This thread is hilarious! It is interesting to see similarities and differences - paricularly as I am from New Zealand and standing off at a distance.
It seems to me that New Zeland is even more british than Australia is, who have a few more american tendencies than us. (eg pronunciation like 'dance' - and dont get me onto how they say 'six')
In NZ we have a Guy Fawkes celebration, which to me has never really made sense, particularly if one is a Roman Catholic.
Things that have always interested me about american things are:
a) what is a stick of butter? how much does it weigh?
b) why do you drive on the right side of the road? (did you all throw the tea off the boats into Boston Harbour and say 'Guys, from now we're being non conformist and driving our carts and carriages on the other side of the road!'?)
c) why did the letters 'u' and 'h' become such parah's in spelling? (eg in colour and yoghurt)
Allie who is neither a bird nor a green furry piece of fruit