Brits are seen as reserved in manners, dress, and speech. They're also famous for their politeness, self-discipline, and, of course, their sense of humor.

But just like the rest of the world, they have problems, and if you really want to get to know someone, taking a look at their challenges and the way they tackle them is a great place to start.

Created by journalist and writer Rob Temple, the internet project called Very British Problems offers exactly that; a glimpse into British people's everyday life, with all of its awkwardness taking center stage.

Considering it has 5.3 million combined followers across various social media platforms, I think we're safe to assume there are plenty of funny and painfully true insights.

More info: verybritishproblems.com | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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James016
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2 months ago

"Oh dear" - an utter catastrophe has occurred.

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Robert T
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2 months ago

More often than you'd believe!

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We managed to get in touch with Rob, and he was kind enough to tell us more about Very British Problems.

"It started in 2012 and since then has basically been a diary of my day," he told Bored Panda. "I'm a typically awkward Brit and people seem to relate to what I encounter in my day-to-day life."

As Rob pointed out, a lot of similar accounts that also pay homage to British humor simply repost already popular memes. And there's nothing inherently wrong with that. But his is different. It features mostly his own little thoughts that he has as he bumbles through existence. It's human.

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago (edited)

Nice weather for ducks.

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KJ
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2 months ago

Oops, accidentally threw the biscuits against the wall, so many broken ones, shame!

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Person
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2 months ago

This.

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For a more comprehensive look into what Rob has created over the years, check out his website where you can find Very British Problems books, mugs, and even gear.

There's also the upcoming The Very British Problems Quiz Book that should come out in October.

"Everything I write is very personal to me, so to see my gentle observations have struck a chord with so many people is bonkers," the humble man behind the project said.

"The most relatable problems that the British face are definitely based around manners, etiquette, queues, weather, and tea!"

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Jenny Michelle
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2 months ago

Sorry ..but this is true.

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Robert T
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2 months ago

Reminds me of the three rather deaf old ladies walking down the street. "Windy isn't it", said one. "No, it's Thurdsay", said the second. "So am I, let's all go and have a cup of tea", said the third.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

I don't think this is just a UK thing.

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Gin
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2 months ago

I must admit I'm very glad that cash is used so very little these days!

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Rob said Brits mostly deal with these problems by moaning and laughing about them.

"[We] love to find the humor in difficulty, no matter how small or large those difficulties are. If a British person was in the middle of falling off a mountain, they'd probably make a joke about it before commencing with screaming. It's just how we deal with life," he explained.

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Olivia Lisbon
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2 months ago

Anything but actually phoning - the prospect gives me heart palpitations.

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Agent 8433599
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2 months ago

Quit talking about me!

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RoanTheMad
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2 months ago

more like "I never actually got changed out of my pyjamas and I'm not going to"

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Robert T
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2 months ago

All the doors and windows are open. Drinking tea isn't helping.

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To get a better understanding of British humor, and, in turn, the content of Very British Problems, we can check out what Ricky Gervais, the co-writer, co-producer and star of the hit BBC series The Office, which was on air for two years and adapted for a U.S. series for eight seasons, thinks about it.

"Brits are more comfortable with life's losers," he said. "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.

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Robert T
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2 months ago

Thanks a bunch.

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Lee Macro
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2 months ago

Also works with takeaway delivery drivers

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Marie Freezer
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2 months ago

That ' cracked ' me up 😂.

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Robert T
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2 months ago

Yup!

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"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," the comedian said.

"We don't want to celebrate anything too soon. Failure and disappointment lurk around every corner. This is due to our upbringing. Americans are brought up to believe they can be the next president of the United States. Brits are told, 'It won't happen for you.'"

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Fred Van Der Zee
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2 months ago

"Tea?" "Yes, please, I'd like some tea without milk." "I am afraid I am going to have to execute you."

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James016
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2 months ago

And your microwaved food is not evenly heated

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Dark Pearl
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2 months ago

Well, it's a lovely hedge

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KJ
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2 months ago

Brisk walk...to the fridge, then back to the sofa.

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Gervais finds differences between American and British humor everywhere from mass media to mundane conversations.

"There's a received wisdom in the U.K. that Americans don't get irony. This is, of course, not true. But what is true is that they don't use it all the time. It shows up in the smarter comedies but Americans don't use it as much socially as Brits."

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

Do them kettle dodging barbarians from the colonies really microwave their tea? Or is that a horrific urban myth?

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Person
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2 months ago

For hours? More like for years.

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Mindy Keys
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2 months ago

Universal symbol for "I'm Leaving" in the US Midwest as well.

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James016
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2 months ago

This conversation usually happens in February

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"We use it as liberally as prepositions in everyday speech," Gervais explained.

"We tease our friends. We use sarcasm as a shield and a weapon. We avoid sincerity until it’s absolutely necessary. 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."

Something tells me he'd also be a fan of Very British Problems. If he already isn't, of course.

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

Beer's off.

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Lee roberts
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2 months ago

How do they have access to my phone conversations with my mum?

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

6. The Earth shattering asteroid is about to hit us.

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Andi
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2 months ago

sausage roll

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Jenny Michelle
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2 months ago (edited)

Me.

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Nadine Bamberger
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2 months ago

Or funeral, when you've reached a certain age that's more likely lol.

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NsG
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2 months ago

I feel seen....

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James016
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2 months ago

There is only so many hedges you can fold yourself into

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Auntriarch
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2 months ago

Heavier biscuits. Oh right maybe not....

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Olivia Lisbon
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2 months ago

“It’s kind of you to lie”

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Nadine Bamberger
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2 months ago (edited)

Heaven if you add a cat on your lap.

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Agent 8433599
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2 months ago

True, sadly 😔

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Jul Chv
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2 months ago

And if it doesn´t pour outside, it is.

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Anonymous Panda
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2 months ago

me

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Marie Freezer
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2 months ago

Sounds like bliss 😌.

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