The United States is a diverse country with unique customs and habits that aren’t typical in other countries. These American traditions might seem okay across the 50 states, but they aren’t universal. Some are even considered weird in other countries. For instance, America’s obsession with divorce attorney commercials and flying American flags is odd to foreigners. The tipping culture is also different. Are you curious about the things foreigners consider weird in America? Without any further ado, here are 50 “normal” things people do in America that are odd in other countries.
1) Smiling at Strangers
New Yorkers are particularly guilty of this. Americans smile at strangers often, even though they haven’t met the person before or might even probably never see the person again. This friendly gesture is considered weird by some foreigners. From the perspective of a security-conscious tourist, this might be a worrisome encounter. Isn’t it strange to offer a warm hello with a bright smile to a random stranger passing on the sidewalk? Some tourists might even try to stay as far away from the person smiling at them for security purpose. It usually takes a few “hellos” and an exchange of words to know that their intentions are pure and that they weren’t trying to scam them or something. So, If you are a foreigner in the United States, expect to experience this kind of stuff now and then.