America Vs. England: The Test

Submitted by: fancylad 6 years ago in Funny

An enlightening interview with a British teen revealing the true origins of the United States of America.
There are 87 comments:
Male 85
come on this kid is a drating retard i have like one friend like this and we take the piss out of him constantly about him being a dumbass we are not all like that
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Male 5
ISNT FAIT HOW HE GUNNA KNOW THIS
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Male 677
Look`s pretty staged to me. Although, in England, we don`t (well, I havent) learned about American history.
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Male 675
The Articles also fail to mention the United States as a "nation" or establish a "government", something the American Constitution ratifies. So in reality John Hanson literally presided over an unofficial government, that by 1787 had no real power under the Articles of Confederation. The Articles also left the "government" no efficient way to collect money from the states, something that is needed to keep any government going.
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Male 675
@randomxnp
The Articles of Confederation were considered too weak by many people, and thus was replaced, and superseded by the American Constitution. Whether or not John Hanson was President of the Continental Congress or not has no bearing on him as a "President" as the government was redesigned in the American Constitution, making "President of the United States" a different office than that of President of the CC. Simply because the Articles defines the "United States of America" does not by proxy mean that he must then have been President of the US. And if this is what kids are taught in Europe than they are being taught wrong. Also, I would like to mention that it is within America`s own right to acknowledge whom it wills as the first President of the United States, which it has since George Washington was unanimously elected the first President of the US. So Washington being first is nothing new, its been that way for hundreds of years.
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Male 89
looks totally faked... bbc stuff..
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Male 1,293
Lucky Dave

The Articles of Confederation, ratified on 1 March 1781, names the confederacy "The United States of America" and created the office of President. That President had far wider duties than presiding over Congress, and there was no need for any constitution for him to have the authority of the post. In fact the US Constitution was originally negotiated under the Articles of Confederation, so is in principle subordinate to them.
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Male 1,293
"...I know four things about British history: Princess Diana, what I saw in Braveheart, what I saw in The Patriot, and what I saw in multiple James Bond movies"

Then you know nothing of British history that actually comes close to the truth, unless you remember the dates!
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Male 1,293
Seeing Red Fear say that American history is not that important to him indicates how Barack Obama gained office. If history was important to people he would not have been up for election in the Senate, let alone a candidate for Presidency.

American history is important to us in Europe. The idea that it is unimportant to Americans is utterly insane.
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Male 1,293
CalyxMalaki

Your question suggests that you mistake the importance of knowledge. It would not be possible in most cases to say "I gained this from that piece of knowledge". However from the depth of my knowledge (which was certainly not taught in the British education system; if I relied on that I would struggle to guess within a decade the timing of US independence or to distinguish between Washington and Lincoln) I gain an idea of how the world works. In this case of history, of how a political system, perhaps the greatest political system yet devised, was formed.

Had this been taught in more depth in American schools perhaps that political system would not have suffered so much damage from unwise constitutional amendment, judicial activism and media ignorance.
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Female 1,545
And CrakrJak brings it around back to Obama for the win. Well played, sir.

Also, I`m pretty sure that as an American I know four things about British history: Princess Diana, what I saw in Braveheart, what I saw in The Patriot, and what I saw in multiple James Bond movies.

So there.
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Male 17,512
As much as I`d like to laugh my ass off about this, chances are American kids today, and some adults as well, are just as ignorant. After all, How else can Obama getting elected president be explained ?
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Male 42
Chill. it`s funny. So wat if the roles were reversed. Chill.
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Female 250
We learned that the British school system doesn`t cover American history. That was highly informative. Lets all have a quiz on Chinese history, I wonder what we might find out. I`ll save you the bother, it`s that we dont study Chinese history. I hope you enjoyed my post and you have learned something great.
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Female 3,598
ok, i know if the roles were reversed that the american kid would not know jack about england`s history other than what he`d been forced to, but the point of this video is to be FUNNY not to get everybody all butt-hurt.
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Male 68
Ok, Wasn`t even that funny. There are a few things Id like to raise.
Firstly I`m English and I could answer most of these questions, this kid, if he isn`t taking the p**s, he is a f**king idiot.
Secondly, SHOCK HORROR but American history isn`t on the british school curriculum, We can pretty much live our lives without needing to know that much about American history, it isn`t that important to us.
Thirdly, I would like to see one of these with the nationalities switched. How much does the Average American teen know about the Magna Carta or the British civil war?
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Male 302
If he went to British school why is he expected to know American history?

We tend to stick to stuff where we can take the moral high ground, which is pretty much just WW2, and sometimes WW1.
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Male 6
He can`t be british, the way he said France was the American pronunciation...
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Male 683
@Angelmassb

There was a similar video at a time where brits went around asking americans who the prime minister was. It happens, we`re all ignorant, so we should all stfu.
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Male 15,510
Im sorry but in all honesty, I dont think an American should be judging other country knowledge of History....
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Male 675
Furthermore, the position of President of Continental Congress was mostly a ceremonial position, and only after one of his grandsons started promoting him as the first "President of the United States" was he even remotely thought of that way. The Articles of Confederation ceased validity when the United States Constitution came to be. The old government was nullified, and the office of President of the US was created.

Just the same as you guys don`t count Roman Caesars in your line of rulers, same thing applies here. I`m sure John Hanson was a great man, yada yada yada... but he wasn`t a US President.
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Male 675
@the 2 Europeans who also don`t know American history...

Whenever someone from the US mentions the first president, they aren`t referring to the first president of the Continental Congress; and being President of the Continental Congress and being President of the United States are two very different things. The current version of the United States Constitution wasn`t even established until 1789, meaning that any government that had been established beforehand was reformed and thereby no longer valid. The position of President wasn`t even around until the 1789 version of the Constitution was placed into practice. Your claim that John Hanson was the first president isn`t even the least bit valid considering the Revolutionary War didn`t even end until 1783. Washington was the ninth president of the Continental Congress, but he was the first President of the United States.

Vietnam however, was a guess; oh well.
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Male 639
"It`s so obviously fake, as all of us Brits know, the true British teenager is infinitely more stupid than this."

So true... so very true.
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Female 123
Staged! And, is it really that fair to quiz a British teen about American history? Many American teens would have very little problems answering those questions as they are learning this in school and it is fresh in their heads.
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Male 47
No parade, just more pissing contests. drat, can`t we get along instead of acting like we are any better than our neighbor?
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Male 255
Sorry to rain on the parade but the young lad is Ben King, an actor/director at rooster teeth.
http://www.facebook.com/bencking

It`s so obviously fake, as all of us Brits know, the true British teenager is infinitely more stupid than this.
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Male 265
Most of the questions were about US history. If we took an average American teen as asked them "who was the first prime minister" they would be lucky to even pick out Tony Blair. However he should have at least known about the European theater segment of WWII.
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Male 4,546
I don`t think this is real... (just like I said for the last video, so spare me the "oh swap the nationalities and you`d not be saying that").

"I know them because they gamble"

The Indians are not famous for gambling anywhere but the US. He knows what President is on the $100, but not what denominations there are?

I call shenanigans.
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Male 224
Ok, first off, to all the raging Europeans jumping to this kid`s defense; reverse the nationalities here and apply your comments to any of the multitude of "Americuh iz dum" videos floating around. See the double standard? The majority of Americans could answer all those questions to some reasonable degree. That being said trying to display your knowledge on the internet is in and of itself sort of pointless when wikipedia is just a new tab and a URL away. I will play devil`s advocate for a bit though and say that in reality, most people are going to brain dump this kind of information that they don`t use on a daily basis. Only so many penguins can fit on the iceberg. Every time a new one climbs on one falls off the other side. Every time my supervisor gives me some piece of arbitrary information I`ll never use I lose thoughts from my childhood. I swear one of these days he`s going to brief me on some tech data change and I`m going to forget how to breath.
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Male 759
@redspade,

I didn`t realize WWII was only in American history. I could swear that anytime an American says we won WWII some british guy has to interrupt and remind us that they were in there too.

[email protected] all the Europeans trying to make excuses for this guy.
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Male 599
@redspade
Dude lighten up. It`s called comedy. A parody so go figure it out.
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Male 4,902
Funny how all the Brits get butt hurt over something this stupid but ya`ll trash the U.S. every chance you get.
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Male 150
yeah I`d like to see an American answer questions about Britain. And choose a smart kid for your interview. It`s pretty easy to make a bunch of people stupid when you take someone uneducated.
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Male 512
He`s a cigarette? Odd, but I can see how this might give you cancer.
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Male 592
this is just awful, he`s not British. he`s fag.
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Male 512
No SethDog, you wouldn`t. For example, we learn in America about how dentistry remains an unrecognized profession in Great Briton. And England is part of Great Briton because King Louie the 42nd hated tea. So sod on that!
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Male 768
Lame, Why would British people know or care about American history.. You will get the same dumb answers when roles are reversed with an American student being asked British history questions.
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Male 47
@randomnxp

Here`s a question for you. Has this knowledge produced any monetary gain for you in the mere 30 to 39 years you have been in existence? Ultimately it doesn`t make a difference If some trivial bullpoo pertaining to the Articles of Confederation days happened to be taught in your education system. At the end of the day, this isn`t Jeopardy. If it is, then for $500, he is a stuck up limey fag. Who is randomxnp?
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Female 1,203
hahahhaa that made me giggle
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Male 61
This video sucks... im goin to blow poo up
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Female 1,743
"I know them, because they gamble."
made me chuckle.
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Male 1,293
Lucky Dave - sorry, Washington was not the first President. He was the ninth. The first was John Hanson.

Oops, an Englishman telling you some American history - perhaps that shows you why this has nothing to do with America vs. England, just an American vs. a British teenager.
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Male 1,266
*facepalm* This kid is just retarded, you guys can keep him.
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Male 219
@Lucky Dave:

Vietnam is not in the South Pacific, it`s in the South China Sea (also known as the East Sea in Vietnam).

The first president was John Hanson (1781-82).
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Male 280
Yeah, fake and stuff. But half of this stuff is irelevant for the basic knowledge of non americans.
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Male 1,268
"What American teenagers would know the first goddamn thing about British history?"

Not sure what state your high school was in, but as far as I`m aware, World History is a fairly standard required course throughout our country. Oddly enough, most American "World History" textbooks have an abundance of British history in it, simply because there is so much to cover.
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Male 675
-Benjamin Franklin was never president, he never even ran for president, and signed all his letters:
Benjamin Franklin
Printer
-George Washington was the first president and fought against King George III and the British in the Revolutionary War
-George Bush is -not- on any currency. America does not change its currency to reflect the person in charge at the time the money was printed.
-July 4 was the day America declared its independence from British rule.
-Technically he was right about there being two presidents in the American Civil War. Jefferson Davis is considered to be only president of the Confederate States of America; Abraham Lincoln was the other.
-World War II... nevermind, not going there...
-The -Japanese- attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
-The Allies won WWI. Both France and America were on the Allied side.
-Vietnam is in the south Pacific.

I pulled this from memory, so if I`m wrong anywhere, let me know.
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Female 45
What American teenagers would know the first goddamn thing about British history?
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Male 25,417
right e o!
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Female 409
@Aragnarok
That was pretty awesome. ^_^ *giggles*
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Female 409
@Repost
[quote]to not know when world war two was but to know that George bush is on a $20, pretty obvious.[/quote]

George Bush is most definitely not on any currency that I`ve ever seen... the president on the $20 is Andrew Jackson. He wasn`t correct. Every time the guy said "Correct" the kid was most definitely incorrect.
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Female 409
I definitely wouldn`t have the answers if a British person was throwing the same types of questions about their government and history at me. I`d be fairly clueless... yet it was still somehow amusing, as I`m sure it would be the other way around.
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Male 5,413
RoosterTeeth
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Male 190
not at all surprising that the kid didn`t know anything about American history even if this was real. American history isn`t taught in schools until you take history as a specialized subject in two years that are not compulsorily to take, even then it is not necessarily taught, mainly because honestly, Europe has a far more interesting historical past than America. On top of that, this video is definitely a fake, to not know when world war two was but to know that George bush is on a $20, pretty obvious.
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Male 137
I shouldn`t say anything. Last I knew, the Prime Minister of England was Harriet Jones.
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Male 7
Silly premise really. I`m British and I probably know less that this guy. American history really isn`t taught in our schools - it doesn`t really affect us in any way.
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Male 14

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Male 48
You know what, I think this might be fake.

I`m throwing it out there.
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Male 231
very unfair video, American history is not taught in British schools and I`m sure that if the roles were reversed that man wouldn`t know topical knowledge about Britain, I hope this is fake because it definitely sends out the wrong message
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Male 694
Shark teeth!
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Female 437
Just because we don`t know about American history doesn`t mean we`re stupid, I don`t know most of this and I`m a history student. In Britain we mostly get taught European history so it`s not that surprising
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Male 15
@ryannn24 - America is left and up a bit. Left = West. Also I don`t usually call fake on anything but come on, who doesn`t know at least who was fighting at Pear Harbor.
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Male 83
If he doesn`t know American history fair enough, because basic schools in England don`t teach it. (as far as i know), but the where is england in comparison to america, he said left and up a bit... he doesn`t even know where England is, hes just basically a moron. lol.
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Male 697
BenTheBug, nobody has said it`s gone too far. As if this video is even remotely offensive anyway. And I think Americans are alone in laughing at Japan.
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Male 101
"In other words, there are ignorant f*cks all over the world. The UK has them too."

agree 100%. you wouldn`t believe the amount of people i know who have never been to america and believe the stereotype that everyone there is fat. it`s stupid, people are people, where you`re born may shape you culturally but we`re more or less the same.
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Male 1,195
I don`t know if it`s fake... Ben seems pretty stupid if you`ve seen some of their other stuff with him...

One person certainly doesn`t represent an entire country.

And a big `lol` to all the butthurt British and English users. You can poke fun at America and Japan all you want, but once someone`s laughing at you it`s gone too far.
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Male 1,737
I couldn`t finish, too stupid a premise for me. You can literally take anyone and ask them questions about a foreign country and expect them to get them all wrong.

Plus the age of the person, whose clearly not even out of high school yet. Try an adult, over the age of 30 next time.
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Male 3,894
I don`t blame him for most of that (we don`t get taught very in depth history about the UK), but he really should have known about WW2.

In other words, there are ignorant f*cks all over the world. The UK has them too.
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Female 6,381
This has to be fake. No one is this stupid.
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Male 6,737
Sooooo sooooooooo fake. :D

Good attempt by the Yanks to bounce some of the "dumb" hate onto the Brits.

Amusing though.
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Male 392
California requires a year of world history before graduation.
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Male 392
That`s hardy fair, they picked the dumbest kid in England that they could find!
:7
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Male 910
It`s not like our history is an interesting one.. besides some people like me dont really care that much for history, im more of a science nerd.
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Male 94
I was surprised about the WW2 stuff like when it was (1840?), British people should definitely know that, however I know no british history, so i wouldn`t represent america very well either
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Male 2,586
So so fake

Plaid on a briish kid?! - there`s your proof right there!

Good laugh though :)
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Male 1,440
I would think that most schools would at least go over other countries history, ( mine did anyway ).
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Male 36
Even if this is a joke. England not learning about 1 country`s history isn`t a big deal, however the fact that most Americans only learn about American History is.
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Male 3,285
Love how they try to mock British people, yet 90% of US citizens would have the same answers.
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Female 1,441
The interviewer`s seriousness made the video.
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Male 2,345
moral of the story is BOTH our countries are f`d.
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Male 10,440
well that was obviously fake, not to mention biased.
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Male 1,440
After noting that Rooster Teeth is a comedy group, this is probably fake.
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Male 10
What a screw job. Quiz me on British history. Preview: I`d fail.
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Male 4,290
I hope that kid was a plant.
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Male 697
what this looked like: tom hanks interviewing an average british kid

what this was: someone interviewing either a)an idiot or b)sarcastic satirical actor
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Male 20,830
Link: America Vs. England: The Test [Rate Link] - An enlightening interview with a British teen revealing the true origins of the United States of America.
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