If you’ve ever been to Buckingham Palace, you’ve probably noticed the armed guards wearing the bearskin caps standing sentry. These aren’t your average security guards roaming through shopping malls; they are the Queen’s Guards.
The British royal family has captured the curiosity of many people, including the stoic soldiers who guard Her Majesty. Here are 12 things you never knew about the Queen’s Guards.
1. Those guns aren’t usually loaded.
One of the guards, who uses the username “nibs123” on Reddit, says that the guns are only loaded when they are aware of a potentially serious security threat.
2. There’s a reason they wear those hats.
The fluffy black hats were considered intimidating in the old days. They also fasten the chinstraps under their noses so when cavalry soldiers would aim for the head, the hat would come off without breaking their necks.
3. Also, they’re heavy!
According to nibs123, the hats weigh “about two to four kilograms,” and they get heavier when they’re wet.
4. Some bears were harmed in the making of the hats.
The hats are made from real bear fur.
5. You have to pass a test.
Candidates have to pass the British Army Recruit Battery (BARB) test, and they also have to be tall.
6. There are circumstances in which they are allowed to speak.
They are known to yell “make way for the Queen’s Guard!” at tourists who get a little too close.
7. They get bored.
The Reddit guard said:
“I tend to sing songs in my head or try to remember a movie from start to finish in my head.”
8. They don’t like it when you imitate their walk.
“A lot of people try to mock the way we march by doing it all wrong, which is sometimes annoying.”
9. Standing still for that long carries a serious health risk.
Guards are allowed to move during their regular shift. They can “turn to the left and march about ten paces, turn around, and go back to standing still … “It’s best to do this every 10 minutes or so to stop yourself from fainting from the blood that gets trapped in your legs.”
10. They hate the hot weather, but not for the reason you think.
The Redittor revealed that his least favorite thing about the heat is polishing his drill boots again as it melts in direct heavy sunlight.
11. They’ve chatted with Queen Elizabeth II.
“When I was on guard at Windsor Castle, she came up to me with her husband and the dogs and asked me some questions. She’s really nice.”
12. Yes, they laugh sometimes.
The Reddit guard reminded everyone that they are just normal human beings with feelings.
“I try not to, but sometimes you just can’t help it; some people are just too funny.”
Woman Blocks Black Man From Entering His Own Apartment, Gets Fired From Job
“To be a black man in America, and come home.”
After BBQ Becky, Permit Patrol, and Pool Patrol Paula, another instance of a person of color getting unfairly targeted and harassed for simply living their lives have made headlines recently. Apparently, a black Missouri man was literally blocked from his own apartment building by a white fellow resident who refused to believe he also lived there.
D’Arreion Toles, who took and posted the now-viral video on Facebook, shared his dismay in the situation. After learning about the incident, the company that the woman worked for has immediately terminated her.
Guy Pets His Dog Everywhere He Travels And It’s Better Than #FollowMeTo Photos
“The best dog that changed my life forever.”
You've probably seen those #FollowMeTo photos where women lead their boyfriends into gorgeous landscapes. However, one guy decided to give the Instagram trend his own awesome spin. The photographer posts amazing pictures of his adorable dog instead of a beautiful girl.
Honza Řeháček is a freelance photographer based in Czechia who loves the outdoors. Because of his constant travels, he regularly takes stunning photos of his adventures and makes sure he brings his beloved wolfdog Sitka. Not surprisingly, Sitka's gorgeous pictures have become an internet hit.
Meet Sitka, the magnificent wolfdog who will make you want to bring your pet on your next vacation.
10 Tricks To Help You Spend Less While Shopping
Ater doing from #1-#9, #10 makes sense.
We’ve all been in this situation before: We go to the mall to buy one specific thing, and we end up buying ten more items that we don’t need. It’s quite easy to see that a shopping mall is a trap that we keep falling for over and over again.
Fortunately, there are certain ways that we can control ourselves from impulsive buying. Here are ten tricks to help you shop less.
1. Wear high-heeled shoes when you shop