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1. biscuits & gravy
2. rodeo
3. smores or smore’s or smore(s)
4. “a super bowl”
5. stoops
6. speakeasy
7. “high school prom”
8. cheese in a can
9. dr pepper

rove mcmanus island (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 4 February 2018 11:35 (four years ago) link

smore

wtf?

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Sunday, 4 February 2018 11:35 (four years ago) link

Steely Dan
The Beat Generation

calstars, Sunday, 4 February 2018 12:32 (four years ago) link

10. "democracy"
11. mac 'n cheese
12. sherrifs

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 4 February 2018 14:20 (four years ago) link

It's s'mores and it's short for some more.

tokyo rosemary, Sunday, 4 February 2018 15:43 (four years ago) link

13. those varsity jackets with a big letter on the front
14. propeller beanie hats

soref, Sunday, 4 February 2018 16:10 (four years ago) link

15. grits

WilliamC, Sunday, 4 February 2018 16:16 (four years ago) link

16. Shriners

https://s.hswstatic.com/gif/shriners-little-cars-1200x800.jpg

soref, Sunday, 4 February 2018 16:18 (four years ago) link

monster trucks

ciderpress, Sunday, 4 February 2018 17:49 (four years ago) link

bison
bass fishing tournaments
Yellowstone Park

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 4 February 2018 19:06 (four years ago) link

Looney Tunes cartoons

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 4 February 2018 19:23 (four years ago) link

22. tipping

Haribo Hancock (sic), Sunday, 4 February 2018 19:49 (four years ago) link

Mate,

https://i.imgur.com/kjgsMLQ.jpg

pplains, Sunday, 4 February 2018 20:27 (four years ago) link

I mean, don't forget 23. Indigenous Genocide, but, you know.

pplains, Sunday, 4 February 2018 20:28 (four years ago) link

if we're going down that route let's not forget 24. slavery

i gotta be a gazpacho man (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 4 February 2018 20:36 (four years ago) link

and of course 25. egg creams

i gotta be a gazpacho man (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 4 February 2018 20:36 (four years ago) link

slavery has existed everywhere for all recorded history. hardly confined to America, although we certainly embraced one of the most brutal forms of it for a couple centuries.

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:01 (four years ago) link

26 white ppl
27 mayonnaise
28 conway twitty
29 all the bad things
30 no good things

sleepingbag, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:03 (four years ago) link

31 guns guns guns love guns need guns
32 sabermetrics
33 god

(Holland surely king of mayonnaise though, for better or for worse)

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:12 (four years ago) link

34. (With drawl) PICKUP TRUCK. GIDDY UP COWBOY.

infinity (∞), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:13 (four years ago) link

35. 99.9% of all "cultural appropriation"

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:13 (four years ago) link

36. $$$

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:17 (four years ago) link

37. Road Trips
38. Self Help
39. Seminars on how to flip properties with no money down

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:26 (four years ago) link

40. Hawaii

calstars, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:29 (four years ago) link

41. Grand slams

calstars, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:30 (four years ago) link

42. Brian Wilson

calstars, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:38 (four years ago) link

43. drive-in cinemas

soref, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:42 (four years ago) link

44. john cena

i gotta be a gazpacho man (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:43 (four years ago) link

(19)45. the atomic bomb

Karl Malone, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:44 (four years ago) link

(19)46. Donald John Trump

infinity (∞), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:45 (four years ago) link

Just sayin some of these things aren't exclusively American. They're everybody's!

pplains, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:45 (four years ago) link

47. Superhero movies for "grownups"

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:46 (four years ago) link

48. jack kirby

i gotta be a gazpacho man (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:55 (four years ago) link

49. jack ruby

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:55 (four years ago) link

27 mayonnaise

27 "ranch"

Number None, Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:16 (four years ago) link

ranch-style houses

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:19 (four years ago) link

Ranch might be the most american word there is. The sound of it, the meaning, the house style, the dressing. It's 100% American.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:23 (four years ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/IOlj6Lw.jpg

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:28 (four years ago) link

51. Saturday Night Live and dozens of comedy series and comedians no-one's ever heard of.

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:33 (four years ago) link

... no-one else, that is.

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:33 (four years ago) link

Every nation seems to have its b-list comedy that doesn't escape its borders though

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:45 (four years ago) link

I mean there are all these british comedians called "Jimmy Pram" or "Tolliver Whelk" or whatever that the britishers on the board seem to reference a lot.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:47 (four years ago) link

52. happy endings
53. late night shows
54. hyper-capitalism
55. "football"
56. "soccer"

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:50 (four years ago) link

Italians
Irish

Alderweireld Horses (darraghmac), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:51 (four years ago) link

57. Barack Hussein Obama
58. Velveeta

droit au butt (Euler), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:51 (four years ago) link

Misuse of the collective clause when referring to sports teams

Alderweireld Horses (darraghmac), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:52 (four years ago) link

Every nation seems to have its b-list comedy that doesn't escape its borders though

Saturday Night Live is b-list?

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:09 (four years ago) link

'Math'

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:09 (four years ago) link

American comedy is painfully unfunny. There's no real bite, no real cynicism, it always has to be nicey nicey in the end. A or B list, SNL fits that bill surely.

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:11 (four years ago) link

today, sure. I think SNL at its best (maybe 80s-early 90s) was good exactly because it captured and spoofed that wide-eyed lack of cynicism. Kevin Nealon comes to mind, and all of the fake commercials. Since at least Will Ferrell and maybe going back to Chris Farley and Adam Sandler though the style of comedy has been very "I AM BEING FUNNY RIGHT NOW! DO YOU SEE ME BEING FUNNY!"

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:15 (four years ago) link

not using electric kettles

― Roz, Thursday, 12 May 2022 03:49 (four days ago) link

Never had an electric kettle until dating/marrying a non-American. Life-changing device, will never go back.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 16 May 2022 13:56 (two months ago) link

"But where will I plug in my VCR?"
*pulls cans of Dinty Moore beef stew out of camo cargo shorts*

Michael Flatley's (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 16 May 2022 14:33 (two months ago) link

getting a bowl of chowder on a cold day

Pre-Raphaelite Brah (King Boy Pato), Friday, 20 May 2022 18:20 (two months ago) link

Is that much ice tea drunk? What does it consist of? (Long Island notwithstanding)

Peter Greenaway's Fleetwood Mac (S-), Wednesday, 25 May 2022 14:33 (two months ago) link

What does it consist of?

tea, ice. sometimes lemon. sometimes sugar.

i don't understand the question your honor

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Wednesday, 25 May 2022 15:30 (two months ago) link

Get yourself an Arnold Palmer for a real thirst quencher, son.

Pre-Raphaelite Brah (King Boy Pato), Friday, 27 May 2022 02:36 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Okay I had an Arizona brand iced tea today. This is what I'm talking about.

https://imgur.com/a/uQVDkO9

King Boy, thanks for the Arnold Palmer tip!

Bellend Sebastian (S-), Wednesday, 15 June 2022 13:10 (one month ago) link

dirty sugar water

Herby Dutch Baby (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 16 June 2022 01:06 (one month ago) link

sugar: the real american drink

Keep the Aspidistra TikToking (King Boy Pato), Friday, 17 June 2022 10:13 (one month ago) link

not using electric kettles


Our lack of electric kettles baffles Europeans.

In Europe, they make enormous sense because they're so much faster than using the stove. In the USA, not so much.

In related news, household outlets in the UK and Europe run at 220-240 volts. In the USA, it's 120. https://t.co/rKHmL1Hddh

— Mike Dunford (@questauthority) June 29, 2022

Je55e, Wednesday, 29 June 2022 10:48 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

cottage cheese

Tracer Hand, Friday, 15 July 2022 08:08 (three weeks ago) link

half & half

Tracer Hand, Friday, 15 July 2022 08:08 (three weeks ago) link

under armour

Tracer Hand, Friday, 15 July 2022 08:08 (three weeks ago) link

ranch dressing

spacedaddy, Saturday, 16 July 2022 21:57 (three weeks ago) link

each person at the table adding dressing to their own salad from the bottle

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 16 July 2022 22:05 (three weeks ago) link

The not using electric kettles is weird. I can’t remember having a non electric kettle in like the last 2 decades. Do USA’ians really not use them?? Poor people.

Jeff, Saturday, 16 July 2022 22:20 (three weeks ago) link

I crank on the gas burner (I believe y'all call it a "hob"?) every morning, it's true

however, our roommate uses an electric kettle upstairs for her morning coffee.

thinkmanship (sleeve), Saturday, 16 July 2022 22:47 (three weeks ago) link

I'll probably get an electric kettle soon, but the reason I haven't yet is just that I don't really have room for it. The regular water kettle just lives on the burner of my gas stove. Counter space is precious.

beard papa, Sunday, 17 July 2022 02:13 (three weeks ago) link

Also, no one I know drinks tea regularly. (Probably bc it is disappointment juice?)

The not using electric kettles is weird. I can’t remember having a non electric kettle in like the last 2 decades. Do USA’ians really not use them?? Poor people.


What do you use it for?

Je55e, Sunday, 17 July 2022 03:59 (three weeks ago) link

I come across more "instant hot water" devices in the usa. We have an electric kettle used for some coffee styles and tea. I think they are popular. You can buy one at Target.

Herby Dutch Baby (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 17 July 2022 05:21 (three weeks ago) link

this thread is about american things iirc

not european things

Tracer Hand, Sunday, 17 July 2022 09:39 (three weeks ago) link

Ranch dressing is everywhere, but french dressing feels secretly more american. Ketchup base, cups of sugar, etc.

Herby Dutch Baby (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 17 July 2022 14:33 (three weeks ago) link

usa thing: good mexican food outside of mexico

Herby Dutch Baby (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 17 July 2022 14:40 (three weeks ago) link

Also, no one I know drinks tea regularly. (Probably bc it is disappointment juice?) _The not using electric kettles is weird. I can’t remember having a non electric kettle in like the last 2 decades. Do USA’ians really not use them?? Poor people._


What do you use it for?


Coffee, every single day.

Jeff, Sunday, 17 July 2022 15:35 (three weeks ago) link

feel like we've been over the electric kettle thing a million times and why it makes sense that they haven't caught on in the US (much, anyway - my tea-obsessed mother has used one for many years)

, Sunday, 17 July 2022 15:54 (three weeks ago) link

It's such an internet dead horse but I still don't get why it is such a big deal. Like, water is water. It gets heated. It doesn't taste different based on the method of heating. If you can't detect a difference in a blind taste test you should maybe just be quiet on this boring shibboleth for a while.

My kitchen is tiny and very short of both counter space and electrical outlets, hence I hate single-use appliances.

your marshmallows may vary (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 17 July 2022 17:28 (three weeks ago) link

It doesn't taste different based on the method of heating. If you can't detect a difference in a blind taste test you should maybe just be quiet on this boring shibboleth for a while.

🧐

Vance Vance Devolution (sic), Sunday, 17 July 2022 18:00 (three weeks ago) link

I proof pizza dough in our electric kettle

Herby Dutch Baby (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 17 July 2022 18:56 (three weeks ago) link

brown some london broil in the ole kettle

Herby Dutch Baby (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 17 July 2022 19:01 (three weeks ago) link

if you heat water in the microwave it's either not hot enough or it has boiled itself all over the inside of your microwave

Sudden Birdnet Thus (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Sunday, 17 July 2022 19:24 (three weeks ago) link

I've always been a microwave refusist but could do with borrowing one for tomorrow

calzino, Sunday, 17 July 2022 19:29 (three weeks ago) link

word

Tracer Hand, Sunday, 17 July 2022 20:16 (three weeks ago) link

key to microwave happiness is getting the smallest one possible that just sits on the counter. A large microwave hanging over the stove with an ersatz fan will be the death of all kitchen goodtimes.

Herby Dutch Baby (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 18 July 2022 00:58 (three weeks ago) link

If you have a stove you can put a teakettle (or even a saucepan) on it, twist the knob, boom, hot water. Like, it's already there, it's the same device that you use to make other things hot. This is not even a little bit complicated.

your marshmallows may vary (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 18 July 2022 01:06 (three weeks ago) link

I can’t think of one thing I would use a microwave for that my toaster oven/stove-top won’t do better. Haven’t had one in decades.

beard papa, Monday, 18 July 2022 01:56 (three weeks ago) link

If you have a stove you can put a teakettle (or even a saucepan) on it, twist the knob, boom, hot water. Like, it's already there, it's the same device that you use to make other things hot. This is not even a little bit complicated.

― your marshmallows may vary (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, July 17, 2022 8:06 PM (fifty-nine minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

An electric kettle boils much faster, and some of them will also keep the water hot.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 18 July 2022 02:07 (three weeks ago) link

usa thing: good mexican food outside of mexico


I asked friends the other day what they wanted most food-wise after coming back from several months in Europe and both immediately said Mexican food.

joygoat, Monday, 18 July 2022 02:29 (three weeks ago) link

Also, no one I know drinks tea regularly.
lies!!!
unless you have disavowed knowing me

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Monday, 18 July 2022 21:18 (three weeks ago) link

i also use the electric kettle to make coffee

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Monday, 18 July 2022 21:18 (three weeks ago) link

yeah electric kettle is significantly better for pour over or french press, even your most basic, non-gooseneck one.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 18 July 2022 21:20 (three weeks ago) link

i hate that i'm getting into this but if you're content to let the water boil more slowly (which many are not) then idk what kind of magic water your electric kettle is producing that makes "significantly better" coffee

maybe this whole conversation is an American thing

Tracer Hand, Monday, 18 July 2022 22:58 (three weeks ago) link

It's an ILX thing.

Tom D: I was in the army (Tom D.), Monday, 18 July 2022 23:01 (three weeks ago) link

boiling shit on the stove is for boring ass nerds who are going to wait around for a fuckin cup of american ass bullshit tea with no milk because it aint worth delivered any quick

quick boil electric kettles are galaxy brain so you can get to steeping asap abd enjoy your good cup of tea NOW instead of later

i don’t know why it needs to be explained but you all invite this beating every single fucking time

if you dont get why you its because dont know and therfore you deserve to make your water in a fucking pot on the fucking stove or an asinine whistling goddamn kettle THEY SUCK AND THEY ARENT WORTH THE TIME WHAT IS SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 19 July 2022 02:02 (three weeks ago) link

^my favorite Wu-Tang skit

is there like a video where I can see this competition side by side with a timer?

thinkmanship (sleeve), Tuesday, 19 July 2022 03:16 (three weeks ago) link

also this dispute ignores the voltage difference, which is why US electric kettles are um less than ideal at 120V

thinkmanship (sleeve), Tuesday, 19 July 2022 03:17 (three weeks ago) link

Just plug the kettle into two 120V outlets that are 180 degrees out of phase.

Herby Dutch Baby (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 19 July 2022 05:16 (three weeks ago) link

I actually have a friend who hacked a UK 230V kettle to run on US 240V power, but it's tricky

thinkmanship (sleeve), Tuesday, 19 July 2022 14:58 (three weeks ago) link

Kettle Cookery

Kim Kimberly, Friday, 22 July 2022 04:29 (two weeks ago) link

the sauce will cover the element

Herby Dutch Baby (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 22 July 2022 06:23 (two weeks ago) link


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