Naturally, many people are confused to learn that the land of the free (the home of the brave) does not include an abundance of electric kettles. View this post on klutz.geek.nz / Via tumblr.com I mean, how do Americans cope without their scalding hot, weirdly plasticky tasting hotel tea when they're on holiday? TrueTiger @TrueTiger Why don't American hotels have kettles! Schoolboy error 12:14 AM - 22 Mar 2013 Reply Retweet Favorite Next thing, you'll be telling me that they don't have powdered milk sachets either. Others can't quite believe that such a thing could be anything other than fiction. View this post on this-path-is-treacherous.tumblr.com / Via tumblr.com Of course, some people have got to make it political. View this post on randomneesly-awesome.tumblr.com / Via tumblr.com Or should that be poliTEAcal? (Probably not). People are even asking Yahoo Answers about it. au.answers.yahoo.com / Via au.answers.yahoo.com You know shit's got real when you're asking Yahoo Answers. Mostly, people just very worried that our friends across the pond are missing out. Nathan Adams @Dinnerbone American tweetlings, how do you survive without electric kettles? Why aren't they a thing there? How do you make tea? I cant comprehend this 07:13 PM - 05 Jan 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite Via twitter.com There is a surging undercurrent of concern, pity and dismay to all of these, to be honest. It turns out (prepare yourself) that a lot of Americans use the microwave to heat water for tea. View this post on fancylibrarian.tumblr.com / Via tumblr.com But don't worry - not all Americans shun the electric kettle. View this post on claddaghringsandlovelythings.tumblr.com / Via tumblr.com Kettles are becoming a cult favourite; the underground indie kid of the kitchen appliance world. In fact in America, kettles are on their way to gaining their own fandom... View this post on imarriedmyfandoms.tumblr.com / Via tumblr.com (Please let there be an offshoot from the Sherlock fandom specifically for British kitchen appliances! Please!?) Those Americans who DO have kettles are mystified by their unique, kettlesome ways. View this post on zenreed.tumblr.com / Via tumblr.com It just wants to sing you the song of its people! There are some people who are deeply committed to assuring the world that America isn't a barren, kettle-less wasteland. tangedolium.tumblr.com / Via tumblr.com Mixed messages from Lizzie, there. But needless to say, America doesn't have enough electric kettles to rival this well known British phenomenon commons.wikimedia.org / Via en.wikipedia.org This is basically where electricity companies have to compensate for everyone in the country popping the kettle on in time for EastEnders by pumping out more electricity. The struggle is real. But why don't Americans use electric kettles? It all boils (sorry) down to the voltage available in America. Flickr: antonnovoselov / Via flickr.com In America, the majority of homes have 120-volt power, whereas homes in Britain have 240-volt. Kettles use up a lot of electricity (hence the monumental dip in power when everyone in the country uses their kettle at the same time) and just wouldn't work as speedily in the US as they do here. This explains why lots of Americans choose to continue using the stove method, or even use the microwave. I'm sorry that the explanation doesn't involve some kind of epic battle of boiling water and electrical currents. Life is full of disappointments - have a cup of tea.