47 Interesting British Facts

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1. The only rank allowed to grow a beard in the British army is the Pioneer Sergeant.
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2. A British woman with asthma coughed so violently that one of her lungs slipped out of her chest between two of her ribs.
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3. A British company made a laptop with a graphical user interface, a 60 hour battery life, SSD storage, and a touchpad. In 1989.
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4. If someone dies during a flight, British Airways puts the body in first class.
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5. The lapwing has more names than any other British bird, including: Pie-wipe, Chewit, Toppyup, Peasiewheep, Tee-ick, Tee-ack, Tee-o, Teewhup, Ticks Nicket, Tieve’s Nacket, Wallock, Wallop, Wallopie Wep, Horneywink, Horny Wick and Hornpie.
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6. Defying stereotypes, British people have much lower incidence of tooth decay and average one tooth more than American people.
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7. Research states that British workers mentally check out for the weekend at 10:19 AM on Fridays.
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8. Just like humans, British cows moo in accents specific to their region.
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9. Both Maggie and Rick from "The Walking Dead" TV show are played by British actors.
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10. In 1956, 80% of all U.S. households had a refrigerator, but only 8% of British households had one.
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11. British feet have grown by two shoe sizes in the last 40 years.
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12. The British send more traditional greeting cards per capita than any other country in the world.
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13. 12% of the British population is left-handed
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14. The British will spend an average of £162 on a great weekend, more than residents of any other European country.
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15. On Sept. 9, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest-reigning British monarch ever, surpassing Queen Victoria.
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16. A British artist once created eyelashes made out of fly legs.
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17. One in four people killed on British roads were not wearing seatbelts.
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18. Anglomania describes a person who is turned on by and or is obsessed with the British accent.
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19. A third of British office workers have the same thing for lunch every day.
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20. A leaked memo from a British hardware store warned staff to expect a run on rope and duct tape as customers act out Fifty Shades of Grey.
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21. Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, boosts the British economy by £1 billion a year—women buy the products and clothes she uses.
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22. British people used to have American-sounding accents, not the other way around.
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23. British naval forces use Britney Spears music to ward off Somali pilots.
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24. According to the International Trade Union Confederation, British workers have fewer rights than Albanians, Russians or Rwandans.
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25. One-third of British potatoes are made into chips.
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26. A secret radio belonging to a British POW in WWII was kept so well hidden that when he visited the camp 62 years later it was still there.
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27. 1 in 5 British children think fish fingers are made of chicken.
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28. There are only 22 countries in the world that the British haven't invaded or attacked.
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29. Tabasco is the official hot sauce supplier to the British royal household. It's also served aboard Air Force One.
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30. A British survey estimates that women spend 72 days of their lives shaving their legs.
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31. In spite of all the cookery shows on British television, the average Briton only knows four recipes.
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32. There were over 10 million koalas before British settlers arrived in Australia; now, there are around 43,000 in the wild.
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33. The modern British Army has more horses than tanks.
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34. British families throw away the equivalent of six meals a week.
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35. An ass-pipe is a musical instrument from the British Virgin Islands, made from a car exhaust and played like a tuba.
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36. 98% of British homes have carpeted floors. In Italy, only 2% do.
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37. 'Tom and Jerry' was a British slang term from the 1800's, meaning 'to fight and cause trouble'.
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38. In 2011, a straight British rugby player had a heart attack and woke up as gay and became hairdresser.
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39. Anne Boleyn was the only British monarch beheaded with a sword.
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40. The British Medical Journal called the one study that found a link between vaccines and autism "an elaborate fraud," and deliberately false.
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41. Banksy once installed a fake prehistoric cave painting in the British Museum — Days went by before anyone noticed it.
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42. The British army’s Cyclist Corps lasted four years.
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43. German truck drivers thought it was good luck to drive over poop, when the British found out, they made poop disguised bombs.
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44. British fishermen work 17 times harder than they did in the 1880s, to catch the same number of fish.
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45. The British coined the term "Soccer" in the late 1800s, not America.
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46. On his late-night ride, Paul Revere stopped in a town and got very drunk, causing him to be detained by the British.
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47. A search for ‘singular coincidence’ in the British Newspaper Archive brings up more than 10,000 articles.

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