Welcome to the land of the weird and the beautiful—the ancient sceptred isles, where people drink their beer by the pints, celebrate mysterious Bank Holidays that occur several times a year, and toss their trash out the first time they see a bin. Bins are holy there and the chance to do so comes very rarely, if ever.

But according to Jessica Rose, an American who’s been living in great Blighty for the past few decades, the list doesn’t end there.

Recently, Jessica listed all the “weird as hell things” Brits do in a thread that amassed 64.8K likes and went viral with people praising how spot-on it is. Let’s get ready for the quaint and quirky ride in the land of Britons.

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T Simmons
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4 months ago

100%

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Doggo Froggo
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4 months ago

That is not very accurate at all. Yours sincerely, Doggo

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Bored Panda reached out to the author of this viral thread, Jessica Rose, a woman in her 30s who works in the technology industry. After 10 years, Jessica still lives in Birmingham, UK and says that she really likes most things about life in the UK.

When asked what British things Jessica really likes, she said that as an American, she finds the National Health Service “mind-bogglingly amazing.”

“I also really love the public transport here. And almost everything about Birmingham. Am I allowed to mention it's the best city in the UK? I don't think there's much I dislike about living here, some things are just still weird after 10 years.”

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Delboy
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4 months ago

It is NEVER optional

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Sarcastic Panda
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4 months ago

all of these are essential things

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But that doesn’t mean that Jessica doesn’t miss the American way of living. “It seems like a silly thing to miss, but as my days get really busy, I miss shops being open as late as they are in the states,” she told us.

Jessica also believes that “a lot of the misconceptions of and stereotypes about the British mistakenly group all of the UK into a homogeneous lump while the UK is really a massively diverse group of people across our 4 countries (N. Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England).”

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Gëë Bëë
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4 months ago

Yeah many beaches in the north are mostly pebbles and yes......you will be mugged by seagulls for your watch, keys, wallet and finally your chips and there is nothing you can do about it and nobody can help.

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James016
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4 months ago

No milk = no tea

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Dee Mcgee
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4 months ago

Good thanks, you?

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This is the case with the famous English breakfast. “For example, people from outside the UK often think of the English breakfast as something singularly British, while overlooking the (far superior) Scottish fryups,” Jessica said.

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Delboy
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4 months ago

It is logical, we allow sockets, BUT we have specific codes as to where they are allowed to be placed, and since the UK's houses are small, most bathrooms are too small to be able to keep a socket outsize the zone areas

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Eliška Hůlková
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4 months ago

At least it's healthy.

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Andy Mutch
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4 months ago

Please, oh please, cure us of that one! (Not that you're much good at picking rulers,)

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troufaki13
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4 months ago

Britishes??

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Martha Meyer
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4 months ago

The difference is in the smell and sticking to your shoes intensity. Dpg poop is extremely disgusting. Horse poop not so much.

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cybermerlin2000
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4 months ago

We go to the counter and let them know what is wrong. We very rarely have to ask for it to be corrected as the person behind the counter usually offers to fix it and offer options.

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Jessica didn't expect her Twitter thread to go as viral as it did. “I half hoped a few people would see it as I was quite proud of the phrase 'sugared houseplants.' I hope folks liked it!”

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Alex K
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4 months ago

"britishes"

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Doggo Froggo
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4 months ago

Just being polite.

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Daniel Marsh
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4 months ago

"After you." "No, after you." "No, dammit, I SAID AFTER YOU." "Look you little f***face, I said after you!!!"

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T Simmons
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4 months ago

The hot water supply comes from a tank in the loft, which could be contaminated. It was UK law to keep hot and cold separate to keep drinking water (cold) clean. now its just tradition.

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Sarcastic Panda
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4 months ago

the old-fashioned SWEET shops have some of the best sweets out there, tbh

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Periwinkle
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4 months ago

Actually, This is an irish thing, Also a British thing but we will slam dunk you if you don't complete your round in ireland.

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Samantha Comerford
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4 months ago

Classical music played by classically trained musicians. Outdoor , elegance at its finest

cassiushumanmother
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4 months ago

NO, Classical music with outdoor is not a thing. Elegance as Texas finest. Unless if the outdoor is a roman circle?

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N G
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4 months ago

Proms (the dance) are a comparatively recent US import.

Troy Parr
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4 months ago

This is an annoyance. "Proms" which are not promenade concerts are just a Dance. A more grand version would be a Ball. We even have an expression which goes; "Enjoy yourself, have a ball!" But it's never said; "Enjoy yourself, have a prom". The annoyance comes from younger people forgetting, or not knowing that this "prom" thing is a fairly recent American import. Particularly when it's a school leaving Dance night.

Tabitha L
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4 months ago

I guess this person is trying to be funny, but sounds rude instead. So a word means something different in another country. So what? Many words mean different things in different places. Boot. Thong. Lift. Jelly. Lemonade (learned that here).

Mary Peace
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4 months ago

The Promenade Concerts, from big London concert halls and shown on the TV every year, are often shortened to 'the Proms'. They are indoor, mostly classical music concerts, but sometimes parts of them are shown on outdoor big screens in parks etc, in other big cities.

GFSTaylor
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4 months ago

The name derives from the word 'promenade' meaning to walk or move about. At the outdoor concerts, people could walk about in parks and gardens while listening to the music.

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Tiggy Darling
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4 months ago

We know so much stuff that there aren't enough words, so some words have to double up and mean 2 things.

Mary Peace
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4 months ago

I like this explanation. It reminds me of Humpty-Dumpty, telling Alice that when he wanted a word to mean a lot of things, he always paid it more.

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Rachel Tucker
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4 months ago

We have both. School disco for general end of year celebrations and proms are usually for when you finish a school, for example after gcse's or A levels.

Foxxy (The Original)
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4 months ago

We have formals here in Aus. It usually starts off with a dinner then off the the gym, stadium, hall etc for speeches, awards for special achievements (no prom king or queen). Some dancing and socialising. The dancing, decorations, theme etc are not that big. It’s what some may call “low key” compared to the US. Most people celebrate at an after party (privately organised) or they go to schoolies, which is a graduation festival for year 12’s that goes for three long weeks.

Suzanne Haigh
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2 months ago

WE do tend to the original meaning of the word, unlike the Americans which corrupts the English language

Tarryn Louise
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2 months ago

A prom/graduation ball is for a specific year or graduating class... where as a 'dance' is just a random social gathering where schools organise a dance or disco for the kids just for fun or to raise money. Not a big deal.

Suzanne Haigh
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3 months ago

WE only graduate once, when it is deserved not every year.

mcborge1
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4 months ago

The proms are normally held at the Royal Albert hall, inside not outside.

cassiushumanmother
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4 months ago

As a French, i don't understand at all, i quit!

Freya Fluharty
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4 months ago

My husband is American and discovered going to Prom doesn't involve dates or flowers or anything of that nature. He was most disappointed.

Jods
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4 months ago

Now every single bloody school holds proms. I blame American movies

Niall Allen
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4 months ago

It’s a s**t tradition that started in the 90s because people watch too much American TV.

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Gëë Bëë
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4 months ago

It was actually introduced during the war when water could be cut off or there were many shortages. Filling up a bowl uses half the amount of your sink. People just carried on using them as saving water is always a good idea. Remember our tap water is our drinking water too.

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James016
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4 months ago

There are two types of people, those who put the milk in tea last and those who are wrong ;)

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Tracey Anne
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4 months ago

Have you tried them? They are bloody excellent.

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Dee Mcgee
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4 months ago

Slightly burnt with ketchup ...yep

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Cactus Mother
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4 months ago

We say it more than once too before putting the phone down 😂

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Dee Mcgee
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4 months ago

We also invented the pronunciation of the language so we are right.

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