100 interesting facts about the United Kingdom + 10 Bonus

1. It was the British who came up with the idea of ​​using an umbrella to protect against rain, until that moment umbrellas were used only for protection from the sun.

2. There are a huge number of laundries in the UK, because the British do not consider laundry to be household chores.

3. It is impossible to get a pet without prior approval from special services in the UK.

4. That is why you cannot meet homeless animals on the streets of England.

5. The word moment, familiar to us, denotes a certain unit of time, equal to approximately 1.5 seconds.

6. The longest place names are in the UK.

7. Museums in England are almost all free, but you can leave donations, which will be payment for visiting the museum.

8. The most popular drink in the UK is tea.

9. It was the British who designed and created the national flag of the United States of America.

10. The Royal Palace at Windsor is the largest in the world.

11. The Queen of Great Britain is the owner of whales, dolphins and all sturgeon, which are located in the territorial waters of the country.

12. The very first banking services in the UK were provided by jewelers and law firms.

13. During the Second World War, the Queen of Great Britain worked as a mechanic.

14. In ancient times, beer or ale was an integral part of any meal.

15. It was in Great Britain that the history of zoos began.

16. The British currency received its gold standards thanks to Isaac Newton, who received a knighthood for this merit.

17. The Queen of Great Britain is very thrifty, and appreciates this quality in others.

18. It is still unknown what William Shakespeare looked like, because no lifetime portraits have been found to this day.

19. It was Shakespeare who expanded the English language by as much as 1700 words.

20. The most famous tower in Great Britain, Big Ben, got its name not because of the clock, but thanks to the bell that is located inside the tower.

21. The laces required for shoes were invented in Great Britain in 1790.

22. The most important guests of the Tower are ravens.

23. The Speaker of the English Parliament can only sit at meetings on wool sacks.

24. During the session of Parliament, the Speaker has no right to cast his vote.

25. The Scots are the highest nation in Europe.

26. The favorite hero of children’s fairy tales, Winnie the Pooh, got his name thanks to a real bear from the London Zoo.

27. All the heroes of this fairy tale had their prototypes among the favorite toys of the little son Miln.

28. The very first case of color blindness was described by the English scientist John Dalton, this disease was named after him.

29. The saying “whipping boy” comes from England. That was the name of the boys who were brought up next to the royal blood and received punishment for them.

30. In the XVII-XIX centuries, for dental prostheses, English dentists used the teeth of soldiers killed in battle.

31. The Russian anthem “God Save the Tsar” was invented in the UK, and then simply translated into Russian.

32. The round arena for the circus was invented by the Englishman Philip Astley, who, after a long observation of horses, realized that it was most convenient for these animals to run in a circle.

33. The great Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible repeatedly proposed to Elizabeth 1, but was refused.

34. All adopted acts and laws of Great Britain are printed on paper, which is made from calfskin.

35. At the beginning of the 19th century in Great Britain, oysters were considered the food of the poor.

36. The English tale about Johnny Donut is an analogue of the Russian folk tale about Kolobok.

37. The first road speed limits for any type of transport were introduced in England in 1865.

38. In the UK, a black cat running across the road symbolizes good luck and wealth.

39. The very first prototype of a modern machine gun was invented by the Englishman James Puckle back in 1718.

40. In the UK, there are small colonies of wallabies – these are red-gray small kangaroos.

41. Snakes are practically not found in the natural environment of the UK.

42. Such an important legislative document as the Constitution simply does not exist in Great Britain.

43. For 63 years, Queen Victoria ruled Great Britain.

44. Special venues for musicians’ performances have been created in the London Underground.

45. During the 1916 uprising in Ireland, the warring parties declared a short truce daily so that the city park ranger could feed the ducks.

46. ​​In the British capital, many skyscrapers have engineering errors, as a result of which huge glasses turn into reflectors on sunny days, which can cause great harm to others, up to burns.

47. George Washington never visited the UK.

48. The Queen of Great Britain has never had a passport, which does not prevent her from visiting different countries.

49. In the UK, clothing sizes are gradually increasing, leaving the former designations on the labels, which contributes to the purchasing power of women who are gaining weight.

50. The most expensive wool fabric was invented in Great Britain.

51. Near Balaklava, during the Crimean War, the British faced a very severe cold, and for the soldiers of the English army, deep hats with slits for the eyes, nose and mouth were created.

52. All UK cinemas have their own separate repertoire, which does not overlap with each other.

53. A tuxedo for a Brit is absolutely normal everyday wear.

54. Sheep breeding is very developed in the suburbs of Great Britain.

55. Janitors in the UK clean only social facilities, and the streets of the city are obliged to clean the owners of numerous restaurants and pubs.

56. There are no 24-hour grocery stores in the UK, all stores close at 9-10 pm.

57. Foreigners do not work in the British taxi, and local residents are subject to a very strict selection.

58. UK supermarkets mainly sell semi-finished products with a shelf life of no more than 3 days.

59. Sushi bars are not popular in the UK.

60. The first railway was invented in Great Britain.

61. According to the law, authored by William the Conqueror, the entire population of Great Britain had to go to bed no later than 8 pm.

62. The UK population communicates in more than 300 languages.

63. The capital of Great Britain hosts 16% of the restaurant business of all countries.

64. More than half of the world’s population watched the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games in the UK.

65. Sports such as football, polo, rugby originated in Great Britain.

66. The biggest problem in the UK is obesity.

67. It is recognized that English food is considered the most poor quality and tasteless in the whole world.

68. UK restaurants generally require cash.

69. The London Underground has a very extensive coverage scheme, and the cost is calculated from which end of the city you need to get to.

70. The raincoat was also invented in the UK by renowned chemist, artist and designer Charles Mackintosh. That is why the raincoat in the UK to this day is called Mac.

71. The coat of arms of Great Britain contains the motto in French.

72. The only place in Great Britain where the Queen cannot enter is the House of Commons.

73. The very first programmer on the planet was an Englishwoman, a woman named Ada Lovelace.

74. Known throughout the world as a Scottish drink, whiskey was actually invented in the Middle Kingdom, i.e. in China.

75. In Great Britain in the 17th-18th centuries there was a special position of an opener of bottles that were caught in the ocean, and if a person uncorked such a bottle on his own, he would certainly be executed.

76. In Scotland, a man had to pay a fine for refusing to marry a woman who made him such an offer.

77. In the London Underground, all trains on different lines are painted in different colors.

78. All postage stamps in the world must have an inscription in Latin, and only the UK is exempt from this obligation.

79. The UK has the fastest air route in the world, only one minute long.

80. The first fire service in the UK appeared in the city of Edinburgh.

81. In the UK, a bank robbery is recognized if it took place during the working day and in the presence of people.

82. The national currency of Scotland is not recognized in the UK, but, nevertheless, it can be exchanged for British currency at any bank branch.

83. Previously, the heat from the burning of unusable banknotes was used as an alternative source of heating at the state level.

84. Great Britain is the richest country not only in Europe, but throughout the world.

85. The British are very resistant to cold, so they wear light clothing until November.

86. Education in UK schools takes 13 years.

87. Of the scientific degrees in the UK, you can only get a doctoral degree.

88. In the UK, democratic countries are sympathetic.

89. In the Middle Ages in Great Britain, domestic dogs were used to turn the spit on which meat was fried.

90. English sailors, when jointly doing difficult work, very often shout the exclamation yo-ho-ho.

91. In the XVIII-XIX centuries in Great Britain it was forbidden to sunbathe and use the beaches at the same time for men and women.

92. The very first hacker appeared long before the advent of the computer, and it was the Englishman Nevil Maskelyne, who was fond of various techniques and was an amazing magician.

93. In Ireland, the last month of summer, August, is already considered the beginning of autumn.

94. The Great British Empire in 1921 occupied ¼ of the entire land area of ​​the globe.

95. There are no speed limits for driving on many islands in the UK.

96. In the UK, the Bible was released with the grossest mistake, where there was no pretext not, and one of the commandments was, commit adultery.

97. Smoking in the UK is prohibited in any premises.

98. British life expectancy is considered one of the highest in the world.

99. It was the British who came up with the idea of ​​using an umbrella to protect from the rain, until that moment umbrellas were used only to protect from the sun.

100. There are a huge number of laundries in the UK, because the British do not consider laundry to be household chores.

Bonus 10 facts:

1. It is impossible to get a pet without prior approval from special services in the UK.

2. That is why you cannot meet homeless animals on the streets of England.

3. The word moment, familiar to us, denotes a certain unit of time, equal to approximately 1.5 seconds.

4. The longest names of settlements are in the UK.

5.Museums in England are almost all free, but you can leave donations, which will be payment for visiting the museum.

6.The most popular tea is a drink in the UK.

7.It was the British who designed and created the national flag of the United States of America.

8.The Royal Palace at Windsor is the largest in the world.

9. There are a lot of forest areas in the UK, which occupy 11% of the total area of ​​the country.

10. In the British capital, even today, you can stand in a long line at a store or a fast food restaurant.

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