Great Britain, The United Kingdom. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland- a Kingdom it may be but united it certainly isn't. With a checkered past of squabbles and warfare between the countries not to mention the barbaric treatment of places they have invaded in the past, Britain has certainly made a lot of noise for such a small island. Yet these days things seem to be much calmer for the country that gave us The Beatles, Helen Mirren and Fish and Chips, things quieting down among the much noisier chest-beaters of the world such as the USA and Russia. But how can a country that once seized over 90% of the world change so dramatically? The answer is, it actually really hasn't; well not in the way you would expect. The UK is still one of the most powerful nations in the world yet has changed with regards to liberal and westernized attitudes. In fact, the UK is one of the most forward-thinking countries, especially when you look at things like gay marriage, interracial weddings and abortion. Nobody actually cares, and even when they did they soon got over it!
But that's not to say the UK isn't still old fashioned. With many laws and legislation's still around today that are wholly unfair and ridiculous, the UK can be extremely meticulous within a number of things, and that's not to mention their penchant for class divisions. Throughout history the UK has been known to enjoy widening the gap between the ever so rich and the dastardly working class, especially in its glorious yet preposterously expensive capital, London.
So, for a country that was recently called 'just a small island that nobody pays attention to' by Vladimir Putin, here are 15 shocking facts that you didn't know about Great Britain. Even Putin will be gobsmacked.
15 The Queen Has No Real Power
14 The Queen Has No Passport
13 Queen Elizabeth II Owns A Lot Of Stuff
12 Underage Drinking Is Perfectly Legal
11 Horse Meat Is a Big No-No
10 Slavery Was Only Recently Abolished
9 Concentration Camps
8 Three Person Babies
7 Kate Middleton Brings in the Money
6 Cocaine Baby Changers
In 2011 research found traces of the highly addictive drug, cocaine, in 92% of public baby changing tables. That's right, a team from Northwest England detected hints of the white stuff in 9 out of 10 tables, all located in shopping centers, churches and even police stations! With the UK recently labeled as the "Cocaine Capital of Europe," the results hardly come as surprise, but are still both disgusting and terrifying nonetheless!
5 It's Ridiculously Historic
4 A Royal Nazi
3 1 In 3 Women Have Had An Abortion
2 It Is Legal To Kill a Scottish Man
1 The Ugly Truth of the British Empire
At its height, the British Empire was by far the largest empire in history and was certainly an empire not to be messed with. Rivaling the Roman and Ottoman empires, the British at one point held over one fifth of the world's entire population. Responsible for amazing advances in engineering, medicine, art, and transportation, the British Empire was also to blame for a number of barbaric escapades. With concentration camps, torture, resettlement and apartheid to name but a few, many of the awful deeds committed seem to have been swept under the rug and forever ignored.
Sources: huffingtonpost, dailymail
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