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
2 years ago

Survival of the Brittest

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#2

American Vs British

iwillmindfuckyou Report

Yumeko
Community Member
2 years ago

Lol 😂

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#3

American Vs British

a-thousand-words Report

didi
Community Member
2 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

the-funkiest-penguin Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
2 years ago

why not BBC Radio 5? Just curious

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#5

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brigwife Report

E Menendez
Community Member
2 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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aphcanada-remade Report

Daria B
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#7

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supremequeenofthenerds Report

Nicola Morley
Community Member
2 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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claudiaboleyn Report

loveandbones
Community Member
2 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

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neisner Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#10

American Vs British

grincham-n-larry Report

Xmayze
Community Member
2 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
2 years ago

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

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#12

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snorlaxatives Report

Claire Kidd
Community Member
2 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?

Master Markus
Community Member
2 years ago

HEY! That's us Canadians that like maple syrup. A lot of the time Americans seem to have the fake corn-syrup stuff.

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Vincent Tiggelman
Community Member
2 years ago

And that comes from a country that invented cheese in a spraycan

Emiwolfplayz
Community Member
2 years ago

Lmao

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Tara Ray
Community Member
2 years ago

Bacon and maple syrup are a CANADIAN thing. Guzzling booze and cheese is American...

Yioryos Ninjitsu
Community Member
2 years ago

What I find really weird is how someone that comes from a country where they "deep fry" chocolate and martinis can find anything food related odd. You guys have actual fairs that you deep fry coke, butter or even beer......but yeah some bread and beans is totally the weird one :P

Kirstin M
Community Member
2 years ago

You take that back! Our state fairs are sacred. I don't get in board with fried butter or beverages- but deep fried Oreos are fanatastic with ice cream.

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Stuart Beatty
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm Australian. I find it weird that anyone would find beans on toast weird. But cream in coffee? THAT'S weird! Don't you have milk?

ispeak catanese
Community Member
2 years ago

Get it right, it's not really cream from a cow, it's factory produced franken-cream. It stays out of the fridge in those little plastic cups. It's artificially flavored and repulsive.

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Anna Ashley
Community Member
2 years ago

Not all Americans Are ok with all the sugar in food it's just hard To find food without tons of sugar without paying loads of money

Leni
Community Member
2 years ago

True, your grocery stores frequently drove me to desperation.

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Trish Bradley
Community Member
2 years ago

It's usually as a light meal like lunch or supper, you really need to try it before you knock it!

Sasy
Community Member
2 years ago

Baked Beans on toast, not just beans on toast, much like you would eat a bowl of chilli with a biscuit (biscuit for Americans is like Yorkshire Pud in the UK, they keep likening it to scones, but scones are for cream and jam)

Leni
Community Member
2 years ago

Because biscuits are also sort of sweet and LOOK like scones and have a similar density and flavor. Yorkshire pudding is really different, even tho you eat it w a savory dish.

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EllieKaan
Community Member
2 years ago

Seriously what's with the hostility?

Naima Ivansdóttir
Community Member
2 years ago

scrummy, scrummy beans on toast!

Allana Rose
Community Member
2 years ago

Beans on toast seems reasonable to me. You need to have something to scoop all those beans onto for a good bite, so why not beans on toast?

Caitlyn McCracken
Community Member
2 years ago

Tumblr brings out the worst in people

Petra Madsen
Community Member
2 years ago

Baked beans on toast are the best

Magic Josie
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm American and I tried that once with cheese.

Joanna Huang
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm American, and I don't like how all my relatives think that Americans all eat cereal for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and beef or salad for dinner. Everyone is different. Heck, I love bread with mayo and rousong. Delicious.

CultOfBambi
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm British and I find beans on toast (or chaviar, as it's sometimes known) utterly repulsive!

Marcy Moffett
Community Member
2 years ago

In Texas we eat beans on tortillas... unless we're out of tortillas & we use bread lol

Karen Grace
Community Member
2 years ago

Actually, my American family Loves beans on bread, toasted or not. The two go good together.

Dena O'Hare
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm wondering what kind of beans? I've heard of this and didn't think it was a thing. also I think I'm the only American who don't like bacon LOL

Leni
Community Member
2 years ago

Usually white beans in tomato sauce. It's pretty tasty.

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Stuart Beatty
Community Member
2 years ago

Both these comments are OTT. But beans on toast is totally normal. In Australia as well. No added sugar.

didi
Community Member
2 years ago

I wonder what Americans would think about pot noodle sandwiches.

Imani Williams
Community Member
2 years ago

Syrup goes on pancakes and waffles, not bacon.

WhiteFox
Community Member
2 years ago

yeah and in australia we also sometimes have baked beans on toast

Janet Katz
Community Member
2 years ago

In Boston, land of Boston baked beans, my mother said they used to eat beans on toast long ago.

David Heald II
Community Member
2 years ago

Ok, I’m American, and ate beans on toast before finding out it was some sort of British thing. It just sounded good.

Lois Pack
Community Member
2 years ago

We also put, scrambled eggs, melted cheese,and many other things on toast, toast is very versatile.

Martin Forbes
Community Member
2 years ago

Spray on cheese really confused the hell outta me, however, 'Merica we love you.

Yasmin Janette
Community Member
2 years ago

Beans on toast is good for a lunch meal, especially with grated cheese on top

Linda Staples
Community Member
2 years ago

Beans on toast with grated cheese on top is also lovely

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
2 years ago

Baked beans on toast, with an egg for a special treat.

Pat
Community Member
2 years ago

I am from Ohio USA. I love beans on toast especially with weinies. Put a slice of Colby cheese on the toast 1st, then the beans so cheese melts. Yummy.

Cheryl Birkhimer
Community Member
2 years ago

Yes, & it's really yummy! Not weird @ all. Americans pile their plates combining savory & sweets on the same plate. Is that weird...? Also Brits eat their salads along with the meal. Not just as a starter course.

Daniel Marsh
Community Member
2 years ago

THAT sounds DISGUSTING!

Norma Johnson
Community Member
2 years ago

and Canadians find this weird- how about poutine???

Kim Chapman
Community Member
2 years ago

Nearly every day i have beans on toast for breakfast, with cheese on, and sometimes some hot sauce too

Ian Mooney
Community Member
2 years ago

Says the americans who put gravy on "biscuits" that are really "scones"........

Elizabeth
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm American and I hate maple syrup

Cherie
Community Member
2 years ago

I find the American version of scones to be a disappointing, over-sweetened mockery of the English deal. Years ago I had a scone and cream at a cafe (now long-closed, sadly) located in the basement of a church in Bristol. Subtle and delicious. Spoiled me forever.

Andrei Dima
Community Member
2 years ago

Very weird

Shari H
Community Member
2 years ago

I've never heard of beans on toast before, but I think, my fellow Americans, that we have been calling the wrong thing shit on a shingle.

Marri
Community Member
2 years ago

I love beans on toast!

Kellie Panda
Community Member
2 years ago

Australians eat baked beans on toast with melted cheese on top

Carter Lawrie
Community Member
2 years ago

I live in Australia we eat beans on toast, baked beans of course not green beans...

Marc Proudfoot
Community Member
2 years ago

It would be a meal everywhere except bread and beans have so much goddamned sugar in them in the US that it would be like a dessert. Seriously... unles you can find an overpriced can of Heinz, every single can of beans I've seen in a grocery store contains brown sugar!

Leni
Community Member
2 years ago

Sugar is a normal additive in can stored goods. It lengthens the time the goods remain edible. If you want your beans without the cheapest way is to get dried (let them sit in water over night). Table sugar is lower on the GI (around 62) than bread (around 70 on average, even for whole meal bread, up to 95 for french bread). It REALLY doesn't need added sugar. Never got why Americans did that >.>

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Louise Brigance
Community Member
2 years ago

I love beans and I love bread, but I've never had beans ON bread. Especially when the beans look like canned pork & beans. Why not kidney beans, or pinto beans, or red beans or white beans? There has to be a historical connection somewhere.

Leni
Community Member
2 years ago

Canned pork and beans? The british baked beans is like beans in tomato sauce. I always thought they were white beans but maybe I'm wrong about that, colour isn't easy to tell in that sauce lol

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Sumita verma pillai
Community Member
2 years ago

Hahahaha tht was funny n sweet!!

Christina Waide
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm in the American South and we eat banana sandwiches with peanut butter. Some people (to my horrror) even use mayo instead of PB.

Karen Singrey
Community Member
2 years ago

The very famous Elvis Presley ate banana & peanut butter sandwiches. I love them!

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Linda Rozee
Community Member
2 years ago

Well, how else would you eat beans?

Chris Fambrough
Community Member
2 years ago

Peanuts are a legume... We eat beans on toast, too, for fucks sake. I hate my country sometimes.

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
2 years ago

Actually maple syrup & bacon is an awesome combination, but we have it with pancakes (US/Scotch ones), fried eggs and ... yes ... baked beans - brilliant breakfast!

lasagna's underrated
Community Member
2 years ago

No, bananas on toast.

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#13

American Vs British

MasterDrank Report

Steve
Community Member
2 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

keelahtequila Report

TC
Community Member
2 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
2 years ago

Same in Poland

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#16

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DestinyDreadful Report

Fire Bird
Community Member
2 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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fialleril Report

Anete Evelone
Community Member
2 years ago

That still would make a sick tattoo with a STORY

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#18

American Vs British

emmybeezyk Report

Nicola Morley
Community Member
2 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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nymerosmartell Report

Wanda Queen
Community Member
2 years ago

*also true in the North Eastern US

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#20

American Vs British

flomation Report

didi
Community Member
2 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

hahahhahanono Report

I❤️My cat
Community Member
2 years ago

Wtf is wrong w ur name!

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#22

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selenasbieber Report

Vlad Horobet
Community Member
2 years ago

They see me rolling, they hatin'...

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#23

American Vs British

broderick Report

Brigitte
Community Member
2 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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worldsenough Report

ispeak catanese
Community Member
2 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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flapperwitch Report

Aegon VI Targaryen
Community Member
2 years ago

can't beat a good chip butty :P

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#26

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freetobegrace Report

Ninshi TheImp
Community Member
2 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
2 years ago

oh, the grammar

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#28

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Kori K. Warriner
Community Member
2 years ago

I like knobjockey. I might have to use it.

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#29

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tyleroakley Report

Daria B
Community Member
2 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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obeyknowles Report

Hope Floats
Community Member
2 years ago

I have NEVER heard of this sandwich! Where the hell was this dug up from? A 'toasted sandwich' is two slices of bread,toasted,with a filling of either meats,cheese or vegetables,etc... A 'thin slice of bread inbetween two slices of thicker bread' ?..... Seriously?

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#31

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beta-sheratan Report

Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

Sandy is more cool than Frank? o_O

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#32

American Vs British

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Andrew Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#33

American Vs British

beyoneeche Report

Steve
Community Member
2 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
2 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

CrossRdsCollins Report

Hans
Community Member
2 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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jokebud Report

Claire Kidd
Community Member
2 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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cheikothings Report

Allana Rose
Community Member
2 years ago

Isnt a willy a dick?

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#38

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britishjoe Report

Steve
Community Member
2 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

brokeymcpoverty Report

Ines Äffchen
Community Member
2 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

cloandfriends Report

Rose Jones
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#41

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John Doe
Community Member
2 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
2 years ago

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

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