survey: September 2010 Archives

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These have been apparently been replaced by bringing his partner a cup of tea in bed and looking after her if she has a hangover.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.

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.

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 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.

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