Posts Tagged ‘Society’


Another good reason to lose weight


Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Overweight drivers listen up: Research shows fat people are propelled further forward during a collision because of their additional soft tissue, which prevents a seat-belt from tightening immediately against the pelvis.

Scientists now believe car design may have to change to protect overweight drivers. Analysis of US collision data found those who were most overweight - in the World Health Organization obesity category III - were 80% more likely to die in an accident than drivers of a healthy weight.

So does that mean an end to Maccy D’s drive-throughs then? ;-(

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Woman, you look like a man


Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Originally high heels were worn by women so they could look more like men! And high heels don’t tend to be very comfortable. It is almost as though they just weren’t designed for walking in - and originally, they weren’t.

“The high heel was worn for centuries throughout the near east as a form of riding footwear,” says Elizabeth Semmelhack of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.

And worn ‘soley’ by men (ed: clever).

Although Europeans were first attracted to heels because the Persian connection gave them a macho air, a craze in women’s fashion for adopting elements of men’s dress meant their use soon spread to women and children.

“In the 1630s you had women cutting their hair, adding epaulettes to their outfits,” says Semmelhack. “They would smoke pipes, they would wear hats that were very masculine. And this is why women adopted the heel - it was in an effort to masculinise their outfits.”

And from that time on they were a female shoe …

Except for Dame Edna that is!

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Late to bed? Bigger wedge!


Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Research has found out recently that teenagers who stay awake later at night are more likely to be successful and richer in later life. Researchers looked at the habits and body clocks of the youths and determined whether they liked to stay up late or rise early.

Their school performance, problem solving, academic grades and major subjects were also examined in the study. Night owls performed better than early risers at inductive reasoning and demonstrated a greater capacity to think conceptually as well as analytically. These abilities have been linked to innovative thinking, more prestigious occupations and better incomes.

Larks, however, tended to do better in school - prompting researchers to theorise that evening types might be disadvantaged by morning school schedules.

Too late for us in the office, a perfect excuse for falling asleep in morning lessons.

Shame …

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School makes you tall!


Monday, August 5th, 2013

Researchers from the universities of Southern California, Harvard, and Beijing say it is the first time it has been shown that choices we make later in life, rather than in early childhood, can influence our height. Using data from a survey of 17,708 adults beginning at age 45, the researchers showed a number of new influences - including education - which determined how much we shrank. They showed that regardless of your maximum height, the loss of height over time is also an important indicator for other health issues as we age.

The study found that those who had lost more height were also much more likely to perform poorly on standard tests of cognitive health, such as short-term memory, ability to perform basic arithmetic and awareness of the date.

Urban dwellers had much less height loss than those in rural areas, and having completed primary school - rather than being illiterate - is associated with 0.9 cm less height shrinkage in men.

Completing high school meant a further 1 cm less in shrinkage.

For women, having completed primary school was the difference in 0.6 cm of shrinkage, compared to an average overall height decrease of 3.8 cm.

So,  mothers might have been better telling their kids to finish their homework as well as their greens to grow big and strong!

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Top Gear Iran style


Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Now this is cool and particularly because someone in the office actually knows someone who was involved in it! Top Gear is officially the most popular TV show in the world – see what we did there? (ed: rolling eyes). And obviously in non-English speaking countries the voices of James May, Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson have to be dubbed.

Usually voice-over artists are by definition anonymous, however in Iran this is not the case. When Mozaffar Shafeie, an Iranian actor living in London, was in Kurdistan a few weeks ago, a whisper went round the party he was attending.

Soon enough a group of Kurdish teenage boys put the question directly. Shafeie, who does indeed have a close connection with the programme, replied: “Yes, I am Jeremy Clarkson.” Shafeie is the voice actor who dubs Jeremy Clarkson into Farsi, and this name sent the boys - and nearby onlookers - into a flurry of excited whoops and screams.

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Fake funerals


Sunday, May 5th, 2013

No, it’s not the name of the latest ‘emo band’ – it’s actually a new idea that’s catching on all over China.

In March, 24 people held false funerals at the Shimenfeng Celebrity Culture Park in Wuhan, and the roaring trade can be put down to trainee undertaker Zeng, who came up with the idea.

When Zeng Jia held her own wake, despite the fact she was still alive, many thought it was morbid and self-obsessed. The service has two parts – a 20-minute memorial service and a 15-20 minute “life-death experience”, but it now turns out it wasn’t an unusual occurrence.

Riiiiight, OK then!

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Burglars looking for socks


Friday, April 5th, 2013

Research has shown that the most popular place burglars look for hidden valuables is the sock drawer, before anywhere else in the house! Now, while this seems pretty obvious, it does beg the question: Where should we put our sparkly stuff? The report goes on to suggest that diamonds are best hidden in a fish tank!

Obviously the report is banking on the fact that no burglars will be reading the report. Perhaps some more originality is called for with our hiding spaces?

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The Speaking Clock is still going


Friday, March 22nd, 2013

The speaking clock (somewhat of a British institution) is more popular than ever! It’s hard to believe in the days of the iPhone, Android and Blackberry (even wrist watches are still pretty popular we believe!) but the speaking clock gets 30 million calls per year! 30 MILLION!!!

It was originally created in the 1930s for people who didn’t have a watch or clock to hand.

There are times when it is called more often than others, one of the most popular being (obvious really!) New Year’s Eve. But we find something quite heartwarming and nostalgic about the fact that it’s still there. We once knew someone who got drunk and left it on all night – at 30 pence per minute that was quite a phone bill!

Also, and rather amusingly, the clock is quite popular just before 5 o’clock, when call-centre staff are desperate to avoid picking up a 20-minute call. We can assure you that never happens at 247Moneybox.com though (especially as our offices are open until 7 pm!).

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George Michael – speaking West Country


Friday, March 8th, 2013

Not a particularly new story in the Telegraph but one that fascinates. When George Michael awoke from his coma he spoke with a West Country accent even though he’s from London!

Apparently it’s not that uncommon in coma victims – awaking from comas speaking another language they learnt at school, etc., is actually a form of brain damage and affects a surprising amount of people.

However, George came back to his normal voice within a few days. He blames it on his obsessive viewing of the comedy show ‘Nighty Night’, set in Cornwall.

He revealed: “The first question the doctors asked me was, ‘Do you know who you are?’ And apparently the first thing I said was, ‘Oi’m the King of the World!’ Apparently that’s true, though I didn’t know it for months afterwards.”

“I scared everyone when I woke up because I basically did two days’ worth of stand-up comedy based on ‘Nighty Night’ in this bizarre West Country accent.”

And now gorgeous George is back on the stage and doing what he does best – wham!

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Mankini has been banned


Friday, February 1st, 2013

A great story reported in the BBC from Newquay, Cornwall – as the UK’s premier tourist beach resort, Newquay has long attracted surfers and the classic British stripy windbreak, however over the last 15 years or so this has made way for the ‘stag and hen-do brigade’ … and this has now culminated in the out and out ban of the ‘mankini’.

It’s common for a youngster growing up in Newquay to complain about the council or the lifeguards or the police (or anyone who didn’t like surfing really) about how uncool and out of touch they were with the kids! Now maybe we’re just getting old, but this has to be a good thing, doesn’t it?

Mankinis are a truly revolting sight to see and we don’t think anyone needs that in their lives!

Newquay town council says the ban is to shed the image of the town being a stag and hen haven – we think they have a long way to go on that road before they achieve that, but it’s a start.

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