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

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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

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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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Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#7

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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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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

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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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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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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...?

Kori K. Warriner
Community Member
4 years ago

Unfortunately that is entirely true. Which is why, when they give good service, they are hurt when a customer leaves them less that 15-20% gratuity. Only in America.

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Allana Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

Tipping is mostly an American thing because a lot of food places under pay their staff expecting the employees to make it up it tips. I do not like this system myself as it is the chief or cook who does all the real work in creating your meals, that is an art. Getting those dished to the table, should be a straight wage issue. They need to make more money period!

Cherie
Community Member
4 years ago

But wait staff work hard as well. To be successful at it, they must have decent math/organizational skills and feet that don't complain. The chef/cook needs to have organizational skills as well as proper training. While there are many cooking schools in the States, there don't seem to be many 'server schools' . But I agree that the tipping system is grossly unfair and should be ended.

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Naima Ivansdóttir
Community Member
4 years ago

the US "mandatory tip" habit is tosh, imho

BetaDaBomb
Community Member
4 years ago

I wish we didn't have to tip every goddam person in the US

Sarah Robinson
Community Member
4 years ago

No bar tender in England is going to ask why you tipped them, it's not something that's unheard of! Generally you buy them a drink rather than actually give them cash though

TC
Community Member
4 years ago

Yes. People are usually tipped when they have done more than what's is expected of them

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Jose Baeyens
Community Member
4 years ago

.... that's because on this side of the Atlantic you get PAID to do your job.

Marc Proudfoot
Community Member
4 years ago

TBH, you can still tip in the UK and it's still appreciated, but it's never expected.

borklaser
Community Member
4 years ago

tipping is paying for service, places that people work for tips like restaurants, you aren't paying the restaurant for the waiter or waitresses service, only the food. the tip is payment to the waitstaff for bringing you food, refilling drinks, cleaning tables etc. for those that think they shouldn't have to tip in situations where it is expected, should order their meals to go. if you think tips should be done away with entirely, then the meals at yourisk fave restaurant will likely go up quite a bit since the restaurant wold be covering the service expenses.

Clive Burt
Community Member
3 years ago

We hate the way a 12.5% gets added, as otherwise the restaurant has to show the true cost of the meal on their menus ... and then they would not look the cheapest on the comparison websites ....

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Cindy West
Community Member
4 years ago

0as a bar tender, I made twice as much on tips than I would have made had my employer paid me minimum wage. Usually $14-$19 an hour, depending on the night of the week, compared to minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Good service means good tips. I couldnt have survived without them.

Marlowe Fitzpatrik
Community Member
4 years ago

Yeah, but now think how much more money you would've had if you got minimum wage AND tips. Because people in Europe still tip, even if the waiters, bartenders and pizza-guys get minimum wages. I'm glad you could pay your bills, but it should not have been by forcing your customers to pay you - you do your job, you get paid. You do it especially good, you get paid AND tipped. Win-win, I'd say.

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DC Blythe
Community Member
4 years ago

A most perfect discussion on the subject can be found in "Reservoir Dogs".

Heather K
Community Member
4 years ago

Best comment I can post is this...the opening discourse in Reservoir Dogs!

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
7 months ago

You do not tip bartenders in Britain, you tell them to keep the change or buy them a drink, simple

James Block
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't know about the southern wankers, but in Northern England everyone tips the bar tender. Saying "Take your own" to the bar tender means take an extra 20P tip.

Gareth Harris
Community Member
3 years ago

As a bartender in the UK I'd like to say that TIPPING IS FINE IN THE UK. The thing is that tips are generally given for good service rather than automatically - either this bartender was in more of a 'locals' bar(where most of the people are local 'regulars' who generally don't tip as well) or he wasn't very good at his job and thus was unused to receiving them.

Danielle James
Community Member
3 years ago

I think in japan and or korea its considered rude and yes they only get half or less of minimum wage so you baasically get paid on how nice u ror how nice other people are

Lois Pack
Community Member
4 years ago

When they serve you your drink, you say : and one for yourself? They take the money for a drink and put it in their tip box.

Misty MacAlpine
Community Member
4 years ago

My grandmother is from Canada and she said that it was considered an insult to tip because they are SUPPOSED to be good at their job, or something like that.

Tom Moon
Community Member
4 years ago

socialists don't understand being free to give their money to who they want for whatever reason they choose

Lee Hardy
Community Member
4 years ago

I've had to explain to the pizza delivery guy what a tip was😐

Shannon McKee
Community Member
4 years ago

In America, it's not unheard of for servers to chase you down if you don't leave them a tip. Some restaurants even add an automatic gratuity to your bill/cheque/check and will call the police on you if you refuse to pay it.

Darryl Kerrigan
Community Member
4 years ago

The American tipping system is just a way of treating your employees poorly and making more money for yourself.

Cheryl Birkhimer
Community Member
4 years ago

I thought they accepted tips. Or more usual is, "what are you drinking?" So the customer can tip that way. And no, the bar tender doesn't actually drink & become blotto - it comes in the form of extra money when paying for the bill - a tip.

Cherie
Community Member
4 years ago

Bartenders have tip jars in England too.

bigoldthor
Community Member
4 years ago

I just tip because it's kind and may make someone's otherwise drab day a bit brighter. Not trying to make any social statements or using it to influence anyone's behavior or performance. Doing something nice for someone doesn't always need to be reduced to a political or socioeconomic debate. Except for mean people. They suck. And cats. I never tip cats.

SA Jane
Community Member
4 years ago

It seems that tipping in America has got out of hand. Everyone expects a tip, that is what I hate, I believe a tip should be for someone who has done at least a little more than expected, now that people expect a 15-20% tip but don't think they need to earn it. I worked for many years in the food business from server to chef and often tip quite well, many times even more than 20% but I will not tip more than 10% if the server does just the basics. They need to do at least a little more, talk nicely, ask if I need anything after my food has been delivered, check on drinks, something that makes them stand out. When I worked in service tips were not expected,lately I have had some really bad experiences at nicer places but the servers act like I am at a fast food joint. People also need to understand that some have to work extra to save for that really nice dinner out for an anniversary or birthday and adding an extra 20% maybe just a little unreasonable.

Ančí Sachetka
Community Member
4 years ago

because in some countries tip is included in the price of whole bill, i saw this in some countries too, that bartender refused the tip from me, because of this. But somewhere it is only up to you how much money you want (and if you want) give to bartender. (in my country it is normal, for example)

Ančí Sachetka
Community Member
4 years ago

add: because tip is not included in the bill..

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Sgraham
Community Member
4 years ago

It's a compulsion and I can't help myself but I must correct your use of "life" when you should have used the word live.

Jane Bateman
Community Member
4 years ago

I've never heard of such tosh... tipping bar tenders in the UK has been around for years.. maybe he was young and foolish

Mark Penrice
Community Member
4 years ago

That's bullshit. Tips come so rarely, especially as a male, you NEVER refuse it.

Leni
Community Member
4 years ago

Maybe it was so rare he didn't understand what was happening :')

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HauntedForests
Community Member
4 years ago

People don't tip in England....?

Simon Manning
Community Member
4 years ago

It's usually either in cases of a) the wealthy tipping as a matter of course because they are used to it in their travels and can afford it or b) less wealthy tipping on the less often occasion of someone providing above-par service or c) everybody else who, on a whim, says "...keep the change..." i.e. Round it up to the nearest £1, £5 or tenner...

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Sardonic Scribe
Community Member
4 years ago

Wait... you DON'T tip bartenders in England? What about wait staff, hotel staff, etc???

Claire
Community Member
4 years ago

Nope. I only usually tip a waiter/ess in a restaurant if it's good service/food. Don't tip at all in Japan (I'm living there atm).

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Mylah Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

A lot of places in the U.K. Have tip jars on the bar you can put money in but you can't just give money to an individual, tips are shared

Kristi Zoebelein
Community Member
4 years ago

See that's ridiculous. You should tip if someone goes out of their way to give you fantastic service or does something out of their way, why would you share that tip with someone else?

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Jake taylor
Community Member
4 years ago

rubbish

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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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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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Vlad Horobet
Community Member
4 years ago

They see me rolling, they hatin'...

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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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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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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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Alex Chobanyan
Community Member
4 years ago

oh, the grammar

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#28

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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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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

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Andrew Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#33

American Vs British

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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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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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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

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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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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

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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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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

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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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Kori K. Warriner
Community Member
4 years ago

Americans do that too. All the time.

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#46

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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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