Taking to Twitter, American Jessica Rose has sparked a debate after sharing the weirdest things she’s noticed about living in the UK after moving here ten years ago.
To the rest of the world, Brits are queue-obsessed tea drinkers who eat quite a lot of beige food.
And while beans on toast and saying thank you to the bus driver seem pretty standard to us, it turns out, it’s actually seen as peculiar.
Jessica Rose highlighted on Twitter just how weird us Brits are and the tweets have gone viral.
Originally from California, Jessica now lives in Birmingham. To mark a decade in the country she has shared a list of things she finds ‘weird as hell’ about living in the UK.
Making the list are the likes of beans on toast, fish finger sandwiches and getting off the bus etiquette.
One tweet read: “People here put fish fingers (yes they mean fish sticks but I’m fine w the name part) in sandwiches which is just…why.”
A second said: “Please why beans on toast there are so many other lazy foods that are actually good why is this a thing?”
A third had a pop at our country’s attempt at beaches: “British beaches are often just banks of sharp stones by the water and people here excitedly go to them on purpose.”
She added: “When you get there you can buy disappointing candy sticks called rock and seagulls will fight you.”
One that everyone can relate to: “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.”
The tweets have racked up over 63,000 likes forcing Jessica to mute her account so she could get on with her life.
Speaking to BirminghamLive, 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.
“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.”
She added that her lazy food of choice was mac and cheese and did stress just how much she loved living in Birmingham.
Jessica said: “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.”
People have discovered how many calories Domino’s Garlic & Herb dip has and it’s blown their mind
What’s the best part about ordering a Domino’s? Why, it’s the iconic Domino’s garlic and herb dip, of course.
Well, it might not be once you read the rest of this article, so continue with caution if you don’t want your future pizza binges ruined.
Right, let’s get straight to it – this week, it has come to the attention of many Domino’s fans that the official Domino’s nutritional count (yes, some of us actually read that) shows an alarmingly high number of calories in one pot of the dreamy garlic and herb dip.
Just one 100g pot of the dip – a size that was introduced after very justifiable complaints over the portion sizes from the smaller pots – contains a whopping 675 calories, which is even more than the calorie count of three slices of a number of Domino’s pizzas.
To put it into perspective, if you’re still not appalled, that’s a higher calorie count than two McDonald’s cheeseburgers, which total to a measly 602 cals. Ouch.
Many people have been taking to Twitter to express their shock and disgust over the monstrous calorie count, with one person writing: “Devastated to discover the garlic and herb big dip pot from @dominos is 675 calories… I drink that stuff man…”
Another despaired: “Finding out the calorie content of Domino’s garlic and herb dip has both explained and ruined my existence.”
One person took the news very badly, writing: “600 calories in a pot of Domino’s garlic and herb dip – I AM SHOOK!!!”
While another added dramatically: “There are SEVEN HUNDRED calories in Domino’s garlic and herb dip my whole life is ruined.”
Though some people weren’t too fazed, with one person proudly declaring: “Just found out Domino’s garlic and herb dip has more calories than two McDonald’s cheese burgers. Still gonna slap it on my pizza tho like it’s the tears of Jesus.” Fair play.
And, to make you feel a bit better, the 100g BBQ dip only contains a total of 188 calories, while the Frank’s hot dip has just twenty-four calories for 100g. So it isn’t all bad news!
People are making cheesy garlic bread using tiger loaves and it’s the stuff of dreams
You’ll never eat a tiger loaf the same again…
Public service announcement: People have been making their own cheesy garlic breads out of tiger loaves.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that, out of all the food in the world, there’s nothing quite as delicious as bread baked in lashings of cheese and garlic, but never before had I fathomed the idea of a cheesy garlic tiger bread.
But low and behold, the internet has brought it firmly to my attention.
Visionary amateur chef Amanda Jayne Taylor shared her own version of the delicious snack on the Facebook group, Food Ideas For All The Family, writing: “Easy but very yummy…… tiger loaf, sliced 3/4 through, butter mixed with garlic and chives n mozzarella n mature cheese and oven till all melted…”.
How bloody good does that sound?
Amanda’s recipe was quick to go viral on the Facebook page, with thousands of people applauding her for her creativity.
And while you’re here, this recipe comes just weeks after the recipe for cheesy garlic crumpets went viral.
The best example of the new food trend came courtesy of TikTok food page, Food Made Simple – In their clip, their allocated chef took five crumpets and cut them into quarters before arranging them in a baking dish. They then coated the crumpets in plenty of pre-melted garlic butter before adding a generous portion of grated cheese.
The crafty recipe was quick to go viral and has since had over 2 million views and thousands of comments.
Who else really fancies some cheesy toast and crumpets now?
Mum of Manchester Arena victim calls Shamima Begum a ‘murderer’ following controversial interview
‘How do I sit in a courtroom in Manchester and listen to the horrific details that killed my son after listening to her ask for forgiveness’
Shamima Begum has been slammed as a ‘murderer’ by the mother of a Manchester Arena bombing victim following her controversial plea for forgiveness on Good Morning Britain today.
Her appearance on the ITV show this morning has sparked outrage among viewers, particularly with some of the families of Manchester Arena victims, who died in an ISIS-organised suicide bombing in 2017.
Taking to Twitter, Caroline Curry, the mother of nineteen-year old Liam Curry who died alongside his girlfriend Chloe Rutherford in the attack, said she felt ill watching Begum beg for forgiveness.
The grieving mother, from South Shields, wrote: “I feel absolutely ill to have to see this murderer on tv today!!
“How do I sit in a courtroom in Manchester and listen to the horrific details of the Manchester bombing that killed my son and his girlfriend after listening to her ask for forgiveness.”
Begum, who infamously fled her East London home to join terror group ISIS in Syria at the age of fifteen, apologised for previously saying the Manchester Arena attack had been ‘justified’, saying: “I do not believe that one evil justifies another evil. I don’t think that women and children should be killed for other people’s motives and for other people’s agendas.”
She also insisted that she didn’t know women and children had been hurt in the Manchester attack, stressing: “I did not know about the Manchester bombing when I was asked. I did not know that people were killed, I did not know that women and children were hurt because of it.”
In her interview, Begum also insisted that she could be a big help to the UK government in its fight against terrorism and online grooming, saying with confidence: “I think I could very much help you in your fight against terrorism because you clearly don’t know what you’re doing.”
Begum made headlines back in 2015 when she and two friends travelled to Syria from London to join ISIS. The girls went on to marry Jihadi fighters, Begum herself marrying a Dutch recruit.
She was found heavily pregnant in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019. The baby later died of pneumonia and Begum said she had previously lost two other children. Ever since, the young woman has been appealing the revoking of her British citizenship, while the Home Office continues to stress that she remains a ‘security risk.’