Key Quotes - Odd Facts

Key Quotes - Odd Facts

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Last update: Tuesday 16th July
 
In a country where 95% of the landing places are tiny, remote bush airstrips, our planes make 200 landings each day.
Odd FactsMAF News - March/May 2004
 
A recent MORI survey showed 91 per cent of the British public trusts doctors to tell the truth, compared with 87 per cent for teachers, 74 per cent for professors and 72 per cent for judges. An American study by Harris puts teachers slightly ahead of medics and professors a little behind judges, but the basic pattern is the same.
Christian leaders lost a worrying eight per cent trust rating in Canada last year alone, and there are signs of a similar decline in the USA. Here, some 70 per cent of people still trust the clergy themselves to tell the truth, but trust in the Church as an institution seems to be plummeting.
Faith and Nation Commission, points out that the 1990 European Values Survey showed only 43 per cent of people trusting the Church, with just 30 per cent of 18-24 year-olds doing so.
Odd FactsIdea - March/April 2004
 
Accidents involving micro-scooters rose massively during a craze which swept Britain two years ago.
Some 19,700 people were injured in scooter accidents in 2002 compared with 2,200 in 1998, figures highlighted by the Royal Society for the prevention of Accidents, showed.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel, 19th Febuary 2004.
 
In 2002, Samaritans received over 4,660,000 contacts, by phone, email, letter, face-to-face at a branch, through their work in prisons, and at local fairs and other events.
Almost 2.5 million calls were made by phone, the most common method of contact.
Samaritans receives more contacts from men than from women. There was a total of 18,200 volunteers in 2002 and 3,100 new people went on to become Samaritans volunteers last year. Last year volunteers gave 2,767,152 hours of their time to provide support to callers.
Odd FactsThe Sentinal, 17th Febuary 2004.
 
According to the MDA over 111 million text messages were sent between midnight 31st December and midnight 1st January. This beat last year's recold of 100 million, well and truly confirming the mobile phone's place as the essential communication tool at the start of the 21st Century. Over 20 billion text messages were sent in 2003 and the figure is expected to rise this year.
Odd FactsPresbyteran Herald, Febuary 2004.
 
Three out of five people admit to having had a romantic relationship at work and in a third of cases one or both of the partners was already married, a survey shows. And half admit that it effected their work.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel, Feb 9th 2004.
 
ives are being put at risk by timewasters dialling 999 for an ambluance.
The ambulance service in Cheshire received 5,000 calls last year from timewasters, including 40 from insomniacs. There were even calls from people wanting emergency medical attention for their boils.
Up to one in four calls are belived to be non-emergencies. Ambulances in Cheshire are to become the first in Britain to carry stickers with a warning 'it's not a taxi. use it, dont abuse it.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel, 9th Feb 2004.
 
new mobile phone craze is sweeping through bars, cafes and public areas everywhere... Bluejacking, which involves 'zapping' unsuspecting strangers with cryptic text messages, has become equipped with 'Bluetooth' - which is basically short-range digital two-way radio - young people have immediately discovered the potential for a new kind of prank call.
Odd FactsYouthwork - Feb 2004
 
Experts at Intel say that microprocessor speed will double every 18 months for at least 10 years.
Odd FactsJust Right, Issue 9.
 
The Microwave was invented after a chocolate bar melted in a researcher's pocket as he walked by a radar tube.
Odd FactsJust right, Issue 9.
 
The housefly hums in the middle octave key of F.
Odd FactsJust Right, Issue 9.
 
London was the first city to have a population of over one million people.
Odd FactsJust Right, Issue 9.
 
60% of the population in some areas of Britian is comprised of individuals from minority ethnic back-grounds. Futhermore, Britain has one of the highest proportions of mixed race relationships; 50% of Black men and a third of Asian men are now dating white partners. South Asian Britons make up 20% of hospital doctors, most of whom came fully trained and have saved the NHS 300 million as a result. Indian food now has a turnover that is higher than coal, steel and ship-building combined.
Odd FactsThurdway,Jan/Feb 2004.
 
In 2004, women make up just nine percent of newspaper editors, seven per cent of top police officers and senior judges and 18 per cent of Westminister MPs.
Odd FactsBaptist Times - Jan 8th 2004
 
The old bell was melted down and, on 10th April 1858, Big Ben was cast. It took 20 days for the metal to cool down. The 14 ton bell, which cost 1,829 to make, was carried in procession to Westminster and struck for the first time on 31st May 1859. When Big Ben rang at the start of 2004, it had rung 8,238,672 times!
Odd FactsKids Alive, 3rd Jan 2004.
 
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