What are the cultural differences between Britain and the USA?

Marushka   Sunday, December 08, 2002, 19:40 GMT
In Britain we are subject to all different kinds of foods like from India and China but mostly I like traditional ones like toad in the hole (Not what it sounds like!) and Shepherds pie. Currry is nice too, is it like this in america? Can you get all sorts of food or just traditional american food? What are the other differences do you think apart from the accent!
Deanna   Sunday, December 08, 2002, 21:03 GMT
Is Shepherd's pie English? I didn't know that. I was at a friend's house once and he made Shepherd's pie and it was really good though I'd never had it.
Nob   Sunday, December 08, 2002, 21:09 GMT
Yes, we get all kinds of food here in America. I can go downtown right now and eat Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, India, etc...
Nob   Sunday, December 08, 2002, 21:10 GMT
I mean Indian...hate when I make simple mistakes.
Clark   Sunday, December 08, 2002, 21:57 GMT
Well, what is a traditional American food? America is a nation of nations, and therefore, it is hard to say which food came from which country. Hot dogs are German, Tacos are Mexican, Hamburgers are, well, has anyone been to Hamburg in Germany?

But yes, one can get all sorts of different foods in America. It depends on where a person is in America, but you can get anything from Chinese to Inuit to Greek.

And Deannae, yes, Shepherd's pie is VERY English!
Marushka   Monday, December 09, 2002, 19:54 GMT
I suppose its hard to describe traditional America food as you say Clark because America is a nations of nations. I meant food that is associated with America like Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Donuts etc. Were donuts invented in America, or did they originate in another country?

PS Is food cheap in america compared with other countries like Canada, UK, France etc? Just wondering but canned foods seem really cheap in England. You can buy a 400g tin of spaghetti for 7p and you can buy a loaf of bread for about 20p.
Hmm   Monday, December 09, 2002, 23:25 GMT
Well, a loaf of bread can cost anywhere from $0.25 to $1.75 in America. Usually.
J   Tuesday, December 10, 2002, 01:06 GMT
Didn't someone recently put on sale a loaf of bread that cost £10? I had either be bloody big, or a real nice loaf.
Clark   Tuesday, December 10, 2002, 02:53 GMT
I do not know if doughnuts were invented in America or not. And I do not really know if food is expensive in America or not. I have been to my fare share of supermarkets in England and Scotland, but I never payed attention to the prices. And in America, it depends what a person is buying. I suppose it is the same way where ever a person is in the world.
hello   Tuesday, December 10, 2002, 04:04 GMT
The difference between Australians, Brits, Canadians & Americans
Australians: Dislike being mistaken for Pommies (Brits) when abroad.
Canadians: Are rather indignant about being mistaken for Americans when abroad.
Americans: Encourage being mistaken for Canadians when abroad.
Brits: Can't possibly be mistaken for anyone else when abroad.
Australians: Believe you should look out for your mates.
Brits: Believe that you should look out for those people who belong to your club.
Americans: Believe that people should look out for & take care of themselves.
Canadians: Believe that that's the government's job.
Australians: Are extremely patriotic to their beer.
Americans: Are flag-waving, anthem-singing, and obsessively patriotic to the point of blindness.
Canadians: Can't agree on the words to their anthem, when they can be bothered to sing them.
Brits: Do not sing at all but prefer a large brass band to perform the anthem.
Americans: Spend most of their lives glued to the idiot box.
Canadians: Don't, but only because they can't get more American channels.
Brits: Pay a tax just so they can watch four channels.
Australians: Export all their crappy programs, which no-one there watches, to Britain, where everybody loves them.
Americans: Will jabber on incessantly about football, baseball, and basketball.
Brits: Will jabber on incessantly about cricket, soccer, and rugby.
Canadians: Will jabber on incessantly about hockey, hockey, hockey, hockey, and how they beat the Americans twice, playing baseball.
Australians: Will jabber on incessantly about how they beat the Poms in every sport they play them in.
Americans: Spell words differently, but still call it "English".
Brits: Pronounce their words differently, but still call it "English."
Canadians: Spell like the Brits, pronounce like Americans.
Australians: Add "G'day," "mate" and a heavy accent to everything they say in an attempt to get laid.
Brits: Shop at home and have goods imported because they live on an island.
Australians: Shop at home and have goods imported because they live on an island.
Americans: Cross the southern border for cheap shopping, gas, & liquor in a backwards country.
Canadians: Cross the southern border for cheap shopping, gas, & liquor in a backwards country.
Americans: Drink weak, pissy-tasting beer.
Canadians: Drink strong, pissy-tasting beer.
Brits: Drink warm, beery-tasting piss.
Australians: Drink anything with alcohol in it.
Americans: Seem to think that poverty & failure are morally suspect.
Canadians: Seem to believe that wealth and success are morally suspect.
Brits: Seem to believe that wealth, poverty, success and failure are inherited things.
Australians: Seem to think that none of this matters after several beers.
eiterman ss   Tuesday, December 10, 2002, 07:54 GMT
theres too many spades in britain and L.A
china   Tuesday, December 10, 2002, 08:12 GMT
nothing at all :)
Dan   Tuesday, December 10, 2002, 15:27 GMT
To Hello /

The "Difference between Australians, Americans, Canadians and British etc" was obviously written by an Aussie.

Anyway, to answer the thread title. "What are the cultural differences between Britain and the USA?"

There are a million / but to name a few……

British Government - Constitutional Monarchy
US Goverment - Republic

Britain - an Island
USA - a large land mass

Britain - Free Schools, Free Medical Care,
USA - Pay for School, Pay For Health Insurance

Britain - At least 4 week payed holiday/vacation issued by the Goverment
USA - Employers decide holidays/vacations length,

Britain - Drink Alcohol when your 18 years old
USA - Drink Alcohol when your 21 years old

Britain – relaxed Cannabis laws
USA – strict Cannabis laws

Britain – Hand Guns are banned
USA – Guns galore.

Britain – Play Soccer, Rugby (Upper-class play cricket, Tennis)
USA – Play American Football, Basketball, Baseball, Ice Hockey

Britain - high cost for petroleum
USA - low cost for petroleum

Britain - Celebrate Bonfire Night
USA - Celebrate Thanks Giving

Britain – Narrow, bendy roads,
USA – Wide, Straight roads,

Britain – Different spellings in English language (Defence, Realise, Theatre, Sulphur)
USA – Different spellings in English language (Defense, Realize, Theater, Sulfur)

Britain – Different words in English Language (Pavement, Mobile-phone, Toilet)
USA – Different words in English Language (Sidewalk, Cell-phone, Bathroom)

Britain – Cars are smaller, but handle better,
USA – Cars are bigger, and handle like crap.

Britain – Food is expensive
USA – Food is cheap

Britain – Beer is strong
USA – Beer is weak,

Britain – have foxes
USA – have bears

Britain – Just Grassland and a few hills, some forests
USA – very varied landmass

Britain – Have restrictions on how high they build buildings
USA – Try to build the biggest buildings they can.

Britain – Mainly middleclass people
USA – Poor, Middleclass, Upper class

Britain – Left wing society
USA – Anti socialist right wing.
Union Jack   Tuesday, December 10, 2002, 18:39 GMT
The cultural difference is there is no substantial culture in the USA and full of culture and history in the UK.
Marushka   Tuesday, December 10, 2002, 19:53 GMT
There are so many adverts on american tv and what is the point of putting on adverts at the end of a programme then watching the credits then having another set of adverts!!?? We don't pay a tax as such, we have a tv licence and its for the BBC channels. Since they have no adverts we pay around £100 a year per house for colour tv. Its alright though because you have absolutely no adverts through programmes and they only put them on to advertise their own programmes. It ain't a tax.
I would have to say though that food does seem to be expensive in america. $3 for a raisin loaf!! Mind the pop and chicken is cheaper!

What are the differences betweena left wing and right wing society? Are the republicans the equivalent of the conservative party?