Humor is arguably Britain's finest export. It's bold, witty, and full of puns, and can knock you out almost instantly. In fact, hands down the funniest person I know is from Manchester, England. (He also wrote for Bored Panda, so if you've been reading us for long enough, you might even know who I'm talking about.)

So let's take a closer look at the culture that molds it. Spanning across multiple social media platforms, British Memes is an online project that paints a vivid picture of what everyday life looks like in this corner of the world.

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PVR
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3 months ago

There was nothing else she could've done, really. LOL

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Edward Monks
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3 months ago

absolutly, the later the better. Post lunch me doesnt want to be sat working for hours and hours after eating

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English comedian Ricky Gervais, who co-wrote, co-produced, and starred in the hit BBC series The Office, which was on air for two years and adapted for a U.S. series for eight seasons, thinks that a good way to describe British humor is to juxtapose it to its American counterpart.

"It's often dangerous to generalize, but under threat, I would say that Americans are more 'down the line,'" Gervais wrote in TIME. "They don't hide their hopes and fears. They applaud ambition and openly reward success."

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Caro Caro
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3 months ago

That would make me sad too.

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N G
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3 months ago

i was disappointed when i found out it went to France :/

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DennyS (denzoren)
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3 months ago

Just start disconnecting the hinges. no door no problem.

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"Brits are more comfortable with life's losers. We embrace the underdog until it's no longer the underdog. We like to bring authority down a peg or two. Just for the hell of it," Gervais explained.

"Americans say, 'have a nice day' whether they mean it or not. Brits are terrified to say this. We tell ourselves it's because we don't want to sound insincere but I think it might be for the opposite reason. We don't want to celebrate anything too soon."

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Andi
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3 months ago

if British --- crisps not chips - unless its chips not fries .... simple

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago

I'm afraid they were misunderstood.

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PVR
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3 months ago

ROTFLMAO

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Alan Green
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3 months ago

So did she end up buying half of his shopping??

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Gervais thinks Brits see failure and disappointment lurk around every corner. This is due to their upbringing. While Americans are raised to believe they can be the next president, Brits are told, "It won't happen for you."

The comedian also pointed out that while irony shows up in the smarter US comedies, Americans don't use it as much socially as Brits. "We use it as liberally as prepositions in everyday speech. We tease our friends. We use sarcasm as a shield and a weapon. We avoid sincerity until it’s absolutely necessary," he said. "We mercilessly take the piss out of people we like or dislike basically. And ourselves. This is very important. Our brashness and swagger is laden with equal portions of self-deprecation. This is our license to hand it out."

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El Dee
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3 months ago

School WAS terrible, it's just that work is even worse lol!

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James016
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3 months ago

They're halfway to becoming Royston Vasey. Are you local?

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Elizabeth Elliot
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3 months ago

..Now everyone's looking at their nipples..

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bruno123
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3 months ago

spot on

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This, Gervais has found, is sometimes perceived as nasty by the 'recipients' who aren't used to such customs, but he reassured everyone that it isn't. "It’s play fighting," he explained. "It's almost a sign of affection if we like you, and ego bursting if we don't. You just have to know which one it is."

"I never actively try to offend. That's churlish, pointless and frankly too easy. But I believe you should say what you mean. Be honest. No one should ever be offended by truth. That way you'll never have to apologize. I hate it when a comedian says, 'Sorry for what I said.' You shouldn't say it if you didn't mean it and you should never regret anything you meant to do."

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Kayjunmoon
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3 months ago

That's funny.

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Abby da great
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3 months ago

It’s right there, can’t you see it?

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Firstname Lastname
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3 months ago

Ditto, but yelling HONK because I don't have a horn earns me strange looks.

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Andi
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3 months ago

i think this is the embarrassing hair cut photo of tomorrow.

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Another thing that the rest of the world may not know is that in the UK nothing and nobody is off-limits, so you will regularly see politicians being ridiculed and anybody in the public eye, including the Royal Family, is fair game.

No wonder satire is so popular in the UK. As Gervais briefly mentioned, Brits love humbling people when they get too arrogant and there have been many comedy shows dedicated to exactly this type of humor, including Have I Got News For You and Weekly Wipe.

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Daria Z
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3 months ago

I do the same on my way back from work, but with a girl :D

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Debbie Barnes
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3 months ago

Love island is awful. It's the kind of show that makes having root canal treatment a pleasure. Nothing to do with love and everything to do with getting a job in TV or getting a modelling career off the ground.

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Kayjunmoon
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3 months ago

This is British how?

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James016
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3 months ago

Coca Cola from a glass bottle is the best if you had to

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But the UK has also had a number of hit sitcoms where pretty much nothing happens apart from everyday life. There are no knee-slapping moments but a lot of cringey situations when you cannot believe someone has done or said what they have.  

These sitcoms are subtle but absurdly funny and ones worth watching are Gavin and Tracy, I'm Alan Partridge, and The Royle Family.

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PVR
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3 months ago

She's right.

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Lucky
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3 months ago

Of course

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Abby da great
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3 months ago

“Objection, your helmet— homet, excuse me…helnor—” *sits back down*

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago

He wants himself a good Geordie lass.

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago

Could they only afford a couple of tins of Heinz Spaghetti for the party?

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Laurence Thomas
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3 months ago

I hope they have good hygiene standards for preventing covid, otherwise on your last day, you'll be leaving a little hoarse.

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago

That looks delish!

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Lucky
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3 months ago

Time is fleeting

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ToGo
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3 months ago

That's quite sweet, to be fair.

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago

It's cos you shovel your food down your gob!

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Caro Caro
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3 months ago

Buy an apple ????

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N G
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3 months ago

This once happened to me

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Cat Palmer
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3 months ago

I looked it up (I'm sick and have nothing better to do): they're red spider mites and are considered a pest as they kill plants, so I guess they've been killed off with insecticide. Thanks for occupying my brain with something other than how ill I'm feeling for a few minutes!

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ToGo
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3 months ago

Lugging letters and parcels around in the heat for hours (then the snow/rain/ice in winter), worried if Tyson the territorial rottweiler will actually get one of your fingers this time.... No thanks.

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Madison García
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3 months ago

Please someone translate I have no idea what's happening

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DDmaybeandor
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3 months ago

British culture. Idk anyone talking about drinking cider, maybe stolen liquor or beer though.

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Deborah Harris
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3 months ago

What's stopping her is that the lowest amount you can withdraw at a cashpoint is £5.00 :D

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jon gilbertson
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3 months ago

what do you consider snacks? I'm in the Midwest US. we do popcorn, chips (crisps), beef jerky. curious to what other cultures snack on.

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Laura Ketteridge
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3 months ago

I knew a guy who was always 23 minutes late. We ended up telling his to be places 25 minutes earlier than we were due to start. It made a serious difference, and we could start things on time.

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