The United Kingdom is one of the most influential nations on Earth. So naturally, people tend to think they know more about it than is often the case. Even the locals may find the following facts about the UK a little surprising:
You can find over 300 languages spoken in the UK.
For 300 years the British were all speaking French!
As the stereotype dictates the Brits drink more tea than anywhere else in the world (about 165 million cups a day).
Scotland produces over 250 million litres of whisky each year; Scotch whisky is world famous.
Kilts were temporarily illegal in Scotland.
Sausages used to be named “Bags of Mystery”.
Flag of Great Britain – ‘The Union Jack’
Facts about British People
The British accent changes every 25 miles.
6,000 people in Britain suffer serious harm every year because they tripped over their trousers. Some of them fall down the stairs while trying to put their trousers on. Quite a number actually die.
The Queen sends personalised birthday cards to people in Great Britain who turn 100. She also does this for those who turn 105 or older.
The world thinks that ‘Fish and Chips’ are the UK’s favourite meal. But UK residents once voted Chicken Tikka Masala as their favourite dish.
As well as tea, British people like coffee too – and drink 70 million cups every day.
25% of adults in Britain are obese. The UK has the highest rate of obesity on the planet.
Facts about British Geography
Mousehole Harbour, Cornwall, England
The UK covers 93,000 square miles. However, no location in England is further than 75 miles from the sea.
It takes two minutes to fly from Westray to Papa Westray. The scheduled flights between the tiny islands are the shortest in the world.
Llanfairpwll, a Welsh town, has one of the longest names of any town in the world. The town’s full name is Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwlllllandysiliogogogoch. You can see why people prefer the abbreviated name.
‘UK’ and ‘Britain’ are often used interchangeably but they are not the same thing. The UK includes Northern Ireland.
When a Danish Warrior’s skull was discovered by Anglo-Saxon farmworkers, they started kicking it around, partly out of anger, partly out of amusement. This created a game called ‘Kick Dane’s Head’. This eventually became football.
In the 16th Century, husbands were prohibited from beating their wives after 9PM because the noise produced disturbed the sleep of those in the vicinity.
A British man was wrongfully accused of killing his wife and daughter. He was eventually executed in 1950―this compelled legislators to outlaw the death penalty.
Windsor Castle is the world’s oldest royal residence. It came into existence in 1080.
The UK produced the world’s first billionaire author in J.K. Rowling.
Stamps originated from the UK. The first stamp, the Penny Black was issued in 1840.
People think that ‘Big Ben‘ is the name of the famous clock tower. But they are only partly right. It is specifically the name of the bell.