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

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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

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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Rainy Day Wolf
Community Member
4 years ago

replace the toast with tortillas and voila! mexican breakfast (add chilli though)

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charlotte jeffries
Community Member
4 years ago

it's delicious af

Cheyenne Vanhemert
Community Member
4 years ago

HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN CAMPING OR PUT BEANS ON YOUR HOT DOG?!?! IN AMERICA WE DO THIS ALL THE TIME TOO!!! Do people who post this shit never leave their house?! What is the difference from eating baked bean and mopping it up with bread and this?! UGGGHHH have eaten this SO MANY times before I found out it's a "British meal"

Damien McDallydally
Community Member
4 years ago

"beans on toast wtf is that" Well, it's beans.. on toast.. What did he think it was?

Aubrie Allen
Community Member
4 years ago

I dig beans, I like toast, this sounds delicious to me!

Ross Carter
Community Member
4 years ago

Lose the pepper heathens!

Cat Meow
Community Member
4 years ago

Not British, but do not talk crap about this delicious meal. Now I want some

Lai'Anna Martin
Community Member
4 years ago

Delicious. That's what. They served beans with breakfast at Shakespeare & Co Cafe in Lexington, KT USA so I ate it. I'm sure true Brits might criticize its authenticity but I liked it.

Gareth Harris
Community Member
3 years ago

Beans as part of a hot breakfast are perfectly acceptable

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Martina Třešková
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm not British and still I don't get what's wrong with this. I quite love it, but maybe because I've always liked beans. I don't necessarily put them on toast or something but still, nothing wrong with that. But hotdogs in sweet flour? Bacon with maple syrup? Sweet breads? Sweet chips? Hell, Americans, I'd keep quiet about weird foods if I was you...

Wyndmere
Community Member
4 years ago

Some Brits denied this gastronomic mess even existed higher up in this post.

Wanda Sochacki-Suridge
Community Member
4 years ago

Baked Beans on toast is delicious, particularly if you have a cup of tea too!

Michael Godfrey
Community Member
4 years ago

dry-ish white wine ... but perhaps not at breakfast

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Merty Robinson
Community Member
4 years ago

Don't knock it until you have tried it. Students live on this.

bianca johnson
Community Member
4 years ago

We live in ramen and McDonald's. But it looks better in the picture than in my imagination

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L and P
Community Member
4 years ago

awesome - thats a perfect breakfast!

Cheryl Birkhimer
Community Member
4 years ago

It is delicious. Toast the bread, butter it, heat up the beans, pour on top. Eat. Better than red meat. And I'm not a vegan or vegetarian. Try it before you knock it.

Adrian-Mark Boardman
Community Member
2 years ago

does it not also not count as a huge amount of your recommended fibre intake, a small amount of salt intake and one of your 5 fruit and veg a day?

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Jess Hodges
Community Member
4 years ago

You can elevate it with some aged cheddar on top. (cheddar that's white, not orange!)

Evelina Gestblom
Community Member
4 years ago

That looks quite good tho, I wouldn't mind having a taste of that 😁

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
4 years ago

But not fancy-schmancy like in that picture. Who TF puts pepper on baked beans?

Ian Mooney
Community Member
4 years ago

I do, it gives it a nice kick.

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Laura Shaw
Community Member
4 years ago

If you grew up in the forties, in the US, this is something you may have eaten. especially if there were many children in your family.

Annie Dennis
Community Member
3 years ago

I grew up in the 60s in Canada. I really don't remember if I ate this growing up, but as an adult, I've been eating a bowl of baked beans with a side of toast for nearly 40 years.

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Kjorn
Community Member
4 years ago

not worst than fried chicken on waffle

Annie Dennis
Community Member
3 years ago

THAT I don't understand.

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Jamie Ditchburn
Community Member
2 months ago

Its a gourmet game changer if you smash some grated cheese on top!

Jamie Ditchburn
Community Member
2 months ago

Its Gourmet game changer if you smash some grated cheese on top.

youshouldseemeinacrown
Community Member
9 months ago

yummy is what it is

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
11 months ago

Americans are in the main ignorant, rude and have very disgusting language.

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
1 year ago

Popular with students and a very healthy cheap snack I understand.

WhiteFox
Community Member
3 years ago

in australia its called baked beans on toast and yeah its fucking delicious

Miranda Decker
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like something broke ppl in the south eat

Alessio Vidal
Community Member
4 years ago

Lol. Americans complain about English food? LOL.

Lois Pack
Community Member
4 years ago

Pop a poached egg on top and enjoy.

Carol Taylor
Community Member
4 years ago

yummo, even for us Aussies..

Carolynn Bjorkman
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm American, and when I was a kid my aunt introduced me to pork & beans sandwiches, much like the photo above. Not toasted bread, just bread/beans/bread. Tasted great, but it was a bit messy b/c the sauce made the bread mushy. I'm 63 and I'd still eat it. And we're several generations non-British

Cynthia Baguskas
Community Member
4 years ago

2 pieces of squishy white bread buttered, with homemade (or doctored up canned) baked beans, cold or room temp. 😋 yummy

Linda Staples
Community Member
4 years ago

Beans on toast with grated cheese on top is delicious

Abigail Hatch
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm american, but that looks really good.

Victoria Simmons
Community Member
4 years ago

Is this left over from war-time rationing? (In the US army, this is traditionally known as "shit on a shingle." Yes, despised even by dogface soldiers.)

Reuven Miller
Community Member
3 years ago

I beg to differ. S.O.S. was the US army sobriquet for creamed chipped beef on toast. Considering what I've heard about army food during WW2, this is probably not a totally inaccurate description.

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David Chalmers
Community Member
4 years ago

I have it at least once week,nice evening snack add a few chopped onions and some yellow mustard and yum.

Shannon McKee
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't care for baked beans, on toast or otherwise. I'm more likely to eat a hot cereal in the morning like oatmeal or Malt-o-Meal.

Heather Robinett
Community Member
4 years ago

Hey... Don't knock it. It's actually pretty good.

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
4 years ago

They are NOT known for their incredible food! LOL!

Tiffany Myers
Community Member
4 years ago

So in America there is chipped beef in toast. Never knock a food unless you try it 🙂

Sky
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm American and I eat beans on toast. Any other Americans eat it too?

Peter Bear
Community Member
4 years ago

Not a fan of baked beans in general, but they're really quite nice on toast if I have to eat 'em. Carb-on-carb, man. Right up there with the chip butty.

silasozzie
Community Member
4 years ago

lol, yanks eat bacon with maple syrup!! wtf is that?

David G. Pierce
Community Member
4 years ago

Hey, c'mon people! To each his own...I'll bet some of that stuff tastes quite good. As they say, "Don't knock it till you've tried it!" ;-D

Galaxy Nerd
Community Member
4 years ago

yum

Jackie Francisco-Cruz
Community Member
4 years ago

I totally get this. Ever heard of putting milk (condensed milk) on your sliced bread or toast? yeah we filipinos do it. :)

Chloe Gray
Community Member
4 years ago

Yummy!

Bill Case
Community Member
4 years ago

YES! Grew up with this. beans and franks on Saturday night and then COLD bean sandwiches early in the week. Awesome.

Charlotte Holmes
Community Member
4 years ago

what do you eat beans with then??

Mark Penrice
Community Member
4 years ago

It's an amazing invention, and i say that as someone who never used to be able to stomach baked beans. It's actually surprisingly nutritious and healthy - hot milky tea and beans on toast is the sort of fare you can build an empire on.

Wyndmere
Community Member
4 years ago

... and they did.

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Kelly moore
Community Member
4 years ago

It looks like food eaten during the Depression, that and the bread on bread on bread sandwich.

Kim Conroy
Community Member
4 years ago

even better with a sunnyside egg on top

Marc Proudfoot
Community Member
4 years ago

quick and delicious

Allana Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

I wonder where CLO lives in the US? Beans on toast are eaten all the time in the NW!

celinesamnoy
Community Member
4 years ago

best breakfast out there

fubukifangirl
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't like baked beans...

TC
Community Member
4 years ago

You said it: beans on toast ( or is it you don't remember what you just said)

Barbara Meyer
Community Member
4 years ago

looks messy

Karen Singrey
Community Member
4 years ago

My Dad used to eat them, as children, we thought he did it to gross us out!

James Johns
Community Member
4 years ago

If eat it. Looks good.

Josh Ritter
Community Member
4 years ago

I've never had it, but it's carbs on carbs with a nice carby sauce. What's not to like?

Lily Panda
Community Member
4 years ago

Not British or American, but I do like this with different types of beans. It's good!

Cynthia McDonald
Community Member
4 years ago

Because nothing starts the day off right like food that gives you major gas for the remainder of the day. Perfect for cubicle workers!

Robert Forslund
Community Member
4 years ago

Beans on toast is white beans in tomato sauce served on a piece of bread! =P We do that here in Sweden as well, even if its not as widely spread as in the UK! =P

Karen Winslow
Community Member
4 years ago

with all that pepper must be pretty shitty beans OH WAITT they dont like maple syrup over there

Petra Madsen
Community Member
4 years ago

Yummy

Kelly
Community Member
4 years ago

Just try an Asian breakfast...

Michael Godfrey
Community Member
4 years ago

Just *don't* butter the toast

Charlotte Powell
Community Member
4 years ago

Im english and I hate beans on toast, they are gross. Anything served in that fake tomato sauce is a no!

Helma Nollen
Community Member
4 years ago

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It is disgusting, carbs on carbs, and the beans are too sweet as well

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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

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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

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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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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

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moteIboy Report

Sherlock Holmes
Community Member
4 years ago

X = kiss. xoxo

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