Because the world is an interesting place we have been collecting Interesting Facts about Interesting Places, Interesting People, Interesting Animals, Interesting Numbers, and Interesting Words.
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According to a maths boffin, Peter Backus, roughly speaking Brits have a 1 in 285,000 chance of meeting their one true love.
(He came up with the figure when writing a research paper called "Why I Don't Have A Girlfriend." "An application of the Drake Equation to love in the U.K."
You can listen to him talking about his paper here:-
Local Authorities in the UK will be able to hand out vouchers and loyalty cards to households that recycle their rubbish.
(England’s biggest council, Birmingham city council, is trialling the scheme by offering Nectar points to incentivise paper waste collections. Residents will receive 25 points every time paper recycling containers are put out for collection. The points can then be redeemed at a range of stores, including Argos, Homebase and Sainsbury’s.
I wonder if they can recycle their plastic loyalty card.)
According to Government data, a single 11.7 minute trip to a GP costs the NHS £45.
(The 2013 Health and Social Care report from the Personal Social Services Research Unit states:
It costs £27 for a 7.1 minute telephone consultation with a GP.Home visits from a GP lasting 23.4 minutes cost the NHS £114.One prescription from your GP costs £41.35, including the cost of the drug.A 15 minute appointment with your nurse in a GP practice costs £13.
Cheap at half the price. The NHS is one of the things Britain should be most proud of.)
Oxford Street in London, one of London's most popular shopping destinations, has been listed by the the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs as one of the most “dangerous areas” for Emirati tourists in the capital.
(The warning comes after two separate attacks on Emirati tourists in London this year, but the list also includes Edgware Road, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Soho, Marble Arch and Piccadilly.
When I think of areas of London to avoid, these don't really come to mind, I'd say Westminster is the place where most major crimes take place.)
It’s all I have to bring today by Emily Dickinson
It’s all I have to bring today—
This, and my heart beside—
This, and my heart, and all the fields—
And all the meadows wide—
Be sure you count—should I forget
Some one the sum could tell—
This, and my heart, and all the Bees
Which in the Clover dwell.
More poetry here:-
According to a study carried out by CheapHolidayLand.com, British holidaymakers double their daily calorie intake in the first 24 hours of an all-inclusive break.
(Holidaymakers consumed on average 5,756 calories on the first day of all-inclusive trips. Research found that binge eating amounts to twice recommended daily intake; enough fuel for them to run two marathons
The meals worked out at:-
Breakfast - 1,117 calories
A bowl of cereal (113 calories), full English breakfast (870), a glass of orange juice (112), cup of tea (22)
Mid-morning drinks - 240 calories
A glass of Sangria (150 calories), a glass of Coke (90)
Lunch - 1,260 calories
Burger and fries (770 calories), a side salad (17), a glass of Coke (90), one ice cream (230), one bottle of beer (153)
Afternoon snack - 425 calories
A packet of crisps (160 calories), a glass of orange juice (112), one bottle of beer (153)
Dinner - 2,191 calories
Starter – a bowl of soup and bread roll (403 calories),
Main - chicken, rice an…
Researchers at the University of Auckland, have found out that our personalities develop until well into our fifities.
(They discovered that your personality becomes most stable during middle age - but then begins to decline again. People tend to be most neurotic in their thirties, and honest and conscientious in their forties.
Our personalities keep developing until we are in our fifties, for example, people in their 30s, showed high levels of neuroticism, but by the time they reached their 50s that had been replaced by conscientiousness, openness and honesty-humility.
A study carried out at Hiroshima University, showed that looking at cute animal pictures can actually improve a person's productivity at work. (According to LiveScience.com, the paper, entitled The Power of Kawaii: Viewing Cute Images Promotes a Careful Behavior and Narrows Attentional Focus, concluded that cute animals doing supercute things is like seeing babies, and can boost productivity in tasks that require focus.
So, the next time your boss tells you off for giggling over Grumpy Cat, show him this.)
According to the Local Government Association in the UK, they get some bizarre Freedom of Information requests.
(Here are the 10 weirdest received since freedom of information requests were introduced in 2000:-
1. What plans are in place to protect the town from a dragon attack? (Wigan Council)
2. Please list all the types of animals you have frozen since March 2012, including the type and quantity of each animal. (Cambridge City Council)
3. How many times has the council paid for the services of an exorcist, psychic or religious healer? Were the services performed on an adult, child, pet or building? (Rossendale Council)
4. Please can you let me know how many roundabouts are located within your council boundaries. (Leicestershire County Council)
5. What precautions, preparations, planning and costings have been undertaken in the case an asteroid crashes into Worthing, a meteorite landing in Worthing or solar activity disrupting electromagnetic fields? (Worthing Borough Council)
(This would have meant that one of the pop world's most iconic photos was nearly never taken, but the idea of schlepping up Everest for a photo shoot was abandoned, and on 8th August, 1969 the Fab Four walked out of No 3 Abbey Road, and whilst a policeman held up the traffic on Abbey Road, the photographer Iain Macmillan took photos as the band walked back and forth.
Since then quite a few people have reproduced that moment, but with no friendly policemen around, they are taking their lives in their hands.)
Wikimedia, has refused a photographer’s repeated requests to stop distributing his most famous shot for free – because the photograph of a monkey was a selfie - the monkey pressed the shutter button and therefore should own the copyright.
( Gloucestershire-based photographer David Slater was in Indonesia in 2011 attempting to get the perfect image of a crested black macaque when one of the animals came up to investigate his equipment, hijacked his camera and took hundreds of selfies. One of those selfies is now famous.
Understandably Mr Slater is less than pleased. Probably because one of his best images, was taken by a monkey.
Copyright law, which is a minefield in itself, says that the person who takes a photograph owns the copyright (regardless of who owns the camera it was taken on). Of course monkeys aren't people - yet, but it's an interesting grey area.
BTW - if you can't take a better selfie than this one, please don't bother.)
London buses are no longer accepting cash payments for journeys*.
(There are different ways to pay the bus fare:
An Oyster card with pay as you go credit, Travelcard or Bus & Tram PassA Visitor Oyster cardA contactless payment card to pay as you goA Day Travelcard
In fact, according to the Payments Council, cash payments make up the majority of transactions in the UK - just. Cash transactions account for 52%, but this is down from 58 per cent in 2009.
For now cash is still king, but with virtual wallets, and mobile payment systems, the march of a cashless society seems to be unstoppable.
Stop the world, I want to get off.)
*That said, legally, they are not allowed to refuse a cash payment.