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Key Quotes - Odd Facts

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Last update: Wednesday 24th July
 
A study in the British Medical Journal found people who used a mobile when driving were four times more likely to have a serious crash.

Odd FactsThe Independent – 12th July 2005
 
In 2003 17 to 18 year old men were more than twice as likely to make an insurance claim as 30 – 59 year old men.

Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 13th July 2005
 
People called David are more likely to earn over £100-000 a year than those with other names research has shown. Those called John and Michael are also likely to command a six figure salary.

Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 29th June 2005
 
As many as 15% of women drivers never check their tyres and 7% of motorists only make checks once a year an RAC Foundation survey showed. Only 4% of motorists check their tyres each journey and only 21% do it every week. Half the women drivers questioned did not know the recommended pressures for their car tyres.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 11th July 2005
 
According to research, babies as young as four months old have favourite colours.

Odd FactsFamilies Together – Summer 2005
 
A report commissioned by Premier Media Group confirms that at 68% the public’s greatest fear about death is dying alone. These figures reflect subjects raised in Help the Aged’s report End of Life Care released in May.
Odd FactsEvangelicals Now – July 2005
 
3,797 people were executed worldwide in 2004 - the highest number in nearly ten years, according to Amnesty International. The human rights group found that China carried out more executions than all other countries combined - at least 3,400. Iran came second, with at least 159, followed by Vietnam. The US were fourth in the table with 59 executions in 2004. The 3,797 executions are said to be the second - largest annual total in the last 25 years, although the overall trend is downwards.
Odd FactsEvangelical Times – May 2005
 
Of the 2,000 people polled by the Evangelical Alliance at the Skegness and Minehead venues, 60% said the top political issue for them was world poverty.
Odd FactsThe Baptist Times 14th - April 2005
 
Relatively few Christian groups are using the worldwide web for real evangelism. Of some 40,000 English language Christian websites, the overwhelming majority are targeted entirely at Christians, including at least 150,000 church sites written largely for their members. Yet the opportunities are vast. There are nearly 100 million internet users in China alone; 70 million are online in Japan; India will soon have 60 million; Middle East has around 17 million, and right across the West, most households have web access.
Odd FactsIdea - March / April 2005
 
A second New York court has ruled that the state's definition of marriage as exclusively being between a man and a woman is, indeed, constitutional.
Odd FactsEvangelicals Now - February 2005
 
The number of men who had cosmetic surgery rose by two thirds last year, according to industry research which suggests demand for plastic surgery among men is outstripping growth in women. But nine out of 10 procedures are still performed on women, according to the British Association for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Its members performed 16,397 procedures last year, 1,348 of them for male clients. An estimated 75,000 cosmetic surgery procedures are carried out each year, many by surgeons who lack relevant specialist qualifications.
Odd FactsThe Independent – 24th January 2005
 
Teenagers will be asked to swear their loyalty to Queen and country on their 18th birthday under plans being drawn up by Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary. Ministers believe the initiative could encourage youngsters to vote, involve them more in their local communities and help them identify with Britain. The scheme follows the recent launch of citizenship ceremonies in which recent immigrants of all ages sing the national anthem and pledge their allegiance to their new home.
Odd FactsThe Independent – 20th January 2005
 
Ministers are to consider scrapping the law which allows the eldest son of the British monarch to become king even if he has an older sister. Almost 30 years after the passage of the Sex Discrimination Act, aimed to ensure equality between the sexes, an attempt is to be made to end the system of male primogeniture.
Odd FactsThe Independent – 9th December 2004
 
More than four million road accidents have been caused by motorists distracted by the bad driving of others. 10% of motorists have been involved in an accident as a result of focusing on others' bad driving, while 44% admitted to near misses after other motorists had driven them to distraction.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 22nd November 2004
 
Mother is the most beautiful work in the English language, according to the rest of the world. The British Council surveyed more than 40,000 people in 102 non-English speaking countries. Passion and eternity were also choices.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 25th November 2004
 
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