A couple things that I have learned from being abroad, and well, here in Italy is that the United States does things in all sorts of different ways. Why? That is the age old question that I will never have the answer to.
1) The United States is practically the only country that uses the metric system
2) The United States is practically the only country that measures distance in miles
3) The United States is probably the only country that believes in and uses daylight savings time. Most countries don’t do it, and they are doing alright for themselves.