31 Things That Confuse and Enrage American Citizens Abroad

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31 Things That Confuse and Enrage American Citizens Abroad

On top of all them pesky language barriers, you tellin’ us we got all these new rules to follow too?! The Aussies have like six different words for swimwear, the French are eating burgers with a knife and a fork and the Brits keep giving us a backwards peace sign! Hey, wait a minute… Oh that’s just rude!

The Maasai CRACKED.COM For the Maasai people of Africa, cow's milk is a staple of their diet, as well as the cow's blood. Before you criticize it, remember how much Four Loko you drank in college and ask yourself which one is healthier.

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People outside the U.S. think it's crazy that Americans have to file their own taxes. OPOL Many non-U.S. countries have taxes prepared by their revenue agency. For example, in Japan you get a postcard with your earnings and taxes owed and withheld. You only have to reply if there is a problem. CRACKED.COM

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PLANNING A SHOWER? YOU'RE PROBABLY FROM THE UNITED STATES. BABY SHOWERS ARE PRIMARILY AN AMERICAN TRADITION. IN MOST OTHER CULTURES, IT IS CONSIDERED BAD LUCK TO CELEBRATE A NEW BABY BEFORE НЕ OR SHE IS BORN. CRACKED.COM

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GRACKED.COM In the U.K., you all right? is a greeting rather than a question. You typically respond with the same greeting in return. However, in America, answer the question! When asking someone you all right? they are genuinely asking how you are doing or feeling.

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Ethiopia follows a calendar that is seven years behind WED the rest of the ZZ au world. GILL 14 NOW 1 CRACKED.COM

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GRACKED.COM In some Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand and Indonesia, this thing is used to hold toilet paper. However, you are more likely to find such items on the dining table than in a toilet. There, it is perfectly acceptable to use toilet paper as a napkin.

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In Australia and New Zealand, you will be understood if you order a hamburger with the works (or the lot), but make sure you understand you're asking for a burger with a chili-mayo spread, pineapple rings, bacon, fried egg, and beetroot (a thick slice of pickled beet). CRACKED.COM

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As an American, It's not, at you could mistake least not in this gesture for a Britain and peace sign. Australia. If the palm is facing inward, it means up yours. Yup, that's Winston Churchill flipping you off. CRACKED.COM

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