Society The number of domestic abuse incidents recorded by Police Scotland has risen in the past year by 1% to 59,541cases. 80% of all incidents involved a male accused and female victim. Source: Scottish Government.
Last year, 38% of adults did no exercise at all between Christmas and New Year, while during this time 27% ate chocolate for breakfast and 18% demolished an entire cheeseboard. Source: Healthy Eating.
It is estimated that we throw away the equivalent of 4.2m Christmas dinners in the UK every year – that’s 263,000 turkeys, 11.3m roast potatoes, 11.9m carrots and 17.2 brussels sprouts. Source: Healthy Eating.
60% of Brits smell meat, poultry and fish to decide if it’s safe to eat. However, most food poisoning bugs are odourless, so even if food looks okay, it could be teeming with bacteria. Source: Food Standards Agency.
The number of one-person households in England is projected to increase by 26% between 2016 and 2041, driven by increases in the number of people aged 65 years old and over living on their own. Source: Office for National Statistics.
760 youth centres are thought to have closed in the UK since 2012, due to £13m being cut from budgets. 75% of youth workers no longer feel secure in their job and the same number work extra hours each week. Source: Unison.
Nearly 150,000 people died in traffic accidents in India in 2017 – the equivalent of three every 10 minutes. Source: SaveLIFE Foundation.
Economy Business confidence levels in Scotland are amongst the lowest in the UK. During the last quarter, Scotland scored -18.6 in confidence. The UK average is -12.3. Source: ICAEW.
Energy customers can wait nearly half an hour to be put through to a call centre. An investigation found that the worst firm was Spark Energy (now bust), who kept their customers waiting for an average of 27 minutes and 21 seconds. Scottish Power was the best of the big six energy companies, with callers waiting an average of three minutes and 29 seconds. The least time – an average of 10 seconds – was experienced by customers of small supplier, Affect Energy. Source: Which?
Education Businesses should pay more towards the cost of university fees in England, so that students don’t have as high a level of debt. Source: Higher Education Policy Institute.
School uniforms should be gender neutral and cheaper to buy. Source: Welsh Government.
Science Globally, a third of all food produced is wasted each year – amounting to a loss of around £784bn. Source: UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.
France tops a global ranking of food sustainability, which grades nations according to food waste, sustainable farming, health and nutrition. The other nations in the top five were the Netherlands, Canada, Finland and Japan. The UK came 24th – ahead of the US but behind China. Rwanda scored highest among low-income countries. Source: Economist Intelligence Unit.
Half of the world’s annual rain and snow falls on the 12 wettest days each year. Source: National Centre for Atmospheric Research.
Astronomers have measured all the starlight that has ever managed to escape into space over the history of the universe – some 4x10^84 particles of light, or photons. Source: Clemson University.
Scientists have found that electrically ‘zapping’ the lateral orbitofrontal cortex of the brain – the region that lies just behind the eyes – improves the mood of people with signs of severe depression. University of California.
Health 42% of women who gave birth in 2017-18 were classed as being a healthy weight, while 26.2% were overweight and 22.7% were obese. In addition, 61% of pregnant women over the age of 40 were either overweight or obese, compared to 36% of those under the age of 20. Source: Cancer Research UK.
Children are far more likely to develop food allergies now than ever before, with around 7% in the UK affected. It is not known why allergy rates are increasing. Source: BBC.
Between 1995 and 2016, there was a five-fold increase in peanut allergies. A recent study suggests that 2.5% of three-year-olds in the UK have a peanut allergy. Source: King’s College London.
The number of reported cases of measles worldwide increased by 31% in 2017. Source: World Health Organisation.
Recreation Beer sales rose by 4.4% in the last quarter compared to the previous year thanks to hot weather and the World Cup. Source: British Beer and Pub Association.
Oddities When we tell a lie, our noses go cold and shrink slightly. Source: Granada University.
A Dutchman who wanted to change his age from 69 to 49 in order to boost his dating prospects has lost his legal battle to do so. Source: BBC.