Category: England

In Elizabethan England, the word ‘Nothing’ was slang…

In Elizabethan England, the word ‘Nothing’ was slang for female genitalia. The title of the Shakespeare play ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is a double entendre.

When the world’s largest diamond was transported from Africa to…

When the world’s largest diamond was transported from Africa to England, an elaborate & secure journey by sea was publicized – as a rouse. The real diamond was simply posted by mail.

A woman wrote over 40 heartfelt notes and attached them to the…

A woman wrote over 40 heartfelt notes and attached them to the railings of England’s Wearmouth Bridge to offer solace to people facing a mental health crisis. Police have credited her with saving 6 lives so far.

A lottery scratcher in England was cancelled because too many…

A lottery scratcher in England was cancelled because too many customers could not figure out which is the higher of two negative numbers.

Early coffee shops in England were frequented by students,…

Early coffee shops in England were frequented by students, philosophers, and other intellectuals who engaged in reasoned debate on the latest issues of the day. The shops charge a penny for admission and were dubbed “Penny Universities” for the alternative form of education they offered.

Photo : british-history.ac.uk

Upon restoration of Apethorpe Palace in England, it was…

Upon restoration of Apethorpe Palace in England, it was discovered that the bedrooms of King James and Duke George Villiers were connected through a secret passageway. It had been long suspected that King James and Villiers were gay lovers.

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In 2012, an Australian was kicked out of a televised darts match…

In 2012, an Australian was kicked out of a televised darts match in England because of fears his appearance could distract the players after the crowd started chanting ‘Jesus’ at him, due to him looking like ‘Jesus.’

In 2012, John and Frances Canning invited the Queen of England…

In 2012, John and Frances Canning invited the Queen of England to their wedding as a joke and she showed up. –source

The current Queen of England is related by blood to U.S….

The current Queen of England is related by blood to U.S. President George Washington. Their last common ancestor died in 1681. (Source)

A poisonous lagoon of Buxton in England was dyed black for…

A poisonous lagoon of Buxton in England was dyed black for safety. The previous azure water was so inviting, the signs did not keep swimmers out.

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