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2013-04-10 09:47:39 PM

xria: Osomatic: 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.

I have never seen anyone eat fries with a fork, no matter how nice the restaurant. With the exception of if the fries are covered in something, such as chili or cheese or both. But that doesn't usually happen at nice restaurants, heh.

I had no idea UK people ate them with a fork - I've been there a few times, but I guess I just never saw it. I learned something today!

In a fast food place, or from a chip shop you would usually use your fingers for chips (although they have those spork things in case you can't afford to get your hands greasy for some reason). The more "serious" restaurants you would normally use a fork, although there is a certain amount of personal preference and flexibility of how upscale you would have to be going before switching (so at say a pub lunch level, it might be around 50/50).



And that was pretty much my experience.  I should have clarified that it was in a sit-down restaurant...nothing fancy mind you but not a pub.

France OTOH....The only thing they eat with their hands over there are breakfast items (bread) while walking to work (or wherever).  I remember going to a brasserie for lunch with some colleagues and one girl, mid 20s, orders a burger and ate the entire thing with a fork.
 
2013-04-10 09:47:54 PM
3 habits of British people I thought was odd (amongst others) was:

1)  Boarding schools.  Granted I'm sure this is an upper class thing (or as they say "middle class" - see below), but having come across a number of British workers abroad, they seem to take it for granted that their parents sent them away to so-called "public school" (many are boarding) at a pretty early age and intend on doing this with their kids.  Americans joke they'd love to give away their kids and what not, but I suspect most American parents have little desire to live apart from their kids until college.

2) Their sense of humor.  I like dry humor, but brits seem to have a mean sense of humor.  Especially when they are drunk, which is a lot. Or it rather appears mean to this Yank.

3) The term "middle class", which means apparently means upper class minus the aristocracy.  It was weird hearing my British colleagues saying stuff like "Oh his family is quite posh.  Very middle class."  I guess we all aspire to be middle class.

Granted my observations are limited and confined to working or drinking with them in places like Hong Kong, China or Tokyo.
 
2013-04-10 09:49:51 PM

Adebisi: studs up: denbroc: [www.themoviegourmet.com image 432x324]

You know he's American don't you? Dumbass.
/wait for it....

Quit yer trollin, hoser.

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He's American, all right.  Just a *North American* - and not of the "Estados Unidos de Norteamerica"  type.
 
2013-04-10 09:50:26 PM

"Millions" and "billions"

1,000,000,000?... or 1,000,000,000,000??

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2013-04-10 09:50:33 PM
7: agree - dairy milk by itself is sour, no matter how it's treated

//soy milk preferred in everything but latte and cheese
 
2013-04-10 09:51:59 PM

Tillmaster: 4. Talking to strangers unprompted: One of the most endearing qualities of Americans (and Australians, and pretty much anyone except the English)


I'm American, but I don't do this very often. Then again, this may be a "Pacific Northwest" thing...
 
2013-04-10 09:52:03 PM

farkmedown: 7: agree - dairy milk by itself is sour, no matter how it's treated

//soy milk preferred in everything but latte and cheese


soy milk is sugary.
 
2013-04-10 09:52:41 PM
SirEattonHogg:

2) Their sense of humor.  I like dry humor, but brits seem to have a mean sense of humor.  Especially when they are drunk, which is a lot. Or it rather appears mean to this Yank.

3) The term "middle class", which means apparently means upper class minus the aristocracy.  It was weird hearing my British colleagues saying stuff like "Oh his family is quite posh.  Very middle class."  I guess we all aspire to be middle class.


In Britain, the humor is based heavily on irony and self-depreciation. A lot of American humor is going that way, at least among performers who don't feel the need to be adored by all.

In America, middle class is having a job. I've always wondered as to how scummy the gutter you live in is to be considered working class.
 
2013-04-10 09:54:39 PM

BunkoSquad: "using all the body parts God gave us when playing football"


You mean when playing "hand-ellipsoid"?
 
2013-04-10 09:54:54 PM

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

Barf.


Cream or milk in tea isnt bad you just have to remember to put very little or no citrus fruit like lemon or orange in it, it will curdle if you have much at all.
 
2013-04-10 09:57:56 PM

r1niceboy: Coming from Scotland, and having lived in the US for over a decade, I've cataloged all the things that are better in America.

1. You can turn on a red light.
2. You get ice in all your drinks.
3. Free refills.

Everything else is worse. I would have included the weather, but it does try and kill you occasionally.


You must reside in Detroit.
 
2013-04-10 10:01:06 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. I moved on to artificial 'milk' (almond or ohters).  I like cheese though so I must support milk production for yummy cheese. That said you will pour that, honey, sugar, or lemon in my tea when I am cold and gone. Ew.


I hate chicken. It always tasted like ass. I think it very 'black' to eat chicken for some reason. I am not black and seeing as most of the world does fine without chicken eating if I ever have children they will abstain from it. I moved on to artificial 'chicken' (tofu or rabbit).  I like eggs though so I must support chicken production for yummy eggs. That said you will pour that, gravy, in my ass when I am cold and gone. Ew.
 
2013-04-10 10:03:12 PM

rkiller1: r1niceboy: Coming from Scotland, and having lived in the US for over a decade, I've cataloged all the things that are better in America.

1. You can turn on a red light.
2. You get ice in all your drinks.
3. Free refills.

Everything else is worse. I would have included the weather, but it does try and kill you occasionally.

You must reside in Detroit.


I'm not being generous enough, am I? I do realise that parts of the US do have a fairly gleeful attitude towards incest, which is rare in Britain. Whether that's good or bad is subject to individual interpretation, of course.
 
2013-04-10 10:04:21 PM

r1niceboy: I'm not being generous enough, am I? I do realise that parts of the US do have a fairly gleeful attitude towards incest, which is rare in Britain. Whether that's good or bad is subject to individual interpretation, of course.


We don't have royal families that get pissed off about our incest jokes.
 
2013-04-10 10:04:46 PM

Oldiron_79: violentsalvation: 7. Drinking milk
Moo juice is meant for putting on cereal, adding to pancake batter and pouring in tea.

Barf.

Cream or milk in tea isnt bad you just have to remember to put very little or no citrus fruit like lemon or orange in it, it will curdle if you have much at all.


my girlfriend puts milk in almost all the tea which is weird because she's Asian. nobody in her family can figure out why either. milk in the green tea.
 
2013-04-10 10:06:26 PM

eatin' fetus: 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. I moved on to artificial 'milk' (almond or ohters).  I like cheese though so I must support milk production for yummy cheese. That said you will pour that, honey, sugar, or lemon in my tea when I am cold and gone. Ew.

I hate chicken. It always tasted like ass. I think it very 'black' to eat chicken for some reason. I am not black and seeing as most of the world does fine without chicken eating if I ever have children they will abstain from it. I moved on to artificial 'chicken' (tofu or rabbit).  I like eggs though so I must support chicken production for yummy eggs. That said you will pour that, gravy, in my ass when I am cold and gone. Ew.


Pouring gravy in a dead guy's ass? (will not GIS)
 
2013-04-10 10:07:17 PM

AGremlin: Don't let the British television you see fool you.  Brits want you to think they are all like this:

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When the majority are like this:

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My first exposure to poor modern British people acting gross was when I watch this on A&E:

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2013-04-10 10:11:30 PM

redsquid: eatin' fetus: 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. I moved on to artificial 'milk' (almond or ohters).  I like cheese though so I must support milk production for yummy cheese. That said you will pour that, honey, sugar, or lemon in my tea when I am cold and gone. Ew.

I hate chicken. It always tasted like ass. I think it very 'black' to eat chicken for some reason. I am not black and seeing as most of the world does fine without chicken eating if I ever have children they will abstain from it. I moved on to artificial 'chicken' (tofu or rabbit).  I like eggs though so I must support chicken production for yummy eggs. That said you will pour that, gravy, in my ass when I am cold and gone. Ew.

Pouring gravy in a dead guy's ass? (will not GIS)


OK so I did (of course) and this was the first hit-
www.thesniper.us

Sweet dreams.
 
2013-04-10 10:11:38 PM

Delay: I'm Scottish

 

r1niceboy: Coming from Scotland



So, guys.  I suppose my experience posted above shouldn't be considered typical of Scotts?  I reckoned the ill-tempered fellow was just out of his element, stuck in southern China and away from all his familiar things and customs (as was I).  I figured he was just a random guy, probably at least a little drunk, pissed off at the world and wanting to pick a fight.  I don't know of any particular reason that he would be expected to dislike "America" so much.
 
2013-04-10 10:12:15 PM

shmashmortion: pint of


When a real pint is 20oz then a half pint is 10 oz, not much less than a 12oz bottle really.
 
2013-04-10 10:12:40 PM
this thread:

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2013-04-10 10:13:14 PM

Delay: RINO: Also, why is the English muffin not a muffin?

It's a scone.


So then why call it a muffin? And what is the deal wth crackers/cookies over there?
 
2013-04-10 10:13:27 PM

kenfury: shmashmortion: pint of

When a real pint is 20oz then a half pint is 10 oz, not much less than a 12oz bottle really.


Well that was a f'd up quote.
 
2013-04-10 10:13:34 PM

Omahawg: Omahawg: you know the best thing about the english?

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Jane Leeves(from Frasier) was a Hill's Angel.although I didn't see her in that pic.
 
2013-04-10 10:17:22 PM
This is why it's so easy, and fun, to hate the Brits.  Anything smacking of positive health behaviors sends them running, which is also funny (to watch).  Their teeth are rotted after two years of life in the land of fog and mist, and you can get an idea as to why in this article.  I honestly cannot think of one of their aging rock stars who doesn't have false teeth.  If someone can, let me know.
 
2013-04-10 10:18:09 PM

homelessdude: I cannot take this seriously until the Brits stop driving on the wrong side of the road.

Then maybe an international group of us can sit down over a huge breakfast and drink moo-juice and discuss methods to raise the standards of dental health in the UK.


There's nothing wrong with British dental health, they just don't spend tens of thousands of dollars putting their kids in braces for years until every tooth is exactly in the "right" position. As long as there's no cavities or gingivitis, who cares?

/I never understood the bit about Max Quordlepleen, the emcee for Milliways, having teeth like a "polished bay window" until I thought about it in light of Britain's lack of interest in cosmetic dentistry
 
2013-04-10 10:18:37 PM

RatOmeter: I don't know of any particular reason that he would be expected to dislike "America" so much.


Frankly, most Scots guys I know don't give one shiat about America, about the same as America gives about their land.
 
2013-04-10 10:18:59 PM
How is it that they forgot firearms?  Surely that's more obvious than whooping.
 
2013-04-10 10:19:56 PM

kenfury: kenfury: shmashmortion: pint of

When a real pint is 20oz then a half pint is 10 oz, not much less than a 12oz bottle really.

Well that was a f'd up quote.


Imperial(brit pre going metric) pint 20oz
SAE (us) pint 16 oz
half litre 16.9 oz
 
2013-04-10 10:21:15 PM
Wait, can you complain about portion size *and* taking home part of that portion for a second meal?
 
2013-04-10 10:21:32 PM
mammal = juice bar you limeys!
 
2013-04-10 10:22:41 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 think you're being cheeky, but I remember riding the tube and this dude sitting next to me sneezed a loud and snotty one!  I said, "Bless you" and he gave me a look like I just told him to fark his mother.  The Brits are weird people.
 
2013-04-10 10:23:29 PM
For the most part I agree with my yellow toothed brothers across the pond.  The exception are #1, 9 and 10.  Brits don't floss? No wonder their teeth are all screwed up.  I admit I don't do it consistently but I manage to hit one problem tooth gap daily and all of the other teeth about every other day.  Far less than I should, but like the writer said its boring.

#9: no wonder they are broke.  Its just common financial sense that if you pay for something you get the most use out of it that you can.  If I paid for food I am damn well going to eat it.  Once I paid for it, it is mine to eat or take home or do with as I see fit.

#10: Eating breakfast together.  I actually don't do this except on weekends but would do it everyday if I could but have to leave for work before the kids are even awake.  Why would you not want to sit down and eat with your family? Its a nice chance to sit and converse with them.  Do you hate them or something?
 
2013-04-10 10:25:53 PM

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

You know he's American don't you? Dumbass.
/wait for it....


North American
 
2013-04-10 10:28:34 PM
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2013-04-10 10:30:25 PM

Nabb1: oldfarthenry: bunner: Moo juice is the jazz.

Lord knows it's been making my bum-hole sound like a Louis Armstrong horn solo as of late.

If I used farky, you would now be "Satchmo."


All three of these comments are funnier than anything on that list.

/and you are now 'satchmo's spit-valve'.
 
2013-04-10 10:31:27 PM
Um, every mammal drinks milk as a child.  Straight milk.  How is it odd to continue drinking milk throughout life?
 
2013-04-10 10:32:06 PM
I work in sales. So if I'm not striking up conversations with randoms every chance i get, I'm not doing my job very well. Also, talking to people without having any idea what kind of person they are or how they are going to react is always interesting...sometimes really stupid....but always interesting.
 
2013-04-10 10:32:08 PM
I'm down with the whole drinking milk thing, but one American habit that makes me barf is non-dairy creamer. What's that shiat made from? Some kind of plastic?
 
2013-04-10 10:32:14 PM

Slaxl: Did I say we? I meant me. But I bet i'm not alone.


Used to be that way, especially when skipping the yearly cleanings.  I had enough plaque and calcium buildup that the blue moon I tried to floss, what I would pry off my tooth convinced me my teeth were cracked and I was wedging it open.  The bleeding from my gums only fueled the horror.  Then the plague would also erode off in small chunks and I was convinced my teeth were hollowing out from rot.

Finally, I got them cleaned and it turns out they were fine.  In fact, the plaque had been a protective coating since I had four cavities after a decade of not visiting the dentist.  Just four.  But now I floss every night because the plaque plays on my paranoia, even though I suspect I am leaving them unarmored to the ravages of mastication.
 
2013-04-10 10:32:54 PM

Seth'n'Spectrum: oh_please: This article =

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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:


I use "it's not bad" all the time and it confuses the hell out of my American mother in law even after 13 years. I have to then explain because she thinks I then hate her cooking.
 
2013-04-10 10:35:09 PM

markie_farkie: ginandbacon: Milk and flossing and they wonder why we have such nice teeth.

That, and spending more on cosmetic dentistry than the rest of the world combined..


We pay more on just about any item you can think of than the entire rest of the world combined.
 
2013-04-10 10:37:05 PM

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


I'm an American -- I've done a half-pint of something with a strong taste, usually an IPA, with lunch.
 
2013-04-10 10:37:28 PM

trappedspirit: [i141.photobucket.com image 412x656]


www.lildiner.com

Bowling
 
2013-04-10 10:37:35 PM

RINO: If fries are "chips", then what do you call actual chips? Also, why is the English muffin not a muffin?

 As I recall potato chips were called "crisps",  trucks are lorries, car trunks and hoods are boots and bonnets, wrenches are spanners, bathroom is the loo, Sanford and Son were originally Steptoe and Son, and the name "English" muffin was coined by the colonists. My father told a story about being an American soldier in England waiting for the D-Day invasion. He got in a poker game with some Brits and the betting got intense. Being new to their currency he wasn't sure how much to raise 2 Pounds 10 bob with so he pushed a stack of money in the pot and said, " I'll see your pounds, and raise you a ton."
 
2013-04-10 10:38:24 PM

Nidiot: 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.



Yeah, I think genetics does play a role. That being said, I can't imagine how someone could not floss at least once a day, just to remove anything lodged between the teeth. Just thinking about not flossing gives me the heebee-jeebees.

I've recently done a lot of research on dental health, and the current advice seems to be:

1) always floss before brushing
2) brush gently either using no toothpaste or a toothpaste with a low abrasive index
3) don't rinse after brushing, leave the residual toothpast in your mouth to maximize the fluoride exposure
4) brush in the morning before eating to lower bacteria count
5) if you do brush after eating, wait at least a half hour, because it takes that long for your teeth to repair the erosion caused by acidic foods

I apologize for this weirdly obsessive dental post--I've spent too much time at the dentist lately. It's a good thing my dentist is smoking hot.
 
2013-04-10 10:38:45 PM

Githerax: Um, every mammal drinks milk as a child.  Straight milk.  How is it odd to continue drinking milk throughout life?


I think the important part is this: as a child. Adult mammals don't drink milk. I drank gallons of milk when I was growing up, but I can no longer digest it. It does disgusting things to my intestines.
 
2013-04-10 10:38:49 PM

AxemRed: I don't get it... I don't do most of that crap either, and none of it enough to call it a habit. I think they're thinking of TV Americans. Or maybe I'm just weird.


This.
 
2013-04-10 10:39:00 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. I moved on to artificial 'milk' (almond or ohters).  I like cheese though so I must support milk production for yummy cheese. That said you will pour that, honey, sugar, or lemon in my tea when I am cold and gone. Ew.


God forbid you let your children do anything "white", whatever that means.
 
2013-04-10 10:41:46 PM
The one I agree with 1000% is #4.  That crap is just annoying as fark.  Its one of the main reasons I won't ride mass transit.  I remember having to ride the bus to my first job when I was too young to drive.  The ridership was 50% retarded (I don't mean that as a derogatory statement toward an unlikable but normal person, but as a diagnosis.  These folks had down syndrome and assorted other mental defects), another 25% were low-life, scumbag, criminal element types, another 10% were religious or political kooks, another 5% were old folks who would just talk your ear off about the old days if you let them and the small remainder were folks like me who had to be there and just wanted to be left in peace.  Unfortunately almost every single day one of these damn clowns would try to strike up a conversation with me.  If they were interesting topics it might have been worthwhile to talk, but it was always completely trivial crap.  Worse yet these folks seemed to be incapable of taking any sort of hint short of "fark off, asshole."
 
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