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:
Do you really have washing machines in the kitchen?
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?
Can you live without drinking tea
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!
How do you feel about Americans hijacking the name "Football" for a game that is clearly not football?
Slightly irksome, however, knowing the rest of the world names it correctly I get a small smug smile when I think about it.
Yeah yeah yeah, we all love our Doctor Who and Coronation Street...what are the crappy TV shows that don't make it overseas?
Wait, they show Coronation Street in the US?
Corrie is the crap tv...
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.
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??
Is my fake British accent as bad as hearing Brits talk "American"?
Almost certainly worse.
What's the reason for the stereotype of the British having bad teeth?
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.
List every example of a word you've shortened like brolly and uni.
Are there any British slang words that are too fucking British even for you?
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.
What's an appropriate fish for fish & chips?
Haddock is a personal fav, but cod and plaice are good too
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.
The correct interaction is
Neither is actually a question, it's just a greeting.
What British stereotype bothers you the most?
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...
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.
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
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?
We started the change over but it was really boring so we gave up halfway
Is it true that there's like five sunny days a year?
Six if youre lucky
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.
You’re louder than you think. It’s the volume not the accent.
Does anyone actually like Piers Morgan?
Not even a little bit
What does the UK think of America. Are we just war obsessed maniacs with eating problems?
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.
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
because it went behind Sky's paywall
No coverage on free-to-air tv = Collapse in (youth) interest / viewership
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
It's not easy to always do the right thing.
Which is why most people don't usually do the right thing. Doing the right thing involves a lot of thought, empathy for others, and a self-awareness of your place in the world. You're not making a choice just for yourself, you're more often than not doing it for someone else. This, in itself, presents a difficult hill for most people to climb so, usually, they feel it's easier to make the selfish choice.
Doesn't mean people always do. They can surprise you sometimes.
*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm.
What's the hardest moral decision you've ever had to make?
Even when the choice amounts to something small, it can still matter to someone else.
How Dare You Make Me Morally Astute?!
"This is small potatoes compared to most of the people on this thread but many years ago I was travelling and had very little money. I went to a stall at a market, handed them a 10 dollar bill. Item cost 5 dollars but instead of handing me a five dollar note, the handed me a 50."
"I was walking away from the stall when noticed. My first thought was BONUS. But I had lately been hanging out with a bunch of people who were really into karma. So I stormed back to the stall, slammed the 50 down on the counter and told them off for making me make moral decisions. Lady behind the counter was like "ahhhhhh, thanks"
Didn't Believe The First Time, But Can't Deny Visual Evidence
"I told a co-worker his wife was cheating on him. It ruined our friendship for a good amount of time, until he caught her himself."
"To bad he couldn't just believe you."
Owning Up To The Mistake
"Fessing up to an error I made at work that cost the company 5k. I was a manager and misinterpreted a sales promotion. I almost lost my job, this is the one time that telling the truth actually saved me. It's true what they say that the cover up is usually worse than the crime. Lesson learned.."
Doing something morally correct when it comes to family can be tricky. On one hand, you don't want to ruffle the feathers of the people you're going to be related to for the rest of your life...which is how family works.
On the other hand, do the right thing.
Making The Best Call For Your Children
"Removing the mother of my two sons out of their lives completely as she was unfit and abusive while I was on deployment. They were 3-4 years old then and now they are 17 and 15 with their mother never attempting to come back into their lives which I would prefer at this point."
Because They're Going To Be Sad Later...
"My grandmother died, and I lied to my parents about it."
"My grandparents were 95 and my parents hadn't had a vacation in 30 years. So when she passed away with only 5 days remaining on their vacation, my family decided not to ruin it for them; instead, we'd plan the entire funeral and if my mother wanted to make adjustments when she returned, we'd arrange it for her; there was nothing they could do to get her back."
"Having to decide on the DNR (do not resuscitate) order for my father who had been victim to a massive stroke..."
"I know millions have done it before and millions will again but to me it was devastating....."
"As a health worker, you did the right thing by your father. I've come across families of patients who keep them alive for their own peace of mind while the patient themselves is tired and in alot of pain mentally and physically from the constant treatments and would rather rest from it all. Don't feel bad for your decision."
Never doubt your actions when it comes to protecting children.
"Calling CPS on a student's family after she begged me not to. CPS did an investigation and she was pissed at me for months until the vice principal had a talk with her and explained that I only did it because I care and didn't want her to get hurt."
"That VP is awesome. I sat in his office while he coached me through the call, since it was my first time calling CPS."
Standing Up For Your Friend, Even When No One Else Will
"I was in high school and my best friend was being bullied on the bus. She brought a knife to school and had previously mentioned a list of people. I cried a lot when I went to the principal to turn her in. I knew I was ruining her life but I wanted her to get help. I didn't want anyone to get hurt because we were all just kids. She was expelled and forced into therapy. We had been friends since we were 11."
"My mom listened on the phone line when I was trying to comfort my friend (while absolutely not admitting it was me) and my mom jumped on and told her I'm not allowed to be her friend anymore. I had told my mom I had turned her in and she had no empathy for this girl. Because I had been bullied and stood up for myself and never "did anything like that". My friend was getting cornered on the bus by 4 people whereas I was normally taunted in public and was lucky enough to always have an upperclassmen or school employee around to help me out. I felt guilty about turning her life upside down for many years but would do it again because she did get help."
If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/
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Few can say they are passionate about their jobs. Happy employees work hard because they enjoy what a company stands for, offer competitive benefits, and creates a nurturing work environment that also challenges the people who work for them.
And then there are those who are just miserable in their jobs but choose to remain on the payroll. These people also leave it up to their bosses to terminate them from the job.
So what makes them get to this point?
Redditor 12345burrito wanted to know and asked strangers:
"What was your 'go ahead and fire me I don't even care' moment at your job?
Bosses with bad tempers and obsessed with power like these tend to experience high turnover.
"When after 20 years working my a** off. They started timing our bathroom breaks. I have never been completely and totally done with anything that much before."
"I was working as a software developer and providing second line support, in the hospitality/conferencing industry. I had overheard a colleague trying to provide support for something that was clearly the client IT team's fault. Later got a call from the client's MD's secretary wanting to set up a call with our founder to complain that the problem wasn't being dealt with. I said 'I can't call him, I'm really sorry, please don't ask me why. I know our support people are working on it.' Why couldn't I call the founder? Because his wife had, that day, lost a full term baby - which I obviously couldn't disclose. Soon after I got a furious call from the client MD himself. His IT team was obviously lying to him about our not returning calls - I had heard the calls being returned. And he just wouldn't accept that I couldn't call the founder and couldn't tell him why. So eventually I just hung up on him."
"I told the most senior person around, expecting to be fired on the spot for hanging up on a client. Her reaction: 'Oh yeah, he's not a nice guy: he's physically attacked me in the past.' Not the outcome I was expecting!"
The Colleague's Note
"We had a manager that was an @ss. It was a sales role and he had no empathy when our sales were flat. He's get very abusive and threatening."
"One day, he was shouting at us and my colleague got pissed off. He was explaining it was one bad week off the back of seven good weeks. You got to expect ups and downs with sales."
"The manager just yells louder claiming my colleague is a 'quitter' and doesn't have a winner's mindset."
"Colleague tells him 'I've had enough of this sh*t. I'm done'"
"Manager screams 'I want your resignation in writing.'"
"Colleague scribbles a note and gives it to him. Manager had a sh*t reputation and couldn't recruit. Our sales were even lower with one less person on the team. It ruined his career."
"But funnier than that was the short, but sweet resignation note from my colleague. It read…"
"Dear Bob. I'm off. F'k you".
These bosses lacked compassion when an employee was suffering from moments of despair.
The 16-Year-Old Who Had Enough
"I was 16 and my Step-Dad was in hospital around 5hrs away dying from cancer. I got a phone call at work for about the third time in a couple of months that I needed to get down there ASAP to say my goodbyes, as this could be it. My bosses were all well aware of the situation, one of them was even friends with my Step-Dad. When I rushed out the back to tell them I had to go, this bloke looks at me, a crying, frightened,16yr old girl, and told me I had to stop doing this, and get my priorities right. In a rare showing of assertiveness, I looked that d*cksnap in the eye and told him he was right, and quit on the spot."
The Loss Of A Close Friend
"I had a similar situation when my closest friend died. My friend came from an abusive family so he lived alone and had no one close to him besides me. I had to take a day off and plan his funeral. When I got back to work the next day they acted like I had inconvenienced them. My boss told me not to lay out of work with such a short notice again. I told him I had enough of his inhuman attitude and quit on the spot. He called begging me to come back a couple of weeks later but I had already found another job."
The Unsympathetic Christian
"I was a teacher. I had confided in the school principal that I was struggling with depression but getting treatment. This a**hole (who also happened to be a deacon at my church) proceeds to tell me that depression is a spiritual problem that I needed to solve. I was too shocked and upset to say much of anything then, but I wrote him a letter telling him what I thought of his actions and his 'Christianity.' Ultimately cost me my job, but damn it was satisfying and I don't regret it in the least."
These Redditors did nothing wrong, but was more than happy to leave a job that had unreasonable demands.
"My job was micromanaging the hell out of everyone. They had 3 different softwares that tracked where you were, speed, how much time you were on 1 job for, etc. On my way to get supplies for a job I came across an accident. No one had arrived yet so I pulled over and helped a trapped woman out of her car and tried to calm her and take care of stuff until Medics arrive. I
text my boss very quickly that I'm at the scene of a major accident rendering aid and that's why I'm stopped. I was told by boss A to not spend too much time there, as I am on the clock. I ignore him. After medics take over, I take a video of the scene as I leave to prove that there was a bad accident. I was fired for taking the video because it was taken from in the company truck. When they fired me, I smiled. There are 8 people that company in the position I was in. The 2 most experienced quit after that. The others are applying for new jobs."
The Shyster Company
"I was working at NTW (National Tire warehouse) before it was national tire and battery, and my first day I was scheduled for a 14 hour shift for some reason. About 6 hours into it, I asked my manager when out break time was. He said "what do you mean by break?" I said "a half hour break as mandated by law, and two 15 minute breaks required on top of that, also required by law." His response was 'most people don't take those here, we have costumers to take care of.'"
"After that, I clocked out and went to Wendy's to get lunch. I figured f'k these a**holes, go ahead and fire me."
"After lunch, I was doing a tire rotation and balance, the manager came out and told me not to balance the back tires if the costumer isn't watching me. That was the nail in the coffin for me. They paid for that."
"I got to talking with some of the longtime employees and they informed me that the sales counter guys (our managers) made commission from every sale and got bonuses every month while we got our minimum wage and raises were rare. I finished my shift and clocked out. Went looking for a new job the next day. Any company like that can go piss off."
"So when you go get your tires balanced, watch them."
Taking Care Of The Boss's Personal Belongings
"My boss once told me that I have to come in to the office the next day, which was a PUBLIC HOLIDAY, because we needed to clear out the office storage unit. He said that we can't afford to take time out of work days for that task."
"So I begrudgingly agreed and showed up the next day. When I opened the storage unit it was crammed full of stuff... full of the boss's PERSONAL STUFF. I'm talking boxes full of his old clothes, childhood toys, school projects and textbooks, gardening tools, furniture, sport and gym equipment, construction materials, paintings, etc. TVs."
"I was so mad that I quit on the spot."
Sometimes, people who weren't necessarily treated poorly can't handle the job and quit.
But instead of following protocols, they will make a scene because at that point, they have nothing left to lose.
I had a friend with whom I performed at a theme park. Yes, it was a grueling schedule but the company never violated any of our union's rules.
This guy, who was an exceptional dancer but simply did not enjoy performing in the show and took the job because he couldn't get work elsewhere, threw a major tantrum after finding out he had more rehearsals – with overtime – and just left the building. He never came back.
Some drama is better left up on a stage. Sheesh.
Some years ago, I remember seeing someone try to crawl over a barricade atop the Empire State Building. This person––a man in his thirties, or thereabouts––was immediately stopped. Was it a suicide attempt? No, thankfully. They simply wanted to see what the ground would look like from 1,250 feet up. Needless to say, he was escorted away (and probably would be thrown into jail for being stupid, were it possible to jail people for being stupid). Let's just say his attempt to look down could have ended very, very badly.
People told us all about their experiences with terrible tourists after Redditor chimacuhama asked the online community,
"If you live in an area heavily visited by tourists, what is the dumbest thing you've seen tourists do?"
Please for the love of God, do not swim in the canals, the water is so dirty, polluted and it smells. Every summer I see some tourists swimming or washing their feet in them and it boggles my mind.
Trust me you don't want to touch that water, ever."
Okay, that's just nasty. The mere thought of getting into a grimy canal sends a shudder up my spine.
"I had to go out..."
"I grew up in a beach town.
On one occasion I was chilling on the beach and this couple next to me was getting smashed.
They had a 3-4-year-old. So while they were getting blackout drunk their child was playing in the water unsupervised. She had a floaty vest but that was it. The current started taking this child out to sea. I had to go out and get her."
Do people seriously not realize that the ocean is perhaps the most powerful and dangerous form on earth?
"I have seen..."
"I have seen way too many tourists in Florida try to pet wildlife."
Definitely not a smart idea... I mean... this is Florida, we're talking about.
"This was in a city park..."
"I've seen a guy climb down into an active geothermal hotspot to scoop boiling mud into a plastic container. He looked so pleased with himself, too.
This was in a city park that had a legal disclaimer and body count at the gate."
Take it from me... people don't read. Ever. They walk past signs like nothing.
"I work at an aquarium near the beach. One day a couple came in holding a cup and explained to me that they had found a crab on the beach. They were concerned that he was in distress and were not sure how to best take care of it, so they brought it to me. I look at the cup and see a very dead hermit crab.
Basically, they kidnapped a crab from his home, drowned him in a cup full of Ozarka bottled water, and gave him to me to throw away."
"It always baffles me..."
"There were a couple of tourists who decided that it would be a good idea to stand directly in the path of the Queen's guard to take a selfie with them. Those guys don't stop for anyone, they will walk through you if they have to. I've seen so many videos of it happening online but I never thought I'd get to see it with my own eyes. Man, the look on their faces when they got yelled at to move out the way... it was like a weird mixture of terror and offence. Like they completely expected them to stop and pose or something.
It always baffles me that people seem to forget that they are actual soldiers and not just some guys playing dress up for the sake of tourists."
"A tourist with a baby..."
"Live close enough to Banff that I visit regularly. A tourist with a baby in a snuggly on her chest got out of her car in a bear jam, walked up to the bear, and tried to hand it an orange."
Contrary to what some of you might believe from television, actual bears are nothing like Yogi Bear.
"Try to get a close-up..."
"Try to get a close-up photo of a rattlesnake. Guess what the rattle noise means?"
"I've seen someone start walking towards a bison with the intention of petting it. Luckily a park ranger noticed too and quickly put an end to the suicide by buffalo attempt."
"Grew up in Oxford..."
"Grew up in Oxford in the UK and a lot of tourists hop over from London for a day of looking at old university buildings. One set of American tourists wandering along were overheard saying something like "you can really see the early American influence on the architecture" about buildings that predate the whole country."
Tourists never fail to amaze me. Here's a simple rule before you go traveling anywhere: Educate yourself.
Educate yourself on some local customs and the dos and donts of being out in public (and especially when you're out in the woods).
And for heaven's sake, don't pet the wildlife.
Have some stories of your own? Feel free to tell us in the comments below!
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There is so much we as civilians don't know or understand about everyday life. The law is far more complicated than we could ever comprehend. But we need to get on top of it.
There are some laws on the books that would leave you stunned. In fact, in some states, we're constantly breaking the law. And we never knew.
The truth is many of our laws were constructed when our founding fathers were not thinking clearly. Thanks moonshine... let's dive in...
Redditor u/Krallorddark wanted everyone to get educated about dealing with society's "rules" by asking:
What is illegal but most people don't even know it?
Part of me doesn't even want to know about some strange, never known law I maybe breaking. That way I can play dumb and it would be truth. Is dumb a proper plea in court? At this point it should be.
"In Arizona it is illegal to hunt whales. (Arizona is a desert and landlocked on all sides)."
"In Alaska it's illegal to whisper in someone's ear while they deer hunt."
"hey honey, tonight I wanna doo some "ogie doogie" with you.."
"accidentally shoots someone"
Tie It Up
"In Florida it's illegal to tie an alligator to a parking meter unless you pay for parking."
"It has to do with the fact that Florida was where many carnival and circus troops spent the winter months when not traveling. Many of them had exotic animals that they brought with them. The town of Gibsonton, FL is one the places where a large post circus population remains."
"Chico, CA, it's a $500 fine to make or have a nuclear weapon within city limits. No person shall produce, test, maintain, or store within the city a nuclear weapon, component of a nuclear weapon, nuclear weapon delivery system, or component of a nuclear weapon delivery system under penalty of Chapter 9.60.030 of the Chico Municipal Code."
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"Washing oil paint down the sink. It can contaminate drinking water."
What in the world? Whales in Arizona? Well that I'd like to see. But I guess they're making sure, which is always a good thing. American laws are funny. Let's keep laughing...
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"Tickling someone without their consent is a form of assault. But yeah."
being a mule...
"There is a long list of over the counter medication you can legally purchase, but cannot take it into another country."
"You can't legally transport drugs in containers other than their original ones with original labels so transporting drugs in those pill sorting containers is technically illegal. That being said I do it all the time so."
"In Texas, there is still a law on the books that it is a crime to carry bolt cutters around. It is a leftover from the days of cattle rustlers, when the bad guys would use bolt cutters to take down barbed wire fencing. Pretty sure it hasn't been prosecuted in a hundred years."
"The failure to spend 2 hours a week practicing with a longbow. This law was setup in the middle ages and it required ever male over the age of 14 to practice with a longbow every week. The laws still in place but has been massively overlooked and forgotten."
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"Carrying a permanent marker or other permanent-staining stationary is illegal in many countries under graffiti laws."
Now I've heard it all. Literally. This thread is too ridiculous. And we need to hire a fleet of people to start reviewing and rewriting the paperwork. I always have a permanent marker... don't ask. I better be careful.
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