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American shares the weirdest things about the UK after living here for a decade

Turns out not everyone loves beans on toast…

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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.”

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Huge meteor captured on doorbell camera lighting up the sky over Wigan

‘This particular piece of asteroid spent most of its orbit between Mars and Jupiter’

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Meteor caught on camera lighting up the sky over Wigan.

The meteor was spotted just before 10pm on Sunday February 28th, and sent a sonic boom across parts of England. Scientists explain that it is likely to have been a small piece of an asteroid entering the Earth’s atmosphere. 

A woman named Nikki posted a video of the meteor on Twitter, captured on her doorbell camera near her home in Appley Bridge on Sunday.

UKFall said the bright light could be seen all the way from Ireland to the Netherlands and is set to break the record as the most reported ever.

Over 758 reports have been made on the International Meteor Organisation’s website already.

UKFall’s Dr Ashley King, said: “The video recordings tell us its speed was about 30,000 miles per hour, which is too fast for it to be human-made ‘space junk’, so it’s not an old rocket or satellite.

“The videos also allowed us to reconstruct its original orbit around the sun. In this case, the orbit was like an asteroid’s.

“This particular piece of asteroid spent most of its orbit between Mars and Jupiter, though sometimes got closer to the Sun than Earth is.”

UKFall also said that it is likely ‘a few fragments’ reached the ground as the meteor fragmented in the atmosphere.

Dr Katherine Joy of the University of Manchester said: “If you do find a meteorite on the ground, ideally photograph it in place, note the location using your phone GPS, don’t touch it with a magnet, and, if you can, avoid touching it with your hands.”

Did you spot the meteor? We’d love to see your videos or photos – share them in the comments on Facebook! 

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All the cute baby animals you’ll be able to see when Chester Zoo reopens

There’s been a baby boom at the zoo

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Chester Zoo is set to reopen its doors next month and there are plenty of cute baby animals to see.

After a challenging year for Chester Zoo, the news from Boris Johnson last week that means outdoor attractions such as zoos and theme parks can reopen from April 12th was welcomed.

And over the course of lockdown, there has been a baby boom in the zoo too!

There’s everything to see from tree frogs to penguin chicks and rare baby lemurs.

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Of some of the smallest to see are 12cm long baby Mongoose triplets that were born back in May last year.

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Even smaller, a pair of Eastern Pygmy Marmosets were born in December measuring just two inches long at the time.

The babies are part of the most miniature primate species on Earth and are normally found in the rainforests of western Brazil, south-eastern Colombia, eastern Ecuador and eastern Peru.

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Some of the largest species at the zoo saw new additions, like the birth of a rare baby rhino. The birth of the Eastern Black Rhino was celebrated globally as fewer than 1,000 remain on the planet.

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You’ll also find baby penguins born at the start of lockdown last year, plus baby Great Green Macaw Parrot chicks that hatched back in April 2020.

These colourful birds live in the lowland forests of Central and South America with a global population estimated at fewer than 2,500.

In March last year, twin ring-tailed lemurs were born to parents Fiona and Dog.

Rare Mexican frogs were born at Chester Zoo in September – the first of their kind born in a European zoo.

As part of a successful breeding programme, 100 Mexican Leaf Frogs hatched at the zoo after keepers recreated the scorching conditions of their natural environment.

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A critically endangered Western chimpanzee was born by 43-year-old Mandy in August at Chester Zoo. Normally found in West Africa, there are as few as 18,000 Western chimpanzees remaining in the wild.

It’s also the first subspecies of chimpanzee to be added to the list of critically endangered apes, making this birth vital to the future of the subspecies.

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A critically endangered Bornean orangutan was born in October, a surprise to keepers as mum Leia had a negative pregnancy test just a few months prior.

Estimates suggest fewer than 55,000 Bornean orangutans remain on the island of Borneo in Indonesia, the only place you can find them in the wild.

Earlier last month, Chester Zoo bosses revealed that the zoo is losing £1.7m a month, totalling to £11.5m in losses if the zoo can reopen on April 12th.

Chester Zoo has been hosting virtual Zoo Days on YouTube and Facebook throughout the pandemic asking people to donate what they can and support the zoo.

Don’t know about you guys, but I can’t wait to get back to the zoo to see all the cute animals and help support the venue.

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Primark confirms what date it will be reopening after lockdown

The news Primark fans have been waiting for

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With the details of the ‘roadmap out of lockdown’ revealed yesterday by the prime minister, non-essential retail has been given the chance to start planning its reopening.

Non-essential retailers can reopen during the second stage of restriction easing, which will happen no earlier than April 12th.

Retailers which don’t sell ‘essential’ items have been closed since January 4th, and were only able to open sporadically throughout last year.

If the data let’s stage two go ahead on its planned date, then the high street should once again come to life on Monday April 12th.

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That includes Primark, who has now confirmed that it will be opening stores on April 12th if the government allows it.

A Primark spokesperson told The Sun: “Primark welcomes the news that we have a provisional opening date of April 12th for our stores in England.

“We know our customers will be thrilled and we can’t wait to welcome them back into our stores.

“Our priority will be to do that safely, building on all the lessons we have learnt across our European operations in the past year.”

Joining Primark in reopening on the 12th will be John Lewis, Dunelm, H&M and JD Sport, who all plan to let customers enter stores on the first day it is allowed.

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