34 Strange Habits and Traditions That Suggest the United States Is, In Fact, an Island

34 Strange Habits and Traditions That Suggest the United States Is, In Fact, an Island

From the looks of these, it seems like America is one big contrarian. It looks around at the rest of the world and thinks, “Naw, we’re gonna do things our way. Even if every country other than Liberia and Myanmar uses the metric system, we’re sticking with Imperial, baby!” (Cue the gunshot sound effect.)

ICY DRINKS are a strange concept to many outside the U.S.A. Some claim it's the expense, others say it dilutes the beverage, but more than a few cubes in a drink is an American thing. GRACKED.COM

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The culture of people openly carrying guns in public is a shocking concept to people from non-gun countries. They only ever see things like that in action movies! CRACKED.COM

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CRACKED.COM Only the U.S. has widely adopted in-sink garbage disposals. insinkerabord food waste disposer Because of how much water they use and the burden they put on sewage systems, in-sink garbage disposals are really unpopular outside the U.S. For example, nearly half of U.S. households have in-sink garbage disposals, but only 5% of U.K. ones do. They used to be banned in Japan and Australia, and still are in Austria, Portugal, and the Netherlands.

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Unlike many other countries around the world, America doesn't officially embrace the tradition of napping. It's a cultural expectation in places like Italy, Spain, Greece, the Philippines, Nigeria & others, but viewed as slacking here. CRACKED.COM

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Individually, Americans use more cocaine than any other country. The percentage of users in America is only a tenth of a percent higher than Brazil, but Americans use 36% of the world's cocaine, compared to Brazil's 18%. CRACKED.COM

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The United States is the only modern democracy to elect its president via Electoral College CRACKED COM

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America incarcerates more of its citizens than Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Switzerland combined. x 2. The U.S. incarceration rate is 698 per 100,000 people. In Finland, it's 55 per 100,000. Sweden: 57 per 100,000. Denmark: 67 per 100,000. Norway: 75 per 100,000. Switzerland: 84 per 100,000. http://www.prisonstudies.org/highest-fo-lowest/ CRACKED.COM prison_population_rate?field_region_taxonomy_tid=Al

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Portugal, Spain, and even France have higher divorce rates than the United States. Divorce rate in the U.S.: 53% France: 56% Spain: 61% Portugal: 68% CRACKED.COM http://www.therichest.com/rich-list/world/worlds-10-most-divorced-nations/

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37% of Americans skip going to the doctor or refilling prescriptions because of the cost. In Great Britain and Sweden, that number is 4-6%. $ A hip replacement costs $80,000 in the U.S. and less than $14,000 in Europe. Nexium costs $215 in the U.S. and $20-60 in Europe. http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2014/ CRACKED.COM 05/30/no-the-us-doesnt-have-the-best-health-care-system-in-the-world

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