survey: March 2011 Archives

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?

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