American Guy Makes Spot On List About Being English

It's been almost three years since a man from Florida made a Facebook post about what things are like in the UK which went viral - mainly because it was full of hilarious truths about this country.

The pensioner made the following observations during his fourth visit to the UK, and here they are in all their (very, very, very, very long) glory:

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Speaking of nights out, his assertion that the pubs close too early is totally true. Especially when 24 hour licensing is a thing now, there's absolutely no need for pubs to close as early as they do. Even just closing at 1am would be better, and we could still all get to work the next day without too much of a hangover.

And he's completely right that the bathroom light is a string hanging from the ceiling. That's to help prevent us all electrocuting ourselves, but people in most other countries seem to manage not to do that, so why can't we?

And yeah, the idea of a 'fanny pack' is just hilarious to us, because 'fanny' definitely doesn't mean your bum over here. And of course 'cookies' are biscuits - not those awful things that Americans call biscuits. He also points out that we call French fries chips - because they are - and that we put vinegar on them. Isn't it sad to think of an entire nation missing out on chips with vinegar?

He gets a little political, too - pointing out that 'black people are just people: they didn't quite do slavery here'. A few hundred years of aggressive imperialism and colonization, yes, but he's right - we thankfully don't have a legacy of slavery whose effects can still be felt in everyday life more than 150 years after it was abolished.

And he rightly points out that while coffee over here isn't the best, our tea is wonderful. And indeed it is. What better excuse to go put the kettle on?

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Mischa Pearlman

Mischa is a freelance journalist usually based in either New York or London. He has written for Kerrang!, Record Collector, NME, the New York Observer and FLOOD magazine, among others. Contact him at [email protected]

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