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24 things that are considered 'normal' in the US but the rest of the world finds weird

That doesn't necessarily mean these American customs are bad, it just means that they aren't the norm throughout the world. Here are some regular things we do in the US that people from other cultures might think is a bit abnormal.

Swimwear

Navajo Fry Bread II Recipe

"As far as I know this is the original recipe for Navajo Bread. It's is great with honey and butter. The Navajo put chiles, cheese, onion, lettuce …

What makes someone Native American? One tribe’s long struggle for full recognition.

In March 2012, Heather McMillan Nakai wrote a letter to the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs asking the agency to verify that she was Indian. She was seeking a job at the Indian Health Service and wanted to apply with “Indian preference.” Nakai knew this might be difficult: As far as she was aware, …

Native Americans

A Lawsuit Seeks to Erase Harvard Applicants’ Racial Identity. It Reveals What Some Americans Still Don’t Get About Discrimination

I am proud to be an Asian American woman of Korean descent. But sadly, I did not always feel this way. For most of my childhood, I was embarrassed by …

Equality

10 Linguistics Myths And Misconceptions

Compared to most subjects, linguistics can seem pretty democratic. Fields like physics, math, and history deal in the abstract, in otherwise …

Linguistics

Archaeologists explore a rural field in Kansas, and a lost city emerges

Of all the places to discover a lost city, this pleasing little community seems an unlikely candidate.<p>There are no vine-covered temples or impenetrable jungles here — just an old-fashioned downtown, a drug store that serves up root beer floats and rambling houses along shady brick lanes.<p>Yet there’s …

Archaeology

This mind-boggling optical illusion quiz will leave your head spinning — how many can you solve?

You can't believe everything you see.<p>Optical illusions are designed to manipulate perspectives, colors, patterns, and shapes in ways that play tricks on your eyes.<p>Lenstore, a contact lens retailer, created a quiz with 11 optical illusion-based questions.<p>Can you tell if the lines are straight or …

Optical Illusions

How the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics Celebrate Native Culture

The World Eskimo-Indian Olympics (WEIO) are held annually in Fairbanks, Alaska. The four-day event celebrates and promotes the culture of native …

Native Americans

Papa Drexler's Bavarian Pretzels Recipe

"Fun to make, traditional pretzels are great with a nice mug of beer!"<p>Ingredients<p>3 cups all-purpose flour, divided<p>1 tablespoon active dry yeast<p>1 …

Baking

Germany approves third gender option for official records

BERLIN — Germany's Cabinet on Wednesday approved a third gender option for official records that will allow people to be registered as "diverse," complying with a ruling from the country's highest court.<p>In November, the Federal Constitutional Court decided that people must be allowed to be entered …

LGBTQI

How to overcome a panic attack, according to a psychologist

• <b>We may have developed anxiety and panic attacks as a response to danger somewhere in our evolution.</b>• <b><br>But often when we experience them now, there may</b> …

Panic Attacks

What English Would Sound Like If It Was Pronounced Phonetically

The English language presents itself to students and non-native speakers as an almost cruelly capricious entity, its irregularities of spelling and …

Linguistics

Inuit Throat-Singing Demonstration by Karin and Kathy Kettler at 2004 First Americans Festival

Video<p>Inuit women of northern Canada developed a unique, guttural vocal style that involves short, sharp, rhythmic inhalations and exhalations of …

Demonstration

You Can Now Visit the Recreated Cottage of a Famous Unsolved Murder Victim

Joe the Quilter led a quiet life in the English countryside, where he tended his gooseberry garden and earned something of a reputation as a hermit. …

Cottages

Bananas: your cousin, maybe?

You have a lot more in common with an orangutan, but scientists can still track how closely you’re related to fruit flies and cucumbers.<p>A’s, T’s, G’s, and C’s are all it takes to make you, me, or a banana. Unique strings of these molecules, matched up in units called base pairs, form doubled DNA …

Biology

Donald Trump and the disturbing power of dehumanizing language

Dehumanization is already prevalent in America. We don’t need anyone — especially Trump — stoking it further.<p>As a president, Donald Trump can be erratic. But there’s at least one area where he’s consistent: using demeaning and dehumanizing language, especially when he’s talking about refugees, …

Donald Trump

A Recent Judicial Ruling Defining “Jewish” as a Protected Race Follows a Long and Often Ugly History

Orthodox Jews in front of the United Nations headquarters in New York City on Dec. 8. Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesJoshua Bonadona …

Religion

A philosopher explains America’s “post-truth” problem

“We can never really be post-truth.”<p>The president of the United States is a serial liar.<p>In May, the Washington Post created a tally of Trump’s false or misleading claims. The number they found was 3,001, which averages out to roughly six lies or half-lies each day in office. That number has climbed …

Fake News

Common words that came from the Vikings

Probably you’ve never studied Conversational Viking, let alone claimed to speak it.<p>However, the language of the Vikings, Old Norse, has influenced …

Language

“Untranslatable” words tell us more about English speakers than other cultures

When the word “hygge” became popular outside Denmark a few years ago, it seemed the perfect way to express the feeling of wrapping yourself up in a crocheted blanket with a cosy jumper, a cup of tea and back-to-back episodes of <i>The Bridge</i>. But is it really only the Danes, with their cold …

Language

10 WEIRD THINGS THAT ARE SEEN AS SEXY IN VARIOUS COUNTRIES

Contingent upon the nation a man lives in, their beliefs of what constitutes genuine magnificence can vary especially from others’. Magnificence …

Weird

7 Weird Things An Ikea Survey Found Out About Americans

Fact: Just 1% of those surveyed want their home to reflect how successful they have been. Related fact: People lie.<p>Ikea, the Swedish furniture giant, conducted a survey recently to understand the bizarre lives of Americans. Not for anthropological reasons, though that’d be valid, too: it’s in …

Weird

Report: Americans Know Little about Native Americans

A recent report confirms what Native Americans have always known: Most people in the United States know little, if anything, about American Indians. …

Native Americans

15 Cool Culture Facts You Didn't Know About Mexico

There are hundreds of examples of things that make Mexico not only an interesting country but also important in the history of humanity. Here are 15 …

Mexico

A Map of the Second-Largest Religion in Each State

The Washington Post brings us this fascinating map that shows the second-largest religion in each U.S. state (Christianity is the largest religion in …

Religion

The tyranny of language. European colonizers tried to stamp out indigenous languages. The legacy of linguistic imperialism lives on

Indigenous Peoples

Coffee Mousse (With Chocolate Sprinkles and Caramel Sauce)

Coffee mousse is an ideal dessert for all coffee lovers out there! A delicious coffee dessert with a nice splash of caramel sauce and chocolate makes …

Dessert

How non-English speakers are taught this crazy English grammar rule you know but have never heard of

English grammar, beloved by sticklers, is also feared by non-native speakers. Many of its idiosyncrasies can turn into traps even for the most confident users.<p>But some of the most binding rules in English are things that native speakers know but don’t know they know, even though they use them every …

Language

These easy summer flatbreads can be made in no time — and with no oven

My oven is getting dusty. It’s only reasonable, of course, that I am reluctant to turn it on in the summer, when all it does is add 20 degrees to the inside temperature, causing my old air conditioner to work that much harder. Besides, who needs a casserole or a cake between, say, May and …

Bread

Psychologists surveyed hundreds of alt-right supporters. The results are unsettling.

The white supremacists marching at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year were not ashamed when they shouted, “Jews will not replace us.” They were not ashamed to wear Nazi symbols, to carry torches, to harass and beat counterprotesters. They wanted their beliefs on …

Psychology