Brits vs. Americans
By Jessica Yadegaran
CONTRA COSTA TIMES
What is it with us and the Brits? Seems we'll always be like brothers -- friends, but with a fierce competitive streak. This time, it has to do with our health.
Turns out Brits 55 and older are a lot healthier than Americans of the same age, according to an international study published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
This comes as quite a blow, especially since the United States spends more than twice as much per person on health care. But, we're rational Yankees, and can sort of understand the discrepancy:
The British are far thinner than we'll ever be. They make a national pastime out of drinking tea, with its wonder-drug antioxidants. And they lead a European lifestyle, which equates "holiday" with several three-week romps to Tuscany a year. Here, "holiday" is the Fourth of July.
The health study prompted us to compare other areas of life between the Brits and Americans, all in good fun. Read on, blokes.
British: Groundbreaking "The Office," mega-hit "Pop Idol," reality-TV phenoms "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and "Big Brother."
Americans: OK, so we pretty much copied all of these shows. But "Lost" and "Grey's Anatomy"? All ours.
British: Hipster words like shag and blimey said in that charming, delicious accent.
Americans: Phat and dope and other lame monosyllabic words.
British: The Queen, Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla.
Americans: We have better pseudo royalty: Prince, Queen Latifah, Oprah.
British: They gave us the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Sex Pistols and Duran Duran.
Americans: Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and dozens of Duran Duran knockoffs over the decades.
Advantage: A tie.
British: They gave us mod, go-go boots and vinyl. Designers? Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen.
Americans: T-shirts and jeans, not to mention Donna, Ralph, Calvin and Isaac. And now Britain's Luella Bartley designs for Target. That's what you call the best of both worlds.
Courtesy Contra Costa Times