Questions tagged [united-kingdom]

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain) is a sovereign state located off the north-western coast of continental Europe.

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Is sadomasochism more prevalent in England than in other countries?

In an interview Keira Knightley talks about her film A Dangerous Method which features sadomasochistic scenes: I did think about turning it down because of the two scenes of a sadomasochistic nature ...
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Has immigration from Eastern Europe impacted UK youth unemployment?

MigrationWatch UK is a think-tank that argues for lower immigration levels into the UK. In a 2012 Briefing Paper they claimed: Youth unemployment in the UK increased by almost 450,000 in the ...
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Is it better to obtain vitamins and minerals from food rather than by taking supplements?

It seems that a great debate rages about whether we all need to eat our 5 a day in order to maintain our health or whether it is conceivably cheaper, faster and easier to obtain necessary vitamins and ...
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Is it legal to kill a scotsman in York?

I once heard that it is allowed to kill a scotsman in York, if you do it with a bow and arrow. Apparently there is no danger in this law, since the bow and arrow needed to be made by a no longer ...
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Was a monkey hanged as a French spy in Hartlepool?

Everyone in the North-East of England knows that during the Napoleonic wars the good burghers of Hartlepool, having found a shipwrecked monkey washed up on the beach, thought it was a French spy, and (...
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Did Robin Hood exist and get buried here?

I read Howard Pyle's Robin Hood wherein it is written (on whatever it is they write it on up there): A certain one sayeth that upon a stone at Kirklees is an old inscription. This I give in the ...
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Are media reports about squatters' rights accurate?

So a few months ago there was a spout of stories in the UK papers pertaining to squatters, and the fact that they have just been breaking into houses and changing the locks whilst the owners had been ...
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Does the BBC have TV detector vans and how can they tell if you aren't paying a license fee?

I've heard from more than a few Brits that if you own a TV but don't pay your license fee, they'll come after you with unexpected visits and or fines. Here is an example article debating their ...
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Do the majority of people go 80 mph on the motorway?

I live in the UK, and my dad has told me "It is not possible to drive at 70 mph on the motorway. Everyone goes at 80 mph and [the police] don't care." When he says nobody he means the majority of ...
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Are exams getting easier, or are students getting smarter?

There is an interesting trend in test scores in exams (GCSE and A-level) in the UK: they are increasing, or so the trend in the grades would tend to show. This is known as grade inflation and affects ...
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Did there use to be a law that made attempted suicide a capital offence punishable by hanging in Britain?

This one seem to be all over trivia lists, but I'm having trouble finding a reference to anything credible. The claim goes something like this: According to a British law passed in 1845, [attempted]...
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Is Prince Harry the son of James Hewitt?

Similarity between the Prince and James Hewitt have always been questioned and strengthened after Princess Diana's affair with James was confirmed. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1167157/...
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Are crop circles man-made?

Every summer in England crop circles make the news for a few days. But journalists never really attempt to "solve" the question of who is responsible. source Are crop circles man-made? How?

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