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).
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.
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch Railway Station, Anglesey, Wales, United Kingdom.
‘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.
Royal Crescent, Bath
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.