I'm bleary from a cold and from NyQuil. So I leave you with this magical-realist tale of donuts and armchairs and short dresses:
«* American jelly donuts contain a lot more jelly than German ones.
* Most US bookstores have coffee shops and armchairs and are open till 11pm, also on the weekends. Most German ones discourage browsing, don't offer coffee and close at 8pm, and don't open at all on Sundays.
* Cheerleaders, high school girls cheering and dancing in short dresses for the boys' sport teams, actually do exist in the US. I had always thought they only exist on TV, just like the laughter in the background of soap operas. But no: girls actually do want to be cheerleaders. To Germans, the whole setup is ridiculous, sexist, and degrading.»