23 Facts About the UK That Confuse Foreigners

The United Kingdom might not seem like a place that could offer you anything more exciting than a cup of tea and some gloomy weather, but this place does, in fact, have its oddities. Did you know, for example, that Queen Elizabeth II can travel without a passport? Or that the national animal of Scotland is the unicorn? Or that from 1066 to 1362, the predominant language of England was actually French? Then let’s see what else is interesting about the United Kingdom!

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UNITED KINGDOM – CIRCA 1952: A stamp printed in Great Britain showing a portrait of queen Elizabeth II, circa 1952: By neftali/Shutterstock.com, https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/united-kingdom-circa-1952-stamp-printed-95562637
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What Big Ben really is 0:26
The tallest Ferris wheel in the world 0:42
Are Great Britain and the UK the same thing? 1:25
Ever met a Scouser? 1:42
Village with a tongue twister of a name 2:26
The world’s shortest flight 3:13
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The first billionaire author in the world 3:49
The national animal of Scotland 4:31
Don’t wear an armor suit into the House of Parliament 5:08
How much tea the English drink 5:39
How you can get a telegram from the Queen’ 5:54
No US eggs in the UK 6:11
It’s illegal to go to the cinema on a Sunday 6:27
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The most popular name 7:05

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– Big Ben isn’t the name of the clock or the tower it’s on – it’s the bell inside!
– At an astounding 443 feet (135 m) in height, the London Eye is the 4th tallest Ferris wheel in the world. A single rotation on this bad boy takes roughly 30 minutes to complete.
– The towering British Library in King’s Cross, London has lots and lots of books for you to enjoy. It’s got over 170 million items in its catalog!
– London has THE oldest and one of the largest underground transport systems on our planet. The London “tube” includes 270 fully functioning stations and at least 40 more that aren’t even in use.
– In Scotland, you can take the world’s shortest flight between Westray and the Papa Westray Islands. Get ready because this flight will take…just 2 minutes!
– Make sure you don’t stick a stamp with the Queen upside down on an envelope in the UK. Otherwise, it’s considered an act of treason!
– It’s illegal to wear an armor suit into the House of Parliament. I know, I know, it’s always been on your bucket list, but you’ll just have to forget about it and wear your armor somewhere else!
– The British drink it more than any other nation in the world. For instance, they drink 20 times more tea than Americans do!
– If you make it to 100 years old in the UK, The Queen will send you a telegram and wish you a happy birthday. You can get another one if you celebrate your 105th birthday, and still more each year after that! How thoughtful!
– You won’t find any US eggs in the UK. They’re illegal since they get washed.
– Speaking of strange laws, it’s actually illegal to go to the cinema on a Sunday in Northern Ireland. You can even be fined up to £50, or roughly $65, for breaking this law!
– In the early 1800s, just about a quarter of all women in Britain were named Mary. Sophia has held onto the #1 spot for 9 years in a row, and Mary didn’t even make it to the top 25 in 2018!

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