6 Things That Baffle Us Non-Americans


Every society has their own way of doing things. When you belong to that society you might regard these ideas as normal. It’s usually the outsiders who notice the idiosyncracies of another place.

Here are 6 things about USA that baffle the rest of us.

How American football was named

I don’t really understand how this sport is played. What I do know is that ball is usually in someone’s hand and it is not even shaped like a ball. Why is this sport not called handegg?

Ordering a large drink when there are free refills

How are there people who have not figured out that they are paying more for the same amount of soda?

Television commercials for prescription drugs

In the rest of the world doctors tell patients what drugs to take. In America, commercials suggest patients tell doctors what drugs they want to take.

Changing the spelling of words

Most English-speaking nations spell the same way. Why exactly did America want the rest of us to doubt our spelling abilities? Besidesย  a doughnut is made with dough. Donut looks really similar to ‘do not’.

Being able to buy ice cream and a gun in the same store

While it’s great to find everything you need under one roof, how could anybody think it was a good idea if children passed through the gun aisle on their way to buy a popsicle?

The government subsidises processed food rendering it cheaper than fresh food

Most governments want their people to be healthy and try to increase life expectancy. For some reason America is the only developed nation that is choosing to do the opposite.