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Strange British Facts,

Hi all,

Just a short post on some Strange British Facts which I thought you would enjoy!

One of the richest treasures was found in a place called Cheapside in London.

Tarmacadam or tarmac surfaces millions of roads globally but was not invented by John McAdam as many people believe but by Edgar Hooley from Nottinghamshire in 1901.

The real inventor of the electric light was Englishman Joseph Swan in 1880. He later set up a business with Thomas Edison to perfect it.

On 4th of January 2011 more than 40,000 dead Devil Crabs washed up on the Kent coast. Scientists blamed the cold but others claimed mystery.

Toenails of a long-dead alcoholic elephant, mascot of the 78th regiment, are on display in the military museum section of Edinburgh Castle.

Nasty, Ugley, Crackpot, Pratt’s Bottom, The Bog, Boghead, Apes Dale, Brown Willy and Cockup Bottom are real places in Britain.

Only one word in the English language has three consecutive sets of double letters and it’s “Bookkeeper” B-oo-kk-ee-per.

The largest cheese platter ever created weighed in at 1,122.5 kg and won a Guinness World Record on the 24th of November 2010 in Solihull.

The largest prawn (shrimp) cocktail was produced by Tom Pickerell at Fishmongers’ Hall, London, on 10th of July 2009 – it weighed 99.72kg.
The first  road in the world to be surfaced with tarmac (asphalt) was five miles of Radcliffe Rd. in Nottingham, England during 1902.

The last prisoner(s) to be held in the “Tower of London” were the notorious East End Kray Brothers in 1952 – They were kept for four days. (Rudolph Hess is often mentioned as the last prisoner but he was detained in 1941.)

Britain’s most remote pub is The Old Forge on Inverie, Scotland, and is 107 miles from the nearest city, Inverness, and has no road access.

Mount Everest is the World’s highest mountain and was named in 1865 after a Welshman, Sir George Everest, Surveyor General of India.

There is a  well and waterfall in Knaresborough where the water is so rich in minerals it can transform objects into stone within days.

In a television poll to select the number one British person the public voted for Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Welsh mathematician, Robert Recorde, invented the “equals” sign describing it in his book, A Treatise on Algebra. He died in Prison in 1558.

The oldest golf course in the World is “The Old Course” at St Andrews Links in Fife, Scotland, and dates back to at least 1552.

The Peak District of England in Britain was first farmed for sheep, cattle and crops more than 6,000 years ago.

The modern postal system was invented in Britain and, as such, it is the only country worldwide not to print its name on its stamps.

The wedding rings of royal brides are said to be made from a pure nugget of Welsh gold since the tradition was started by the Queen Mother in 1923.

Ben Nevis  (Scotland) is the highest mountain in Britain (1344m) but is still less than one sixth that of the world’s highest, Mt. Everest.

The highest pub in England (possibly Britain) is the Tan Hill Inn located on the desolate moors of North Yorkshire and is 1732ft a.s.l. (Above Sea Level)

The world’s longest railway station name is in Wales. It is spelt as follows: “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch”. (It translates as: St. Mary’s Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel near to the Rapid Whirlpool of Llantysilio of the Red Cave.)

America may actually get its name from a Welshman called Amerik(e) a sponsor of John Cabot’s voyage to America which predated Amerigo. (This may turn out to be true!)

Scotland produces more than 250 million litres of whiskey every year which is enough to fill 4,546 average size swimming pools.

In Cockney rhyming slang from London a “fireman’s hose” is a nose and a “loaf of bread” is your head. And .. a “gypsy kiss” is a  … what? (Well it’s wet so there’s a clue.)

At the time of writing in 2011, it appears to be legal to buy cannabis seeds in England … but it is illegal to allow them to germinate. (This is for curiosity only and is not legal advice)

The first motorist ever to be charged by police for speeding was Englishman Walter Arnold on the 28th January 1896. He was doing 8mph. (He was pursued and caught by a policeman riding a bicycle.)

Britain really does have an annual cheese rolling competition that involves running down Coopers Hill after a Double Gloucester Round. (The winner gets the cheese.)

Legend says that in 1805 the people of Hartlepool once hung a monkey that survived the Chasse Maree shipwreck because they thought he might be a French spy.

The Ostrich in Colnbrook may be Britain’s most haunted pub. Allegedly 60 people were murdered there by the landlord in the 17th century.

Today a Kit-Kat is a famous British chocolate snack named after the Kit-Kat Club but the original Kit-Kats were mutton pies.

Englishman Daniel Lambert, (b.1770), weighed 52 stone and was so fat that he couldn’t sink. He could still swim with two men on his back.

The most famous of all British pop bands “The Beatles” were once known as “Johnny and the Moondogs”. Johnny was, of course, John Lennon.

There really is a town called “Little Sodbury” in Gloucestershire and it’s where the first English translation of the Bible was started. – great Strange British Facts

The Dress Act of 1747 (George II) made it illegal to wear kilts in Scotland but fortunately for the Scots, the law was repealed in 1783.

For the past 50 years the most common name in Britain has been John Smith. It is also the name of a popular bitter beer brewed since 1847.

Hope you enjoyed, these Strange British Facts,

In association with Britainexplorer.com

If you have any other questions me, tweet me @mrjamesvincent 

 

James