survey: December 2009 Archives

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.

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