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