An American military wife living in the U.K. has sparked a fierce debate online after she revealed some differences between homes in the U.S. and Britain.
TikTok user Abigael Lanai most likely had no idea about the heated trans-Atlantic debate she would spark simply by mentioning things she had noticed about her U.K. home that were different from her home in the U.S.
In a viral clip that has attracted more than 1.6 million views since being uploaded on Sunday, June 5, Abigael explained some of the things she had to grow accustomed to in the U.K.
As the video, which can be viewed here, played, Abigael noted how her house had a letterbox on the front door – something most Americans would find strange.
Abigael shared the sentiment and added: “The first time I heard the postman pushing mail through that, I thought somebody was breaking into my house.”
Later, she showed her hallways with multiple doors leading to different rooms within the house. Many Americans would consider this to be a culture shock of sorts as most homes have open doorways.
Another major difference was that British homes typically have washing machines and dryers in the kitchen close to the sink.
Abigael also showed a minor, but potentially mind-blowing difference – namely that windows in the U.K. open outward and have no screens. And yes, that means people in the U.K. either have to swat away or simply endure any bugs that make their way inside the home.
Since being uploaded, the video has attracted some 239,000 likes and more than 1,725 comments.
Shockingly, the humble video set off a fierce trans-Atlantic debate over the contents of a standard British home.
“Wait, I’m genuinely confused now,” one commentator said. “What does a house in the U.S. look like?”
“I don’t understand why Americans use mailboxes, having it come through the door is so much easier,” another user commented.
But, many others were left completely baffled by how Brits lived and noted how many left comments about how irritated they were by the comparisons.
One TikTok user posted.”I’m loving all the British people in the comments getting super upset.”
“I’m an American living in the U.K. too and the ‘so many doors’ thing and radiators have taken some getting use to,” another added.
Other Americans were left confused and mentioned they shared similar features with British homes.
One said: “I live in the U.S. and have a mail slot in the door. Is that unusual?”
Newsweek has reached out to Abigael for comment.
According to Investopedia, a financial media website, there are several other differences people wanting to move to either the U.S. or U.K. should take into account.
In 2021, utility costs are estimated to be 65 percent higher in London compared to New York. Private schooling costs less in the British capital and kindergarten and pre-school fees were estimated to be 26.54 percent lower in London than in New York.
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