On April Fool's Day in 1977, the UK newspaper The Guardian ran a 7 page feature on the discovery of the fictitious island nation of "San Seriffe."
English sailors were referred to as "limeys" because sailors added lime juice to their diet to combat scurvy.
The Canadian province of New Brunswick (which was part of the UK at the time) had a bloodless war with the US state of Maine in 1839
The Queen of England, who once enjoyed extensive powers and authority over almost the whole world, and despite all her present majesty and glory, is not allowed to enter the House of Commons simply because she is not its member!
The sun sets on 24 December at 3.55pm in the UK, and rises the following morning at 8.05am.
Hoover vacuum cleaners were so popular in the UK that many people now refer to vacuuming as hoovering.