23 things that are considered ‘normal’ in the US but that the rest of the world finds weird

Insider
Insider
May 8 · 7 min read

The US has a lot of seemingly normal and common customs and habits, like tipping and big serving sizes. But they’re not always as common as we think.

Money on a plate that was left as a tip.
Many people from other countries don’t understand the US tipping culture. Photo: Anastasiya Aleksandrenko/Shutterstock

By Jessica Booth

Sometimes people in the US forget that the way we do things isn’t necessarily the way it’s done everywhere else.

To keep reading this story, get the free app or log in.
Read the rest of this story with a free account.

You’ll also discover more fresh thinking personalized to your interests and can follow your favorite authors, publications, and topics.
Or, continue in mobile web
Already have an account? Sign in

Medium is an open platform where 170 million readers come to find insightful and dynamic thinking. Here, expert and undiscovered voices alike dive into the heart of any topic and bring new ideas to the surface. Learn more

Follow the writers, publications, and topics that matter to you, and you’ll see them on your homepage and in your inbox. Explore

If you have a story to tell, knowledge to share, or a perspective to offer — welcome home. It’s easy and free to post your thinking on any topic. Write on Medium

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store