Small facts about the UK

8 April

Small facts about the United Kingdom

  1. Big Ben does not refer to the clock, but actually the bell
  2. London has been called Londonium, Ludenwic, and Ludenburg in the past
  3. French was the official language for about 300 years
  4. The shortest war against England was with Zanzibar in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.
  5. There is nowhere in Britain that is more than 74.5 miles from the sea.
  6. The first telephone directory published in England contained 25 names.
  7. While the Great Fire of London was largely destructive, the casualty rate was just eight
  8. The first hot chocolate store opened in London.
  9. There are over 300 languages spoken in England.
  10. The English drink more tea than anyone else in the world.
  11. In the Medieval Times, animals can be put on trial for crimes (and be sentenced to death!)
  12. “The Star Spangled Banner” (the American national anthem) was created by an Englishman.
  13. “Pygg” used to mean “clay” in olden day English. People kept their coins in clay jars that were called “pygg jars,” which have evolved into what we currently call piggy banks.
  14. Gargoyles were originally used as drain pipes!

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