From London to Glasgow, we're seeing more and more Pen Pals from the United Kingdom joining our amazing community. What better way to welcome our new friends than by featuring them in our latest installment of Discovery Spotlight?

Where the heck is it?

The United Kingdom, or Britain, comprises four countries: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It lies off the north-western coast of Europe and includes the island of Great Britain, part of the island of Ireland and many, many smaller islands.

Tell me 10 awesome facts!

Received a letter from someone in the United Kingdom? Here are some incredible facts to help get the conversation going:

  1. There is nowhere in the United Kingdom that is more than 74.5 miles from the sea.

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  2. Those awesome hats worn by the Queen's Guard are made out of real bear fur.

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  3. London cab drivers study 2-4 years before taking "The Knowledge" test, which includes learning routes covering 25,000 streets and 20,000 landmarks. Only 20% of applicants pass the test.

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  4. The Tower Bridge in London was built in 1894 and has venues available to rent for your next big party.

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  5. Big Ben does not refer to the famous clock, but to the bell.

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  6. By the way, if you're lucky enough to hear the hourly bell ring out from Big Ben in-person, you should know the musical note it makes when struck is E.

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  7. People in the United Kingdom drink over 165 million cups of tea each day.

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  8. Stonehenge is located here. While scholars can't agree on exactly how these stones were moved, they can agree that each of those standing stones weighs approximately 25 tons.

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  9. Scotland is made up of about 800 islands. Only about 130 are inhabited.
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  10. Do you have a fear of heights? The London Eye is the tallest observation wheel in the world.
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These fun facts are just a peak at how incredible the United Kingdom is. It's a unique and beautiful place abundant in culture, languages, jaw-dropping scenery and amazing people with an energy all its own (and castles - lots and lots of cool castles). If you're lucky enough to receive a letter from the United Kingdom (and chances are you'll receive many!) ask your new Pen Pals what makes it so special to them.