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14 Quirks About Americans I've Learned From Traveling

1. Americans are finicky.

We demand that things should be exactly to our liking. This is most apparent in ordering food and beverages. My German friend pointed this out in the Philippines when I asked a waitress for salad dressing on the side and no milk and sugar in my coffee. 745 more words

Measuring [my own] Incompetence

I like to think that I’m a fairly intelligent person, so I try very hard to be aware of (and compensate for) my shortcomings. I know, for example, that I am less comfortable with numbers than most other areas. 458 more words

Imperial System

The Metric System

I came across this tweet from Ali Veslhi of a segment he did for Canada Day talking about the Metric System.

Why no Celsius & meters in America?

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Dr. Barleycorn OR How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Meter


While I have most certainly made adjustments to my sense of quantifiable weights and measurements since moving to Europe almost two years ago (I really can recognize 250 grams of mushrooms on sight), I must make a confession: Now that we’re moving from Germany to England, I’m really relieved that I will get to measure distance in miles again! 144 more words

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