The Isle of Man: 10 Facts

So while the Americans have their 4th of July, we Manx have our 5th of July - Tynwald Day! And as today is a pretty important one on the Isle of Man I thought I'd share with you 10 facts about my lovely little Island:

1. The Isle of Man was the first country in the world to give women the vote in national elections.

2. We have some unusual superstitions.
Such as not saying the word "rat" - people instead will refer to them as "R-A-Ts", "Longtails" or "Joeys". Another one is saying hello to the fairies when you pass over Fairy Bridge (which is in the south of the Island) - you do NOT want to upset the fairies so it is vital that you remember this, should you ever visit...

3. From the top of Snaefell (the Island's highest mountain) on a clear day you can see all 7 Kingdoms - England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Heaven, the Sea, & the Isle of Man.

4. There are 2 domestic animals specifically connected to the Isle of Man: the Manx Cat (a cat with no tail, and higher hind legs than other cat breeds) and Loaghtan Sheep (they have brown wool and 4, sometimes 6, horns).

5. You can both learn to drive & vote at the age of 16 - woo yeah!

6. Some notable Manxies include: Archibald Knox, Samantha Barks (Éponine in Les Misérables), Mark Cavendish MBE & Peter Kennaugh MBE (road & track racing cyclists) and The Bee Gees.

7. The Island is home to the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy race ("The TT"), a motorcycle race that began in 1907 and is considered to be one of the "greatest motorcycle sporting events in the world".

8. The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institute) was founded on the Isle of Man by Sir William Hillary in 1824.

9. The Island's parliament, Tynwald, is the oldest continuously governing body in the world and was established by the Vikings.

10. It is also a centre for emerging private space travel companies, and in 2010 was named the fifth most likely nation to reach the moon next!
^^^ And a beautiful fluffy Manxie, just for you! ^^^

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