1. Man I hate that all the stores in my country do Black Friday now. I was working in a music store about 5-6 years ago and we didnt do black friday because nobody in Ireland had really picked it up yet, this fucking guy comes in, picks up a banjo and spends 45 mins talking with me about it and at the end of it all says "so its 50% off right? Its Black Friday". When I bewilderedly said "no...", he handed it back to me and said "oh ok, bye".

  2. Yes but also no. Companies try to hype it up loads here (UK) hoping people will go in for the deals like they do in the US but at the same time they only offer shitty deals like 5% off. So people don't really give a shit. Yes technically it is a thing but it's also really not.

  3. It was introduced in the UK around ten years ago but I don't feel like it's really taken off (although it did initially). Largely because the sales don't actually seem to be that good...

  4. It used to be popular in my country too, I live in South America. It only stopped being popular when economy got bad and it became too expensive so people considered it a luxury. We don't call it SPAM though since we used to have other brands. I kind of miss it, to be fair. I have fond memories of eating it as a child.

  5. Hendrix with a Fender playing the Star Spandled Banner at Woodstock? That's the most American thing that has ever been done.

  6. Talkmbout dangol cars too man whys it always gotta be bout dangol Hank’n his propane and dangol Hanks kid to man, yo, talkm bout Hank always say man dangol “That boy aint ignt” man I dunno I think hes dangol fine man, yo.

  7. We still use metric and imperial in the UK for everything. It can be annoying at times because you can buy curtains, blinds, picture frames etc. and the measurements will either be inches or centimetres, so when you take your measurements you need to take both so you don't need to use conversion calculators for accuracy.

  8. I have friends who've been abroad who have seen them for sale. They don't call them "solo" cups as Solo is a brand. They call them "American party cups" and a lot of the ones sold are meant to be reused.

  9. A friend of mine who studied in NZ told me about that. He said when he’d come home on break he would buy enough to fill a suitcase for when he went back to school and sell the cups at $5 a pop. He pretty much paid for his plane ticket since he would sell out so quick. People would wash and reuse them as long as they could since they were such a hot commodity.

  10. Last time I went to the us I saw people drinking from them at parties. I was amused that it wasn't a movie thing but an actual product that was widely used. Going to the US is basically living in a movie.

  11. I introduced jello shots to some Germans in a village in west Germany. A major I worked with had a party and invited his neighbors and us, his squadron, to come over for the evening. Big bbq, a lot of fun, and a LOT of jello shots. They'd never heard or imagined them before. Lol.

  12. I always think of the Civilization game quote, "Our people are now buying your blue jeans and listening to your pop music".

  13. Denim originated in France, but the metal rivets (from Jacob Davis) and blue colour (he and Levi Strauss decided on it based on flowers on Nevada) were actually American.

  14. In Catalan (an Iberian language that looks like the language baby of French and Spanish), jeans are called 'els texans'.

  15. Really? I would never have guessed it was perceived as an American thing. Here in Serbia proms have quite a long tradition and have existed in communist times and even before. Granted, they are not quite exactly like the American ones, but they do resemble. Proms in the old days were formal balls with banquets, but as more people had the chance to go to school at all they became a bit more casual, but still very formal.

  16. Same with Halloween. I see kids getting around every year now, but nobody has any idea about the actual tradition or facts behind the holiday, it's just because of US television.

  17. It's actually the other way round. The origin of proms is ballhouse culture in old European monarchies. Here in Austria there is a ball for everything including schools. But this stems from the Habsburg monarchy, not from America.

  18. In Poland we have a thing called "studniówka" and it's a special party 100 days before last highschool exams, but it's definitely not inspired by prom, it's our own version 😊

  19. I live in Australia and we generally call it a formal and someone usually hosts an after party. However, I lived in a small town in QLD for a few years where they do a huge prom because they had a lot of Americans there for work (apparently. That’s the story I was told). They shut down the Main Street and nearly everyone in town goes along to watch. I thought it was really sweet when I went with my friend to watch her children.

  20. I think most countries have proms, it's just the US that calls it a prom. I think you'll find most countries around the world have graduation nights, farewell nights, end of school nights, etc. typically with food and dancing for the graduating students only. I only know of the US that calls it a prom and also has prom king and queen—whicb is apparently a big deal for some unknown reason.

  21. Seriously, we'd all be paying $10/ month for GPS when we need to travel and cancelling it immediately after to save money when we don't really need it.

  22. Another thing that is free that no one realizes, is weather reporting. All news stations get their data from the gov for free. There are companies like AccuWeather who are trying to pass laws to stop the gov from doing that so they can profit.

  23. GPS is proof of of the need of government entities to work on projects that don't immediately produce quartly profits. it took 50 years to develop it. no individual company would have taken a loss for so many decades such a risk.

  24. National parks. It was started in America by future Republican president Theodore Roosevelt and quickly it became a world wide practice.

  25. I think most people here are missing the mark. Many mass-produced items, especially foods, wouldn't exist or be popular without the US. Coke, ketchup, chewing-gum, burgers...

  26. I work at a haunted house during October. I love it so much. This year is a Coraline theme. I'm doing "Coraline if she didn't escape the other world", so I'll have buttons over my eyes (latex), needle and thread, buttons, fake blood running down my face, everything.

  27. My grandfather was stationed in Spain in the 50s and all the air force families decided to celebrate Halloween one year and the word among the locals was "These rich Americans come to our town and send their kids out to beg for food"

  28. Isn’t this really an Irish thing though, considering Halloween is based off Samhain? Then again maybe America popularised the current traditions that we associate with Halloween, in which case let me know if I’m mistaken and/or that’s what the commenter above was implying.

  29. Been living in Europe for almost a year and I freaking love trying the different options in McDonalds' here when I travel to different countries. Yes I am basic, and I have no shame about it.

  30. I mean… Superheroes are just the American version of superhuman fiction. Call them gods or living legends or just magical beings, every culture has its own version.

  31. Fun fact I learned this weekend from a 70 year old comic book artist and one of the Comic-con founders - Comics as we know them today were actually created by the NYC mob as a way to addict kids.

  32. It's still strange to me how the whole superhero thing was "for nerds and children" all the way up until the 2000's with the occasional Batman film before that still passing for being cool (even though today they aren't). Maybe they just make for great stories. Or maybe deep down we all wish we could be the hero (or the villain).

  33. Rock n Roll too. Most modern music wouldn’t be a thing (or at least would be drastically different) without the US.

  34. Yeah, and right and/or wrong, the US forcing Japan to open its borders and everything that followed after that changed Japan from a very isolationist nation that didn't talk or trade to anyone with the exception of a few nations, to one that focuses on exporting culture on a scale that almost rivals Hollywood between anime, video games, and film.

  35. osamu tezuka, who is credited widely as the father of manga, was largely inspired by disney, so while it's probably inevitable that anime and manga would still exist, they would probably be somewhat different and maybe not as popular as they are since, if disney hadn't inspired him, his cartoons would have been different and maybe wouldn't have appealed to people as much as they did and became so successful. there are plenty of countries with their own cartoons that are not nearly as globally appealing as anime and pretty much only have a market inside of their own country, and japan could have been one of them.

  36. Iceland doesn't have a military, but we depend on the US in case we need it (hell yeah, NATO). During the cold war, there was a lot of American military in Iceland, since it's in the middle of the Atlantic, almost a perfect middle point between the US and the Soviet. We've definitely been influenced by America. In I believe the 70s we finally realized that we have an old, precious culture that's dying from American and other influences. We have a committee that controls what you're allowed to name your child because Icelandic names were going away. Another committee comes up with new, Icelandic words for new things to avoid taking English loanwords. We don't have a telephone, we have a sími! (Sími is an old word for string, referring to the wire on telephones back in the day). Not all of these names catch on though, although sometimes it just takes a bit of time. I used to say "screenshot" all the time but it's way more common now to say "skjáskot" (literally translates to screen shot lol). Despite these interventions, certain English words don't seem to want to go away. I swear about half of any conversation with my siblings is in English, hell I probably have some screenshots of proof. It's a bit sad, my parents are constantly using Icelandic words that I just don't understand, and they seem just a little bit disappointed every time.

  37. I actually listened to a radio documentary a number of years ago. The use of “ok” is one thing that can be found in almost every single language on the planet according to that doc.

  38. That's so true. I used to date this Ukrainian girl way back. Whenever she was on the phone with her mother they only spoke in Russian so it was blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah....ok.....ok. ok......ok...cool....ok...blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

  39. Halloween. I am from India, which has no connection whatsoever to Halloween, and yet due to US media consumption, Halloween has become a thing here.

  40. Honestly? A lot of stuff. American culture has become so widely accepted and ingrained in the zeitgeist of other nations that many people no longer even identify American cultural paradigms as distinct from their own. Things like Jazz, Burgers, Hip Hop, Basketball and Rock & Roll can now be found the world over. Hell, even some things that didn't even originate in America are identified more with their American version than they are with their original format. When most people picture Halloween, they're thinking of the version of it that they've seen in American TV shows and movies. Most places you go in the world, if you mention pizza people are gonna think about the thick crust style that Italian Americans created in lower Manhattan, not the Neopolitan original served with a knife and fork. American culture is everywhere, and it has been for so long at this point that people often don't even see it anymore.

  41. I’m Belgian. I’ve been travelling in California in 2019. I had a strange feeling of « déjà vu » while driving in LA even if it was my first time there. Thx to movies and series

  42. We're living in the era of the American empire. English is the defacto international language. American culture has permeated nearly every corner of the world in a lot of ways. The USD is the defacto international currency. It's crazy when you think about it. The US is kinda like a modern Roman empire of sorts.

  43. Odd coincidence, just sorting through some of my Dad's old boxes and came across one with his Moon landing memorabilia, magazines and such. We are not American so it is interesting that he somehow got ahold of and kept this collection.

  44. You gotta get the hidden valley packets and make it fresh with buttermilk and mayonnaise. So much better than the store bought goop in a bottle

  45. The Irish. Since we emigrated in the 1800s, all of the big American celebrities say “I’ve got Irish roots” and it’s attracted attention to that little Green island that isn’t part of England. Particularly the west coast of Ireland.

  46. John F Kennedy was the both the first Catholic President and also the first American President of Irish descent. The Irish wasn't as big a deal as being catholic. There were a lot of people that were against him simply because he was catholic.

  47. Now I know that sitcoms aren’t inherent to the US and that some of the best examples come from all over. That said, the popularity of the tv sitcom has American roots.

  48. cars. sure they were invented in germany, but they were extremely expensive until assembly lines became a thing. if im wrong please, as always correct me

  49. Car CULTURE is a US invention. We have the largest unrestricted travel of any nation, Americans drive more miles than anyone. Most Europeans can't appreciate how open and vast our spaces are.

  50. I'd say cars. Yes cars were being invented and stuff at the same time in other countries, but the mass production and building cities for the car really took off in the US and other countries adopted the style.

  51. The moving assembly line is what Ford created, in turn, giving automobiles to the masses. The first automobile was created by two Germans 11 years before Ford even made his first.

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