In Scotland, it is illegal to get drunk and possess a cow. To glue a stamp that has the Monarch’s face upside down is considered treason.
In Medieval times, British animals were tried for their crimes and sometimes executed. All swans are officially owned by the Queen. The driver of the vehicle that kills a deer cannot eat it, but the person sitting beside can do so. 10,000 years ago, Britain was still physically linked to the rest of Europe. People from Liverpool are often called “Scousers” (short for Lobscouse – a Scandinavian stew, introduced to the city by visiting sailors.) Manchester United has won more FA Cups than any other team. Everton holds the record for most lost FA Cup Finals. Big Ben refers to the bell inside and not to the famous clock. The building itself is named the Elizabeth Tower. Princess Pocahontas, a daughter of a Native American chieftain, is buried in the UK. In 1896, the first speeding ticket was issued in East Peckham, Kent for driving at 8mph in a 2mph zone. The offender’s car was pulled over by a policeman riding a bicycle. The shortest scheduled flight in the world takes less than two minutes. It services a 2.4 km distance from Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands. The Hamilton Mausoleum in South Lanarkshire has 15 seconds of echo – the longest-lasting echo of any man-made structure worldwide. A rare fish species called gwyniad is found only in the Bala Lake in Gwynedd. In 1940, the Crown jewels were sheltered from German bombs in a cave in Aberystwyth. In the 14th century, babies in some parts of the UK were baptised in cider as it was cleaner than water. 30 inhabited localities worldwide are called Birmingham; even a crater on the Moon was given the same name! The first hot chocolate store opened in London. Unsurprisingly, the English people drink the most tea in the world. The highest point is Ben Navis at 1,343 m (4,400 ft.) and the lowest is at The Fens at -4m. The largest home of a royal family in the world is the Windsor castle. London was the first city with underground system. The Beatles initially called themselves The Blackjacks and then The Quarrymen.