ESL – Interesting Facts about the United Kingdom Part 2
- The New England Historic Genealogical Society in both Britain and the United States estimates that up to 50 million Americans can trace their ancestry back to King Edward III.
- The first fish and chips restaurant was opened in 1860 in London by a Jewish immigrant named Joseph Malin.
- Prince William once paid $320 (£200) for Kate Middleton during a “slave auction” at a Harry Potter-themed party.
- About 30% of today’s Londoners were born outside the United Kingdom.
- There is only a 21-mile (34-km) gap between England and France, and the countries are connected by the Channel Tunnel, which opened in 1994. It is the world’s second longest underground tunnel; Japan’s Seikan Tunnel is the first.
- Britain has an annual cheese-rolling competition that involves running down Coopers Hill after a Double Gloucester round. The winner gets to keep the cheese.
- Big Ben does not refer to the famous clock, but actually to the bell.
- Every day, the British drink 165 million cups of tea, which is over 20 times more than the average American.
- It is thought that St. Patrick may have brought the early knowledge of whisky distilling from Ireland around the mid-5th century. The Scots call it uisque baugh in Gaelic, or “water of life,” and it is one of the United Kingdom’s top five exports, along with cars, computers, aircraft, and oil.
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I’ve given up asking rhetorical questions
What’s the point?
What do you get if you cross someone who’s dyslexic with an atheist?
A person who does not believe in a dog
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