America is weird. It’s time we all admitted it. Growing up in the U.S., you’re told again and again that you live in the greatest nation on Earth and come to think that America is the center of the world and anything non-American is weird. In reality, there are many other countries in the world and they all think we’re very strange people with a culture that rarely makes sense.
This is perfectly illustrated in a Reddit post asking people to list “the most American thing ever that if explained to a non-American might just sound crazy.” Both Americans and non-Americans chimed in via comments to talk about the many quirks of U.S. culture, from the obvious insanity of our healthcare system to our affinity for combining peanut butter and jelly in sandwich form.
As hilarious as these entries are, they’re also fairly educational no matter where you’re from. Did you know that other countries don’t care much at all about high school or even college sports? That non-Americans can buy alcohol at 18 and drink in public but can’t buy a gun at the same place they get their groceries? You do now.
Here are some of the best crazy American things: