I was the average Indian middle class child, and my American TV diet started at age 13, when cable TV first reached India.
The big thing that mystified my 13 year old brain was people falling through ceilings and putting their fists through the wall. The pair of ruffians in Home Alone did it, the lawyer and his girlfriend in LA Law did it..they were not even superheroes! 'Thats just not possible. Are American walls that weak? Or is this stuff completely unreal?' I was baffled, and not having access to Google, there were no easy answers.
It was only after I came here that I realized houses were made of wood and plaster and such stuff. In India, houses were made of bricks and mortar. The floors were brick with cement or stone. An average size house took a year to build. My father, being the classic DIY man, even had the door and window frames made out of iron. In fact, the only wood in our house was in the doors.
That was one big American mystery explained. It has its own effects, though..during my first six months in the US, I couldn't sleep when there was a storm outside, knowing that there was nothing but a thin wall separating me from the elements. And the windows just open to the outside, with no iron bars! Now I don't notice them anymore..but I wonder what sleeping in an Indian house will feel like.