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Great Britain has a long and colourful history which has and still creates some amazing facts and trivia. We have listed some of the submitted UK's weird and wonderful facts, amazing UK trivia and strange UK laws below. Truth or fiction - you decide. Please send us any strange or weird British facts or laws.

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Great British facts and UK strange laws A pregnant woman may relieve herself wherever she wishes.

Great British facts and UK strange laws It is an executable offense to allow your pet to mate with a pet of the royal house without permission.  

Great British facts and UK strange laws The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

Great British facts and UK strange laws Up until 1752 Britain used the Julian calendar and New Years day was on 25th March.

Great British facts and UK strange laws It is an offence to impersonate a Chelsea Pensioner

Great British facts and UK strange laws No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple

Great British facts and UK strange laws It is legal for a male to urinate in public, as long it is on the rear wheel of his motor vehicle and his right hand is on the vehicle

Great British facts and UK strange laws William the Conqueror ordered that everyone should go to bed at eight o’clock.

Great British facts and UK strange laws In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. That’s where the phrase, “goodnight, sleep tight” came from.

Great British facts and UK strange laws In Chester you can only shoot a Welsh person with a bow and arrow inside the city walls and after midnight

Great British facts and UK strange laws The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

Great British facts and UK strange laws Berwick-upon-Tweed was officially at war with Russia for 110 years.

Great British facts and UK strange laws If you find a Cab-driver in London not carrying a bale of hay overboard, he is breaking the law.

Great British facts and UK strange laws Even though being the sovereign of The United Kingdom, Her Majesty the Queen is not allowed to enter the City of London with seeking the permission of its Lord Mayor.

Great British facts and UK strange laws In England, all men over the age of 14 must carry out two hours of longbow practice a day

Great British facts and UK strange laws There are over 30,000 John Smiths in Britain

Great British facts and UK strange laws In York, excluding Sundays, it is perfectly legal to shoot a Scotsman with a bow and arrow.

Great British facts and UK strange laws In 1945, a flock of starlings landed on the minute hand of Big Ben and put the time back by five minutes.

Great British facts and UK strange laws Britain is he only country in the world which doesn’t have the country’s name in its postage stamps.

Great British facts and UK strange laws Nowhere in Britain is more than 74½ miles from the sea.

Great British facts and UK strange laws Portugal is England’s oldest ally. The Anglo-Portuguese Treaty signed in 1373 is still in force

Great British facts and UK strange laws Although the Great Fire of London destroyed much of the city, only six people were killed.

Great British facts and UK strange laws The lance ceased to be an official battle weapon in the British Army in 1927

Great British facts and UK strange laws There are more chickens than humans in England.

Great British facts and UK strange laws Rudolf Hess was the last prisoner to be kept in the Tower of London.

Great British facts and UK strange laws Dying is illegal in the Houses of Parliaments.

Great British facts and UK strange laws Placing a postage stamp bearing the monarch’s head upside down on an envelope is considered as act of treason.

Great British facts and UK strange laws The Licensing Act of 1872 explains that operating a cow or steam engine while intoxicated carries a prison sentence

Great British facts and UK strange laws A law passed in 1585, making it illegal for women to “cause a nuisance with abusive or argumentative language”. A woman guilty of scolding had to wear a scold’s bridle, or metal cage, enclosing her head. The Criminal Law Act of 1967 finally abolished the punishment, and women may now scold freely.

Great British facts and UK strange laws In 1647 the English Parliament abolished Christmas.

Great British facts and UK strange laws Queen Anne had 17 children, all of them died before she did.

Great British facts and UK strange laws The military salute comes from medieval knights raising theirs visors to see each other.

Great British facts and UK strange laws Winston Churchill was born in the ladies toilet during a dance.

Great British facts and UK strange laws In the 1700s, men who ran illegal gambling houses hired a special person to swallow the dice if the police showed up.

Great British facts and UK strange laws Buckingham Palace was built on the site of a notorious brothel.

Great British facts and UK strange laws About 25% of Londoners were born outside of the UK and can speak over 300 different languages.

Great British facts and UK strange laws London has been called Londonium, Ludenwic, and Ludenburg.

Great British facts and UK strange laws The British love donkeys! In 2006 the British public gave a total of 20m to a donkey sanctuary.

Great British facts and UK strange laws Every year the average British family throws away 6 trees worth of paper.

Great British facts and UK strange laws If you kill a deer whilst driving, you cannot eat it, however the next person who comes along can. Submitted by James, Bicester.

Great British facts and UK strange laws If a whale is found on the British coast the Queen can claim the head and she has a legal right to the tail  Submitted by Curtis Lake.

 


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