The UK has the worst food in the world
By Roxanne James

From Great Music to Terrible Food – Fun Facts about the UK

On the day the British nation faces what must be the most cliff-hanging general election ever, we take a look at the lighter side to provide essential light relief!

  • French was the official language for around 300 years. "Mange tout Rodney!"
  • The shortest war against England was with Zanzibar in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after just 38 minutes.
  • There is no area in Britain that is more than 74.5 miles from the sea.
  • The Great Fire of London resulted in just 8 casualties.
  • Perhaps unsurprisingly, the British drink more tea than anyone else in the world.
  • The British population is outnumbered by chickens!
  • The Queen owns all the sturgeons, whales and dolphins in the waters within 3 miles from the UK's coastline. (Perhaps she keeps them on collars and leads to keep them there?)
  • It is still considered treason to place a stamp on a letter with the King or Queen's image upside-down.
  • British author J.K. Rowling is the first person to make a billion dollars from writing! [Author's note… 'oh, to be the second!']
  • Shakespeare's Macbeth is the most produced play ever written, with a performance staged every four hours somewhere in the world.
  • London was the first city in the world to have an underground subway system.
  • If London were a country, it would be the eighth largest in Europe.
  • The Angel tube station in Islington has the longest escalator in Western Europe.
  • When William the Conqueror was in power, he ordered everyone to be in bed by 8pm.
  • 80,000 umbrellas are lost each year on the London Underground.
  • The notorious Nazi, Rudolf Hess was the last prisoner kept in the Tower of London.
  • Britain's first fish and chip restaurant was opened in 1860 by a Jewish immigrant.
  • There is an endless list of music giants to have come from the UK, including: The Smiths, New Order, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, The Sex Pistols, The Cure, Black Sabbath, The Who, The Clash, The Beatles, Radiohead, Coldplay, Muse, Pink Floyd, to name but a few.
  • It is universally believed that the UK has the worst food in the world.


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