19 Things That Don’t Exist Outside the US

19 Things That Don’t Exist Outside the US


For most of the world, Americans seem to be
exporting just about everything, from movies to McDonald’s. But if you think you can see everything American
without visiting America, think again. There’s stuff that the U.S. seems to reserve
just for itself. So let’s experiment. Let’s all pretend that we’re a first time
visitor to the US, and check out what’s really worth giving a try! 1. Spray cheese
Ah, the famous Philly cheesesteak… Getting hungry just thinking about it. But did you know they make it without even
using actual cheese? Things like Cheez Whiz or Squeeze Cheese have
a strong flavor and add delicious notes to any dish that goes well with cheese, but flavor
is basically all they have: cheese isn’t the main ingredient there. Still, they love it anyway, don’t they? 2. Doggy bags
Pets are treated very much like family members in the US, and it’s a really serious thing. You’ll hardly find a restaurant where you
won’t be offered a doggy bag at the end of your meal if you come with your pooch. And even when your furry buddy stayed at home,
if you ask your waiter for it, they’ll bring you one without a question. So here, you’ll always be able to share
the deliciousness of the moment with your four-legged friend. But in really, very few pets actually get
to eat this stuff. Their owners normally get to it first. 3. Black Friday
Although this tradition is slowly but steadily being adopted by other countries, the American
Black Friday is still a thing to behold. Most shops throw incredible discounts on almost
everything they have, and every year, people start waiting in lines long before the stores
are opened. Even more, dozens of tents are put out on
the parking lot of every Walmart on the night before Black Friday. If you want to see one, though, be careful:
the crowds are so huge, you can get yourself in a stampede. 4. Supersize
Lots of things can be said about the USA, but one thing is certain: they love a hearty
meal. Wherever you go to have a snack, be prepared
to see supersized helpings. This is mostly a fast food feature, but even
in restaurants, compared to other countries, you’ll more often than not get a dish that’s
enough to make you full halfway through. Americans seem to know about it themselves,
though: almost any restaurant will allow you to take the leftovers with you. So considerate! 5. Tipping everyone
In many countries of the world, leaving a tip to your waiter or taxi driver is a customary
thing. In the US, however, you tip basically everyone
in the service industry, be it a hairdresser or a valet. And it’s not just any amount, mind you:
the tip should always be around 15- 20% of the bill. No one will say anything to you if you leave
less, of course, but you’re sure to get a few looks from the staff. 6. Yellow school buses
Of all things American, these vehicles have become pretty much a hallmark of the United
States. No movie featuring school kids goes without
a yellow bus taking them to school. Remember Forest Gump? This color can only be seen in North America,
so it’s like a school version of the famous red London double-decker. 7. Medical advertising
A question to those who don’t live in the US: have you ever seen an ad of any medical
drug on TV or on the streets? Let me know down in the comments! Anyway, you probably haven’t because the
United States is the only country, apart from New Zealand, where drugs are freely advertised
just about anywhere. Also, drug stores have long since become much
more than just pharmacies: they sell all kinds of things there, even food. 8. Unused vacations
This is something nobody from other countries understands — at least from those with healthier
attitudes towards work. For some reason, Americans voluntarily work
more than they are required to. According to Business Insider, 169 million
days off were left unspent in the USA in 2013. That’s about half the working population
without vacation whatsoever. Yikes. 9. Surprise prices
When you’re going to a grocery store and look at price tags, you expect to pay for
exactly what it says, right? Well, not in the US. All items in stores are tagged with prices
that don’t include VAT, or value-added tax. So when you’re shopping big, make sure you
have some extra cash to spend above the price tag of your goodies, because a sales tax will
be added at checkout. 10. Imperial units
The United States is literally the only country that still hasn’t switched to the metric
system of units. While the rest of the world has 100 centimeters
in a meter and 1,000 meters in a kilometer, the US has 12 inches in a foot and 5,280 feet
in a mile. Oh, and there’s also a yard, which is 3
feet. They tried changing to metric some years ago,
but it somehow just didn’t catch on. 11. A question instead of a greeting
What do you say when you meet someone? Usually it’s some form of greeting, like
“hello” or “hi.” Well, in the US, you ask a rhetorical question
first. Really, They say “How are you?” and think
it’s perfectly okay not to receive an answer to that: they use it as a polite way to greet
someone. So when somebody in the USA asks how you’re
doing, there’s no need to go into detail about your current affairs — just say “fine. how are you?” and move on. 12. Date writing order
On the topic of unusual things in the US, Americans also have their own particular way
to indicate dates. In most countries, you go from the smallest
to the biggest, meaning from day to month to year. In some others, like Japan, it’s the exact
opposite, but still there’s clear logic. So, for example, if you’re in Europe, the
date written as 11.12.2018 will mean it’s the eleventh of December, 2018. Cross the Atlantic, however, and you’ll
have the twelfth of November, 2018. No wonder many tourists feel confused when
seeing American dates for the first time. And even for the second. 13. Patriotism
Okay, everyone loves their countries, granted. But how some Americans celebrate their homeland
could be viewed as a little over the top. Yes, you can see people with faces painted
with stars and stripes at sports events, hear some of them loudly brag about being American
in conversations, and of course, you’ll see flags. Lots of flags. But it also says something about their government’s
protection of their right to Freedom of Expression, which does not exist in many other parts of
the world. 14. Road trips
The most stereotypical American dream is a vacation on the road. While in many other places in the world, people
tend to fly or at least travel by train, Americans’ preferred type of travel is driving. It’s not unusual for a person to drive across
the whole country, East Coast to West Coast or vice versa, just for the freedom of it. No wonder 5 of the world’s longest highways
are located in the US. 15. Garbage disposal in the sink
You’ve probably seen it in the movies how kitchen scraps are disposed of right in the
sink. In fact, this thing is only typical for the
US, and no other country uses it. What’s more, most European countries have
had it banned for being, well, not exactly environmentally friendly. 16. Prom night
Prom is one of the biggest occasions in any American student’s life. Their parents can spend hundreds and even
thousands of bucks for their kids to have a prom they’d remember for the rest of their
lives. While most countries certainly have their
own dance parties for students, prom beats them all at every turn. It’s flashy, it’s posh, it’s beastly
expensive. 17. Peanut shells on the floor
No one knows why, but throwing the shell on the floor after eating a peanut is a sort
of a tradition in the US. Like anywhere else, littering is an offence,
yet peanut shells seem to be exempt from this law. You can throw them almost wherever you please
in many restaurants, or at a public event, like a baseball game. Rest assured, nobody will say anything. It’s just what people do. 18. Red Solo cups
Almost every movie featuring parties, especially those with lots of young people gathering
together, would have those red plastic cups on screen. Red Solos have become a staple in the US pop
culture, and they’re more strongly associated with American parties than pretty much anything
else. 19. Free refills
Adding to the supersized portions I mentioned earlier, the US is famous for its free drink
refills at any fast food joint. If you didn’t manage to quench your thirst
with that huge Coke, please be my guest and have another one, free of charge. By the way, Americans typically add lots of
ice in their soda cups and prefer their drinks chilly. It’s not unusual to order a Coke at a restaurant
and receive 70% ice. That’s why Americans traveling to Europe
find it surprising when waiters there bring them lukewarm drinks without any of those
refreshing cubes in the glass. Yeah, what’s up with that? Well, Bright Sider, what are things that can
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100 thoughts on “19 Things That Don’t Exist Outside the US

  1. i allways thought that the 'doggy bag' was the left overs you couldn't finish? then again, this is my thinking from 80's & very early 90's…

  2. We have "dogie bags" here in the UK but there's no pretense its for the dog. maybe it happens more in the US because the portion sizes are so much bigger

  3. The thing about the whole ice in drinks in America is that it makes more sense to do that there, sure ideally I'd like to have some ice in my Coke from Miccy D's but if I'm only getting one cup with my meal then all i can think about is all the Coke its displacing in the cup which is not a problem with unlimited refills

  4. Spray cheese🤢 i tried it once and it was nasty! And being american there are a couple of thing on here i never heard of… i guess im the odd one out and i am completely fine with that…

  5. The comments are all people from other countries saying they have that, yes you do, now. Ever think that your country has maybe become more Americanzed lol? It's not that none of these were ever true, it's that this channel uses outdated statistics and facts. This was true maybe 40-50 years ago. Ask your grand/parents how true this vid is.

  6. what about when the month is the same as the day how do u tell which one is first? example 11/11/2019. which 11 is the month or day?

  7. Britain here old chap!

    We use miles on roads and British pints for milk, for most other things we use the metric system particularly for science and technical units. Most people here do not have a problem using a mixture of imperial and metric, I'm in my 60s and I'm happy to use metric professionally but I revert to inches at home to a large degree.

    As I have worked as a sound and comms engineer all my life I come across 19 inch racks a lot, now these curious enclosures are measured in inches width wise (19" is the standard width of the equiment mounting ears that they can contain) it tends to be millimetres for depth and height is measured in U (U is derived from the word unit) which is the smallest standard height for any piece of rack mounting equipment and is the equivalent of 1.75 inches. Equipment can also be multiples of U say 2U or 4U and racks might be as small as 1 and 2U for sound equiment and up to 48U for server racks. So 3 different units of measurement for one piece of kit, it is really just historical as the standard width was set in the early days of telecommunication (I'll guess 1920s) and the 19 inch has stuck although in Europe manufacturers blurb may have it as a metric but 19" is still the most common refference. I've no doubt that Americans do the depth in inches too although every country uses U as far as I know.

    Where these things get even stranger is that the 19" width is a way of standardising these enclosures as is the U for height although depth is variable to allow manufacturers some room for design needs. However the mounting bolts for the racks come in 2 imperial sizes in the US and 2 metric sizes in Britain and other European countries.

    I only state this as an example of how you can learn to live in a world with different units, I still weigh myself in stones and my cats in killos, I think in miles on the road but metres in buildings.

    This mixing is all fine until an expensive Mars mission is lost because nobody thought to check that they were using the same units.

    Well cheerio old things!

  8. when someone says America do u think of the states under Canada and over Mexico or do u ask which America are u talking about North or South America? why do u think that when people hear someone talk about America they probably assume they are talking about the states under Canada and over Mexico?

  9. The USA is bilingual in measurement units. Many industries use metric exclusively such a pharmaceuticals, chemicals, etc. Construction tried to convert, but the costs of retooling thousands of prefabricated items was just too costly. Construction is a highly fragmented industry with thousands of suppliers, fabricators and contractors with small market areas, that coordinating such a fundamental change was impossible.

  10. Just watch an international soccer game (football to everyone but Americans) and you will see patriotic expression equal to or surpassing anything found in America.

  11. I was literally thinking to myself that he’s a liar when he said no other countries advertise medication and then he said except for New Zealand and well yeah that’s where I live

  12. I love the Bright Side videos – but this one gets my goat.

    All it does is exacerbate the commonly held view that Americans think they are the only country that exist. Not literally of course- but a hugely egocentric and somewhat narrow world view seems to be normal for the average American.

    Of course you get ice in drinks in Europe – that statement just doesn’t add up due to being inaccurate.

    Americans have a very blinkered view of the world and don’t appear in the main to be terribly worldly-wise.

    Tipping in the UK is the norm – usually at a minimum of 10% – but it is only given when service is beyond expectations.

    Waste disposal units in the kitchen were a big thing in the 70’s here in the U.K. – not so much now for environmental reasons.

    I notice not much was said about the red ‘party cups’ probably as most of the world would consider it vastly un-environmentally friendly.

    You can keep your plus size meals along with the obesity that follows.

    Supersizing EVERYTHING isn’t good, it’s wasteful, greedy, unnecessary, egotistical and a huge drain on resources, ‘excessive’ – being a perfectly apt word in many regards – something the world in general can’t or couldn’t afford to do for everyone.

    There is nothing worse than stereotypical observations and behaviours – and nothing more so than when it is perpetuated by the very country in question themselves.

    Having said all this, there are some incredibly talented people that are American or live there – there are also some incredible role models in the USA to whom I look up to.

    PS my ‘bestie’ is American, and I love him dearly. He often feels the same about these videos and Americanisms having lived in the U.K. for just over ten years.

  13. Kinda blur right over the fact half of the country can't afford a vacation or isn't allowed one. Over worked leads to over medication.

  14. Leaving peanut shells around is not an everywhere thing. It is almost exclusively in the south, or southern themed restaurants. You will be considered rude if you do that anywhere else.

  15. I once read the peanut shells on the floor had to do with cleaning the floor for wooden floors and something about the oils in the shells protecting the wood.

  16. Not sure where you researched the peanut shells on the floor/ground but that went out of acceptable fashion once we settled the Wild West & closed the last saloon. 😂🤣

  17. You realize that "a doggy bag" doesn't mean it's for the dogs right? It's a 'joke' so you don't sound cheap when you want the rest of the food you didn't comsume wrapped up to take home.

  18. This channel seems very euro standards centric, but they have an American dialect for the narrator.. What's the country origin of this channel?

  19. I am from🇧🇬 and I want to speak about the medical ads. Every single day when my dad isn't at work me have lunch together and we watch TV. Its like an unwritten law to see advert of pills for diary when you are eating.

  20. Actually, they tried using the metric system in the 70s but it became so confusing that they decided to stop.
    I remember an educational show back then that was teaching it called The Metric System.

  21. I'm from Hungary and when I moved to the US the medicine ads were (and are still ) weird to me. But unfortunately my country loves to copy other country's stuff and they manage to copy most of the times the worst thing in that culture. Now we have ads on TV for meds. If I have to ask my doctor is med XYZ is for me, than I am at the wrong doctor. I should not have to request a medicine brand to get what is the best to treat a condition or illness. The doctors should not be allowed to be bribed to favor a brand over an other even though the brand that is pushed is less effective, safe, or has more side affects compared to an other meds that was not advertised

  22. Hi
    India also has medicine advertising. For example you can find ads on YouTube for Vicks (cold and flu medicine), crocin (fever and headache medicine), muscle pain creams, etc.

  23. Surprise Prices is the most annoying thing I had to endure when I went to the US. Why cant you just include the VAT already?! So f**king annoying 😡

  24. Europe has VAT (value added tax) on nearly everything. Americans don't have to pay it. You can get it refunded. It's very high. Since it's hidden, Europeans don't know or forget they're paying it. The joke is on the European.

  25. I am 16 and lived in the U.S my whole life and the only place that I have seen peanut shells on the floor is at a country style restraunt and that's if they even offer peanuts as a snack for you to eat while you wait on your food also To Go Box I have never heard of a doggy bag unless your referring to what you pick up your dogs poo while your walking it.

  26. I like to get big meals when going out to eat, as it means that I have another meal or two for me or others instead of fixing another meal.

  27. The US, NOT America,America is the whole continent. It is so true that the name of the country is "United States OF America. People in the US should correct that mistake.

  28. Geez, you show a picture of the USA and call it North America. Canada is more than half of the continent of North America. We have many of the things you're describing. The school busses for example, have been yellow since before I was a student and I'm in my 60's now. We don't like that canned cheese though! Nasty!

  29. Yup, all Americans ask rhetorical questions and never say things like Hi or Hey, and they all eat spray cheese and supersized fast food, they all watch medical ads, and all of our floors are covered in peanut shells.

    Incredible research was done for this video.

  30. Chz wiz type products are not in other countries bcz they are filled with chemicals and ingredients known as harmful / or extremely unhealthy at best and NOT ALLOWED in other countries.

  31. This was bizarre, we beat prom lol the coming out of age and a debutante ball is probably a little bit more up market than a prom.

    You're right about the iconic buses and in Australia with certainly don't tip because the staff is paid as if it was any other profession the average wage for a waiter is about $23 an hour.
    As far as free refills in drinks wherever I've travelled in the world and certainly Australia of course you get free refills.
    As far as only in Australia I've yet to see kangaroo meat be sold anywhere else in the supermarket

  32. You idiots forgot to mention criminally expensive healthcare, unaccountable police, double standards for the rich, and our sham two party political system that is the opposite of democracy. This is the last country in the world anyone should visit for a holiday.

  33. I Always wondered about the tips… Why don't american employers just pay their employees enough? There would be no more money spent, the living of employees wouldn't depend on the behaviour of costumers and the tips would actually represent the costumers experience with the service.

  34. You really have never visited the United States Of America. Most of what you are presenting is seriously wrong and that makes me mad , yeah when Americans get angry they say MAD , please research properly before you present these facts.

  35. Black Friday is now in the UK, but it's no where near as good as the US one. Boxing day sales are the big sales here, but Amazon and many electronics stores do good deals on black friday. In the UK we are also imperial though, so that's inaccurate saying the US is the only one

  36. At about time stamp: 8min 30sec when referring to the U.S. observance of "Prom Night" are you showing students in graduation gowns graduating instead of students at a prom?!

  37. Peanut shells on the floor is slowly being phased out due to slipping hazards & lawsuits because of.
    Not to mention it's nasty AF.

  38. I'm Canadian and everything you said in this video is also in Canada the only difference is that instead of American flags everywhere it's Canadian flags Edit: so none of these things are only for the US

  39. doggy bags are not only in america i have been MANY countries and not one didnt understand or even offer a doggy bag. i am a nz citizen and we have a law prevent advertising or extortionste markups of prescription drugs (you can advertise over the counter stuf) who doesnt say how are you? as a greeting!?!!?! the dates and imperial measurements are about the only accurate thing here 🤣🤣 can i say most other countries in the commonwealth amd europ have waaaay more freedom than america!! i have always had a "garbage disposal" or insinkerator in my home. it would have to be an old house not to have one. never seen peanut shells thrown on the floor in america. ?! im unsubscribing and blocking brightside after this one cause ive never heard so many shear lies in one video

  40. I think it would have been helpful if you'd actually explained what a doggy bag is.
    And, did you know that other countries also have the Fourth of July?

  41. Most US dairy produces are so debased they are often banned in the UK and most other parts of Europe.
    It is legal to put up prices on the shelves in a shop that aren't the full price in the UK.
    In the UK we use both metric and imperial measures.
    The UK now calls Guy Fawkes or bonfire night which is about celebrating the failure to bomb Parliament in 1605 , 5/11.

  42. Buuuuuulssshit! They don't exist outside the US..until you cross into Canada. We have just about everything on here and, contrary to what people believe, we are not part of the US. Also, when I'm home to the UK (British born but Canadian raised), the first thing they ask "Are you okay?" or "You alright?" right off the bat.

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