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Key Quotes - Odd Facts

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Many secretaries receive more treats and compliments from their boss than from their partner. A poll of 800 personal assistants also showed that one in five knows their boss better than their husband or partner.

Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 16th May 2006
There are nearly 80,000 charities for children and 40,000 for older people.

Odd FactsThird Sector – 31st May 2006
Body language communicates inner anxieties, over powering concerns or transparent innocence.

Odd FactsThe Baptist Times - 25th May 2006
New research from Halifax Home Insurance, reveals that Britons have caused £296 million of damage to their homes and gardens as result of barbecue accidents. The average cost of damage to the home and garden caused by a barbecue accident is £148, however almost a quarter of a million (229,000) Britons have caused between £500 - £2500 of damage. Shockingly millions of Britons are using lethal accelerants to light barbeques.
Odd FactsHalifax - June 2006
According to research by Scottish Widows:-
Women spend 5 times as long as men (5 days) choosing an outfit for a special occasion.
Women do more research when buying a car taking 3 days to decide on the purchase.
Women take longer when planning for job interviews and business meetings.
When it comes to planning their finances however men spend more time reviewing them than women.
Odd FactsScottish Widows - June 2006
American Express has recently polled 10,000 of its travel insurance customers about their plans for this June:
Overall 12% are planning to book a holiday to avoid the World Cup television coverage at home – predominantly women at 56%.
Meanwhile 2% have booked a holiday abroad where they know they can still watch the World Cup.
7% are delaying booking their holiday until England is knocked out.
2% are planning to travel to Germany to watch the matches live.
18% are planning to avoid the television completely.
Whilst 28% plan to stay at home and watch as many matches as possible!

Odd FactsAmerican Express - June 2006
Householders spend about three working days each year waiting for pre-booked workmen and deliveries to arrive.

Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 4th May 2006
Tailgating is the biggest cause of road rage on motorways. A survey also found that 84% of drivers ignore the 70mph motorway speed limit.

Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 24th April 2006
One in six armchair football fans have been injured following loungeside celebrations. The supporters sustained their wounds jumping off the sofa to cheer goals scored by their team, with injuries including carpet burns and concussion.

Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 20th April 2006
The poll by Christian Connections showed 46% of singletons pine for the idyllic lifestyle of a rural rectory, cucumber sandwiches and vicarage tea parties. When asked in the poll if they would like to marry a vicar or church minister they responded “I would love to.” A further 38% of the 304 people questioned said they would consider marrying a vicar if the right one came along, while just 7% would definitely resist.

Odd FactsThe Church of England Newspaper – 14th April 2006
Shelved DIY jobs in British homes could be responsible for a £38 billion black hole in the property market.

Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 10th April 2006
In the UK, we own 50 million mobiles, and an average of 1,712 phones are upgraded every single hour.

Odd FactsKids Alive – 8th April 2006
Beauticians are the happiest workers in the country. Florists, members of the clergy and hairdressers were also happy at work, enjoying meeting people and feeling appreciated. At the other end of the happiness scale were pharmacists, lawyers and civil servants, who complained about being over stressed and under paid.

Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 28th March 2006
British women’s penchant for handbags means they splash out millions on the accessories each year. Handbag sales rose by 146% between 2000 and 2005 to hit £350 million.

Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 17th March 2006
Broadband, microwaves and teabags were the favourite speedy inventions of all time according to a report. The electric toothbrush and ready meals were also named in a survey of 1,000 adults.

Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 2nd March 2006
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