When it comes to life in the UK, we’re quite set in our ways – we love a Sunday roast, are obsessed with queuing etiquette and think a cup of tea can improve almost any situation.
For us, that’s all pretty standard. But it seems for others, this is all very peculiar.
This was highlighted in a viral Twitter thread by an American woman named Jessica Rose.
Jessica, originally from California, has been living in the UK for the last 10 years and currently resides in Birmingham. To mark a decade in this country, she created a list of things that she still finds “weird as hell” about it.
On her list were things such as beans on toast, fish finger sandwiches, saying ‘thank you’ to the driver when you get off the bus and she also took issue with our beaches.
One tweet read: “Please why beans on toast there are so many other lazy foods that are actually good why is this a thing?”
Another said: “People here put fish fingers (yes they mean fish sticks but I’m fine w the name part) in sandwiches which is just…why.”
“British beaches are often just banks of sharp stones by the water and people here excitedly go to them on purpose,” she continued.
“When you get there you can buy disappointing candy sticks called rock and seagulls will fight you.”
This one made me feel personally victimised, I have to admit: “If there is a mistake at a coffee shop or restaurant British people will complain to everyone but the people who could fix the issue and if asked by those people will report that everything is fine.”
While this one is bound to provide a good chuckle: “On getting off a bus saying thank you to the driver is optional until the person leaving in front of you says thank you. Then you are legally required to say it. So is everyone behind you.”
There was also this gem: “If you mention a weird dream or nightmare, Britishes will ask if you ate a lot of cheese before going to bed.”
And don’t even get me started on this post: “People get full-on arguing mad about the order you assemble breakfast items (when you put milk in when making tea or what you put first on a scone) and it does not matter at all.”
Over 63,000 people have since liked the tweets, with them causing such a stir, Jessica has been forced to mute the thread just to get on with her daily life.
Speaking to Birmingham Live, she revealed that she decided to move to the UK to research Charles Dickens novels. She now works in technology.
She said: “It’s been a lot! Folks in the UK are far more passionate about beans on toast than I would have guessed.
“I had been chatting to a British friend who is now based in the US about what we found strange in our respective new homes.
“I went ahead and brought my half of the conversation to Twitter because I was quite proud of the phrase ‘sugared houseplants’ and thought a few more people would see it if I put it on Twitter.
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“I think part of the challenge is that I’ve been here so long, I often forget the cultural differences till I go back home and get some contrast.
“Socially enforced silence on public transportation is a big difference, but one I rather like. I think American tipping culture is a lot for British folks to cope with and tipping being much simpler in the UK is also a nice change.”
Jessica added that her ‘lazy’ food of choice is Mac and cheese instead of beans on toast, but she thinks grilled cheese is probably the equivalent in the US.
And while she did make fun of the UK, she’s keen to stress how much she loves living in Birmingham.
“I’ve been here in Birmingham for most of my 10 years. I’m gently well known in my social group for being a rather loud cheerleader for the city. I’ve lived and travelled all over the world and Brum’s just the best city I’ve found myself in. It’s approachable and multicultural, cool but doesn’t take itself too seriously.”