What does the rest of the world need to hear about the US? Here’s what people said. » Twisted Sifter

Americans, it’s your time to shine.

Because the fine folks on AskReddit asked readers across the United States what they think the rest of the world needs to hear.

Let’s dive in and see what they had to say.

“Animals in Yellowstone will kill you.

Stay on the damn paths too.

Tired of hearing about tourists falling into the pools and dissipating.”

“I’m an American who immigrated as a young child but has been constantly traveling back and forth to my home country.

I notice that Americans (from what I’ve seen) take racism incredibly seriously, to the point where I can say racism is worse outside of America.

Ra**sm in Asia and Europe is on a different level that is much worse than in the US. Probably because of America’s deep historical and existential struggle with the issue.”

“In California you can ski and surf in the same day

Just to clarify, the weather in the mountains can drop as low as -1°C (30°F), but the weather on our SoCal beaches can reach as high as 18°C ​​(65°F) in winter.”

“Our state governments have more power over our daily lives than the federal government.

Aside from commonalities like no m**der, robbery, reckless driving, etc., laws can vary quite a bit across state lines, and even these can sometimes be punished very differently from state to state.

It’s almost like 50 like-minded neighboring nations (and a few territories) under one union.”

“This country is big.

People in this country get a culture shock when moving within the same state and across different regions. For this reason, I personally find most generalizations made by Americans funny.

Also, stop asking people who say they’re from NYC how often they travel to California. And vice versa. It’s far and expensive. Every time I’m in Europe, someone asks me that question.”

“Water and public toilets should be free worldwide.

The US doesn’t get a lot of things right, but we generally have free water fountains and public toilets in most places.”

“That many of us (most of us in many cases) do not support everything our government has ever done.

I didn’t get a vote on the Iraq war. Please stop pretending that this is each and every one of us to blame.”

“We only have a few hundred years of recorded history, so yes, we’re talking about our civil war, etc., because we haven’t had ten civil wars and thousands of battles and centuries of political oppression.

Being so ‘new’ we also talk about our European/Asian/African heritage.”

“America has every type of environment. We have temperate climates, deep forests, mountains, beaches, volcanoes, deserts, swamps, cliffs, grassy plains, sea towns, and even jungles and rainforests in Puerto Rico.

If you want to experience something, America most likely has it. And that was only in the US. If you refer to the Americas, then of course there is more.”

“Stereotypes exist, but they are the vast minority.

The majority of Americans are really very friendly, down-to-earth, intelligent people.”

“We love our politicians the same way non-Americans do.

We do have a few good ones trying to do the right thing, but they are severely outnumbered in both people/votes and money.”

“Florida is America’s official second chance state.

Imagine if your country had a region where all the f**k-ups flocked from the rest of the country when they got stuck in their hometown, that’s Florida.

A tropical climate, relatively low cost of living, and remarkably resilient job market are all very appealing to an Ohio meth head who just got crapped in a can by Burger King. So they drive their ’98 Explorer south until they see palm trees, get an RV outside of Ocala, and BOOM Florida Man is born.

Add in retirees who think 20 mph is a reasonable speed on the freeway, Cubans who say they get their sugar cane plantations back any day, and clueless tourists in rental cars wearing Disney shit head to toe… Ladies and men; May I introduce the state of Florida.”

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