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AN AMERICAN DESCRIBES BRITAIN

06 Oct 2015


If you're from Britain it's quite easy to often forget how great the United Kingdom is. If you're not from Britain , however, we probably seem an odd bunch at times. The following Facebook post, written by 66-year-old American Scott Waters, pretty much fits both of the above. Penned following a visit to the UK this summer (most of which appears to have been in Cornwall , England ), Waters wrote up the various cultural differences and posted them to the world of social media. The post promptly went viral and has been shared almost 50,000 times. Here's what he had to say about us:

“I was in England again a few weeks ago, mostly in small towns, but here's some of what I learned:

* Almost everyone is very polite.

* There are no guns.

* There are too many narrow stairs.

* The pubs close too early.

* The reason they drive on the left is because all their cars are built backwards.

* Pubs are not bars, they are community living rooms.

* You'd better like peas, potatoes and sausage.

* Refrigerators and washing machines are very small.

* Everything is generally older, smaller and shorter.

* People don't seem to be afraid of their neighbors or the government.

* Their paper money makes sense, the coins don't.

* Everyone has a washing machine but driers are rare.

* Hot and cold water faucets. Remember them?

* Pants are called "trousers", underwear are "pants" and sweaters are "jumpers".

* The bathroom light is a string hanging from the ceiling.

* "Fanny" is a naughty word, as is "shag".

* All the signs are well designed with beautiful typography and written in full sentences with proper grammar.

* There's no dress code.

* Doors close by themselves, but they don't always open.

* They eat with their forks upside down.

* The English are as crazy about their gardens as Americans are about cars.

* They don't seem to use facecloths or napkins or maybe they’re just neater than we are.

* The wall outlets all have switches, some don't do anything.

* There are hardly any cops or police cars.

* 5,000 year ago, someone arranged a lot of rocks all over, but no one is sure why.

* When you do see police they seem to be in male & female pairs and often smiling.

* Black people are just people: they didn't quite do slavery here.

* Everything comes with chips, which are French fries. You put vinegar on them.

* Cookies are "biscuits" and potato chips are "crisps".

* HP sauce is better then catsup.

* Obama is considered a hero, Bush is considered an idiot.

* After fish and chips, curry is the most popular food.

* The water controls in showers need detailed instructions.

* They can boil anything.

* Folks don't always lock their bikes.

* It's not unusual to see people dressed differently and speaking different languages.

* Your electronic devices will work fine with just a plug adapter.

* Nearly everyone is better educated than we are.

* If someone buys you a drink you must do the same.

* Look right, walk left. Again; look right, walk left. You're welcome.

* Avoid British wine and French beer.

* It's not that hard to eat with the fork in your left hand with a little practice. If you don't, everyone knows you're an American.

* Many of the roads are the size of our sidewalks.

* There's no AC.

* Instead of turning the heat up, you put on a jumper.

* Gas is "petrol", it costs about $6 a gallon and is sold by the liter.

* If you speed on a motorway, you get a ticket. Period. Always.

* You don't have to tip, really!

* There are no guns.

* Scotland , Wales , Ireland and Cornwall really are different countries.

* Only 14% of Americans have a passport, everyone in the UK does.

* You pay the price marked on products because the taxes (VAT) are built in.

* Walking is the national pastime.

* Their TV looks and sounds much better than ours.

* They took the street signs down during WWII, but haven't put them all back up yet.

* Everyone enjoys a good joke.

* Dogs are very well behaved and welcome everywhere.

* There are no window screens.

* You can get on a bus and end up in Paris .

* Everyone knows more about our history than we do.

* Radio is still a big deal. The BBC is quite good.

* The newspapers can be awful.

* Everything costs the same but our money is worth less so you have to add 50% to the price to figure what you're paying.

* Beer comes in large, completely filled, actual pint glasses and the closer the brewery the better the beer.

* Butter and eggs aren't refrigerated.

* The beer isn't warm, each style is served at the proper temperature.

* Cider (alcoholic) is quite good.

* Excess cider consumption can be very painful.

* The universal greeting is "Cheers" (pronounced "cheeahz" unless you are from Cornwall , then it's "chairz")

* The money is easy to understand: 1-2-5-10-20-50 pence, then-£1-£2-£5-£10, etc bills. There are no quarters.

* Their cash makes ours look like Monopoly money.

* Cars don't have bumper stickers.

* Many doorknobs, buildings and tools are older than America .

* By law, there are no crappy, old cars.

* When the sign says something was built in 456, they didn't lose the "1".

* Cake is pudding, ice cream is pudding, anything served for dessert is pudding, even pudding.

* Everything closes by 1800 (6pm)

* Very few people smoke, those who do often roll their own.

* You're defined by your accent.

* No one in Cornwall knows what the hell a Cornish Game Hen is.

* Soccer is a religion, religion is a sport.

* Europeans dress better than the British, we dress worse.

* The trains work: a three minute delay is regrettable.

* Drinks don't come with ice.

* There are far fewer fat English people.

* There are a lot of healthy old folks around participating in life instead of hiding at home watching tv.

* If you're over 60, you get free TV and bus and rail passes.

* They don't use Bose anything anywhere

* Displaying your political or religious affiliation is considered very bad taste

* Every pub has a pet drunk

* Their healthcare works, but they still bitch about it

* Cake is one of the major food groups

* Their coffee is mediocre but their tea is wonderful

* There are still no guns

*They have towel warmers!
 
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In all honesty they have so much to see and experience in their own vast country - likely one lifetime would not suffice. I can no longer laugh at the thought of some Yanks never having a passport.
Gobsmacking stuff - done the road trip west coast to Canadian border returning down through the 'big sky' and on through the Dakotas to Arizona.
Brilliant experience and may I add a brilliant drive too !!

I am sold - Probably the greatest country on Earth.

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Yes, I grew up watching westerns and have always been fascinated by the country.

However, I have since come to realise that it was just the geography.

Everything else about the place is quite worrying.
 
My wifes niece and her boyfriend spent a gap year travelling across different states and doing odd jobs to supplement their stay and what the fathomed out is that your average American thinks the uk is a very small town where everybody knows each other ..... and after speaking to one lady who asked then where they was from and how long they had been in America they replied England and about 5months......... I kid you not her reply was "and you have picked up the language really quick" .............................. they just looked at each other and smiled
 
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My wifes niece and her boyfriend spent a gap year travelling across different states and doing odd jobs to supplement their stay and what the fathomed out is that your average American thinks the uk is a very small town where everybody knows each other ..... and after speaking to one lady who asked then where they was from and how long they had been in America they replied England and about 5months......... I kid you not her reply was "and you have picked up the language really quick" .............................. they just looked at each other and smiled

It's funny because people here ask me where I'm from, so I say the UK - if I just say Wales, many of them look bemused and say things like, 'Oh, I thought you were British.' I suppose I am a little bit out in the sticks, though, where most people think England and Britain are one and the same.
The bit about picking up the language could be accurate in some areas - some of my wife's relatives are from Kentucky and, when they speak to me, it really does sound like they are talking a different language. :eek::LOL:
 
A ticket office clerk on the London Underground was asked by an American how far Ann Hathaway's cottage was from Stratford Station, can we walk it, ?
 
Not only Americans who make that mistake.

Many years ago (pre-mobile 'phones & Satnav) I was due to meet a colleague in Stratford - I drove to Stratford upon Avon completely unaware of Stratford East London.
 
The bit about picking up the language could be accurate in some areas - some of my wife's relatives are from Kentucky and, when they speak to me, it really does sound like they are talking a different language. :eek::LOL:

Many years ago I was working with two guys (amongst many), one from Plymouth (England) and one from Lebanon Tennessee - I think I was the only one of the three of us who understood what either of the others was saying.
 
your average American thinks the uk is a very small town where everybody knows each other
Lack of geographical knowledge works both ways. I've lost count of how many Brits seem to think that Los Angeles and San Francisco are practically next door to each other ("because they're both in California"), not realizing that they're about 370 miles apart. And I'm still in California, another 200 miles of more north of San Francisco. And once some years ago when mentioning taking a train from New York to Chicago, I was asked "What's that, a couple of hours journey?" I was tempted to say "Only if the train could average about 450 miles per hour!"
 
I always found it strange that you can buy London postcards in Stratford-upon-Avon.
I thought that the whole point of a postcard was as a memento / demonstration of somewhere you had actually been / clapped physical sight of?
 
What a load of sheeite. Septics love to think they know how a foreign country works.
 
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