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Small facts about the United Kingdom
- Big Ben does not refer to the clock, but actually the bell
- London has been called Londonium, Ludenwic, and Ludenburg in the past
- French was the official language for about 300 years
- The shortest war against England was with Zanzibar in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.
- There is nowhere in Britain that is more than 74.5 miles from the sea.
- The first telephone directory published in England contained 25 names.
- While the Great Fire of London was largely destructive, the casualty rate was just eight
- The first hot chocolate store opened in London.
- There are over 300 languages spoken in England.
- The English drink more tea than anyone else in the world.
- In the Medieval Times, animals can be put on trial for crimes (and be sentenced to death!)
- “The Star Spangled Banner” (the American national anthem) was created by an Englishman.
- “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.
- Gargoyles were originally used as drain pipes!