We may all speak the same language, but when it comes to the USA and the UK, that’s pretty much where the similarities end.
While we Brits swear and drink in pubs, Americans cuss and order beer in bars – and if the stereotypes are to be believed, the American breakfast consists of a bowl of Lucky Charms cereal, while Brits survive on a diet of tea and cucumber sandwiches.
Although assumptions like these might be wildly inaccurate, an astonishing number are believed to be true. The results of a recent survey have put the spotlight on the embarrassing lack of knowledge the British possess when it comes to American culture.
An American might get a hard time for assuming every Brit lives in London, but according to the poll of 1826 people aged 18-50, conducted by luxury male grooming brand Dreadnought, more than a fifth of Brits are – shockingly – unable to name the capital city of the United States.
A humiliating 28% of those asked wholeheartedly believed that New York was the correct answer. And as if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, the Brits also failed to answer a host of other simple questions correctly.
19% of participants thought that Canada was a state, with a further 21% insisting that the state of California was a city.
This news is enough to make anyone considering hitting the road with a Brit think twice, with a GPS now sure to be a priority when it comes to writing their packing list.
It isn’t just geography that seems to be far beyond them, with the American diet proving to be another great source of confusion.
When asked to describe their perceptions of a number of different food items popular in the USA, the responses received did little to redeem their previous faux pas.
When discussing the composition of a hamburger, 37% were convinced that ham was a main component, while 33% refused to accept that a “ding dong” was really a type of food.
The British may be less than clued up when it comes to American culture, but one thing they do agree on is the merits of male grooming – and being a man.
Justin Bullock, Marketing Manager for Dreadnought, said: “It is stunning to think that us Brits, considering our rich history with the US, are still miles apart when it comes to understanding our American friends in certain aspects of their culture. One area in which we do understand each other, however, is that men are men, and looking respectable is commonplace wherever we go. Whether we’re visiting the barber for a traditional cut throat shave or popping to the shops, American and British men always make sure to look their best.”