survey: August 2010 Archives

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.

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