The UK for Americans - True or False

Can you answer these true false questions about the mysterious realm officially known as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland?
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Last updated: October 26, 2020
First submittedOctober 24, 2020
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1. You need a passport to travel between England and Scotland
True
False
2. Eggs are usually NOT refrigerated at the grocery store
True
False
3. Most people in Wales speak Welsh at home
True
False
English is the dominant language of Wales. About 20% of people in Wales can speak Welsh if they want to.
4. It is common for the groom to wear a kilt at a Scottish wedding
True
False
5. The Cockney accent comes from industrial towns in the north of England
True
False
It comes from London
6. You have to pay an annual fee to watch live broadcasts on your home television
True
False
As of 2020, the license costs £157.50 per household. You can be fined up to £1000 if you are caught without a license, but how would they know?
7. Technically, all laws passed by Parliament must be assented to by the Queen before they take effect
True
False
The last time the monarch refused to grant royal assent was 1708
8. The United Kingdom has a written Constitution similar to the United States
True
False
9. The word "soccer" originally comes from the U.K.
True
False
Soccer is short for "association football"
10. "The Hound and Hares" is the most common names for pubs in the U.K.
True
False
The most common name is the Red Lion
11. Great Britain has several active volcanoes
True
False
There are no active volcanos on Great Britain
12. The death penalty is still practiced in the U.K.
True
False
13. Some of the coins used in the U.K. aren't circular
True
False
The 20 and 50 pence pieces are rounded heptagon. The one pound coin is a dodecagon.
14. The Romans built Stonehenge
True
False
15. Muhammad is the most common first name for baby boys born in London
True
False
16. The Cayman Islands are a territory of the United Kingdom
True
False
17. The south of England is wealthier than the north
True
False
18. You must serve in the military to earn a knighthood
True
False
Many pop culture icons such as Paul McCartney and Elton John have been knighted
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Level 67
Oct 25, 2020
100% as a Brit ;)
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Level 85
Oct 27, 2020
CHEATER!!! The quiz title clearly says "for Americans!" (I am kidding, of course) ;)
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Level 56
Jun 16, 2021
Can I take it if I’m from Mars? (Not saying I am of course, no need to be suspicious nothing to see here)
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Level 80
Oct 25, 2020
The question works either way, but "The Hound and Hares" isn't a traditional pub name - did you intend to put "The Hare and Hounds"?
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Level ∞
Oct 25, 2020
I just went with a pub sounding name, wasn't sure if it was real or not.
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Level 76
Oct 26, 2020
The Hare and Hounds is a fairly common name though, and may be better stated that way as a more likely contender for "most common name"
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Level 88
Oct 27, 2020
If you are going to chase a hare, you have to have a lot of hounds. Those hares can be vicious. Big, pointy teeth.
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Level 85
Oct 27, 2020
Kogatora - I think you might be thinking about the dreaded jackalope ;)
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Level 70
Oct 28, 2020
More like a white rabbit that lives in cave.
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Level 82
Oct 28, 2020
I only knew this one because of the "most popular pub names in the UK" quiz! BTW, Red Lion is #1, Fox and Hounds is #30, and Hare and Hounds is #36. https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/220660/100-most-popular-pub-names-in-the-uk
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Level 65
Nov 5, 2020
The question is either missing a "one of" or has an extra s
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Level 69
Oct 25, 2020
14/18 as a non Brit and non american.
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Level 36
Apr 7, 2021
I got 12/18 as an American. I got the soccer question right though.
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Level 61
May 8, 2022
66.6%. Fairly average
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Level 75
Oct 25, 2020
just a bit of pedantry re the circular coin comment/explanation - the 20p (also heptagon) and pound coin (dodecagon) are also non-circular
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Level ∞
Oct 25, 2020
I never said they weren't :) But, in any case, I added those coins to the post-quiz details.
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Level 76
Oct 25, 2020
I don’t spend much time in Scotland, but I doubt a majority of Scottish grooms wear kilts.
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Level 75
Oct 25, 2020
It doesn't say that the majority do. It says that it is common, and this is true.
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Level 74
Nov 4, 2020
Yes but when is something 'common'? When 10% of grooms wear one? What about 1%? It remains a vague question
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Level 68
May 7, 2022
Is it considered uncommon? Certainly not!
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Level 59
Nov 4, 2020
Every wedding I have been to the groom has worn a kilt.
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Level 30
Nov 4, 2020
I've never heard of a Scottish groom NOT wearing a kilt. It's a really strong part of our culture
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Level 67
Nov 8, 2020
I've seen a number of grooms wear kilts in weddings in New Zealand.
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Level 55
Feb 8, 2021
They absolutely do
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Level 75
Oct 25, 2020
Question 6 is incorrect. The TV Licence is payable to the BBC, which is an independent body and not part of and does not report to the government. Whereas the law stipulates that one may not watch live TV without having a licence (with exceptions) and one may face prosecution for doing so, it is incorrect to say that one must pay the government.
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Level ∞
Oct 25, 2020
I suppose you are technically correct. (The best kind of correct). Removed the word "government" from the question.
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Level 52
Oct 31, 2020
The fee is only for the BBC channels. All others can be watched without a TV licence, so technically the answer is false.
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Level 59
Nov 4, 2020
Nope, it's all live tv (https://www.gov.uk/tv-licence). It's only for catchup that it's BBC only.
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Level 66
Nov 5, 2020
Wow, that's really interesting - I haven't lived in the UK for over 25 years and always associated the TV licence exclusively with the BBC. This definitely sheds a different light on all those people now claiming they will refuse to pay their licence fee because they don't watch the Beeb!
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Level 80
Oct 25, 2020
The whole point of the license is that it goes directly to the public broadcaster as independent financing. Otherwise they could be simply financed from the state budget, no separate tax needed.
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Level 69
Apr 19, 2021
The licence fee goes to the BBC but its’s a ‘television licence’ so you can’t argue that “I don’t watch BBC channels, so I shouldn’t have to pay.” If you watch other channels, the TV you use is still capable of receiving BBC channels. That’s why they call it a television licence, rather than a BBC licence/tax.

Also, although it is owned by the state and not under direct government control, there are rules about how it must operate (overseen by the BBC Trust -govt appointed) such as impartiality, provision of news, educational programming etc. But best of all: No commercial advertising so you can watch an hour long show without interruption- well worth the fee in my book!

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Level 56
May 9, 2022
The licence fee is only for BBC content and not enforced by law. We have dozens of other channels that broadcast live events for free. Our TV service is literally called 'Freeview'. I haven't paid the BBC licence fee for years and still watch their channels unhindered.
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Level 88
Oct 27, 2020
The egg difference is due to different preparations earlier. US eggs are washed removing the cuticle and then need to be refrigerated. In Europe the chickens are vaccinated avoiding the need to wash the eggs, and keeping the egg cuticle but if it is refrigerated this can lead to mildew growth.
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Level 69
Oct 29, 2020
Sorry, I'm not American, but took the test anyway...
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Level 70
Nov 5, 2020
naughty naughty...
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Level 54
Nov 4, 2020
amazing, Muhammad is most common baby name in London
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Level 72
Nov 5, 2020
It becomes less amazing if, like me, you are familiar of just how popular that name is among muslims and know that there are over a million of them in London. It is the most popular first name in the world, after all. Also, the fertility rate among the muslim population tends to be higher, and this is a question about babies born.
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Level 40
May 17, 2022
Surely parents are only going to name one of their children Muhammed though whether they have 1 child or 7!
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Level 72
Nov 5, 2020
As a side note, here's a very interesting video about the names subject. It makes a solid argument that another, Christian, name could be the most popular given name on earth if it wasn't for linguistic variation: https://youtu.be/5O2Yjn3OXRk
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Level 67
Nov 8, 2020
On my OE I taught in secondary schools in London where nearly all the boys in the class had the first name Mohammed. Easy question for me!
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Level 69
Apr 19, 2021
Not that amazing. Plenty of right-wing nationalists use this particular statistic as a means of demonstrating that “the Muslims are taking over.” It’s simply that Muslims have a smaller range of names which they give to their children (often religiously acceptable names such as those found in the Qu’ran) and Muhammad is the most common of those. Muslims are still a minority in London, albeit a substantial one.

Surnames are a better gauge, Brown and Smith are 1 and 2, Patel (Indian) is 3, my own is 7 and the most common ‘Muslim’ name, Khan, is number 10.

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Level 49
Oct 26, 2021
It's less amazing when you look at the stats and realise in 2020 there were 56,886 boys born in London and only 705 of them were called Muhammad. Sure it's the most popular name but it only equates to about 1% of boys.
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Level 46
Nov 4, 2020
Question 2 is incorrect or at least where I'm from in the U.K it is. All of the supermarkets that I've been to e.g Asda, Tesco etc have the eggs in the refrigerated section and everyone I know keeps them in the fridge at home.
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Level 46
Nov 4, 2020
Surprised by that, don't think I've ever seen them in a refrigerator where I've lived here :)
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Level 66
Nov 4, 2020
Not sure I've ever seen eggs in a fridge in any shop I've ever been to, I keep them in the cupboard at home, too.
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Level 56
Nov 4, 2020
What, really? Where is that? Everywhere I've lived in the UK they're near the bread.
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Level 68
Nov 4, 2020
All the supermarkets I use in London keep them on the normal shelves, not in fridges. People often do not refrigerate them at home either, though many do.
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Level 68
Nov 4, 2020
I have never seen them in the fridge in the supermarket.
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Level 52
Nov 5, 2020
I was wondering, do we understand from that question that in America they are kept chilled? I wonder why? Waste of energy, surely.
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Level 58
May 9, 2022
The egg difference is due to different preparations earlier. US eggs are washed removing the cuticle and then need to be refrigerated. In Europe the chickens are vaccinated avoiding the need to wash the eggs, and keeping the egg cuticle but if it is refrigerated this can lead to mildew growth. As said above by kogatoa
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Level 43
Nov 5, 2020
You must have some odd supermarkets. No Tesco or Asda I go in has them anywhere near the chilled section
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Level 54
Nov 6, 2020
Nope. Never kept in the fridge
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Level 67
Nov 8, 2020
I have never seen eggs refrigerated in any supermarket.
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Level 69
May 7, 2022
Nothing to see here, this man is clearly in need of a good stiff whiskey and a lay down. Eggs in fridges? Whatever next, chlorine on chickens?
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Level 61
May 8, 2022
Your shops are selling eggs wrong
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Level 75
Nov 4, 2020
I'm from Malaysia and got 18/18!
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Level 60
May 7, 2022
I'm from India and I got 18/18 as well!

Shows that I'm a true Anglophile or is it Britophile?

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Level 47
Nov 4, 2020
I'm a Brit and didn't get 100 percent... I thought some were trick questions xD
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Level 66
Nov 4, 2020
Same here, i got the eggs question wrong as i never go to a supermarket
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Level 52
Nov 5, 2020
Yes, I thought the Cayman Islands were American. Duh!
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Level 83
Nov 4, 2020
hm.... got everything except for the Cayman Islands question... at first I was thinking of answering true but then I was second-guessing myself and thinking that they actually belonged to the Netherlands.
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Level 56
Nov 4, 2020
If it's a question about a country being a territory/colony of the UK, I always assume it's true.
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Level 68
Nov 4, 2020
Any chance of a 'USA for Brits' quiz?
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Level 68
Nov 4, 2020
what source are you using for #17 to say that the south is richer than the north? where’s the north-south divide drawn?
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Level ∞
Nov 4, 2020
Doesn't really matter where you draw the line.

https://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2010/3/31/1270051456691/UK-incomes-graphic-002.jpg

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Level 47
Nov 4, 2020
You should make it clear that you mean financially richer as there are other types of richness. Richer in pies, for example.
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Level 56
Jan 30, 2022
If I'm considering moving somewhere then being rich in pies is the first metric I use to see if it's a viable location.
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Level 69
May 7, 2022
The south may well be richer in pies, however the north is ahead in consumption of pies as a percentage of total diet. And also gravy.
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Level 28
Nov 4, 2020
During the grand finale of 2020, #11 will become true. /s
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Level 64
Nov 4, 2020
Muhammed is also the first name of probably more than half of the Muslims in the world today, a big part of why it's the most common male name in London. Virtually every culture has more common diversity in Male names.
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Level 60
Nov 4, 2020
i believe that was the underlying intent of the question. to point out the influx of muslims to the uk.
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Level 83
Nov 5, 2020
I don't think anyone thought it was Lutherans driving up the popularity of the name Muhammad in London. But point taken that Muslims ought to be a bit more original when it comes to naming their male offspring, if that was part of the point.
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Level 69
May 7, 2022
I think originality is less of a concern for Muslim parents than the custom of using acceptable Islamic names. They simply have less names from which to choose, hence their most popular name is also the most popular male baby name. This statistic is often misused as ‘evidence’ for an ‘influx’ of Muslims which is neither a problem, nor particularly new. The fact that they are born here tells you that their families are already settled her, and for the most part they were very much invited. I would say that they are also mostly welcomed, but it’s not my place to welcome them, it’s their country too, as much as it is mine.
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Level 59
May 9, 2022
It always strikes me as odd that many of those that are opposed to conservative governments are so willing to not consider that the rise of Islam in the UK/Europe is a serious issue. They are far more conservative than the mainstream political parties we have. Anti-abortion, anti-LGBT, anti-free speech, sexists, misogynists, anti-science...the list goes on.

Why would you so willingly want people like that in your country?

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Level 72
Nov 5, 2020
Not more than half. WAY less. About 150 million, according to this:

https://youtu.be/5O2Yjn3OXRk ...

You all might find this video actually very interesting. I certainly did :D

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Level 70
Dec 14, 2021
@TomatosRaafatos, amazing video! I could guess pretty early on that the name "Yohanan" would end up being "John," but it was still surprising to hear how many variation it ended up spawning in other languages!
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Level 55
May 7, 2022
Why aren’t half of Christians named Jesus? 🤔
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Level 67
May 7, 2022
I've privately wondered why Latin Americans name their kids Jesus, but it seems verboten in English-speaking cultures. Always seemed weird to me.
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Level 69
May 7, 2022
Surprising, really, that Yeshua-bin-Yusef never caught on very well either
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Level 73
May 8, 2022
More than half? I doubt that. More than half of babies born to Muslims must be girls who are very rarely (never?) named Muhammad.
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Level 65
Nov 7, 2020
I thought 16 is a trick question. Isn't 'the United Kingdom' only referred to the Home Nations collectively?
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Level 24
Dec 2, 2020
*cries in american*
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Level 65
Dec 10, 2020
There should be a quiz called "the UK for Brits" that just asks over and over what they think an actual "country" is. That would be fun.
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Level 28
Feb 25, 2021
I'm a brit and I got three wrong
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Level 28
Jun 22, 2021
Why is there a dog on the cover!?!?
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Level 50
Nov 9, 2021
Change question 8 to "Has a constitution THAT IS similar to the USA." I interpretted it as meaning "Similar to the US, the UK has a constitution."
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Level 68
May 7, 2022
I thought it was saying the British constitution was shaped like the landmass of the United States. Accordingly, I chose false.
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Level 52
Feb 15, 2022
wait im not american
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Level 61
May 7, 2022
16/18

Well, I've been thinking about moving across the pond. Is that a decent enough grade, British folk?

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Level 74
May 7, 2022
We may let you in, but only if you can recite the "Parrot Sketch" from Monty Python from memory.
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Level 67
May 7, 2022
as a belarusian living in manchester i only failed the question about mohammad being the most popular baby name
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Level 69
May 7, 2022
Get this man a blue passport, he is one of us now…
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Level 65
May 7, 2022
16. is incorrect. The Cayman islands are a British overseas territory, however not part of the UK.
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Level 57
May 7, 2022
It's correct. The question says "is a territory of", which is true, not "is a part of", which would be false.
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Level 55
May 7, 2022
If you look at official baby name lists, Muhammad is not at the top. This is because it has about ten different spellings in English and they consider them to be different names.

For example, they also consider Carl and Karl to be different names.

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Level 28
May 7, 2022
I'm fairly certain that the UK has a written constitution aswell.
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Level 69
May 7, 2022
It doesn't.
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Level 44
May 7, 2022
It has a Bill of Rights, which isn't a constitution, isn't similar to America's, and doesn't apply to the whole of the UK. That's as close as it gets.
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Level 76
May 9, 2022
Not really. The British constitution comes from a lot of different sources, from Magna Carta through to the Human Rights Act. The Bill of Rights is part of it but no more than that and its supporters were careful to claim that (even though it's now over three hundred years old) it just restated already ancient rights.

The Bill is still very much an active part of the law though. The Govt cited it against a case of mine in the Court of Appeal last year.

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Level 55
May 7, 2022
I thought you could still get the death penalty for treason. Am I wrong?
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Level 57
May 7, 2022
The death penalty remained on the books for treason and piracy but was completely abolished in 1998.
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Level 81
May 7, 2022
“You can be fined up to £1000 if you are caught without a TV license, but how would they know?”

They send people to properties to check for plugged in TVs if they have suspicions. As I understand it though no one is actually required to let them in or speak to them. I think they rely on people being unaware of this.

They used to show commercials depicting a van with a dish on top that goes around scanning houses for TVs. The rumour was that it was nonsense and no such vans exist, but I’m not sure.

Not sure how many people don’t pay it. I always have. It’s increasingly controversial though. In the age of streaming it seems particularly antiquated.

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Level 71
May 10, 2022
It's the same deal in Ireland, loads of people don't pay it, especially people in rental accommodation. A lot of those people aren't even receiving any TV channels and streaming everything so why would you pay?
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Level 20
May 8, 2022
BTW, the UK has 3 active volcanoes in its overseas territories; Mt. Michael in the south shetland islands, Queen Mary's peak in Tristan da Cunha and La Soufriere in montserrat. There is only 1 extinct volcano in the mainland uk though.