25 Things That Americans Love That Are Actually Not American

Posted by , Updated on September 16, 2022

To get this out of the way right from the beginning – this is just a joke. It’s meant to be funny. We know how nationalistic the world has become these days, which can make it harder for good spirited jokers like ourselves to not get beat up by overly patriotic thugs. So let us reiterate – our goal is to make people laugh, not make you angry. With that said, let’s get to business. When we say “non-American,” we are broadly referring to things that are simply not American. While some of these may be taken to be “un-American” (authoritarianism, dictatorship), others are more just….not American. For example, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Either way, none of these were initially American, but America seems to have adopted them wholesale.

And just to be clear, we’d like to add a second disclaimer here. We realize that America is a huge country that represents a phenomenally vast number of political and social views. For this reason, some of these obviously only refer to a few people, be it politicians, rednecks, or whoever else. So, get ready for some fun because from pizza to the Statue of Liberty, these are the 25 Things That Americans Love That Are Actually Not American!

Featured Image: pexels


Social Security

Social SecurityImage: wikipedia

It’s socialism at its finest, and it takes up a majority of the budget. When it comes time to retire, we love our socialism.


The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of LibertyImage: pixabay

The most significant symbol of American freedom is…French.


British and Australian accents

British and Australian accentsImage: Chris Samuel via Flickr

They sound so exotic.


Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de MayoImage: wikipedia

It’s almost a bigger deal in the US than it is in Mexico.


British Royalty

British RoyaltyImage: wikipedia

Didn’t we fight a war to not care about this?



AnimeImage: wikipedia

Most anime pitches would be laughed out of the studio in the US, but we actually love that stuff.


French bashing

French bashingImage: pexels

They’re actually America’s oldest ally.

Note: France was one of the first nations to recognize the United States as being independent.


St. Patricks Day

St. Patricks DayImage: publicdomainpictures.net

Not even Ireland knows why Americans love their holiday so much.


Chinese food

Chinese foodImage: wikipedia

Disclaimer: a lot of Chinese food in America would be unrecognizable to an actual Chinese person.


The NFL draft

The NFL draftImage: pexels

Isn’t punishing successful teams and giving hand outs to the losers supposed to be commie or something?



FederalismImage: wikipedia

We made a country to rebel against it, but Abraham Lincoln is still our most beloved president.


While this list is about things not really from the US, Americans do brew up some good things. Take a look at 25 American Craft Beers You’ll Immediately Want To Try.


Direct Democracy

Direct DemocracyImage: pixabay

It was Greek.

Note: Of course, the US is not a direct democracy. We are only mentioning this because many people seem to long for direct democracy rather than the representative version that America runs on. There is a reason, however, that no modern government (not even Switzerland) is a purely direct democracy.



GyrosImage: wikipedia

Nevermind the pronunciation, just give me the thing that starts with G!


All-American Breakfasts

All-American BreakfastsImage: wikipedia

French toast, English muffins, and Canadian bacon…


Domestic Cars

Domestic CarsImage: wikipedia, Source: forbes

Most of those “American” cars aren’t actually made in America.



AuthoritarianismImage: wikipedia

America has a record of ending up on the wrong side of history by supporting dictatorial and oppressive regimes.

Note: This can be seen to promote stability in the short run. The long run, of course, is a bit different.



JailsImage: pixabay

In spite of being the land of the free, the incarceration rate in the US is one of the highest in the world.



PizzaImage: wikipedia

Everyone likes pizza.



The BBCImage: wikipedia

Because at least the British are good at news and stuff.


Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold SchwarzeneggerImage: wikipedia

He even became the governator!


Not voting

Not votingImage: pixabay

That’s basically why the US was created right? To have representation?



AmericaImage: pixabay

Unless you are Native American or First Nation, you came from somewhere else. All of America is basically un-American.


Mexican food

Mexican foodImage: wikipedia

We’ll take your food. Just…from a distance.


Public schools, fire departments, and interstates

Public schools, fire departments, and interstatesImage: wikipedia

All these things fall into the same category as social security. They’re basically the epitome of socialism, but hey, at least they’re not Russian.



EnglishImage: wikipedia

Yes, as in the language.


If you enjoyed this list, you might also like this one: 25 American Cities With The Most European Flair.

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