American Culture – Strange? Bizarre?

Well it depends on who you ask? Traditions vary widely around the world, and the ways of one society often seem downright wacky to others. Below are 10 traditions Americans take for granted, but that people in other countries often consider strange as written in an online article by Jessika Toothman.

Presidential Turkey Pardons

One pardon has become an annual tradition: the pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkey.  The National Turkey Federation has been gifting turkeys to presidents since 1947 but it was not until 1987 that the turkey was given a “presidential pardon.

Groundhog day is an American tradition to predict whether it’s either six more weeks of winter, or an early spring depending upon whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not. This tradition has been going on since the 1800s.  Who needs weather satellites when we have woodchuck?

Black Friday Shopping Sprees – Most of those shopping on Black Friday are civilized but there have been rare cases, of riots or deadly stampedes over a certain deal or a particular product.

The U.S. is the only industrialized nation that does not use the metric system even though Congress originally authorized the use of the Metric System in 1866 and even passed a Metric Conversion Act of 1975 but American people have continued to use, miles, pounds, ounces, etc.

Then there are Trick or Treating; Punpkin Chunkin; Holding Trials of the Year; Celebrating the American Dream; Watching Superbowl Commercials; and Tailgating.

 “If this bald eagle is pursuing the American Dream, we’d wager he’s pretty close to reaching it.”  Although it is debatable whether the notion of the American Dream exists, this idea is still passed down to each generation as being attainable.


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