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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.

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