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In Scotland it is illegal to be drunk and in charge of a cow.

In Scotland it is illegal to be drunk and in charge of a cow.
In Scotland it is illegal to be drunk and in charge of a cow.

The UK is world famous for many things - its long history of innovation, the monarchy and as the inventor of sports such as football, rugby and golf.

But did you know that Britain is also home to baffling historic drinking laws, the world’s shortest flight and that 36 per cent of Londoners were born overseas?

Internet users shared some of the most mind-boggling facts about the UK and MailOnline Travel has selected some of the lesser nuggets spanning topics such as tourist attractions and conflicts.

A nation known for its fondness for alcohol, beer and wine were consumed as part of a medieval breakfast, it was revealed in a thread on Quora

Despite the belief that the French invented Champagne, many believe a Gloucester doctor called Christopher Merret recorded a recipe for a Champagne-style drink in around 1662 some 20 years before the French Benedictine monk and cellar master, Dom Pierre Perignon, who is officially recognised as the drink’s father.

Highlighting strange historic rules still in place centred around alcohol consumption, Quora user Bias Nag revealed it is illegal to be drunk and in charge of a cow in Scotland. He touches upon the Licensing Act of 1872, which has also made it illegal for people to be drunk in charge of a steam engine, carriage, firearm and horse. Perpetrators can face hefty fines and as much as 51 weeks of jail time.


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