Things I’ve Learnt From Ravelry . . . No. 416 February 2012
Well, I think we settled the “who pays for bridesmaids’ dresses” question. In the USA and Australia, the cost is generally down to the bridesmaid. In the UK, it would be considered very rare for the bridesmaid to pay for her own dress. Wasn’t that interesting? (I did say these weren’t great philosophical questions – I’m just interested in how countries with a common language and a common heritage have adopted and adapted different customs.)
Now we get onto the question of electric kettles! It would seem that American households don’t generally own an electric kettle. Some households don’t appear to own a kettle of any sort. The American families I’ve stayed with didn’t have kettles.
I doubt whether I know anyone, either in Australia or the UK, who doesn’t own a kettle – and the vast majority of those would be electric kettles. It’s fairly rare to see a stove-top version nowadays.
I can’t find the “kettle-owning” statistics for Australia but in the UK in 2006, just under 8 million electric kettles were sold, to about 26 million households. (Boy, isn’t this interesting?)
I can’t find any figures for the sale of electric kettles in the US, but there are a number of sites where the question is asked “Why don’t American households use electric kettles?” so it would appear that this is a common query from those of us who live elsewhere. The answer given most often is that they aren’t great tea-drinkers. But I don’t drink tea at all. A lot of my life I’ve lived on my own, but still had a kettle as it’s the fastest and easiest way of boiling water.
Interesting, or what? (OK – probably what)