"Terribly sorry, I don't know them"
Now I know that most Americans think the UK is tiny in comparison to the USA, and they would be correct. But there are an awful lot of us packed cheek by jowl into that small landmass. So I am regularly entertained by new aquaintances here, assuming I might possibly have met their friend or relative!Seriously, this actually happens pretty regularly. They might not always ask me directly, but it will definitely be inferred that they thought I might. They will sometimes overload me with detailed information on 'Auntie June', who lives in Portsmouth, has a blue rinse and a Labrador, in the hope I might recognise her - UH NO!Now you could say this is because of the 'rural smalltown' area I live in. Where everyone knows of, or is related to everyone else and so this is just normal life for them. But the same thing happened to me in Chicago with someone I met who was from there!The last time I checked the UK population was about 66 million, so the chances are slim to nil of this happening, even if they lived in the same town. My outer London hometown had a population of 88,000, most of whom I did not know!I also get asked regularly if I have ever met the Queen. Well I did get a direct wave from her, whilst standing in a clear space during a parade when I was 12. But no, the closest I have come is by association through my bestfriend, who met her at a Royal Garden Party a couple of years ago. But I realise this is in part due to the American fascination with royalty and meeting one.I actually find the whole thing kind of quaint. It seems many Americans (who have never been) still have an idealistic '1950's chocolate box village' impression of how the UK is. And certainly there are still a very few places that would fit this nostalgic impression. But the majority of places would blow that image out of the water completely, and they would know why these assumptions amuse me so much.