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33 Things Brits Do Better Than Everyone Else

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

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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.

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.

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.


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 London's taxis have been voted the best in the world for the last five years.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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!

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...

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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