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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
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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 as their primary language
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 King 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 volcanoes 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 heptagons. 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
101 Recent Comments
+14
Level 71
Oct 29, 2020
Sorry, I'm not American, but took the test anyway...
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Level 75
Nov 5, 2020
naughty naughty...
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Level 87
Mar 6, 2024
Sounds like a Canadian to me. If so, you’re still technically an American
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Level 36
Mar 7, 2024
who asked
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Level 54
Nov 4, 2020
amazing, Muhammad is most common baby name in London
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Level 73
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 41
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 49
Mar 6, 2024
Many Muslims give their sons the first name Muhammad (or some variant spelling) but call them by their middle names. They may do this with more than one son. Birth registers simply look at the first word in the given names field.
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Level 24
Mar 6, 2024
Yes but the point is, the vast majority of Muslim couples have children. Not the case for many non-Muslims who choose to remain childless. So more Muslim babies to be named Mohammed (or one of its 400 variant spellings) than other religions/atheists/races. More Moes than Joes!
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Level 73
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 68
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 27
Aug 28, 2023
thats depressing
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Level 78
Jan 27, 2024
Why?
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Level 55
Mar 6, 2024
Why? Is that actually a question?
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Level 72
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 64
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 27
Aug 28, 2023
still sad
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Level 78
Jan 27, 2024
Why?
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Level 27
Aug 28, 2023
quite the opposite from amazing
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Level 50
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 49
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 68
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 58
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 73
Nov 4, 2020
I have never seen them in the fridge in the supermarket.
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Level 56
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 60
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 49
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 52
Nov 6, 2020
Nope. Never kept in the fridge
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Level 68
Nov 8, 2020
I have never seen eggs refrigerated in any supermarket.
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Level 72
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 24
Mar 6, 2024
Never seen eggs in a fridge in any shop in the UK. They're usually on the baking aisle with the flour. I keep mine on the worktop next to the toaster, but I might go retro and buy one of those ridiculous hen things to store them in...
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Level 79
Nov 4, 2020
I'm from Malaysia and got 18/18!
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Level 73
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 48
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 68
Nov 4, 2020
Same here, i got the eggs question wrong as i never go to a supermarket
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Level 56
Nov 5, 2020
Yes, I thought the Cayman Islands were American. Duh!
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Level 82
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 83
Dec 13, 2022
With an equally patronising 'mysterious realm' comment in the instructions?
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Level 76
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 45
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 72
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 27
Nov 4, 2020
During the grand finale of 2020, #11 will become true. /s
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Level 71
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 62
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 82
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 72
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 64
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 88
Jun 3, 2022
@stusum, I don't think what you're describing is specific to Muslims. Conservative fundamentalist adherents of many religions tend to share those same regrettable biases. I live in the USA and I worry far more about Christian fundamentalists than adherents of any other religion.
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Level 73
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 71
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 68
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 72
May 7, 2022
Surprising, really, that Yeshua-bin-Yusef never caught on very well either
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Level 81
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 23
Dec 2, 2020
*cries in american*
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Level 69
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 27
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 65
Mar 6, 2024
'British Bulldog'
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Level 54
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 78
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 69
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 78
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 71
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 72
May 7, 2022
Get this man a blue passport, he is one of us now…
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Level 71
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 58
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 71
Oct 20, 2023
I also thought 16 was incorrect, that the Cayman Islands are not part of the UK and therefore not a "territory of the UK".
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Level 68
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 44
May 7, 2022
I'm fairly certain that the UK has a written constitution aswell.
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Level 71
May 7, 2022
It doesn't.
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Level 60
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 79
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 57
May 7, 2022
I thought you could still get the death penalty for treason. Am I wrong?
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Level 58
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 87
Mar 6, 2024
So British can turn to piracy without being punished these days? Man the boats lads!
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Level 85
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 72
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 78
Apr 29, 2023
The vans did exist, just type TV detector van into Google Images, and in the '80s I drove them as part of my duties at Royal Mail. Whether they actually worked in detecting is another argument, however just the sight of one on certain housing estates produced a rise in TV licence purchases.
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Level 40
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.
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Level 78
Apr 29, 2023
Lots more than one extinct volcano in UK mainland.... Wikipedia Article
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Level 55
Jan 24, 2023
You should update this, because there's a king now.
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Level 21
Apr 18, 2023
-1918e9873/10 in 5 seconds!

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Level 18
May 18, 2023
I actually knew the right answer to the soccer question, but got it wrong because I forgot that I knew it.
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Level 52
May 22, 2023
question number 8 is somewhat ambiguous because it could mean: the uk has a written constitution just like the us has a written constitution or it could mean: the uk has a written constitution which is similar to the us's constitution
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Level ∞
Dec 26, 2023
It's not ambiguous since the answer is clearly false either way.
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Level 27
Aug 28, 2023
depressing that mohammed is the most common name for newborn boys in London god bless the UK may god save them
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Level 49
Mar 6, 2024
Thanks for your concern, but we don't need any help from Yanks. You guys have already destroyed enough of the world :)
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Level 47
Mar 6, 2024
So Americans and British are ðe only ones in Jetpunk?
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Level 55
Mar 6, 2024
With Scotland out of the UK, in part to get back to the EU, your question #1 (do you need a passport) may not age well.
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Level 81
Mar 6, 2024
Even if that does happen, you know quizzes can be updated
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Level 78
Mar 6, 2024
Please can we have another 194 of these? One for every other country. I.e UK for the French, UK for Canadians etc? No need to change the questions. As a Brit it would do wonders for helping me get to the next level.
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Level 65
Mar 6, 2024
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