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Curiosity about life in another country is a reasonable thing, and enough British pop culture has spread throughout the world to pique many people's interest.


Reddit user u/-Chris-P-Bacon- asked:

"What's something you always wanted to ask a British person?"

20.

Do you really have washing machines in the kitchen?

-candiedangel

Yes. Plumbed in near the sink usually. England is a small country, we don't have room for massive houses and extra rooms just for laundry. Unsure of why basements never took off here though, I'd love a basement. Too damp maybe?

-Elaquore

19.

Can you live without drinking tea

-ververa14

Can you live without water? Air? We have had wars over Tea! Our tanks have a hot water boiler in then to make tea. Something good happens? Tea Someone dies? Tea Just been in an accident? Tea

You can tell a lot about someone how they make/take their tea.

NEVER underestimate tea!

-just_jason89

18.

How do you feel about Americans hijacking the name "Football" for a game that is clearly not football?

-femisbermin

Slightly irksome, however, knowing the rest of the world names it correctly I get a small smug smile when I think about it.

-Squidgytv

17.

Yeah yeah yeah, we all love our Doctor Who and Coronation Street...what are the crappy TV shows that don't make it overseas?

-originalchaosinabox

Wait, they show Coronation Street in the US?

-londxbsl

Corrie is the crap tv...

-Stevey854

16.

As a British person: why do people put plastic tubs in the sink? I can't think of any reason why someone would do it.

EDIT: Apparently I was unclear, I am British. A bunch of people saying I'm American, even the British think the British are weird.

-EvilPenguin1080

I've asked this before and started a war. Here you go:

They don't often have double sinks or 1 1/2 sinks like in the US, Aus/NZ so you put the dishes in the plastic tub maybe with water - and you can still run water (eg: for rinsing) without it going into the dishes water.

Leaves the sink free to pour cold tea down (either the most British reason or the most sacreligious reason)

To save water, back when basins were massive concrete things or porcelain you saved water filling up a smaller bowl.

It protects the porcelain sink from the cutlery.

It protects the glass from the metal sink.

If you suddenly need your sink you can pull the whole plastic tub out and voila! Sink is free!

Honestly, I got so many answers it exhausted me. Most of them were like WHY WOULDNT YOU??

-WEstefan

15.

Is my fake British accent as bad as hearing Brits talk "American"?

-pagedotcom

Almost certainly worse.

-Lestes

14.

What's the reason for the stereotype of the British having bad teeth?

-Lj_Babb101

AFAIK It's to do with different perceptions over here and across the pond. Here we don't really care what our teeth look like so long as they work, but from what I've seen the States are all about that dazzling Colgate white sheen.

So if it ain't twinkling it's considered unhealthy, hence the stereotype. There are probs other explanations but this is the only one I've heard.

-Scorch_Dat_Earth

13.

List every example of a word you've shortened like brolly and uni.

-Kuli24

Welly

Butty

Cuppa

Telly

-easterbunni

12.

Are there any British slang words that are too fucking British even for you?

-Thopterthallid

C*ckwomble. My ex's boyfriend tried to threaten me when I blocked her having split up with her but he called me a c*ckwomble and I almost pissed myself laughing.

-Joseph_c03

11.

What's an appropriate fish for fish & chips?

-Broketographer


Haddock is a personal fav, but cod and plaice are good too

-Pigeoncake1

10.

What is the appropriate response to "Youalright?"


I moved to London about 18 months ago and I still can't figure out how to respond other than making a vaguely positive guttural noise.

-smellyt

The correct interaction is

'Alright.'

'Alright.'

Neither is actually a question, it's just a greeting.

-nousernameusername

9.

What British stereotype bothers you the most?

-swishcheese

The idea we're obsessed with tea. I only have 4 cups a day, bathe in it once a week, have like TWO shrines in my bedroom, that hardly constitutes an obsession...

-Exverius

Your tanks had to be outfitted with tea kettles to stop soldiers from messing stuff up trying to make tea.

Much like the Galil had to be outfitted with a bottle opener to stop soldiers from breaking their magazines opening beer bottles.

-scroom38

We had to make another power station to cope with the fact that we all get up and make a cup of tea at the exact same times

-Exverius

8.

You claim to be all about the metric system, but when I visited you everything was in "miles", "stone", and "pints". Why do you lie?

-ShrekTheHallz

We started the change over but it was really boring so we gave up halfway

-chineseandscottish

7.

Is it true that there's like five sunny days a year?

-iTeoti

Six if youre lucky

-Exverius

Wow, we usually only get 2 in my town... although one is questionable

-LilySeverson

6.

If I go to the UK (I'm American) will people like my accent or think I sound stupid? I have a very basic American accent, not anything crazy like a southern accent or a Boston accent

Edit: When I say basic American accent, I guess that's my opinion. Just sounds very not special to me. I have a New England (Massachusetts) accent, but not a Boston one.

-TrooperDave

You’re louder than you think. It’s the volume not the accent.

-WhoriaE

5.

Does anyone actually like Piers Morgan?

-plant_based_fatty

Not even a little bit

-CardboardandCornflakes

4.

What does the UK think of America. Are we just war obsessed maniacs with eating problems?

-Tatertot-h

The general stereotype of Americans is self-absorbed, delusions of grandeur, thinking their country is the best on earth, etc. The US political system is also very close-minded and skewed; what you would consider 'leftist', everyone else considers centrist.

-HerbivoreTheGoat

3.

Why isn't cricket popular in England? Even though the world cup has started British media doesn't seem to be covering much about it

-achu28

because it went behind Sky's paywall

No coverage on free-to-air tv = Collapse in (youth) interest / viewership

-somersettler

2.

What blend of tea do you drink the most? As a tea lover from the US (proper tea, not southern sweet tea) I'm also curious what the most popular over there is.

-IronJoker33

Everyone is saying brands (Yorkshire Tea is the best one btw) but in terms of blends we tend to prefer black tea, especially as our 'general' tea is usually a blend of Kenyan, Ceylon, Assam, Darjeeling etc

-Adcro

1.

How's the health situation over there in reality? Do you pay for anything out of pocket? Ever have trouble getting medical attention when you need it?

-robthky123

NHS is free (well tax but ya know).

Don't pay for anything on the NHS apart from prescriptions (it's something like £8 for literally anything you are prescribed, a set price).

No trouble when you compare it to other countries.

-run_fast_eat

Depends what you mean by medical attention. Getting an appointment with your local GP might take a few days, if you happen to live in an area that is underserved. But if you need an ambulance it's going to show up for free as soon as humanly possible.

-kindafunnylookin

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They say one man's trash is another man's treasure - and sometimes that saying is pretty literal.

Lots of people build entire businesses picking up cool stuff on bulk-pickup trash day, and upcycling it into something even better that people are willing to pay for.

Sometimes, you might even end up with something pristine and usable right away.

Reddit user JampackedAlborn1976 asked:

What is the most valuable item that you have seen somebody throw away or have found in the garbage?

And for real ... some of these people scored BIG TIME. Like big time. Like really big.

Like Refrigerator Big

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"Our current refrigerator is a double-door one with exterior ice and water dispensers. We got it for free, with absolutely no problems whatsoever. It's just a few years old."

"How we got it? My dad (civil engineer) was doing some work on someone's apartment when they said they had bought a new modern French door refrigerator and that they were just going to discard their current refrigerator."

"My dad simply asked if he could have it.. and they said yes." - SauloJr

Immigrants In Action

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"I immigrated to the US from Brazil when I was 12. And every Saturday, my mom, stepdad, sister and I would go out at night to upper middle class neighborhoods the day before trash pickup to rummage through the garbage they were putting out."

"We found perfectly good TVs, VCRs, microwaves, couches, lazy boys, tables, books and comics, etc."

"I couldn't believe these Americans were throwing out like that. We furnished our entire house with that stuff. The entire Brazilian immigrant community in my town did it. We were flabbergasted." - PhillipLlerenas

With A Note

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"My wife yelled at me that someone put a big TV outside with a note on it. Walked across the street and it was a brand new Samsung 37 inch HDTV."

"They were actually renovating the apartment building and got an upgraded TV. Even had the remote taped to it with batteries, I guess I have really nice neighbors here in NYC." - MadLintElf

Life Hack!

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"If you want high end stuff out of the garbage for free, follow these steps:"

"Pick a city with a large university in it. If it's a school well known for its law programs, or medical, or engineering, all the better."

"Search for luxury apartment complexes that market themselves towards students. Look for things like included shuttle service, pools, fitness centers, etc. The more expensive and swanky the better."

"Figure out when finals week is at the end of Spring semester."

"Dumpster dive at those luxury apartment complexes during that week and the following weekend."

"Very wealthy international students will arrive in the US, fully outfit an apartment with nice furniture, big TVs, audio systems, gaming consoles, you name it, and when the semester ends they just junk it all because they aren't going to fly it back to wherever, and it's too much effort to spend the time selling when they do not care about the money."

"It's a smaller scale phenomenon a little like all the luxury cars abandoned at the airport in Dubai." - whattothewhonow

Literal Gold Treasure

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"I found a gold coin at goodwill for 5 bucks. It was in a case with someone's name and company name."

"It was their gift from the company for retiring. I assume the family threw it out when he died not knowing it was solid gold. It was in a in a thick solid plastic case that had to be cracked opened."

"It literally said 1 oz fine gold on it. I figured 5 bucks was worth the risk it not being real."

"It was a South African KRUGERRAND 1 oz coin. Everyone was just too busy to read it lol."

"Bought it and took it too a pawn shop and sold it for a couple grand." - streetmitch

The Best Day Of My Life

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"When I was a kid, I grew up right outside the Los Angeles area in the suburbs. My stepdad was a garbage truck driver for the city of Beverly Hills."

"I swear in the late 80s and early 90s we'd have so much basically brand new stuff (still in boxes) brought home on a regular basis."

"I'll never forget one day in particular. My stepdad came home and was like 'get ready, come to the car, I'll need your help.' So I go down there and in back seat of his car he had a few large black garbage bags."

"We haul them up to our apartment and he's like 'go ahead, open them.' Inside was what I could only describe as an 80s kids trove of treasures."

"One bag contained just about every Ghostbusters and GI joe toy you can imagine, they were played with but had every little accessory, there was a bunch the playsets and everything."

"In the other bag was pretty much every LEGO of the early 80s sets, still in their original boxes. I was a big LEGO nerd but was totally thrown off by the old school space ones because they looked nothing like the 90s space sets. I think they even said "NASA" the minifig's chests."

"That was like a random day in July, it felt like Christmas. I was 9 years old and it was basically like the best day of my life up to that point." - Zombgief

Who Throws Away Money?

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"A jar full of quarters."

"Annual spring cleaning projects happen in a lot of towns where anyone can put almost anything on the curb and it's taken away for free. It's to stop open dumping or stuff being dumped in ditches."

"Sometimes people deal with estates from winter by just dumping all their grandfather's stuff on the curb for the cleanup to get the house empty immediately. Most often they don't even bother to look at what they are throwing away."

"In 2012 on north road in Akwesasne I found an estate pile that I shuttled back and forth with my bike trailer getting lots of older tools like a scythe, hammers, saws, screwdrivers and wrenches, a 22 rifle with 100 round of ammo, a bunch of ar15 magazines, cast iron cookware, oil lamps, a hand crank food mill with all kinds of accessories, a black raven axe head (worth $100 easily since they are a collectable), and a quart size mason jar full of change mostly quarters."

"That was spring and the sheriffs office did a gun buyback in the fall where I took the mags and got $20 each for them (30 round mags suddenly illegal under the safe act of fall 2012. The buyback was a local political move). I still got the 22 and picked off a lot of woodchuck with it in my gardens." - Bogtrotterso1980

Filing Fever

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"I own a small company which is located directly in front of a state funded program facility. The state decided to have this office shred all of their files as they were going to switch to electronic data (exclusively)."

"We found two of these old rotary filing cabinets outside of their office. They're worth almost $3k each!"

"They just placed them there and we saw them and asked what they planned on doing with them. They said, 'Hmmm.....either donate them or trash them.' The state told them simply to get rid of them."

"We jumped at this and took the two into our already tiny office because there was no way in hell that we were going to let these gems go. (We do use paper files, unfortunately)."

"They wanted to give us two smaller ones but seriously, our office is very small. I made some phone calls and they were picked up immediately by other office workers/friends." - GlitzBlitz

This Sucks - In A Good Way!

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"In the 1990s my moms work had a really nice high end Hoover that stopped working. They threw it out."

"My mom took it home because my dad tinkers and repairs things easily. Turns out since it was a bagged vacuum all the dummies had to do is REPLACE THE BAG."

"Like it never occurred to them to do the most easy and basic step. My parents were excited to have a really upgraded vacuum. Maybe like $500ish." - schweddyboobs

Tiffany's Trash

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"My dad found an old stained glass window laying out by someone's trash. He thought it would look cool hanging in our cabin, so he stopped and grabbed it."

"It sat in our garage for a few years before he looked at it more closely and found "Tiffany and Co." branding on it. He got in touch with some stained glass window dude who figured it was worth about $40k fully restored, so my dad sold it to him for somewhere around $30k." - throwaway_stopdrink

Have you had any awesomely trashtastic treasures? Let us know!