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So, I haven't been feeling especially inspired, lately...but I HAVE been feeling more-than-usually curious! Would anybody want to help me out with the first bit of that by indulging the second bit?

Tell me something about where you're from that is very common and ordinary, but that people from other places might not know about! I'm looking for the facts that make you think "Oh, I shouldn't share that, that's so obvious and normal," and then "...wait, does anybody do that but us?"

RESTRICTIONS: No holidays! Every country has its own holidays, but that's too obvious. I want to know daily life kind of things!

ALSO: No relics of past or present extra-national organizations! Citizens of the Commonwealth and the former Soviet Union, I am looking at you. Tell me something about your country specifically.

Example of something pretty surprising to foreigners that is extremely normal in America:
-- Daily, state-mandated declarations of loyalty. American students, K through 12, both in private and public schools, say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning. (It goes like this, if you're curious: I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. I guarantee you that any American you ever meet will be able to spit this out in under five seconds. In my headcanon, America says it to himself every morning, but only when he knows he won't get caught. >_> )

ONE LAST NOTE TO OTHER AMERICANS: If you can think of more stuff, that is awesome, please share it, but no regional things. I mean, grits are very normal in parts of America, but in other parts it's all, what's a grit. America is kind of a bad country for this, because we never shut up about our culture, so people tend to already know about America-only things like Halloween, or how we sing the national anthem at baseball games, or whatever.
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