United Kingdom

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British Fact 1 (Aug. 1–Aug. 7, 2010)

The list of British natural resources reads like a Who’s Who of Minerals: coal, petroleum, iron ore, lead, zinc, gold, tin, limestone, salt, clay, chalk, gypsum, potash, silica sand, and slate.  Arable land and natural gas are also thrown in for good measure.

British Fact 2 (Aug. 8–Aug. 14, 2010)

It of course used to be said that the sun never set on the British Empire.  Since losing so many of its holdings over the last hundred years, though, it has been generally accepted that this is no longer the case.  However, Britain still contains the Falkland Islands, holdings in the Indian Ocean, and several other small island chains, as well as the Straights of Gibraltar.  And, as if that weren’t enough, there are still British claims to parts of Antarctica.  It’s still always daytime somewhere in Britain, even if their metaphorical sun has set.

British Fact 3 (Aug. 15–Aug. 21, 2010)

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a combination of England (and Wales), Scotland, and Northern Ireland.  The Union Flag is a combination of the red cross on a white field of Saint George of England, the diagonal white cross on a blue field of Saint Andrew of Scotland, and the diagonal red cross on a white field of Saint Patrick of Ireland.  The British Flag is not symmetrical, in the traditional sense.  The flag is, in fact, rotationally symmetrical, and if it were square, it would be rotationally symmetrical with a rotation of just 90°.

British Fact 4 (Aug. 22–Aug. 28, 2010)

Britain has the 7th highest number of Internet users, and the 11th highest number of computers connected to the Internet in the world.