25 Things That Visitors Will Find Most Surprising About The United States

The United States is a very misunderstood country. In fact, almost everybody in the world has a different point of view concerning what it should/could be and the media never helps. As big as it is, generalizations are very hard to make. Every state is different. Actually, every state even has its own military! To understand why America is what it is you need to go back to its roots. It was built by people trying to escape government. It was built with a wild west, this-land-is-mine mentality. It’s a no-government-can-tell-me-what-to-do mentality. It’s survival of the fittest and this mentality survives until today. This is why each state has a militia. That is why guns are prevalent. This is why the US has a huge rich-poor gap. In Europe people are used to monarchies and governments making decisions, providing protections, etc. In fact, government oversight is typically seen as a good thing. In the US it is not. In Europe taking care of the poor is seen as the government’s job. In the US it is seen as the role of the churches, non-profits, etc. The mentality is different and almost every single items you find on this list stems from that anti-government, wild west mentality. For better or for worse these are 25 things that visitors will find most surprising about the United States.

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People almost never carry cash. Payments are usually debit or credit.

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If you are from Europe this won't surprise you, but parents can be arrested for physically punishing their children

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Your credit score is extremely important and not just for getting a loan. Even (government) jobs will sometimes check on it.

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Tipping happens a lot. If you're going out to eat or getting a haircut get ready to flex your algebra muscles!

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Prices. The U.S. price tags don't include taxes, so what you see on the tag is not necessarily what you pay at the register. This may confuse some visitors.

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