33 Things Brits Do Better Than Everyone Else

We may be small, but we pack quite a punch.

1. We’ll start with some things that everyone knows we’re good at, like playing bad guys in Hollywood blockbusters.

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2. Or coming up with amusing tabloid headlines.

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3. We’ve got sarcasm nailed.

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4. It’s no secret that some of the greatest ever comedy has come from these fair shores.

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5. And we can queue with the best of them.

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6. But there’s more! For instance, the UK is the world’s largest offshore wind producer.

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7. And we have the safest roads in all of Europe.

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There are just 5.9 deaths per 100,000 people each year.

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8. Plus we’ve invented some of the biggest sports on the planet, including baseball.

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Other sports invented by Brits include football, tennis, rugby, cricket, table tennis, golf, ice hockey, boxing and bungee jumping.

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9. Our underground maps changed everything.

Henry Beck’s original 1931 London Underground map (above) proved so successful that the concept has been copied by underground railway systems all over the world.

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10. We make very fast cars.

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Eight of the 11 Formula One constructors taking part in the 2013 season have their bases in the UK.

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11. And we can also make very, very fast cars.

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ThrustSSC is a British jet-propelled car that in 1997 broke the World Land Speed Record. In doing so it also became the first car to break the sound barrier, achieving a speed of 763mph. The record stands to this day.

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12. We like to tell politicians what we think.

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13. We throw the best music festivals.

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If you haven’t been to Glastonbury, you just don’t know.

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14. We’re so good at hosting the Olympics…

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…that London is the only city to host it on three separate occasions.

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15. You won’t find a better taxi anywhere on the planet.

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They may not be the most cost effective method of travel the capital has to offer, but according to Hotels.com London’s taxis have been voted the best in the world for the last five years.

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16. And love a rude place name.

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17. We’re almost too good at cycling.

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Cav and Wiggo aside, Chris Froome looks set to become just the second Brit to win the Tour de France at the end of the month. The first being Sir Bradley, of course.

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18. We hold more grand slam tennis titles than anyone.


After a rather long wait to get his first, Andy Murray is now the only player who currently holds more than one Men’s Singles grand slam title.

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19. And rule at football… sort of.

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OK, so our national sides haven’t done much for the last 47 years, but the Premier League is the most watched league in the world. It currently reaches 4.7 billion people annually.

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20. We’ve written the best-selling books of all time.


The two best-selling books of all time are Charles Dickens’ A Tale Of Two Cities and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings. On top of that, the Harry Potter books are the best selling series of all time. Well done us.

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21. There’s no one better when it comes to industrial revolutions.

Yes, there’s only been one, but we were first!

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22. And you should be terrified of our witty retorts.

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23. Playing morally ambiguous Americans in US TV dramas is kind of a thing that we do.

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24. And we ensure as many people have free healthcare as possible.

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We bloody love the NHS, as Danny Boyle’s Olympic opening ceremony (above) showed perfectly.

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25. We splash the cash online more than you do.

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The percentage of the population who choose to do their shopping online is higher in the UK than anywhere else.

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26. And we’ve become skilled at avoiding natural disasters.

We have no active volcanoes. There are occasional earthquakes but you don’t even know they’ve happened. There hasn’t been a hurricane since 1987. And we rarely get more than about six inches of snow.

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27. Our capital beats your capital.

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The Lonely Planet recently named London the best city in the world! Its history and multiculturalism were cited as two of the major reasons behind the award.

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28. Of course we always find time to poke fun at ourselves.

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29. For us, it’s all about living for the moment.

It turns out that the Brits are the least likely people in the world to save for the long-term as they rely on the state to take care of them in later life. Not something to be proud of, perhaps, but when you’re top of a league table you’ve got to celebrate!

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30. There’s no denying it, we make sexy spies.

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Look what happens when you give an Australian a go…

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31. Our traffic jams are longer than anyone’s, and size does matter.

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The average journey on a British motorway takes 22% longer than normal during peak weekday driving hours. This puts us top of the Euro traffic jam league. We’ve never felt more proud…

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32. We have the strongest sense of fair play.

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A scientific study showed that we Brits have the strongest sense of fair play and honesty. The Russians and Greeks were at the bottom of the table - and if the findings were accurate, they’re probably not going to be too happy about it…

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33. But we’re too self deprecating to ever come across as arrogant.

We hope.

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Robin Edds is special projects editor at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
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