Note: Concerning the example of the overflowing toilet, having lived in the USA for a total of 18 years now, I can attest that overflowing and backed-up toilets are even more a US tradition than a Russian one.  There is even a special company called Roto-Rooter specializing it who is officially an “emergency pluming and drain” service but which in reality spends all of its time declogging back-up toilets.  As far as I know this company works all over the East Coast (not sure about the West Coast which tends to be far more civilized and where most things are much better designed and built than on the East Coast).  So overflowing toilets are a joint US-Russian “tradition”.  In fact, Russia and the USA have a lot in common, I might write a separate article about that one day :-)

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