An American Writer for Vogue Details Everything That's Apparently 'Weird' About Britain...

I’m not sure if she’s in the same Britain I’m in…

So about a month ago I moved to Britain. So far, nothing seems too weird around here, but this American writer seems to disagree…

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In an article for Vogue Magazine, Haylee Bloomingdale lists 42 things she finds absolutely bizarre about life across the pond. The Manhattanite moved to the UK just over 10 months ago, and it seems like she was treated to a wee bit o’ culture shock.

I’m not quite sure why, I’m nowhere near British, but her list seems to irritate me quite a bit…

“Crisps means potato chips and they have bizarre flavors like Bolognese and roast chicken (yes, roast chicken is an actual potato chip flavor here).” – I’ve been to the States, I’ve seen what they eat. There is a whole lot worse than roast chicken flavoured crisps…

“Military time is very popular. If someone says to meet at 18:30, you will have to get out your calculator to deduce that they’d like to meet at 6:30 p.m.” Get out a calculator? I’m not sure this helps the reputation of Americans’ intelligence…

“Do not speak ill of the tube system. The British people love their public transportation—“transport,” if you will—even those who don’t actually use it” – I’m yet to meet anyone who actually enjoys the tube.

“If you live near Fulham Road it does not necessarily mean you live near Fulham.” – Is this really that weird, though? A quick Google search tells me Manhattan has a road named Houston Street, sooo……

“Don’t even bother talking about herbs with anyone because every single one is pronounced differently. Basil is one thing, but wait until you hear a Brit pronounce oregano.” – Oh no! Talking about herbs is my favourite thing!

Now, to be fair, there are a lot things I definitely agree with.

“If it’s sunny in London and someone is visiting from literally anywhere else, it’s actually illegal if you don’t say, ‘Thanks for bringing us the sunshine!'” – Yep, I had this. Probably because…

“British people love talking about the weather. This is not a stereotype; it’s a fact.” – 100%

“The coins are not sized by worth; the twopence is inexplicably huge while 20 pence is very small. Best to hold out your change in your hand when paying and pretend you don’t speak English.” – This bothers me greatly.

Check out the entire list here, and let us know whether you agree or not!

All in all, it’s a fairly interesting list with some good pointers, and some that may be a tad questionable. Now I think it’s our time to head to the United States and make our own list of weird American things! It may take some time…