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10 Jolly Good Things You Didn’t Know about Britain

The other side of the pond is steeped in jolly goodness (and a fair share of unusual facts). From the funky to the funny to… FORE! Check out these ten fascinating facts about Britain:

  1. Everywhere in England is no more than 75 miles from the sea.
  2. For the record, the world’s oldest music shop opened in Cardiff in 1894.
  3. Give me a break! The first chocolate bar was invented in Bristol in 1847.
  4. Pinkies up! The Brits drink 165 million cups of tea a day, 20 times more than Americans.
  5. What’s that you say? Accents change noticeably about every 25 miles in Britain.
  6. Scotland’s national animal is the unicorn!
  7. Quarrymen-mania? The Fab Four went through several band names before landing on The Beatles.
  8. Ride another day. The “007” code for James Bond was inspired by author Ian Fleming’s everyday bus route.
  9. Fore! You can thank the Scots for inventing the often-frustrating game of golf.
  10. Cheers! Your dram of Scotch whisky may have aged for three or more years, but the peat used to dry the barley was somewhere between 1,000 and 5,000 years old.