to stay. Most of us prefer to leave the rest of the world on their own. Us affording such a military is quite expensive on taxes at the benefit of nations whom wish not to militarize as heavily. Germany, Japan, and South Korea are a few of MANY examples.

    I mean no malice with this comment. I just feel as though you've compartmentalized all Americans as if we aren't the most diverse culture on the entire planet when factually we are due to the welcome immigration from around the world to our lovely home. Peace from Tennessee.

  48. Americans don't leave the country because most of us cannot afford it, don't get paid vacation, and cannot afford it, oh I said that.

  49. P.S. I am an American and I too don't get Trump, didn't vote for him and think he is not fit to be the president of a grade school student counsel, let alone the U.S.

  50. OMG… just call this Assumptions Americans make about the World, or something. I've traveled abroad and literally never got insight on anything on this list except the metric system, and maybe how large the world really is lol. Like, unless someone is a history buff or getting arrested, many of these facts wouldn't be discovered just by traveling.

  51. Although I hit the thumbs up for this video and agree with several of your points, I could make a strong case for the American views to be more accurate than what you have brought to the table, like the importance of the Revolutionary War. Seeing history through the eyes of another group of people is quite interesting.

    For Americans getting abroad to see more of the world, I believe it's mainly the cost of travel abroad vs. staying at home is the primary culprit. We cannot breakfast in N.Y., hop a train and have lunch in Paris.

  52. My daughter went to study abroad in the Czech Republic a few years ago. When she got home, she said the only shootings she heard about while she was away had taken place here in the US.

  53. As an American that's seen nearly every state I've met local kids that's never traveled anywhere, everywhere I go. And each one asks me the same questions when I tell them that I've been all over the US.

  54. Wow. A video depicting Americans as self-centered uncultured gun-toting and insular. I suppose Europeans never tire of this caricature. And as much as it is currently resented, our fathers and grandfathers did sacrifice to protect your way of life. There are many many American military cemeteries on European soil. Don’t judge.

  55. Gosh … I wonder why the EU doesn't have a large population of Jews? Hmmmmm … let me think about this. Boy, it's a stumper alright. Oh, wait … yeah, I remember now. You've systematically murdered or expelled them pretty much all through history! Glad we could sort that out Einstein.

  56. I'm an American, and I've been to all 50 of our states, all of Canada's provinces and territories, and 55 other countries, though my passport is presently lapsed, and the reason is that the past few jobs I've had don't give a vacation. Also, if I want to go further than Canada or Mexico, I'd need to fly, and air travel from here is nowhere near as cheap as around Europe. Another point is that the USA is about 78% the size of all of Europe, and covers almost the same percentage when comparing the degrees of longitude spanned by the US, as compared to Russia. If the US would be laid over Europe, and London were on the California coast, the East coast would reach Moscow. Also, if you want to see the Arctic, you can fly or drive to Alaska, Hawaii for the tropics, Florida and the Gulf Coast for the sub tropics, mountains in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, Utah, etc., the desert (not even 1 in all of Europe), go to Arizona, New Mexico, parts of southern California, Nevada, Utah, etc. That, plus the cost, lack of mandated vacation time, and family scattered across the country, are some reasons why many don't bother with a passport.
    Don't get me wrong. I've enjoyed my overseas travel, and I learned a ton about myself, and the locals, especially because I traveled solo, and there's a list more I dream about, but will never be able to realize, and they're scattered all across the world.

  57. There are very few Americans who have NOT ventured beyond their own state. If my country was the size of an American State I would darn sure have ventured beyond it.

  58. Considering Trump would have lost the popular vote, many Americans are also still in disbelief over the surreal reality of his election.

  59. Right so if I live in New York and travel 3000 miles to California it's just a trip but if someone from France wants some Swiss cheese so they drive 20 min that's "traveling abroad"

  60. As a American I agree with you I agree that were arrogant stupid and I don't get trump either. And yes I believe hes making the world a dangerous place.

  61. And Top Tenz knows a whole lot LESS about the average American who's never traveled abroad than they think they do. This was incredibly insulting.

  62. Hey, Simon, The United States is NOT, I repeat NOT a freaking democracy! Democracy is NOTHING more than thinly veiled socialist communism! THESE United States ARE a constitutional Republic! Just because the idiot socialists in the feeaking UK FEEL that we're a gaddamned democracy does NOT mean we are anything close to that asinine political ideology!

  63. Despite having so many guns, it's worth mentioning that most Americans don't own a gun. It's also ironic that US airports don't have military police carrying machine guns, an alarming sight to many Americans traveling abroad.

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