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Last update: Sunday 21st July
 
A second World War RAF Spitfire has been excavated from an Irish peat bog almost 70 years after it crash-landed. Six machine guns and about 1,000 rounds of ammunition were also discovered by archaeologists searching the Inishowen Peninsula in Couny Donegal.
The British fighter plane was piloted by an American, Roland “Bud” Wolf, who parachuted safely from the aircraft before it crashed in November 1941.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel June 29 2011
 
Men are twice as likely to be distracted while driving a car as women, according to research from Santander. The survey found that one in ten men who has had a driving accident, compared with just one in twenty women, admitted to crashing a car because they were distracted. The study of 1,000 motorists revealed that one in twenty women reported near misses as a result of distractions while driving, which included adjusting the car stereo, eating or drinking.
Odd FactsThe War Cry 25 June 2011
 
New research has revealed that video game addiction is being cited in a growing number of divorce petitions. The study, by Divorce Online, examined 200 unreasonable behaviour petitions field by women using its service between January and April 2011. In 15% of the cases the wives complained that their husbands were happier to play on their games consoles then pay them attention. Divorce Online managing director Mark Keenan said his team carried out the research after noticing World of Warcraft was repeatedly cited by unhappy wives.
Odd FactsFamilies First July/August 2011
 
An extensive piece of research into obesity from Northwestern University in Illinois tracked 2,433 men and women in the USA for 18 years, looking at their change in weight. Their main finding was a striking correlation between regular worship and obesity. After adjusting for factors such as age, sex, education and income, they found that people are 50% more likely to be obese by middle age if they attend church weekly than if they don’t go at all.
Odd FactsThird Way, May 2011
 
More than 90% of women in their 40s and 50s are so fed up with their image; they suffer what experts have dubbed 'Mid-life Mirror Angst Syndrome', a study has found. Just 9% of those over 50 felt happy with what they see in the mirror compared with 43% of 20somethings. A survey of 1,200 women found that changes wrought by age, combined with a youth-obsessed fashion industry, led to a dramatic drop in body confidence for women the older they get. In fact, all of those in their middle age said they wanted to change something about their current figure, with a flatter stomach at the top of the wish list. This was followed by toned arms and cellulite-free legs.
Odd FactsThe Mail April 13th 2011
 
Elephants actually do have the long memories they are credited with especially when it comes to danger, scientists say. They found that older elephants are the best at making crucial decisions about predators because they've experienced similar peril before. When researchers played recordings of male or female lions roaring to 39 African elephant groups in Amboseli National Park in Kenya, those with older matriarchs correctly focused their defensive reactions on male lions, which are the more adept killers.
Odd FactsDaily Mail 16th March 2011
 
A study published in October said that the often reported same-sex penguin ‘pairs’ are not homosexual but just lonely. According to the findings, some male penguins may form a ‘bond’ with another male due to a lack of females in the colony, but over time they do find an opposite-sex mate.
Odd FactsEvangelicals Now, December 2010
 
A poll of over 1,000 adults, conducted by ComRes, reveals that 11% of people aged 65 or over will be spending Christmas alone, compared with just 6% of the population as a whole. 68% of the population will be spending Christmas with their family.
Odd FactsTheos Think Tank - December 2010
 
A poll of over 1,000 adults, conducted by ComRes, reveals that society is divided between those who believe the birth of Jesus is irrelevant to their Christmas (46%) and those (51%) who believe the opposite. The poll highlights clear differences between the sexes, nations and ages. 47% of men disagree with the statement 'The birth of Jesus is irrelevant to my Christmas' whereas 56% of women disagree.
Odd FactsTheos Think Tank - December 2010
 
A poll of over 1,000 adults, conducted by ComRes, reveals that 62% of people believe that spending less will make no difference to their Christmas because it 'is about more than presents'. Only 15% of people believe Christmas will be worse, while 18% think spending less will make it better as they can concentrate on 'the things that matter'.
Odd FactsTheos Think Tank - December 2010
 
A poll of over 1,000 adults, conducted by ComRes, reveals that people in the lowest socio-economic group (DE) are more likely to dread Christmas (22% compared with a national average of 18%), borrow money, if necessary, for Christmas (15% compared with 13%), believe Christmas to be over-rated (61% compared with 54%) and spend Christmas alone (11% compared with 6%).
Odd FactsTheos Think Tank - December 2010
 
According to the Metro, crosses have been banned at a council-run cemetery on health and safety grounds. The commuter tabloid reported claims that North Somerset Council did not inform relatives when staff removed a temporary 60-centimetre cross from a grave because it did not meet council regulations.
Odd Facts‘The War Cry’ – July 10, 2010
 
A child is instinctively joyful. Children laugh 300 times a day, adults only 40 times a day (some less).
Odd FactsFamilies First – January/February 2010
 
Simon Cowell is more famous than God, according to a survey of under-10s. The X Factor judge topped the poll after more than 1,000 children were asked who was the most famous person in the world. The queen came in second with God in third place.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 21st December 2009
 
Dogs are helping to save the lives of other pets by giving blood for use in veterinary operations. About 15 dogs were brought by their owners to donate blood at the session held yesterday. Canines have only been allowed to give blood for the past two years, since a change in the law regarding storage of animal blood. Since then, the charity Pet Blood Bank UK has been busy up and down the country, collecting blood to be used in life-saving operations.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 9th December 2009
 
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