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Things About America That Are Bizarre to Me

Bizarre: Very strange or unusual. (Oxford Dictionary)

Its been over six months since I arrived in the United States and there are many about this place that are different from what Im used to. Here are a few:

1. TIPPING

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I used to think of tipping as a reward for exceptional service. Apparently, I thought wrong, since lots of waiters/waitresses expect to be tipped regardless of the quality of service.

2. SALES TAX

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In my opinion, it doesnt make a lot of sense that the price on a price tag is hardly ever what I end up paying at the till. Wouldnt it be easier to just, I dont know, include the sales tax when calculating the price???

3. COFFEE OBSESSION

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Ive read about it, and Ive seen it on TV. But somehow, I never imagined it would be quite the same in real life. So I decided to try it myself, and guess what? I still dont get it.

4. THE SYSTEM OF MEASUREMENT

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Its going to take me awhile to get used to hearing people measure in Fahrenheits and pounds. And why are the dates written backwards?

5. ADVERTISEMENTS

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There are a lot. And what makes it weird is that a lot of them are for prescription drugs. I wont even go into details about the irony of a pain killer causing side effects like suicidal thoughts.

6. ORGANIC FOODS ARE SCARCE

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Why, though?

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

·  Almost everyone owns a car: public transport is not very effective, except in places like New York.

·  Good chocolate is hard to find.

·  Salad is served before the main course.

 

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