As with most women my age, I was partially brought up on movies such as The Breakfast Club, Clueless, 10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde, all American teen classics! As a British girl however, there are several things about American life I "learned" from these movies that I and many of my other UK-based friends find a little... perplexing!
- Spray-on cheese - Also cheese that doesn't have to be refrigerated. I love my cheese but that stuff is totally alien to me!
- The high school popularity contest - being popular just wasn't that much of a big deal in any school I went to.
- Not making coffee at home - this one's from experience, I have relatives in the US, and none of them seem to make fresh coffee in their own kitchens, it's instant or a trip down to Starbucks. To me, this sounds expensive and far too much effort, I have my Senseo machine or a cafetiere to do the job for a tenth of the price in my own home.
- The Greek System - Sororities and Fraternities are something quite fascinating to myself and quite a few people I know as we have absolutely nothing like that at British universities!
- Deep-frying turkeys - I'm scared of my deep-fryer, I'm a little clumsy so I'm always worried I'll end up frying a hand at some point, even with a light, barely-filled fryer basket. Deep-frying a whole turkey sounds positively terrifying to me!
What have you learned about other English-speaking countries that you find a little bizarre? If you're American, what perplexes you about the British?
Monday, August 24, 2009
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