The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave… and apparently huge freezing-cold houses with weird sockets? What’s so strange about American homes? Well, when non-American people find themselves in American houses they often point out how bizarre some things are.
Wearing shoes inside is one of the things that confuse foreigners, cause most of the world has a pretty strict policy about taking your shoes off at the front door. Also, Americans usually don't have tea kettle in the kitchen, and their toilet bowls are full of water. Interested? So let's see what an ordinary American home looks like!
TIMESTAMPS: Big houses 0:23 A room for everything! 0:52 Huge personal washers AND dryers 1:27 Basements 2:10 The abandoned dining room 2:36 Serious about fire safety 2:58 Wall-to-wall carpeting 3:43 How low can you go? 4:09 Toilet bowls full of water 4:50 One faucet to rule them all 5:28 Crank up the AC 6:02 Wearing shoes inside 6:28 Switchless sockets 6:56 No tea kettle in the kitchen 7:24 Garbage disposals 7:45 Flags everywhere 8:10 Pristine lawns 8:34
SUMMARY: - The typical American home is pretty big and spacious compared to other countries. - There are closets for clothes in each bedroom, usually one near the front door for coats and shoes, one in the bathroom or hallway for towels, one in the kitchen in the form of a pantry. - Speaking of rooms, there’s also usually one just for doing laundry. Also, most Americans have both a washer AND a separate dryer, and they tend to be big too! - A lot of American homes have gorgeous finished basements that serve as another living space. It might be in the form of a guest room or a recreational area to hang out in. - Fire safety is taken so seriously in the States that landlords can get in big trouble if they don’t immediately fix a non-working smoke alarm for their tenants. - Low-sitting toilets actually serve a purpose – being closer to the ground is a healthier and more natural way to, ya know, do your numbers. - In the US, sinks always have just one faucet, and you can customize the temperature of the water however you like. - Most families are totally ok with wearing shoes inside around the house, as long as they’re not muddy or anything. Sure, there are those American families that don’t do it. - Apparently in Europe, you have a switch to either allow the power to flow by turning a button on or cutting it by switching it off. In America, you don’t have this option. - Garbage disposals are a lot more common in the States. In fact, over 50% of American homes have one. - Americans really do love to display the ol’ Star-Spangled Banner, so most homes here have at least one hanging outside the house. - Americans like to take care of their yard. Plus, most neighborhoods have rules about it!