It's time to revisit one of our favorite topics: the many things that surprise foreigners the most about the good ole' US of A. This handy Reddit thread asked people from other places (ew!) as well as well-traveled patriots to share the things that would "shock non-Americans" but wouldn't cause a "second thought" in the best country in the world.


In a country where Florida News is an established trope, it takes quite an unbelievable story about the homeland to surprise an American. It takes considerably less for a foreigner.

1. Let's start with a rather positive note about Yankees, from citizen_coping. There will not be many more.

Opening up a conversation with random people out of the blue. Every European I've met is surprised how Americans are so quick to tell them everything about themselves... Europeans seem to be much more reserved in conversing with strangers.

Although this comment was perhaps shared by an American, other redditors from around the world were quick to agree. Such as Dirtface1:

Yup visited the US a while back, loved this about them. The Americans are one of the friendliest people I have ever met.