Brits vs. Americans: Stereotype Showdown
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Brits vs. Americans: Stereotype Showdown

The age-old stereotypes between these two countries is quite comical.

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Brits vs. Americans: Stereotype Showdown

Wicked cool accent, horrendous teeth, and an obsession with tea are just a few of the classic stereotypes that come to mind when we, Americans, think about the British. After spending a month studying in the United Kingdom I did some research on what exactly THEY think of US. And...it's sad. All the people kept talking about was McDonalds, the Kardashians, and Disneyland. C'mon America!! We are SO much more than that!! Just like the Brits are so much more than their stereotypes as well. I think it's time for a little game...the Stereotype Showdown 2K15.

Britain's up first.

1) Fact: The British really do have wicked cool accents.

2) Myth: They have really bad teeth, Kate Middleton the Duchess of Cambridge had braces when she was younger. The stereotype actually came from the Austin Power movies.

3) Fact: Afternoon Tea is a traditional English pastime beginning in the 18th Century when the Duchess of Bedford had a "sickly" feeling and ordered some tea and pastries to her room. The myth about this "high" tea is the fact that it is not as sophisticated as we, Americans, may think. It can be as simple as a scone and a cup of Earl Grey tea.


Alright American...let's see what you've got.

1) Fact: 1 in 4 Americans visits a fast food restaurant each day. (And were not off to a great start)

2) Myth: The Kardashians are not what "everyday" Americans are like. The "everyday" American is someone who works 9 to 5, does not talk like a valley girl and say "like" every other word, and most importantly, has average sized butts and lips.

3) Fact: Disneyland is actually one of the happiest places on earth, so good job America for that one. At least we got that going for us!

I'm just kidding...both countries have a lot more going for them then the stereotypes above. Which, by the way, ended with a tie! The U.S. and Great Britain both have a lot of pride and love for their country, football (soccer) teams, and love for their fellow citizens. We are more alike than we are different, and yet we still have the same stereotypical thoughts about one another. Maybe one day we'll both get over it. But until then at least we can laugh about the British thinking that we all talk like a Kardashian while eating at McDonalds!

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