The UK and the USA may share a language (mostly) in common, but when it comes to a number of cultural customs, the Atlantic Ocean seems like the smallest thing separating them.

Whether it's their unique accent that somehow carries over into their typing, their obsession with tea, or the fact that they put baked beans on their toast, Brits certainly have a way of making those of us on the Western side of the world scratch our heads with confusion. That's not to say that Americans don't have quirks of their own, but here at Bored Panda, we think Great Britain deserves some special recognition this time around.

Check out the top British moments that left Americans completely stumped below, and be sure to vote for the ones that you're still trying to understand as well.

#1

American Vs British

tommowar Report

Lottie Park
Community Member
3 years ago

Survival of the Brittest

Melanie Dressed
Community Member
3 years ago

I love you

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Lauren Southwood
Community Member
3 years ago

My nan came onto facetime while i was talking to my sister, chatted sortly and then said "I have to go, I can't drink my tea unless its scalding hot" Its July...

Darryl Kerrigan
Community Member
3 years ago

Unless the kettle a boiling be, Ruined is the cup of tea

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Marc Proudfoot
Community Member
3 years ago

I've gone from "wtf, you drink cold tea?" to actually liking iced teas though I still consider the unsweetened ones fairly rank.

Daniel Law
Community Member
3 years ago

Add lemon. I used to use sugar but find it (and most soft drinks) too sweet now.

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Laura Osborne
Community Member
3 years ago

But I can't believe we play rugby - pretty much the same as your football, but our men don't need all that protective gear - we have a mouth guard and that's about it. Also, you don't have electric kettles... Very odd :) But I still love ya!

Diane Phillips
Community Member
3 years ago

It takes leather balls to play rugby!

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Zori the degu
Community Member
3 years ago

My god... :D

Jade
Community Member
3 years ago

Haha ice tea is a novelty we get in the USA-themed food section at the supermarket

Susan Forbes
Community Member
3 years ago

That canned crap is a travesty

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Gina Gregory
Community Member
3 years ago

i love tea, hot or iced

James Butcher
Community Member
3 years ago

Nonsense I drink ice tea you can by it in the shops easily in the U.K.

Izabela Zanardi Moraes
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm british man's granddaughter and hate tea. I'm ashamed now, LOL

Karen Cromarty
Community Member
3 years ago

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3709011/Why-ditch-ice-cream-cup-tea-Hot-drinks-really-cool-summer-experts-reveal.html

Master Markus
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm Canadian and we drink ice tea frequently, but strangely whenever I go into the northern U.S. there are almost no restaurants that serve iced tea.

Brett Nickel
Community Member
3 years ago

Really? I live in the northern US and have never been to a restaurant that doesn't serve iced tea - I'm always shocked that I can't find un-sweetened tea in Canada. Can't they just put some aside before they put the sugar in?

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rick hctep (Rick45)
Community Member
3 years ago

You talk like a twat, fuck off and stop taking the piss out of your forefathers, just because you lot are taking drugs all day and supping that foul coffee that sends you lot wappy, leave us alone.

Chastin Dreyer
Community Member
3 years ago

iced tea is nasty and you don't stop drinking coffee in the summer so why would one stop drinking tea, a proper cup of tea is wonderfully refreshing

PurpleUnicorn
Community Member
3 years ago

Tea has to be hot, sorry!

Master Markus
Community Member
3 years ago

But sometimes it's hot in the surrounding environment, at which point hot drinks are just uncomfortable!

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Nicola Morley
Community Member
3 years ago

Tea and Pimms. Together or separate, it's all good.

Judy Blank
Community Member
2 years ago

In England it rarely gets hot enough in summer to require an iced beverage

Suzy Hime
Community Member
2 years ago

Iced tea is an. abomination

Suzy Hime
Community Member
2 years ago

Iced tea is an abomination.

Chris Frankland
Community Member
2 years ago

Tea makes you sweat in summer, and warms yer bollocks in winter. A drink for all seasons.

Janet Katz
Community Member
2 years ago

This is even kind of regional in the US. More popular in the South than in New England but that bottled stuff is now ubiquitous.

Sherry Snooks
Community Member
3 years ago

It’s not just British. Two reasons. Old sinks were porcelain and one could chip or break the sink dropping a pan or cup, second the plastic also protects the glass that is dropped often keeping them from breaking. Both of my grandparents who were Oklahoma farmers did this. Some also do it to hold water in leaky sinks or hold warmth as cold sinks take a huge amount of hot water to warm up when one has to heat the water separately first

Kimberley Edwards
Community Member
3 years ago

Here's the difference in a nutshell: You have two groups of people who like tea. It's October 25th, and it's 61F in London, UK. It's still 91F in Los Angeles, US - and it's 8:35 in the evening. Yes, I want my tea cold! And the same reasoning applies to beer. You think room temperature is about right, while we chill ours. I'm drinking a beer right now on this 91 degree evening, in front of a fan, and I'm very glad it's colder than the room I'm in.

BlakCircleGirl
Community Member
3 years ago

I suppose I can let my tea get cold. Just don't tell them.

Jayne DonVito
Community Member
3 years ago

Ice seems to be a rare commodity in the UK, alas.

Audrey Green
Community Member
2 years ago

I’m an American living in the UK, I’m from Texas and I used to drink ice in all my drinks, I’ve been here going on two years now and don’t put ice in my drinks and I don’t care for ice tea anymore either. But when I am in Texas in the 100+ degrees weather I do add ice 😂😂

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Jayne DonVito
Community Member
3 years ago

Ice seems to be used only sparingly in the UK.

Deena Nelson
Community Member
3 years ago

I despise tea

Jonathan Bruford
Community Member
3 years ago

The only way you can tell it's summer in Britain is that the rain is nice and warm.. well it used to be that way

Darryl Kerrigan
Community Member
3 years ago

Britain now drinks more coffee than tea apparently. Sad days..

Cheryl Birkhimer
Community Member
3 years ago

Tea

Hugh Shewell
Community Member
3 years ago

I drink hot tea in summer - I would say many Canadians do as well. Iced tea is a weird American invention foisted on us. Disgusting, frankly. Hot tea is drunk in India.

Norma Johnson
Community Member
3 years ago

lemon squash, orange squash, ribena

Meagan Bailey
Community Member
3 years ago

I just had to share: My grandfather is from England and he drinks tea in summer. He says, "Tea is the best thing to drink in summer, because tea makes you sweat and sweat keeps you cool". It's the most stereotypically British thing I've ever heard.

Roger Nehring
Community Member
3 years ago

HAHAHAHA!

Peter Bear
Community Member
3 years ago

Objection; there is also beer in the UK. And some damn fine beer, at that.

Wyndmere
Community Member
3 years ago

Hahahaha ... so not true. They have many other beverages; some in cans, some in bottles, and even coffee. But this is really funny.

Elly Essenberg
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh dear, I hate tea. Give me cappuccino. A Dutch thing?

Laughinmydreams
Community Member
3 years ago

Many other cultures drink hot tea or bevs during the summer. Hot mint tea is wonderful.

Donna Libbey
Community Member
3 years ago

Sounds like a totally British viewpoint.

Daniel Law
Community Member
3 years ago

BEER!

Michèle Gyselinck
Community Member
3 years ago

It doesn't get hot enough over there for them to want ice tea.

Michèle Gyselinck
Community Member
3 years ago

It doesn't get hot enough for them to want ice tea.

Alison Kane
Community Member
3 years ago

....

Sgraham
Community Member
3 years ago

That's false. There is beer, wine, cider, coffee and water.

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
3 years ago

It's true, I'm British and naturally, I drink tea.

Russell Charlton
Community Member
3 years ago

My mother.

Jane Bateman
Community Member
3 years ago

Hahaha.. I love this.. yes we do love our tea over here!

Mibo Dumplings
Community Member
3 years ago

ahhahahhaha

Allana Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

I would die of thirst if tea was all I had to drink since I've never developed the taste for it.

DancingToMyself
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh, drama momma, you wouldn't die trust me. You would drink whatever for that kind of thirst. :)

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Marielle Hasselblad
Community Member
3 years ago

Works in Turkey too! :)

Etienne Pisano
Community Member
3 years ago

Ahahahahahaah!!!! Natural selection!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#2

American Vs British

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Yumeko
Community Member
3 years ago

Lol 😂

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#3

American Vs British

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didi
Community Member
3 years ago

Actually quite useful: "biweekly" is confusing as some may consider that as twice a week or every 2 weeks. "Fortnightly" can only mean once every 2 weeks.

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#4

American Vs British

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Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

why not BBC Radio 5? Just curious

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#5

American Vs British

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E Menendez
Community Member
3 years ago

I am from the US and I have thought the same thing ( why do we call it math when it should be maths) and always assumed I was just overthinking. Then I learned that Brits use maths and now I feel less foolish. Also, I love eagle fucker. Laughed out loud on that.

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#6

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Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

And Frooty Loop to musicians! Sorry, I had to.

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#7

American Vs British

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Nicola Morley
Community Member
3 years ago

Us British can sneak up on you like a ninja in the night or even an iceberg in open water

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#8

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loveandbones
Community Member
3 years ago

Translation: Friend it's hard to explain, it's just like one day you will be with your friends having a look in a sports shop (called JD) and you might fancy the curry offer that's on at the local pub (called Wetherspoons) but your friend Calum, who is a legend and awesome will be like "Guys let's go to Nando's (a resturant chain in the UK, cheap and good tasting food, hence it feeling a bit cheeky) instead." and you'll think "Great idea. Let's go for it."

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#9

American Vs British

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 years ago

As a french, I find this....bizarre

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#10

American Vs British

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Xmayze
Community Member
3 years ago

Someone told me a lot of Americans don't even own a kettle, I'm slightly scared to ask if that's true....?

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#11

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Sakata Gintoki
Community Member
3 years ago

That's probably because they never had to become an independent country.

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#12

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Claire Kidd
Community Member
3 years ago

Why is that so weird to Americans? You know what I find weird? That Americans make everything sickly sweet and have an unhealthy relationship with Maple Syrup. On bacon? Really people?

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#13

American Vs British

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Steve
Community Member
3 years ago

"Pulp" is a band. "Juicy bits" are simply juicy and awesome. I'm ok with this one :D

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#14

American Vs British

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TC
Community Member
3 years ago

I suppose people in the USA get a compulsory tip because the don't earn enough from their employers and have to life on their clients charity...?

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#15

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Mateusz Mróz
Community Member
3 years ago

Same in Poland

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#16

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Fire Bird
Community Member
3 years ago

If you youtube Anglophenia she explains why there are two taps. They didnt want the hot water being contaminated by the cold water as they had seperate tanks. This was back in the day, they just do it now as nostalgia thing.

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#17

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Anete Evelone
Community Member
3 years ago

That still would make a sick tattoo with a STORY

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#18

American Vs British

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Nicola Morley
Community Member
3 years ago

And you thought us Brits were straight laced and uppity. Mr Blobby is proof, do not mess with the Brits if you don't want the nightmares Freddy Kruger gets when sick.

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#19

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Wanda Queen
Community Member
3 years ago

*also true in the North Eastern US

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#20

American Vs British

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didi
Community Member
3 years ago

Due to the common market trade agreements, there was something of a campaign a while back for food terminology in Europe: They basically wanted all British chocolate renaming as chocolate candy because it wasn't pure enough by their standards (too much milk fat and sugar, not enough cocoa).

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#21

American Vs British

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I❤️My cat
Community Member
3 years ago

Wtf is wrong w ur name!

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#22

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Vlad Horobet
Community Member
3 years ago

They see me rolling, they hatin'...

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#23

American Vs British

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Brigitte
Community Member
3 years ago

Actually all over Europe it's pretty common to have your washing machine in the kitchen. If the bathroom is too small and there is no extra room, where else would you put it? Also in some apartments the water/drain pipes for washing machines are installed in the kitchen only, so you really have no other choice.

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#24

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ispeak catanese
Community Member
3 years ago

We've been watching Vera, The Loch, Unforgotten, Happy Valley, Scott & Bailey & Shetland and have added so many great new insults and idioms to our speech! It's fun yelling knobhead and calling each other cow. I think I have developed a Scottish, Yorkshire, Puerto Rican accent.

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#25

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Aegon VI Targaryen
Community Member
3 years ago

can't beat a good chip butty :P

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#26

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Ninshi TheImp
Community Member
3 years ago

That reminds me of something I read. In germany the waterworks have to perpare for the breaks during important football games.

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#27

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Alex Chobanyan
Community Member
3 years ago

oh, the grammar

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#28

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Kori K. Warriner
Community Member
3 years ago

I like knobjockey. I might have to use it.

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#29

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Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

Makes sense, but.... I'm sure U.S.A. doesn't have the same accent in each state, just like the U.K. accents vary by countries and regions. Even in one single city of London you can differentiate between particular accents depending on the part of the city, no? Sorry, I'm an overthinker. *shrug*

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#30

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Jade Lorreni💜💙
Community Member
3 years ago

Im british and have never seen, heardor tasted this. And i think it sounds terrible

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#31

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Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

Sandy is more cool than Frank? o_O

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#32

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Andrew Smith
Community Member
3 years ago

Um. Yeah. Maybe because a "fanny" is something else.

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#33

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Steve
Community Member
3 years ago

Because it saves on plug-ware. I save pounds every year on not having to replace plugs for my sink.

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#34

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Cynthia McDonald
Community Member
3 years ago

so... you know those little plastic packs that hot dogs come in have a salty liquid in them, right? They're not vacuum sealed in there all dry.

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#35

American Vs British

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Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

faith sadly did not understand the concept of an egg cup. They are for boiled eggs, which are then eaten with a spoon.

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#36

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Claire Kidd
Community Member
3 years ago

Yeah, Americans have this weird view of the British. In their TV shows EVERY British person either speaks in a really posh voice or is a cockney. WE DON'T TALK LIKE THAT!

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#37

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Allana Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

Isnt a willy a dick?

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#38

American Vs British

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Steve
Community Member
3 years ago

Celebrating the day King James I survived what was essentially a terrorist plot to blow up the House of Lords. Interestingly we celebrate by blowing stuff up whilst freezing our collective backsides off and waving sparklers about.

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#39

American Vs British

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Ines Äffchen
Community Member
3 years ago

when I first moved to the UK and switched on the TV I learned that this is a show about people who have some complaint that's "too embarrassing to show your doctor". But yeah, let's ALL have a look at that on national TV, why not.

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#40

American Vs British

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Rose Jones
Community Member
3 years ago

It's actually quite delicious, economical and takes 5 min to prepare

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John Doe
Community Member
3 years ago

exactly, that's just what you say!! or may be "past midnight" as well

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#42

American Vs British

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Wanda Sochacki-Suridge
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm Australian - we grew up with Freddo Frogs!

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#43

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Neil Adams
Community Member
3 years ago

It's correctly pronounced 'aitch', without the aspirant. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/aitch

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#44

American Vs British

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Lottie Park
Community Member
3 years ago

Says the Americans with their VERY dodgy definition of a biscuit.

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#45

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Kori K. Warriner
Community Member
3 years ago

Americans do that too. All the time.

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#46

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Kjorn
Community Member
3 years ago

i hope it's a joke. nobody can be so stupid

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#47

American Vs British

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Sherlock Holmes
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3 years ago

X = kiss. xoxo

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