The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, aka the United Kingdom (UK or U.K.) or Britain, is a sovereign country situated off the northwestern coast of the European mainland. The tota l area of the United Kingdom is 240,000 km^2 (94,000 square miles). The United Kingdom includes the northeastern part of the island of Ireland, the island of Great Britain and several smaller islands. Northern Ireland shares a land border with the Republic of Ireland; otherwise, it is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the southwest, the North Sea to the east, giving it the twelfth longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea splits Great Britain and Ireland. Here are some interesting facts about the U.K. :
6-Golf was invented in Scotland and is considered a national sport today. Sources claim that golf was created in 1457. It got so prevalent that James II banned it because it interrupted with army’s practice.
8-European continental land is linked with The U.K. through the Channel Tunnel. It connects the city of Calais (France) and Dover (England). At 21 miles this road is the second-longest underground tunnel.
11-In August 1896, the United Kingdom and the Zanzibar Sultanate fought for around 40 min; making it the shortest war ever happening in history. Only 1 British sailor was injured while casualties at the other end reached 500.
17-Llanfairpwllgwyngyll-gogerychwyrndrobwlllllandysiliogogogoch. You only saw a meaningless string of letters, didn’t you? This happens to be the name of a town in Wales. It is the longest name of any city in the world.
20-Legends and Myths involving monsters and mysterious creatures are popular stories in the U.K. many people have claimed they have witnessed such beings in the past. Such accounts have also surrounded the London Bridge where some people have heard the voice of a woman roaming in the night. There are stories of the Loch Ness or shortly Nessie, based out of the lake in Scotland, it allegedly inhabits.
35-Before the London Eye, there was another wheel called ‘The Great Wheel’ which was constructed in the year 1895 for the Empire of India Exhibition; unfortunately, the building shattered in the year of 1907.
37-The smallest statue in London is of two mice fighting over a piece of cheese. The story behind this tiny sculpture is quite tragic. During the construction of this monument, two of its builders succumbed in a quarrel over a sandwich which turned out to be eaten by a mouse.
53-According to a legend, the Scottish flag with a white cross over a blue background is a representation of the shape of clouds formed when Scotland was fighting with Angles, a tribe of Germanic invaders.
80-During World War II, British soldiers were told that eating carrots would improve their vision in the dark. They were being fooled so they wouldn’t know that enemies had developed the radar system.
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