A bit late to the game (Picture: Twitter/@earringdealer)
Tea has pretty much become synonymous with British culture.
Brits can’t imagine the horror of not having the staple readily available in our homes every day but for Americans, that is sadly a reality.
Many Americans do not have kettles in their home and the fuss of boiling water on the stove probably doesn’t seem worth all the faff.
But, some people Stateside have decided to invest in a kettle, and watching them discover the joys of instant teas has been an entertaining experience.
One woman recently tweeted that she bought an electric kettle and was delighted with its efficiency.
She wrote: ‘I finally converted to an (electric) kettle and this really boils water in two minutes. I had tea three times today.’
The tweet went viral, receiving more than 52,000 likes, with other Americans sharing the joy of buying their own version of the device.
And many, many Brits took the opportunity to poke fun at the Americans for the late discovery.
So i finally converted to a (electric) kettle and this mf really boils water in 2 minutes ð I had tea 3 times today
— ju tha jeweler ð (@earringdealer) December 5, 2020
Another woman tweeted that she had also bought one and was loving it.
She wrote: ‘A f***ing godsend sis. Omg mine is so cute and rose gold.
‘Got it from Target like a year ago. Plus it shuts off once it boils so I don’t burn s**t. I got so tired of warming water on the stove like my ancestors.’
One Brit replied to the tweet, saying: ‘”Plus it shuts off once it boils…” As a Brit, this is funny and so wholesome at the same time.’
Another quipped: ‘Outraged to learn our cousins might have tea less than three times a day. The humanity!’
Others wrote: ‘They’ve finally discovered kettles! Next step health care?’ and ‘The way they’re amazed it shuts off when it’s done kills me.’
Americans have found kettles pic.twitter.com/A5GqPlR7f5
— ð§ð§ð¯ð² (@GameBoiiSav) December 5, 2020
If you’re wondering why Americans don’t often have kettles in their homes as Brits do, it’s because they have a lower voltage in the States.
While in the UK, our homes operate on 220 and 240 volts, in the States, they have 100 volts meaning electric kettles heat up slower.
With Brits poking fun, Americans clapped back, saying that the British needed to ‘develop some hobbies’ instead of goading them on Twitter about tea.
‘You say “tea” and beans and toast Twitter come out the woodworks like they invented it or something,’ wrote one.
Another said: ‘They’re treating it like she just learned how to use the toilet.’
One person quipped: ‘You say “tea” and beans and toast Twitter come out of the woodworks like they invented it or something.’
They have a point. Might we point to the real origins of tea which began in China?
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