England is more than Shakespeare, The Beatles or James Bond. This country might be perceived as snobby and lacking in emotion, maybe due in large part to the dignified and very private Royal Family. It is, however, actually quite fascinating and rich in both history and culture. A nation as old as this one is bound to have very quirky people and traditions.
After all, one billion people in the world speaking English have a country to thank. Here are some cool facts about England; you may be tempted to book your next trip to this historical land.
#1. If you want to be spooked, consider going to Yorkshire. The county is officially the most haunted in all of England. People have spotted hell hounds, poltergeists, Old Nick (satan), and other ghostly apparitions. Coming in second for ghost sightings is London.
#2. The original London Bridge resides in hot Lake Havasu, Arizona. The structure was sold to Robert McCulloch on April 18, 1968 for $2,460,00. The blocks were reassembled for its opening on October 10, 1971. However, the light posts on the bridge are French. They were created from melted down cannons used by Napoleon Bonaparte's army.
#3. An English pastor declared lipstick to be "the devil's work." It was considered such a powerful product that in 1770, the Parliament passed a law banning the rouge declaring "women found guilty of seducing men into matrimony by a cosmetic means could be tried for witchcraft."
#4. Wimbledon is the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. One of the traditions is for spectators to eat strawberries with cream. Roughly 27 tons of the fruit are consumed during the event.
#5. The luxury brand department store Harrods sold cocaine to its customers until 1916.
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