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American people seem to just love the British: our humour, our accents, our general awkwardness. As Britons, we kind of just feel a bit like sort of kinda… Let’s not beat around the bush. American’s are very different to us. They are loud, confident and they love a bit of drama. Whilst this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just means us conservative (with a lower-case c) British people are slightly wary of them.
We know we have a pretty different sense of humour, but have you ever thought of the other differences between British and American lives?
Well, we have! We have put together a list of things that American people just can’t get their head around… British homes. From the average no gardened terrace to the pretty normal concept of a downstairs toilet, here are 10 features in a typical British home which Americans will never quite understand.
1. Are you serious? Is it a trap?
Yes, its true. You actually have to pull the string to turn off the light. Isn’t it incredible, a miracle perhaps? Have a go yourself, but prepare to be blown away.
2. Is this a weapon?
Ah, the British plug. The most damaging of all the weapons available in the UK. You’ve never experienced true pain if you haven’t stepped, bare foot on one of these bad boys. Ouch!
3. Two different taps?
Hot water taps are the devil. But cold water taps are even worse. This must be why most British men don’t wash their hands. Either prepare to be scolded to death by the individual hot tap or frozen to death by the Baltic cold one. Either way, you’ll learn to wash as quickly as possible!
4. British Neighbourhood Vs…
You’d think that because British people prefer to live an isolated life, avoiding any eye contact with any sort of neighbour and the Americans love to socialise, then the houses would reflect this. But no, Britain simply does not have the space! The British terraced house is an alien concept to the Americans, who are spoiled with luxury sized mansions and large green gardens! Lucky things!
5. Just what is a bathroom anyway?
When a British woman says ‘can I use your toilet?’, she means, ‘can I use your toilet?’ American’s like to be a bit more ambiguous, they say ‘can I use your bathroom?’ They could mean ‘can I use your toilet?’ But they might also want to use your sink, mirror, shower or bath.
6. Is your home a house, apartment or flat?
Just what is the difference between an apartment or a flat? We don’t even know!
7. Radiator Guide
Ever had one of these viscous animals in your home? You thought the hot tap was hot. Try leaning up against one of these burn boxes.
8. Letter box
We don’t have those perfect little mail boxes we see in films. Letters and general junk mail is stuffed through our letter boxes which are part of the front door. It really is a very weird affair.
9. Air Con is just not a thing
Most Britons will have air con in their car. 9 out of 10 of these will have never switched it on before. It’s ALWAYS freezing here. But there’s one day a year where temperatures reach a scorching 22 degrees and the UK curses its houses for not being equipped with the latest air con tools.
Unlike in the American films, we don’t us our cellars to store wine. Most of us don’t actually have a cellar!