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  1. In 2009, a retired policeman called Geraint Woolford was admitted to Abergale Hospital in north Wales and ended up next to another retired policeman called Geraint Woolford. The men weren’t related, had never met and were the only two people in the UK called Geraint Woolford.

  2. The Black Death led to sharp decline in available workforce in England and Wales. Vagrancy laws criminalised unemployed people who could work but chose not to. People who were too sick or old to work had to obtain beggar's licenses.

  3. Over a period of 200 years, 3 ships perished at the same location off the coast of Wales, all on December 5th, and all 3 had only one survivor. The 3 survivors all had the same name: Hugh Williams.

  4. When Harry Wilson 18 months old, his proud Grandfather bet £50 that he would on day represent Wales in football and was quoted 2500/1 at his local bookmaker. 16 years later he became the youngest ever Wales debutant , netting his grandfather £125,000

  5. Prince Harry of Wales served in Afghanistan for ten weeks in 2007-08. Subsequently he was pulled out of the country after an Australian newspaper reported on his presence in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.

  6. A man named James Howells who threw away a hard drive containing 7,500 bitcoin. The hard drive, currently under mountains of trash in a wales landfill is worth approximately $15 million.

  7. Loch Ness contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined

  8. When Edward I, King of England annexed Wales in 1277 AD, he promised them his son, and heir to the throne, would be Welsh. This is why the heir apparent in the UK is always titled "Prince of Wales" before taking the throne.

  9. In a 2011 Census, more people put "Heavy Metal" as a religion than "Scientology" in England and Wales

  10. Clint Eastwood booted Phillip Kaufamn as director of The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) and assumed the job himself. In response the Directors Guild of America created the Eastwood Rule that prohibits an actor or producer from firing the director and then becoming the director himself.

Data charts about Wales

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Spikes in live births outside of marriage in England and Wales during the World Wars

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House prices to earnings ratio, England & Wales, 2002 - 2018,

What are some fun facts about wales?

A prison restaurant staffed by inmates was recently voted the best restaurant in Cardiff, Wales on Tripadvisor.

Jimmy Wales founded a porn site in order to acquire the initial funding to create Wikipedia.

In Wales in 1950 a man was wrongfully executed for the murder of his wife and daughter. It is the reason capital punishment is outlawed in the UK today

Contrary to popular belief, orange does, in fact, rhyme. It rhymes with Blorenge (a mountain in Wales) and sporange (a sac where spores are made).

In a rubbish dump in Newport, Wales there is a discarded hard drive containing the private key to 7,500 Bitcoins. At today's US$3,211 Bitcoin price, the hard drive is worth more than US$24,000,000.

7th Century general Khalid bin al-Waleed swallowed poison to demonstrate how much of a hard-ass he was. Instantly shrugging it off because he'd built up resistance since childhood, his enemy immediately surrendered.

The Tower Of London's ravens are enlisted as soldiers of the Kingdom. As in the case with soldiers, the ravens can be dismissed for unsatisfactory conduct. Raven George (Enlisted 1977-1986) lost his appointment to the Crown, and was retired to Wales for attacking and destroying TV aerials.

30 square kilometres of marijuana were found growing in New South Wales, Australia 25 years after it was made illegal. It took 9 years to remove it fully, during which people regularly harvested it and distributed it in Sydney.

Almost all the stones/rocks used in the sport Curling is from the small uninhabited Scottish island, Ailsa Craig. The only other source of the stones is a quarry in Wales.

Sheep farming accounts for 80% of all agriculture in Wales. - fact check

The founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, is only worth about $1 million dollars. - fact check

In 1990, Kerry Packer, the richest man in Australia, purchased defibrillators for every ambulance in New South Wales after his life was saved by an rescue crew that had one of the few defibrillators in the country.

In 2016 a gang of five men were jailed for stealing £25,000 worth of Jammie Dodgers from a factory in Torfaen, Wales. As they were being led away from the docks, one of the defendants called out "Does anyone want a biscuit?".

In England and Wales, deaths caused by willingly taking "unreasonable" risks aren't called accidents, they're called "misadventures."

In England and Wales it's legal to consume alcohol on private premises from the age of 5.

The saying "an apple a day keeps the doctors away" dates back to 19th Century Wales, and was originally phrased "Eat an apple on going to bed, and you'll keep the doctor from earning his bread."

Mount Kosciuszko was thought to be the highest mountain in Australia until Mount Townsend was found to be slightly taller. Rather than re-educating the public that Townsend was the new highest mountain, the New South Wales Lands Department simply switched their names.

Waleed Khan, a 16 year old boy from Pakistan who survived being shot five times in the face at the age of 12 when 6 Taliban Militants attacked his school, killing 149 people including 132 school children.

Elton John sank into a deep depression following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997. He rewrote "Candle in the Wind" to be about her, and only played it live once. He has denied all requests to play it again, saying he will only play it if asked by one of Princess Diana's sons.

Places like Wales, Wallachia, Wallonia, and Cornwall etc, have similar names because it was the word German conquerors called the surviving Roman speakers after the empire fell. The twem "walhaz" means stranger, which the surviving Roman refugees were to them.

A German WWII fighter pilot accidentally landed in Wales, giving the Allies a working specimen of the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 - fact check

The opening ceremony of the Sydney Harbour Bridge was interrupted by a man on horseback, who slashed the ribbon with his sword, declaring that he was opening the bridge in the name of the people of New South Wales.

The world’s biggest ever recorded turtle was a Leatherback Turtle that washed up Harlech Beach, Wales, in 1988. It was estimated to be 100 years old, and was almost 9 foot in length weighing a tumultuous 2,016 lbs!

There are rainforests in Wales as a result of high humidity and stable temperatures. The EU is funding an effort to maintain them by ridding them of invasive species.

In 2005 a Welsh rugby fan boasted to friends that if Wales won the match they were watching he would cut his testicles off. When they won he went home, cut off his testicles and returned with them to show everyone in the bar

Wales infographics

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Most popular baby boy names in England and Wales, 2018

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House prices to earnings ratio by local authority, England & Wales, 2002 - 2018,