29 UK Things The US Should Do [Pic+]

Submitted by: blackcatseye 4 years ago in

The annual cheese rolling thing happened again yesterday
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Male 14,331
Trying to be like the UK.
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Male 140
the love affair continues...remember the Australian love affair the US had in the eighties?, won`t last.
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Female 2,228
Duckboy, I know it`s kind of an older reference but that`s what you get when family movie night as a kid consisted of mainly classic war flicks. That was where I saw (and heard) my first British soldiers, Mr. Caine included, and the rest is of course history. *Giggle*

Beternal, Welcome across the pond! So nice to have you! *Waves* Though I fear we may need someone with more frequent flier miles to give a more nuanced list. Anybody out there fit the bill??? (It strikes me that this article was written by an American for Americans, perhaps there is a Brit willing to chime in for other Brits?).
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Male 1,216
That`s not only UK, that all of Western Europe. It`s only Americans who are this retarded in the western civilization.
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Male 219
There`s NOTHING to gain by copying ANYTHING from them.
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Male 2,436
I went to London back in 1999. I don`t know... seemed like the city shut down at 11 PM. At least, the pubs and public transport did. Which sucks when your body is still on Eastern Standard time. We did go to a techno club for an all-nighter. It was like a law, or something, that they had to lock us in until 6 or 7 AM. Weird.
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Male 3,646
#14, I guess forgot that the US quarter literally says "quarter dollar", the fifty cent piece says "half dollar" (albeit not in common circulation), and the dollar coins say "one dollar" (again, not in common circulation, and it`s been awhile since I picked up my Eisenhower dollar pieces). Not to mention that the dime and upward was set up to have the exact same ratio of metals, so a quarter was literally half the worth of a half dollar, and so forth.


@QueenZira, an older lady told me that I looked like a young Michael Caine. ;-)
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Male 15,261
Pray for America*

*yes, everyone knows there is no god. America really needs one, though
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Male 2,586
I just moved to America from England and I miss these...

Can an American do a similar one? - I`d love to see what you say! :)
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Male 12,365
Well, me being me I had to look it up.

It`s from the Troy system of weighing expensive stuff. The relevance is silver because it was the standard material for coins in England back then (there used to be a fair bit of silver mined over here). They were standard weights of silver on the Troy scale.

So there was a good reason for it. My itch to know has been scratched. Time for a nice cup of tea to celebrate :)
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Male 12,365
[quote]NOW their money makes sense since the pound went metric.
It didn`t growing up. This is was it used to be [..] [/quote]

The pre-metric system of money in the UK was LSD, so it`s no surprise that it wasn`t simple and rational :)

Gerry is gilding the lily a bit by bringing in different units used at different times over a period of more than 1000 years.

The core of the system was much simpler:

1 shilling = 12 pence.
1 pound = 20 shillings.

The only other units in common use in the last couple of hundred years were the guinea (21 shillings) and the crown (5 shillings), although usually in the context of something costing half a crown and rarely an actual coin.

There probably was a good reason why a shilling was 12p and a pound was 240p, but I`ve no idea what that reason was.
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Male 2,548
How the hell is it possible that the United States doesn`t have signs notifying the citizens of how many minutes are pending before the next sub/metro/train?? I have difficulty believing it.

Also, the curry fries made me crave poutine...with Yorkshire pudding and baked beans.
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Female 2,228



More proof of the inherent adorableness of Britain (Baby Iggy, UK Hetalia).

"America this is why you`re fat." Nickel2 there`s a glorious moment in the above mentioned show wherein Iggy surveys America`s food culture (such as it is) and sighs saying, "This is all *my* fault..." XD

"How two world powers came to have no taste".
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Male 12,365
[quote]Years ago I was stunned when an English friend told me a worker at a new job would get four weeks vacation the first year![/quote]

I get 34 days paid holiday per year, i.e. a fraction under 7 weeks. It`s the only good thing left in a job working for a company that is increasingly hostile towards its peasants, but it is a very good thing.
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Male 12,365
[quote]not allowed to drink alcohol in streets or public transport... legally... Not that anyone really stops you![/quote]

There are some exclusion zones in the city centre where I live that are actually enforced, although the police are allowed to use their discretion about it.

Regarding the 24 hour booze sales, the 18 age limit and drinking all over the place, it`s worth noting that the UK has a real problem with alcohol abuse. Freedoms have a cost.

Something else about this list...why is Monty Python brought up so often as something that`s not in the USA? Their stuff has been popular in the USA for decades.
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Male 5,872
#1. Wrong. do not mix beer with cider, mix it with lager.
#2. Yeah, we have 4 weeks by law.
#3. up to you.
#4. Keeps the UK`s children pure
#5. Custard creams! yum
#6. so we deserve them
#7. trifle best made by your mum, students and singles buy tesco`s
#8,9,10,11,12. this is normal anywhere isn`t it?
#.13. America this is why you are fat. UK this is why you have heartburn.
#14. tick
#15,16. Oh, you don`t have any then?
# 17,18,19. cultural stuff understood by brits
#20,21. ...?
# UP TO 29, waqtch and learn.
29 David who?
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Male 13,630
Although you have better retro cars

Like the Charger, De Soto, Etc .. goes on for many lists
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Male 13,630
@ CodeJockey
10. In a large nation with little train service, it was 24hr gas station or 24hr alcohol and we chose gas stations.
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we have both intergrated

6. Do their employers ever give them their birthday off?
Yup

4. Get cable.
Got cable

1. We drink whatever the f*ck want.
and can get it 24/7 :->

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Female 1,539
#7: Trifles are DEFINITELY alive and well in the South. I inherited two crystal Trifle dishes from my Grandmother and Mother-in-law. :D

#24 We do need more markets. But many cities (like mine) have a small Farmer`s market in the Summer months.

#28 Student loan debt is total HORSEpoo!

#29 But...he moved to America :-P
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Male 5,626
16. I don`t like animal waste on my beach.
17. Chili fries or Dave`s Insanity Sauce.
18. We prefer lottery without injury as normal practice.
19. I prefer steak and eggs. Sausage is people that like doctors poking around their exit port.
20. I won`t directly insult anyone culture.
21. It`s called `Mardi Gras` or any actual Tuesday in Vegas...
22. We have cars. It`s a big country.
23. Poll and Census both show minds being freed from the Matrix. I personally believe they were already free but, are now less afraid to say so.
24. We have those.
25. Look here, MF: It`s YYYY-MM-dd, HH:MM. You people are hold back the race by writing dates that don`t sort.
26. I prefer Meaning of Life.
27. Nothing is free. Their taxes are paying for those.
28. Tuition, yes, Gothic, no thanks.
29. Yeah, they get old then, look and act like this:
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Female 6,381
Years ago I was stunned when an English friend told me a worker at a new job would get four weeks vacation the first year!
BTW, Canada has a lot of these "UK things" if y`all wanna visit "UK lite." We even have some BUS stops that tell you when the next bus is coming where I live.
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Male 5,626
1. We drink whatever the f*ck want.
2. I did that in 2007 to work on a game engine. Might do it again next month.
3. We call them sweet rolls.
4. Get cable.
5. Peanut butter cookies in green tea.
6. Do their employers ever give them their birthday off?
7. Sundae or float?
8. Damn this clean water and refrigeration. Oh, well.
9. I prefer Luther.
10. In a large nation with little train service, it was 24hr gas station or 24hr alcohol and we chose gas stations.
11. The just sensationalized news instead. We prefer porn without news getting in the way.
12. We prefer you fall down drunk in your own home. Insurance fees, ya` know?
13. "Our panani will blow you."
14. Which weighs more: 20P coin or note? Now consider someone has to pay transport those coins and the containers of the coins.
15. We have those, they`re called houses.
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Male 2,357
Uhm... do you really think we should eat and drink all that crap? 10 of these were about food or alcohol.
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Female 2,228
2. We do need a more humane work/vacation balance here.

3. Tried to make that once with a recipe pulled from a book, It could`ve gone better. (I used too much beef drippings).

7. I think we do trifles, mainly everywhere south of the Mason Dixon line. It`s a very Huck Finn kind of desert.

8. Yeah the drinking age has never made sense.

13. We have something like that, it`s pronounced "Dunkin` Donuts".

19. Is it...alive? *pokes with stick* XD

20. RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES! True, why so adorable Britain?

21. Mardi Gras New Orleans, that is all.

26. If I could just brave the spooky, spooky toons. *shiver*

28. Big ol` yes here.

29. Replace that with a photo of a young Michael Caine and we`re good to go ;-)

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Male 7,123
turdburglar

If only you could hear me speak. You would go weak at the knees.
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Male 203
not allowed to drink alcohol in streets or public transport... legally... Not that anyone really stops you!
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Male 39,908

NOW their money makes sense since the pound went metric.
It didn`t growing up. This is was it used to be

For the British Pound/Shilling/Pence system used until 1969:
48 farthings = 24 ha`pennies {.5 cents} = 6 tuppence = 1 shilling
2 shillings = 1 florin
5 shillings = 1 crown
20 shillings = 1 pound

Therefore: 6 shillings = 72 pennies
8 shillings = 96 pennies

Unless you are trying to convert shillings to modern decimal pence. 1 shilling = 5 modern pence.
6 shillings = 30 modern pence
8 shillings = 40 modern pence
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Male 7,123
Yorkshire pudding really, really rocks. It`s got that dimple in the middle you can fill with mashed spuds, gravy and beef.

Full English breakfast, you know you you want it.
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Male 2,147
We traded all that stuff for guns.
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Male 3,674
yeah, but american media is still much more entertaining. america may adapt a lot of shows from the uk, and shows like downton abbey and the it crowd are phenomenal, but nothing can touch hbo.
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Male 2,578
If we did an America version of this, it would come of as extremely douchey and condescending.
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Male 903
As an American, this offends me.
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Male 4,891

I disagree with the british accent, it`s horrible. Actually, it`s kind of nice on women, but annoying as hell listening to a man with one.
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Male 4,745
The UK Rocks.
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Female 685
Link: 29 UK Things The US Should Do [Pic+] [Rate Link] - The annual cheese rolling thing happened again yesterday
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