I started to read this then got quickly bored, but then something struck me and I went back to it:

Telegraph – We speak the same language, don’t we?

When dispatching employees to English-speaking countries such as the USA, Canada and the Antipodes, some British companies spend little or no time on cultural preparation. After all, everyone speaks the same language, so there’ll be minimal adjustment problems, right?

Wrong. The bureaucracy and the difficulties of seemingly simple matters baffle and frustrate many British expatriates.

Take obtaining a credit card. If you don’t have an American credit history then you can’t get a credit card, but if you can’t get a credit card how do you establish a credit history? Make life simple and transfer existing cards wherever possible.

Okay, what? Weren’t we all just wringing the necks of our computer monitors in vexation at this news?

In the latest sign of the U.S. banking industry’s aggressive pursuit of the Hispanic market, Bank of America Corp. has quietly begun offering credit cards to customers without Social Security numbers — typically illegal immigrants.

Meanwhile, what the hell:

Although on the surface America may appear liberal, there is a strong conventional streak, as evidenced by the vast number of churches. Religion permeates many facets of American life, from schooling to recreation to a social life.

Don’t be surprised to be asked what church you belong to or to be eagerly invited along by a new acquaintance to accompany them to their church.

Is she kidding?