When I was a kid, a few of things about the US fascinated me. Through reading US blogs, I have learnt that there are probably hundreds of words that are different between Australia and the US and yet mean the same thing. The ones I can remember noticing when I was a child are faucet for tap, fender for mudguard and trunk for boot and several names used when toilet was the word I knew.
Toilet has just reminded me of my second overseas trip, to Thailand, where the hotels had American style toilets. I panicked the first time I flushed the toilet and alarmingly the bowl filled with water. Oh no, it is going to overflow, and then with some gurgling and a whirlpool, the water drained away. Airplane toilets can be quite alarming too when you use them for the first time.
Telephone cords. US telephone cords were so long, you could strut around your lounge room with the phone in your hand, instead of like here where you were trapped with a couple of feet of cord at the telephone table in the hall.
Another thing I picked up about the US from tv was the huge size of the houses and that they were nearly all two storey. I am little wiser now. But the memory of fine and large two storey houses remain in my mind. How about this cracker house from Shorpy.com Isn't it just a wonder.
Do you have similar false impressions of the US usually because of television and movies?