“21 Things I Didn’t Realize Are Super American Until I Moved Abroad”


Kaymie Wuerfel relocated from Florida to Sydney in early 2020 after getting married to her Australian partner and has been learning to live in the Land Down Under.


To pass the extra free time that came with the pandemic, she began documenting the differences between life in the US and Australia in a series of TikTok videos which have grown her audience to 242.8K followers.


In a recent clip, for example, Wuerfel admitted that she realized garbage disposals and ranch dressing were quintessential American symbols only after she moved abroad and saw that other places don't really care about them. Who could've known!


Continue scrolling to check out what other cultural nuances the TikToker has noticed.


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Kaymie Wuerfel left her home in Clearwater, Florida for Sydney to be with her Australian husband



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She adjusted to Aussie life quite well and is now working on a TikTok series, naming all the things she realized are super American



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♬ Castaways - The Backyardigans

#1 Buying Cigarettes At The Pharmacy


"Hi! I'm here to pick up my medication & the cigarettes I shouldn't be smoking while I'm taking it..."


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#2 Doing Math At Check Out To Calculate Sales Tax


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#3 Ranch Dressing. Because It's A Salad Dressing.. But We Put It On Everything


We flavor chips with it. Put it on potatoes. Use it as a veggie dip. Chicken wing dip. Some people even put it on pizza


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#4 Sorority Girls + College Parties/Sports


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#5 Pumpkin Spice Latte


And pumpkin flavored everything...


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#6 The Ice Obsession


We put TONS of ice in practically everything. We probably get away with this because we have free refills. But before I moved abroad I literally wouldn't drink something unless it had lots of ice


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#7 Halloween


"For Halloween!!! It's in 43 days, 7 hours and 2 minutes"
".. are you being serious?"
"Yes. 100%"
"Halloween is for kids.."


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#8 24 Hours Diners


I could really go for some 2AM pancakes. "Yeah, which of the ten 24 hours places nearby do you want to go to?"


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#9 Garbage Disposals(Other Countries Just Don't Usually Have Them)


They will never be terrorized by the sound a spoon makes when it's left inside when you turn it on


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#10 Bathroom Stall Gaps. (We Are The Only Country This Silly)


I have literally been conditioned to look down the entire time I'm inside


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#11 Currency That's Pretty Much All The Same Color


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#12 Red Solo Cups


It's not just a thing in the movies.. You'll see these at almost an American party


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#13 Pharmaceutical Ads Everywhere


Especially the ones where people look super happy while they list the 25 ways it might kill you


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#14 Root Beer & Dr. Pepper


"Sorry we don't have that"
"Dr.Pepper then?"
"We don't have that either"


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#15 Grocery Shopping At Target


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#16 College Sports Being A Huge Deal


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#17 The 7-Eleven Big Gulp


The big gulp is 3.785 ML (McDonald's Large in Australia is 650ML) And we still get free refills


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#18 Calling Everyone Mr. & Mrs.


family, friends, teachers, neighbors,


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#19 Putting Cheese On Everything


Broccoli, potattoes, salads, eggs, fries


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#20 Cheap Breakfast Combos


That's not to say other places don't have breakfast combos... But in America you'd get all of this for like $12


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#21 Canned Whipped Cream


And canned anything actually


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