Red Solo cups are quintessentially American
Perhaps we’ve exported one too many frat flicks or '80s John Hughes films, but the iconic plastic cup is strictly associated with American parties. Next time you’re abroad, bring a sleeve and watch as fascinated foreigners gather around. You’ll be the life of the party.
And with that, so is the college experience
The quintessential college life is taken for granted in the US. We move halfway across the country, live with strangers, hang cliché Radiohead posters on our dorm room walls, and endure ridiculous pledging activities in an attempt to don a few Greek letters and attend themed parties. Greek life is a myth to most foreigners, who treat each of your beer-soaked memories as tall tales.
You can’t escape the metric system. Except in the US.
Okay, the measurement debate may be contentious, but when you’re the only one left in the world using it, the movement towards a uniform global system makes a little more sense. Constantly converting inches and pounds to meters and kilos is especially tiring when you’re just trying to tell someone how tall you are.