Way back in the late 18th Century, demonstrators boarded British ships in Boston harbour and threw the cargo of 342 chests of tea into the sea. The British government responded by not allowing America to be part of our empire anymore and the Americans have been bitter about it ever since which has manifested itself in an aversion to drinking tea.
Therefore they deliberately drink tea cold and defile it with mint and lemon but even i was shocked when i found out today that electric kettles are rarer than a brain cell on the Fox News Channel over there.
In what must pass for a reasonable excuse to impose UN sanctions on them, Americans heat their tea when they do bother to heat it at all by putting the mug in the microwave.
Searching Google i found Americans not only asking 'what's a kettle' but even those who did have an inkling were referring to it as an 'electric tea pot!'
It appears that Americans who are not radiating their beverage with microwaves are using the olde world style kettles on the hob. My kettle has a blue strobe light that flashes red when the water is hot enough, how can a kettle that whistles even begin to compare with that in the kitchen coolness stakes?
Electric kettles are yet another thing that Americans have missed out on when it split from Britain along with a Royal family, proper football, the letter 'u' in words and humorously named desserts. Shame.