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TOP interesting facts about the UK

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TOP interesting facts about the UK

We often use stereotypes when talking about the UK. Sometimes it is believed that all the British are extremely polite and endowed with a fair amount of aristocracy, they certainly eat porridge and soft-boiled eggs in the morning, drink five-hour tea from exquisite porcelain cups, talking about the weather or the next races. These well-established images have largely come from literature and film adaptations, but in reality the UK is diverse. This is a very interesting and original country with a deep history, wonderful music, architecture and a special sense of humor.


It turns out:

  • British people don't like the word "British". When talking with an interlocutor, it is important to know whether he is a Scotsman, Irish or English
  • many true Britons plan to emigrate to some country at least for a short time. There are many anecdotes about how homesickness grows with distance from it
  • they prefer to study at home, although the cost of education and the difficulties of admission to prestigious institutions in the UK are much higher than in other countries
  • for the British, dynastic and family ties of tradition are important, a matter of clan reputation
  • In the United Kingdom, it is not customary to come to visit without an invitation: it is considered bad form. Do not be surprised if the door is slammed in front of you, if your visit is not agreed in advance.
  • make an appointment and plan a visit at least a week in advance, and preferably two. This even applies to dates, but do not be late - 10 minutes of delay may be enough for the Briton to leave the meeting place
  • do not be angry if a resident of Foggy Albion who invited you to dinner at a restaurant orders a minimum of dishes - the food will most likely be modest, but satisfying
  • get ready to pay bills in half - an Englishman will simply be afraid of offending you by paying the entire check
  • 70% of residents are native English , but Welsh is also spoken in the UK in Wales, Scottish Gaelic and Anglo-Scottish in Scotland , Irish and Ulster-Scottish in Ireland
  • of the 63 million inhabitants of the United Kingdom, 53 million live in England
  • about 30 sites in Great Britain are under UNESCO protection
  • the queen does not need a passport to travel around the world
  • nearly 30 million US residents consider Scots their ancestors
  • the number of accents and dialects of the spoken language is so great that even within the same city you can hear different pronunciation
  • you can officially rent a mourner for a funeral if the deceased did not have enough friends or colleagues
  • for the most part, the British are quite apolitical and are always surprised if they talk about politics, preferring business or social issues to it
  • Russians find English humor quite funny, although in many countries it is considered overly specific.

About British law:

  • disrespect for any image of the queen is punished. For example, a crookedly pasted stamp with royal insignia is sufficient reason to call the police and punish with the wording "A crime of betraying a nation or sovereign by actions considered to threaten security."
  • you cannot die in parliament buildings (!)
  • owning a personal TV is taxed to support television channels
  • plague Londoners cannot use taxis
  • London law prohibits "singing blasphemous and obscene ballads"
  • you may be held liable for dishonest behavior in the library or for gambling there
  • all whales, sturgeons and dolphins caught belong to the royal house
  • Oxford City law does not permit models and models to be naked in front of the artist if he is not a woman. And the lady who appeared topless on the streets of Liverpool is waiting for a real prison term
  • in general, the feminist movement in Great Britain is quite strong and is enacting more and more of its laws into legislation. The British will not hold the door in front of the lady, will not try to help bring a heavy suitcase or bag, fearing of hurting her feelings. Pronouncing the word "sex" in any context next to an unfamiliar British woman will be considered harassment by law.
  • upon reaching 65 years of age, the Briton receives a guarantee of replacing the roof on his house.

It is interesting:

  • "Foggy Albion" - this name was given to Great Britain not for the abundance of fogs, but because of the snow-white chalk rocky cliffs of Dover, located in the south
  • the text of the country's Constitution has never been published in paper
  • a strict dark blue uniform is required for all public schools in Britain
  • the strictness of the rules of conduct and the cost of education directly depend on the status of the school, the most expensive educational institutions are boarding schools
  • until 1987 in British schools, rods were used as a punishment, in private institutions this practice remained until 1999.
  • swear words and swear words are usually not "spewed" on television and in the UK media
  • UK first approves human embryo creation from triple-parent DNA: female-female-male
  • at various times London was called Pluonida, Lounidongjon, Londinium, Londinion and Lundenvik
  • during a clash with Somali pirates on ships of the British Navy, they once included songs by Britney Spears as a means of influence
  • many museums in the country are free: payment is left to the discretion of visitors in the form of voluntary donations
  • there are almost no shops operating around the clock in the country: most of them close before 10 pm
  • the world's largest Indian restaurant located in London
  • the myth of London rainy is fluttered by simple statistics: the average annual rainfall, for example, in "sunny" Rome, is higher than in the capital of England
  • British people love to read newspapers, so on the streets you will find distributors or counters with free tabloids. It is considered good practice to leave the newspaper on a bench or in any other place so that someone else can read it.
  • It is not the tower that is called Big Ben, but the bell located on it - the bell tower itself is named after St. Stephen
  • a special type of mosquito lives in the London subway, genetically different from other representatives of the species
  • UK city names are, on average, much longer than other countries. There are also many recurring names: there are about one and a half hundred Newtowns on the map.
  • the invention of shoe laces the world owes to England
  • Great Britain has been given the privilege of not marking the country's name on postage stamps, since it was here that they first began to be used.
  • Acts passed by the Irish and English parliaments are printed on calf leather paper
  • the usual table of Pythagoras in England extended to 12
  • "Tattoo man" Tom Leopard lived on one of the Scottish islands. The leopard pattern covered almost 100% of his skin, for which he was listed in the Guinness Book of Records.
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management).
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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