Just a few of America's obsessions and cultural oddities:
It is not an exaggeration - America is the richest country in the world because everyone wants to be a millionaire and a hell of a lot of people achieve this aim. I've even met one or two myself. Everyone plays the stock market and get-rich schemes are standard fare. I tend to think that the average Aussie likes their money too but usually its as a means to an end. That is, its to buy you a roof over your head and with that to obtain some security. In America its more than that. It appears you are only considered successful if you can stockpile great sums of money by the time you're 55. I guess whatever works for you.
Everything is sweeter in America - or at least everything you eat or drink. Coke tastes different, much of the bread is a dessert item and bakery items (read donuts, danishs and cinibons (cinamon buns)) overflow a large portion of supermarket shelves and are standard fare for breakfast. No wonder it seems like its not just the kids on a sugar high most of the time. There is no solution to this but my advice is to always taste before adding sugar. Even my Dad, the 3-4 teaspoons in a cup of coffee man, learnt this the hard way!
The second most popular radio show after weather. And boy do they need it. Traffic jams appear out of nowhere and disappear just as quickly. The mystery of why the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel is banked up every single day is still unsolved.
US Customer Service is the best and the worst in the world at the same time. Companies instruct their workers in what to say and you usually get a several second spiel at the start of any interaction about how they are there to help you etc. However most of the workers themselves are poorly paid and don't give a sh*t about the company they work for in my experience. Therefore when you say you are not happy and may change companies you get a verbal shoulder shrug and a "whatever" from the other end of the phone.
And postal workers - don't get me started!
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