Facts about England (London mostly)
1. Contrary to popular belief that Big Ben refers to the world famous clock, it is actually the name of the thirteen ton bell. The tower itself is known as St. Stephen’s Tower
2. In medieval England even animals were tried in royal courts and punished for damages they inflicted on people or their properties!
3. You must have heard the “London Bridge is falling down” nursery rhyme. Did you know that this rhyme might be over a thousand years old? The Saxons destroyed London Bridge using boats and ropes to tear it down. People think that is how the rhyme originated.
4. Buckingham Palace is also believed to be haunted by many ghosts including those of Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I, King George, and Charles I.
5. The London Eye is the tallest observation wheel in the world and each rotation takes about 30 minutes.
6. Buckingham Palace was built on the site of a notorious brothel.
7. In the 1700s, men who ran illegal gambling houses hired a special person to swallow the dice if the police showed up.
8. Although the Great Fire of London destroyed much of the city, only six people were killed
9. Portugal is England’s oldest ally. The Anglo-Portuguese Treaty signed in 1373 is still in force
10.The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.