Ah, Britain—my old love. From the fabulous invention that is tea time to the country’s storied history, impressive architecture, and most of all gorgeous parks, I’ve been enamored with British culture for as long as I can remember.
However, like some of the nation’s more errr creative meals (beans on toast, you might be delicious but I’m looking at you), its culture also has some quirks. Absolutely fun and uniquely witty? Definitely! Chaotic to the max in an oh-so delightfully and distinctly British way? You can count on it.
To show you the depths and bizarre niches in British humor and everyday culture, Bored Panda has collected some of the best examples of things that will make you wonder whether, this time, Brits have gone too far. Personally, I hope Britain will never change—it’s far too entertaining to watch from the sidelines.
Psst, Pandas, I’m off to make myself a spot of Earl Grey, so have a scroll down and remember to upvote your fave pics. And be sure to check out Bored Panda’s exclusive interview about the role that British humor plays in its culture with London-based comedian and comedy writer Ariane Sherine.
#1 Best Thing In Today’s Daily Mirror
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#2 Breakfast Trifle
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#3 There Is Something Terrifying Happening In Brighton, England
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British humor, let alone culture, gets more difficult to define the closer you look at it. At first glance, everything seems to be clear-cut: the Queen, the Victorian era, rading P. G. Wodehouse’s books, looking posh, sounding posh, pip-pip, cheerio, drinking tea and eating crumpets, liking ships (and having lots of them!), and the Beatles to name a few iconic images. You can probably picture these without much effort.
#4 This Is The Most British Headline I Have Ever Seen
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#5 If You Can Read This, You Are Not A Train!
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#6 Front Seat On A Double Decker Bus
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But once you start thinking about it, British culture becomes harder to define precisely. And naming a few examples of what’s overwhelmingly British doesn’t get to the essence of what makes British humor, well, British.
#7 When The Pubs Have Been Closed For 4 Months, A Bit Of Rain Won’t Stop These Lads.
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#8 It Gets Confusing
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#9 Got A Baked Bean Mug For My Birthday So Naturally I Did The Right Thing
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I wanted to get a better handle on the link between humor and culture, so I reached out to comedian Ariane who’s working on a number of witty projects. Who better to talk about what makes people laugh than a British comedian who knows what the entire thing is all about?
#10 Good Old National Trust
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#11 This Guy Is An Absolute Baller
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#12 Truly A National Tragedy
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Professional comedian Ariane told Bored Panda that humor plays a “huge role” in British culture. And this isn’t bound to change anytime soon. “I think it is inherently witty and quirky but coupled with a huge dose of irony and self-consciousness,” she noted that British wit often has a dollop of self-deprecation mixed into it.
#13 Historical Figures Lined Up For Reopening Of Museum Of Gloucester
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#14 Its Bank Holiday, Payday Friday. The Efforts For A 17:00 Post Work Pint Fill Me With National Pride. Liverpool
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#15 Mom Brought A Slice Of Bread To Try Out Toasters
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According to Ariane one of the best things that sum up the essence of British humor is the Very British Problems book series that also has a Twitter account. “It’s sarcastic, petty, ridiculous, embarrassed, self-conscious, and underpinned with the knowledge and awareness of how silly Brits are,” the comedian said.
#16 The Joys Of Living In Britain
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#17 Challenge Accepted
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#18 Looks Like A Rave
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I also talked to Ariane about the impact that British soft power, films, and media have globally. In her opinion, the way that British culture is characterized all around the world is slightly inaccurate and doesn’t represent the reality of being a Brit.
#19 Found This In The Staff Room After The Morning Meeting…
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#20 A House Overtaking A Boat On The A30 Today
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#21 An Actual Job Here In The UK
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They’re not all as glamorous as the stars you’re used to seeing on your TV screens (though I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that all brits have a secret use-in-an-emergency top hat and monocle kit; pity I haven’t been able to prove it yet).
#22 Google Maps Accurately Capturing U.k. Life (Leeds)
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#23 Who Amougst Us Hasn’t Dreamed Of Smelling Like Cherry Bakewell Tart Or Love Hearts?
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#24 To Be Honest Asda, I’d Rather You Got It From The Cow
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“When people think of us, they think of the Royal Family, iconic images like London buses and phone boxes, afternoon tea, period dramas, and posh people—like Hugh Grant in Richard Curtis films!” Ariane explained how the world tends to think when it thinks of the UK.
#25 Ok, Who Did This?
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#26 You Just Are
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#27 Cheerio Germs
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“They see us as charming and antiquated and think we’re adorable. Spoiler: we’re not really like this! Which they’ll find out if they ever visit Britain, but I guess most people never do, so we remain cute and posh in their imaginations,” she said.
This proves that even a lack of travel can have its upsides, namely, maintaining the illusion that all brits are as charismatic and gorgeous as the delightful Mr. Grant.
#28 A Fine Example Of Sophisticated British Humour
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#29 I’ll Never Get Tired Of East London. #hatformyhat
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#30 A Very British Headline
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#31 What’s More British Than Trains And Sausage
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#32 A Bloke Tucking Into Full English Breakfast On The Tube
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#33 Welcome To Leigh
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#34 Found An Angry Note On My Car Today. I Replied.
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#35 At First I Thought It Said Cornhole
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#36 Hipster Level: London
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#37 Looks Very British
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#38 Came Across This House That Uses A Baby’s Gate As A House Gate, Interesting Choice.
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#39 Breaking!!! Breaking!!! Hat Found!!!
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#40 Coronavirus Restrictions Are Being Eased Too Quickly
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#41 My Local Cinema Being A Little Pessimistic About Reopening
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#42 Wrong Sort Of Heat
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#43 British Town Names
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#44 Bands Will Put Their Name On Anything These Days
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#45 Banksy Really Outdid Himself This Time
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#46 “British Cuisine Is Bad” – Oh Yeah? Think Again
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#47 Pie On A Barm! Why Not!
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#48 I Took Cuthbert For A Charity Skydive
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#49 The Waitrose Way
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#50 When The Council Forget About A Sinkhole In Your Town
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#51 Northumberland… Lowest Population Density In England… Just How I Like It
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#52 Wine And Jam
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