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A trip into American culture by humon A trip into American culture by humon
This idea was suggested by Jess9000 and won with 766 votes on the "Scandinavia and The World" site [link]
Every month I'll pick some of the suggestions that supporters have made on this site [link] and members can then vote for them. The winner will be made into a comic. :)

They wanted to see the Scandinavian boys visiting America for once and get a taste of American culture, Peanut Butter being of special interest. We do have Peanut Butter up here in the North now like most American stuff, but for the sake of the comic lets say this was the first time they encountered it. :D

I have no idea how many people will get the last part, but it's a joke on the old American show "Mister Ed" from the 60's about a horse that could talk. When asked how they got the horse to move it's lips when "talking" the people behind the show claimed it was done by putting peanut butter on it's gums (they later told they had trained it to do so, but didn't want to disappoint the children who watched the show).

I honestly have no idea why I know about that show in the first place. :XD:
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MartmeisterPaladin Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist
It's a good thing Norway isn't arachibutyrophobic. :XD:
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Awesomely-Happy-Hero Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This strip always makes me laugh and confuses me at the same time... it was only last year that I learned peanut butter was mainly an American thing, and ever since then seeing foreigners talk about it always tickles me pink! Growing up in America, I always thought of that stuff as being as ubiquitous as bread! Which it is... here, anyway. But people from other countries make it sound like something special...

BTW try putting that stuff on bananas. It'll take your banana experience to a whole new level. XD
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MARZillao Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014   Traditional Artist
This, my friends, is why I hate peanut butter.
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:iconold-marcie1234:
Old-Marcie1234 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Makes you thirsty, too.
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:iconmarzillao:
MARZillao Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014   Traditional Artist
IKR?!
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CelestiaTheFilly Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Student Artist
but i am norwegian
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:iconjeffrreydahmer:
JeffrreyDahmer Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Don't they have peanut butter in Norway?
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:iconnuzgrillcheese:
NuzGrillCheese Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist
yes we do.
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:iconaxolotlhugs:
axolotlhugs Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, like a puppy C:
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cmr83 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Ranch dressing, do you guys have ranch? It is the quintessential American sauce
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XDB5 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Hmmm i told someone that i love your steriotypics(sorry i cant spell)
On america and whutnot
They said 'but you always say steriotypic is just a nice way of being racist'
I said that was just a joke and that i didnt understand why they were conserned seeing that they played around with racial remarks all the time but as a joke never really meaning it, and they always acted as steriotypical black women too
They rolled their head around in a sassy stypical black women way
Then we laughed
Not much sense to this story aye?
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Protodramon Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I was suprised to hear how many countries don't have peanut butter
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:iconthefurkids:
TheFurKids Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NORWAY IS SO CUTE!!!
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:iconkennebunkperry:
KennebunkPerry Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Hamburgers are cool
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tortor13 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
i luv this one!!! XD
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:iconrafri:
RAFri Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
So every American is from California?
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:iconxdb5:
XDB5 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Errr no, why?
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Orima-Kazooie Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You might know of it seeing as it's one of the earliest tvshows, i think.
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ScarlettP Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Norway can just get back at America by serving him gjetost.
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JORTENDO Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my God that is too funny
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ArcanePhotographer Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
\:-/ OK
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PackLeaderYukon Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
When I saw the title i thought they were actually going to do something cultural in America...But go figure it's just food...
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Fuffy23 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ummmm We are America...that means we're Mix Culture...I don't think we have an American exclusive Culture, we basically take the traditions of those who come here and incorperate it into our own ^.^
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Onlynameleft2pick Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
AWESOME!
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Anonymous10000 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
....yea, lets... lets just keep spreading that rumor that all americans are sexy... especially to the French women, that way we can save money on airline tickets. We're so strange...
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Deadmeat553 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I am confused.
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MistressoftheRoses Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
what makes me laugh, is a lot of people in other countries expect us to be rude like this.

A friend of mine became an exchange student to Ireland, and the school let her tape her whole first day. I love when she went to class. She calls everyone ma'am and sir, and everyone was freaked out by that. Oh, and my favorite part!

Teacher: This is Heather. She's from America.
Random boy: Nuh uh! she isn't fat!
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MikosWish Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
lol it reminds me of how my family thought it was funny to put peanut butter on the roof of our dogs mouth and it would do something similer lol the dog loved the flavor too
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DiabolaExMachina Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's funny. I saw this after finding out that arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth. :D
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aloispree Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I just realized that Sister America is tan now.
To be honest, I always pictured an American tan more orange-ish and fake,
because of all the fake spray I see people wear on TV.
They look like Oompa Loompas.
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XDB5 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
XD i read your comment right after looking at a picture of my brother when he got a spray on tan lol he did look fake to be honest
Naw bro, your only tan like actual tan,in certain places in america
Like arizona
So hot the air gives you a sun burn
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GaleofDarknessgirl Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
Better than Hetalia. 8D
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OneEyedCanine Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011   Traditional Artist
Adorable comic!
I remember I used to watch the show when I was little, they still showed as far as I know until the late 90s
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red130 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
laughed so loud i woke up my friend :P
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Sarafan206 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Student General Artist
lol :XD:
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saminal625 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
i forgot to mention this, but i think you do a spectacular potrail of the aveerage ameican.

he is almost exactly liek my friends and i

XD
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Isolds-tears Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Hey, Why is Sister America now darker? There are quite a few of us Americans who aren't able to keep a tan still... thus we are as pasty as Island. I feel rejected now. *Pout*
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AmayaTenjo Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Earlier it was Brother America who got his "tan" not from tanning but from the increased "colored" population.
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Sugar-Bolt Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I am American and my boyfriend hails from Finland, he HATES peanut butter and doesn't understand American fascination with it
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Aiatalay Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely hilarious!
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kayleefoever Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Awwe poor Norway lol
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SpindleWinter Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hate it when that happens.
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sythirra Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
AMERICAN AND LIKE PROUD.
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Chatter1354 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
XD This is really what would happen!
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SedigiamXL Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Ironic
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CarmenMCS Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Happened to me the first time I tasted the freaking thing lol
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MadnessInMeadow Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i hate peanut butter. reason? that. :XD:
and, well, america could make a show out of anything.
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meanerminer Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol! poor norway has peanut butter in his mouth...
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HisNeverland Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
but brunost is a thousand times worse than peanut butter, so this comic doesn't really make sense.
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RuppRider73 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Humon, I don't know where you've come up with the idea that Americans believe they "have the right to test their hosts". I certainly wasn't brought up that way and neither was anyone else I know. Myself and everyone I know were taught to be extremely gracious to our host(s), remembering that you are an ambassador of sorts and your actions can and will be seen by your hosts as a reflection upon your country. I don't know what kind of "Americans" with whom you've come in contact, but I can only speak for myself and the people of my own culture here in Wisconsin. Please bear in mind that different Americans act and treat people differently depending on their regional culture, social status, upbringing, etc. I think it's pretty ridiculous to try to pigeonhole a nation of 300 million people, especially when said nation is very much a melting pot of thousands of different ethnicities and cultures, compounded by the fact that every state, city and region has its own unique culture in and of themselves. There are admittedly many places here in the U.S. where I have gone and had very negative experiences with the locals, most of them in urban settings. Chicago/Northern Illinois is a good example; New England (Connecticut) is another. On the other hand, Southerners usually tend to be very polite and cordial. Also people from small towns/rural settings are generally more well-behaved and brought up than urbanites here in the U.S. (although that is my opinion).

Just sayin': I find it kind of offensive and more than a little tiring, ya know? I'm sorry for the "Americans" with whom you've had a bad experience. To be fair, I've talked to many an American who has been to Europe and received pretty nasty treatment from the locals--completely unprovocated--just because they were Americans. That doesn't sit too well with me, either. And I've talked to many a European who has come over here and had no real desire to go back, except to retrieve the remainder of their families and make the U.S. their permanent home. I've sure met a lot of college kids from all over Europe who spend their summers working here in the U.S. and they seem to like it just fine.

I don't know if you've ever been to the U.S., but it's painfully obvious that many of your readers haven't, judging from their commentary. My advice to them: Stop believing the crap your mass media (and OUR mass media, for that matter) pumps into your brains and come see for yourselves. As we like to say: "Don't knock it 'til you've tried it."
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