The Soviets realised that the Americans and British were developing an atomic bomb when they noticed that Western scientists had ceased publishing papers on nuclear science. Correctly guessing that nuclear science had been made a state secret, they began their own program en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sov…
Curry was introduced to Japan by the British. The British brought curry from India back to Britain and introduced it to Japan after it ended its policy of self-isolation. Curry in Japan is categorized as a Western dish wikipedia.org/wiki/curry
In the 20th century, the phrase "He never married" was a euphemism used by British obituary writers to imply that the deceased man in question was homosexual. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
The music genre β€œshoegaze” got its name from British critics mocking the musicians always looking down at their shoes while playing instead of the audience. In reality, the musicians had to focus on the numerous music effect pedals in their playlist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
The British actually sent a spy named James Bond to Warsaw, Poland in 1964, where he worked at the Embassy. He was notable for his charisma and fondness of women. ipn.gov.pl/en/news/4634,0…
A British plan to assassinate Hitler was ultimately called off because they thought keeping him in power would help the war end faster given his terrible decision making and strategy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
During the Revolution, British Capt. Patrick Ferguson refused an opportunity to shoot a passing American officer in the back. Historians say there's a very good chance that the officer was George Washington. Ferguson was later killed at the battle of Kings Mountain in South Carolina. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
The Chimney Sweepers Act of 1788 was a British Act of Parliament passed to stop child labor, as boys as young as four were being used as chimney sweeps. The Act raised the minimum age to eight years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
There are no Milky Way candy bars sold in Canada. The American Milky Way is sold as Mars is Canada, while the British Milky Way is sold as 3 Musketeers in Canada en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
At least 3.3 million Soviet POWs died in Nazi custody, out of 5.7 million, primarily through deliberate starvation. This figure represents a total of 57% of all Soviet POWs. This is compared with 8,300 deaths (3.6%) out of the 231,000 British and U.S. prisoners. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
A British nurse named Edith Cavell helped treat soldiers regardless of their nationalities in WWI. She also helped them escape from German occupied Belgium. When caught, she refused to lie about her actions and was executed by firing squad. history.com/news/wwi-nurs…
In 2007, 33-year-old Steve Way weighed over 100kg, smoked 20 cigarettes a day & ate junk food regularly. In order to overcome lifestyle-related health issues, he started taking running seriously. In 2008, he ran the London Marathon in under 3 hours and, in 2014, he set the British 100 km record en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Today I learned about HafrΓΊn, a 507 year old clam which holds the distinction of being the oldest individual animal ever discovered. In 2006 it was killed by British researchers who didn't realize it's age. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
The first recorded use of the word dystopia was when John Stuart Mill coined it to describe British governance of Ireland. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dys…
Today I learned of Sybil Ludington, who rode double the length of Paul Revere at only 16 years old to alert Americans that the British were coming. She was personally thanked by George Washington for her service revolutionary-war.net/syb…
In the boat-naming poll that eventually resulted in Boaty McBoatface, Spanish trolls attempted to name the boat Blas de Lezo, after a Spanish admiral who defeated and humiliated the British Royal Navy in 1741. The organizers removed the name after it gained traction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RRS…
Paul Revere never shouted the legendary phrase β€œThe British are coming!” as he passed from town to town. The operation was meant to be conducted as discreetly as possible since scores of British troops were hiding out in the Massachusetts countryside. history.com/news/11-thing…
The "Leaning Tower of Pisa" should have collapsed a long time ago, but British Engineer John Burland managed to reverse the tilt. He could have made it completely straight but only reversed the tilt by 10% out of fear that turning it into the "Tower of Pisa" would anger a lot of people. listerious.com/facts-abou…
Today I learned of Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, the longest-lived British princess by descent, and the last surviving grandchild of Queen Victoria. She lived through six reigns- those of Victoria, Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, George VI and Elizabeth II. She died in 1981, aged 97. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
In 1989, a man placed a Β£30 bet that as of January 1, 2000: U2 would still be active; Cliff Richard would be knighted; EastEnders would still be a weekly BBC show; and Neighbours and Home and Away would still be on British TV. He was given odds of 6,479-1, and in January 2000 collected Β£194,400 bettingdoctor.co.uk/blog/…
The British Royal Navy allows sailors to have facial hair, but only if they can grow a "sufficiently thorough beard" within 14 days. forces.net/news/beard-roy…
:The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree (typically a 50- to 60-year-old Norway spruce, generally over 20 metres tall) is a Christmas tree gifted to the people of Britain by Norway each year since 1947 as a token of gratitude for British support to Norway during the Second World War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
In 2015, a British woman began receiving threatening emails from a stalker that included pictures of her in public she had no idea were being taken. When she contacted authorities, they told her the emails were coming from inside her house. It turned out to be her husband. mamamia.com.au/amanda-pla…
The first British animated film "Animal Farm" was secretly produced and funded by the CIA as anti-Communist propaganda theguardian.com/culture/2…
British sailors on the HMS Dolphin in the 18th century discovered that native Tahitian women were eager to exchange sex for iron, and they began pulling nails out. The resulting trade became so extensive that the loss of nails started to threaten the ship's structural integrity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
In 2004 the father of Professional Golfer Rory McIlroy placed a Β£200 ($341) bet, at 500-1 odds, that his son would win the British Open within the next 10 years when his son was just 15 years old. In 2014 McIlroy won the tournament earning his father $171,000 from the wager. mashable.com/2014/07/21/r…
During the American Revolution at the Siege of Boston β€”as winter approachedβ€” the Americans were so short on gunpowder that soldiers were given spears to fight with in the event of a British attack en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
A British man developed anterograde amnesia after a root canal, so he can't remember anything for longer than 90 minutes and he can't make new memories. Also, he thinks it's the day of his root canal every time he wakes up which is why he must read a detailed note every morning. newser.com/story/209910/i…
British actress Emilia Clarke has survived two brain aneurysms and founded a charity called SameYou which helps provide treatment to people recovering from a brain injury or stroke newyorker.com/culture/per…
A British man legally changed his name to James Bond and all its film titles up to Casino Royale as middle name. At 69 words, it was one of the longest recorded name in the world. digitaljournal.com/articl…
Today I learned of the Disposable Ship- As British taxes only applied to lumber on a ship, and not the lumber that MADE UP the ship, Canadian loggers began building large, barely seaworthy ships that would be broken up for timber once they reached British shores. amusingplanet.com/2019/10…
Fruit punch was invented as an alternative to beer by men working for the British East India Company. This is because the beer on their ships went bad when they reached the Indian Ocean. They ended up using rum, fruit, and spices available in their new location to create punch. history.com/news/the-surp…
The British banished the voices of the Sinn Fein from the airwaves. To get around this news stations simply aired footage of the Sinn Fein leaders with actors dubbing their voices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
M&Ms were inspired by soldiers' rations during the Spanish Civil War. Forrest Mars Sr. of the Mars Company observed British volunteers eating chocolate beads encased in a hard sugar shell (Smarties), which prevented melting. By WWII M&Ms were produced & sold exclusively to the military. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%2…
Today I learned of Prince Charles Edward, a grandson of Queen Victoria and grandfather of the current King of Sweeden. Although was born and educated in England, he fought for Germany in WWI and lost his British royal titles. He later became an active member of the Nazi party and joined the SS during WWII. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The Royal Mint estimated as of 2014, 3% of British 1 pound coins were counterfeit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
The design of carburetors in British WWII fighter aircraft had a fault that would shut down the aircraft's engine during a negative-G force maneuver. In 1941 a female engineer solved the problem with a simple device, which British pilots then named after her. It was named Miss Shilling's orifice en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
A random British captain was chosen by George Washington to be executed in response to a hanging by loyalists which itself was in retaliation for another death. The allied French got involved after the French mother of the captain petitioned and he was released en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir…
In January 2000, British boxer Julius Francis faced Mike Tyson. British newspaper The Mirror was so certain of Francis' defeat that they paid Β£20,000 for an advert on the soles of his shoes. Francis lost in two rounds, but he enjoyed the biggest payday of his career, at around Β£350,000 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
In WW1, the British would fire giant stink bombs at the German trenches. The bombs smelled terrible but were harmless. This was done to compel the Germans to put on gasmasks, which made them less effective fighters, prior to an assault. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liv…
Charles Spencer Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough, facing the loss of his ancestral estate negotiated a marriage with the Vanderbilt family for $76 million. He informed his new wife that he loved another woman, and would never return to America, as he "despised anything that was not British" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ble…
In 1992, popular British electronic band The KLF fired machine gun blanks at their audience at the BRIT Awards, dumped a dead sheep at the afterparty, retired from the music industry, and deleted their back catalogue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The 1947 British partition of India was driven by fear of civil war. Yet, in haste, borders went unannounced for days after Independence Day. As a result, Hindus didn't know if they would wake up one day in Pakistan, or Muslims in India. 15 million were displaced and over a million died in chaos newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Austistic/Aspergers people are not allowed to join the British Armed Forces (or Navy) assets.publishing.service…
William Franklin, bastard son of Benjamin Franklin, was Loyalist leader opposing the American Revolution. When Ben died, he only left his son some worthless land, stating in his will that, had the British won, he would've no wealth at all to give him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
There is the Β£40m unfinished 'ghost' mansion that has been standing empty for 35 years in Sussex. The property is vanity project funded by British multi-millionaire criminal Nicholas van Hoogstratent. Few people have seen inside the building but it is reputedly bigger than Buckingham Palace. walesonline.co.uk/news/uk…
British nuclear weapons were armed with only a bike lock key until the mid 90's. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/70971…
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's father descended from Black Loyalists, who escaped to Nova Scotia after the Revolutionary War on the promise of British emancipation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
After WW2, british Ivan Hirsch was appointed to run Volkswagen. The defeated German staff were initially unresponsive having been conditioned by many years of Nazism and were sometimes unresponsive to orders. After he started using his officer uniform, his orders were followed to the T. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vol…
Today I learned about Pontiac’s Rebellion at Fort Michilimackinac. Native Americans played Lacrosse outside of the fort, and the British came outside to watch the games. Once the natives thought that enough soldiers were outside, they grabbed weapons and rushed the fort, killing every British soldier they saw. ss.sites.mtu.edu/mhugl/20…

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