10 Weird Things Foreigners Think Every American Has in Their House

As an American, curiosity brought me into a wonderfully delightful thread of Non-Americans responding to this question, “Non-Americans, what do you think every American person has in their house?” Here are the best responses.

A Garage Fridge

“A garage fridge filled with beer and frozen boxes of food from Costco,” said one commenter. “Been fighting my non-American spouse to get a garage fridge. Or get a nice new fridge and an old one demoted to the garage,” a second commenter shared.

Mountain of Pillows on Beds

“I'm convinced almost every American has a mountain of pillows on their bed,” one user stated. “Not a mountain but perhaps a small hill,” an American joked.

Laundry Dryer

One Redditor stated, “Laundry dryer. Almost everyone dries their laundry on a wire outside in my country, so the concept of a dryer is baffling to me. I only see them in American movies and shows. Do the majority of you have it or not?”

“Most of us either have it or have access to one, such as a shared laundry room in an apartment complex. We also have laundromats. It's a room with a dozen quarters-operated washers and dryers. Almost no one, and no one I know, uses a clothesline to dry clothes,” a Michigander (American) answered.

Air Conditioning

“I think this is where the size of the U.S. comes in. Some areas would seem uninhabitable without air conditioning. But in some places, you wouldn't need one,” an American responded.

One American replied, “A plastic bag filled with plastic bags. However, many stores are going plastic bag-free lately, depending on your state.” Another asked, “Do people in other countries not keep a plastic bag full of plastic bags?”

Plastic Bags

Garbage Disposals

One person nominated, “That garbage disposal thing I always see in shows and movies.” “Bingo. Watch the Seinfeld episode where Kramer installs one in his shower for an extreme take. S9E9 – “The Apology,” a second commenter said. 

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