275x250.jpg The typical new mom will lose 2.05 hours sleep a night throughout the first year of their baby’s life it's been found… that's the equivalent of an entire month.

A study of 1,091 mothers across the UK found that 98% of mothers experienced ‘broken sleep’ throughout the first year of their baby’s life with the typical bay waking 3.9 times.

When asked how long they were awake for whilst tending to their baby on each occasion, the study found that, on average, the respondents were awake for 31.6 minutes each time.

According to the study, prior to having children the respondents slept for an average of 7.8 hours a night. Therefore, if the average mother woke 3.9 times each night for 31.6 minutes at a time, they lost an average of 2.05 hours sleep a night

275x250.jpg One in three Brits now keep in touch with grandparents and elderly relatives by text message, email and even Facebook, a study has revealed.

Instead of picking up the phone, many elderly people are now using social networking sites to update their relatives, with 15% claiming their grandparents are regular users of Facebook.

More than one in twenty claim to have grandparents on the micro-blogging site Twitter and half of those said they regularly keep tabs on their posts, updates or activity.

Nearly a quarter of UK grandparents now own a smartphone and one in ten regularly communicate on Skype, according to the poll by family pub restaurant chain Fayre & Square.

A third of grandparents can competently text, 25% are avid email users and 10% send messages on Facebook.

275x250.jpg Brits are so desperate to get a suntan that half of them will burn on the first day of their holiday, a survey has revealed.

A study of 2,000 holiday-makers found that 14 per cent of Brits don’t even use sun tan protection on the very first day of their holiday, and 25 per cent use a really low factor.

Asked why they are so desperate to get a tan, 68 per cent of people blame their addiction to the sunshine on the terrible British weather.

Half of people travelling this summer said they will consider their holiday a complete and utter flop if they don’t walk away with a decent tan.

Even those people who start the holiday by religiously applying lotions and potions stop using them by day four if they haven’t achieved a perfect bronzed complexion. 

275x250.jpg Earning a big salary is bad for your waistline – with those who pocket £45,000 a year among the unhealthiest wage bracket, it emerged yesterday.

A study of 2,000 Brits found bigger earners are more likely to see their waistline balloon amid a dizzy round of boozy lunches, nights out, take-aways and ready-meals. They are also more likely to smoke and avoid any form of exercise wherever possible.

By contrast the report also found the healthiest people are those earning a modest £16,000 salary, because they lack the funds to binge on booze and dine out.

The study revealed Brits in the £45,000 salary bracket enjoy an average of three boozy lunches at work each month, and sup an alcoholic drink two lunchtimes each week.

Almost one in ten regularly head to a restaurant for an unhealthy meal during their lunch hour, while another 21 per cent tuck into a fat-filled sandwich.

275x250.jpg One in three women would rather be overweight than have bad skin, a survey has revealed.

Researchers found one third of females would rather face the prospect of putting on a few pounds than going out in public with spots, wrinkles or dry skin.

The poll of 2,000 women also exposed the top 10 beauty wish list – with good boobs, sparkling white teeth and a year-long tan accompanying good skin.

It also emerged when it comes to ageing, one in five women are more concerned about crow’s feet, furrows and facial creasing than developing middle aged spread or going grey.

The poll also found the average women would like to weigh eight stone nine pounds, be a dress size 10 and be just over five foot five inches tall.

275x250.jpg Brit holidaymakers start to miss home four days and 14 hours into their sunshine break, a study has revealed.

Researchers found a yearning for popular television shows, home cooking and the perfect cup of tea leads our thoughts drifting back to Britain.

Drinking tap water without worrying was a huge miss for 40 per cent of the survey, while one fifth missed keeping up with the news.

A dedicated one in ten Brits miss their job while on holiday and even admitted sneaking a call to work while away, to catch up on news or gossip.

275x250.jpg Twelve million men are sat at their desks this morning wearing something which was chosen for them by their wife or partner, it has been found.

Researchers have found two thirds of blokes rely on their partners to pick out clothing such as a tie, shirt, shoes or even suit, with many blaming their lack of confidence in the style stakes.

It also emerged half of men were physically ‘dressed’ by the significant other this morning in the shape of a helping hand doing up their tie, or inserting collar stiffeners and cuff links.

A spokesman for StylePilot.com said: "Many men want to be better dressed, but lack style knowledge and confidence.

"That’s why millions of men are relying on other women in their lives – particularly their wives or partners – to help choose what to wear to work so they look good not just at work but for other occasions."

275x250.jpg British holidaymakers start to miss home four days and fourteen hours into their sunshine break, a study has discovered.

Researchers found a yearning for popular television shows, home cooking and, crucially, the perfect cup of tea leads our thoughts drifting back to what’s going on in Britain.

Just being able to drink the tap water without worrying was a huge miss for 40 per cent of the survey, while a fifth long for a dose of news from their local paper.

And a dedicated one in ten Brits even misses their job while on holiday and even admits to sneaking a call to work while away.

275x250.jpg The key to a perfect night’s sleep is going to bed at exactly 10pm, wearing pyjamas and enjoying a nice cup of tea beforehand, it has been revealed.

A study of 2,000 adults who claim to enjoy a wonderful sleep every single night of the week has highlighted how to achieve a decent slumber.

It shows the events of the evening have an impact on the night ahead – with most people ensuring they have at least two hours and seven minutes ‘down time’ before hitting the sack.

The average person will watch at least an hour and three quarters of television, opting for soap operas or comedy quiz shows.

And when going to bed, Brits have another 20 minutes rest time before finally falling asleep at 10:26pm.

Brunettes are better shoppers than blondes

275x250.jpg Researchers found dark-haired women are more decisive, better at finding bargains and more likely to find the item they set out to purchase.
 
Blondes on the other hand make rash decisions, end up with clothes they don't like and often buy for the short term rather than 'investing' in clothing that will last.
 
The study, which was commissioned by online market researchers OnePoll, also found brunettes usually spend less on a shopping trip than the average blonde and are far savvier when it comes to the sales.
 
And brunettes are the more decisive of the two, despite taking shorter shopping trips on average than their fair-haired counterparts.
 
The research examined 500 natural brunettes and 500 natural blondes to determine just who can claim to be the queens of retail… though it's not know how thorough the researchers were in fact-checking the natural status.

275x250.jpg The dining table is only the fifth most popular place to eat breakfast, a study revealed yesterday.

Despite being the traditional place to start your day, the dining table was beaten by our desks, the sofa and even the commute to work.
 
Researchers found a third of Brits say that they never sit down and eat breakfast at a table and those that do are unlikely to do it at any point other than at the weekend.
 
Instead the study revealed that people were likely to squeeze in brekkie while driving or even while getting dressed or showered.
 
Time emerged as the main factor for Brits who said they were too busy rushing around of a morning to take the time and sit down and eat properly.

275x250.jpg Did you get a Valentines gift yesterday? If so consider yourself lucky, because a third of people in relationships have called it quits on gifts this year.

A recent study has revealed the extent some Britons have gone to in order to cut back this year -- with not giving gifts topping the list.

1,445 UK adults -- who have been in relationships for at least 2 years -- were asked questions about their Valentine’s Day gifting intentions.

The main reasons given for not giving gifts this year included, saving money (62%), not seeing each other (11%) and no particular reason (9%).

Slightly worrying was the 8% who said their partner didn't deserve a gift.

275x250.jpg 42 percent of all iPhones currently in use in the UK are being used with a broken or cracked screen, it has been found.

A recent study found not all iPhones are kept in their original condition and that 57% have had a cracked screen at some point.

Phone owners who continued to use a broken iPhone handset said it was because the handset ‘worked fine’ despite the broken/ cracked screen or that they didn’t want to ‘claim on insurance’ for the break.

Of those that had broken the screen on an iPhone handset at some point in the past, over a quarter, 27% had done so after owning the handset for less than one month.

In contrast, the majority had broken/ cracked their handset having owned it for just 1-3 months.

January is the month we tell the most lies

275x250.jpg We tell more lies in January than at any other time of the year, it has emerged.
 
Fibbing about New Year resolutions, exaggerating how we are doing on diets or detox means we each wheel out 217 fibs in January.
 
Lying to take sickies off work as the grim winter takes hold is also a regular occurrence and and four out of ten of us will make up excuses to get out of socialising.

Money is one of the top things that Brits were likely to lie about with many admitting to hiding how much they spent over Christmas and how much debt there was on the credit card.
 
But despite this, nearly half of those surveyed say they regularly get caught out because they are so bad at lying.

275x250.jpg The average Brit will devour 2,453 takeaways during their lifetime, a study has revealed.

Researchers found hungry adults will gorge their way through 188 kebabs, 322 Chinese dishes and 368 pizzas – with the majority eaten on the way home from a night out.
 
They will also tuck away 375 burgers, 312 portions of fish and chips and 92 hot dogs.
 
And this dodgy diet doesn't only hit your waist-line, we are each said to fork out a wallet-busting £17,250 to feed our fast food habits.

Chinese was said to be the nation's favourite takeaway, followed by
Fish and chips, Pizza and Indian.

Top 10 gadgets which confuse men and women

275x250.jpg Men are baffled by washing machines while women can't get their heads around iPhones, research has discovered.
 

A study of 2,000 adults found while most blokes can comfortably 'drive' a string of household electrical gadgets a few of them regularly prove to be a step too far.
 
A quarter of men admitted they had no idea how to use their washing machine and a similar amount were clueless when it came to using the grill or oven.
 
Women on the other hand were more likely to struggle with turning off their kids games console and getting their smartphone or mp3 player to work.
 
So while men struggle to get to grips with household gadgets while women are more baffled by high-tech toys like a laptop, printer or Sky+. 

275x250.jpg The typical British breakfast lasts just 3 minutes and 15 seconds during the week, a study has revealed.
 

Researchers found that almost half those questioned admitted that just about manage to squeeze in the first meal of the day before they leave the house for the office.
 
It also emerged nearly half of us have our breakfast on our feet, usually while we're getting ready for work or distracted by emails, Facebook and even the morning television
 
Only two thirds of people find the time to sit and eat breakfast on a week day morning with a third admitting that they prefer to lie-in instead.
 
And it appears the kitchen is no longer the room of choice when it comes to eating breakfast, with nearly two-thirds eating in their bedroom or another room in the house. 

275x250.jpg Britain is one of the biggest water wasters in Europe - running the equivalent of 1,200 Olympic swimming pools down the plughole every year, it's been revealed.
 
A study found we are more likely to leave the tap running, take more baths, have longer showers and adopt a more cavalier attitude towards water than the rest of Europe.
 
It also emerged just six out of ten of us actively try and save water around the home compared to nine out of ten in Spain, and eight out of ten in Italy and France.
 
The figures are even more astonishing because Britons pay roughly £77 a year more for their water than anyone else in Europe.
 
Brits are also twice as likely to have a bath compared with people in Germany and nearly three times as likely as those in France. No, it doesn't need a punchline does it?

275x250.jpg Female bosses are more tolerant of employees doing personal chores during work hours new research has shown.
 

Instead of berating colleagues for getting errands done in company time, women are more likely to appreciate the fact that staff have to maintain a work–life balance.

They will only address the issue if employees are behind in their work when  spotted on Facebook, Twitter or shopping websites, or overhearing them making personal calls.
 
Female bosses are also more likely to take the personal situation of staff into account when it comes to managing and reprimanding their staff.
 
In contrast, male bosses were more inclined to tell employees off for letting home life get in the way of work, and admitted to having to do so on a daily basis.
 

275x250.jpg Researchers have found that more than half of Brits admit to keeping an eye on their neighbours’ comings and goings and regularly snoop on them to see what they’re up to.
 

Watching from the window, listening over the fence, looking through their rubbish and Googling how much they paid for the property are just some of the ways we keep tabs on our neighbours.
 
Forty four per cent of 2,000 adults polled said they can’t resist having a nose if another resident on their street gets a delivery or has guests to visit.
 
A quarter of people say they know if their neighbours are having relationship problems and half even keep track of new guests and visitors they haven’t seen before.

Despite this, most Brits don't consider themselves as nosy, instead saying that they think it is neighbourly to keep an eye on what's happening on their street.

275x250.jpg Despite the fact that Brits are renowned for their impeccable manners, research suggests saying "Thank You" is fast becoming a thing of the past.

That's because one in three of us now opts for the less formal 'Cheers' and other 'Thank You' alternatives commonly used include: 'ta', 'merci', 'nice one' and 'cool'.

But it's not all bad news for sticklers of good manners -- it was also found that average person will say thank you nearly 5,000 times a year.

And 95% of those surveyed claim manners are important to them while eight in ten Brits believe their own etiquette is spot on.

However, 73% of Brits also reveal that the reasoning behind why they say ‘thank you’ is because they were brought up to do so rather than being genuinely grateful.

275x250.jpg The average woman owns 12 items of clothing which she bought - purely because a friend looked so good in the same thing.

A recent study found found most females have a large percentage of clothing in their wardrobe which they first noticed on someone who sits near them at work or was worn by a friend.
 
Around one in three of 2,000 women polled said they have bought an item of clothing within days of seeing a friend in one.
 
Another third admitted copying an entire outfit from a friend and the average women was found to have five items in their wardrobe which are exactly the same as something a friend or colleague owns.

Despite this one in ten said they would be annoyed with a friend who copied their style and bought something similar.

275x250.jpg Parents of two children treat their youngest as the favourite, new research has found.
 

A study of 1,803 parents shows that 59 per cent of the time, parents will subconsciously choose the youngest child over the eldest.
 
In particular, mums and dads are more likely to side with a younger child in an argument, lavish them with more attention, let them have their own way and spend longer reading with them.
 
Younger children also benefit from more treats and cuddles, and their parents find it hard refusing them anything they want.
 
Of the 1,803 people questioned, only 23 per cent of parents were prepared to admit they DID have a favourite child – of these, 54 per cent chose their youngest child.

275x250.jpg Seven in ten women spend up to 20 minutes deliberating over whether to have a dessert in a restaurant, a survey has found.
 
The research discovered most finally give in to temptation, after wasting time worrying about their waistline and not wanting to look unhealthy in front of their partner.
 
In fact, sixty per cent of those that can’t resist a pudding, opt to share their dessert with a friend or partner to spare themselves the guilt afterwards.
 
Yet, despite this most of the women surveyed said they would choose a dessert over a starter and even a main course, with many admitting that a pudding is their favourite part of a whole meal.

Men on the other hand don’t think twice about ordering a dessert and are more likely to consider the cost of the pudding than the calories.

275x250.jpg A third of under 30s in the UK have only ever been on a beach holiday; as opposed to going on a city break or activity-based holiday, it's been found.

The discovery about how unadventurous young people can be when it comes to choosing a holiday was found by a poll of more than 1,600 people.

While 33% of those polled had only ever been on a beach holiday, 7% said they'd only ever been on a city break, whilst 11% confessed to only ever going on ‚ski holidays‚.

57% of the beach only holidaymakers said it was due to the fact beach holidays were the kind of holiday that they liked the best while 12%, said they found them "more affordable".

Despite the findings, two fifths, 41%, said they would like to be "more adventurous" when it came to their holidays.

275x250.jpgForget carefully thought-out Christmas presents, the majority of us will opt for standard gifts like gift cards or smellies this festive season.

A poll of more than 2,000 Brits discovered that two thirds of us also buy friends and loved ones Christmas presents with an ‘ulterior motive’ in mind.
 
52%, purchase presents for friends that they can also benefit from; such as concert tickets while 21% gift presents they would like to eventually ’borrow’.

Other gifts which prove most popular include meals out, CDs, DVDs.

A spokesperson for Grantmywishapp.com, which conduced the study said: "It may seem pretty selfish to admit to buying a present for someone that you will also benefit from, but let’s face it; we all love being taken out for dinner!"

275x250.jpg The tooth fairy pays children in London more for their teeth than those in any other region of the UK, a study has revealed.

A poll of parents found that of the 61 percent of kids who are visited by the tooth fairy, those in London get the most -- an average of £5.10 for each missing milk tooth.

The second best place to live for cashing in on the profitable tooth market was found to be Cambridge (£5.00) followed by Cardiff (£4.75)

Other good places to make the most out of the tooth fairy were Liverpool (£4.50) and Manchester (£4.35).

However, we think the old TF might have something against some towns and cities -- in Hull Portsmouth and York she pays out 10p or under per tooth.

275x250.jpg The temperature of the house sparks more arguments during winter than any other subject, according to research.
 

Thousands of British couples crank up the heating the minute summer comes to an end  causing the bickering to start.
 
Four out of ten couples will have at least two arguments every day about the heating and in two thirds of cases couples will bicker because he is hot while she is cold.
 
More than half of those polled admitted during winter, one of them often finds it difficult to sleep because they are too warm.

The study of 2,000 homeowners also found the bedroom is the scene of most rows… presumably because it is not hot enough there!

275x250.jpg Sleep-starved Brits are more likely to wake up at 3.44am than at any other time during the night, a study has revealed.
 
Researchers found the typical Brit is woken twice a night by dripping taps, noisy neighbours, snoring, kicking partners and pawing pets.
 
The study also showed four in ten struggle to fall asleep, with the average Brit taking 46 minutes to nod off.
 
Worries about money and work were the most common culprits, whilst one sixth blamed eating late and too much caffeine.
 
Nearly half said they felt tired all day long as a result of their interrupted sleep and one in five admitted finding themselves nodding off during the day… maybe they were reading newslite!

275x250.jpg People will spend less money this Christmas than any other for the last five years, it has been found.

Research into spending habits discovered Christmas 2011 is set to be the most low-budget since 2007.

57% of the 1,462 people polled also said they do not feel prepared financially for the festive season.

And after feeling the pinch due to the recent economic downturn, the majority of people say they will be spending less than recent years.

Asked to estimate how much Christmas will cost them £692.18 was the average; just over half of the average amount spent in 2007.

275x250.jpg The average Brit only feels at the top of their game for one day of the working week - and usually on a Tuesday, it has emerged.
 

Researchers who studied the lifestyles of 2,000 adults found work stress, sleepless nights and money issues leave many of us unable to give 100 per cent every day.
 
Tuesday morning at around 11.30am was identified as the point when most people feel at their most efficient, having struggled through Monday and come to terms with the week's workload.
 
Fridays and Mondays are our least efficient days, while Saturdays between 10.30am and 12.30pm emerged as the point when we are at our most relaxed, according to the research.
 
So what do you think, were you at the top of your game this morning… we know we weren't.

275x250.jpg Finding a £10 note in an old pair of jeans and being told you've lost weight are among life's greatest pleasure triggers, it's been found.
 

A study of 3,000 adults revealed simple pleasures such as getting into a bed with freshly washed sheets and seeing an old couple holding hands also help to brighten our day.
 
Sunshine was found to be largely responsible for our good mood - such as waking up to a sunny day, sitting in the sun and driving with the car windows down on a sunny day all appearing in the top 20.
 
Other happy moments include being surprised with flowers or chocolates, getting a nice message or cuddle from a loved one, or getting a thank you card in the post.
 
Unfortunately for many, the hustle and bustle of everyday life means the average person is only happy for half the week.

275x250.jpgA string of traditionally British words such as 'cripes' and 'balderdash' are dying out amid the popularity of shortened text-style terms, it's been found.
 

Experts found a significant decrease in the use of words which our parents and grandparents would have uttered on an almost daily basis.
 
73% of people agree language has changed in recent years, with the character limit on Twitter and when sending text-messages believed to be behind the trend.

Other words which have fallen by the wayside amid the LOL generation are 'rambunctious', 'verily', 'salutations' and 'betwixt'.
 
While a quarter of Brits say they now use text speak like 'lol' only 10% have said 'fiddlesticks' and 25% of people have never said 'oopsy-daisy'.

275x250.jpgAlmost a third of Brits are ‘unhappy’ with their job and wish they did something else for a living, it's been found.

A study into the attitudes we hold about work found that 31% of us are unhappy and 7% go a step further saying they ‘hate’ their current job.

But it's not all bad news, 22% of the 1,271 polled said they 'love' their job and 1 in 10 feel that have landed their ‘dream job’.

Asked to elaborate on why they were unhappy in their job, 29% said it was because the role was not challenging enough.

A further 34% of those who claimed to be ‘unhappy’ in their job stated that it was because they felt ‘bored’. In contrast 12% said they were ‘unhappy’ because their position was ‘too difficult’.

Most women have given their man a makeover

200x175.jpgSeven out of ten women have 'done a Liz Hurley' - and given their man a makeover to improve his image, it has been found.
 

Researchers found millions of women have copied Hurley's remoulding of lover Shane Warne by altering their man's hair, weight, lifestyle or eating habits.
 
Others have made dress sense their first priority, encouraging him to ditch scruffy jeans and tatty shirts for smarter, more presentable clobber.
 
Shedding unsightly beards or growing trendy stubble are also common issues which women address within weeks of meeting a new partner.
 
Other 'issues' women like to address include shoe choice, hygiene, diet, financial responsibility and alcohol intake… making you wonder what they ever saw in him in the first place.

275x250.jpgMillions of married women would rather spend time with their girlfriends than their husbands, a study has revealed.
 

Researchers found man women would prefer to spend a day off with their best friend because they were more fun, more likely to indulge in an exchange of gossip.
 
Shopping, going to a day spa, or having a meal and a glass of wine topped the list of activities women preferred to do in their spare time.

Nearly a third of 3,000 women polled agreed they think their girlfriends are much better company than their partner is.

And 60% of women say they prefer to go shopping with their girlfriends because they trust friends’ advice more… and don't have to pretend everything is cheap. 

275x250.jpg Research has found that women look their best for just two hours and 22 minutes of the average working day.
 

A study found the beautifully styled hairdo and fully made-up face perfected in front of the bathroom mirror is history by precisely 10.13am.
 
That's the point when the typical woman's professional, polished image is replaced by worn-off lipstick, smudged eye make-up and dishevelled hair.
 
The poll of 2,000 women also found the average female feels she needs to apply fresh make-up or restyle her hair again at 11.44am.

And 43 per cent said they were aware they looked like a 'different woman' after a long day in the office.

275x250.jpgTuesday is the worst day of the week to start dieting, research has revealed… so sit back, have a biscuit, and read about why this is.

Women who start counting calories on a Tuesday were found to typically give up in under a week, often ending up heavier than when they started out.
 
By contrast, those who begin their battle of the bulge on a Monday are most likely to shed the most weight, losing on average eight pounds over a three week period.
 
The study of 2,000 Brits who have been on a diet within the last year also found those who start their diet on a Saturday have a clear goal in mind and are more likely to see the dieting commitment through to the end.

Meanwhile, Sunday dieters are also less likely to fall prey to the yo-yo dieting cycle, with an impressive 88 per cent keeping off the weight they lose.

275x250.jpg Soldiers and nurses should earn more money than politicians, according to a new opinion poll.
 

Researchers found the general public believe the financial reward for putting your life on the line - or saving a life - should far outweigh that of an MP.
 
The report showed three quarters of us believe squaddies should pocket an average of £63,491-a-year for fighting for their country, while nurses should earn close to £54,000.
 
By contrast only 23 per cent said politicians were worth their £65,000-a-year salary.
 
It also emerged most of us believe Prime Minister David Cameron should pick up around £91,003 each year - around £50,000 LESS than his current £142,500 wage packet.
 

275x250.jpgMen are now as worried as women about being ripped off by dodgy motor maintenance garages, it has been found.
 

Traditionally, women have been more intimidated when taking a car in for a service amid fears rogue traders will baffle them with car jargon and charge the earth for the work.
 
But research found men now suffer the same anxieties due to a lack of knowledge of what goes on beneath the bonnet.
 
The report also found millions of men struggle to identify where the screen wash is located, how to check the oil and change a light bulb.

And shockingly, one in five men didn't even know how to release the bonnet... we can't imagine why they'd be worried about being ripped off!

275x250.jpg31% of small business owners admit to ‘favouring’ certain staff members, it has been discovered.

In a bid to discover more about workplace relations, a human resources consultancy conducted a study aimed at discovering more about employers’ attitudes towards their staff.

1,092 employers were asked questions about how they felt about their staff, as well as questions about general relations within the workplace.

It was found that almost a third admitted favouring some staff -- with most claiming this was because of their stronger work ethic’ or ‘sense of humour in the work place’.

So if you want favourable treatment at the office we suggest you either work harder or try to make the boss laugh -- we know what we're going for! Did you hear the one about...

275x250.jpgDespite most parents agonising over choosing the right names for their children, many end up regretting' the name, it's been found.

A study of more than 1,000 parents recently discovered that 8% wish they had picked another name for their little ones.

Of those, the majority, 53%, said they felt this way because they'd chosen a name that was ‘fashionable’ at the time, but wasn't now.

However 32%, of said they regretted their child’s first name because it had since become a very common name for children and it no longer felt unique.

While 41% of parents had decided upon a name before their child was born, 6% said it took them over a week of deliberating to pick.


275x250.jpgA surprising number of British adults are scared of the dark, it has been found.

Researchers found around four out of ten of us (that's nearly 20 million British adults) are fearful of wandering around the house with the lights off.
 
Watching a scary movie, being home alone and hearing strange noises in the middle of the night are cited as the biggest causes of the irrational fear.
 
It also emerged one in ten people are so scared of the dark they wouldn't even get up for the toilet once all the lights are out.

And one in ten parents would prefer to let the children fend for themselves in the night-time than get up to see what was wrong.
 

275x250.jpgA study into mens' memory has discovered 12% of blokes don't know their mother's birthday… and that 6% don’t know their partner’s.

1,231 men were recently quizzed about the important dates they could recall off the top of their head, and the results weren't great.
 
7% claimed they could only remember their own birthday with many not able to name the date their friends, family and partners were born.

Anniversaries proved the most commonly forgotten dates and while 41% said it was because they didn’t have the dates ‘written down’, 11% said their other half would remind them.

However,38% of the respondents said that they ‘always ensured’ they knew the date of their supported football team’s ‘first match of the season’.

275x250.jpgBritish women have a staggering £217 million stashed away to spend on their dream handbag, it has been found.

A recent study into saving habits discovered one in ten have an average of £87 hidden from their partner which they plan to blow on a bag. That's £217m nationally.

Other women were found to have secret funds for new shoes, weekend breaks - and even plastic surgery - which they top up randomly.
 
It was also found 35 percent of women are saving for a holiday, and that one in 20 are currently putting cash aside for a boob job or other form of plastic surgery.
 
A similar number have a big night out planned with the girls, while eight per cent have their eye on a special pair of shoes.

It costs women £500 after getting dumped

275x250.jpgThe average woman splashes out £500 reinventing herself after being dumped, research has revealed.
 

A recent study of 2,000 dumped women asked them what they'd done post-relationship to get their lives back on track.

More than half of those polled said they'd responded by 'reinventing themselves' and completely revamped their appearance.

As such, ditched damsels splash out the best part of £496.66 on hair-cuts and colours, a new wardrobe of clothes and shoes, gym memberships, spray tans, make-up and manicures.
 
But three quarters of ladies admitted the reinvention was worth every penny – as they felt a million dollars afterwards.

275x250.jpg House-proud Brits inspired by property TV shows from Grand Designs to MTV Cribs spend £1,171 per year sprucing up their homes, it's been found.

The survey discovered that in addition to the £58,550 over a lifetime -- we also spend 11 days per year dedicated to home improvements.

The cash sees huge amounts spent on non-functional decorations such as soft furnishings and items that they will never use, for fear of ruining them.

Almost a third of those polled state property TV shows such as Grand Designs, Kirstie's Homemade Home and Location, Location, Location has inspired them to put even more effort into the appearance of their homes.
 
And 14 percent of people admitted voyeuristic peeks inside celebrity homes made them covet luxurious items such as jacuzzis… not great if you live in a bed-sit in Slough.

275x250.jpgAmericans have been voted the "coolest nationality" in an international poll of 30,000 people around the world.

Icons which make America cool were found to be things such as the iPhone, Ray-Bans, Levi's, Harley Davidson and people like Jay-Z, Johnny Depp and President Obama.

Other nationalities found to be considered cool in the study by social network Badoo.com included Brazilians, Spanish and Italians.

And in bad news for Brits, they only came sixth in the poll, below the French. So much for Cool Britannia.

However, it could be worse, you could be Belgian! Thanks to Brussel sprouts, being the home of the EU and Herman Van Rompuy they were named the least cool nationality.

car raceThere are an awful lot of Scalextric tracks, Rubiks cubes and comics hiding in British homes, according to a recent into our hoarding tendencies.

A survey of 1,000 people found that old toys were the things we find it hardest to trow away thanks to our emotional connection with them.

While people also find it hard to throw away clothes that no longer fit family photos and love letters, it's toys which take up the most space.

The most commonly hoarded toys are said to be Scalextric tracks, Rubiks cubes, Star Wars collectables, Micro Machines, Barbie and Pokemon cards.

So what have you got hidden away in your house? Let us know in the comments.

275x250.jpgHere's a sobering thought ahead your weekend, the average Brit will down more than 5,800 pints of beer or lager in their lifetime.

Not only that but a recent poll of 2,000 people also discovered we sup a total 8,700 glasses of wine and 2,900 bottles of cider.

And while Brits were found to have an alcoholic drink on at least three nights a week, 57% of this booze is consumed in the home.

In total this will cost us a wallet-busting £58,201 in our lives and works out to a staggering 456 drinks a year.

But this isn't the only cost, along the way, the typical drinker with suffer 726 hangovers.  

275x250.jpgOne in four Brits has booked an exotic holiday because they are jealous of a friend's foreign jaunt, a study has revealed.

A study of 3,000 holidaymakers found a large percentage of us feel compelled to book a 'copycat holiday' after viewing someone else's holiday snaps or listening to tales from the trip.

One in ten also admitted arranging their own holiday after hearing about someone else's break, despite originally having no plans to go away.

And almost a fifth of jealous Brits have even booked an identical trip, right down to the same hotel, apartment or villa, after hearing about their friend's getaway.

After seeing the Facebook photos on a friend's profile, 13 per cent of people have gone on to book a similar holiday… can anyone say 'online stalker'?

275x250.jpgA third of Brits keep a secret photo of an ex-lover hidden from their current partner,it has been revealed.

A poll of 1,781 men and women - which asked what they did with snaps of people the'd been in a relationship with - found women were more likely to keep photos.

While 36%, of adults in relationships around the UK admit to keeping a ‘secret’ photo of an ex-lover; without the knowledge of their other half, 62% of these were women.

Over half of these secret photos (56%) are said to be kept in a purse or wallet; whilst the remaining majority, 32%, are hidden away in a draw or cupboard.

And to make matters worse just over a quarter, 27%, of those who admitted to harbouring a picture of an ex-lover said it was ‘sexual’ in nature… well you can't get that from stalking them on Facebook.

275x250.jpgThe personal computer has now overtaken the family dog as 'man's best friend', a poll conducted by YouGov has found.

A recent survey discovered almost two thirds of us consider our computers as "a more constant companion than a dog" and that this is especially true for younger dog owners.

People are also now spending more time with their PCs than their pooches and with many people having ditched newspapers for online news sites, dogs are being relied on less to perform household tasks.

In fact, only 6% of those polled believe "most people rely more on their dog than they do on their PC" (probably people who need a lot of slippers fetching) while 67% think the opposite is true.

So if you had to do without your pet dog or your computer, which would it be? And remember your dog can't fetch you Newslite.

275x250.jpgUnadventurous Brits refuse to eat local cuisine and rarely leave their holiday complex when going abroad, it's been revealed.

Despite jetting off to far-flung destinations, four in 10 people admit they only travel abroad for the sunshine.

A third say they prefer to stick with English food such as fish and chips than try anything more exciting from local menus.

And 47% even claim they would rather eat in well-known burger and fast-food restaurants than sampling some of the more exotic delicacies.

In fact, 22% won’t eat at restaurants which don’t have English speaking staff… though 'steak and chips' is understood pretty much around the world.

275x250.jpgThe average British family lives in a semi-detached, owns a silver Ford Focus and tucks into spaghetti bolognese once a week, a study had revealed.

An ‘unofficial census’ also revealed a typical family spends £12 per week on booze, dines out with friends twice a month and curls up in bed at 10.39pm every night.
 
Researchers quizzed 2000 families who said their best form of entertainment was watching TV with their favourite show being Dr Who.
 
The average family also spends £76.02 on the weekly shop, £12 on booze, gets up at 6.57am get home from work at 5.15pm and has £3,280 in savings.
 
We also speak to just two neighbours, go on a family outing once a month, have two bust-ups a week and have just £10.31 in out pocket… which sounds about right to us.

275x250.jpgFIFA video games have been named at the ‘best loved video game series of all time’ after a poll of game fans.

The sporting game series beat off competition from RPG series Final Fantasy and the classic Nintendo Super Mario Brothers games.

Sonic the Hedgehog took fourth place in the poll of more than 1,800 gamer, followed by Zelda and Resident Evil.

Other popular computer game series included Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider and Tony Hawk Pro Skater.

What do you think, do you agree, let us know in the comments section… unless you are too busy focusing on your games console.

275x250.jpgBrits have been revealed as a nation of holiday neat-freaks, with a huge 59% admitting to tidying their own hotel rooms so it's clean when the cleaners arrive.

Despite going on holiday to relax, a study has found we're a nation of compulsive cleaners, with most of us tidying our hotel room before the hotel staff come in.

Before leaving for home, 60% of those surveys admit they make the bed, 45% fold the towels and more than one in 10 (11%) even go as far as cleaning the toilet.

Asked why, 59% said it was ‘rude’ to leave a hotel room in a state, 45% were eager not to be labelled ‘messy’ by hotel staff and a crazy 4% said they just enjoyed cleaning.

If these cleanliness sadists enjoy it that much, they can come and stay with us anytime.

275x250.jpgMillions of workers are more likely to confide in their work mates than their other half it has been found.
 
More than one in five employees tells their colleagues things they would never tell their partners, according to a recent poll of 3,000 workers.
 
Researchers found work mates know at least five secrets about each other that their partner is completely unaware of.
 
In fact, 22 per cent of people reckon they feel closer to their work colleagues than their other half.

Nearly a quarter of people said on a day to day basis they get on better with coworkers than their spouse. Which we couldn't possibly agree with, if she is reading this.

275x250.jpgThe recession in Britain has sparked a level of comradeship amongst neighbours not seen since WWII, is has been claimed.

A recent study found that millions of homeowners are currently enjoying a better relationship with those who live nearby than in previous years.

It's claimed this is due to the common hardship suffered by the entire nation and the conversations neighbours have shared about their situations.

40% of those polled said they now regularly chat to their neighbours over the garden fence about how the recession has affected them.

And one-in-ten said they've made new friends as a result of recession bonding… until they need something more than a cup of sugar.

275x250.jpgThe off-the-field antics of Ryan Giggs' have become one of the most popular subjects of office gossip in the UK, a study has revealed.

Researchers found the sex scandals involving the 'squeaky clean' Manchester United winger currently dominate office chit-chat for up to eight minutes a day.

And new revelations that Giggs, 37, has allegedly been bedding his sister-in-law for eight years is now almost as popular a talking point as Britain's Got Talent.

The report, which revealed most workers manage to squeeze in around half an hour's chit- chat during the day, showed holidays are the most common topic.

BGT was second and Giggs' tangled love-life was third with other hot topics including Pippa Middleton, the weather, and Coronation Street… sometimes I'm glad I work from home.

275x250.jpgA study has concluded that Germans are the world's least funny nationality in the world, while Americans and the Spanish top the laughter leagues.

The poll was carried out among 30,000 people in 15 countries to discover where in the world was perceived to be the funniest.

And it appears voting confirmed the view of America’s Mark Twain - that “a German joke is no laughing matter” - with the country being a run away loser.

While USA, Spain, Italy and Brazil topped the comedy charts, Germans, Russians and Turks were left languishing at the bottom of the funny table.

However, before you're tempted to laugh at the results, it's worth bearing in mind that Britain wasn't exactly causing people to split their sides, it finished seventh, behind Mexico.

275x250.jpgThe average man will pack just three pairs of pants to take on a week long, compared with 10 pairs for women, it has been found.

Analysis of the suitcases of 1,294 British holidaymakers - used for vacations in the past 12 months - found women take 34 items of clothing on holiday while men only take 14.

Slightly worryingly that includes swimwear, outfits and underwear -- which could explain why 12% of men aid they planned to wash items whilst on holiday.

Of the men who admitted that they didn’t take enough underwear for everyday on holiday 37% said they thought that they'd ‘mostly wear swimming trunks’ and therefore wouldn’t need too much underwear.

Personally we are not too sure what all the fuss is about men only taking three pairs of pants for a week long holiday… it means he still has two spare.

275x250.jpgThe average Brit will break the law around 21 times a year, it has been found.
 

Speeding, eating or drinking while driving and not wearing a seat belt are the most common crimes we commit during our day-to-day lives.
 
Other car crimes which take place regularly include jumping red lights, parking on double yellow lines and driving someone else's motor without the proper insurance cover.
 
But it's not just road traffic offences, the study of 3,000 adults revealed that many of us could be found guilty of illegally downloading music, dropping litter, not cleaning up after a pooping dog or smoking in a public place.

Obviously we are whiter-than-white when it comes to abiding by the law... but we'd be curious to know how many law you think you've broken in the last 12 months. Let us know in the comments.

275x250.jpgThe traditional image of an office full of staff wearing smart suits, shirts and ties is a thing of the past, it has emerged.
 

A study revealed for the first time more than half of the country's office-based employees now wear casual clothes to work.
 
Less than one in four wear a tie while one in four wear jeans. Incredibly one in six people regularly wear trainers to the office.
 
The boom in web-based business and a more relaxed generation of bosses is said to be behind the change, which is more prominent in the summer.

Most of the 3,000 workers surveyed admitted they only look smart at work twice a week, though 83% say they make more of an effort if they knew they had a meeting.

275x250.jpgOne in five dads doesn't get home from work before their children go to bed, a study has revealed.
 

Researchers found long office hours and an arduous commute home means millions of dads miss out on spending quality time with their kids in the evenings.
 
Worryingly, seven out of ten fathers said the long hours they were working to make ends meet was impacting on the quality of family life.
 
The study also found seven out of ten dads feel guilty about not being home in time to help out with bathing and bedtime.
 
It further emerged 1-in-4 dads have argued with their other half about the imbalance of their work-heavy lifestyle… though a 1-in-10 admit that they've stayed late at work to dodge the chores at home.

275x250.jpgMillions of Brits are risking their hearing by listening to music at a volume louder than a pneumatic drill, it's been revealed.

Researchers found one in ten people regularly turn their radio up to a higher volume than a drill on a building site, with another one in six listening to their MP3 player at deafening levels.

One in twenty regularly plug into their music which is more thunderous than a train hurtling past in a station or a car alarm ringing in your ears.

And worryingly, 17 per cent have been left with ringing ears after listening to blaring music for a long period of time.

At least that's what we think the researchers were saying, we couldn't hear they all that well.

275x250.jpgIf you're thinking about spending your Bank Holiday doing a bit of DIY, you might want to reconsider -- DIY disasters cost UK homeowners £2.1 billion a year.

Research found that 24 percent of people have experienced a DIY disaster in the last 12 months which had cost an average of £145 to put right.

And with 60 percent of UK homeowners planning home improvements this spring, today could see millions of pounds worth of damage caused.

42 percent of people said they've caused so much damage by bungling home improvements they wish they’d hired a tradesman before attempting jobs themselves.

So if you've been trying to find an excuse to crack open a beer and sit in the garden, may we suggest you print out this article and pass it to your significant other.

275x250.jpgResearch has found that people who go on cruise holidays drink more alcohol than those who opt to holiday on dry land.

A study of 1,198 people who had been on cruise holidays discovered that 76 percent of them claimed to drink more when at sea.

In fact the majority of people on a cruise were found to consume 5-8 alcoholic beverages per day - considerably more than land loving holiday makers.

Asked why they drank more at sea, people said it was both because they felt safer in the contained environment -- and because it was "all inclusive".

So the general conclusion of the study is that people will drink more if the booze if free. We're just as surprised as you.

275x250.jpg Researchers have predicted that Brits will shell out a collective £163 MILLION on Wills and Kate royal wedding souvenirs.

One in five patriotic adults are expected to purchase a Royal collectable - with the average spend coming in at £17.

In total that comes to £163… which is a awful lot of mugs, tea-towels and plates featuring Prince William and Kate Middleton staring back at us.

However, the poll of 2,000 people revealed seven in ten won’t admit the souvenirs purchases to friends or family for fear of been mocked. That probably include those with royal wedding condoms.

275x250.jpgBad-tempered Brits spend three-and-a-half years of their lives angry or in a bad mood, a study has revealed.

Researchers found the typical adult has the hump for an hour and 19 minutes a day, with bad customer service, automated phone systems and commuting the most common triggers.

Work problems, money worries and having to deal with family issues also leave  a dark cloud hanging over millions of Brits.

The study of 2,000 people also found daily irritations include time spent queuing, dog mess in the street and learner drivers.

Eight percent of people even said they start to feel aggrieved at the mere sight of a traffic warden on patrol… while just typing the words get us annoyed.

275x250.jpgForget chocolates, presents and breakfast in bed - all most mums want for Mother's Day is a long lie-in.

At least that was the result of a study of 3,000 mums which found most placed more emphasis on an extra couple of hours in bed than they did on material gifts.

It also emerged what many mums hope for on Mothering Sunday and what they will actually get are poles apart. While one in three said they were dreaming of a lie-in only one in six are confident they will actually get to enjoy one.

And while one in four would love someone else to clear up after dinner it will only happen for around one in ten. Mums who would like a day without arguments will be similarly disappointed.

So it almost goes without saying that the one in six who said they hoped to be waited on 'hand and foot' will not get their wish.

275x250.jpgThe average adult in Britain is so unhealthy they're left gasping for breath after running up a flight of stairs, a study has discovered.

This shocking statistic emerged in a report into Brits' level of fitness which also found 31 per cent - or £15m - feel 'puffed' after rushing to catch a bus.

Three in five went as far as to admit they often feel 'shattered' after running the hoover around the house for just 15 minutes and 37 per cent 'need a sit down' after mowing the lawn.

Staggeringly, many of us can also only manage to run 88 metres before coming to an abrupt halt and three in ten said they feel achy after lifting shopping in and out of the car or to the house.

29 percent even claim to work up a sweat doing something like cleaning the bathroom and toilet… which is the worst excuse we've ever heard.

275x250.jpgGood table manners have become a thing of the past, as traditional sit-down meals are ditched in favour of TV dinners, it's been claimed.

A study of British diners found that a quarter of people now believe table manners are no longer important -- a far cry from 15-20 years ago.

And it's clearly true… because 44% of people say they start to eat their food before others arrive at the table, while 38% regularly answer phone calls while they are eating.

33% of those polled also admitted to not thinking twice before stealing food off other people's plate and 10% never say please or thank you during meal times.

Another one-in-ten people also claim they regularly wear headphones to dinner… well you've got to drown out the sound of The One Show somehow.

275x250.jpgBritish women are so doubtful of the partners DIY skills, they'd rather call in a professional than let their bloke loose with a hammer.

A recent survey found that 61% of women think their man is incapable of completing the most basic of DIY jobs.

Top of the list of the jobs women felt their partners could not complete to a good standard was fitting a kitchen, with 57%.

This was followed by tiling a bathroom (47%), laying flooring (43%) and perhaps most worryingly, replacing a plug socket (34%) and wallpapering (35%).

And it seems women are smart not to trust men, 24% of partners say they would never admit to their lack of DIY skills and press on regardless. 

275x250.jpg"Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" has been named as the greatest line of dialogue uttered in any movie, ever.
 

A poll of 5,000 movie fans saw the line from Clark Gable's character Rhett Butler in the 1939 classic Gone with the Wind, named the best ever.

It beat off competition from Arnold Schwarzenegger saying "I'll be back" in Terminator and the "Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates" from Forest Gump.

Other popular lines included Patrick Swayze's cheesy line from Dirty Dancing: "Nobody puts Baby in the corner" and Michael Caine's "You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off" from the Italian Job
 
And if you managed to read all of those without breaking into a rather dodgy impression, you're a better person than us.

275x250.jpgThe average Brit hits the bottle at 7.11pm to 'unwind' on a weekday night, a study has found.

Research revealed a stressful day at work leaves the typical adult reaching for an alcoholic beverage one hour and 25 minutes after arriving home.

Given the typical time we get home that makes 7.11pm booze o'clock and the time many of us enjoy a beer or glass of wine.

The study of 3,000 people also found that four out of ten adults regularly drink alcohol on a workday evening.

Thursday and Friday emerged as the booziest nights of the week, with one in four drinking on a Thursday and almost seven out of ten boozing on a Friday night. Here's to Thursday evenings!

275x250.jpgMen are better at going shopping than women, and more productive at buying what they want, research has revealed.

A study discovered that even though women shop more frequently, they're more likely to come home empty-handed after a shopping trip.

Meanwhile, men have an 'in and out, no messing about' approach and purchase item within 26 minutes of spotting them - while women browse for long periods first.

Three quarters of guys said they always get what they set out for when they hit the shops, compared to only 45 per cent of females.

The poll of 3,000 adults also found men are willing to spend more money updating their wardrobe than women… a new TV counts as 'updating their wardrobe' right?

275x250.jpgThe Greek city of Athens has been named as the world's most flirtatious city… when it comes to online flirting.

A study of more than 12 million online interactions found people in Athens were more likely to make contact with someone they fancied than anywhere else.

The second most flirtatious city - according to the study by Badoo.com - was found to be Moscow, followed by Kuwait City.

Apparently people in Athens initiate almost twice as many online flirtations per month  as people in Rio, Warsaw or Prague.

Other flirtatious world cities include Rome (8th), Madrid (31st), Paris (38th), London (57th), Berlin (79th), and New York (89th).

275x250.jpg37% of Brits say they live on a diet of ready meals, snacks and left-overs from Monday to Friday and never cooking a mid-week evening meal.

A survey of 3,000 people found that many never cook their mid week evening meal from scratch and always go for the easy option.

70% attribute their dependency on convenience meals and snacks to hectic and stressful lives blaming working longer hours and parenting commitments.

And despite one in three thinking their health is suffering due to their eating habits the average Brit spends only 32 minutes creating their mid-week evening meal.

32 mintute, I know, it's crazy... haven't these people ever heard of a microwave.

275x250.jpgThe honeymoon period in a marriage ends after just 14 months, a study into the lives of married couples has revealed.

Researchers found a year and two months after walking down the aisle, couples stop saying 'I love you' as regularly as they did during their courtship.

Around this time women are also likely to wear less make up and start plodding around the house in an unflattering dressing gown.

But the romance dies for men too, this is said to also be the point they begin shaving less often and start leaving the door open when they go to the toilet.

The 14 month point also sees couples beginning to argue more about things like money and future plans… and leaving to loo door open.

275x250.jpgPeople who work in the IT industry are the most likely to consider sleeping with someone on a first date, it has been found.

A survey of UK workers found that a whopping 46% of randy IT people would consider sleeping with someone on their first date.

At the other end of the scale healthcare workers are the most prudish and only 6% say they would do the same. The average across all professions is slightly less than one in five (17%).

IT people were also found to be surprisingly hung up on looks, with 23% claiming it was the most important thing in potential partner.

Which is surprising, because in our experience most IT people don't normally have the option of being so fussy… and we think 'willing' should be changed to 'desperate' in the title.

275x250.jpgHalf of Brits say they have endured a bitter bust-up with friends or family - over a board game, a study has revealed.

A petty one in 12 adults have even got so outraged with other players that they have never spoken to them again. We repeat, over a board game.

30 percent of the 3,000 polled say board game 'issues' have got so heated they've seen another side to their mates.

However, it looks like the board game bust-ups will continue because 42 percent of folk say they like to play the games to show off how intelligent they are.

But it doesn't always work, 19 percent of people say board games have made them realise their friends were thicker than they thought… think about that next time you've challenged to a game of Trivial Pursuit.

275x250.jpg A massage for a Barbie doll, help finding a glass eye and directions to the on-board McDonald’s are just some of the odd customer requests received by airline cabin crew.

A recent survey of 3,000 cabin crew has revealed some of the strange and down-right weird requests made of them. Yes, someone really did want to book a massage for a doll.

Virgin Atlantic staff say the most common crazy requests they hear at 35,000 feet are; 'please can you open the window?' and 'can you show me to the showers?'

But other less frequent stupid questions include the passengers who asked for the captain to stop the turbulence and turn the engines down because they are too noisy. Thankfully they didn't get their request.

275x250.jpgThe most stressful time of the working week is at 10am on a Tuesday morning, it has been claimed.

Researchers say they quizzed 3,000 people about stress levels and discovered that half pin-pointed mid-morning on Tuesday as their 'stress peak'.

The majority of workers said they coast through Monday getting their brain in gear and catch up with gossip from the weekend and discussing TV shows they've watched.

But on Tuesday reality sets in and staff spend the very first part of the day going through emails they ignored on Monday before planning the week ahead.

At this point they are faced with a mountain of a to-do list to tackle and struggle with impending deadlines. That sounds about right… and explains why we didn't get this post uploaded earlier.

tea bathDuring their working life the average Brit will drink enough cups of tea at the office to fill a whopping 60 bath tubs.

Research found the typical office worker sups four cups of tea each day - that's 20 cups per week at work and 1,040 cups a year.

Given the average person works in full-time employment from the age of 18 to 64 that 47,840 cups of tea.

With the average mug holding 250ml of liquid; this would equate to 11,960 litres of tea or coffee consumed in a life time whilst at work. Or, you guessed it, 60 bath tubs.

Personally we're now in need of a nice warm cuppa while we try to digest all those numbers and ponder when 'bath tubs' became a universal measurement of fluids.

275x250.jpgThe average couple will argue with each other a whopping 312 times a year - mostly over cleanliness, it's been found.

Researchers discovered stubble in the sink, dirty marks in the toilet and taking too long to get ready are regular triggers for bust-ups.

Other reasons for relationship fights include flicking through TV channels and not replacing an empty toilet roll.

It was also found couples are most likely to fall-out after dinner on a Thursday evening with everything kicking off at just before 8pm.

The average fight also lasts just 10 minutes… but with 312 each year, the next one is never too long away.


275x250.jpgA third of women say they wouldn't dare leave the house without make-up on, a study has revealed.

Researchers found that around eight million women in Britain don't feel confident enough in their appearance to venture out without their war paint.

The study also found six out of ten women wear make-up every day regardless of what they're doing, where they're going or who they're seeing.

One in three said they always put make-up on before going to the shops, even if they are only popping out to get a few bits and pieces.

Shockingly one-in-ten women said they never let their boyfriend see them with no make-up and even sleep with a full face on… just like evil clowns.

275x250.jpgSeven out of ten Brits in relationships claim they are often too tired to have sex, a study has revealed.
 

Busy social lives and heavy work schedules are said to leave most adults too exhausted to enjoy intimate moments

A survey of 3,000 people found that in the last month more than one in two people have turned down their partner's advances because they were worn out.

One-in-five have said 'no' this week and two thirds admitted they only have time and energy to make love at the weekend.

It was also found more than half will automatically say no after a certain time of night… so you'd better make you advance earlier next time.

275x250.jpgToday has been dubbed 'Diet Day' -- after it was found to be the most popular day of the year for Brits to begin 'serious dieting'.

A study of 3,000 people discovered that 49 percent said they were going to be starting a health kick in January in a bid to become fit and lose weight.

Of those, almost 70 percent planned to start today, because it was a Monday and they've already emptied the cupboards of festive treats.

Asked how they planned to make a move towards healthy living, 13 percent said they would be cutting out festive foods like chocolate, nuts and cheese from their diet.

Another 10 percent said they would be joining a gym… which probably make next Thursday the day most Brits will quit their health kick and sit in the jacuzzi rather than exercising.

275x250.jpgThere is a staggering £295 million worth of out of date tins, tubs, herbs and spices hidden in the back of kitchen cupboards, it's been found.

A study of British kitchens has found the typical household pantry contains nine items - worth around £12 - whose sell-by date has long since passed.

Mixed spices, soup, herbs, baking soda and tinned fruit are the most common goods to be found languishing at the back of cupboards.

Sauces, stock cubes, mustard and pickled onions also emerged as items which are rarely used and often go beyond their date before being used.

Slightly worryingly, the study also found six in ten women have deliberately fed their other half out-of-date food. Really.

275x250.jpgOnly one in ten Brits is currently in the career they dreamed of as a child,  it has been found.

More than nine out of ten admit they are 'totally dissatisfied' with their current job and would 'quit tomorrow' if they had the chance.

Nearly two-thirds still harbour ambitions of pursuing their childhood dreams, with the majority having done so for more than ten years.

But a lack of contacts, courage and confidence means less than a fifth of the UK workforce has taken active steps towards making a career change.

In other news, if anyone knows how we can become a chocolate taster or astronaut (or an outer space chocolate taster) please let us know.

275x250.jpgA poll of movie fans has seen the Will Ferrell flick 'Elf' named as the best Christmas film of all time.

The 2003 movie beat of competition from the classic Miracle on 34th Street with Home Alone coming in third.

Other popular festive films included A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Snowman and Love Actually.

56 percent said they'd be sitting down to watch a classic Christmas film on Christmas Day while 41 percent said they'd be doing the same on Boxing Day.

Asked what makes a classic Christmas film, 64 percent said a happy ending was the most important thing... so they won't be watching Se7en then.

Board games cause most Christmas arguments

275x250.jpgPlaying board games will be the biggest cause of family argument this Christmas, it has been found.

A new study discovered a third of families will argue over the Christmas holidays, and while they will be prompted by a variety of factors, board games will be the main cause.

Picking what game to play and then arguing over rules will prompt a number of arguments… but not as many as cheating family members.

Other things sure to cause family fights are disliked gifts and argument over which TV programmes should be watched.
 
And that's before you get to disagreements about whose turn it is to take driving or cooking responsibilities… despite this LACK of time spent with family also causes arguments.

275x250.jpgMillions of Brits will be left red-faced this Christmas spirit after kissing a colleague or flirting with the boss at the work X-mas party.

Researchers found one in five workers have snogged a colleague at the Christmas party, while another one in ten have flirted with the boss.

Another 31 per cent just spend the night gossiping about their colleague or boss and 24 per cent embarrass themselves by dancing wildly on the dance floor.

Flirting with colleagues, falling over and telling workmates what they really think of them also leaves Brits feeling sorry for themselves the morning after.

But for almost one in 20, they are so embarrassed following their exploits at the Christmas party they have even quit their job. Don't say we didn't warn you.

275x250.jpgOne in three Brits already know what they're getting for Christmas - because they've uncovered hidden presents in their house.

Researchers found a cheeky 37 per cent of adults have hunted high and low for their gifts and eight in ten have ended up finding them.

One in five have ripped the wrapping paper enough to figure out what it was and put it back, while one in twenty have pulled the paper off completely.

And it turns out women are more likely to hunt out presents - with 40 per cent admitting to snooping around compared to one third of men.

If you are tempted to go and have a snoop now it's worth noting on top of cupboards, under the beds and stairs emerged as the most popular festive packages hiding places.

275x250.jpgBrits will spend more than four hours trying to figure out their new presents on Christmas Day, a study has found.

Setting up new gadgets, reading instructions and removing complicated packaging will see the average person struggling for four hours and 12 minutes.

The largest chunk of that time - an hour and 45 minutes - is spent simply trying to figure out how to get their new gift working and ready to use.

Another 56 minutes goes on getting new gadgets set up and ready to go while more than 47 minutes is spent trying to master toys and other gifts.

And amazingly almost 45 minutes is even taken up just trying to get the new gifts and toys out of the packaging… you'd think Santa would have done that before dropping them off.

275x250.jpgMore of us will this year re-gift unwanted Christmas presents than ever before… and we'll even wrap them in festive paper we tore off our own presents last year.

A study of festive shoppers found that many of us are opting to re-use yuletide paraphernalia from last year in a bid to save money.

73 percent of people will apparently recycle unwanted presents they were disappointed with last year and 52 percent will re-use some old wrapping paper they have stored.

The poll of 1,000 people also found that 24% have given up sending Christmas cards altogether.

However, the re-gifting and re-wrapping does introduce one problem… remembering what someone gave you last year, so you don'e give it back.

275x250.jpgWasteful Brits needlessly spend £1,213-a-year each on unused gym memberships, clothes they don't wear and even food and drink, a study has revealed.
 

Researchers found that subscriptions to unread magazines, gadgets which don't get used and CDs and music downloads which never get played, add to the total.
 
With New Year's resolutions just around the corner, the biggest waste of money was said to be on gym memberships, slimming clubs and exercise classes (£303-a-year).
 
Night classes or courses which see Brits get bored and lose interest account for another £172-a-year, while unused sports clothes and equipment sees £158 thrown down the drain.

Other wastes of money include unwatched and unplayed DVDs or computer games and TV channels that don't get watched… because people are too busy avoiding going to the gym.

LEGO bricks named as the greatest ever toy

275x250.jpgA poll of 3,000 parents has seen LEGO voted as the greatest toy ever made.

The colourful building bricks, invented in 1949 by Danish carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen, were hailed as versatile and great value for money.

Slot car game Scalextric came second and was followed by the classic board game Monopoly - know as 'monotony' by some due to its reputation for being never ending.

Other top toys according to the parents included the Nintendo Wii, Play Doh, Barbie and the Etch-A-Sketch. They also liked Action Man, and Space Hoppers, and Twister…

Which sounds to us like there will be a few parents on Christmas morning desperately hoping their child gets bored quickly so they can have a play.

regreted purchasesHave you eve bought something only to later regret the purchase? Of course you have… a recent study found Brits will waste more than £49,000 in their lifetime.

In fact, researchers discovered we spend £68.44 each month on items which we later wish we hadn’t bought.

That adds up to £821.28 a year or more than £49,687 from the age of 18… suddenly all those shoes don't look so good do they?

Surprisingly, researchers found men are the worst offenders frittering away more than £968 a year compared to the £649 wasted by women.

And that's a statistic men will now hear quoted at them if they dare to suggest their partner has wasted money by buying a £800 handbag.

275x250.jpgOne in six Brits will ONLY buy Christmas presents for friends and family if they are reduced, a survey of 5,000 shoppers has found.

Researchers into present buying habits discovered stingy Brits are taking advantage of sales and two-for-one offers to stock up on gifts ahead of the festive period.

Alcohol top the list of goods which are being snapped up from store shelves, followed by clothes and kids' toys. And two thirds of people say they will buy some discounted presents.

But a tight one-in-six say ALL the presents they buy will be on offer in some way, shape or form.

Just in case my wife is reading this, I will not be one of those. Honest. Not after last year anyway.

New shoes hurt women after just 34 minutes

275x250.jpgThe average woman can stand their new pair of shoes for just 34 minutes before grimacing with pain on a night out, it has been found.

Researchers discovered once women have stepped out of the taxi and into a pub or club, they survive just over 30 minutes before their feet hurt.

Four in ten said they even take a spare pair of pumps 'out of habit' to change into because they know their shoes will rub.

And more than half have ended up walking home bare-foot, while one in ten have abandoned their shoes altogether or borrowed someone else's.

But despite this, one fifth claim they would NEVER be put them off wearing a pair of killer heels… maybe that's because the one in ten who have been fireman-lifted home enjoyed it.

275x250.jpgThe average adult doesn't unwind fully until 12.38pm on a Saturday afternoon -- and starts thinking about work again as early as 3.55pm on a Sunday.

Researchers claim it takes millions of workers almost 19 hours to clear their head of office issues before they feel able to relax.

That means in reality the typical Brit gets to enjoy just 27 hours and 17 minutes of their weekend.

The study of 4,000 workers also found six out of ten people end up working at some point over the weekend in a bid to get ahead in time for Monday morning.

Nearly half also say they check work emails over the weekend… but then again almost all check Facebook when they are meant to be working.

275x250.jpgBritish motorists will spend more than eight months of their life stuck in traffic jams, a study has revealed.

Researchers found the average driver spends five hours and 44 minutes behind the wheel each week - but an hour and 56 minutes of that is spent sitting in traffic.

This adds up to eight hours each month. From the age of 17, that's a total of 6,182 hours, or eight months and two weeks.
    
However, rather than simply waiting for traffic to move many bored drivers say they do things like watch other drivers, listen to music and send a text message.

Other drivers polled claim to spend the time updating Facebook, applying make-up or sending emails… then how come all the ones we see are picking their nose.

English fry-up is Brits top hangover meal

275x250.jpgThe traditional English fry up was yesterday voted as Britain's favourite hangover food.

A tasty combination of eggs, bacon, sausage, beans and hash browns was the winner by a mile in the poll of 3,000 people.

The humble bacon sandwich came second and a simple plate of just eggs and bacon was the third choice hangover meal.

Other popular options include a McDonald's breakfast, beans on toast and a stuffed crust pizza.

60% say they wake up starving after a night out drinking and that they hate cooking when hungover… to be honest we hate most things when hungover.

275x250.jpgHigh stress levels at work causes one in three people to comfort eat throughout the day, a study has found.
 

Research revealed the combination of long hours and a heavy workload causes millions of workers to reach for unhealthy snacks and treats.
 
It also emerged eight out of ten people regularly gorge on sweets or chocolate to cheer themselves up -- with many then going home for more comfort foods.
 
Cold weather is also said to tempt more people into comfort eating with 33% of people saying they do it more in winter.

The study of 3,000 people also revealed we spend an average of 1h 40m thinking about food every day… especially when being asked survey questions about it.

275x250.jpgThe average married adult loses out on around 730 hours of sleep every year - thanks to their partner's snoring and fidgeting, it has been found.

A study discovered husbands or wives typically loses two hours a night due to their other half's grunting, tossing or turning.

That means over their lifetime they can expect to be deprived of around 35,770 hours - the equivalent of around three-and-half years kip.

The study of 3,000 people also found women are more likely to be kept awake by their partner's snoring while men's biggest bugbears is a woman's fidgeting.

However, most people say they put up with it because they fear their sex life would go downhill if they weren't sharing a bed.

275x250.jpgThe most common questions of modern life have been revealed as the mundane "What are we having for dinner?" and "Are you okay?"

A poll quizzed 3,000 people about the questions they either ask, are asked, or hear, most on a daily basis.

It was found that we each ask around 37 questions per day - and are in turn asked another 40 by friends, family members, colleagues and strangers.

A third of Brits believe the majority of the questions they are asked come from work colleagues - most commonly asking "Would you like a cup of tea?", "Did you get my email?" and "How are you?"

A further 29% say their partner questions them most regularly asking "How was work?", and "Are you all right?" -- What do you think? Is that correct? Is this another pointless question?

275x250.jpgMore than three million British women have received medical attention or been rushed to hospital - because of their shoes, it's been found.

Researchers say one in ten females have gone to such extreme lengths to wear trendy shoes that they've ended up twisting their ankle or tearing a tendon.

Another third have fallen flat on their face as a result of their heels with many damaging their teeth and breaking their wrists.

The poll of 3,000 women found other injuries sustained in the name of fashion include broken ankles and twisted knees.

But despite this, six in ten girls said they'll grimace and continue to wear killer heels for the sake of fashion… and hope their wounds healed.

275x250.jpgSocial networking websites like Facebook and Twitter are killing off good old fashioned 'people skills', it has been claimed.

Researchers found sites which encourage 'limited character' sentences are affecting peoples' confidence in holding face-to-face conversations.

They're also blamed for many of us losing the ability to use 'body language' to convey thoughts or feelings and a growing reluctance to chat to strangers.

Four out of ten surveyed claimed the social networks had a negative impact on their personal social skills.

In odd news, the researchers didn't note the number of potential respondents who simply grunted at them in the street and carried on walking as they fiddled with Twitter on their iPhone.

275x250.jpgSleepy Brits don't wake-up fully until around 10am every morning, a study of snoozers has found.

Despite getting out of bed at an average of 6.40am, eight in ten Brits admit they don't feel properly awake for hours.

In fact, most of us say we only feel 100 per cent alert at 9.55am and have used tried and tested methods of waking ourselves up.

52 percent said they do not feel awake until after siting down to breakfast, while 17 percent say they resort to playing loud music.

Sixteen percent even have a cold shower first thing in the morning in an attempt to get their body going and one in ten do exercise… after which we would be ready to go back to bed.

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The average ten-year-old has a collection of toys worth almost £7,000 - but plays with just £330 worth of them, it has been claimed.

A study quizzed 3,000 parents about their children's toys and found the typical one owns 238, but play with just 12 'favourites' on a daily basis.

This means kids are enjoying just five per cent of their toys -- and mom and dad have wasted a fortune on noisy bits of plastic.

It was also found parents think their children end up picking the same toys day in and day out because they have too many to choose from.

The poll also revealed 35% of construction toys such as Lego rarely get used… unless you include when Dad plays with it on his own.

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Three quarters of bosses rarely believe that staff who call in sick have a genuine illness, it has been revealed.

Researchers found millions of managers are suspicious of workers who throw sickies - and many admit they think less of staff who take days off due to illness.

Nearly three in four said they were less likely to consider someone for promotion who threw regular sickies and would think twice about offering a pay rise to someone without 100% attendance.

The poll of 3,000 bosses also found 82 percent don't think a cold is a good enough reason to take time off, while 44 per cent expect someone to turn up even if they have a migraine.

In fact, a third of bosses say they'd like their workforce would go in, even if they were suffering a broken arm, sickness or diarrhoea. That stinks.

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The typical Brit now spends more than NINE HOURS every day fiddling with gadgets, it's been found.

Researchers discovered the average adult uses a computer for four hours a day, plus another hour and a half on a laptop.

In addition they will also surf the web, text and use email or social media on their smart phones for another 56 minutes each day.

Computer games take up another 38 minutes of the average day, while the same amount of time will be spent using an mp3 player.

The study also showed the average Brit spends 16 minutes switching channels on the television… when they can prise the remote from their partner.

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Hobbies such as stamp collecting, train spotting and model making are dying out, a study has revealed.

Researchers found the quintessential British pastimes are now considered 'boring' or 'for anoraks'.

Other hobbies which modern kids turn their noses up at include collecting marbles, completing jigsaws and constructing train sets.

Instead  youngsters now count 'watching television', 'playing computer games' or 'Facebooking', as their 'hobby'.

The trend emerged in a study of 1,000 adults and 1,000 children aged between 11 and 18… now we are not sure how they got the kids off Facebook for long enough to answer the question either.

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When Katie Price recently claimed in court her poor driving was because she was a 'typical woman driver' - many couldn't believe she had pulled the sex card.

But according to a recent study, she's not the only one and 88% of women have used their gender to excuse their actions or avoid situations completely.

What's more, just over half (52%) of the 1,451 women polled, claim they do it regularly, and for a variety of reasons.

Problems parking the car are the top situation in which gender excuses are cites with 67% of women trying it on, followed by catching insects (56%).

Carrying heavy items (48%) cam next, then opening jars (40%). 35% also say they use gender to 'avoid confrontation' -- which could be harder after the results of this poll.

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Motorists are less likely to let white vans pull out at junctions than any other vehicle, a study has revealed.

While nine out of ten drivers regularly give the nod to cars waiting to join queueing traffic, one in three said they would ignore a white man van.

Nearly half the 3,000 drivers polled said they examined a car's make and model before deciding whether to give way.

Other vehicles which have less chance of being let out emerged as BMW 3 Series, X Series and Z Series.

Audi TTs, Ferraris and Lamborghini Diablos also have little or no chance of being waved through… not that drivers will complain about sitting in those cars for an extra few minutes.

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The 'modern gentleman' is now expected to text regularly and put the rubbish out rather than lay his coat down in a puddle or open doors, it's been found.
 

A recent survey discovered a combination of hectic modern lifestyles and technology have dramatically changed women's perception of what makes a true gent.
 
Other age-old traditions which are now all but dead are always paying for dinner and walking on the side of the pavement nearest to the road.
 
These have been apparently been replaced by bringing his partner a cup of tea in bed and looking after her if she has a hangover.
 
Another duty which is said to be expected of a modern gentleman is to let his partner watch her favourite soaps… which makes us think the women surveyed were seeing how far they could push it.

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More than two thirds of Brits struggle to get a good night's sleep, because of work worries, a survey has revealed.
 

A staggering 69 per cent of adults admit problems at work make it difficult to sleep with half blaming the lingering recession and gloomy predictions for the next 12 months.
 
Heavy workload emerged as one of the main reasons for restless nights with an anxious 19% saying they struggle with their sleep when they have a particularly problematic task ahead of them.

The survey of 3,000 people also found one in three of us dream about work at least twice a week - with Sundays the most common occasion.

61 percent said they believe they'd sleep more soundly if they landed their dream job… bed tester.

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Parents will spend more than £5,000 on a baby before its first birthday, a study has revealed.

Nappies, clothes, nursery furniture and feeding equipment means mums and dads will part with a total of £5,213.25 during the pregnancy and the first 12 months.

And amazingly almost £1,500 of that is said to be splashed out on their baby… before it is even born on things like a pram, car seat and toys.

But the spending spree doesn't end there, the poll of 2,000 parents found nappies, clothes, toiletries and food see another £3,793 spent during the baby's first year.

The biggest chunk of the cash, £547, goes on buying furniture and a cot and getting the nursery decorated… and then redecorated when you find out it is a boy and not a girl.

275x250.jpgThe average in-car argument starts just 22 minutes into a journey and is about getting lost or finding somewhere to park, it has been found.

Research suggests many couples argue more while in a car together than anywhere else, and that these fights can be more aggressive than most.

The study of 3,000 motorists found 71% of people have argued with their partner while driving, often about the daftest of things.

Getting lost is the most common cause for a fight as experienced by 44% of people, followed by arguing about where to park (37%) and driving too fast (34%)

Other common complaints include backseat driving, having the heating too high or the air-conditioning too low… amazingly ogling a scantily-clad pedestrian wasn't on the list.

275x250.jpgThe ever-annoying question "Who is making the tea?" has been found to be the biggest cause of office arguments in Britain.
 

A survey over 3,000 office workers discovered that a massive 60% of office fall-outs were prompted by arguments over whose turn it was to brew-up.

The poll also revealed there are on average two minor spats a day in offices and that women are more likely to fall out with colleagues than men.

Sarcastic comments were the second most likely thing to trigger an office fight, followed by rudeness and lateness.

Which means if you make a rude and sarcastic comment about someone being late to make the tea, you know what you are letting yourself in for.

275x250.jpgFour-out-of-ten people are so superstitious they avoid cracks in the pavement or dodge ladders, a study had found.
 

Research revealed more than 14 million adults regularly carry out everyday tasks they believe will bring them luck - or ward off bad luck.
 
For example third of wary adults said they believe putting up an umbrella in the house is lucky while one in six steer clear of passing someone on the stairs.
 
The study also found six in ten said they knew superstitions were unlikely to come to anything, but carried them out anyway 'just in case'.
 
Well we guess that is because of the old superstition about what happens to people who don't take  superstitions seriously.

275x250.jpgFour-out-of-ten dinner party hosts admit serving up desserts such as Creme Brulee - purely to give off an faux air of sophistication.
 
A recent poll found a large percentage of people who organise evening get togethers choose a 'posh pud' to impress their guests and come across as 'a bit of a foodie'.
 
The most popular posh puddings which are thought to impress diners include Creme Brulee, Panna Cotta, Tarte Tatin and Eton Mess.

However it was found hosts should stay away from 80s desserts like Arctic Roll, Trifle and Bread & Butter pudding as they are seen as being too common.

43% of the 3,000 polled believe puddings say something about social class and 19% have tried to pass off a supermarket creation as home-made… which is less common than we'd thought.

275x250.jpgTech-savvy schoolchildren are coming up with more extravagant excuses for failing to submit homework on time, it has been found.

Old favourites such as "the dog ate it" are being replaced by tech-laden excuses involving crashed computers, printer failures and broken email servers.

A survey of 500 teachers and 1,000 school pupils found three quarters of teachers are now hearing more tech-based excuses with eight in ten saying kids think they won't understand the tech.

The most common excuse for not handing in homework is now "I emailed it to you, but I got a bounce-back email" followed by "I deleted it by accident".

But home-work skiving traditionalists will be pleased, "The dog ate it" is still the third most popular… though no teacher has ever believed it.

Wine blunders: Top 10 mispronounced wines

275x250.jpgBrits claim to be a nation wine buffs -- but regularly embarrass themselves by making basic mistakes in restaurants.

A survey of 3,000 drinkers found three-out-of-ten adults have tried to pass themselves off as wine connoisseurs, but failed spectacularly.

Most common faux pas include mispronunciation of brands or wines and complaining
the waiter hasn't poured enough when the intention was for them to taste it.

Other excruciating wine errors include complaining about red wine being served warm and swilling the wine around in the glass so fast they spill it over themselves.

16% of people also admit to buying an expensive bottle just so it looks like they know their wine… which doesn't work if they ask for a Pea-not Noi-er.

275x250.jpgFalling asleep, asking for a cigarette and wearing a crash helmet are just some of the odd mistakes made by jobseekers in interviews.

A recent survey of 100 business leaders quizzed them about the strangest behaviour they'd seen from would-be workers.

Other odd actions included interrupting the interview to answer a call on their mobile and scratching the top of their legs inappropriately.

A spokesperson for CareerBuilder.co.uk which conducted the study, said people make mistakes because of the high-stress of the situation.

In odd news it's weird behaviour like this which can help secure a job at Newslite… we got our job by turning up for the interview in a pink bunny costume.

275x250.jpgThe electric candle has been named as the most useless gadget of all time.

The flameless light source, which can be powered by batteries or mains, beat electric nail files and laser-guided scissors to claim the dubious honour.

Other engineering follies to make the top twenty dire devices include the bread-maker, electric fluff removers and the mini disk player, also made the top ten.

Three quarters of people admit to having bought a gadget they've rarely used and half said they've regretted a gadget purchase.

The list emerged from a poll carried out among 3,000 Brits… who probably all have that familiar drawer of useless tech.

275x250.jpgThe average mum is a master multi-tasker who carries out the roles of 23 different professions, a study has revealed.

Researchers found modern mothers have to be a cleaner, entertainer, chef and accountant, as well as travel agent, teacher and chamber maid.

On top of that they also have to have skills as a first-aider, dog walker, chauffeur and hairdresser.

The study also found the average mum works more than 13 hours a day while the kids are off school, getting out of bed at 7.16am and finally switching off at 8.41pm.

Personally we think moms carry out the duties of 24 different professions…  given the amount of time they spend watching soaps surely they could add TV critic to the list.

275x250.jpgMillions of parents admit fibbing to their kids to get them to eat more healthy foods, a study has revealed.

Researchers found eight out of ten mothers regularly wheel out old classics such as 'carrots will help you see in the dark' or 'crusts will make your hair curl'.

Other popular food fibs include 'eating vegetables will make you big and strong' and 'Spinach will give you muscles like Popeye'.

A cruel claim the ice-cream van only plays music when it has run out of lollies is also still commonly used.

What, what? You mean ice-cream vans playing music do still have ice-cream left? Suddenly my parents have some explaining to do.

275x250.jpgMillions of Brits have tried to diagnose an illness online and ended up convincing themselves they're seriously ill or even dying, it has been found.

Researchers discovered more than six out of ten adults now turn to the web rather than their GP when they begin to feel under the weather.

And almost half of those have then convinced themselves they are suffering from a serious illness.

One-in-five even said they'd managed to worry themselves into believing they were in the early stages of a heart attack after Googling their symptoms.

In good news, the study give us hope the headache we're currently suffering might not be a brain tumour after all.

275x250.jpgAlthough many women claim to find them naff, researchers have found almost two thirds actually like it when a guy uses a cheesy chat-up line on them.
 

Almost four-in-ten women have gone out with a man who approached them using a cheesy line, with one-in-ten even going on to have a long-term relationship with them.
 
The survey also revealed 59 per cent of women think a man using a chat-up line shows he has a great sense of humour, with another 58 per cent saying it shows he is confident also.
 
Surprisingly one-in-twenty women even reckon they'd be MORE likely to go out with a guy if they came out with a chat-up line to impress them.
 
However, they did also say this likelihood would increase significantly if he also happened to be rich and good-looking.

275x250.jpgMore than 4.7 million motorists will head off on a Bank Holiday break tomorrow -- in the hope of nabbing one of just 279,000 parking spaces
 
The number of cars set to hit the roads this weekend compared to the number of spaces at top tourist destinations means every place will be coveted by 16 CARS.
 
Brighton is said to be the biggest nightmare with one parking spot for every 79 cars, followed by Bournemouth with just one spot for every 76.
 
The report also revealed one in two motorists will resort to dirty tactics to secure a space like speeding around a car park (25%) or driving the wrong way (17%).

1-in-14 admitted almost causing an accident parking and two percent said they'd intentionally 'bumped' another car out of the way… and you don't even want to know how many wrongly use a disabled parking bay.

275x250.jpgMarilyn Monroe has been named the greatest blonde of all time after beating off competition from Cameron Diaz and Scarlett Johansson.

The 'Some Like It Hot' star - who died in 1962 - pipped other fair-haired women to take top slot judged be a poll of 3,000 people.

Actress Grace Kelly came second while French beauty Brigitte Bardot was third and Cameron Diaz was the highest placed modern day star, making it into fourth.

Other women named in 'Greatest Blondes of All Time' list were Holly Willoughby (5th), Madonna (11th), Tess Daly (18th) and Paris Hilton (20th)

The study also found men were significantly more likely to try and hit on a blonde haired women… and then rejected and go home with a brunette.

275x250.jpgDog owners have stopped calling their pets names like Patch, Scamp and Lassie - and naming them after soap stars, it has been found.

Researchers discovered the days of dogs being called Shep, Lady or Blackie are long gone, with the number of pooches called Roxy, Alfie, Max and Molly is on the rise.

Names Roxy, Alfie and Max are familiar to fans of EastEnders while Molly is currently a character in Coronation Street.

The trend was found after a report was carried out looking at 80,000 names given to pets in the past 30 year.

But will the soap star naming of pets continue, or will traditional dog names like Rover return? See what we did there.

275x250.jpgThe average family will endure 84 arguments over the summer holidays, it has been found.

Parental bust-ups over money, how to occupy bored youngsters and fall-outs between the kids themselves means the average family bickers twice every day.

That's 14 rows each week and 84 over the six-week week holiday. And more than half of parents admit they argue more with the family over the summer holidays than at any other time of the year.

Oddly the study also revealed there is a most common time for the fights, with 2.38pm said to be when most rows break out, with each argument lasting an average of 7.19 minutes.

But while the majority of arguments are between the children in the family, more than one in five involve mum and dad… though those can last for days.

275x250.jpgEight out of ten women admit regularly ripping the price tag off newly-purchased items before arriving home - to hide the true cost from their other half.

A recent study found millions of women try to cover their tracks after a spree by fibbing about the price of clothes, shoes and accessories.

The report revealed two thirds often describe new items as 'an absolute bargain' in a bid to throw their partner off the scent. Others regularly claim 'it was in the sale'.

A quarter said they hide new purchases in the wardrobe, while just under half wheel out the old 'It's not new - I've had it for ages' yarn.

But in odd news it turns out men tell just as many lies about clothes… like all those times he says "No, of course it doesn't make you look fat".

275x250.jpgThe average couple has sex 104 times while trying for a baby before falling pregnant, it has been found.

Research discovered it takes a typical woman six months to conceive her first child, during which she has sex around four times a week.

It was also found one in ten women have been so eager to get pregnant they have called their husband home from work when they were ovulating.

Despite this, 70 per cent of women polled said they wanted their baby to be conceived during a loving and spontaneous sex session, rather than a 'sex on demand' approach.

In odd news most men didn't mind… they were just happy to be having so much sex.

275x250.jpgThe average holidaymaker crams their suitcase with £3,000 worth of clothes, gadgets and toiletries, it has been found.

Researchers found the typical British traveller takes £325 of clothes, £119 of shoes and £75 of accessories such as scarves, sarongs and hats on holiday with them.

They will also pack sunglasses to the value of £94, jewellery to the tune of £236 and copious amounts of electrical equipment.

This means the average suitcase contains a total of £3,174.65 worth of stuff -- that's almost three times the cost of the typical holiday.

In odd news this could also explain why your shoulder always hurts when you return from holiday.

275x250.jpgPeople living in the city of Portsmouth are some of smartest people in the UK, it has been found.

Those living in the south coast city scored higher than any other city in a UK-wide general knowledge quiz.

The Portsmouth brain-boxes scored an average of 73 per cent in the test which asked things like, what is the longest river in the world? or what is the Orion constellation is also known as?

Oxford, famed for it's university scored an average of 72 percent to take second place in the 3,000 person study, followed by Newcastle with 71 percent.

Less smart were the people of Aberdeen who came last in the study with a score of just 53 percent… meaning we can say what we like about them as they probably can't read this anyway.

275x250.jpgTwo thirds of British employees, both male and female, say they would rather work for a man than a woman, it has been found.

That's because female bosses were accused of being bitchy, hormonal and incapable of leaving their personal lives at home.

A third of 3,000 employees polled claimed women in charge are 'loose cannons' - ready to stab colleagues in the back at any time, and who constantly feel threatened by other people in positions of authority.

By contrast, both male and female workers believe male bosses were less likely to get involved in office politics, were easier to reason with and rarely suffered from mood swings.

Men were also said to be more straight-talking than women… and probably easier to distract from the fact you're not working, with either a chat about football or a flash of cleavage.

275x250.jpgThe average woman will try on more than 21,000 items of clothing during her lifetime… but will only buy half of them.

On average, women are said to go shopping four times a month and on each trip they will try on ten tops, pairs of jeans, dresses or shoes.

That means they try on a total of 40 different items each month, which adds up to a staggering 480 a year.

However, only five of those items make it into to the tills during each shopping trip and one of those will later get returned and another never worn.

Top reasons for returning items include them not fitting properly or the shopper feeling guilty… though not about wasting time of their bloke sitting outside the changing room.

275x250.jpgThe word 'separate' is the most commonly misspelt one in the English language, a study discovered.

The eight-letter description of people or objects which are set apart from each other came top due to the regular placing of an 'E' where the first 'A' sits.

Second in the list was 'definitely', which often falls victim to a string of mistakes including mixing up the second 'I' with an 'A'. Another common error is dropping the final 'E'.

'Manoeuvre' which is problematic due to the unusual combination of OE and U in its midst, came third and 'embarrass', in which an R or an S often falls by the wayside, was fourth.

'Occurrence' emerged as the fifth most commonly misspelt word due to the confusing double C and double R… obviously WE would never make mistaks like these, we promisse.

275x250.jpgModern children have ditched traditional outdoor games in favour of high-tech gadgets a new study has revealed.

Youngsters no longer participate in time-honoured pastimes like conkers, hopscotch and marbles with over half of kids saying their favourite game is the Nintendo Wii.

Nearly three quarters of kids aged four to 11 have never played the playground favourite hopscotch, with ten percent of kids thinking it was a soft drink.

A whopping 93 percent of children surveyed said they would never play marbles and half had never even heard of the small glass balls.

Other well known games modern kids are unaware of include, Rock, Paper, Scissors (80%) and Tiddlywinks (50%) -- which makes us feel depressingly old.

275x250.jpgSocial media sites like Facebook and Twitter are costing the UK economy £14 billion per year in lost work time, it has been claimed.

Research has shown half of British workers accesses social media sites while at work -- with a third of those (roughly six million) spending more than 30 minutes doing so.

And a cheeky two million people claim they spend over an hour per day at work logging onto sites like Facebook, Twitter and Myspace.

In total all this 'lost time' means UK businesses are shelling out £14 billion for us to sit at the office chatting with friends online.

So, how long do you spend Facebooking while at work? Let us know... especially if you saw this story on Facebook or Twitter while you should have been doing something more productive.

275x250.jpgHadaway man. Geordies are the hardest people in the UK to understand and their accents frequently cause confusion, it's been found.

A team from the University of Bristol say 82 percent of us found it hard to comprehend what people from Newcastle saying because of their twang.

The psychologists found the Scouse accent was the second hardest to understand with 81% of people struggling, followed by Scottish tones with 75%.

The heavy accents of people like  Cheryl Cole mean many  Brits mishear words, or are simply confused and fail to comprehend what's being said.

A study of 6,000 people found other accents which pose a problem include Welsh (70%), Irish (69%) and Brummie (66%)… which means it's a good job we don't type like we speak.

275x250.jpg60 percent of British couples always have sex in the missionary position, and the average sex session lasts just 24 minutes, it has been found.

A sex survey of 3,000 people has revealed the 'ins and outs' of sex in the UK  by asking couples intimate questions about their love-making.

It was said that most couples try out just three positions during the average sex session - but end up with the standard 'man on top'.

Two thirds of couples also admitted the 'doggy style' method of love making is their second favourite, followed by 'woman on top' with 57 percent.

The study also revealed the average sex sessions lasts a speedy 24 minutes… and worryingly, yes, that includes foreplay.

275x250.jpgMen are more likely to be involved in a car accident over the summer - because they're distracted by scantily-clad women, it has been found.

A recent study discovered that in 2009, men made 16.4 percent more car insurance claims during the summer than women.

25 percent of blokes also admitted to having had a summertime crash at some point in the past and being more prone to road rage in hot weather.

However it isn't just the rising temperature getting men hot under the collar, it's also what women are wearing.

29 percent of men say they are distracted by women's summer attire (or should that be lack of it) while only 3 percent of women say the same.

275x250.jpg A poll of 20,000 consumers has found the average Apple iPad owner is a self-centred workaholic who doesn't care about others.

The study looked at what type of person is likely to have bought the £429-£699 Apple device, and what characteristics they share.

It was found that people who were wealthy, highly educated, sophisticated and selfish were six times more likely to own an iPad.

And iPad users were also said to be workaholics who have an overwhelming interest in business and finance… as well as shiny gadgets.

275x250.jpgBrits are more trusting of the internet than their own friends and colleagues, when it comes to handing over personal information, it has been found.

Researchers discovered that while the average adult freely divulges a string of personal details on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, most would not give friends or colleagues their PIN number.

One in twenty people have their home address visible on social networking sites yet 86 per cent would not hand over their PIN to someone they know.

And while only five per cent of people would let their best mate have access to their PIN number, 50 per cent of respondents have their relationship status visible online.

Nearly two thirds of people also have their date of birth on networking sites which is always a security question when telephoning banks or building societies -- though many women have changed the year.

275x250.jpgA study of 3,000 Brits has seen the Apple iPhone named as the 'Coolest Thing on the Planet'.

To take top slot in the poll, the must-have phone beat off competition from things like the Aston Martin DB9, the internet and Johnny Depp.

Since it was launched in 2007, the iPhone has been seen as the epitome of cool, with the new iPhone 4 selling almost two million in the first three days on sale.

And Apple dominated the list with second place going to the Steve jobs brand and their iPod coming in fourth overall.

Other items which were seen as being cool by Brits included, Cheryl Cole, the Wonderbra and the Nintendo Wii -- which sound's like a quite good night in.

275x250.jpgIt takes the average holidaymaker two days and 17 hours before they can finally relax and enjoy their holiday, it has been found.

A study found the stress of packing, planning and travelling to the chosen destination makes for a gruelling first day

The second day is then spent recovering from the journey, unpacking and settling in, meaning it takes until well into the third day to finally relax.

And 20 percent of those polled say they NEVER fully relax on their holiday with 1-in-10 worried about their empty home and 1-in-5 thinking about work.

So how long does it take you to relax? Personally we're normally pretty chilled for our last couple of days of work.

275x250.jpgWomen are more organised in the workplace than men and are generally better at keeping to deadlines and turning up on time, it has been revealed.

A recent study looked at the the differences in the organisational skills of men and women, to see who made the better employees.

It was discovered women are the better prepared with 43 percent rating themselves as "very organised" compared to just 32 percent of men.

This means men are more likely to forget to phone people back and lose documents on their messy desks… while 40 percent of women say their desk is spotless.

1-in-10 men also admitted they have no structure to their work life -- which could explain why so many have lost an important document (17%) missed a deadline (44%) or been late for work (41%) in the past month.

275x250.jpgWomen are at their most beautiful and attractive at the relatively mature age of 31-year-old, it has been revealed.

A study of 2,000 men and women from the UK looked at a variety of aspects of beauty including, confidence, looks and style, in a sample of women.

Overall it was found that a fresh-faced look was rejected in favour of women who also backed their beauty up with confidence and life experience.

This meant women were considered their most beautiful at the age of 31 - good news for current 31-year-olds Katie Holmes and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

However not all responses agreed, when asked when a woman was her most attractive one man said: "After my sixth pint."

275x250.jpgTen percent of British workers cannot stand the people they work with, it has been found.

A study of 4,000 workers discovered the majority are unhappy in their job with reasons ranging from feeling unappreciated to hating colleagues.

A third claim they are unhappy because they feel 'completely unappreciated' in their job while 40 percent say they're bored.

But another one-in-ten blamed their dislike of their job on a hatred of work colleagues, and many even admitted being deliberately unhelpful to a manager or colleague.

So what about you? Do you hate anyone you work with? Why not let us know in the comments… or even better forward this article to the colleagues you dislike as a 'subtle' reminder.

275x250.jpgBlonde-haired women may have an 'airhead' reputation, but they must be doing something right -- they earn more than brunettes and red-heads.

A recent salary survey found the average blonde in the UK takes home £1,018.19 each month after tax and national insurance.

This compares with £937.19 for brunettes and an meagre £887.97 for red-heads (who are unlucky in income and hair colour).

However it's not all good news for blondes, they are also the frivolous with their cash, with 35 per cent going into their overdraft every single month.

Blondes were found to be more likely to splash out on shoes, chocolate and clothes… thought they don't need hair dye.

275x250.jpgNearly half of all women are so body conscious they prefer to keep their clothes on during sex, it has been found.

48 percent of women say they like to wear items of clothing including a bra, negligee or high-heels while having it away with their partner.

The overriding reason is to 'improve body confidence' with a third of women who wear a bra during sex saying they do so because their breasts look better while 24 percent claimed they just felt ‘sexier’.

However, 61 percent of women claim they always enjoy sex more with the lights off because it allows them to hide their bodies.

Bras where the most commonly worn item during sex (68%) followed by a negligee (59%) high heels (40%) dresses (36%) knickers (31%) -- surprisingly few owned up to a nurses uniform.

275x250.jpgThe average woman will work her way through more than 100 hairstyles in her lifetime, it has been found.

Researchers discovered the typical female will have her hair layered, shortened or coloured twice a year between the ages of 13 and 65 - or 104 times in her life.

The main reasons for a shift in style are 'boredom' with their current look or the end of a relationship.

It also emerged the average female tries out three different colours over the years.

But the change isn't always for the better, almost three quarters of women admit they've deeply regretted at least one style, and no, it's not always a mullet.

275x250.jpgMost Brits think that to have the 'perfect life' they need a £100,000 salary, a house worth £1.6million and an Aston Martin on the driveway.

A survey of 3,000 people also found most would want two children, two foreign holidays a year and a working week which lasts just 21 hours.

However most of us are far from it, a worryingly hight 85 percent saying they are currently fed-up with their lives and far from where they want to be.

The majority of Brits also claim a pay rise of £32,000 and a holiday home in Cornwall would only go 'some way' to making them content with their lives.

Many said they would also want better health, more holidays and to be their own boss… but if they got to make a 'perfect life' wish, why do they want to work at all?

275x250.jpgThe humble bath is disappearing down the plughole - with busy Brits now opting for showers instead, it has been found.
 
Research revealed hectic lifestyles and heavy work schedules means six out of ten adults have ditched the traditional bath in favour of a shower.
 
One-in-six of those said they couldn't remember the last time they ran the taps and enjoyed a soak while one-in-ten said it had been longer than a year since they took a dip.

The study of 3,000 people also found those who do have time for a bath are often in and out within just 15 minutes - despite taking a book in with them, or listening to music.

15 percent said that even when they do have a bath they get interrupted by kids bursting in… hopefully they are talking about their own children.

275x250.jpgDuring her lifetime, the average woman will spend a boyfriend-terrifying £16,000 on pairs of new shoes.

A study has found girls pay for their own shoes from the age of 14 and then continue to snap up seven pairs per year for the rest of their lives.

This means the average woman will have owned an Imelda Marcos-esque 469 pairs of flip flops, heels, boots, pumps, sandals, wellies and wedges.

With the average pair costing £34.99 the shoe addiction will cost £244.93 annually and £16,410.31 over a period of 67 years.

The study of 3,000 women also revealed that most women have 19 pairs of shoes at any one time -- meanwhile men (who weren't surveyed) just have one pair of shoes and one pair of trainers. 

275x250.jpgMore than one million foreign holidays will end in tears this year due to reasons like flight delays, illness or bad weather, it's been found.

Arguments with a partner or friends, lost luggage and dirty accommodation were also discovered to regularly ruin our holidays.

The average Brit says they've been on at least two holidays abroad which were a total disaster. Four-out-of-ten have even been so upset there they've ended up in tears.

Another fourteen percent of British tourists have cut a holiday short and gone home early because they were having such a terrible time.

Other common reasons holidays were ruined included sunburn, noisy neighbours and drinking too much -- but without any of those things how would you know you had been on holiday?

275x250.jpgSweaty and smelly armpits are seen as the worst preventable body etiquette crime, it has been found.

A recent survey found 46 percent of people say dodgy armpits are the biggest hygiene no-no, followed by yellow teeth with 11 percent.

Other body turn-offs included greasy hair with nine percent of the vote, and smelly feet, four percent.

43 percent of Brits said they're worried about body odour at work and 65% considered applying deodorant as the most important part of their morning routine.

However, the French were billed as the ‘wiffiest’ in Europe, followed by Germans and then the Greeks… not that this was come as news to anyone.

275x250.jpgTwo thirds of men have no idea the lengths their wife or girlfriend goes to look her best, it has been found.

Research revealed most men are oblivious to the extensive beauty routines -- which average 5 hours per week in the bathroom plucking, fake-tanning and waxing.

It was also found 28 per cent of men are unaware any women do things like pluck hairs from their chin, wear false eyelashes or file their nails.

A sneaky 18 percent of women say they purposely keep their partner in the dark about their gruelling beauty regime and amazingly 1-in-20 claim their bloke has NEVER seen them looking 'au natural'

However, this is probably a good thing... because looking at this beauty routine list  - those ones must off looking like the incredible hulk.

275x250.jpgMore than half of Brits feel so stressed at the end of their working day they turn to alcohol to relax, it has been found.

A survey of over 3,000 employees discovered one in ten feel stressed out before they even start work and six percent say they feel stressed all the time.

A third claimed to have called in sick because they were feeling stressed and 12 percent said they had quit a job altogether.

57 percent also said they had recently felt the need for a beer or a glass of wine when they got home to get over their day.

Construction workers were the most likely to drink after work -- though we are not sure that means they are more stressed than a brain surgeon.

275x250.jpgBad news for anyone about to celebrate their 45th birthday -- your sex life is about to be finished.

A recent study found many over-45-year-olds are so worried a bit of nookie could result in them having a hear attack, they don't bother.

The poll of 1,752 over-45s found that of those who do still enjoy sex, 31 percent admit to cutting a session short because they are too exhausted to carry on.

Almost half consider sex their main exercise workout and the average 45 year old has sex just once a week, with it lasting  22 minutes – including foreplay.

Six in 10 of those quizzed said don’t feel sexy anymore and the majority of over-45s agree they were having the best sex at age 36 -- which gives younger people something to look forward to.

275x250.jpgThe average Brit will spend more than £350,000 on foreign holidays, during their lifetime, it has been found.

A study of 3,000 adults revealed the typical sun-seeker will pay for their first trip abroad at the age of 17 and will go away twice a year until the age of 78.

The average holiday package costs around £1,100 but other costs such as spending money, food and drink and hidden charges pushes the bill up to £2,981.41.

Things like luggage, clothes, sun tan lotion and sunglasses all push the price of a holiday up, to levels that surprise most holidaymakers.

The total holiday yearly spend is £5,962.82 - or £366,713.43 over the 61.5 years of the average adult lifetime… enough to have moved to Spain.

275x250.jpgHenpecked British blokes have to put up with an entire week of nagging from their wives every year, it had been found.

A study discovered the average woman moan at their man for  more than two-and-a-half hours a week about helping out around the house and cutting back on booze.

That works out to a total of around 11 hours a month - the equivalent of five-and-a-half days a year or more than one working week.

Not helping to tidy the house emerged as the most common bug-bear for a woman to nag about, followed by not doing the dishes.

Other common complaints included spending too much money, not being romantic enough… and not listening when they are busy nagging.

275x250.jpgMotorists have been warned to keep off the roads during England World Cup matches -- because they're much more likely to have an accident.

Research has found that as matches draw to their conclusion, fans listening on their car radio can get distracted and are therefore liable to crash.

Dubbed ‘Last Minute Syndrome’ fans heart rates are said to increase, their hands get sweaty and they feel nauseous as they listen and drive.

This, along with decreased levels of concentration, is claimed to have resulted in almost 500,000 minor accidents as England have conceded late equalisers or losing goals in recent tournaments.

So, would you drive during an England match? -- No, if you are from Scotland or Wales there's no need to answer.

275x250.jpgMore than FIVE MILLION England fans will carry out pre-match rituals before World Cup games in the hope it will help us win.
 
Researchers quizzed 4,000 England fans finding that 15 per cent of superstitious supporters will stick to tried and tested superstitions.
 
One in ten will don lucky pants, one in five will watch matches with a 'lucky' group of mates while 11 per cent will retire to their lucky armchair.
 
Another 16 per cent will kiss the badge on their shirt, 14 per cent will sing a football chant and eight per cent will insist on the same food or drink before each kick-off.
 
A third of people said they felt guilty if they didn't carry out their ritual… so if we don't end up World Cup winners, these are the people to blame.

275x250.jpgThe average mum makes 11 new friends outside her original circle of friends at baby and toddler groups –- but can’t stand half of them.
 
Six-in-ten mums claim they have nothing in common with most new pals and are forced to talk about children 100 per cent of the time.
 
And 43 percent admit they would never have considered socialising with half of their ‘mum friends’ if they hadn’t started a family.
 
A third of mums say they get fed up with others thinking they know everything about raising children, and 32 per cent are frustrated they don’t share any hobbies or interests with their ‘mum friends’.

Mothers only consider two of the 11 new friends someone they will be long term pals with… though the odds are they don't feel the same way.
 

275x250.jpgThe traditional 'nine-to-five' working day is dead, with typical employees now at their desk by 8.28am and not going  home until 5.29pm, it has been claimed.

A study looked at the average working day over over 4,000 people discovering we are now working for longer each day than ever before.

It also emerged the majority of workers now only manage to squeeze in a 33 minute lunch break compared to the traditional hour-long break.

One in five employees blamed pressure from bosses or a fear of looking bad in front of colleagues as reasons for arriving early and leaving later than their contract requires.

On the flip side, most office worker now spend about two hours of each day browsing the internet and updating their Facebook page at work too.

275x250.jpgOver half a million Brits turn up for work each morning suffering from a hangover, it has been found.

A study by a drink awareness charity discovered the average person goes to work suffering from the effects of too much alcohol three times a month.

Once there, almost one in five admit struggling to keep on top of their workload and to making mistakes.

The survey of 1,000 people also found seven percent have even had to leave work early because of a hangover.

On the bright side, ft least if you reading this while hunched over your computer at work and vowing never to drink again you know you are not the only one, and you won't be next time either.

275x250.jpgBrits are such fans of baked beans that each year we eat three times more than the rest of the world combined.

In 2009 more than 800 million tins of beans were eaten in the UK - with the second most prolific bean eaters Australia only munching their way through 60m tins.

Canada came third in the Heinz research with 41 million tins and New Zealand snagged fourth with 24 million -- but most of those are probably expats.

Within the UK, Trafford in Greater Manchester is the place where most beans are eaten, 553,243 tins last year.

That's enough to cover the pitch at Old Trafford four times‚ though it would probably still be a better playing surface than Wembley. 

275x250.jpgThe average Brit now sits on their backside for a whopping 14 hours and 39 minutes every day, it has been found.
 

A study found commuting to work, a day at the office and then an evening in front of the television means millions of adults spend hardly any time on their feet.
 
Research looked at 3,000 people finding most adults spend four hours and 17 minutes at their desk and a further two hours and 27 minutes parked in front of the TV.
 
Once home they will sit down again to use a laptop or home computer for another two hours and 25 minutes.

Admit it, you were thinking this could't be true and then you realised you were sitting down as you read it weren't you?

275x250.jpgThe Apple iPhone has been voted a more important invention than the combustion engine and space travel.
 

A study of 4,000 Brits also placed the iPhone ahead of things like the car, camera and flushing toilet in the list of 100 most important inventions.

While the wheel came top - followed by the aeroplane, the lightbulb and the worldwide web in fourth - the iPhone figured surprisingly high.

In fact, the Steve Jobs special came in as the eighth most important invention in the world, just behind computers, the telephone and Penicillin.

At least it didn't come above Penicillin, because as far as we know there's not yet an app for curing diseases… though some iPhone users like to think otherwise.

275x250.jpgAround £57 million is lost down the back of British sofas in small change each year, it has been discovered.

A study asked 2,000 families to search around their houses for any coins they were unaware of and then add up what it was worth.

Unsurprisingly between sofa cushions ended up as one of the most common places for people to find cash, followed by old wallets and purses which were no longer used.

On average people calculated they lose £1.43 each year in loose change -- that's £57 million per year across all adults in the UK.

When you get home and slip you hand down the back of the sofa let us know what you find, hopefully it won't be the remains of that slice of toast you lost a few months ago.

275x250.jpgThe average woman wears clothes and accessories worth over £1,000 every time she leaves the house, it has been found.

A study tallied the cost of various items from underwear to handbags to work out what the typical British woman has with her at any one time.

It was discovered the average woman wears lingerie worth around £26, a skirt costing £30, shoes worth £51, a top costing £22 and a cardigan or jumper worth £38.

This is then finished off with £378 jewellery, a £76 watch and a handbag £106 containing and purse worth £146 (including contents) and a £106 mobile.

That's a total of around £1,000 -- around a £100 more then the average man… who was wearing cheap jeans, a cheap t-shirt and had a really nice mobile phone in his pocket.

275x250.jpgOne in five parents REGRET the names they have chosen for their children, it has been found.
 

19 per cent of those quizzed in a recent study said they were fed up with the sheer number of other children sharing the same moniker as their little one.
 
In hindsight mums and dads claim they wouldn’t have chosen names such as William, Oliver and Jack - which tend to be the most common.
 
For girls popular names Chloe, Ruby and Olivia are the ones which parents wish they had come up with an alternative for.
 
15% regret the names they pick because it's laughed at by friends and family… we can only image this percentage increase for celebrities.

275x250.jpgOne third of adults in Britain say they have injured themselves or suffered an ache and pain while having sex.
 

Researchers found pulled muscles were the most common complaint, followed by back injuries, carpet burns, cricked neck and bashing an elbow or knee.
 
Of those injured, 40 percent said they only realised what had happened the morning after the romp.

And two per cent have been left with broken bones because things got so heated between the sheets.
 
Five percent even claimed sex-related injuries had left them needing to take time off work… though presumably not telling the boss exactly what happened.

275x250.jpgThe average British couple doesn't get to put their feet up until 8:44pm, it has been found.

It's not until almost 9pm that most people say they are able to switch off after a hectic day of working, chores and childcare.
 
While the average couple ties to settle down in an evening at 8:05pm it takes a further 39 minutes to forget about the stresses and strains of the day.
 
Asked what their most common way of relaxing was, most people said it was sitting in front of the TV with a drink. However, it's not our favourite.

35 percent said that's a having a bath, followed by surfing the internet, 28 percent, checking Facebook 21 percent and then having sex, 21 percent… yes they'd rather check Facebook.

275x250.jpgCar alarms and the dreaded PC egg timer have been voted the most irritating pieces of technology ever invented.
 

The screeching sirens, which often start in the middle of the night, just beat the 'loading' egg timer which appears on computer screens, for the top position.
 
Computers in general came third in the poll of 5,000 people while speed cameras were fourth.
 
Unhelpful and illogical automated phone systems which leave Brits confused and send them round in circles, came fifth.
 
It was also found that bits of technology drive us mad an average of four times a day… we are guessing it was more if you're a Windows user.

275x250.jpgAs bosses complain employees are using snow as an excuse not to go into work, it's been revealed Brits had 5.2m holiday days untaken in 2009.

It's estimated 18 percent of people had holidays still left to take before the end of the year - totalling 5.2 million days.

A survey found that 15 percent of workers had more than FIVE days of holiday not used, and that many will not be able to carry it forward or get paid for it.

Alison Couper, of Hotels.com, which carried out the poll, said "It's staggering to see how much holiday is left unclaimed.

"With over a third of people unable to carry their unused leave into the next calendar year, people should take the chance to use it."

275x250.jpgHaving a baby increases the number of friends a woman has by eight, it has been found.

Researchers claim that before falling pregnant the average woman has just three friends they feel comfortable sharing secrets with and relying on.

But those with children say they have an average of 11 good mates - most of who they meet because of their kids.

Waiting at the school playground is said to be the place most moms make new friends, followed by mother and baby groups and the local nursery.

One in 10 have say they have met new pals whilst sweating it out at the gym… while trying to get away from the kids.

275x250.jpgGetting a good night's sleep has been named as life's 'greatest little pleasure'.


A survey of over 3,000 Brits found that waking up feeling completely refreshed was the 'little pleasure' which brought people most joy.

Finding a £10 note in your pocket came second, followed by cuddling up to a loved-one in bed. Laughing so hard you end up crying was at number four while having a lie-in was fifth.

Other popular little things included getting a bargain, catching up with an old friend and making someone else smile.

In odd news, being stopped by some in the street and asked to answer some inane survey questions did not make it into the top 10.

275x250.jpgMore than a third of women who claim to currently be on a New Year's diet are secret scoffers, it has been found.
 

A massive 36 per cent of women who say they are watching their waistline, are actually hiding food or eating it in the dark.
 
Favourite places to stash food - revealed by a poll of 2,000 women - included handbags, under the bed and in clothes drawers.

And the women admitted to secretly eating it while in the car, walking down the street or even on a sun-bed - anywhere they think they won't get caught.

While it was also found the average diet lasts 15 weeks, 28 per cent of women admitted they have only stuck to a diet for 24 hours... some barely last between breakfast and lunch.

275x250.jpg Residential Christmas light displays are responsible for nearly half a million road accidents each year, it has been claimed.

Experts claim that as many as 73 percent of drivers get distracted by houses with brash light displays - which can sometimes look like a seasonal version of Las Vegas.

As a result they say 2 million drivers have had a near miss, and that 440,000 have actually crashed their vehicles as a direct result of staring at dazzling illuminations.

So if you do insist on having that giant inflatable and illuminated Santa in your garden, leave a space for the couple of crashed Volvos which will end up in there too.

Most men can't even do basic DIY tasks

275x250.jpgModern men can't carry out simple DIY tasks such as rewiring plugs or bleeding radiators, it has been claimed.

More intent on pursuing a career than becoming a dab-hand at DIY means that younger British men are more likely to employ professionals to do menial jobs around the home.



But this is in stark contrast to thirty years ago, when dads were expected to do everything in the home themselves and carried the jobs out with ease.



A study of 3,000 blokes showed that 51 per cent of those in their twenties are incapable of rewiring a plug, compared to just 15 per cent of men over the age of 50.

Changing a light bulb also leaves 13 per cent of young men stumped… and means that "how many lightbulbs" jokes are no longer quite as funny.

UK homes smell of toast and washing powder

275x250.jpgToast, perfume and washing powder are the smells most likely to hit you when you walk through the door of the average British home.
 
Researchers have pin-pointed the aromas which they claim make a house a home, with washing powder making up 34 per cent of the scent.
 
Freshly made toast accounts for another 22 per cent of the scent, while perfume makes up 17 per cent.
 
Other smells which will typically hit you as you step through front doors around Britain include 10 per cent last night's dinner, 12 per cent flowers, 5 per cent damp coffee and pets.
 
Interestingly the smell of toast even manages to permeate the homes of people who never eat toast.

Top 10 most annoying Christmas songs ever

275x250.jpgMr Blobby has been named as the most annoying Christmas tune ever - and who are we to argue.

The polka-dotted pink blob beat festive classics from Rolf Harris, Cliff Richard and Boney M's 'Mary's Boy Child' to claim the top spot.
 
The 1993 novelty hit, brainchild of Simon Cowell and made famous on Noel Edmond's House Party, was voted the most irritating Christmas number of all time in a poll of 4,000 music-lovers.
 
In second place in the cringe-worthy Crimbo top 20 was Neil Morrisey's Bob the Builder's 'Can We Fix it?'. St Winifred's School Choir was voted into third place with their song 'There's No-One Quite Like Grandma', which hit the top of the charts in 1980.

Top 10 annoying Christmas songs available after the link. If you manage to play them all you deserve a prize, like a new battery for your hearing aid.

Fuzzy Friday: The years biggest hangover

275x250.jpgIf you are looking around the office today and thinking it is a bit quiet, that's because today is 'Fuzzy Friday'

For the uninitiated Fuzzy Friday is the day when one in 10 workers have a hangover from the office Christmas party - and 44 percent have no intention of going to work.

Of those who do make it in to work - four in 10 are unlikely to make it on time and 14 percent will be wearing the same clothes they partied in the night before.

And if you think the office smells a bit iffy, that's because 20 percent of workers were too hung-over to bother having a shower this morning.

If you are reading this in disbelief, then we are sorry to tell you, but 'you' didn't make the most of your Christmas party. There is always next year.

275x250.jpgIf you're off to the office Christmas party this year keep an eye out for girls called Sarah, Becky and Emma - they are the ones most likely to make a fool of themselves.
 
The monikers of the biggest party-girls emerged in a study of 4,000 office workers.

It was found that people thought those with certain names were more likely to get caught doing a dodgy dance, flirting with the boss or flashing their underwear.
 
Other girls to give a wide berth on the dance floor include Alice, Debbie, Katie, Amy and Chantelle. Meanwhile, blokes to be laughed at were revealed as Chris, John, Dave, Steve and Paul.
 
People called Anne and Richard are expected to be the ones to slope off early, heading home at 9.30pm - which means someone else will have to tell them what Sarah and Steve got up to.

275x250.jpg77% of Blackberry owners won’t get a proper break from work this Christmas and many will even check their work emails on Christmas day.

A study of over 1,000 smartphone owners found that the vast majority of workers will check their mobile over the festive season, with two thirds doing it on a daily basis.

45 percent said they will keep their work Blackberry on them at all times - in case something important crops up - and 26 percent said checking emails is a habit they are unable to break.

All of this is despite the fact that 49 percent expect their Christmas Blackberry use to prompt a fight with family members... presumably via email or text.

275x250.jpgThe average parent spends more than a month of their life playing with their children's toys by themselves, it has been found.
 
Researchers claim mums and dads mess around with toys such as dolls, cars and action figures for at least 22 minutes per day - when not playing with their child.
 
This means they fiddle with games, bricks and dolls for two hours and 34 minutes every week, which equates to nearly five days a year.
 
That means that while the child is between the ages of four and 11, the average parent will play alone for one month and 10 days.
 
Many parents also get upset when a child wants to play with a toy they are fiddling with… especially if the child makes a taller Lego tower.

Just how unfit is the average Brit? Very

275x250.jpgThe average adult in Britain is so unhealthy they are left gasping for breath after running for a bus, it has been found.



The worrying statistic emerged in a report which also found 22 percent  are 'puffed' after a quick trip up the stairs.


One in five went as far as to admit they were 'left sweating' after running the hoover around the house for just 16 minutes and four in ten 'need a sit down' after mowing the lawn.


The statistics were revealed after 2,000 people were quizzed about the level of their fitness including; how far they can run, how many are left feeling puffed out doing what and how much exercise they do.

It also emerged most people can only manage to run 108 metres before coming to an abrupt halt… that was away from the researcher asking them about their health.

275x250.jpgAlmost half of married (or in a relationship) office workers could be tempted by some romance at this years office party, it has been found.

A recent study found that 47 percent of men, and 43 percent of women, say they 'might' get up close and personal with a co-worker this Christmas.

The office workers said that as they get into the Christmas spirit - by which they mean knocking back paid-for drinks - they were likely to consider kissing (at least) a colleague.

Even more worryingly nine percent of those questioned said that even if an unattractive work colleague made a pass at them they would take them up on the offer.

However, looking around at the borderline humans which pass as staff at NewsLite Towers, I can whole-heartedly promise my wife that she has nothing to worry about. 

275x250.jpgGrandmothers, mothers and aunties are responsible for buying the worst Christmas gifts according to research revealed today.

A study of 2,000 people found that most named a female relative as the person who consistently buys them naff presents.

Aunts came out as worst overall with them frequently buying their nephews and nieces cheap copies of designer perfumes, socks and even kitchen utensils.

But most of us don't let on when given unwanted Christmas gifts and only 33 percent would consider taking if back to the shop after the holiday.

Of male relatives, brothers buy the worst gifts with more than one in ten purchasing unsuitable gifts … think a USB hamster or a wooden tie.

275x250.jpgMore than half of Brits have admitted to regularly singing in the shower… even though 43 percent don't even think they are any good.

A recent survey found 55 percent of people enjoy warbling in the shower irrespective of their singing prowess, and songs by Cheryl Cole and Leona Lewis proved popular with both men and women.

The researchers then hired a vocal expert to produce a list of the best songs to sing in the shower based on reverberation, pitch, volume and tone in the tiled cubicles.

'Bohemian Rhapsody' by Queen, was said to be the best suited to belting out in the shower followed by 'Fight for this love' by Cheryl Cole and 'I gotta feeling' by The Black Eyed Peas.

And before you ask, No, Cheryl Cole wouldn't like to do a duet with you in the shower.

275x250.jpgEight out of ten mums admit they have started rolling out the tried and tested adages their parents used to deal with them when they were kids.
 

Researchers found 'Because I said so' and 'Wait and see' are the most common retorts fired at the children along with 'If someone asked you to jump off a cliff, would you do it?'

'It'll end in tears' and 'who's she, the cat's mother?', also emerged as common answers to annoying questions - much like they did for previous generations.

The study of 3,000 mums found more than half intentionally use some of their parent's best loved phrases because they think it worked to discipline them.

But 40 per cent of mums admitted sometimes repeating things their parents said even though they didn't really know what it meant.

275x250.jpgTwenty percent of scrooges people are not looking forward to Christmas, it has been found.

A survey quizzed 2,500 Brits about all aspects of Christmas, from how many present they were buying to which family members they were planning on seeing.

And while most people said they were looking forward to the holiday, 23 percent said they weren't - but it was more likely to be men who were scrooges.

Spending time with friends and family seemed to be the biggest attraction of Christmas, followed by parties and celebrations and then presents.

And by looking at that last sentence you can see not too many children were asked can't you?

275x250.jpgIt's official, marriage is bad for your waistline. 1-in-5 new brides will put on a stone and a half in weight -- within the first 18 months of marriage.

Researchers found that 22 per cent of newlyweds put on an average of 21lbs - almost a stone and a half - within 12 months of saying 'I do'.



And while more than half say they no longer worried about their appearance and weight after their big day, one in five overindulged on their honeymoon.



Another 42 per cent admitted they simply got too relaxed with their new husband, while 22 per cent even said they no longer felt they needed to impress their loved-one now the ring was on their finger.


We wouldn't be surprised if some even tried claiming their wedding ring must just weigh a stone and a half.

275x250.jpgThe average family will have their first argument at 9.58am on Christmas Day, research has found.
 
After getting up early to see what Santa has brought them, tired, excited children and stressed out parents will fall out just before 10am.
 
Parents trying to tidy the house sees most rows erupt, along with high stress levels and arguments over what to watch on TV.
 
The study of 4,100 people found the average parent then ends up telling off their children for the first time by 11.07am.

Other average timings are, getting out of bed just before 8am, ready to open presents by 8.19am, eating chocolate at 8.39am followed by breakfast at 9am and 11.49am for the first alcoholic drink … with that morning you deserve it.

275x250.jpgForgetful travellers accidentally leave a massive 10,000 mobile phones in London black cabs each month, it has been revealed.

And in December - as more people go Christmas shopping and out on Xmas parties - taxis divers say there will be even more left behind.

The taxi survey - which was carried out amongst licensed taxi drivers in London - also found an average of 1,000 iPods and laptops were also left on taxi seats.

A spokesperson for Credant Technologies, who carried out the research, said: "It's clear that none of us are infallible, especially at this busy time of year, when it's all too easy to forget things when you're travelling."

But all is not lost, 80 percent of cabbies say they have reunited a lost mobile with a memory-challenged owner - just not if it was a particularly nice handset.

275x250.jpgBirmingham's Spaghetti Junction has been named the most intimidating road system in Britain.

A poll of drivers quizzed them about which intersections they found the most hair-raising - and which ones they tried to avoid.

While the second cities concrete mass topped the list it was followed by the M8 junctions through central Glasgow and Marble Arch in London.

It was also found that eight percent of motorists would even take a longer route to avoid having to negotiate complicated junctions - driving on average an extra 238 miles a year on detours.

In odd news, two percent of drivers even admitted they had such a problem with ALL right turns they only ever go left a junction - but they are just going in circles.

Men are better at shopping than women  

275x250.jpgIt’s official, men make better shoppers than women, according to a new study.
 
Although women go on more shopping trips and spend longer trawling the stores than men, they are most likely to go home empty handed.
 
The average women spends almost seven hours a month shopping but more than 81 per cent say they often end up going home with things they had no intention of buying instead of what they were actually looking for.
 
But guys spend just five hours a month walking around the shops, with almost a third saying they always find what they were searching for.
 
However, that could be because they realise the football is about to begin so they just grab the nearest pair of jeans and get out of there.

IT people will work the most over Christmas

275x250.jpgSpare a thought for IT techies this Christmas, half of them will be working or on standby on Christmas Day - more than any other profession.

A study of over 1,000 British workers asked when people expected to work over the festive period and what they would get paid for doing so.

Emergency service staff, journalists and freight drivers said they were also likely to spend their Christmas day working.

And despite the large numbers of British workers expecting to work, 23 per cent said they’d be doing so for the same wage they normally work for.

While that may initially seem unfair, remember that most of the techies will actually be watching Doctor Who on the iPlayer and eating turkey sandwiches anyway.

Women getting better with gadgets than men

275x250.jpgIt's increasingly becoming women who do most of the technological household chores like tuning a TV or setting up a laptop computer, a study has found.

Whilst traditionally men may have taken charge of gadgets and gizmos, women are now becoming more comfortable with tech.

In a survey by Comet, most women said they would happily set up their laptop or freeview box - and only 4% are daunted by installing their own HDTV and 7% a surround sound system.

Half of women also claim they now rely on the latest gadgets like an iPhone or Sky HD to make their lives tic.

13% of the men questioned even confessed they let their wives and girlfriends pick the household computers, DVD players, and televisions… proving they are not really men.

Families will spend £1,695 on Christmas

275x250.jpgThe average family of four will spend a whopping £1,695 on Christmas this year, a study has revealed.



Presents alone will cost a total of £606 while a staggering £321 will be spent on food and drinks.



People will shell out £125 on decorations for the home, Christmas tree, garden and dinner tables and a further £22 on cards, wrapping paper and postage.



Christmas parties will also cost a small fortune - including £130 on new party outfits, £32 on party accessories such as handbags and jewellery, £15 on make-up and £15.08 on perfume or aftershave.


Suddenly I remember why I become a Jehovah’s Witnesses for 15 days of each year.


275x250.jpgManchester United's home Old Trafford has been voted the most welcoming football stadium in Britain.
 
Also known as the 'Theatre of Dreams' Old Trafford topped a poll of 3,000 footy fans - who were asked where they felt the most welcomed as opposition.
 
It was hailed for its friendly fans, staff, comfortable seats and good food.
 
Arsenal's Emirates Stadium was second and Liverpool's Anfield ground was third. Chelsea's Stamford Bridge was fourth and St. James's Park, Newcastle was fifth.

Other grounds to make the top ten included Aston Villa's Villa Park, Spurs' White Hart Lane and Craven Cottage in Fulham.
 

Most moms cook just nine different meals


275x250.jpgThe average mum relies on just NINE different meals to feed her family, it has been found.


A study of 4,000 families found that nine in 10 moms cook the same meals over and over again - and one in four even have a set day of the week for different dishes.


The most common meal among the nation's mums was spaghetti bolognaise followed by roast dinners, a shepherd's or cottage pie and a pasta dish.


It was also found that dinner time takes the average mum 35 minutes from start to finish, and four in 10 mums play safe by choosing meals they know their family like.

Despite this odd news many of the moms admitting to keeping recipe books from the likes of Nigella Lawson and Delia Smith on their shelves just to impress visitors - but not ones coming round to eat.

275x250.jpgOne in three schoolgirls is more worried about looking good in class than getting decent grades, it has been found.



Researchers found that image takes precedent over academic success once girls reach their teens.



One in four of the 3,000 nine-to-15 year old girls who were polled, said they believed good looks would get them further in life than good exam results.



By contrast, only one in four boys said the same thing and 36 per cent of boys said they wanted to do well in their exams so they could go on to have a successful career.


That's because the average 15-year-old boy knows his looks won't get him anywhere… not even on the 12.15 to Croydon.

Brits spend four days per year arguing

275x250.jpgThe average British family spends the equivalent of almost fours days each year arguing with each other.

Research found most households have three disagreements per day - each lasting around five minutes each.

That adds up to 1,095 arguments and a whopping 91 hours or three days and 19 hours spent shouting at each other.

The survey of 3,000 families also discovered that most arguments are started by an angry mother (so to speak) who feels she is hard done to.

The most common things to argue about are household chores, what to watch on TV, who does the washing up … and whether to believe research like this.

Dads end up looking after children's pets

275x250.jpgA dog really is a man’s best friend - because dads end up having to care for the family pet, a study has revealed.



Despite being the most reluctant to get a dog researchers found it is dads who are left to feed, clean and exercise the dog.



The study of 2,500 pet owners revealed children are most instrumental in bringing a dog into the family with 28 per cent saying it was to appease a youngster.



It emerged 14 per cent of children were supposed to be solely responsible for making sure their new pet was fed regularly, cleaned and taken out for plenty of walks.

And they are, for the first couple of days. Then it's unenthusiastic dads who are left to take care of the animal.

Top 5 hobbies that make people fancy you

275x250.jpgMen are more likely to fancy women who dance or do yoga in their free-time, while women are turned on by blokes who surf and rock climb.

A survey of over 1,300 Brits asked them what hobby they found most attractive by the opposite sex an how hearing someone had a certain hobby changed their opinion of them.

It was found that men liked women with physical hobbies like dancing, yoga, swimming - 89 percent said they found dancing a turn on - but that an interest in cookery doesn't hurt either.

Women named football as the number one hobby for men (though we think they meant playing rather than sitting on the sofa watching it) followed by surfing, photography and rock climbing.

49 percent of men also said finding out a woman enjoyed pole dancing would turn them on -- the other 51 percent lied when answering the question.

275x250.jpgForty percent of parents say they feel inadequate and embarrassed when they can't answer questions their children ask.

Brain-teasers like "How is rain made?" and "Why is the sea salty?" are said to be the most embarrassing - because parents think they should know the answer.

A survey of over 3,000 parents found that 52 percent regularly have problems answering questions from their youngsters.

But a quarter say they have an easy solution, they make up an answer knowing their child will believe whatever they say. Another 24 percent try to distract the child by offering them something like sweets.

Hmmm, this could explain why my dad used to say so many things where "Just decided by God rolling a dice".

Men don't read gadget instruction manuals

275x250.jpgIt won't come a much of a surprise that men quickly discard the instruction manuals for their gadgets without ever looking at them.

But a study of 75,000 calls to a gadget helpline has found they should probably take a look - 12 percent of calls come from men who have forgotten to plug their gadget in, just seven percent of women make the same mistake.

But then again, the women are more likely to read the instruction before calling for help, 76 percent compared to just 36 percent of men read the manual first.

Personally we think the really odd news here is that 36 percent of men read the manual rather than just poking their gadget till it starts working.

275x250.jpgOne in 20 children think Adolf Hitler coached Germany's national football team, a survey has revealed.

The poll of over 2,000 British kids - testing what the know about the world wars - also found one in six kids believed Auschwitz is a World War Two theme park.

Worryingly twelve per cent assumed McDonald's Golden Arches was the symbol of Remembrance Day and 40 percent didn't even know what day it fell on.

One in 20 of the nine to 15-year-olds also said they thought the Holocaust was the celebration at the end of the war.

On a slightly more encouraging not 70 percent of those polled said they would like to find out more about the world wars -- like who won.

Bad teeth can make you look 13 years older

275x250.jpgStained yellow teeth can make a person look 13 years older than if they had  gleaming white teeth, it has been claimed

Experts say smoking and drinking coffee or red wine coupled with a failure to regularly brush can put years on the average woman.

Researchers showed a photos of a model - one showing off real, gleaming white teeth and another with stained, yellow teeth - to 2,000 people.

They were then asked to guess the ages. The one with perfect teeth was put at 31 while the model with computer-generated, discoloured molar was thought to be 44.

Respondents probably also thought the one with white teeth was American and the dodgy dental work belonged to a Brit.

275x250.jpgThough they would never mention it, one in five girls reckon their best friend is fat, it has been claimed.

A poll of over 3,000 women found most have at least two friends they consider to be overweight, but they regularly lie and tell them they look great.

Almost one in two women say ALL of their friends could do with dropping a few pounds. One in 20 has even ditched a friend after she offered advice about their weight.

Only a quarter of girls have ever plucked up the courage to tell a friend she should lose a bit of weight. And they probably wished they hadn't - because 12 per cent said their friend was 'devastated' and ten per cent 'burst into tears'

The odd news opens a can of worms as many women try to work out which of their friends thinks 'they' are overweight… and then plan to make them cry by telling them the same.

275x250.jpgAlmost half of Brits admit to getting overly amorous in the back of their cars, it has been revealed.

Once the reserve of horny teenagers and dogging enthusiasts, the survey suggested that four-wheeled fornication has now become a mainstream activity.

In a recent poll, 45 percent of Brits said they had pulled over for a bit of 'how's your father' in their car.

Other places randy respondents said they had enjoyed having sex included, the kitchen table, a fairground waltzer… and the boss's desk.

If 45 percent of us are using the back of our cars for getting frisky, how come Jeremy Clarkson never mentions how good a car would be for that in his Top Gear reviews.

275x250.jpgIt's no surprise that female office workers hate derogatory pet names given to them by some colleagues, but do you know the ones they most despise?

A survey of over 2,500 women found 'babe' was the name they hated being called most, followed by 'love,' 'hun' and 'mate.'

Other disliked pet names - which three quarters of the women polled said they found unacceptable - included; 'chick,' 'Kiddo,' 'Darlin' and 'Poppet'


It also emerged that 93 per cent of women have been called a pet name either by the boss or a male colleague and that 21 percent said it made them feel angry.

But that is nothing… you should hear some of the names the same female office workers reserve for their male bosses.

275x250.jpgThe average jilted husband or wife takes 17 months and 26 days to get over a divorce and feel ready to move on, it has been claimed.

A study quizzed 4,000 divorcees about their feelings about a split with their partner, when they started dating other people and how it altered their views on marriage.

While it was found 43 percent of people felt relieved when their Decree Nisi came through, it took 17 months and 26 days after divorce finalisation before most said they were ready to move on.

This is despite the fact that the average Brit started dating again after 15 months and 26 days.

Of course this discrepancy could just be a comment on the sort of people they date for those first two months.

Over half of singles say they will 'research' a potential date on social network sites such as Facebook before saying yes.

53 percent of men and 54 percent of women claim they use websites like Facebook, MySpace and Google to check up on would-be love interests before agreeing to go out on a date with them.

This means they can see who the person is friends with, look at pictures of what they get up to and some even claim to contact the persons previous partners to ask them what they are like.

Mac users have 'different' brains

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Psychologists claim users of Apple Mac computers have a distinct mindset that predetermines their responses to and interpretations of situations.

A study of 7,500 people found that Mac users are more liberal, less modest, and more assured of their own superiority than the population at large.

The boffins from Mindset Media say that as such, Mac users are also more likely to seek varied and novel experiences, believing that imagination and intellectual curiosity contribute to a life well lived.


How do you boil an egg?

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Only half of young adults in Britain know how to boil an egg, a survey has revealed.


Just 51% of 18-24-year-olds knew it took three minutes to soft boil an egg, one in 20 though it would take 10 minutes and 15 % had no idea at all.


The poll for Farmhouse Breakfast Week surveyed 1,950 people with 65% getting the time right.


The British Egg Information Service says eggs should be put in cold water which is then brought to boil and left for three minutes to get a really soft boiled yolk and set egg white.





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