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Netflix, Disney and Coca Cola among bests things to ever come out of America, study reveals
NETFLIX, Disney and Coca Cola have been named the best things to ever come out of America – with Donald Trump comfortably topping the poll as the worst.
A survey of 2,000 Brits found the pandemic-saving streaming service was the favoured export for a cool 38 per cent, putting it top of the pile.
McDonalds came fourth, ahead of iPhone maker Apple, Colonel Sanders’ KFC and former president Barack Obama.
Hollywood movies came eighth on the list, with Elvis Presley and NASA rounding out the top 10 best things to originate in the US.
But other US flops included their ‘obsession’ with guns, pumpkin pie – and the Kardashians.
A spokesperson from Lottoland.co.uk, which commissioned the research to highlight its US Jackpot giants duo, PowerBall and MegaMillions, said: “There is definitely great affection for the exports of the USA in this country, and it is true that no other country does it bigger or better.
“Much of it will come from the TV shows and movies we grew up with, which paints a picture of American life as being somehow more exciting or glamorous than the UK.
“Many of the things Brits love and use on a daily basis, including Netflix, Facebook or Levi’s jeans come from the states, so we wanted to celebrate them and introduce the UK to its lotteries which, like most things from the US, are much bigger than we’re used to.”
Other US exports to appear on the ‘best of’ list include The Simpsons, Marvel and DC comics, and New York-style hot dogs.
But some things Brits wish had stayed on the other side of the pond were their confusing political system, calling football ‘soccer’ – and Kanye West.
Another area UK adult’s think the US lags behind is in their sports, with 47 per cent describing the likes of baseball or American football ‘too complicated’.
THE 60 BEST THINGS TO COME OUT OF AMERICA
3. Coca Cola
7. Barack Obama
8. Hollywood movies
9. Elvis Presley
12. Tom Hanks
13. Ben and Jerry’s
14. Stephen Spielberg
15. Martin Luther King
16. Star Wars
20. Stephen King
21. The Simpsons
22. Marvel and DC comics
23. Michelle Obama
26. Hot dogs
27. Johnny Cash
28. Indiana Jones
29. Will Smith
30. Their wildlife – eagles, bears etc.
31. Harley Davidson
33. Bruce Springsteen
34. Back to the Future
36. Michael Jackson
37. Rosa Parks
38. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
39. Julia Roberts
40. Western movies
41. Fender guitars
42. Leonardo DiCaprio
43. George Clooney
46. Gibson guitars
47. Brad Pitt
48. Breaking Bad
51. Ralph Lauren
52. Taylor Swift
53. Friendly store staff telling you to ‘have a nice day’
54. The Sopranos
56. Michael Jordan
57. The Superbowl
58. Muscle cars
60. Will Ferrell
AND THE 20 WORST…
1. Donald Trump
2. Obsession with guns
3. The Kardashians
4. Racial inequality
5. Their politics in general
6. Their confusing political system
7. Kanye West
8. Calling football ‘soccer’
9. They deep fry everything
10. Children can drive – at 15 in some places
12. Rudy Giuliani
13. Jerry Springer
14. The NRA
15. Pumpkin pie
16. Their legal drinking age
17. American cheese
18. They wear Crocs
19. You're not allowed to drink outside
20. The accent
However, one in five adults like the states so much they’d up sticks and move there, while seven in 10 are happy to visit on holiday.
New York is the American city Brits would most like to live in, with 26 per cent selecting the Big Apple – leaving sunny LA in second place with 20 per cent.
And despite loving the land of the free, 35 per cent of Brits admitted they’ve confused a Canadian with someone from America.
In fact, one in four didn’t know pop star Justin Bieber was a Canuck, while 40 per cent didn’t know the seemingly all-American sweetheart Pamela Anderson was born north of the border.
The swinging and revolutionary decade of the 1960s was deemed the decade most Brits would have most liked to have live through in the USA.
And while Donald Trump was one of the things UK residents like least about the USA, former President Barack Obama was voted the best of recent times, in the research carried out via OnePoll.
Lottoland’s spokesman added: “With travel restrictions being so tight at the moment, a visit to America feels like a pipe dream at best.
“But it won’t be long until the travel corridors re-open, and we can visit the US as often as we like – or can afford.
“In the meantime, we can get our American fix by watching Netflix, chowing down on burgers and maybe even becoming a lotto multimillionaire!”
To bet on the US Powerball or MegaMillions, visit www.lottoland.co.uk.
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