25 Barely Believable Trivia About The United Kingdom

If you’ve never been to the United Kingdom, you should go sometime. Between old and new, big and small, there is a lot to see and do. In the eyes of some people, the UK is something of a bridge between North America and Europe. It’s slightly more European than Canada, but a bit more North American than Germany. Why would we say this? Well, the British speak English for one (go figure!). This means that the cultural gap is a bit smaller. They prefer cars more than their mainland European counterparts. London has been compared to New York City on more than one occasion. In fact, from foreign policy to consumer behavior, the UK really does in many ways form a bridge between the Old World and the New. But if you’re just going their as a tourist, what can you expect? Well, there’s obviously London. That will take a lot of your time. Then there is Stonehenge (a bit of a tourist trap), a million quaint little villages, and obviously, the Scottish Highlands. Whatever you’re looking for, the UK is sure to surprise you. There’s more to this island than meets the eye. These are 25 barely believable trivia about the United Kingdom!

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25

The Queen is the legal owner of 1/6 of the Earth's land area

The Queen is the legal owner of 1/6 of the Earth's land areaSource: dw.de, Image: wikipedia
24

Accents in the United Kingdom change noticeably about every 40 km (25 miles)

Accents in the United Kingdom change noticeably about every 40 km (25 miles)Source: bbc, Image: wikipedia
23

All horses in the UK must have a horse passport (donkeys and mules too)

All horses in the UK must have a horse passport (donkeys and mules too)Source: dailymail, Image: wikipedia
22

During the 16th century, a law forbade wife beatings after 9pm...but only because it disturbed the neighbors

During the 16th century, a law forbid wife beating after 9pm...but only because it disturbed the neighborsSource: reddit, Image: wikipedia
21

Although all British passports are issued in her name, Queen Elizabeth doesn't actually own a passport. Furthermore she is history's most widely traveled head of state (she's been queen for a while)

Although all British passports are issued in her name, Queen Elizabeth doesn't actually own a passport. Furthermore she is history's most widely traveled head of state (she's been queen for a while)Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
20

American eggs are illegal in the UK because they have been washed. British eggs are illegal in the US because they have not been washed.

American eggs are illegal in the UK because they have been washed. British eggs are illegal in the US because they have not been washed.Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia
19

The average British car remains parked for 96% of its lifetime

The average British car remains parked for 96% of its lifetimeSource: bbc, Image: wikipedia
18

There is a service based in Essex that allows you to "rent mourners" for funerals

There is a service based in Essex that allows you to "rent mourners" for funeralsSource: rentamourner.co.uk, Image: pixabay
17

Centenarians (people over 100 years old) are the fastest growing demographic in the country

Centenarians (people over 100 years old) are the fastest growing demographic in the countrySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
16

Economists have credited Kate Middleton with boosting the British economy by 1 billion pounds in 2012

Economists have credited Kate Middleton with boosting the British economy by 1 billion pounds in 2012Source: washingtonpost, Image: wikipedia
15

Remember how we said that Queen Elizabeth has been ruling for a long time? Well, she's actually been ruling longer than any other monarch in British history. On 9 September 2015 she surpassed Queen Victoria to claim the title

Remember how we said that Queen Elizabeth has been ruling for a long time? Well, she's actually been ruling longer than any other monarch in British history. On 9 September 2015 she surpassed Queen Victoria to claim the titleSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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14

A flight between Westray and Papa Westray (two islands) is the shortest flight in the world at 47 seconds

A flight between Westray and Papa Westray (two islands) is the shortest flight in the world at 47 secondsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
13

The oldest house in the country is 6,000 years old and its stone furniture is still intact!

The oldest house in the country is 6,000 years old and its stone furniture is still intact!Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
12

Portugal and the United Kingdom are the longest standing allies in the world. Their alliance was last ratified in 1386.

Portugal and the United Kingdom are the longest standing allies in the world. Their alliance was last ratified in 1386.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
11

The Royal Navy has been known to use Britney Spears songs to frighten off Somali pirates

The Royal Navy has been known to use Britney Spears songs to frighten off Somali piratesSource: bbc, Image: wikipedia
10

The United Kingdom is the only country that is not required to name itself on postage stamps

The United Kingdom is the only country that is not required to name itself on postage stampsSource: spiegel.de, Image: wikipedia
9

At its height, the British Empire covered as much surface area as the moon.

At its height, the British Empire covered as much surface area as the moon.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
8

Of all countries that celebrate independence day, most of them (58) are celebrating independence from the United Kingdom

Of all countries that celebrate independence day, most of them (58) are celebrating independence from the United KingdomSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
7

The King of Norway is the 73rd person in line to inherit the throne of England

The King of Norway is the 73rd person in line to inherit the throne of EnglandSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
6

You can never be more than 70 miles from the water in the UK

You can never be more than 70 miles from the water in the UKSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
5

If you turn 100 in the United Kingdom, the Queen sends you a personalized letter

If you turn 100 in the United Kingdom, the Queen sends you a personalized letterSource: bbc, Image: wikipedia
4

Britain doesn't have a written constitution

Britain doesn't have a written constitutionSource: bbc, Image: wikipedia
3

30% of London's population was born outside of the United Kingdom

30% of London's population was born outside of the United KingdomSource: bbc, Image: wikipedia
2

Until 1832, Oxford and Cambridge were the only universities in England

Until 1832, Oxford and Cambridge were the only universities in EnglandSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
1

In 1814, a beer wave (388,000 gallons) swept through the streets of London when a vat ruptured.

In 1814, a beer wave (388,000 gallons) swept through the streets of London when a vat ruptured.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia


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