Nearly a third of 18-24 year-olds in Scotland believe that technology makes them feel lonely. Source: Mental Health Foundation. There was no change in the anxiety people in the UK were feeling between the years ending June 2016 and 2017. Source: Office for National Statistics. People in Northern Ireland report the highest levels of personal well-being, when compared with the UK average. Source: Office for National Statistics. Over 50% of Tories are in favour of capital punishment for serious crimes, compared with 23% of SNP, 9% of Labour and 8% of Lib Dem supporters. Source: Queen Mary University. BMW, Range Rover and Audi TT drivers are the rudest on UK roads. Source: Dave. Hair colour can have an effect on the way we are regarded by the opposite sex in terms of attractiveness, youth and overall health. Men generally associate women with lighter hair as being more attractive and youthful than women with darker hair. Source: Augsburg University. Revenue from legal sales of marijuana in California are forecast to increase to more than $5bn this year – 62% of total sales. Source: University of California.
58% of staff working for Scottish seafood processing companies are from EU countries, compared with 42% for the UK as a whole. Source: Marine Scotland. John Lewis had record-breaking sales during the week before Christmas. Sales jumped by 14% from the year before, with notable success in fashion, electricals and homeware departments. Source: John Lewis. Poundland also had its best Christmas ever with sales up 5.6% in the 12 weeks up to Christmas Eve. Source: Independent. 'Routine’ occupations such as receptionists and cashiers are likely to be replaced by machines in the next two years. Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies. Petrol prices have reached their highest level – £1.21 per litre – since 2014. Source: RAC Fuel Watch. Average motor insurance premiums have increased by nearly £200 over the past five years to £758. Source: Comparethemarket.com. People earning £27,000 each year will need a £300,000 pension pot in order to maintain their current lifestyle in retirement. They would then receive, at 65 years old, £809 plus a state pension of £691 each month. Source: Aegon.
One in 10 teachers cite energy drinks as a key cause of poor pupil behaviour. Source: NASUWT. The number of penalties received last year by school staff and students in England for exam malpractice increased by 149% and 25% respectively from 2016. Source: Ofqual.
The carbon footprint of Scottish households has reduced by 25% since 2009, with each person’s carbon emission falling from 2.46 tonnes to 1.84 tonnes. Source: WWF Scotland. Theia, the planet which created the Moon by hitting Earth 4.5bn years ago, was much smaller than initially thought – a tenth of the size of Earth. Source: Paris Institute of Earth Physics. A type of ape called a bonobo favours others of its species who show signs of being ‘hinderers’ rather than ‘helpers’. Source: University of St Andrews/Duke University. Alien intervention has been ruled out as the reason a star – known as Tabby’s star – flickers oddly. Instead, the unusual dips in light are caused by dust. Source: Louisiana State University. Last month 86 stars were officially given names. Examples included Xamidimura, Fafnir, Ran, Unurgunite and Cervantes. Source: International Astronomical Union.
Over the past four years, more than 10,000 ambulances in Scotland have been dispatched with only one crew member on board. Source: Scottish Conservatives. Taking paracetamol during pregnancy may harm the fertility of unborn babies. Source: Copenhagen University Hospital. 25% of pregnant women suffer from mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, OCD and bipolar disorder. Source: King’s College. More than 480,000 people called NHS 111 in the week up to 31 December 2017 – 21% more than the previous week. Source: NHS England. Taking a brisk walk five times a week could prevent the onset of dementia. Source: American Academy of Neurology. Brain tumours can be effectively treated by injecting viruses into patients. The patient’s internal defences are stimulated by the virus to fight the tumour. Source: Leeds University. Alcohol can cause cancer by permanently damaging stem cell DNA. Source: Cambridge University. Gaming addiction is now being listed as a mental health condition. Source: WHO.
One in five Brits have been contacted by cold callers urging them to make a false holiday insurance claim. Source: Abta. Boys between the ages of 8-18 spend longer playing video games than girls of the same age. Source: Oxford University. Last year, cooking was the most popular hobby of people living in France, with reading a close second. 0.32% of those asked preferred not to say. Source: Cint. People in the US spend around five or six hours each day on leisure and sports activities, personal interests and hobbies. Source: US Census Bureau.
On Christmas Day and Boxing Day, over 10,000 tax returns were submitted online. Source: HMRC. 42% of millennials don’t know any of the words of 'Auld Lang Syne.’ While 50% don't know who wrote the words, 3% believe it was Mariah Carey. Source: Sainbury’s. The new largest known prime number has been calculated by an electrical engineer called Jonathan Pace and has 23,249,425 digits. Source: Science News.