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

Lauren Southwood
Community Member
4 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...

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#2

American Vs British

iwillmindfuckyou Report

Yumeko
Community Member
4 years ago

Lol 😂

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#3

American Vs British

a-thousand-words Report

didi
Community Member
4 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
4 years ago

why not BBC Radio 5? Just curious

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#5

American Vs British

brigwife Report

E Menendez
Community Member
4 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
4 years ago

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

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#7

American Vs British

supremequeenofthenerds Report

Nicola Morley
Community Member
4 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
4 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

neisner Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#10

American Vs British

grincham-n-larry Report

Xmayze
Community Member
4 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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squiddleprincess Report

Sakata Gintoki
Community Member
4 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
4 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

MasterDrank Report

Steve
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 years ago

Same in Poland

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#16

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DestinyDreadful Report

Fire Bird
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 years ago

*also true in the North Eastern US

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#20

American Vs British

flomation Report

didi
Community Member
4 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
4 years ago

Wtf is wrong w ur name!

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#22

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selenasbieber Report

Vlad Horobet
Community Member
4 years ago

They see me rolling, they hatin'...

Nic Hennau
Community Member
4 years ago

Why do americans think it's fun to watch cars drive around a circle for 3 hours? I'm an American and I don't get this....

Kelly moore
Community Member
4 years ago

Fyi...they race cars in Britain and everywhere else in the world, not a "crazy"ameeican sport.

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Kori K. Warriner
Community Member
4 years ago

No, Americans just roll down a hill without the cheese....it's called reliving childhood.

Anete Evelone
Community Member
4 years ago

In Latvia we have race for carrying wife up the hill so I totally dig it

James Johns
Community Member
4 years ago

Chamlinsu

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Chris J. Ford
Community Member
4 years ago

Because it's fucking hilarious to watch people fall down a hill that should probably be categorised as a cliff.

TC
Community Member
4 years ago

Why do Americans call football a game they play with their hands ?

Marlowe Fitzpatrik
Community Member
4 years ago

Because it is fun. Why else would you do it?

Allana Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

Hey! It's just a game for them! Don't diss them on having fun in their own way. We have a game that big burly men run around in little tight pants and throw a ball made out of pigskin and that game can last for hours and hours and hours and hours....*L*

Rebekah
Community Member
4 years ago

Because: Cheese.

Blind Oracle
Community Member
4 years ago

Pretty sure they've all been drinking that wine sold in a plastic cup

Pusfarm
Community Member
4 years ago

NASCAR = Non-Athletic Sport Centered Around Rednecks. Trump's election suddenly makes more sense!

Oli Ryan
Community Member
4 years ago

That's in my city

Marysia Jawłowska
Community Member
4 years ago

If you could keep an enourmous hamburger after chasing it down the hill you would do too

Peter Bear
Community Member
4 years ago

Are you telling me this doesn't look like the most fun ever?

Diddlybop
Community Member
9 months ago

Because it help u with the skills u need to become a spy. Britan is smarter than u think, what is supposedly a fun event is preparing us with the skills we need to force tea onto the Americans and control the country bruv

Darryl Kerrigan
Community Member
4 years ago

This is near me. It's on my bucket list. Went there when the race wasn;t on and chickened out.

metalheavy
Community Member
4 years ago

I guess this person has never seen that episode of The Amazing Race. I cried for like ten minutes.

Анета Пантелеева
Community Member
4 years ago

because it is!

Tobias Rieper
Community Member
3 weeks ago

im british and i think this is weird but its so fun to watch the hill is so steep people fall and they bounce

Freya Hunter
Community Member
3 months ago

Normally the cheese is bigger than that lol the amateurs

youshouldseemeinacrown
Community Member
6 months ago

My English teacher is obsessed with this and we watched an entire documentary on it in one class

Banana Bread
Community Member
2 years ago

Bitches be trippin' .... okay so maybe I pushed them

Kevin Heinrich
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh man, America, let's get on this!!!

WhiteFox
Community Member
3 years ago

because why the hell not

Erin Aulfinger
Community Member
3 years ago

wait i thought neopets made this up

Lois Pack
Community Member
3 years ago

No Idea, :/

Tania Smith
Community Member
3 years ago

It looks funny as!

Michał Osiecki
Community Member
3 years ago

Im actually interested why the hell is the prize - the cheese itself? Who would eat a cheese that rolled down a dirty hill?

Cheryl Birkhimer
Community Member
4 years ago

That's how they get their exercise & eat it too.

Flower Waheed
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm from the U.S. and although that is a very random thing to do, it sounds fun

Lazy Panda
Community Member
4 years ago

I looks pretty fun

Diana Shupp
Community Member
4 years ago

The same reason we do silly ridiculous things here in the US, because it's tradition ! Roll on lads !!

Kim Chapman
Community Member
4 years ago

because its the hill of fucking death, its damn near a cliff face, people do it because its fun when you lose balance and its hilarious for everyone else as you cartwheel to oblivion

Frank Bromley
Community Member
4 years ago

suposed to be really good cheese and they only make enough each year for the contest

Andus Mcabu
Community Member
4 years ago

Being British, I've never heard of rolling cheese down a hill and chasing it.

Cherie
Community Member
4 years ago

I was introduced to the concept by a certain author, Sir Terry Pratchett. The description was hysterical.

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Rachael Marrast
Community Member
4 years ago

Americans run through mud for a 5k just for fun. Whats the difference?

Teri Donovan
Community Member
4 years ago

Personally, I'd rather chase the cheese if it's a good one....and there's wine at the bottom of the hill...

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Katie Gittins
Community Member
4 years ago

I have literally no idea, and I AM British

Šimon Špaček
Community Member
4 years ago

Linda never tried to chase a cheese.

Andrew Conway
Community Member
4 years ago

This only happens in ome town.

Andrew Conway
Community Member
4 years ago

One*

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Louise Brigance
Community Member
4 years ago

Do you know how much cheese costs?

fubukifangirl
Community Member
4 years ago

Waste of good cheese.

Blue Cicada
Community Member
4 years ago

No, you just cut off the grassy bits.

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Claire Kidd
Community Member
4 years ago

Haha, yeah I don't get this one. Very weird. It's like Shin Kicking! Now THAT'S a weird thing!

Andrea Hubball
Community Member
3 years ago

You do Americans think it's fun to shoot guns in to the air, in celebration. Not giving a shot who the returning bullets hit!!

Jimmy Dev
Community Member
4 years ago

thats English people you are thinking of there

Mark Penrice
Community Member
4 years ago

This from the county that invented the Rodeo and the soapbox rally...

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#23

American Vs British

broderick Report

Brigitte
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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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imgur Report

Alex Chobanyan
Community Member
4 years ago

oh, the grammar

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#28

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actuallyiscoops Report

Kori K. Warriner
Community Member
4 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
4 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

Jade Lorreni💜💙
Community Member
4 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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beta-sheratan Report

Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

Sandy is more cool than Frank? o_O

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#32

American Vs British

megganrenayorf_ Report

Andrew Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#33

American Vs British

beyoneeche Report

Steve
Community Member
4 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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seavaynay Report

Cynthia McDonald
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 years ago

Isnt a willy a dick?

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#38

American Vs British

britishjoe Report

Steve
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 years ago

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

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#41

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obvz Report

John Doe
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#42

American Vs British

written-is-written Report

Wanda Sochacki-Suridge
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#43

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verityglasses Report

Neil Adams
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#44

American Vs British

bathadah Report

Cynthia McDonald
Community Member
4 years ago

That is my favorite TV show. I have NO CLUE what 90% of the things they are baking actually are -- never heard of them, never seen them. But the intensity with which they bake them is riveting!

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#45

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theonlyvun Report

Kori K. Warriner
Community Member
4 years ago

Americans do that too. All the time.

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#46

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anbrll00 Report

Kjorn
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#47

American Vs British

moteIboy Report

Sherlock Holmes
Community Member
4 years ago

X = kiss. xoxo

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