People Outside the US Think All Americans Own These Home Items

Shannon Quinn - November 22, 2022
American grocery stores sell a variety of pickles. Credit: Shutterstock


Pickles can be found all over the world, especially a variety of pickled vegetables. However, here in the US, when we say “pickles”, we’re talking about pickled cucumbers. It’s true that they are very commonly eaten by Americans. We have them on our sandwiches, burgers, and on the side of a meal. A lot of people like to eat pickles by themselves as a snack- especially spears of dill pickles. And when you go to the grocery store, you’ll see that there is a huge section devoted to pickles and relishes of varying sweetness and heat levels. When I was dating an Indian guy, I was shocked to find out that he had never tasted a pickle before in his life. (via Zippia)

Red solo cups are an iconic American party staple. Credit: Shutterstock

Solo Cups

Years ago, solo cups got brought up in conversation with a British coworker of mine. He literally thought they were a myth of American television and movies, and he was shocked to know that they actually exist. Yes, Americans use red solo cups at parties. In fact, they come in all different colors. As odd as it sounds, the idea behind these cups is to conceal what you’re drinking- especially at college parties with kids who are under 21. For all anyone knows, maybe you have Coca Cola in that cup. This is such a uniquely American stereotype though. (via Smithsonian

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Popcorn Setting on the Microwave

Earlier on this list, we already established that countries around the world use microwaves. But apparently, it’s a uniquely American thing to have a “popcorn” button. And the funny thing is- almost no one uses it, because it tends to burn your popcorn. Of course, there are still some people out there who like to make stovetop popcorn. Or, they might even have a fun novelty popcorn making machine. After all, it’s a very American thing to own a lot of useless kitchen gadgets that we might use once, and then never again. (via All Recipes)

A lot of Americans reuse plastic grocery bags as garbage can liners. Credit: Shutterstock

Plastic Bags

There are countries around the world that have banned plastic bags due to the fact that they’re terrible for the environment. But for some reason, the United States is slow to adopt this rule. Here, it goes state-by-state. When I visited England, people were very accustomed to bringing their own bags to the grocery store. And they usually have beautiful, high-quality bags that they bring with them. I live in New Jersey, and we recently had our plastic bag ban begin in May of 2022. It has been months since the ban, and people are still struggling with the change. A lot of people (myself included) will just juggle items in their hands while walking out to their cars. I’ve noticed a few stores that still give out plastic bags, because the law is not strictly enforced. (via Statistica

Individually wrapped potatoes. Credit: Bored Panda

Unnecessarily Individually Wrapped Items

Following our paragraph on plastic bags, another huge issue we have in the United States is items that are individually wrapped when they don’t need to be. Of course, this is not a uniquely American thing. Someone else commented, “I think Japan wins the prize for that one”. But here in the US, there are so many examples of unnecessary packaging. One of the biggest that comes to mind is Amazon packages. It’s incredibly wasteful, but hopefully people recycle their cardboard boxes when they can. (via Bored Panda)