Reports of domestic abuse increased by 25% over the Christmas period last year. Source: Police Scotland. Mothers all around the world change the timbre or quality of their voice when talking to their babies. Source: Princeton University. Daughters of older mothers are more likely never to have children. Source: McGill University, Montreal. 47% of single men feel lonely, compared with 43% of single women. Source: eHarmony/Relate. 32% of women confess to lying awake at least one night a week worrying about money compared to 23% of men. Source: Swinton Group. There were a record number of drug deaths in the UK last year – more than traffic fatalities. Source: Office for National Statistics. Although magic mushrooms are considered to be the drug which carries the lowest acute risk of harm, they are still Class A drugs like heroin and crack cocaine. Source: Global Drug Survey. Hate crimes against LGBT people in deprived neighbourhoods of Scotland are often unreported. Source: University of Stirling. The average UK adult owns 19 household appliances and uses 9.5 each day. The three most commonly used are the TV, kettle and microwave, while the least used are air conditioners, bread makers and tumble driers. Source: Appliances Direct.
37% of Brits plan to use credit to fund Christmas this year – up from 33% last year. Source: Money Advice Trust. UK inflation rose to 3.1% in November – the highest its been in almost six years. Source: Office for National Statistics. Only one in 40 young workers in the private sector are members of a trade union. Source: UK Government. 74% of nurses in Scotland feel financially worse off than they did five years ago. Source: Royal College of Nursing. ScotRail passengers travelling at peak times will see their fares go up by 3.6% in 2018. Off peak fares will go up by 2.6%. Source: Transport Focus. Sales of new cars are down for the eighth consecutive month. 163,500 were registered in the year up to November 2017 – down 5% on last year. Source: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Sales of energy drinks increased by 185% between 2006 and 2015. Some 672m litres were consumed in 2015. Source: British Soft Drinks Association. 480bn plastic bottles were sold globally in 2016 – roughly 1m bottles each minute. Source: Euromonitor. Leaving electrical appliances on standby costs Brits £1.6bn each year – the most expensive appliance being a digital TV box. Source: MoneySuperMarket.
The overall pupil absence rate in England is 4.5%. One in 10 truants are classed as 'persistently absent’ (they miss school 10% of the time). Main reasons for absence include anxiety, depression, lack of interest and bullying. Source: Department for Education. Scotland and Northern Ireland measure absence rates every two years and don’t measure persistent absence. Source: BBC.
DNA analysis has shown that house flies are more harmful than initially thought. They carry 351 different bacteria and have been overlooked as the source of disease outbreaks. Source: Penn State University. A scallop has up to 200 eyes, each of which uses millions of tiny square crystals to see. Source: Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. Marine life is facing 'irreparable damage' from millions of tonnes of plastic waste which ends up in oceans each year. Source: United Nations. The posting of 'scary' spider photos on social media is helping researchers to identify new species. Source: New Scientist. A rainforest found on the island of Penang in Malaysia is thought to be 130m years old. Source: California Academy of Sciences. Pigeons use an area of their brain to simultaneously judge space and time. Source: University of Iowa.
61% of nurses in Scotland are too busy at work to provide patients with the level of care they would like. Source: Royal College of Nursing. Poor hospital food could be one of the reasons 25% of nurses in England are obese. Source: Edinburgh Napier University. Over 25% of Scots drink at 'hazardous or harmful' levels – more than 14 units each week. Source: Alcohol Focus Scotland. Young people are less likely to smoke when the warning 'smoking kills' is printed on each cigarette. Source: Cancer Research UK. 80% of breast cancer cases occur after the menopause. Losing weight at this time may reduce the risk. Source: Breast Cancer Now. Man flu might actually exist due to men having less immunity to respiratory viruses than women. Source: Memorial University of Newfoundland. The number of people waiting for a heart transplant in the UK has increased by 162% since 2008. Source: British Heart Foundation. Children who show signs of depression are more likely to be unemployed at the age of 55. Source: International Longevity Centre UK. We should avoid eating raw flour in batter, cake mixture or dough, due to the potential risk of E.coli. Source: US Food and Drug Administration.
Traffic fumes may cancel out the cardiovascular benefits of a long walk if you are in a busy town or city. Source: British Heart Foundation.
Champagne has smaller bubbles than cheap fizz and makes a different sound. Source: University of Texas. 'Love at first sight' doesn’t exist. Love is such a complex range of emotions, it is unlikely to happen straight away. Source: University of Groningen. Teabags kept in an office environment hold 17 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Source: Initial Washroom Hygiene. If a hard-boiled egg is placed in a microwave and explodes, the sound could be loud enough to damage hearing. Source: Charles M Salter Associates.