During WWI, a Canadian soldier smuggled his bear ‘Winnipeg’ into Britain, and she later became an attraction at a London Zoo. A boy named Christopher Robin Milne loved ‘Winnie’ so much that he named his own teddy after her, inspiring his father to write stories about a silly old bear who loves honey.
The Great Smog of London in 1952 was caused by using coal as the main source of heat and was responsible for the deaths of around 12,000 individuals.
In Victorian London, it was theorized that diseases like Cholera (which killed tens of thousands) were spread by bad-smelling air, until a scientist named Jon Snow determined water was the culprit – he became known as the father of modern epidemiology.
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The longest known lightning bolt would have reached from Brussels to London.
In 1908, the Russian Olympic team arrived at the Olympics in London 12 days late because it was still using the Julian calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar.
Gordon Ramsay set up a business inside a London prison which allowed prisoners how to bake goods which were sold outside, providing the prison with financial support and giving the prisoners the skills and work experience, they need in order to get honest work after their sentence. –source
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Danny Elfman came up with the theme to ‘Batman’ on a flight from London but since he couldn’t write music he kept running to the bathroom to record himself on a tape recorder whenever he had a new idea, causing the flight attendants to think he was a junkie. source
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London has so many trees that it can be classified as a forest.
In 1928, defending Olympic hockey champs Britain withdrew from the games, afraid of embarrassment of losing to one of its colonies, the debutant Indian team. The British team did not enter until after Indian independence, in the 1948 London Olympics where they lost the final to India 4-0 at home.