Here are some things that would shock, surprise, amuse, or even confuse our African friends:
+ Houses so big that they have lights shining on them.
+ Free refills. Wait. I can drink all I want? (Not to mention those new high-tech digital pop machines where you can select the flavor you want to add to your drink. Returning missionaries / expats, this will blow your minds too.)
+ Halloween decorations. Blow-up caskets?! Spider webs that cover half of your house?! Skeletons hanging in the trees?! (For people who often believe in, and fear spirits, this would hit way too close to home.)
+ Clean, paved roads.
+ That the average American is a germaphobe.
+ That America is SO diverse. That Americans themselves are SO diverse. (That there aren’t a bunch of rich Rihanna’s and cowboy John Wayne’s walking around NYC.)
+ That you can drink right.from.the.tap.
+ The cereal aisle. The chip selection. All that gum and candy at the check-out alone!
+ What a cup of coffee costs.
+ All the toys, gadgets, tools, and trinkets that help raise a baby.
+ That animals stay in cages / yards / people’s actual homes. Oh, and that dogs and cats sometimes wear human look-alike sweaters.
+ That the average American only speaks one language… and gets by just fine.
+ That in some small towns (ahem, Minford), people leave their keys in the ignition and their cars running while they run into Subway to grab a footlong.
+ That you have to work really hard to make a living in this country.
+ What a big deal Monday Night football is.
+ That Golden Corral is a real place.
+ 1 million more little every day things. What would you add to the list?