If British humour was ever automated or computerised, its default setting might be “joke about almost everything”.
Even in the country’s darkest moments, Brits turn to humour to lighten the mood.
So when Britain’s terrorism threat level was hiked to “critical” today, the country’s Twitterati turned to satire.
London-based Jeremy Cook, responding to the announcement, said it would take more than a hike in the threat level to make the British scared.
He joked a “replacement bus service” – when coaches are brought in to cover for cancelled trains – would leave him more petrified.
This sparked the hashtag #BritishThreatLevels and a wave of similarly sarcastic responses imagining what would leave people more fearful.
We’re British. I don’t get scared until the threat level hits “Replacement Bus Service”.— Jeremy Cook (@Jeremy_JCook) May 24, 2017
The dilemma of how long you have to pretend to look around the shop that you have mistakenly visited.#BritishThreatLevels— James Melville (@JamesMelville) May 24, 2017
Not quite catching someone’s name, meaning that you will be forced to call them ‘mate’ from here to eternity.#BritishThreatLevels— James Melville (@JamesMelville) May 24, 2017
“Great, I’m heading in the same direction.” #BritishThreatLevels— Flic Everett (@fliceverett) May 24, 2017
When someone waves at you in the street and you wave back only to realise they’re waving at the person behind you. #BritishThreatLevels— David Schneider (@davidschneider) May 24, 2017
Holding the door open for someone too far away, and watching them do that awkward little run #BritishThreatLevels— Lauren Johnston (@Just_Lauren23) May 24, 2017
“Sorry, I think you’re in our seats?”#BritishThreatLevels— Wardy LIVE (@td_ward) May 24, 2017
#BritishThreatLevels We’ve run out of teabags.— Andrea Mann 👍 (@AndreaMann) May 24, 2017