'Non-Americans of Reddit, What is the Craziest Rumour You Heard About America That Turned Out To Be True?'
You guys remember a little while back I used the Pajiba staff retreat as an excuse to do a wide-eyed write-up of my trip to the U.S. It was only the second time I’d ever been to the country, so everything still seemed novel and strange to me. Sights and customs only glimpsed in movies suddenly collided with my lived reality, and myth continued to separate itself out from truth as if in a centrifuge. I said in that piece that the world gets drunk on American stories, and it’s true. You’re a cultural hegemon, it’s part of your empire, and the planet regards you with a mixture of awe and bemusement, unsure as to what’s real and what’s a fabrication. I didn’t know that ‘555’ numbers weren’t a real thing until well into my late teens for example. So here on that note is a bit more of that, courtesy of a Reddit thread that asks ‘Non-Americans of Reddit, what is the craziest rumour you heard about America that turned out to be true?’ You can check out the full thread here, but below are some highlights:
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