From the politics to the food, the United States of America gives off a very strange vibe to the rest of the world. There are a lot of stereotypes associated with the States, and it can be hard to know how many of them are true.
The rest of us are completely inundated with media that is set in the US, so much so that it is weird when it turns out that the things we see in movies actually happen.
This Reddit thread asked non-American what the weirdest rumour they found out about the US that turned out to be true--check out some of the best responses below!
"That people actually get attacked by Alligators which got in their pools (specifically referring to Florida here)."
"That Dolly Parton has her own theme park in Tennessee. I thought it was a joke."
"All the food is bigger."
"I’m still not 100% sure is true so hopefully can confirm – “buoy” is pronounced “boo-ee” ?"
"Masked people come to your house, knock on your door asking for candy. Mostly it’s just packs of kids but sometimes whole families. This was my friends Halloween culture shock."
"Not exactly crazy, but I wanted to test out the stereotype that Americans will talk to anyone so I sought out a sports bar on my first visit. Ended up having a ton of really fun conversations with total strangers who I’ll never talk to ever again. It was great!"
"Surfer-dudes actually speak like that."
"I always thought that the Olive Garden in The Simpsons was just code for ‘generic restaurant’"
"I studied in Maryland for about half a year back in 2017. I’d always heard that Americans are like… super good at pie. I was pretty much all alone during thanksgiving since everyone else was with their families. One of the RAs I’d befriended knocked on my door and brought me all different kinds of pie. Dear lord, I’ve never tasted anything that delicious. From blueberry to apple to pumpkin. Every. Single. Pie. They were all amazing."
"Sports Bars are actually exactly how they’re portrayed on TV"
"Drink sizes. Holy shit.
When my family visited in 2017 we landed in Texas for a stopover. First thing I saw in the shops part of the terminal was a dude who was drinking from what looked like an actual fucking bucket – here in NZ our “large” drinks would be considered an American “small” or maybe “medium”"
"I’m from Quebec and when we went down to Boston for a school trip, I sneezed in public and heard two or three people say “bless you”. Quite a weird rumour I had heard not 2 months prior to that. I thought it was nice."
"I’m from Australia, and all my life I believed red Solo cups were like 555 area codes – a Hollywood prop. When I immigrated to the US, my MIL was making dinner and offered me iced tea in a red Solo cup.
I lost it, made everyone sign the cup. I’ve still got it."
"Biscuits and gravy is a legit thing. Also you can ride motorcycles without helmets in some states??? And your iced tea isn’t sweetened unless you ask for sweet.
Edit: nothing could have possibly prepared me for the absolute dichotomy of sweet tea vs iced tea in the comments. This is evidently very important to many"