The Year in Numbers

NomophobiaIt’s that time of year when we look back at the nonsense of the last twelve months and wonder what the world is coming to, especially if statistics are to be believed.

Take the mobile phone for example. I don’t use one because I don’t need to and I get cross at the way people can sit in restaurants or wherever and ignore each other while texting someone who isn’t there, presumably to complain about the boring company. Or perhaps they’re texting one another.

Whatever the reason, it seems that 54% of people suffer from nomophobia – the fear of being without your mobile phone – which has to be one of the saddest statistics seen this year.

But at least we are trying to be healthy by eating the right things, like salad for instance. Except we don’t. According to Tesco, a third of their salad crop gets ditched without reaching the shelves, while their customer throw away another 35% without even opening the bag.

Not that salad is alone in being disliked. According to a YouGov poll, 46% of us hate red trousers. The first words that sprang to mind in those polled when seeing a photo of a scarlet pantalooned man were ‘idiot’, ‘brave’ and ‘prat’.

And many women dislike the name they got lumbered with when they got married and 31% wished they’d kept their original surname. Or perhaps it’s just because their husbands wear red trews.

An interesting sporting fact is that during a 90 minutes game of football, each player has possession of the ball for just 53.4 seconds on average. Given that there are 22 players on the pitch, no-one controls the ball for over an hour.

There are some serious stats though. The number of people who rely on food banks has risen by 200% since April. Contrast that with the fact that the UK has three times more millionaire bankers than the rest of Europe put together.

Apparently there are 3.1 million rats living in cities in the UK which means that a typical city dweller is actually 164 feet from a rat, not the six feet of urban mythology.

But the saddest and most serious statistic for me comes from across the Atlantic. Since 9/11 there have been fewer than twenty terror related deaths on US soil, but 364,000 caused by privately owned firearms. Some Homeland Security eh?

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  • Numero Uno Pudding 29th December 2013

    Where can I locate one of these “food banks” you mentioned? I would like to invest a banana and see how much it grows. I am currently with “smile” – the online Co-op bank. When I transfer to a food bank will I have to convert my savings into food before depositing it? It’s all very confusing but it does appear that food banks are the way to go given the huge increase in their popularity.


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