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    29 Things The U.K. Has That The U.S. Needs To Have Right Now

    If we apologize for the whole harbor thing, can we please have some Cadbury?

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    1. Washing machines in the kitchen.

    You can just throw your dish towels right in!

    2. ~Real~ Cadbury chocolate.

    It's banned here for not meeting the American requirement that chocolate be bland, sugary garbage.

    3. 28 paid vacation days a year, MINIMUM.

    4. The Great British Bake Off.


    We only get one stupid season on Netflix? The people demand more!!

    5. And especially Mary Berry.


    Imagine Martha Stewart, but as your nice friendly grandma who wears incredible blazers and deals in devastating sexual innuendos.

    6. Student loan repayment plans that actually make sense.

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    In Britain, you only have to start paying your loans back when you earn a certain amount of money, and it’s taken out of your paycheck on a sliding scale based on how much you earn. And if you're lucky enough to be from Scotland, it's free! (And discounted in Wales.)

    *looks at student loan bill and weeps*

    7. Drinking outside.

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    It's legal to drink on the street in England and Wales. Or in the park! Or on a train! (Although the police can tell you to stop if you're being too rowdy.)

    8. J-cloths.

    They're like thinner tea towels that are really good at cleaning dishes and surfaces, and they're way more eco-friendly than paper towels.

    9. Not having to refrigerate your eggs.

    It just feels pretty badass. (Here's why you don't have to.)

    10. Castles.


    11. Universal health care.

    *John Lennon voice* Imagine all the people / never fighting with a PPO again.

    12. Including sales tax in the price of each item.

    No surprises when you get to the register.

    13. M&S underwear.

    Marks & Spencer will sell you fancy produce AND excellent quality multipacks of knickers.

    14. And that store also sells the best candy ever.

    15. A date format that makes much more sense.

    Come on, America.

    16. No awkward prescription drug ads.

    They're banned, which means no one has to sit through a too-long commercial warning you about the horror of four-hour boners.

    17. Sausage rolls in general.

    America is severely lacking in savory pastries. So greasy, so good.

    18. Nigella Lawson.

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    Nigella has had a bunch of food shows on the BBC, and she's basically the Dita Von Teese of cooking. Everyone in Britain fancies her, and nobody really gives a fuck what she cooks. In her last series, she made AVOCADO ON TOAST.

    19. Good fast food.

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    Pastry with hot meat inside? A cheeky Nando's? The U.K. has mastered hangover food.

    20. And if you live in Scotland, munchy boxes.

    It's literally a pizza box stuffed with amazing late-night food like pizza, kebab, fries, and wings. Sober you might say "EW," but admit it: Drunk you is already halfway through the garlic bread.

    21. Pay As You Earn tax.

    You know what happens on April 15, right? Well, instead of making you pay up annually, Britain calculates the amount of income tax and national insurance you will owe for the year and automatically takes a portion of it out of your check every month.

    You can, however, get surprised with a tax rebate check in the mail. As in, here, have some money!

    22. Public transport that's readily available in cities.

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    Have you ever tried to get around without a car in an American city besides, like, New York and Boston? Not the easiest.

    23. Jaffa Cakes!/cable-jump-takes-the-biscuit-20141105

    They're soft chocolatey-orange snacks and contain 85% of your FDA recommended dose of Vitamin C.*

    *I made this up.

    24. The BBC.

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    Worth paying a TV license for.

    25. Stodgy old rituals that at least make politics a little bit more interesting.

    This guy is called Black Rod, and it's tradition for members of Parliament to slam the door in his face during the Queen's Speech. Also, everyone wears fun hats.

    26. Fast trains that will get you to most parts of the country.

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    They may get canceled all the time for ridiculous reasons, and you might have to complete half the journey by bus, but they’re still better than Amtrak.

    27. Bathroom doors that don't have creepy gaps at the edges.

    Not having to make eye contact with a stranger while you poop? HEAVEN.

    28. Free and confidential contraception.

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    For most people!

    29. And men who look like this.

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    God save the Queen.

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