Europeans visiting the United States for work, vacation and relocation seem to spot the stark difference in culture and other strange practices that are mind-blowing for them. The people of Europe were asked to share their most shocking moments from visiting America, a long thread of observation and discussion ensued. Below are some of the most memorable examples.
Coke and Sugar
Oh, not sugar again! So, this is not a correct impression of Americans though these happened in the country. A woman was caught adding sugar to coke! Simply bizarre and unexpected. It was during breakfast when most people prefer low sugar meals.
Meanwhile, even Americans expressed displeasure at this; it’s just an extreme case of addiction to surgery meals. True, Americans love it sweet but it’s not extreme for many. Although there is an example of a family putting coke in the feeding bottle of a toddler; so many weird things around here.
An Irishman notice how religious some parts of America are after spotting several billboards with Jesus boldly written on them. Some contain religious messages.
Admittedly Ireland is religious but to this individual, seems America is up there; all religious and seriously believing in God. In his words: “I thought Ireland was religious, but Americans take it to a whole different level. Jesus’ billboards, people talking about Jesus and God openly all the time, distrust of non-Christians.”
Costly Ambulance Service
Not what the movies projected and was disappointing to know the truth about ambulance service in America. 100% of Hollywood movies have convinced most European ambulance service is free or at least affordable but some incidents have corrected that notion.
From many experiences, Europeans have witnessed injured individuals who declined to have an ambulance pick them up since it’s too expensive. Cases of pregnant women opting for Uber instead of ambulance because it’s 100 times cheaper further confirms the expensive ambulance services. Shocking but true. How is it over in Europe?
Everything in a Big Shop
Most Americans are eternally grateful to Walmart but some Europeans still find it odd to have such a multipurpose mall. Sharing their experiences, some Europeans have complained about the huge size of Walmart and the varieties sold there.
A European commented, “Went there to buy a sim card and some groceries. Also found out that I could also buy pet fish, car parts, and shoes. All in one building?!” Yes, all in one building. Although it may be frowned at, this makes it easy to shop all at once.
A Size of the Country
Not many Europeans check the map to compare the size of Americans to their small countries. If they do, then they won’t be half as surprised. An individual from Europe on a visit to NYC deciding to travel to Cleveland, Ohio by road. Thinking it’s just an interstate journey, the European concluded it wouldn’t be a long journey.
Surprisingly, the journey was twice as traveling through the country they came from. An interstate trip longer than traveling through an entire country is more than shocking. Brings to mind the British family who left Atlanta, GA in the morning and were hoping to get to the Grand Canyon before sunset.
Tax Not Included in Price Tag
This one practice catches non-Americans unaware and shocked. The problem being the price of goods is tax-exclusive, and making a purchase becomes difficult because the buyer keeps a price in mind only to find out it’s higher.
For a European in America, this unfamiliar method is weird. The simple explanation is, “each state, county, and city has varying tax.” One could go from one point to another one only a few miles away, buy the same item for the same price but different tax amounts.
The Strange Boston Question
A hilarious conversation ensued in Boston between an American and a Londoner. While in Boston, an American got to know there were some Britons around. So, the American walked up, and with excitement said “Oh my god, I have a friend in England. She lives in London. Do you know her?”
The Britons were quite stunned. “Hmm, there are 9 million people who live in London and 65 million in the UK. The chance of me knowing one individual is quite remote!” What a hopeless optimism the American had!
The Gap Between the Bathroom Door
“I thought the gap in bathroom stall doors was a myth until I visited the US. Didn’t get privacy for my five-day stay. How do you [go to the bathroom] when someone can look you in the eye?!”
A gobsmacked European shared this after seeing the myth and legend in reality. An excuse for this type of design could be because restrooms are categorized based on gender. Thinking it would be less awkward to have someone of the same gender see another through the space. However, when some persons tend to stare awkwardly, keeping eye contact, then it becomes irritating.
The Awkward Advertisement Pattern
There’s no denying that TV programs are riddled with ads. But what is more troubling is, not the ads, but the content. A common example is the medication adverts.
The smiling and cheerful faces on the screen while the voice-over mentions the scary side effect of the medication is one thing many Europeans cannot seem to wrap their heads around. Sometimes death is cited as a possible side effect; no one should be cheerful whilst listing something that bad.
Asking Weird Questions
Some Europeans concluded either Americans do not read or prefer to just ask just about any question to keep a conversation going. An exchange student was asked many questions by American students but two hilarious ones stood out.
One is “can you see the moon in Europe?” Where on god’s green earth is a moon not visible? Weird, inquisitive Americans! The next shocking one is “do you have Pizza in Europe?” What are Americans thinking? That pizza only exists in their region and not anywhere else? An especially funny experience of a European in the United States.
Obese People Riding Electric Scooters
Blame it on lifestyle, genetics, or health problems, America has one of the highest numbers of obesity cases in the world. However, while there are many speculations regarding the use of electric scooters by obese people, some Europeans think it’s a weird sight.
Some obese individuals are handicapped by the condition and use an electric scooter for shopping in malls. Since this is not common practice for Europeans, it’s surprising and makes them give it a second look.
Treating Soldiers Nicely
In Europe, soldiers are viewed as common servicemen, with no special attention or extra appreciation from the citizens or government. A German soldier on a semi assignment trip to the United States experienced something extraordinary.
While in uniform on the streets of the US, the soldier received lots of appreciation, admiration, and here’s the topping; he got discounts on goods, got some free goods, and free Starbucks. At a point, he confessed the attention was quite overwhelming but overall a lovely experience.
Funny Promotional Programs
In the United States, there are unusual things that may are not only be shocking to Europeans but some Americans. For example, in Las Vegas, “The Heart Attack Grill” had something unusual.
The idea is for people to measure on a scale and if they weigh 350lbs, they get to eat free meals. Wait! Free meals for someone that size? “What a horrendous thing to do!” Are they encouraging obesity? Sharing the experience, the individual said it took years to come to terms with what they do.
Blue Drink, Blue Stink
On a visit to America, a tourist visited a theme park then took a blue-colored drink the unforgettable problem started; the blue waste.
The individual had a blue “number two” just three hours after taking the drink. “No food in Europe has ever contained an ingredient that made my [waste] come out blue”, added to this expression, the individual said after 11 years, the memory seemed to be right there; evergreen! The incident was simply blowing.
LA and GTA
On a visit to Los Angeles, a European familiar with the popular game GTA was astonished at the exactness of the actual city and the game.
He always thought the landscape, people, the road width, manner of speech, and light were exaggerated until he visited in person. Driving around the city, he was so wowed. “The sound, the light, the landscape, the frickin RADIO! I thought a big part of it was just exaggeration. Nope! This was actually kind of fun.” — he said.
On a visit to San Francisco, and some Europeans experienced an extraordinary kind gesture while on a road trip. It happened that on a US road trip they decided to stop for a meal in a restaurant. After the meal, the waiter came up and announced their meal has paid for by another customer who left a while ago.
“Who does that. So nice! Totally made my day and honestly the whole vacation.” No doubt the customer must have sensed they were non-Americans on vacation and decided to be anonymously nice.
How Are You?
Common in the US is also the practice of asking, “how are you?” Regarding this type of greeting, a European noticed it’s more of a conventional way of speaking than a genuine question asked out of concern for someone.
When Americans say “how are you?” It doesn’t always mean they are interested in getting the answer. “Everyone asking “how are you” without wanting to know the answer.” A comment from a European asserts that the question doesn’t float around in Europe, it’s asked out of genuine concern.
Ads for Prescription Medicines
Ads for prescription medicines are common in the US and this was shocking to an individual from Europe. Do ads get regulated at all? Why would medicines that require a prescription from a professional get advertised on TV?
Well, it can be argued that this helps to build trust in the drug when prescribed. However, the downside to this is many end up dictating to medical professionals what drugs they want since they saw the adverts on television. This certainly may not be common in Europe since the individual seems pretty shocked.
Extreme Air Conditioning
It’s shocking how Americans use air conditioning at an extreme temperature yet they complain of the cold in winter. True, summer can be quite hot, or extremely hot in some cases.
Regardless, the temperature is no validation to use an air conditioner at a temperature that’s similar to that of a refrigerator. A refrigerator is simply too cold for an average person, yet it never seems to bother them. One joked about Americans wearing sweaters right in a freezing room not caused by winter but deliberate use of air conditioning.
Everything Is Big
The American culture of having it big cuts across so many things. Meal portions, vehicle size, house size, and road size. A European speaking about the sizes of houses complained they are excessively big — “don’t know why you need 6500 square feet of space for a family of four people.
My family of five lived comfortably in a 2500 square foot three-bedroom house.” The same thing goes for cars, they are usually bigger than usual especially in comparison to car sizes in the United Kingdom and most of Europe.
Old People Still Working
Seeing an old woman of about 90 years working behind the register in a supermarket was the awkwardly-surprising moment for another European. After the age of 60 years, old ones tend to retire or just a little over the age but before reaching the 70 years mark.
It comes as a surprise to see a frail-old woman or man working as it’s common in the US. Many Americans argue over the reason for this, some claim there are financial repercussions for some old folk while some believe some old people work for the fun of it.
Cereal Sugar Content
The sugar content of food, packed or fresh is heavily criticized by European who have reservations for excessive consumption of sugar. For example, breakfast in some hotels that offer cereals as an option contain at least 20% sugar.
The preference for a sugar-free breakfast is almost not feasible since all the cereals are arguably the same. A Europe on a visit to America experienced this and decided to share the shocking moment — when none of the cereal types is sugar-free.
The Australian Hiker
The Hiker from “down below” had a couple of interesting things to share about America during a road trip holiday. The properly-organized parks with top-notch service were the eye-catching and interesting part that impressed the hiker.
The second thing is the food quantity and price. The portions were exceptionally sufficient yet cheap. Though the initial plan was to cook to save cost, the hiker realized buying a meal was better. Lastly is the water in the toilet which is always full to brim. It was strange but nothing hard to live with.
The United States Flag Everywhere
One shocking thing noticed in America is the popular use of flags almost everywhere. It was a shocking moment seeing the flags in front of residential edifices with owners having no ties to political offices or law enforcement agencies.
A particularly shocking one is a flag stationed in front of a supermarket. Who puts a flag in front of a supermarket? It obvious the practice of flag use is not the same in Europe. Little wonder it was surprising for this individual.
Not quite an amazing sight but certainly an unbelievable sight with the reputation of America and the American people. Driving through the street, a European was dumbfounded by the number of homeless people on the streets.
With so many going on, people trying to catch the bus, and other activities, right there in the background are many homeless people sitting by the roadside. Expressing an opinion on this, someone commented, “estimates range from 300,000 to 500,000 homeless veterans alone. I still can’t wrap my head around that discrepancy today.”
Indoors Feels Colder Than Outside
Not many Americans are guilty of this but several are. The Indoor felt colder than the chilly winter for a European who visited America in summer. Since the craving for the warmth of summer is common, this individual wonders why the room temperature in many facilities is as chilly as winter.
For example, some set the room temperature to 18°C while it’s 35°C outside. The temperature outside is indeed hot, regardless, the difference between 35 and 18 degrees is too much for most Europeans.
The McDonald Package
So, it’s about the taste of meals now. An individual from the UK who’s a regular at McDonald’s complained about the difference in taste. After ordering the usual when in the United States, not only did the meal taste different but the Fanta drink as well.
They said that the drink “tasted like orange syrup.” A response under the post reads, “McDonald’s fries in the UK have 3 ingredients – potato, oil, salt (sometimes a tiny amount of dextrose). McDonald’s fries in the USA have 14 ingredients” — this explains the discrepancy.
A Country in a Country
This came from a European now living in the States for over 7 years. Since moving to the US, everything has always seemed big and different.
The surprising part is the stark contrast in culture between the States. Going on vacation to another state in America is similar to crossing country borders in Europe. The individual adds that each state with its big land area feels like another country and everything is so different even though it’s the same country.
Have a Great Day
Telling people to have A good day is foreign to Europeans or perhaps it’s the excessive use of it by Americans. A user aired his opinion regarding why everyone keeps saying “Have a good day.”
While this is not bad or wrong in any form, some feel it’s not necessary since most people who say it are strangers. But hey! It’s America and this is the norm. As common and ordinary as it may sound, it’s a way of being polite and nice to people.
A Full Glass of Pepsi
Drinking soda at a restaurant, a European was surprised to have a refill while the content in the cup is far from finished. The waiter had come around to refill the cup to the brim which shocked the foreigner.
Things are way different and until about three cups are gulped there is no stopping. The foreigner had no idea and was shocked when the half-filled cup of Pepsi was taken and brought backfilled. “Thank you, Mr waiter man, your service was fantastic, but one glass of soda was just fine for me.”
Many have said this, and it has been reaffirmed often than not; Americans are polite. For the wherever reason, not so many expected Americans to be polite and friendly.
To the surprise of some Europeans, a large percentage of Americans are polite in their manner of speech and dealings with strangers. In ways beyond imagination, Americans are lovely, they are appreciative, starting friendly conversations with strangers, and give lots of good wishes. Genuinely from the heart or a perfunctory custom, they are altogether friendly.
Skyscrapers bring to mind the misconception about Europe. Some believe there are no skyscrapers in Europe, the buildings are just average height structures. Untrue as it is, the fact stands that there are few tall buildings in Europe.
A report once claimed a particular state in America has as many skyscrapers as the whole of Europe! It’s no wonder that many Europeans are startled due to the overwhelming number of tall buildings, both residential and commercial in America. “Impressive in pictures but overwhelming when literally towering above you in real-life.”
Americans and cars! The number of car owners in America drives Europeans nuts. Why is everyone trying to be the owner of a car? Europeans rave about how they enjoy riding bikes or taking public transport to their destinations.
When they visit and see the enormous number of cars, the scene is inconsistent with their reality. As stunned as Europeans may be, Americans have valid reasons for owning a vehicle. Some complain about the delay of public transportation system but the untold reason probably is their preference for luxury.
Touch and Go Payment
Widespread as the touch and go card payment option is in Europe, the same is not applicable in the US. This makes some European in the US go, “why the slow payment option?”
Of course, some fast-food restaurants and grocery stores have the system in place yet it’s not everywhere or almost everywhere. For a European familiar with the Touch and go payment, it feels weird a place as developed as the US hasn’t fully adopted the system.
Scary Warning Signs
Warning the public of Cancer-causing or other harmful materials is not done out of concern. A tourist says “In California, had big [shocking] moment when I visited a store and it had a little sign at the entrance and register informing that materials proven to cause cancer being part of the building.
First time I was like, why not just remove it? Reminded me of asbestos or something.” After moving around more, the tourist realized it’s a common practice to avoid lawsuits.
All Stores Sell Candy
There’s no telling America is synonymous with sugary edibles. What caught the attention of a Norwegian in the US is what all stores seem to have. All the stores visited all sold candy regardless of the goods each store sells.
Well, the Norwegian is not disappointed but counts it as a welcomed surprise, after all, who doesn’t enjoy sweet things, if not everyone a majority of people from various regions surely love tasty treats. So, Americans here’s a fan!
Excessive TV Ads
TV ads are excessive and overwhelming according to a European. Almost every European expresses displeasure at the Tv Ads on American stations. It’s difficult to enjoy a program without frequent and repetitive adverts.
Watching an interesting show on TV stations is a no brainer. The business spirit in America is encouraging but it’s getting annoying when it’s excessive. For Europeans, on a visit to the United States, these Ads are making them avoid watching TV programs. Safe to say Americans are have found alternatives to these shows.
24-Hour Grocery Stores
On a visit to the states, some German visitors got the surprise of their lives. Their American host raised the idea of cooking at midnight and it seemed impossible to them.
Around 2:30 am, they wanted to make waffles and have pizza with some beers. It felt impossible, “but it’s 2:30 in the morning!” The 24-hour Grocery Store amazed the Germans. Almost as if they’ve never heard of it or experienced it.
Seeing All Kinds of Races
Some parts of Europe have 80-99% Caucasians and little of other races. For someone from Poland, it’s pretty much over 90% of natives and other races almost non-existent.
On a visit to America, a Polish was found it new and was wowed to see people from different races everywhere and anywhere. Indians, Africans, Asians, and Native Americans. It was quite an experience. People of all races and different regions of the world are residents of the US. The United States is one of the most diverse countries.
The Quality of Some Houses
The Quality of House in the United States baffles some Europeans on a visit to some family friends. Some houses are not made of bricks as common in most of the United Kingdom.
A gentle tap on the walls shows it is made of wood or plywood in some cases. Regions prone to natural disasters usually have houses of this type to avoid a fatal accident when houses collapse as a result of heavy storms or floods.
Generous Water Refill
Water refill is relatively similar to soda refill. This incident was a shocker for a European visiting America. In a restaurant, it was surprising to have a frequent and continuous refill of water.
It seemed as if the waiter kept monitoring the water level so it remains on the same level, plus it’s free!
Americans Know Little About the Rest of the World
Even Americans would agree with this, they ask any and every question. The questions asked make one wonder if they believe America is the only civilized society in the world.
For many Americans who’ve never seen out the country, it’s usually worse. They ask questions like, “Do you see the moon in Europe?,” “do you have Libraries in Africa?,” and “do you breathe in Asia?”
America vs. Europe Zero Infrastructure for Pedestrians
For someone from parts of Europe like France, Italy, or Germany, to mention a few, the concept of a walkway is not strange compared to some suburbs of the United States.
An individual visiting American friends in the suburbs had a hard time getting to the store on foot to pick up few edibles(planning a surprise meal for the host). According to the user, the police assumed a vehicle breakdown to have been spotted walking on the curb of the highway. Fortunately, the officers offered a drive back home after an explanation.
Selling Sweet Breads
“Everything made of flour seems to be sugar-saturated in the US even bread!” For Europeans, it’s not quite the same story. In some places in Europe, it’s impossible to find bread and cakes in the same store.
Cakes are usually sweet and also considered a luxury; not a staple like bread. Bread in the US would never be regarded as one in Europe, it will be taxed as a cake due to the high sugar content.
Counting the Flags
One huge mistake a tourist can make in America is counting the number of flags. Out of patriotism or pride, Americans love to have flags around. At residential buildings, commercial edifices, just name it, flags are everywhere and anywhere.
On a trip, a tourist from Europe decided to count the number of flags. Before giving up, about 400 flags were counted, that’s a lot in just a city. How much more in the entire state. No doubt flags have become part of the American culture.
College is supposed to be a fun experience and it mostly is, unless you have one or true professors from hell. We scoured Reddit to bring you the most hilarious, cringe-worthy, astonishing, and bizarre college professors’ stories. Some of those stories kept us awake at night (not really, but close enough). Overall, we can say that some professors are simply too weird to be real, but they are. We felt bad for their poor students, who had to deal with some really crazy experiences.
College math is 10 times harder than high school math, that’s a harsh fact. What could make it even more complicated is when your college professor solves complex algebra problems in the wrong way and for the most sinister reasons.
You might think that they just confused a few numbers, but as it turns out, they did it on purpose! They deliberately solved it the wrong way and then showed the correct way of doing it. Is that a new teaching method that we’ve never heard of before? Boo!
Hail Caesar Hail!
Studying an ancient language in college may sound like a fun idea, and it really is if your professor is great. It looks like this teacher, however, was a little too inspired by the Romans. Acting like a real Roman domina, she ruled her kingdom — we mean, class — with an iron fist.
Judging by this Reddit story, it seems like she considered her students to be nothing more than dull barbarians who had to get accustomed to the Roman way of life. Clearly, she crossed the Rubicon there — more than once.
Please Open Your Books to Page 1759
It’s annoying when you get to college and discover that in addition to paying enormous fees to the institution you’ve enrolled in, you also have to pay for the books your professor wrote for their own classes.
We wonder, what’s the point of taking classes with these professors when you can just read the books they wrote? In this case, in addition to buying the professor’s textbook, the OP also had to decipher their illegible handwriting because the book wasn’t typed. To us, it sounds like they went to study in a medieval university.
No, you didn’t misread the title. It’s just that we have no other way to describe this class. This geology professor thought that it’s a good idea to teach geology by writing a play about it. Why on Earth would they do that?
What’s even worse, since it’s a coursebook, they also charged money for it. We wonder if they also offered their students to purchase mineral rights. Clearly, this professor mixed their classes. Drama 101 isn’t taught until next semester, professor.
Near Perfect Paper
There’s something about professors and their unwillingness to give out good grades no matter how hard their students have worked to earn them. This is the case here as well. This Reddit user shared their experience about studying with an English professor who just refused to give them an “A.”
Instead, what they got was a near score of 89.9, which is technically an “A-.” We imagine this professor to be a character straight out of a Charles Dickens novel. Maybe they shouldn’t have asked for more…
Cheating on an exam in college is apparently a lot worse than doing it in high school. We always knew that cheating is considered one of the highest forms of academic misconduct, but we hardly expected this.
This college professor literally held their students hostage until someone fessed up. It’s too bad his plan backfired, as the students just up and left after they got tired of sitting around.
Road to Victory
College professors asking their students to buy the books they wrote for their classes isn’t unusual, but what we really liked about this case is this student’s reaction. This college professor wrote their own book about WWII and even drew their own maps (did they actually fight in the war?), which makes it impressive indeed.
This OP was outraged that they had to purchase the book and ultimately ended up burning it, symbolically reminding us of the burning of the Reichstag.
Teachers are supposed to set an example for their students, at least in theory. You know, practice what you preach and all that. In this case, this couldn’t be further from the truth. This professor had a strict policy regarding class attendance — too bad she forgot to mention that the same rules don’t apply to her.
According to our calculations, she missed about a third of the class she was supposed to teach that semester. Does that mean she has to turn in her doctoral thesis and resign?
This Is Art
Professors are notoriously known for having inflated egos (we apologize to anyone who’s a professor and reading this, but deep down you know it’s true). This art professor seems to have taken his job way too seriously.
He personally reminds us of those self-proclaimed experts who turn out to be complete charlatans (not that we’re insinuating anything here). In fact, if we can play the intellectuals here, he reminds us of the king from The Little Prince.
We thought that we were clear about our zero absence policy (just read what we wrote earlier), but we can show some sympathy sometimes too — unlike this professor here. This Reddit user shared his college memories, which included being late to an exam because he hit a deer on the way to campus.
Can you guess what happened? The professor rejected their “excuse” and failed them. We feel especially bad for the deer that practically died for nothing.
Turn a Blind Eye
We couldn’t believe this story when we first read it. A college professor turning a blind eye on cheating students? After we picked up our jaw from the floor, we rushed to the keyboard to tell the world about it.
To us, it seems like the professor was tired of his students acting so immaturely that he couldn’t care less about their scandalous behavior. At least he had the decency of telling them to do it discreetly. We hope this wasn’t a class about ethics.
Talking to the Ceiling
We said it before and we are going to say it again, teachers are supposed to set an example to their students. Sometimes they completely fail to do it. This public speaking professor used to come hungover to every class and what’s worse, he used to lie on the table and lecture while staring at the ceiling.
He also had the audacity to tell this Reddit user, a former student of his, that they shouldn’t pursue a career in this field — a pot calling the kettle black.
College professors can be very entitled, thinking that their opinion is the only one that counts and that other opinions are irrelevant. The problem gets worse when these college professors treat their student papers in the same manner.
This lecturer didn’t even bother to read this poor student’s essay and just determined that it’s “too general.” We wonder if she has X-ray vision that enables her to scan through the whole paper without reading it. If not, how can she say it’s too general if she hasn’t even read it?!
There are so many things that are just so wrong about this story, we don’t even know where to start. Let’s begin by saying that this professor should be taught the difference between fact and opinion. They seem to be a little confused between the two.
Second, any lesson should follow a logical flow — teaching at random and jumping from topic to topic doesn’t count as teaching. Third, being nice to female students and rude to male students is a cause for alarm.
But Where Is “It”?
This student seems to have disturbed the natural order of things (or electrons, which revolve in orbitals for your information) by questioning something they shouldn’t have questioned — how can one determine the exact position of an electron?
In response, their chemistry professor got really angry and, according to what the OP wrote, “threatened” them. Don’t worry, though. The professor then offered to take her student down to the library for some extra help. All praise the Goddess of Chemistry!
We believe that everyone should act as humanely as possible and show compassion when the circumstances require it. This story, however, made us doubt if some are even capable of that.
While this college student was struggling with the loss of their best friend and had to obviously attend his funeral, their professor didn’t really seem to care, as they insisted on them joining some field trip… to the library! Yes, we were shocked as much as you probably are now.
Play by Ear
Cases in which the student outgrows the master are not very uncommon. Normally, your teacher should just be cool about it if not elated, because that also says something about their teaching skills.
In this case, it looks like that this piano master didn’t like the idea that her student could play by ear, meaning they can play perfectly and don’t really need their teacher’s help. What’s worse, this teacher began ranting about it, even claiming that they were “unrefined” (what’s that even supposed to mean?).
Teaching Since the Revolutionary War
We’ve all had that one professor who was so old, you could swear that they’ve been teaching since the Middle Ages. This story reminds us of professor Cuthbert Beans from Harry Potter, who’s technically a ghost of the dead professor — but, this ghost still keeps coming to the lecture hall to teach.
We’re not implying anything here in relation to this physics professor but, judging by the description, we simply can’t help but notice similarities between the two.
No Idea What I Am Doing
Let’s be clear about something first — if you’re a teacher, you’re supposed to know the material better than your students and if you don’t, don’t teach it. It seems like this math professor was simply pretending to be a math teacher because, from the sounds of it, they didn’t really know what they were teaching.
Avoiding students’ questions? Reading the explanations straight from the textbook? Forgetting how to solve a math equation halfway through? Something’s a little fishy here.
There’s something funny about teachers who are responsible for teaching a technological subject, but sometimes lack basic knowledge about related topics. In this case, the shoemaker’s son always goes barefoot.
What’s the point of knowing how to code if you think that double-spacing means literally pressing the space bar twice between each word? We really don’t know whether we should cry or laugh or both. Some teachers are simply too weird to be real.
We Will Show Them!
We don’t really know how to relate to the following story. This student had to inform their professor about the most terrible terrorist attack in the history of the United States and instead of sending everyone home to be with their loved ones, he calmly responded by saying that “we will fight the terrorists by staying in class.”
Well, this is certainly not Churchill’s “we will fight them at the beaches” kind of response. Get your books and pens ready, men! We will show them what Americans are made of!
Mind Your Own Business, Professor
Teachers aren’t supposed to shove their noses into their students’ private lives, especially in college where everyone is an adult. This story made us really annoyed and disgusted by this professor’s behavior.
This professor apparently almost failed a student of his simply because her ex-boyfriend walked into his office and started ranting about how terrible she is, adding all kinds of unflattering terms to describe her supposed behavior. This is beyond unacceptable, in our opinion.
Studying with foreign professors could be an amazing experience, assuming you can understand what they’re saying. This clearly wasn’t the case with this professor, who was from Cameroon and came to the US to teach statistics.
While statistics is not an easy subject, regardless of who’s teaching it, things can be a lot worse if you don’t understand what the professor is saying. What’s even worse, when you beg the professor to go over the material one more time before the exam just for them to bluntly refuse.
Show Some Work
We all make mistakes, that includes our teachers and college professors as well. The obvious thing to do is acknowledge that and try to do something to fix it. It seems like this professor couldn’t care less about making a mistake on a test that they wrote.
What was their excuse, though? “You should’ve at least showed some work.” What do you mean by “show some work”? It’s your fault that this question has no correct answer! What were your students supposed to do — invent a question of their own?
Too Passionate About the Subject
Personally, we adore teachers who are really passionate about what they teach. It always adds a flavor, even to the dullest of classes. Sometimes, however, too much passion isn’t something welcome.
This story made us laugh really hard when we imagined this anthropology professor doing that local dance from Fiji. We believe that this was part of a very important class presentation. Can you do it again professor? We’re not sure if we got it the first time.
“I’m From Chicago”
Racism shouldn’t be tolerated by anyone. What’s more, we feel like it should be obvious that racism isn’t something that should even be present in a classroom environment. In all honesty, we’re extremely disgusted by this professor’s behavior.
We’re just glad that the gal stood up for herself. Can you imagine the look on that professor’s face? We hope that if there’s one life lesson that they won’t forget, it’s this. Let us spell that out for you — r-a-c-i-s-t.
Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
Studying foreign languages is a fun but can also be quite a difficult experience. Studying them in college can be even more challenging, however. While we have our own reservations about this professor’s teaching method, we’re more concerned about their unwillingness to teach grammar.
How can you study a language without possibly knowing anything about the grammatical rules it follows? It seems like it didn’t stop this professor from teaching full semesters without devoting time to this important subject. Perhaps that’s just the “German” way of doing things.
“If I Can, So Can You”
This is going to be one of those stories again — a college professor who thinks that they’re as perfect as can be and won’t change a thing about the way they do things. In this case, a whole class clearly was in the dark about the material and still, the stubborn professor refused to make any concessions.
What was his excuse? If he can complete the test in 30 minutes, so can his students — but, he wrote it! Where’s the logic in that? Wait, there’s none, apparently. This is college, not Sparta!
This anonymous Reddit user shared a story about a college professor who bluntly asked them something totally insulting, as if this student gave their college paper no thought whatsoever. We find it unbelievable and unacceptable on so many levels.
What went through this professor’s mind when she wrote such a terrible thing on her student’s essay? No wonder why the university fired her, after 17 consecutive complaints. We’re just happy that this OP ultimately got an “A” from the university.
Don’t Want to Be Here
Let’s admit it — we don’t always feel like coming to class and sitting through the entire lecture while the professor jabbers on and on. What happens when it’s the other way around?
This professor just walked in on the first day of the semester and stated blatantly that teaching this course is a waste of his valuable time. Excuse us? What are we paying college fees for? Sadly, this wasn’t part of some stupid joke. Oh, college.
Some college professors sometimes forget that they’re not totalitarian leaders and that the classroom isn’t their own private kingdom. This college professor refused to allow her students to raise their hands in class and told anyone that contradicted her opinion they were wrong.
Apparently, the only opinion that counted in her class was hers and hers only. Anyone found guilty of holding different views will be sent away for good. We’re kidding, but you get the idea.
Just Wasting Your Time
When we first read this story, we weren’t sure if it was referring to college or middle school. We were surprised to learn that they actually did talk about college, for real. We don’t know what has gotten into this professor, but it seems like teaching wasn’t really a priority of his at all.
Again, this begs the question, what were the students paying for then? To spend an entire semester reading from a book during class or just aimlessly copying their homework into a scantron sheet? This is ridiculous.
Late, too Late
Rules are rules, but sometimes, it’s okay to bend them if you’re not a heartless professor. This poor student had to submit a paper that was due at the beginning of class — no exceptions, apparently. Unfortunately, the OP got held up due to crowds of students in the hallways.
This means that they were only delayed by six to seven minutes. However, their cruel-hearted professor refused to accept their paper. While they seem to be quite chill about it, we’re not. We demand justice.
Sometimes, you get an assignment from your teacher or college professor and wonder what on Earth went through that person’s mind when they were preparing it. It’s not that we’re complaining about difficult assignments or long-term papers — it’s just that we can’t help but wonder what the point of the following assignment is.
This poor student (along with their classmates) had to rewrite the syllabus word for word, which basically means they had to copy it. Mind you that this is supposed to be college. So much for “higher” education.
Who Are You? Never Mind!
If you’re a teacher, you’re expected to make a conscious effort to remember the names of your students, even if you’re only going to spend one semester with them. It seems like this professor didn’t think so. No wonder why this OP confessed that they didn’t care about this class — we wouldn’t either.
This is so off-putting. How are people expected to take this course seriously if their own professor tells them she won’t bother learning their names because it’s only one semester? What a joke!
We mentioned earlier that studying with a foreign academic could be a fun experience, provided that you can understand what they’re saying. Here, however, this was hardly the case.
This Japanese professor struggled with English while teaching, so he substituted the words he didn’t know with Japanese equivalents because, you know, math is math. Luckily, the professor had a TA who spoke English. The day (and the whole semester) was saved.
Rock & Roll
You’d think that a class about the history of rock ‘n’ roll would be the most interesting thing on a student’s schedule — especially if they’re a music lover.
After reading this story, though, we can only assume that the OP begs to differ considering that their spacey professor barely ever showed up. Then again, we can’t say that we’re so shocked by just how zonked the professor seemed to be during class, knowing what he got up to during the ’60s.
He Thinks He Should Teach
We all had at least one really eccentric teacher in our lives. Normally, one would encounter them during their college years. This biochemistry teacher seems to fill this role just perfectly as he used the third person to speak about what “they” did during the weekend.
This probably sets a new record, at least in our book. We also liked the fact that the professor included a question about what “they” did during the weekend on the final exam. Teachers are a weird lot.
Law school is hard, but this is just insane. Yes, future lawyers are expected to be proficient in what they do, but knowing what a “terrazzo” floor is hardly relevant to the case in question, your Honor. This professor expected his students to know every single word in the cases they examined during the lecture.
This makes sense, except for the fact that he literally meant every single word, including knowing what a “terrazzo” floor is. We googled it by the way — it’s just some composite material used for, well, covering floors.
Not Their Fault
While sometimes, it’s really the professor’s fault, this may not always be the case. We thought this is going to be another one of those stories about a scatter-minded professor who keeps forgetting what’s what. However, this time she actually had a good reason for it.
The professor discovered that she was suffering from Alzheimer’s. This, of course, explains everything. We felt bad both for her and her students. At least her “bad” evolution wouldn’t matter because she isn’t likely to continue teaching anyway.
I Want to Speak to Your Parents
As kids, you were probably terrified to get a letter from school. It appears that this college professor wanted to embrace the same method. We bet they didn’t get the memo that people in college are adults, meaning that you can’t take these matters up with their parents.
In fact, we feel quite ridiculous even writing this up. This should be obvious, professor. Too bad you don’t need a teaching license to work in college — maybe this way these incidents would have been spared.
“You Look Terrible”
There is something quaint about old professors. They often tend to be mellow, forgetful, and are always curious about the lives of “you young people.” However, some of them abuse their age, tenure, and privilege and simply don’t care about teaching anymore.
This could get worse if they abuse their position and talk in a derogatory way. This professor simply told a student one day that they looked terrible. Excuse me, sir? Who are you to say such things? Wait until the dean hears about it! We took this very personally.
We already mentioned a story about a professor who took his entire class hostage. This reminded us of that. This poor student had to leave the class 10 minutes early in order to make it on time to another class, but the professor clearly had other ideas as she yelled at them.
We think she took the whole mandatory attendance thing way too seriously. We get it, attendance is indeed important for success, but there’s a limit. We have only one thing to say to her — lady, calm down!
In order for a student to succeed, all they need is someone to believe in them. It seems like this professor didn’t follow this decree. This Reddit user shared a story that happened to another student.
They overheard their professor telling someone that if they can’t figure how to do something five weeks into the semester, they should drop the degree. We were shocked, just like the anonymous Reddit user who posted the story. This is definitely no way to treat your students.
For some reason, this story reminded us of Professor Snape’s potion class. We don’t mean to say that this professor actually reminds us of Snape, but the fact that they actually concocted something that preserves books sounded very Harry Potter-esque to us.
However, it seems like it didn’t get more exciting than that. What’s more, it appears that they only got the job because their spouse works at the same institution. This wouldn’t have happened in Hogwarts — just saying.