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10 Quirky Things About England

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10 Quirky Things About England

Anna Nti-Asare

Living in England is a really cool thing. There are all kinds of different activities and places to explore, beautiful sites to see, and even better - weird things to giggle about. I thought I would take the time this week to tell you about some of the funnier, and sometimes just plain ridiculous, ones. 

I am sure you’ve heard the typical examples, such as:

  •  Fries being called “chips”
  • Chips being called “crisps”
  • Cookies being called “biscuits” (silly Brits)

But having been here for about a month now, I’ve noticed some even weirder ones, like:

  •   When you get money from the ATM it asks if you want an “Advice Slip.” My question always is: “What kind of advice?"
  •  Eggs aren’t refrigerated here.
                     What's different about them??

                     What's different about them??

  • Dining halls are called “canteens.” And I thought a canteen was a water bottle…
  •  3 ring binders are almost impossible to find, they have 4 rings here!! 

But why is that extra ring even necessary?

But why is that extra ring even necessary?

 

This one may be the quirkiest of them all and perhaps the most frustrating:

  • Sinks have two separate faucets – one for the cold water and one for the hot water.

 

 So, you have the option between freezing cold or burning hot, but no… nothing in between.

 So, you have the option between freezing cold or burning hot, but no… nothing in between.

 

I could go on and on, but have decided to end this list with two specifically to do with my new home, Cambridge:

  • The academic week starts on Thursdays. Seriously, look at this timetable:
 And no one can tell you why...

 And no one can tell you why...

  •   The Oxford and Cambridge rivalry is mentioned whenever possible. 
I thought Stanford and Cal was bad enough, it’s nothing compared to this.

I thought Stanford and Cal was bad enough, it’s nothing compared to this.

I notice something silly about the UK every day and will make another list of 10 soon, but I hope you enjoyed this small glimpse into my new quirky world. Cheers!