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    blackcatseye Female 30-39
    685 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 10:02 am
    Link: 29 UK Things The US Should Do - The annual cheese rolling thing happened again yesterday
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    patchouly Male 40-49
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    May 25, 2013 at 10:21 am
    The UK Rocks.
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    turdburglar Male 30-39
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    May 25, 2013 at 10:26 am

    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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    12chars Male 18-29
    906 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 10:33 am
    As an American, this offends me.
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
    2579 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 10:41 am
    If we did an America version of this, it would come of as extremely douchey and condescending.
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    robthelurker Male 18-29
    2685 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 10:55 am
    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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    handimanner Male 60-69
    2095 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 10:57 am
    We traded all that stuff for guns.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
    6671 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 10:57 am
    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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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    May 25, 2013 at 10:59 am

    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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    Freyr108 Male 18-29
    203 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 11:00 am
    not allowed to drink alcohol in streets or public transport... legally... Not that anyone really stops you!
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    LordJim Male 60-69
    6671 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 11:01 am
    turdburglar

    If only you could hear me speak. You would go weak at the knees.
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    QueenZira Female 18-29
    2228 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 11:04 am
    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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    HumanAction Male 18-29
    2357 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 11:16 am
    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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    CodeJockey Male 40-49
    5607 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 11:38 am
    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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    carmium Female 50-59
    6381 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 11:49 am
    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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    CodeJockey Male 40-49
    5607 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 11:56 am
    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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    McThstlpnts Female 18-29
    1540 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm
    #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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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
    13606 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 2:23 pm
    @ CodeJockey
    10. In a large nation with little train service, it was 24hr gas station or 24hr alcohol and we chose gas stations.
    ------
    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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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
    13606 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 2:48 pm
    Although you have better retro cars

    Like the Charger, De Soto, Etc .. goes on for many lists
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    Nickel2 Male 50-59
    5879 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm
    #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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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 5:09 pm
    not allowed to drink alcohol in streets or public transport... legally... Not that anyone really stops you!

    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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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 5:16 pm
    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!

    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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    QueenZira Female 18-29
    2228 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 5:20 pm



    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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    Geogypsy Female 18-29
    2546 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm
    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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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm
    NOW their money makes sense since the pound went metric.
    It didn`t growing up. This is was it used to be

    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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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 5:46 pm
    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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    beternal Male 18-29
    2589 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 6:06 pm
    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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    Draculya Male 40-49
    14544 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 7:22 pm
    Pray for America*

    *yes, everyone knows there is no god. America really needs one, though
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    DuckBoy87 Male 18-29
    3151 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 8:40 pm
    #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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    mykunter Male 40-49
    2424 posts
    May 25, 2013 at 8:47 pm
    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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    gladhatter Male 50-59
    219 posts
    May 26, 2013 at 7:25 am
    There`s NOTHING to gain by copying ANYTHING from them.
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    NNoamfer Male 18-29
    1216 posts
    May 26, 2013 at 8:48 am
    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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    QueenZira Female 18-29
    2228 posts
    May 26, 2013 at 11:30 am
    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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    arsebanditry Male 40-49
    140 posts
    May 26, 2013 at 2:26 pm
    the love affair continues...remember the Australian love affair the US had in the eighties?, won`t last.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14273 posts
    May 27, 2013 at 12:25 pm
    Trying to be like the UK.

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