ATS, as an American site with mainly American users, is, quite naturally, very USA-centric but it also appears as though most of the really weird
stuff that's going on is almost exclusively American and in the USA. 2 things about this:
1. Being right in it because of being born there, having the American perception and experience of life purely because of culture, background,
societal context etc, people see certain subjects as a given things to at least consider.
Be it UFOs, strange inter dimensional creatures,
extremely advanced science projects, certain types of monsters and demons... these subjects seem to have a place in American culture to a more or
lesser extent, in varying degrees. But at least in my eyes, for the rest of the world these things aren't really relevant. It's much less of a
, if at all. For instance, where I live, nobody talks about UFOs, monsters, inter dimensional portals, strange highly advanced
government projects, and so on. There're certain groups who're interested in these matters but that's mainly because of American influences such as
fiction and the internet, which brings me to point 2.
2. Most of these subjects originate in the USA, especially their interpretation. We don't hear much about entirely new strange phenomena from for
instance European or Asian countries; for the most part, they're already in an American mind frame, obviously influenced by it and regardless of
anything else, *much* rarer and also less popularly considered and debated. From my own standpoint at least: it all isn't really part of our
Just like for instance, African magic isn't. It's part of their world and perception perhaps, but not ours. Same with many popular
American conspiracy subjects.
You guys get all the exciting stuff, it seems!
Around the world, there've been cases of 'really weird stuff going on', such as the Dyatlov Pass incident, but much less amazing and seemingly
crazy stuff than in the USA. These cases are also rarer, with larger distances and time periods between them. There're several topics that are pretty
specifically American and are hardly found outside the USA and the occasional wishful thinker online in Europe (for example) who thinks he saw a
strange light once somewhere. We don't have monsters, UFOs are hardly a concept or a subject, we don't have any (popular or widely known) cryptids
or far less, especially on the continent, we hardly have amazing and close to sci-fi government technology, chemtrails aren't really an issue
either... most of these subjects seem to exist mostly in that strange country the USA. Nobody ever talks about demons or cryptids and we don't have
so many weird, alleged disappearances, sightings of strange beings, etc.
On the other hand, the USA does
have a lot of strange stuff going on like all the spy programs, very unethical human experiments (like the one
with syphilis, just naming ONE, why did you ever call your country free?) and generally, some extreme stuff. (that'd be conspiracy theory material if
they weren't confirmed facts) So on the other hand, there's that, too.
Now, what I wonder about is basically this:
1. Do you agree with me? And where are you from?
2. Can you name 'weird stuff', strange incidents, widely searched for monsters etc in Europe or another part of the world that isn't (North)
America? Out of interest and curiosity
I like these topics, after all.
3. Are there widely believed to exist phenomena that originate in another part of the world? Not talking about certain religions or miracles, but
rather, conspiracy material and perhaps some supernatural subjects.
4. If you have the same thoughts and (perceived) observations as I do: what do you think causes that discrepancy? Is it how American culture works? Or
is it that American people really DO get all the 'fun' stuff?