Despite winning the War Of Independence 229 years ago, Americans STILL appear to feel the need to BREAK AWAY from Britain.
They drive on the WRONG side of the road – they eat with their cutlery the wrong way round – their months and dates are backwards (“9/11” is actually “11/9”) – their language has as many different nouns as possible (along with usage) without totally abandoning English – they call Rugby… Football (and play it in outfits that make the players look like RoboCop) – their pints and gallons are smaller (as are their billions and trillions) while their shoe sizes are bigger (but that old story is UNtrue).
Plus, where Britain’s right-wing party’s colour (which they spell color) is blue and its left-wing party’s is red – America’s are REVERSED.
Furthermore, their buildings have no first floor – their electricity is 110V at 60 Hz, while everyone else’s is 220V at 50Hz – their TV standard is 525-line NTSC (Never Twice The Same Colour – again, they go with color) while everyone else has 625-line PAL/SECAM.
And despite every other country under the sun having speed limits in increments of ten (either MPH or KPH) – theirs have a FIVE on the end.
This last HAS to be the MOST absurd. I mean, one would think that nothing COULD be done to vary THOSE. But no – The U S of A decided to add a FIVE to them.
So while the rest of the World has signs reading 20, 30, 40, 50 and so on – America goes with 25, 35, 45, 55, etc.
They FINALLY just opened a road built for SPEED. It is a TOLL road in Texas. And despite being a mere forty miles long, it will cost people eight bucks (a fiver) just to travel on it.
However, with their primitive, inefficient cars (including Mustangs, like the one I pissed all over in Norfolk that time) having engines geared DOWN to meet petrol (which they wrongly call “gas”) consumption regulations, while still being able to burn rubber off the lights – many of their vehicles will strain to even REACH the permitted maximum on this new road.