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....?

Melissa Nunya
Community Member
4 years ago

We make our tea without kettles. First, you throw it in the harbor...wait a min

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Intensive Panda
Community Member
4 years ago

f*ck atomic clocks, you know its 16 o'clock in UK if you have an outage

Janine Randall
Community Member
4 years ago

Same theory as when the Super Bowl is on in America. All the flushing at halftime causes water shortages.

EvieNiffler
Community Member
4 years ago

For those of you who want these sources; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_pickup https://www.geek.com/geek-cetera/tea-time-in-britain-causes-predictable-massive-surge-in-electricity-demand-1535023/ Though Netflix and iPlayer have made these surges less necessary/frequent.

GoldenAngels
Community Member
4 years ago

Nobody uses kettles anymore we just have those coffee makers that you put the little cup thing in.

Mark Penrice
Community Member
4 years ago

Because they don't have similar for all the fridge lights turning on in the US during the superbowl? :D

Brandy Summerlin
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm American and consider myself a normal person- most days. I boil water in a stovetop kettle and steep tea with a strainer ( sometimes tea bag) in a ceramic mug. It seems like a lot of Americans use the microwave but I don't own one of those by choice so IDK.

Ian Mooney
Community Member
4 years ago

How else do you think a tiny plot of land conquered so much of the world..... TEA POWER.

Mistrz Varflock
Community Member
4 years ago

Here - I checked it for you: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_pickup

HauntedForests
Community Member
4 years ago

o-O... Seriously?

Sophia Gentile
Community Member
10 months ago

I’m American, and we use an electric kettle, and have a full cupboard full of tea. We use sugar and milk, or honey instead of sugar. And drink out of jokingly decorated mugs. (Someone here said they just put it in the microwave. That’s not common here right? Bc if it is I didn’t get the memo.)

Chris Frankland
Community Member
3 years ago

Everything stops for tea.

Janet Katz
Community Member
3 years ago

I am a tea drinker, which I learned from visits to the UK and I did get an electric kettle. I got that habit from living in other countries. I saw a survey and more people in the US use electric kettles than kettles on the range (hob) now. The tea might not be the black tea you see in the UK (I do) but it's tea. More coffee drinkers, though.

Karen Hauck
Community Member
3 years ago

" 'Twas brilling and.......". Lewis Carrol, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Translation/ it was 4pm, time to start grilling something for tea.

Sandra Walker
Community Member
3 years ago

What is a kettle?

Mavourneen Ellis
Community Member
4 years ago

We all have kettles!

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
4 years ago

I freaked out in Las Vegas when my hotel didn’t have a kettle in the room. Had to buy hot water from Starbucks! (For my tea bags)

Shannon McKee
Community Member
4 years ago

Most Americans use teabags. They boil the water in a pot on the stove and pour the water over the teabag in a cup.

Kerry Pye
Community Member
4 years ago

fun times

Cheryl Birkhimer
Community Member
4 years ago

I miss East Enders. PBS used to air it in Wash DC. Eons ago.

Rachel Tyson
Community Member
3 years ago

Look into Britbox though Amazon you can watch east Enders and lots more British tv

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Susann Campbell
Community Member
4 years ago

I watch this and just thought, well they sure do have everyone trained and I mean everyone.

Jocelyn King
Community Member
4 years ago

Not weird at all, we buy wine by the plastic glass in the liquor stores in Canada

Daniel Law
Community Member
4 years ago

They boost power here at peak times too. My internet slows way down too. All the school kids getting home during the school year.

Classy Plant
Community Member
4 years ago

holy crap

Sgraham
Community Member
4 years ago

And there are finger sandwiches.

Karen Cromarty
Community Member
4 years ago

less true now

Tiffini
Community Member
4 years ago

Weak power grid. Nope. Never fly in USA.

didi
Community Member
4 years ago

What? Did I miss something? Planes aren't powered by the national grid.

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Allana Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

This is so sad that it is funny!

lasagna's underrated
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4 years ago

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Oh wow. I use my microwave to make tea.

Violaine LB
Community Member
4 years ago

What? But... but... that's a crime against tea!

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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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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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infinityonfries Report

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'...

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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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