5 of the most un-American things that Americans love

UNITED STATES (MEDIA GENERAL) — The United States commonly refers to itself as a melting pot; a blend of people, history and cultures. American culture is unique in how it draws from the past of others but stands on its own. To celebrate Independence Day here is a quick breakdown of five un-American things that Americans love.

1. Anti-open container laws

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You can walk around carrying an assault rifle in some states, but a beer can? That’ll land you directly in jail. To be fair, I think there’s a reasonable amount of Americans that aren’t big fans of these laws.

2. The 1812 Overture on July 4

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The 1812 Overture was written by Tschaikovsky to commemorate the battle at Borodino during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. How did this become a Fourth of July staple?

3. Royalty

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Whether it’s a royal baby, a royal wedding or just Prince Harry getting drunk and jumping in a pool in Vegas, Americans lose their collective minds over all things royal. Our forefathers fought a war so we wouldn’t have to care about the monarchy anymore and yet here we are, hundreds of years later, still royally obsessed.

4. Foreign accents

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How many Americans go weak at the knees at the sound of an English, Australian, Irish, Italian or even a Scandinavian accent? Do you think people in Spain sit around talking about how sexy they think a Boston or Midwestern accent is? I doubt it.

5. St. Patrick’s Day

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Courtesy: Erika Smith

Although, come to think of it, taking another culture’s tradition and turning it into a drunken spectacle might actually be one of the most American things of all.

See also: Cinco de Mayo.

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