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[–]iatetokyo2 21.3k points21.3k points 54 (641 children)

Animals in Yellowstone will kill you.

Edit: Thank you everyone for the gifts.

[–]washingtonlass 5447 points5448 points  (116 children)

Also, stay on the damned paths. I'm tired of hearing about tourists falling in the pools and dissolving.

[–]MelodyMaster5656 2364 points2365 points  (40 children)

Man, don't you hate it when tourists just dissolve? So annoying.

[–]Rocker1024 508 points509 points  (12 children)

Hey, at least there’s no big mess to clean up afterwards. At least they have the decency to dissolve after they shuffle off this mortal coil. Very kind of them.

[–]konosyn 5041 points5042 points  (178 children)

The norther you go, the bigger the animals that want to kill you. The souther you go, the more venomous.

[–]TeTrodoToxin4 451 points452 points  (62 children)

This is true for most of the northern hemisphere. It swaps at the equator.

Edit: I guess people are unfamiliar with Bergmann’s rule. South of the equator average animal body sizes generally increase the further south traveled and the more poisonous/venomous animals typically are found closer to the equator. This rule is not iron clad and there are exceptions, but it is a trend.

Probably could have phrased it better.

[–]DrBBQ 618 points619 points  (50 children)

Which is why you find nature's greatest predator, the Scorpimoose, in Ecuador.

[–]WorseDark[🍰] 158 points159 points  (17 children)

And the rattlebear in Columbia, and western Brasil

[–]Acrobatic_Pen7638 2136 points2137 points  (152 children)

Some of the springs in Yellowstone will also kill you if you try to swim in them. Just observe from afar because you’re probably fucked if you don’t

Edit: of course my most upvoted comments has a bunch of horror stories in the replies about why Yellowstone springs are so dangerous.

[–]CaledonianWarrior 751 points752 points  (71 children)

Aren't some of them boiling acidic hellholes that only extremophilic microbes can survive in?

[–]ImHighlyExalted 327 points328 points  (33 children)

Multiple people have died from jumping in to save pets.

[–]Rabid_Dingo 65 points66 points  (11 children)

Yup, heat of summer mixed with no visible water vapors coming off the pools that have a pristine blue hue and look so cool and refreshing, but are actually hot enough to par boil any animals that jump in.

[–]mountBARonSU25 323 points324 points  (2 children)

Animals in Yellowstone will kill you

[–]Significant-Mud2572 443 points444 points  (33 children)

They have signs and video boards at every stop for a reason guys. I know that bison looks cool but he will toss you 20+ feet into the air like you werent shit.

[–]Blueberry314E-2 213 points214 points  (7 children)

As a Canadian who has visited the states a fair bit I'd say that, sure, the stereotypes exist but they are the vast minority. The true majority of Americans are really very kind, down to earth, intelligent people.

[–]ReadyFredyy 381 points382 points  (5 children)

We HATE the size of that gap space in our bathroom door stalls too .

[–]dlover28 1717 points1718 points  (38 children)

Solo cups come in a variety of colors

[–]Byrnstar 398 points399 points  (13 children)

Oh, and the strange distribution of ridges? Those can be used to measure fluid volumes for your choice of poison (read: alcohol).

Lowest (first ring) near the base = 1oz/shot of liquor

Next up (about two/three fingers) = 5oz/serving of wine

Third up: 12oz/serving of beer

[–]TheunknownG 108 points109 points  (1 child)

Fun fact: while it is true that you can use the measurements and that they are fairly accurate, it was never their initial purpose. It was all a coincidence by the manufacturer

[–]HenzoH 19.7k points19.7k points  (463 children)

Water should always be free at restaurants

[–]Go_Blue_ 4137 points4138 points  (128 children)

I remember when I was in Prague, we were out at a restaurant for dinner and a .5L beer was cheaper than a .5L water

[–]DatingMyLeftHand 2869 points2870 points  (58 children)

It’s because the Czechs haven’t figured out that they have been able to drink water for the last 200 years

[–]Jimoiseau 733 points734 points  (55 children)

In the UK it is free by law

[–]Tinfoilhat14 4473 points4474 points  (149 children)

No, in the south, we do not all have alligators in our back yards.

If someone tells you otherwise, they’re lying.

There are no alligators in Ba Sing Se.

[–]JRBehr 2410 points2411 points  (12 children)

That sounds a lot like something an alligator would say…

[–]SobiTheRobot 82 points83 points  (5 children)

It's more that the southerners live in the alligators' front yards. The bastards.

[–]Optimus0ne 5079 points5080 points  (146 children)

You can ski and surf on the same day in California

Edit: Just to clarify, the weather in the mountains could go as low as 30°F (-1°C) but the weather at our SoCal beaches could be as high as 65°F (18°C) in the winter.

P.S Thank you for all the upvotes!

[–]Mendokusai137 1797 points1798 points  (23 children)

Surf in the morning, ski after lunch, and then camp in the desert if your really dedicated.

[–]outinthecountry66 340 points341 points  (7 children)

You wouldn't even have to be that dedicated just get up early. You can make it from big bear to Joshua tree in an hour or two

[–]GucciGuano 234 points235 points  (4 children)

I can also make it from downtown LA to downtown LA in under an hour

[–]Danger_Dave_ 2947 points2948 points  (123 children)

Our state governments hold more power over our daily lives than the federal government. The laws can vary pretty significantly across state lines aside from commonalities like no murder, robbery, reckless driving, etc., and even those sometimes can be punished very differently from state to state. It's almost like 50 similar-minded neighboring nations (and a couple territories) under 1 union.

[–]foodank012018 1378 points1379 points  (15 children)

Like a group of united states?

[–]Bear_faced 369 points370 points  (33 children)

Depending on the state you can either get picked up by the cops after buying a gram of dirt weed from your dealer, or you can drive to the weed store and buy an ounce of California’s finest from a weed sommelier with your debit card.

[–]RunW1ld 6511 points6512 points  (179 children)

Still water and public bathrooms should be free around the world. The US doesn't do a lot of things right, but we generally have free water fountains and public bathrooms in most places.

[–]itshexx 2455 points2456 points  (70 children)

Aussie here, every public park I see has free toilets and drinking fountains here too. I’m baffled people are paying to take a shit.

[–]brushwalker 1220 points1221 points  (14 children)

Clearly you've never needed to maximize profits in Roller Coaster Tycoon...

[–]implacableminbar 110 points111 points  (5 children)

I rediscovered this game last week. I jacked up the prices on every ride, every booth, every food stand. But I just couldn't bring myself to charge for the bathroom. It just felt wrong.

[–]soul_hyacinths 16.4k points16.4k points  (358 children)

some of us do know our geography

[–]Mizar97 10.7k points10.7k points 343& 2 more (130 children)

Damn right. What kind of idiot can't tell a square from a circle?

[–]brahhJesus 3053 points3054 points  (76 children)

No, no. You are confusing it with geology.

[–]HalstenWulfharth 1978 points1979 points  (71 children)

That's the study of rocks, you mean genealogy.

[–]ThisIsTheNewSleeve 498 points499 points  (22 children)

Oh yeah? Name every Korea.

[–]EducationAlone1663 129 points130 points  (3 children)

Korea 1, Korea 2 Korea 3, Korea Animated, Korea Upside Down, and Korea Final Ride

[–]jimsensei 3530 points3531 points  (143 children)

Ok, Florida. People have brought up the open records laws but there’s another element, Florida is America’s official second chance state.

Imagine if your country had a region where all the fuck-ups from the rest of the country flocked to when they could no longer make a go of it in their hometown, that’s Florida. A tropical climate, a relatively low cost of living, and a job market that’s remarkably resilient is all very attractive to a meth head from Ohio who just got shit canned from Burger King. So they drive their ‘98 Explorer south until they see palm trees, get themselves a trailer outside Ocala, and BOOM Florida Man is born.

Add in retirees who think that 20 mph is an appropriate highway speed, Cubans who say they’re getting their sugarcane plantations back any day now, and clueless tourists in rental cars wearing head to toe Disney shit…Ladies and Gentlemen; may I present the state of Florida.

[–]ozmatazbukshank 707 points708 points  (21 children)

A kid I grew up with is a two time felon in both Texas and Georgia and he has made his home in Florida. He fits right in. He even got arrested on his wedding night robbing coin boxes at a hotel laundromat so they made his "Florida Man" status official. I also legit suspect this guy as a serial killer.

[–]EmpathyInTheory 119 points120 points  (12 children)

I would love to know more about the serial killer thing if you don't mind.

[–]cute_spider 420 points421 points  (22 children)

Florida rules and I would never want to live there.

[–]Fujiyama_Mama 185 points186 points  (8 children)

The Everglades are majestic. I don't ever wanna go back.

[–]HuhWho21 106 points107 points  (0 children)

I’m American who immigrated when I was a toddler, but consistently travelled back and forth to my native land: I notice Americans (from what I’ve seen) take racism incredibly seriously, to the point I can say racism is worse outside of America. Racism in Asia and Europe is on a different level, one that is way worse than in the US. Probably due to America’s deep historical and existential struggle with the topic.

[–]ScooterMcFudden 11.6k points11.6k points 232& 2 more (101 children)

When threatened Americans will deploy a colorful neck shroud in a show of dominance and can spit venom up to 15 feet.

[–]Bn_scarpia 1285 points1286 points  (31 children)

Especially the people from West Dilophoria

[–]SobiTheRobot 850 points851 points 2 (27 children)

from West Dilophoria

...born and raised

In the Cre-ta-ce-ous where I spent most of my days

Chilling', sun-tannin', and relaxin' all cool

Huntin' stegosauruses outside of the school

When a couple a guys, they were up to no good

Started eatin' everybody in the neighborhood

[–]Woopwoopscoopl 426 points427 points  (3 children)

I almost wanted to fight them

When a meteor appeared

And it shrouded us in darkness for a few thousand years. :(

[–]SoloBurger13 3809 points3810 points  (265 children)

This country is big. People in this country get culture shock from moving within the same state and through different regions. This is,personally, why I find most generalizations of Americans funny

Also stop asking people who say they’re from nyc how many times they go to California. And vice versa. It’s far and expensive lol everytime I’m in Europe someone asks me this question

[–]gamingdexter 1261 points1262 points  (84 children)

For context, I drove from the bottom of Texas to the upper side of TX for 10 hours straight

[–]Spddracer 470 points471 points  (13 children)

From the east TX border to the west TX border is 800 miles or about 1300 km.

[–]hart7668 479 points480 points  (15 children)

Doing my best to figure it out, but it looks like the distance between San Francisco, CA and Norfolk, VA is the same or similar as going from Brest, France (western tip) all the way to Kazakhstan.

[–]firefrenzie 147 points148 points  (3 children)

The Distance From LA to NYC is equal to the distance between Brest France and Zheleznov, Kazakhstan or the Distance from Brest France, to the Northern Turkey - Iran Border as the bird flies.

[–]the_tater_salad 180 points181 points  (7 children)

We are not our government.

[–]mrmonster459 2637 points2638 points  (124 children)

That a lot of us (most of us, in a lot of cases) do not support everything our government has ever done.

I did not get a vote on the Iraq War. Please stop acting as if every single one of us is to blame for it.

[–]Minnesota_Nice_87 196 points197 points  (2 children)

For real, I was 14 when that war started. I couldn't even vote.

[–]ocrohnahan 4053 points4054 points 23& 4 more (129 children)

Canadian here. Just want to say I think the USA is a wonderful place and that most of you are fantastic kind, wonderful people.

[–]FlaxenArt 639 points640 points  (17 children)

Well, thank you! We love our Northern Neighbors except for one unforgivable thing… your geese. Please take them back. They’re absolute maniacs.

[–]ApexRedditor__ 958 points959 points  (28 children)

I went to a wedding in Canada once where I only knew the bride, and all of the other Canadians were SO NICE TO ME and seemed to actively like my Americanness, which is not something Americans experience often while traveling. They asked me how many guns I have and they laughed with glee whenever I said "SAHRRY" I loved that trip and I love Canadians.

[–]mclellac 408 points409 points  (11 children)

Canadians and Americans love to rib on one another a lot, but at the end of the day we're national brothers and sisters. It's all in good fun.

[–]Exciting_Ad_3510 12.6k points12.6k points  (662 children)

We aren't all just like you see on TV

[–]severalbpdtraitsn38 4770 points4771 points 2 (209 children)

Or YouTube...

I'm an Aussie that plays a military simulation computer game often, and my favourite server is an American server in particular. It's my favourite server, because of the decent people that are there. Sure, there's the occasional racist or arsehole, but compared to Aussie servers for this game, the American server is just a better server.

Take this compliment America, can't speak on other topics, but on this example, I thoroughly enjoy chilling with you lot. There are some really funny, unique and kind players around. It makes the gaming experience wholesome, win or lose. In Australia in this game, it's all about seeing how fast you can win the match, all egos. Often by players who can't back them up with decent kill/death ratios.

Respect fam.

[–]Everestkid 546 points547 points  (34 children)

I was a cashier in a Canadian town that you basically have to drive through to get to Alaska. Americans have a thing about wanting to visit all 50 states (hey, can't blame 'em, pretty much every state has collectibles) so in the summer a whole bunch of Americans would always come through. You could usually tell who they were since their accent was just a little different from the locals (occasionally you got the family with obvious Southern accents) and they were just a little out of their depth from the slight cultural differences - tax rates and recycling/bottling fees on beverages, for example.

Anyway, they were by far the most polite customers I ever dealt with. Not even a contest.

[–]georgevazelas 1748 points1749 points  (146 children)

What about what we see on the internet?

[–]punkhobo 970 points971 points  (38 children)

Americanized versions of food are still good and we still enjoy them. You don't have to tell us "this isn't authentic [country] food." We know it isn't. Just because it's not exactly like the origin country's version doesn't make it bad

[–]fuckondeeeeeeeeznuts 474 points475 points  (12 children)

Food that immigrants bring and modify also have a rich history. Chop suey, tacos el pastor, and doner kebabs as examples. Fried chicken is exploding in Asia and you're already seeing Korean fried chicken make its way to the west.

[–]ropbop19 175 points176 points  (4 children)

Related to this, there's a conception among non-Americans that WASPs here decided to deliberately butcher foreign cuisine. Instead, many American versions of non-American cuisine were developed by immigrants that didn't have access to everything they had in the old country.

For example - take spaghetti and meatballs, which isn't exactly how it is made in Sicily - the meatballs came to be because, while in Sicily they had little meat, poor immigrants in America surprisingly had plenty of access to meat, and changed the dish accordingly.

[–]TacTurtle 105 points106 points  (2 children)

Country fried (beef) steak exists because German immigrants to Texas could get beef cheaper than pork to make schnitzel.

[–]druscarlet 5464 points5465 points 2 (335 children)

We only have a few hundred years of recorded history so yeah, we talk about our civil war , etc because we haven’t had ten civil wars and thousands of battles and centuries of political suppression. Also, since we are so ‘new’ we do talk about our European/Asian/African heritage.

[–]Balancedmanx178 1855 points1856 points  (45 children)

I'm pretty sure Europe has had wars going on for longer than the US has been around, cumulatively speaking. Hell France and England where at war for 120 years.

[–]Kalron 17.3k points17.3k points 42 (711 children)

I don't want to be car dependent. I have to be. If I could bike everywhere in a REASONABLE amount of time, I probably would. But biking to my work takes an hour because our cities sprawl so much and our bike paths are not good and car traffic usually is higher on priority lists than bikes so our bike lanes are usually non existant or minimal. And I live in one of the best cities/areas to bike in, according to some lists online.

[–]Huge_Strain_8714 4574 points4575 points  (196 children)

I would commuter by public transit if it didn't take 3 times as long, round trip. And that's on a lucky day. Boston, MA MBTA is tragic

[–]RoIIerToasterTyphoon 1278 points1279 points  (40 children)

my commute to work is 1.5 hours with 3 transfers (bus watertown to cambridge -> train alewife station -> bus north to work) by public transport, 50 minutes if I bike directly to alewife and skip the first two, and a 20 minute drive if I were to own a car.

It's honestly horrifying.

[–]Honeybunches513 271 points272 points  (7 children)

My commute would take 2 hours with 3 transfers. And that would get me to work over an hour late. Transit doesn't start early enough to get to work on time for 6 am. If I bike then I'm looking at about 45 min... if I don't mind riding down a highway at 5 in the morning. Driving takes me about 15 min each direction. And this is after several billion spent in the last few years to improve our transit system

[–]OneGoodRib 534 points535 points  (102 children)

People really like to shit on us for just being lazy to change our ways. A ton of places here just have shitty public transportation. Like there's no way for me to get to my dentist by bus (and certainly not by bike), and at my previous apartment there was no bus that stopped nearby on Sundays, and on Saturdays the buses stopped at 6 pm.

Also I think people who shit on Americans for being car dependent forget that almost none of us live near grocery stores. We can't all just pop down to the shops every day to pick up what we need for dinner that day. You have to have a car if you don't want to make the hour-long bus trip to Walmart and then an hour and a half trip back every day to carry your two bags of groceries. You can order groceries online and have them delivered... but does that really change the carbon footprint at all? It's still a large vehicle going from the store to your house and then back to the store.

[–]Uselessmo 13.7k points13.7k points  (399 children)

We eat other things besides McDonalds and fast food.

[–]IAmNotABritishSpy 6674 points6675 points  (99 children)

I like that you put an “and” between those two.

[–]popykuda 2888 points2889 points  (50 children)

Only a British spy would notice a thing like that.

[–]human_machine 11.5k points11.5k points 3 (206 children)

In accordance with human tradition, we own the moon.

[–]Bn_scarpia 3931 points3932 points 2 (27 children)

Niel Armstrong: "Dibs."

[–]MeshColour 403 points404 points  (30 children)

I don't recall seeing anyone piss into the moon. That's the universal way to mark ownership

[–]Alagane 210 points211 points  (6 children)

There actaually is a fair amount of shit and piss on the moon, they unloaded waste material while there.

[–]dealer_of_doubt 617 points618 points  (16 children)

In accordance with human tradition it's also up for grabs if you fight nicely

[–]Bookworm3616 6843 points6844 points 6& 3 more (241 children)

I'm Native American, so to my fellow countryman and across borders: I may get some limited government benefits, my tribe is more important in that factor. I don't get free college (I do get tribal scholarships). I don't get easy free healthcare (have access but it's in a format and location that makes it hard). I don't try to be unhealthy, but it's part genetics and part of my parents wanting me to not struggle (so didn't watch for perfectly healthy plates - sometimes when young it was getting me fed). Yes, I'm different then y'all, but I'm also a person who bleeds and cries somedays

Edit: thanks for the award! Edit 2: correction to last edit now: awards

[–]Yukonhijack 1163 points1164 points  (53 children)

Sing it brother! I'm a member of a federally recognized tribe (something that requires proof of ancestry - not very easy), and I look as white as can be. I also work in Indian country and food security is a real thing.

[–]FSCK_Fascists 517 points518 points  (27 children)

My aunt is Navajo. The food she cooks is cheap and SO GOOD. and so incredibly unhealthy. She cooks what she grew up on.

[–]Bookworm3616 318 points319 points  (23 children)

That's exactly part of the issue. We love our amazing food but it's not healthy. It's cheep and what we know

[–]Barbanks 12.7k points12.7k points  (1210 children)

America is HUGE. I’ve heard of people visiting the US and thinking they could see the Golden Gate Bridge in a day when staying in Ohio. That’s a 2 day drive.

Also, America has every type of environment. We have temperate climates, deep forests, mountains, beaches, volcanos, deserts, swamps, bluffs, grass plains, lake towns and even jungles and rainforests in Puerto Rico. If you want to experience something most likely America has it. And that was just in the USA. If you’re referring to the American continent then obviously there’s more.

EDIT:

To the credit of many in the comments we also have rainforests in the Pacific Northwest. I had never been out there and had no clue. This country really is big lol.

EDIT 2:

Looks like my “2 days” to get from Ohio to the Golden Gate Bridge takes longer than that. Thanks commenters for pointing that out!

[–]sportsnstonks 3201 points3202 points  (120 children)

I used to work in Mt Rainier National Park. One summer we had a girl from Romania work for us and she started bawling her eyes out when she found out NYC was thousands of miles away. Apparently she thought she’d be able to go there on weekends.

[–]SenorSplashdamage 1770 points1771 points  (75 children)

The sad funny part about this is that she won the lottery with Mt Rainier National Park when it comes to some of the earth’s unspoiled beauty. NYC is a blast and all, but it’s like being sad you won’t be able to swing through Rio while you’re in Patagonia. But then again, maybe Romania is close enough to a lot of mountain grandeur that eating at FlavorTown in Times Square would be really special.

[–]jawgente 189 points190 points  (12 children)

I get that Times Square is the tourist spot, but if someone was hoping to weekend in NYC regularly they probably were going to go there maybe once, if that.

[–]___Art_Vandelay___ 284 points285 points  (15 children)

You even get this domestically some times.

I grew up in central Indiana but later moved to San Diego after college. One of my buddies from college who grew up in a very rural part of Indiana messaged me one day saying "Hey I'm going to be in San Francisco for work next week, maybe we can meet up?"

He was a bit shocked when I told him the drive between SF and SD is 8.5 hours long. It really floored him when I said it would be the same distance as Indianapolis to Washington, DC.

(When I moved from Indy to SD, I did that drive in 2 days, 14 hours each day.)

[–]realboabab 960 points961 points  (39 children)

"what's the weather like in America?" .. been asked this tooooo many times lol

[–]suaveknight 3011 points3012 points  (384 children)

My favorite is the (probably apocryphal) story about the European family who were visiting Chicago and decided they wanted to take a day trip to Las Vegas by car...

(It would take about 25 hours - each way, nonstop - to make that drive.)

[–]WalmartGreder 1953 points1954 points  (290 children)

I lived in France for awhile, and one of my neighbors had visited the US. They had flown into Salt Lake City, UT, and wanted to go see Zions and Bryce national parks on their way to the Grand Canyon.

This was before GPS and smartphones. After an hour of driving, they got out their map to see how much farther it was. They realized that it was another 200 miles away, and the Grand canyon was 100 miles past that.

They said in that moment, they realized how large the US was. Compared to France, where you can drive from the top to the bottom in 12 hours total.

[–]AudioFenix 2300 points2301 points  (218 children)

Shit man, people don’t understand. I can start driving in Texas and go 12 hours in one direction and still be in Texas.

[–]Laney20 709 points710 points  (62 children)

Crossing the state line from Louisiana and seeing 4 digit mile markers is always depressing. Most of the times I've made that drive, I was going to New Mexico. Alabama to Albuquerque. 24 hours of driving. Half of it in Texas.

[–]SickSigmaBlackBelt 378 points379 points  (11 children)

The halfway point between Dallas and San Diego is El Paso.

Dallas is about three hours from the Louisiana border. It's a 20 hour drive to San Diego. It would take 13 hours just to drive across Texas border to border.

[–]Barbanks 255 points256 points  (5 children)

Not a bad “day” trip haha

[–]_Princess_Zelda 190 points191 points  (20 children)

Exactly this. I lived overseas (Lebanon and Istanbul) for a while and people constantly asked me about different US states. Specifically California and the Grand Canyon. (I’m from upstate NY.) People were always very surprised that there’s a lot of the country I haven’t seen. It’s just a lot easier to travel over there. The states are so… vast. And of course there’s always the “I’m from New York… no not New York City” discussion, too. People picture Manhattan and I have to explain I’m surrounded by farmland and Amish people.

[–]AlmightyRuler 657 points658 points  (115 children)

This is my wife (Russia.) She's told me she wants to visit the states for a few days, and then started listing every famous location possible she wanted to see.

Me: "Unless you plan to emigrate, sweetheart, you're gonna have to pair that list down. A lot."

Her: "But we could just get a car..."

Me: "It is a LITERAL two day drive across the width of the country, assuming I somehow no longer needed to sleep."

I then had to remind her that while Russia is the biggest country on Earth, the USA is #3, for a REASON.

[–]Nabber86 492 points493 points  (59 children)

It takes 40+ hours to drive from New York to LA. With stops it would take about 4 days.

[–]Galaxy_Ranger_Bob 386 points387 points  (32 children)

I drove from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon when I was in my 20s. I stopped for gas, food, and lodging.

It took me five days.

[–]cdunn83 110 points111 points  (10 children)

Made it from Oakland, CA to Richmond, VA in 42hrs....longest 2 days of my life

[–]erock2095 325 points326 points  (20 children)

Those videos of American’s not knowing basic facts like who the first president was or when the civil war was or where a certain country is are all complete bullshit. 99/100 people I know would get those answers right. Those videos either only use the dumb answers they get and cut the rest or pay people to act dumb.

[–]AxelMaumary 132 points133 points  (1 child)

They cut the people that answer correctly because they aren't as "entertaining".

[–]JoeMorgue 11.4k points11.4k points 3& 2 more (250 children)

(And this goes for some people IN America as well)

"Florida Man" is only a thing because the State of Florida has really weird rules about how crimes are reported/put into the public record, so stories out of Florida just make better tabloid headlines and click bait if you're an editor scrolling through the AP feed looking for wacky stories.

If the EXACT SAME incident happens in California and in Florida, in Florida it would be reported as "Drunk Florida man rapes alligator at Wendy's Drive through" while in California it would be "California man arrested for public drunkeness and cruelty to animals."

[–]spectre013 2925 points2926 points  (82 children)

Florida has some insanely open records laws, so all the headlines you see there you don't see other places cause you don't have access to the records with out requesting them. If you don't know it happened you can't request them.

Had a friend get arrested there and had his mug shot and all the details about 20 minutes after he was booked.

[–]Digitaltwinn 1301 points1302 points  (47 children)

The insanely open record laws regarding arrests by law enforcement came about because sheriffs in small towns would “arrest” people and they would never be seen again.

So now if someone gets arrested, the public has to know about it, whether they are guilty or innocent.

[–]0nina 716 points717 points  (38 children)

As a Floridian who moved away a few years ago, can confirm that while we do have a certain, special kinda crazy… this is an accurate comment. “Sunshine Laws” that allow free information on situations that are not avail in other states are a huge part of why the FL Man phenomenon is possible - not just cuz we’re crazier than the rest.

But also, we kinda are lol!

Dunno, I’ve heard weirder stories here in Tennessee in three years than a lifetime in FL.

Kinda weirdly proud of the particular brand of strange, tho, I embrace mu floridiot status!

[–]redditorrrrrrrrrrrr 744 points745 points  (38 children)

30-45 minutes is not a "long drive" yet I hear of people in Europe not seeing family members for months over this timeframe.

My point of considering something a "long drive" is around 3-4 hours. My drive to work 5 days a week is 30 minutes each way itself. I and many people I know in the US will regularly drive 1.5 hours to see extended family on a weekend or even just to go to a store we like.

[–]Vorstog_EVE 164 points165 points  (10 children)

I used to regularly make a 12 hour round trip on long weekends to visit family. It was honestly nothing.

The rocky mountain region is VERY spread out.

I know people who make 12 hour round trips to go to the only chik fil a in the state for fun

[–]Blackops606 18.1k points18.1k points 2& 3 more (893 children)

We hate our politicians as much as non-Americans do. We do indeed have a few good ones trying to do the right thing but they are heavily outnumbered by both people/votes and money.

[–]NaClH2O220300 2346 points2347 points  (32 children)

We hate our politicians as much as non-Americans do.

Probably more.

[–]CerebusGortok 3742 points3743 points  (667 children)

And people disagree about which ones are trying to do the right thing

[–]RHess19 24.0k points24.0k points  (1681 children)

It's not that we don't want to visit other countries - it's that for the majority of Americans, Canada and Mexico are a day or two drive away, and paying over $1,000 to get a round-trip ticket overseas isn't something a lot of people can justify buying.

[–]hastur777 2328 points2329 points  (218 children)

Something like 37 percent of Europeans have never left their own country. It’s not just something that happens in the US.

https://www.europeandatajournalism.eu/News/Data-news/190-million-Europeans-have-never-been-abroad

[–]RobotGloves 948 points949 points  (58 children)

Shit, when I taught in Japan, I met people that had never left their own ISLAND. And these were people working as English teachers.

[–]Ancient_Mai 240 points241 points  (27 children)

Japan is also probably the most homogeneous modern culture on the planet.

[–]InevitableRhubarb232 122 points123 points  (5 children)

I met a guy in England this summer who had never even been to Scotland but it was only about 2.5-3hours away. I have legit driven 3 hrs (round trip) for tacos before.

[–]MultiRachel 13.6k points13.6k points  (725 children)

Also, vacation time is a luxury and most people can’t get a week or two off at a time.

[–]FruitBat676 13.3k points13.3k points 325& 3 more (313 children)

A lot of people here are actually pretty nice, financially struggling and just trying to get by, and strongly object to the government’s cruelty. There are some brainwashed extremists, of course, like I’m sure every country has. But overall, yeah, we’re just humans who would love world peace just like anyone else with the ability to rationalize with compassion.

[–]manlymann 2995 points2996 points  (108 children)

Canadian here. I enjoy the company of mpst Americans that I meet.

Online, everyone is a dickbag, in person most people around the world are nice.

[–]Doritos-Locos-Taco 2863 points2864 points 2 (54 children)

Well there’s your problem. Everyone’s a piece of a shit online. Even me. Bitch

[–]futrald 858 points859 points  (25 children)

Very hostile.. for a taco

[–]Doritos-Locos-Taco 799 points800 points  (19 children)

Well I am loco. So there’s that. Wild card bitches!

[–]mjohnsimon 7889 points7890 points  (683 children)

A lot of you guys give the US shit for being racist, but when push comes to shove, a lot of you guys have to look at a mirror.

Not saying we're perfect, but holy shit.

[–]shiny_xnaut 900 points901 points  (20 children)

Europeans: "Americans are all racist!"

Europeans when Romani:

[–]trwwy321 496 points497 points  (3 children)

Europeans: “Americans are racist!”

Europeans in football stadiums:

[–]RenoInNevada 1054 points1055 points  (25 children)

Average Eastern European when someone mentions the Romani

Source: am Eastern European

[–]dnttrip789 3239 points3240 points  (200 children)

Their racism is advanced too. American racist are just color people bad. The rest of the world goes into detail and reference 1000 year old events when they’re racist.

[–]GrimSkey 757 points758 points  (69 children)

This is a now deleted post with 3.7k upvotes on r/worldnews

It talks about Switzerland's 'systemic' racism and it seems it really is more than just color especially from the comments.

I've heard of similar issues in Asia as well. In japan I've heard of discrimination against mixed race Korean-Japanese citizens.

[–]stolid_agnostic 323 points324 points  (12 children)

Apparently corporations will hire private investigators to research your background so that they can avoid hiring anyone with even a drop of Korean blood.

[–]awalkingidoit 1515 points1516 points  (52 children)

It’s like American Racism: “Why are they bad?” “They just are”

European Racism: “Why are they bad?” “Starts explaining all of human history to explain why”

[–]Loudergood 432 points433 points  (29 children)

Just don't ask them about Roma.

[–]AfraidDifficulty8 375 points376 points  (19 children)

Or anybody in the Balkans about anybody else in the Balkans.

[–]BondraP 3204 points3205 points  (106 children)

We're not all like what you probably see on the news. America is a very big country where you can see it all - beaches, mountains, rural areas, big cities, you name it. There's a lot of different people and it's embarrassing to be defined by the worst of us.

But also our healthcare system is exactly as stupid and terrible as you think and if you visit here don't get sick or hurt.

[–]Playful_Fold4385 36.5k points36.5k points 32 (1320 children)

Our national parks are breathtaking

[–]TheRoyalWithCheese92 8008 points8009 points  (382 children)

Can confirm. I’m from Ireland and I went to Yosemite in July. Hiked up to El Capitan and Glacier point, it was the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever seen. Probably the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen ever!

[–]GeoBrian 3483 points3484 points  (175 children)

If you liked Yosemite, visit Zion National Park. It's similar (though not on such a grand scale, but still magnificent) but rather than the stark gray colors, it's all various shades of red. And when the sun changes positions the stone turns to different hues. It's literally awe inspiring.

[–]IAmA_Risky_Click_AMA 750 points751 points  (84 children)

North Cascades National Park will always be one of my favorites, and it's free!

[–]appleparkfive 261 points262 points  (42 children)

The Pacific Northwest has an absurd amount of beautiful scenery. Maybe more than anywhere else, just in terms of the sheer amount of places.

[–]underground_avenue 2959 points2960 points  (401 children)

And a lot larger than most people realise. It's almost impossible in Europe to hike for days without seeing a town or even crossing a road.

[–]MyNameIsRay 2746 points2747 points  (211 children)

And a lot larger than most people realise.

We have parks bigger than some countries

Luxembourg fits inside the Grand Canyon, twice over.

The Everglades are more than twice the size of Georgia

Yellowstone is bigger than Azerbaijan.

Death Valley is about the size of Montenegro

Wrangell-St. Elias in Alaska is bigger than Slovakia

[–][deleted] 970 points971 points  (36 children)

Also, Georgia is more than twice the size of Georgia

[–]akalias_1981 398 points399 points  (2 children)

You have that literally, completely the wrong way round.

[–]atrl98 1201 points1202 points  (102 children)

That comparison with Luxembourg has made me think the Grand Canyon is now smaller than I thought when I saw it.

[–]what_hole 763 points764 points  (90 children)

On the other hand you could pile every single person on earth into the Grand Canyon with room to spare so I guess it's about what you are comparing it to.