Facts about Britain
– Such familiar and native name as “London” didn’t always belong to the city. In the past it had such names as Londonium, Ludenwic, and Ludenburg!
– In 1945, a flock of birds landed on the minute hand of Big Ben and put the time back by 5 minutes on one of the 4 sides of the clock.
– Black cabs (taxi) are famous for the extraordinarily high ceilings of the car. The design of cars is explained by the respect to the old tradition which says that a gentleman must not remove the cylinder, sitting down to the cab.
– You can’t die wherever you want! It is just illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament in UK.
– The oldest royal residence in the world is situated in UK. Its name is Windsor Castle and it is still used by the royal family.
– England participated in the shortest war in history against Zanzibar in 1896. The war lasted for 38 minutes, then Zanzibar surrendered.
– There is no place in the UK which is farther than 70 miles from the sea. The furthest place from the sea is called Coton in the Elms, Derbyshire.
– The number of chickens in the UK exceeds the number of people.
– Be careful when you write ordinary paper letters. It would be an act of treason if you put a postage stamp with the queen’s head upside down on an envelope!
– The British people like to eat. They consume more than 11.5 billion of sandwiches every year.