In 2013, a Polish captain ran his cargo ship aground as he tried to sail from Scotland to Belgium. He plotted a straight line from Scotland to Belgium, forgetting that England was in the way. He had been using an unapproved GPS device to navigate, and the lookout was asleep when the ship crashed.
A 9,000 year old skeleton found inside a cave in Cheddar, England, has a living relative who was teaching history only a 1/2 mile away, tracing back nearly 300 generations.
Locals in Cornwall created an imaginary beach to deal with overcrowded beaches. Fake signposts were put up all over the county leading to the ‘Best Beach In Cornwall,” however the signs actually diverted tourists in the opposite direction from any of the coasts.
Residents of the village of Shitterton in England grew so tired of people stealing a sign with the village name on it they replaced it with a 1.5 tonne block of stone with the village name inscribed upon it.
In England, there is a ‘Chap Olympiad’ where contestants compete in events like Umbrella Joustin and Shouting at Foreigners.
On November 24, 1740, a 16-year-old boy was hanged by the neck for 20 minutes and survived and his death sentence commuted to exile.
Mary Toft was an English woman from Godalming, Surrey, who in 1726 became the subject of considerable controversy when she tricked doctors into believing that she had given birth to rabbits. According to contemporary reports, “[Male midwife John Howard] delivered “three legs of a Cat of a Tabby Colour, and one leg of a Rabbet: the guts were as a Cat’s and in them were three pieces of the Back-Bone of an Eel … The cat’s feet supposed were formed in her imagination from a cat she was fond of that slept on the bed at night.” Later Toft seemingly became ill again, and during the next few days delivered more pieces of rabbit.” Her deception was eventually uncovered and both she and the medical profession were ridiculed.
In 17th Century England, a woman had, on average 13 children.
In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.