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2013-10-23 03:52:02 PM
Wearing red coats?
 
2013-10-23 04:07:21 PM
farking up the lyrics to "America"?
 
2013-10-23 04:17:19 PM
you can drive from one end of Britain to the other in one day?  I had no idea it was that small.
 
2013-10-23 04:24:12 PM

SlothB77: you can drive from one end of Britain to the other in one day?  I had no idea it was that small.


Google Maps says it's 618mi from Brighton to Inverness and will take about 10 hours to drive.
 
2013-10-23 04:31:32 PM
FTFA "normally health-conscious Brits"

uhhh...have you seen England?
 
2013-10-23 04:32:35 PM
As a Brit in America, I'm getting a kick out of this thread.

SlothB77: you can drive from one end of Britain to the other in one day?  I had no idea it was that small.


It's about Nevada-sized.  There's an episode of Top Gear where they race a Porsche Panamera against a letter from the southwestern-most tip of England to the northern-most point in Scotland.  They left at 2:30pm, drove through the night, and got to the other end around noon-ish the next day.
 
2013-10-23 04:38:11 PM

pizen: SlothB77: you can drive from one end of Britain to the other in one day?  I had no idea it was that small.

Google Maps says it's 618mi from Brighton to Inverness and will take about 10 hours to drive.


Or to put it another way: the distance from London to Edinburgh is about the distance from the south side of DC to the east side of NYC. Not very far.

To drive a distance that's comparable to NYC - LA, you would need to start in Edinburgh and stop in Kiev. Or Istanbul.
 
2013-10-23 04:46:16 PM
i had the impression that britons are equally as fat as 'murkans
 
2013-10-23 04:47:23 PM

whistleridge: pizen: SlothB77: you can drive from one end of Britain to the other in one day?  I had no idea it was that small.

Google Maps says it's 618mi from Brighton to Inverness and will take about 10 hours to drive.

Or to put it another way: the distance from London to Edinburgh is about the distance from the south side of DC to the east side of NYC. Not very far.

To drive a distance that's comparable to NYC - LA, you would need to start in Edinburgh and stop in Kiev. Or Istanbul.


Not Constantinople?
 
2013-10-23 04:49:01 PM
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-10-23 04:49:04 PM

DemonEater: As a Brit in America, I'm getting a kick out of this thread.

SlothB77: you can drive from one end of Britain to the other in one day?  I had no idea it was that small.

It's about Nevada-sized.  There's an episode of Top Gear where they race a Porsche Panamera against a letter from the southwestern-most tip of England to the northern-most point in Scotland.  They left at 2:30pm, drove through the night, and got to the other end around noon-ish the next day.


Puh - try living in Canuckistan!

`I'm going to the store. I packed three sets of clothes & some canned good for the journey.'
 
2013-10-23 04:49:26 PM

pizen: whistleridge: pizen: SlothB77: you can drive from one end of Britain to the other in one day?  I had no idea it was that small.

Google Maps says it's 618mi from Brighton to Inverness and will take about 10 hours to drive.

Or to put it another way: the distance from London to Edinburgh is about the distance from the south side of DC to the east side of NYC. Not very far.

To drive a distance that's comparable to NYC - LA, you would need to start in Edinburgh and stop in Kiev. Or Istanbul.

Not Constantinople?


Hey, that's no one's business but the Turks!
 
2013-10-23 04:49:29 PM
"This is why normally health-conscious Brits..."

forum.sportsmogul.com
 
2013-10-23 04:49:47 PM

pizen: whistleridge: pizen: SlothB77: you can drive from one end of Britain to the other in one day?  I had no idea it was that small.

Google Maps says it's 618mi from Brighton to Inverness and will take about 10 hours to drive.

Or to put it another way: the distance from London to Edinburgh is about the distance from the south side of DC to the east side of NYC. Not very far.

To drive a distance that's comparable to NYC - LA, you would need to start in Edinburgh and stop in Kiev. Or Istanbul.

Not Constantinople?


It's Byzantium, people.  Get it right.
 
2013-10-23 04:49:58 PM

deforge: i had the impression that britons are equally as fat as 'murkans


Getting bigger... but I don't think anyone is that fat...

... besides Americans... and Mexicans.
 
2013-10-23 04:51:12 PM
I've heard Australians comment on the portion size; the U.S. definitely serves up a ton of food at once.

Plus, we're definitely two nations divided by a common language.  :D
 
2013-10-23 04:52:16 PM
Hmmm, which to eat...

This?
teaandsympathynewyork.files.wordpress.com

Or this?
thumbs.ifood.tv
 
2013-10-23 04:52:23 PM
Forming human pyramids and frightening the children?
 
2013-10-23 04:52:56 PM
In America, our dicks aren't spotted.

/usually
 
2013-10-23 04:52:58 PM
Surprisingly? Really? While delicious, the content and portion size of American food is utter crap.
 
2013-10-23 04:55:03 PM

whosits_112: Hmmm, which to eat...

This?
[teaandsympathynewyork.files.wordpress.com image 500x393]

Or this?
[thumbs.ifood.tv image 480x400]


Grilled eel is excellent, jellied not so much.
 
2013-10-23 04:55:10 PM

deforge: i had the impression that britons are equally as fat as 'murkans


It's essentially the entire developed world.  But don't worry, the developing world is on its way too.

http://ije.oxfordjournals.org/content/35/1/93.abstract
 
2013-10-23 04:55:12 PM
Going into a diner and complaining that they don't make the tea "properly". (My parents actually did that!). Oh, and the tipping thing. Going out for a meal with my relatives when they offer to pay for it I have to say "I left my Phone on the table:" so I can go back to supplement their meager tips.
 
2013-10-23 04:56:01 PM
Skip the middle of the country.
 
2013-10-23 04:56:10 PM
List fails without :

1.Insufferable condescension of Brits for pretty much everything American or Canadian.

2. Playing "Oh, er, really? I'm a foreigner here" when it's their round. (everyone from the London division of my old workplace did this). We actually called it "Hugh Granting". Which is probably unfair to Hugh Grant.
 
2013-10-23 04:56:57 PM
The ID thing is something I have to remember when I visit the US. At home my driving licence usually lives in my fire safe and only sees daylight every two or three years when I have to send it off to get my latest speeding ticket added to it.
 
2013-10-23 04:57:44 PM

CleanAndPure: deforge: i had the impression that britons are equally as fat as 'murkans

Getting bigger... but I don't think anyone is that fat...

... besides Americans... and Mexicans.


Dugongs.
 
2013-10-23 04:58:38 PM

SpeedyBB: CleanAndPure: deforge: i had the impression that britons are equally as fat as 'murkans

Getting bigger... but I don't think anyone is that fat...

... besides Americans... and Mexicans.

Dugongs.


Galvanized manatees.
 
2013-10-23 04:59:24 PM

Evil Mackerel: whosits_112: Hmmm, which to eat...

This?
[teaandsympathynewyork.files.wordpress.com image 500x393]

Or this?
[thumbs.ifood.tv image 480x400]

Grilled eel is excellent, jellied not so much.


Eel is tasty, yes I agree. But looking at the jellied eel makes me wanna hurl.
 
2013-10-23 04:59:34 PM
When I was 16 and working at a Bojangles, I had a brit walk in and say he wanted chips as a side.

Me: We don't serve chips here
Brit: Yes you do.
Me: I am pretty sure we do not.
B: I know for a fact you have chips.
M: I know for a fact we do not.
B: I am looking right at them!
M: You must be seeing something I'm not. What are you looking at?
B: Right bloody there! *points at fries*
M: Oh, you mean french fries.
B: Damn Americans, always changing the names of things. By the by, where is the loo?
M: The what?
 
2013-10-23 05:00:21 PM
A British acquaintance of mine once remarked that the difference between the Brits and the Americans is that the Brits thinks a hundred miles is a long distance and the Americans think that a hundred years is a long time.
 
2013-10-23 05:00:28 PM

Flint Ironstag: The ID thing is something I have to remember when I visit the US. At home my driving licence usually lives in my fire safe and only sees daylight every two or three years when I have to send it off to get my latest speeding ticket added to it.


Do they use another form of ID there, or is it just hardly ever asked for?
 
2013-10-23 05:01:52 PM

Flint Ironstag: The ID thing is something I have to remember when I visit the US. At home my driving licence usually lives in my fire safe and only sees daylight every two or three years when I have to send it off to get my latest speeding ticket added to it.


They print your speeding tickets on your license?

I think I wouldn't have enough room.

Evil Mackerel: whosits_112: Hmmm, which to eat...

This?
[teaandsympathynewyork.files.wordpress.com image 500x393]

Or this?
[thumbs.ifood.tv image 480x400]

Grilled eel is excellent, jellied not so much.


I very much like eel, but that looks like what comes *out* of eels.
 
2013-10-23 05:03:58 PM

mainsail: List fails without :

1.Insufferable condescension of Brits for pretty much everything American or Canadian.

2. Playing "Oh, er, really? I'm a foreigner here" when it's their round. (everyone from the London division of my old workplace did this). We actually called it "Hugh Granting". Which is probably unfair to Hugh Grant.


On your first point, they are like the french, but they are doing it backwards
 
2013-10-23 05:05:58 PM

MythDragon: When I was 16 and working at a Bojangles, I had a brit walk in and say he wanted chips as a side.

Me: We don't serve chips here
Brit: Yes you do.
Me: I am pretty sure we do not.
B: I know for a fact you have chips.
M: I know for a fact we do not.
B: I am looking right at them!
M: You must be seeing something I'm not. What are you looking at?
B: Right bloody there! *points at fries*
M: Oh, you mean french fries.
B: Damn Americans, always changing the names of things. By the by, where is the loo?
M: The what?


At Heathrow Airport years ago:

Me:  Excuse me, could you tell me where I can find the nearest restroom?
Janitor on concourse:  We don't have restrooms here (Nasty sneer on face)
Me:  Toilet...where is the toilet?

Brits can be some of the nicest people.....also some of the nastiest, especially when Americans are involved.
 
2013-10-23 05:07:37 PM

DemonEater: As a Brit in America, I'm getting a kick out of this thread.

SlothB77: you can drive from one end of Britain to the other in one day?  I had no idea it was that small.

It's about Nevada-sized.  There's an episode of Top Gear where they race a Porsche Panamera against a letter from the southwestern-most tip of England to the northern-most point in Scotland.  They left at 2:30pm, drove through the night, and got to the other end around noon-ish the next day.


whistleridge: Or to put it another way: the distance from London to Edinburgh is about the distance from the south side of DC to the east side of NYC. Not very far.


Speaking of using Top Gear races to give a sense of scale and the trip from London to Edinburgh, when Top Gear did their London to Edinburgh race Captain Slow made the drive in a little under 8 hours.  And he was driving a 1949 Jaguar XK120 and wasn't allowed to use.motorways/expressways/free ways/whatever the hell you want to call them.
 
2013-10-23 05:08:18 PM

stevarooni: I've heard Australians comment on the portion size; the U.S. definitely serves up a ton of food at once.

Plus, we're definitely two nations divided by a common language.  :D


I always heard the portions were smaller/healthier in the UK than the US.

Then went to the UK, and the first two places we're taken:

Dudley's Pancakes, where we were treated to 16" pancakes covered in butter, ice cream, fruits, and nuts (stuffed after about 1/4 of the pancake... our friends insisted the meals were meant for one)

A take-away 'Chippy', where they served *an entire, deep-fried fish* along with about as many chips as one would expect at, say, Five Guys Burgers. Instead of fish you could also get a 2' long banger. Again, friends insisted these were meals meant for one (I made three meals out of that one).

So yeah... no idea what people are talking about when they say the portions are smaller in the UK. I think the only reason Brits aren't fat is they have to walk everywhere (we lost weight while there despite the huge portions of food). None of the other places we ate had smaller portions than used to at home either -- just those two places were beyond any expectations. Their at-home meals consisted of things like... whole thick sirloin steaks on a sandwich made of fried bread, so it's not like the home-made meals are any better.

(no, our friends aren't overweight by any definition. Not SKINNY, but definitely on the thin side. Downright anorexic by US standards)
 
2013-10-23 05:08:52 PM

MythDragon: When I was 16 and working at a Bojangles, I had a brit walk in and say he wanted chips as a side.

Me: We don't serve chips here
Brit: Yes you do.
Me: I am pretty sure we do not.
B: I know for a fact you have chips.
M: I know for a fact we do not.
B: I am looking right at them!
M: You must be seeing something I'm not. What are you looking at?
B: Right bloody there! *points at fries*
M: Oh, you mean french fries.
B: Damn Americans, always changing the names of things. By the by, where is the loo?
M: The what?


The "we invented the bloody language" routine falls a little flat when we are talking about things invented/discovered well after the divergence of American and British dialects.

Things like french fries, television, soccer, aluminum, gasoline, etc.

When different vocabulary evolved independently, it's stupid to say that one is right and one is wrong, or that one has broken off from an older correct form.
 
2013-10-23 05:10:26 PM
The Brit returned from his travels to America and was asked about that lot in the New World.  "They are a peculiar breed I can assure you." he replies. " They boil their water to make the tea hot. Then turn and put ice in it to make it cold. They put sugar in the tea to make it sweet, then add lemon to sour it up. Say you are sitting at table to dine and a bloke belches, he's obliged to say pardon me, excuse me, forgive me! Chap on the other side of the table breaks wind and the entire room erupts with laughter!"
 
2013-10-23 05:10:26 PM
My mom's spaghetti with eel was fantastic.  That jellied eel looks... challenging.
 
2013-10-23 05:10:46 PM

Cajnik: Surprisingly? Really? While delicious, the content and portion size of American food is utter crap.


That depends on where you buy your meal. Also, your statement equally applies to the UK - you can buy crap or you can buy quality.
 
GBB [TotalFark]
2013-10-23 05:12:38 PM

AGremlin: MythDragon: When I was 16 and working at a Bojangles, I had a brit walk in and say he wanted chips as a side.

Me: We don't serve chips here
Brit: Yes you do.
Me: I am pretty sure we do not.
B: I know for a fact you have chips.
M: I know for a fact we do not.
B: I am looking right at them!
M: You must be seeing something I'm not. What are you looking at?
B: Right bloody there! *points at fries*
M: Oh, you mean french fries.
B: Damn Americans, always changing the names of things. By the by, where is the loo?
M: The what?

At Heathrow Airport years ago:

Me:  Excuse me, could you tell me where I can find the nearest restroom?
Janitor on concourse:  We don't have restrooms here (Nasty sneer on face)
Me:  Toilet...where is the toilet?

Brits can be some of the nicest people.....also some of the nastiest, especially when Americans are involved.


I think our American janitors at our International Airports would do the same if someone asked for the loo.

/Not kidding
//used to work at one.
 
2013-10-23 05:12:51 PM

pyrotek85: Flint Ironstag: The ID thing is something I have to remember when I visit the US. At home my driving licence usually lives in my fire safe and only sees daylight every two or three years when I have to send it off to get my latest speeding ticket added to it.

Do they use another form of ID there, or is it just hardly ever asked for?


Just rarely asked for, and not required even if you're driving a car. The exception is if you look under 25 and are buying alcohol or cigarettes where the clerk will ask for ID.
 
2013-10-23 05:17:08 PM

safeforwork: stevarooni: I've heard Australians comment on the portion size; the U.S. definitely serves up a ton of food at once.

Plus, we're definitely two nations divided by a common language.  :D

I always heard the portions were smaller/healthier in the UK than the US.

Then went to the UK, and the first two places we're taken:

Dudley's Pancakes, where we were treated to 16" pancakes covered in butter, ice cream, fruits, and nuts (stuffed after about 1/4 of the pancake... our friends insisted the meals were meant for one)

A take-away 'Chippy', where they served *an entire, deep-fried fish* along with about as many chips as one would expect at, say, Five Guys Burgers. Instead of fish you could also get a 2' long banger. Again, friends insisted these were meals meant for one (I made three meals out of that one).

So yeah... no idea what people are talking about when they say the portions are smaller in the UK. I think the only reason Brits aren't fat is they have to walk everywhere (we lost weight while there despite the huge portions of food). None of the other places we ate had smaller portions than used to at home either -- just those two places were beyond any expectations. Their at-home meals consisted of things like... whole thick sirloin steaks on a sandwich made of fried bread, so it's not like the home-made meals are any better.

(no, our friends aren't overweight by any definition. Not SKINNY, but definitely on the thin side. Downright anorexic by US standards)


They always want to slip you the 2' banger - Don't fall for it!
 
2013-10-23 05:17:46 PM

pyrotek85: Flint Ironstag: The ID thing is something I have to remember when I visit the US. At home my driving licence usually lives in my fire safe and only sees daylight every two or three years when I have to send it off to get my latest speeding ticket added to it.

Do they use another form of ID there, or is it just hardly ever asked for?


No, everybody on Fark and in Europe think that asking for identification makes you Hitler.

If you ask someone to prove who they are to vote, get health care, or enter a secure area you will be building concentration camps within 15 minutes and invading Poland.
 
2013-10-23 05:18:11 PM

Doc Daneeka: When different vocabulary evolved independently, it's stupid to say that one is right and one is wrong, or that one has broken off from an older correct form.


Exactly, 'correct' depends on how the population speaking the language uses it. That's why words can change meanings over time, and it doesn't mean only the original meaning is correct. Languages that don't ever change are dead languages. That said, if I ever visited another country I wouldn't expect them to conform to me.
 
2013-10-23 05:19:23 PM
GBB:

I think our American janitors at our International Airports would do the same if someone asked for the loo.

/Not kidding
//used to work at one.


That's just one example.

Having lived in the UK, and visiting many times over many years, I've come to the realization that there is a significant minority of Brits that just don't like Americans.  It really doesn't matter how polite or respectful you are either.
 
2013-10-23 05:20:37 PM
I think the writer of this article doth project too much. Most of the 'mistakes' are put to one side after a few days in the States, in my experience.

whosits_112: Hmmm, which to eat...

This?
[teaandsympathynewyork.files.wordpress.com image 500x393]

Or this?
[thumbs.ifood.tv image 480x400]


Neither:
farm8.staticflickr.com

deforge: i had the impression that britons are equally as fat as 'murkans


The rate of people with overweight BMIs is very same. America still leads the world in super morbid obesity.
 
2013-10-23 05:21:17 PM
api.ning.com
 
2013-10-23 05:22:07 PM

Flint Ironstag: Just rarely asked for, and not required even if you're driving a car.


I guess the police can just look it up then if you're stopped. Ours can do that too of course, but they really frown on driving around without it. Basically once you become an adult they expect you to have it on you. Some cops will even insist on you having it when you're just walking, and you're not even required to have it then.
 
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