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(BBC America)   Ten American habits that the British just don't understand. Of course, #1 on the list is such low-hanging fruit that it's not even worth mentioning in the headline   (bbcamerica.com) divider line 321
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2013-04-10 08:52:07 PM

ukexpat: Canton: gambitsgirl: I love milk in hit tea

But

Wtf is up with an English breakfast?!?! Tomatoes? Mushrooms? 4 kinds of meat?

And beans! Don't forget the beans! Or the blood pudding, although that technically can be filed under meat. (Maybe.)

/Sorry England, but France wins at breakfast.
//Hey, when hot chocolate in the morning is a normal thing...

That's "black pudding" you farkwit and it's farking awesome (but not wacist).


Blood pudding, black pudding, whatever. It's made with blood. (Credit for using the term "pudding" rather than "sausage?" Because, you know, it is sausage. Made with blood.)

I tried once. In England, no less. And I've tasted worse things, but it was rather unpleasant.

/Just not my cuppa.
 
2013-04-10 08:52:15 PM
Don't forget kicking the ball right at Robert Green.
/oh yes I did
 
2013-04-10 08:52:43 PM
you know the best thing about the english?
 
2013-04-10 08:52:56 PM
This article =

motores.com.py
 
2013-04-10 08:53:25 PM

Omahawg: you know the best thing about the english?


their muffins
 
2013-04-10 08:53:35 PM
What about ironic racism?
 
2013-04-10 08:53:38 PM

Omahawg: you know the best thing about the english?


www.wintonforum.co.uk
 
2013-04-10 08:54:08 PM

Nabb1: Also, I thought the "proper English way" was to put the milk in the cup, then pour the tea into it.



img198.imageshack.us
Oy... he's a right M.I.F. isn't he?
 
2013-04-10 08:54:34 PM

Maggie_Luna: I hate milk. It always tasted like ass. I think it very 'white' to drink milk for some reason. I am not white and seeing as most of the world does fine without milk drinkage if I ever have children they will abstain from it.


eww..forget the taste -- just the smell of milk is enough to make me gag a little.

And milk is just for little kids. An adult drinking a glass of milk gives me the creeps. Especially with dinner -- if you do that, you're super weird.

/ice cream on the other hand ... om nom nom
 
2013-04-10 08:54:47 PM
As an American let me review the list.
1: Nope, just can't stand the feel of something sliding between my teeth.
2: Yep Wife bakes all the time.
3: Meh... never gave it much thought.
4: Yep, we are friendly over her. I will strike up a conversation with anyone anytime.
5: Guilty, when I am having fun I have been known to whoop.
6: Nope, I agree a unwelcome hug from a stranger is creepy... Unless she is hot.
7: Couldn't live without milk I drink 4-8 glasses a day. Nothing better than ice cold whole milk,
8: Been to England never could get enough to eat while I was there, guess I am too used to the supersized portions.
9: This seems to be more of an issue with older Americans.
10: This one doesn't make sense... When I was in England everyone had breakfast together.
 
2013-04-10 08:55:16 PM

Slaxl: UberDave: He forgot eating chips (fries) by hand.  I usually look out for local customs like that but one evening I was tired and jet lagged and drew some amused looks from a couple's two children.

No, we do that, although it does depend on the setting. In a nice restaurant with nice people then no, we use forks, sometimes, but hands are often used.


Wait.... I'm confused....which country doesn't eat fries with their fingers? Why would you need a fork in order to eat fries?

(Fancy restaurants understandable, you've already got the fork in your hand for the other stuff on your plate anyway.)
 
2013-04-10 08:55:18 PM
flossing is a habit now?
 
2013-04-10 08:55:30 PM

Notabunny: This can't be a real list. How does one not do these things? Really, like #4. What, are you supposed to just sit quietly next to someone and not talk to them? I don't know how that would happen. Or #10. Are we supposed to go to our separate breakfast tables? Of course everybody has breakfast together, and we talk to each other while having breakfast, too. This has to be a joke.


Yes, you just sit quietly and not talk to them. Why would you bother someone like that? Someone sitting there, minding his own business, and you just strike up a conversation? Why?
 
2013-04-10 08:55:46 PM

Shostie: 1. Flossing
Digging sharp string between your teeth everyday is standard oral hygiene procedure in America. We know we're supposed to do this too, but it hurts and it's boring. Most Brits probably own a tub of floss, but only dust it off before a date or dental appointment.

Way to perpetuate that stereotype about British teeth...


images1.wikia.nocookie.net

Right.  Whats all this then?
 
2013-04-10 08:57:38 PM

wontar: Notabunny: This can't be a real list. How does one not do these things? Really, like #4. What, are you supposed to just sit quietly next to someone and not talk to them? I don't know how that would happen. Or #10. Are we supposed to go to our separate breakfast tables? Of course everybody has breakfast together, and we talk to each other while having breakfast, too. This has to be a joke.

Yes, you just sit quietly and not talk to them. Why would you bother someone like that? Someone sitting there, minding his own business, and you just strike up a conversation? Why?


Because life is too short to have a stick lodged up your ass all of the time?
nttiawwt
 
2013-04-10 08:58:20 PM
I find it curious that I read that article with a British accent in my head.
 
2013-04-10 08:58:36 PM
All of those are pretty cute. I'd be more interested in seeing a list of 10 habits Europeans do that Americans would never understand/guess.
 
2013-04-10 08:59:12 PM

violentsalvation: 7. Drinking milk
Moo juice is meant for putting on cereal, adding to pancake batter and pouring in tea.

Barf.


I used to think so, too, but don't knock it till you try it.  Really helps bring the flavors out, cuts down on the acidity of a really strong cup of tea.
 
2013-04-10 09:00:44 PM

WhoopAssWayne: All of those are pretty cute. I'd be more interested in seeing a list of 10 habits Europeans do that Americans would never understand/guess.


granted
 
2013-04-10 09:01:26 PM
Brits are generally baffled by American football.
I've heard them describe it as "Long bouts of nothing happening, then the teams all make these neat little lines,
Then they all go running in random directions for a few seconds
The whistle is blown...
And they all start lining up again."

Contrast that with soccer where the action is relatively continuous.

But when you realize that US football is totally geared for lots of commercial breaks, whereas soccer was originally televised in UK and Europe over radio then TV with no commercials.

And it all sort of makes sense.

But then there's Cricket, which is a total snooze-fest when compared to Baseball.
 
2013-04-10 09:02:12 PM

FriarReb98: violentsalvation: 7. Drinking milk
Moo juice is meant for putting on cereal, adding to pancake batter and pouring in tea.

Barf.

My grandmother did it, and God rest her soul, she's still the only person I've ever seen do it.


So did mine, but with the addition of bourbon or brandy.  Said that way she got a serving of dairy AND fruits/grains.

Left me a motorcycle when she passed. (still have it). Grams was awesome!
 
2013-04-10 09:02:17 PM

gameshowhost: [themamareport.com image 500x287]

See this? ^
You can floss. All of you. It is now within your... reach.


When I was in high school (this was in the 70s), I thought of something like this but never tried to turn it into an actual product.  I'm more Woz than Jobs.
 
2013-04-10 09:02:24 PM

Notabunny: This can't be a real list. How does one not do these things? Really, like #4. What, are you supposed to just sit quietly next to someone and not talk to them?



I guess Scotts might not be considered British, but after spending a couple of work weeks in Beijing, then flying south to Liuzhou for more of the same.  Checked into the hotel, got my key and slogged myself to the elevator and some other guy got in too.  As the "lift" was in transit, he said in a thick Scotts brogue "I wouldn't be caught dead in America".  Not sure how he had pegged me, maybe my 501s or maybe he overheard me at the main desk - anyway, I just ignored him.

Luckily, I later met an Aussie bloke at the hotel who had about 15 years of experience in China and shared my love of beer.
 
2013-04-10 09:02:52 PM
1.  Mayonnaise on Spaghetti
2.  Tabloid nicknames (re:  Jacko is Wacko, Foxy Noxy)
3.  Bad fake tans (though they do share this with guidos)
4.  WAGS
5.  Excessive use of the term "trousers".
 
2013-04-10 09:03:10 PM

WhoopAssWayne: All of those are pretty cute. I'd be more interested in seeing a list of 10 habits Europeans do that Americans would never understand/guess.


There was a link at the bottom of the page about British habits.
 
2013-04-10 09:03:24 PM
I don't know why people are complaining about milk in tea, it's still tea. Chai tea and milk is great.
 
2013-04-10 09:03:29 PM

doyner: Uchiha_Cycliste: violentsalvation: 7. Drinking milk
Moo juice is meant for putting on cereal, adding to pancake batter and pouring in tea.

Barf.

Beat me to it, I was going to post this EXACTLY as you did... it's like you read my mind. Spooky.

WTF is wrong with milk in hot tea?  Pretty yummy.

But then, I grew up (in part) in England...


i kno rite?

/dated a brit girl
//loved tea and milk before i met her though.
 
2013-04-10 09:03:40 PM
www.themoviegourmet.com
 
2013-04-10 09:05:22 PM
Only floss the ones you want to keep...
 
2013-04-10 09:05:41 PM

denbroc: [www.themoviegourmet.com image 432x324]


You know he's American don't you? Dumbass.
/wait for it....
 
2013-04-10 09:05:52 PM

wontar: Notabunny: This can't be a real list. How does one not do these things? Really, like #4. What, are you supposed to just sit quietly next to someone and not talk to them? I don't know how that would happen. Or #10. Are we supposed to go to our separate breakfast tables? Of course everybody has breakfast together, and we talk to each other while having breakfast, too. This has to be a joke.

Yes, you just sit quietly and not talk to them. Why would you bother someone like that? Someone sitting there, minding his own business, and you just strike up a conversation? Why?


Idunno. That's just what you do. It's fun. You say Hi, you talk for a bit, tell a few bad jokes. It's great when the person next to you is from where you live. But it's even more fun when they're from somewhere else. "London! Wow. I love your town. Is it true talking to total strangers on the plane kinda bugs you? That's weird. Did you catch the game last night?" And pretending to be deaf or French doesn't help. I always have something to write on, and I'm not above busting out my 2 years of high school french. Plus, I know a few magic tricks. How can you not talk to a man who just produced a coin from your ear?
 
2013-04-10 09:06:12 PM
Is weekday family breakfast a real thing for anyone?  During the week I would think people just eat as they go and maybe on the weekend dad makes a family breakfast.
 
2013-04-10 09:07:04 PM

jonny_q: There was a link at the bottom of the page about British habits.


studs up: granted


Deep in the cups here, obviously - thanks
 
2013-04-10 09:07:11 PM
Now that they have IHOP in London, do they serve kippers and can you get them with grits?
 
2013-04-10 09:07:11 PM

doyner: Uchiha_Cycliste: violentsalvation: 7. Drinking milk
Moo juice is meant for putting on cereal, adding to pancake batter and pouring in tea.

Barf.

Beat me to it, I was going to post this EXACTLY as you did... it's like you read my mind. Spooky.

WTF is wrong with milk in hot tea?  Pretty yummy.

But then, I grew up (in part) in England...


It's just not Okay.
I suppose it's the same way that (I hear) British people won't drink tea *without* milk.
 
2013-04-10 09:07:34 PM

gambitsgirl: I love milk in hit tea

But

Wtf is up with an English breakfast?!?! Tomatoes? Mushrooms? 4 kinds of meat?


Nope. An English breakfast must include

Very dry white toast. Here's a picture of a dryer:
farm4.static.flickr.com


Marmalade.
Butter.
Eggs.
Fried tomatoes.
Bangers.
Tea or coffee.
Optional: bacon.
 
2013-04-10 09:07:55 PM
First things first....Tipping.
cdn1.screenrant.com
Learn to farkin' type.

1: American Football. Why all the protection? Why is it called 'foot' ball? Why are you still playing Gary Glitter songs?
2: It's farking St. Paddy's Day, you dipshiat. P-A-D-D-Y.
3: Burgle. Medicine. Say it, motherfarker! It's a lot faster than 'burglarization' or 'medication'....stop putting 'ion' into every damn word to appear more intelligent. It doesn't work! We know how ignorant you really are.
4. Lack of passports.
5. I'm not deaf. No need to talk so loudly. Also, wise-ass black American people in films are funny. In real life, not so much.
 
2013-04-10 09:07:58 PM

Jument: I have bad teeth. I'm now up to two implants. I floss like the devil, let me tell you. :(


Yep, floss, brush, mouthwash, the lot. Still earned one root canal and have one less tooth than I'd have liked. Know a guy who only does a bare minimum brush that lasts for less than ten seconds and yet he has perfect teeth. I also have a neighbour who was told by her dentist to stop using toothpaste entirely since it was abrading away her enamel. It isn't as simple as just taking care of them, you get born with high or low quality ones it seems.
 
2013-04-10 09:08:20 PM
Really with the leftovers? It goes hand in hand with portion size but I hate when I go out to eat and someone effectively trashes half a plate. If nothing else, give it to someone on the street on the way home.
 
2013-04-10 09:08:43 PM

oh_please: This article =

[motores.com.py image 535x356]


WhoopAssWayne: All of those are pretty cute. I'd be more interested in seeing a list of 10 habits Europeans do that Americans would never understand/guess.


You know what would be maximum trolling for Americans? A list of 10 European habits Brits don't get. Or vice versa.

Also, for reference:

www.d-interp.de
 
2013-04-10 09:08:47 PM

RatOmeter: I guess Scotts might not be considered British, but after spending a couple of work weeks in Beijing, then flying south to Liuzhou for more of the same. Checked into the hotel, got my key and slogged myself to the elevator and some other guy got in too. As the "lift" was in transit, he said in a thick Scotts brogue "I wouldn't be caught dead in America". Not sure how he had pegged me, maybe my 501s or maybe he overheard me at the main desk - anyway, I just ignored him.


Where is Scotland? My American geography is kind of terrible...

OH, I SEE. IT'S A LITTLE PIECE OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, BIATCHES!

/If it wasn't for us, you'd all be speaking German, singing, "Deutschland, Deutschland über alles!"
 
2013-04-10 09:09:07 PM
My payment to society for not flossing is that I made several boat payments for my dentist.
 
2013-04-10 09:09:19 PM

Delay: gambitsgirl: I love milk in hit tea

But

Wtf is up with an English breakfast?!?! Tomatoes? Mushrooms? 4 kinds of meat?

Nope. An English breakfast must include Very dry white toast. Here's a picture of a dryer:
[farm4.static.flickr.com image 500x333]

Marmalade.
Butter.
Eggs.
Fried tomatoes.
Bangers.
Tea or coffee.
Optional: bacon.


Optional? No wonder the sun sets on the Empire.
 
2013-04-10 09:09:59 PM

shmashmortion: As for the comments: who the hell would bother to order half a pint of beer? What's the point?


What's the reason for an establishment not to sell half pints? Sometimes you only want a half.
 
2013-04-10 09:10:25 PM

gameshowhost: [themamareport.com image 500x287]

See this? ^ 
You can floss. All of you. It is now within your... reach.


Those things are great.
 
2013-04-10 09:10:43 PM
Whatever!
 
2013-04-10 09:10:55 PM

ecmoRandomNumbers: What do they have against milk? Communists.


A true anti-communist would drinkonly distilled water, or rainwater, and only pure-grain alcohol.
 
2013-04-10 09:11:24 PM
I would reciprocate, but I don't know any of the britt's habits because I don't give two shiats about them.
 
2013-04-10 09:11:24 PM
Well, we don't really drink milk straight once we've hit puberty. But baking? You bet your ass we'll find time to make a fresh batch of extra gooey chewy cookies.

As for breakfast "family" breakfast is usually on weekends when we have time for it. Usually it's people taking turns chugging a bowl of cereal over the sink before they have to rush out for work. And besides some of the nicest breakfasts I've had were in Germany or with German relatives. They expect the breads, pastries, jellies, fruit, milk and choice of juices and soda water.
 
2013-04-10 09:11:29 PM

violentsalvation: 7. Drinking milk
Moo juice is meant for putting on cereal, adding to pancake batter and pouring in tea.

Barf.


Amen.
 
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