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…
1. The UK is amazingly diverse.
You can find over 300 languages spoken in the UK. For 300 years the British were all speaking French!
2. The UK really is a tea-drinking nation.
As the stereotype dictates the Brits drink more tea than anywhere else in the world (about 165 million cups a day).
There are some very strange laws in the UK. For instance it’s illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas day, despite tradition.
7. The UK is a hub for super-chefs.
Britain is considered (stereotypically) to have some of the worst food in the world, however London is also home to many Michelin star chefs, including Gordon Ramsey, Heston Blumenthal and Marcus Wareing.
The law prohibits any one from dying in the houses of parliament.
33. Worried about your cremation turnout?
In England, you can hire mourners for a funeral.
34. Football has some fairly shocking origins…
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.
35. There was a curfew in the UK on domestic violence.
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.
36. Capital punishment ended in the UK in the ’50s.
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.
37. Windsor Castle is seriously old!
Windsor Castle is the world’s oldest royal residence. It came into existence in 1080.