Thursday, October 24, 2013

What Facts About the United States Do Foreigners Not Believe Until They Come To America?

Yet another excellent and funny thread here:
  • The return policy on almost everything
  • Soda being cheaper than bottled water and unlimited soda refills
  • Fruit and vegetable prices, as compared to fast food prices
  • Serving sizes
  • US Flag displayed everywhere
  • Credit Score WTF
  • You really need a health insurance
  • Not every city has skyscrapers like New York City or Chicago
  • Guns
  • Everyone is friendly
My favorites - I was oblivious to these facts until I moved to US:
  • The U.S. preserves its nature: Please don't assume people here are born "eco-friendly" and have an overflowing biophia  - they don't. A handful of people made this happen decades ago through sheer perseverance against the insane politics and that hedonic call for perpetual economic growth. We all are indebted to these nobel souls. Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns in their book The National Parks: America's Best Idea brilliantly capture the history behind what we admire today. 
  • There is a lot of poverty in the US: Even lot of Americans are unaware of this. Charles Murray in his book Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 offers some great insights into the American poverty and of-course that little gal "hush-puppy" in Beasts of the Southern Wild living in an Sub-Saharan American is good "visual" of the poverty here.

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