Even though Britain and America share the same language, these two countries couldn’t be more different. Whether it’s their quirky accent, absurd sense of humor, or baffling obsession with tea and the weather, Brits have a gift of leaving people on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean scratching their heads from confusion.

So when swfinds moved across the pond, they began noticing all the things in the UK that "puzzle" them. Getting to a new country and immersing in its culture left the American so baffled, they started a satirical TikTok account to create hilariously exaggerated videos and to make others laugh.

Bored Panda collected some of the "weirdest" things the user has posted. Check them out below and make sure to upvote the most comical ones. And if you have a funny explanation on hand, don’t be shy and share it with us in the comments!

#1

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Alexis Perold
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cos mousies need homes with fancy schmancy front doors. In the UK the mice don't live like peasants. They be fancy AF. And it's cute.

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#2

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M
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Local planning laws - it is designed to break the roof line in non urban sites

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Naturally, every country has its quirks that immediately strike you as different. But this time around, Great Britain deserves special recognition. From wondering what those yellow bins on the side of the road are to asking why the subway is called underground when it’s actually above ground, swfinds bio humorously states: “So many things in the UK confuse me!”

The user regularly posts exaggerated clips of "weird" things they encounter in the UK. Many people seem to find them entertaining since the creator has gathered more than 34.6K followers and 2.6M likes in just a few months. The simple and sometimes silly questions have irritated some Brits and Americans, leading to commenters saying that the account is in fact satire.

#3

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Virgil Blue
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Here in Holland they are giant concrete balls and here they are meant to deter motorists from driving on the sidewalks. So I guess same but with metal cones?

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#4

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James016
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There used to a window tax, the more windows you had, the more tax you paid. These are bricked up windows to so the home owner at the time paid less tax. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Window_tax

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While moving overseas can be a thrilling experience—meeting new people, tasting traditional foods, exploring unfamiliar cities—it can also be a difficult and overwhelming time. Although some people can fit in quite easily, others might take longer to familiarize themselves with the new country.

According to UWS London, we experience culture shock because of the specific challenges we face when we first move and how we deal with losing our familiar surroundings. So if your new environment is similar to the one you came from or if you have lived in another country before, you might be able to adapt quite smoothly.

#6

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cybermerlin2000
Community Member
10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

True story, America did try to adopt them by pretending they invented them and calling them something like pastry dogs only to be called out globally for their bullsh*t

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However, if you’re a foreign student or a first-time expat who has never lived abroad before, you might face some challenges. There are four stages of culture shock that you could experience in one year. Of course, every person has different experiences, and some process the changes quicker than others, but most people share similar feelings.

First is the honeymoon phase. When you move somewhere new, you can have great fun and enjoy unexpected things around you. It is also known as the “tourist” stage: [It] often includes the feelings of excitement that you have as you look forward to the new journey you are starting.” 

#8

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Iris
Community Member
10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My guess is hatches for deliveries that can be directly placed in the cellar of a business? A lot of bars in my country have it as well.

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Yet, the honeymoon eventually ends, and you have to deal with the reality. This is the negotiation stage, probably the worst one of your whole adventure. “You may feel exhausted and constantly tired of the discoveries you have been making. You may also feel frustrated by how different things are from what you are used to,” UWS London explained. "The aspects of your new life that you found endearing at first, may feel irritating or confusing when you’re in the negotiation stage.”

After that, you begin to adjust to your current living situation and learn how to manage your feelings. Your baffling thoughts that are trying to make sense of how and why things are so different, suddenly become clearer. “During this stage, you may still experience problems and negative feelings” but you begin to understand more about your surroundings.

#9

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James016
Community Member
10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Salt is stored in them for when the roads are icy and the grit trucks come out

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The final stage of culture shock is adaptation and acceptance. Even if you may never fully accept your new home, you no longer feel isolated or lonely and are used to your day-to-day life and activities with friends. In this phase, “many people can permanently say goodbye to culture shock and feel happier and more secure in their environment long-term.”

#11

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Amy S
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Because many of our homes were built before we had proper roads. There wouldn't have been any cars when that house was built.

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#12

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Otter
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Can someone tell me why Americans pour milk over candy, and eat it with spoons at breakfast?

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Try to remember that the feelings you’re going through are completely normal and that most expats go through this too. Culture shock is not a sign things are going badly, but a part of the whole experience. One day, you will probably look back on this time and see that it was full of sweet moments.

#13

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IRA
Community Member
10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Because most of us don't live in big a** mansion with laundry room ? And very normal in Europe ?!

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#14

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Virgil Blue
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Because they were often houses or shops that were converted to be restaurants by the look of it.

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#15

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Perry Sologia
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These are very unusual: possibly 2 on the country. The one in the town of Slough is known as the "magic roundabout".

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#18

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cybermerlin2000
Community Member
10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sometimes the crime rate is so high that the courts just put a tag on the whole town to save time

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#19

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Perry Sologia
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just eat it and you might stop posting this nonsense.

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#20

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Jiska Veldhuizen
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Those are for kids? We have those too in the Netherlands

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#21

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cybermerlin2000
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Feudal Realty. The seller chooses as many realty companies as they like and the best champions are chosen to represent them in the arena and fight to the death until either one survives or the house gets sold

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#22

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Devil's Advocate
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10 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Because we aren't as fat so we actually fit in. Plus most toilets aren't this small

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#23

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JustAnother Soul
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

One is hot. The plumber who installed this ran out of hot labeled taps.

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#24

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cybermerlin2000
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We climb over them. It's part of a street based assault course

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#25

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M
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

cheddar is never orange - you mean red leicester - American Cheese is not something anyone from Europe recognises as 'cheese'

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#26

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M
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

because that isnt mayo - its salad cream, a totally different sauce!

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#28

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Devil's Advocate
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Stop calling things "dangerous" that you don't understand! The top bit is metal so that it IS safe

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#29

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Otter
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"New York Easter buns", dude? Those are called "hot cross buns"!

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#30

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Virgil Blue
Community Member
10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We in europe don't wash the eggs the way the US does. So the layer that is naturally on the egg to prevent infection isn't broken and its safe to keep them out if you want.

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