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American Living In UK Shares Things She Finds Weird About British Culture

Dominic Smithers

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American Living In UK Shares Things She Finds Weird About British Culture

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If you take a step back from it all, the British are a pretty weird bunch. I mean, we just are.

Now, if you've never taken time to think about it, fear not, because Jessica Rose, who is originally from the US and now lives in Birmingham, has done the hard work for you by compiling a pretty extensive list of things that just baffle her.

And having lived in the UK for over a decade, she's had a lot of time to think about it.

Enjoy questioning everything you have ever held to be true.

Sharing her list of quirks to Twitter, Jessica said: "British people have rising intonation when they say 'bye' on the phone so it's a bouncy 'byYEEE' and why do you people do that?

Jessie isn't a big fan of British beaches. Credit: PA
Jessie isn't a big fan of British beaches. Credit: PA

"Please why beans on toast there are so many other lazy foods that are actually good why is this a thing?

"People here put fish fingers (yes they mean fish sticks but I'm fine w the name part) in sandwiches which is just...why.

"British beaches are often just banks of sharp stones by the water and people here excitedly go to them on purpose. When you get there you can buy disappointing candy sticks called rock and seagulls will fight you.

"Signing 'sincerely' in an email means 'f*** off'. Saying 'f*** off' in a pub means 'I appreciate our friendship' 98 percent the time and 2 percent of the time it is a precursor to violence.

"If there is a mistake at a coffee shop or restaurant British people will complain to everyone but the people who could fix the issue, and if asked by those people, will report that everything is fine.

"On getting off a bus, saying thank you to the driver is optional until the person leaving in front of you says thank you. Then you are legally required to say it. So is everyone behind you.

"If you mention swans to a British person they'll tell you swans will break your arm and nod knowingly. No other information will be forthcoming on the topic.

Don't get too close, they'll break your arm. Credit: PA
Don't get too close, they'll break your arm. Credit: PA

"Old fashioned candy shops here sell sweets with actively threatening names. Troach drops. Acid drops. Army and Navy tablets. They all taste like sugared houseplants.

"If you mention a weird dream or nightmare, Britishes will ask if you ate a lot of cheese before going to bed.

"If you and another person are waiting to be served at a bar, you must each claim that the other person was next in line to be served when approached by staff. This process may involve several rounds of 'No, you', and is resolved via unknown means."

See, told you. We're a weird lot.

Topics: UK News, Birmingham, Funny, Pubs, US News, Twitter, Beer, Animals

Dominic Smithers
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