Red Solo Cups
It may have been the popularity of a certain country song which drew attention to these disposable cups. Or perhaps it is their predominance in so many college party scenes in American movies. Whatever the reason, these simple cups have become a must-have at trendy American-themed parties which are popular all across Europe.
Married With Children
Popular in its time, "Married with Children" in now in syndication, often broadcast at hours where its only competition is the infomercial. However, this program is so popular in Russia that the writers from the original series have been hired to revise a Russian remake of the show which continues to draw in new fans.
Spam, the famous gelatinous meat-like product, is found in many homes in Guam and a popular ingredient in a variety of their traditional dishes. It was introduced to locals during WWII by US soldiers stationed there during the war.
This American distributor of quality outdoor gear is loved more in South Korea than anywhere else in the world. In fact it is this popularity which has contributed to an increase in juvenile crime. Students have been known to burglarize homes to earn money to purchase the winter jackets and harass other students into handing over their jackets to them.
Reusable Shopping Bags
The Japanese love reusable shopping bags, especially those which include logos of American stores like Whole Foods or Trader Joes. These canvas bags are difficult to find inside the country and those which are for sale are sometimes exorbitantly priced. That is assuming you can manage to get one before the item sells out.
Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer
Clever marketing is to blame, or thank, for the popularity of this beverage in China. The culture in China has shifted as their economy has grown and the illusion of wealth is extremely important. By advertising the beer as a luxury item from the United States, many are purchasing it as a status symbol.
Known best for his role in the 1970s hit "Three's Company," the now deceased Ritter is well-known (and loved) throughout Middle Eastern countries for his role in "8 Simple Rules." Beamed by satellite from two separate broadcasting companies, it is regularly scheduled during primetime there.
In a dictatorship which frequently experiences power outages and is known for staying loyal to its cultural roots, it is difficult to imagine they could even be aware of something as seemingly silly as Angry Birds. Despite all of this, the people of Burma, or Myanmar, have developed a strong affinity for the game — or its merchandise at least. Boldly colored sweatshirts and t-shirts with Angry Bird graphics are incredibly popular across the country.
You probably are aware of the German obsession with David Hasselhoff, but what about Kool-Aid? This powdered drink is a common sell-out at local import stores. Apparently grape flavored anything is unusual in the country and customers have discovered a very strong affection to what they consider a unique product.
In Taiwan, the 7-11 franchise is more than just a place to find a microwaved burrito at midnight. In this city, customers pay their bills, pick up items they have purchased online and develop their film all from one convenient location. If you are stopping by to get a quick snack after a trip to the local nightclub, you can also hire a designated driver to get your less-than-sober body home safely.
There seems to be no end to the love affair between Mr. Lewis and the people of France. A recent film festival dedicated to his movies had people waiting in line just for the ticket booth to open. The festival was not a simple weekend showing either, but a full two-week event.
America has been a strong leader in the music of the world for some time. Starting way back with Jazz, leading into rock and other music types, our music industry has pushed culture for some time.
Not much to say. They may make fun of us for em, but everybody still loves em.
A classic. Everyone, even children, knows it and it's delicious simplistic American goodness.