Finding of the week: John Lewis is the brand that most Brits would be proudest to work for. For 18-34 year olds, Netflix was the top choice. Source: YouGov.
Shoplifting in the UK has risen by 4% in the past year, with 370,000 crimes reported to the police. It accounts for 71% of the £700 million costs of retail crime. Source: British Retail Consortium. 54% of UK adults say that it’s been a long time since they made a new valued connection or friend. Source: YouGov. One in 10 women working in the Scottish media say they have been sexually assaulted at work, and a third have experienced sexual harrassment. Source: Women in Journalism. Homelessness in the UK could be eradicated within 10 years with the correct measures and policies in place. Source: Crisis. Although the relevant policies involved in abolishing homelessness would cost the UK £9.9 billion, they would deliver benefits worth £26.4 billion. Source: PwC. 70% of Brits support the UK continuing to have a monarchy. Source: YouGov. 40% of bereaved parents, on going back to work after their baby died, say no-one talked to them about their loss. Source: Sands. Young women aged from 16-24 years old are 7.6% more likely to suffer abuse from their partner. Abuse is also more likely to happen to bisexual women, those from the poorest households and those suffering from a long-term illness. Source: Office for National Statistics. People generally believe that youth lasts up to and including the age of 29. Similarly, middle age is thought to start at 48 years old. Source: YouGov. Brits think that the best-ever American exports to the UK are Coca-Cola, 'Friends’, and hamburgers. Source: Harlie’s Diner.
Scotland saw a 7% rise in foreign direct investment projects last year – the top investors were the US, Norway, France, Ireland and China. Source: EY. 61% of employers say they are 'substantially’ less likely to employ someone with a tattoo or tattoos on their face. Only 5% of employers said that they were more likely to hire someone with visible tattoos. Source: YouGov. 77% of Brits are members of a loyalty programme, and 59% believe that all brands should offer them. Source: YouGov. The number of directors in the UK who have been disqualified from office has risen for a third year running, with 1,231 disqualified in 2017. Source: Moore Stephens.
2,400 children in England changed home, school and social worker during 2016-17. Source: The Children’s Commissioner. Medicine and economics graduates from UK universities gain the largest financial benefits from their degrees. Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies.
The oldest known footprints left by an animal have been found in China and are thought to be around 546 million years old. The kind of animal which left them is unknown. Source: Chinese Academy of Sciences. There are around 7.7 million known species of animals on the planet, despite 99% of the ocean floor having been left unexplored. Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Scientists have found dunes of frozen methane on Pluto, suggesting that the planetary body’s atmosphere is more dynamic than previously thought. Source: Plymouth University. Archaeologists have found the remains of a man who was decapitated by an enormous rock while fleeing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. It is thought that a leg injury slowed him down in fleeing Pompeii. Source: BBC. If every female wild rabbit in the UK had seven litters of five kittens per litter in their lifetime, there would be 1,917,808 rabbits born every day. Source: Wildlife Britain. There are around 62,000,000 chicks born each day worldwide. Source: BBC.
25% of intensive care patients in Scotland return to hospital within three months of being discharged. Source: Edinburgh University. Women who are overweight or obese but otherwise healthy are still at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Source: German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke. 61% of adult women in Scotland are overweight, obese, or very obese. Source: BBC. A vaccine could help to extend the lives of people diagnosed with a glioblastoma – an aggressive type of brain tumour in adults. Source: King’s College Hospital. One of the reasons that a glioblastoma is so difficult to treat is because it consists of a variety of cells which drugs can't simultaneously target. Source: Brain Tumour Charity. One in every 50 people suffers from a form of body dysmorphia in the UK. Source: BBC. Drying dishes with a damp tea towel could lead to food poisoning, particularly in large, meat-eating households. Source: Mauritius University. Lonely people are three times more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression, and have a significantly lower quality of life. They are twice as likely to die from cardiovascular problems. Source: Copenhagen University.
Over the past five years the number of pets in the UK has fallen dramatically. In 2013, there were 71 million pets, while this year there are 51 million. 26% of people own a dog. Source: Statista. More than 165,000 people from 80 countries attended the 2017 Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh. Source: Underbelly.
Two thirds of us are too shy to enjoy food for fear of making a noise. Source: The City Kitchen. Women are more than five times as likely as men to regularly queue for the loo. Source: YouGov. The 1970s have been voted the worst decade in terms of tasteless home decor. Features mentioned include avocado-coloured bathrooms, furry toilet seats and taxidermy. Source: Samsung.