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Last update: Wednesday 24th July
 
Women are more likely than men to get angry while driving, according to a survey of motorists. Women car insurance specialist Diamond questioned 1,8000 people and found that 21 per cent of women often felt angry with other motorists when behind the wheel compared with just 18 per cent of men. The same percentage of women and men - 51 per cent - admit to shouting at other drivers, although 2 per cent of men admit to having physically attacked another driver, compared with the 1 per cent of women.
Odd FactsThe War Cry 10th May 2008
 
According to the government’s actuary department, the UK’s population of centenarians is forecast to soar from about 10,000 now to as many as 1.2 million by 2074. That’s a lot of telegrams from Queen Camilla. The independent think-tank Demos recently issued a report which suggested life expectancy would rise to 150 in 30 years time. It also made the astonishing claim that the first person who will live to the age of 1,000 may be alive today.
Odd FactsLife and Work May 2008
 
Being out of mobile phone contact is as stressful as moving house or breaking up with a partner for nearly one in five phone users, a survey showed today Anxiety over running out of battery or credit, losing one’s handset and not having network coverage affects 53 per cent of mobile phone users, according to the study by YouGov.
Odd FactsEvening Sentinel - March 31st 2008
 
A survey published in The Times newspaper on 31 October found that: 62% of Britons believe that we have souls; 62% believe in fate; 47% believe in life after death; 41% believe in telepathy; 38% believe in ghosts; 31% believe in extraterrestrial beings; 23% believe in horoscopes; and just 16% believe in lucky charms. However,51% of us are likely to ‘touch wood’ to avoid bad luck!
Odd FactsTHE EVANGELICAL TIMES - December 2007
 
Would you give up your mobile phone for a million pounds? According to a survey by Carphone Warehouse and the London School of Economics, one in three of us would not! Mobile phones are fast becoming indispensable and Britons send a billion text messages every week.
The survey also found that:
. 76% of people believe it is a social requirement to have a mobile phone.
. 85% feel that having a mobile phone is vital to their quality of life
. Most young adults consider mobile phones a critical social lifeline for feeling part of a
friendship group.
. Most 16-24 year olds would rather give up alcohol, chocolate, sex, tea or coffee than
Live without their mobile phone for a month.
Odd FactsTHE EVANGELICAL TIMES - December 2007
 
More than 80% of the UK plan to stick to tradition and post their Christmas cards, a survey said today. The poll results come despite the recent postal strikes and our European counterparts tending to send their festive greetings by Email. Digital marketing company eCircle said that 80% of the UK will still pop a card in the post.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel - 9th November 2007
 
A Texan man has broken his own world record for sitting in a bath filled with rattlesnakes. Jack Bibby spent 45 minutes in the transparent bath with 87 rattlesnakes, shattering his own record by 12 snakes. He escaped unbitten. “They can go wherever they want as long as they don’t start biting” Bibby said. “The key to not biting is for me to stay still”
Odd FactsThe Sentinel - 7th November 2007
 
Learner drivers will have to answer more questions correctly to pass the theory section of the driving test from today. Candidates will be set 50 questions and will have to get 43 of them correct – 96% to pass. Until today, learners faced only 35 questions and had to get 30 right (85.7%). When the change was announced last month, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) said the increase in the number of multiple-choice questions in the test would help broaden candidates’ knowledge and lead to higher standards. The cost of the written part of the driving test has risen from £21.50 to £28.50 from today.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel - 3rd September 2007
 
A Chinese couple have named their baby @. The Father said: “The whole world uses it to write e-mails and translated into Chinese it means ‘love him’.” The symbol @ is pronounced in English as ‘at’ and sounds like the Chinese phrase “love him”.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel - 20th August 2007
 
An Archaeology student has discovered a 5000 year old piece of chewing gum. Sarah Pickin, aged 23, found the lump of birch bark tar – complete with Neolithic tooth prints – while on a dig in Finland. Neolithic people used the material as an antiseptic to treat gum infections as well as a kind of glue for repairing broken pots.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel - 20th August 2007
 
Britain is going through a self-improvement boom according to a survey carried out by Yahoo! Answers. The survey to find out peoples burning ambitions discovered… 92% would like to learn and develop new expertise, 40% are inspired to become better cooks, and nearly 50% want to improve their foreign language skills. Also 20% wish they were better dancers; almost 25% want to develop new creative talents such as painting. But 78% of all those surveyed felt insufficient time was holding them back from their search for another skill and 53% said a lack of finance was likely to stop them from chasing new experiences.
Odd FactsInspire - September 2007
 
Orangutans behave as if they are playing charades to express what they want, according to research published today. Scientists at the University of St.Andrews found the animals use gestures to get their point across. If they are not understood, the animals change their movements to try to make their audiences understand what they want.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel - 2nd August 2007
 
Visitors to a Stoke-on-Trent Museum can learn about the skill of making flowers from bone-china. Flower-making is one of the demonstrations which visitors can see at Gladstone Pottery Museum, in Longton. All the museum staff have all previously worked as flower makers in the pottery industry. The workshops give people a chance to have a go at flower-making themselves.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel - June 27 2007
 
A Council which has spent more than £75,000 replacing wheelie bins in the past year said one has turned up in Bulgaria. Peterborough City Council says more than 2,000 bins – worth £30 each have disappeared. “One 240 litre green recycling bin stamped with the city council’s name was even spotted in Bulgaria” said a spokesman.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel - June 27th 2007
 
At least 285 English schools are fingerprinting pupils without any Government guidance, a Liberal Democrats probe has revealed. Its report claims only a quarter of local education authorities have details about the use of fingerprinting and the Government has no idea how many children have their information stored.

Odd FactsThe Sentinel, Monday June 4, 2007
 
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