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Old 03-01-2013, 09:18 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I don't think Americans look that much different than Europeans- it is definitely the clothing that makes it easier to tell who is from where but line all the women up naked, or the men, or put everyone in the same exact clothing and I bet you couldn't tell the difference!

I live in NYC, obviously I come in contact with a lot of people from all over the place. Accents and clothing aside, it is hard to tell who is from where. Also, most Europeans who were from there originally but now live here, dress more like Americans, so they blend in. Hard to tell a lot of time with just clothes and facial features. I think the biggest difference and the deadringer for who is foregn and who isn't is their mannerisms.
I think those differences might become even MORE apparent if you lined up the two groups naked lol.

 
Old 03-01-2013, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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over the centuries, the shining light of divine countenance has significantly altered the Americans' appearance while providing a heavenly glow even in the darkest of hours...that's probably what you are noticing.
 
Old 03-01-2013, 10:09 AM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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White Americans are from the United States, a country that is not in Europe.
 
Old 03-01-2013, 10:21 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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Maybe for brit/Irish, because brits are very mixed ethnically too. Brits themselves look quite different from continental europeans.
To me British people dont have a 'look' they are a pretty mixed bunch and one Britain can look VERY different to another. Perhaps the clothes people wear and their 'mannerisms' is what you subconsiously notice as a difference?
 
Old 03-01-2013, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Near Tours, France about 47°10'N 0°25'E
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white Americans are mostly a coktail from a few northern European countries: England, Ireland, Germany, Scotland, Scandinavians and some Northern Slavic. to which we can add Italians (who almsot form a sub-category among White Americans). That "cocktail" is unique and does not exist that way in Europe. That said, in France, I usually confuse American toursists with Germans or British ones. Their looks are not drastically different to me.

For me, I found Bill Clinton to have a quintessentially white American look.
http://srilankafoundation.com/wp-con...ton_square.jpg
 
Old 03-01-2013, 12:36 PM
 
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I'd say up to 65% of white americans have their main ancestry from either the UK or Ireland, which from the start makes themselves quite different from continental europeans.
 
Old 03-01-2013, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Near Tours, France about 47°10'N 0°25'E
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To me British people dont have a 'look' they are a pretty mixed bunch and one Britain can look VERY different to another. Perhaps the clothes people wear and their 'mannerisms' is what you subconsiously notice as a difference?
You might not accepting and tell us that Britain is "so mixed" (we know that!) with the whole world endlessly... But yes, there is a look that is specifically British. It is not because many people do not fit in it that this look do not exist. "Looks" are not a question of how each individual look (obviously people don't look the same way) but of the general impression that a groups of people made. "looks" are a question of statistics. I can spot a group of British tourists at 1km... if in a group of say 6 persons, only 1 or 2 have that typical British look, that is enough to know that they are not from France, since this look does not even exist here.

And your right, the clothes weared in Britain are also usually very different to those in France.

What is the typical British looks to me:

http://www.okmagazine.com/sites/okma...ry-stacked.jpg
http://www.elbakin.net/plume/xmedia/...nt-tintin.jpeg
http://p8.storage.canalblog.com/81/1...3/61236199.jpg
http://www.ninapeople.com/i/2010/11/39233_s.jpg
http://images.zap2it.com/images/celeb-182175/kelly-reilly-1.jpg
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_dRwDJbOL9k...ant01_1024.jpg
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-K2DAqB8Szq...h_laurie15.jpg
http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121208092547/harrypotter/images/b/b5/Children-s-BAFTA-2009-bonnie-wright-9268747-1788-2560.jpg
http://www.exaronews.com/system/file...g-Street_0.jpg
Etc...

To me all these poeople have quintessentially British looks. Please don't tell us again that your kids are "black" (or half "black" maybe) or that neighbours are Pakistanese looking British people; we already know prefectly that Britain has, like most other western European countries lot of people with origins from non-European immigration.
 
Old 03-01-2013, 12:41 PM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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Maybe with Irish and Brits there is less difference, but put dutch people, belgians, french, etc and they all look quite different as a group compared to white americans. Irish (and also brits) are by far the europeans that resemble the most physically the majority of white americans, no a carboncopy but still.
Thats what I said but was quickly beaten down.
 
Old 03-01-2013, 12:42 PM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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You can definitely tell those two middle ones aren't british american. Easy!
 
Old 03-01-2013, 12:43 PM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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To me British people dont have a 'look' they are a pretty mixed bunch and one Britain can look VERY different to another. Perhaps the clothes people wear and their 'mannerisms' is what you subconsiously notice as a difference?
I disagree.
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