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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The Queen is the legal owner of 1/6 of the Earth's land area
Accents in the United Kingdom change noticeably about every 40 km (25 miles)
All horses in the UK must have a horse passport (donkeys and mules too)
During the 16th century, a law forbade wife beatings after 9pm...but only because it disturbed the neighbors
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)
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.
The average British car remains parked for 96% of its lifetime
There is a service based in Essex that allows you to "rent mourners" for funerals
Centenarians (people over 100 years old) are the fastest growing demographic in the country
Economists have credited Kate Middleton with boosting the British economy by 1 billion pounds in 2012
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
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