All this information is from a American... ( Got it from this website http://londonmonica.blogspot.com/200...ge-things.html )
List of Strange Things
This is in no way meant to be disrespectful to my new culture, just some interesting items I've come across since being here.
Strange Thing #1: People here are so nice it's almost scary!
Strange Thing #2: You have to rent your shopping cart for a pound, but you get it back after you're done.
Strange Thing #3: They call "juice," "squash!"
Strange Thing #4: It is super money being a vegetarian here!
Strange Thing #5: There are no obese people here.
Strange Thing #6: They drink Aftershock.
Strange Thing #7: The keyboards here are totally different.
Strange Thing #8: Every single slightly disparaging comment I have about London/England/British Empire, no matter what it is, is greeted each time with the following comment: Yea, but in America you're allowed to shoot each other.
Strange Thing #9: You can curse on the radio.
Strange Thing #10: There are two types of light bulbs here. And if you are unaware of this fact, and try to fit the wrong bulb in, you will short circuit your brand new lamp and cause the fuse to blow.
Strange Thing #10a: All electrical appliances have fuses, because there is enough voltage running through these old wires to kill a horse.
Strange Thing #11: Text messages in this country are the primary mode of communication.
Strange Thing #12: Men here are not afraid to admit they like sappy movies.
Strange Thing #13: The Jerry Springer Opera.
Strange Thing #14: British get far more fired up about American politics and September 11th than Americans do.
Strange Thing #15: These stamps:
Strange Thing #16: French Toast is "eggy bread." Hee hee hee. I think that's so cute it makes me giggle!
Strange Thing #17: Cops get to drive BMW cop cars!
Strange Thing #18 : The Cockney rhyming game. Goes like, "[Adjective or noun] *pause* [related noun] *pause* [unrelated noun, yet rhymes with last noun]!"
Strange Thing #19: Traffic lights go in the following order: Green, Yellow, Red, Yellow, Green, etc. This is different from American traffic lights which go: Green, Yellow, Red, Green.
Strange Thing #20: The wide range of available flavors of crisps (a.k.a. potato chips.)
Strange Thing #21: Christmas Dinners.
Strange Thing #22: They don't have dryer sheets. (Actually they do, but they are damn hard to come across.)
Strange Thing #23: I've just discovered they have a Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in the British Cabinet.
Strange Thing #24: No Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Strange Thing #25: Serious lack of decent Mexican food.
Strange Thing #26: Fee-less ATMs (or cashpoints or hole-in-the-walls as they are called here.)
Strange Thing #27: The worthless strip of tape that holds bread bags "closed."
Strange Thing #28: It's not "How are you?" when greeting someone, it's "You alright?"
Strange Thing #29: You are allowed to drink outside. There appears to be no public drinking laws whatsoever.
Strange Thing #30: Department meetings come fully equipped with alcohol.
Strange Thing #31: The popularity of Robbie Williams.
#32: Brown Sauce.
#33: Mother's Day is the last Sunday of Lent in the UK (falls in March) but it's the second Sunday of May in the US. But Father's Day is the third Sunday in June for both.
#35: It's not scotch tape, it's "cello" tape.
#36: Cafes in church Crypts.
#37: The variation in daylight
#38: Occasionally the weather woman on ***-insert-number-here announces tomorrow will be "fresher." What on Earth does this mean? Cooler? Less humid? More breezy? A tinge of yummy citrus flavor in the air? What?
#39: Different names for the same vegetables.
#40: Richard and Judy
#41: It’s not a “costume party”; they call it a “fancy dress party”!
#42: Complete and utter lack of buttermilk. (However I now know that something resembling American buttermilk is sold at Waitrose and larger Tescos. It is not exactly the same however.)
#43: British celebs are famous only in the UK
#45: The kind of schools where only the very rich attend due to the astronomical tuition and boarding fees are called "public schools."
#45: Happy Christmas! (Instead of "merry")
#46: Televised Dart Competitions
#47: Pancake Day!
#48: Big Brother popularity
#49: Ant and Dec
#51: "Zed" instead of "zee"
#52: They love Friends.
#53: Their love of this childhood show:
#54: The television watershed with the illicit and scandalous shows that follow soon after.
#55: Two different definitions for the word, "billion"!
#56: The Eurovision Song Contest.
#57: Insistence on using the word 'autumn' and refusal to recognize my use of the word 'fall'.
#58: Washing machines in the kitchen.