Country Profile: 60 Facts & Figures About England

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26Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

“Blue Lagoon” of Buxton in England was used as part of the quarrying process and was also used as a dumping ground. Recently black dye was dumped into the lake for safety reasons. The previous turquoise water was so inviting that even the signs to keep people out did not keep swimmers out.

27. There are 22 different beef cuts in the USA, 35 in England and France, and 120 in Korea.

28. On May 2, 1845, a bridge in Great Yarmouth, England, collapsed when thousands gathered on it to watch a clown travel down the river in a tub pulled by geese. ‘400 people went into the river, 79 died, 59 of which were children.’

29. UK’s “God Save the Queen” was the first national anthem and was adopted by other countries such as Russia (until 1833), Germany (until 1918), Iceland (until 1944), Switzerland (until 1961), Liechtenstein and New Zealand. It was played twice before a Liechtenstein-England soccer game in 2003.

30. In 1752, in England and Wales, people went to bed on the 2nd of September and woke up on the 14th of September. Skipping 11 days entirely because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar.

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31Karl Bushby

Karl Bushby

In 1998, a man named Karl Bushby started his “Goliath Expedition” to walk around the world “with unbroken footsteps”, from Punta Arenas, Chile, to his home in Hull, England.

32. Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards was the first Olympic ski jumper for England in 52 years. He had no money, no coach, no team and only learned to ski jump 18 months earlier. He wore 6 pairs of socks inside his second-hand boots, a helmet was given to him by the Italians and used skis from the Austrian team.

33. Edward II had such a disastrous reign as King of England nearly 700 years ago that his enemies couldn’t afford to keep him alive any longer, so they forced him to abdicate, imprisoned him and then had him assassinated by shoving a red hot poker up his butt. He was then ironically nicknamed Edward Ironside. The people overthrowing him were a coalition of armies from France headed by his own wife (it was well attested that Edward II was gay, hence the anal ironing), Isabella of France and her lover, Roger Mortimer. She became known as She-Wolf of France.

34. The widowed mother of Henry VI was barred from remarrying by a law stripping her betrothed of wealth. Thus, she married a landless Welsh servant, Owain ap Maredudd ap Tudur. His name eventually became Owen Tudor, and his descendants would rule England for over 100 years.

35. When Australia beat England in a cricket match in 1882, a British newspaper published an obituary proclaiming the death of English cricket. The symbolic ashes of its cremation were placed in an urn, and both teams still compete to win them back every two years.

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36Chevalier d'Éon

Chevalier d'Éon

A Russian named Chevalier d'Éon was a French diplomat and spy to England. Once retired, he revealed that he was a woman all along. She was henceforth made to wear gender appropriate clothing for the rest of her life. When she died, they found out she was actually a man. He was double cross-dressing.

37. Stanley Kubrick hated to travel so much that he filmed Full Metal Jacket in England. He had the palm trees flown in from the battle scene.

38. Europeans traditionally swam the breaststroke, while Native Americans swam the front crawl. When two Native Americans won an 1844 swimming competition in England, newspapers criticized their barbaric, "un-European" form. Europeans refused to use the faster front crawl for decades.

39. During the Great Famine, Ireland continued to export enormous quantities of food to England. This kept food prices far too high for the average Irish peasant to afford and was a major contributing factor in the large death toll from the famine.

40. The Great Pyramid is made of 6.3 million tons of material which is more material than it took to build all the churches and cathedrals in England.The Pyramid base covers 13 acres and is flat and level to within 1cm

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41Edward II death

Edward II death

1327: Edward II of England, after being deposed and imprisoned by his wife Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer, was rumored to have been murdered by having a horn pushed into his anus through which a red-hot iron was inserted, burning out his internal organs without marking his body. However, there is no real academic consensus on the manner of Edward II's death and it has been plausibly argued that the story is propaganda.

42. 1958: Gareth Jones, the actor, collapsed and died between scenes of a live television play, Underground, at the studios of Associated British Corporation in Manchester, England. Director Ted Kotcheff continued the play to its conclusion, improvising around Jones’s absence. Jones's character was to have a heart attack, which is what Jones suffered during the performance.

43. A 48-year-old health food advocate from Croydon, England, drank himself to death by consuming 10 gallons (37.85 liters) of carrot juice in ten days, causing him to overdose on vitamin A and suffer severe liver damage.

44. The last resident in a block of flats due to be demolished in Bishopstoke, near Southampton, Hampshire, England, decapitated himself with a chainsaw to highlight the injustice of being forced to move out.

45. No study has shown the food additive MSG to be dangerous and the entire public outcry against it in the 1970s was because of one letter sent to the New England Journal of Medicine

46Christ’s Hospital

Christ’s Hospital

There is a school named Christ’s Hospital in England where they have been wearing the same uniform for 460 years.

47. There is a nonexistent city in West Lancashire, England that shows up on Google Earth and Google Maps. This nonexistent town is named Argleton in those maps.

48. When the French King Jean II was a prisoner of the English, he was allowed to return to France to raise money for his ransom, leaving his son as a replacement hostage. When his son escaped, he voluntarily returned to England, citing reasons of "good faith and honor".

49. The actor who played Crabbe in the Harry Potter series was arrested for growing cannabis, participation in the 2011 England riots, and possession of Molotov cocktail.

50. There is a massive load of 52-gallon drums containing mustard gas and nerve agents at the bottom of the seas near Ireland and England

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