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Mums-to-be planning conception – around weather, weddings and work

Half of modern mums are meticulously planning the timing of their new arrival around weather, weddings and work commitments, a study has found. Researchers found the excitement of discovering a new baby is on the way has been replaced by an operation reminiscent of a military manoeuvre, involving times, dates and even locations. Among the [...]


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Abraham Lincoln, Neil Armstrong – and Miley Cyrus – feature on list of greatest ever Americans

Seth MacFarlane, Cher – and Miley Cyrus – have appeared alongside the likes of Abraham Lincoln and Neil Armstrong on a list of the greatest ever Americans. The 100-strong list, compiled by 1000 Americans from all 50 states, featured famous faces from past and present, with the likes of Dick Van Dyke, Will Smith, Judy [...]


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Families row just half an hour into car journeys

The first family row happens just 33 minutes into the average car journey, a new study has revealed. Researchers found that what music to listen to, who wins a game and the snacks on offer mean more than half of family car journeys feature at least one row. And the first crossed word is said [...]


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Drunken holiday injuries for middle-aged, not just for teenagers

Middle-aged Brits are just as likely to end up with drunken injuries on holiday as youngsters, a new study has revealed. While teenagers and twenty-somethings are thought to be the biggest culprits for drunken antics abroad, those in their late thirties and forties are suffering their fair share of mishaps after enjoying too much sangria [...]


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Once ‘exotic’ foods now family staples – because of mum

Modern mums are more adventurous with their family meals than their mothers ever were, new research has shown. The study of 2,000 mums found eight in ten were raised on a staple of British classics such as Shepherd’s Pie, Roast Lamb and Toad in the Hole with food from overseas a rarity. Nearly half of [...]


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Men opt for the movie, while women pick the novel

Men are giving up on reading books – because they prefer to watch the big screen version instead, a study has revealed. Researchers found that being too busy, not enjoying reading and preferring to spend their spare time on the internet means men read fewer books, read more slowly and are less likely to finish [...]


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Brits are clueless about gardening – three quarters can’t pick out a geranium from a pansy

Brits are clueless about gardening – because it’s too much of a chore and they’d rather let their parents do it, it new research has shown. Over half the 2,000 garden-owning Brits studied had no idea on the difference between a shrub and a weed, while three quarters couldn’t pick out a geranium from a pansy. [...]


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40% of children have unhealthy diets – but parents are powerless to stop them

Four in ten parents admit their children have an unhealthy diet, but they have given up trying to improve it, a study has found. Researchers found a large number of mums and dads believe their offspring could do with eating more fruit, drinking more water or ditching fatty treats, but most are at a complete [...]


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Green with envy – 40% of gardens are ‘inspired’ by the neighbours

Experts have unveiled the secret inspiration behind Britain’s gardens – a peep over next door’s fence. A study of 2,000 homeowners found a large percentage of us admit jealousy over a neighbour’s well-manicured lawns and flowerbeds. Results also show the envy regularly spills over and ends up with a trip to the garden centre to [...]


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David Beckham and Stephen Fry top list of ‘man crushes’

One in four blokes has a ‘man crush’ on a male celebrity or TV star – with David Beckham topping the list, it has been revealed. Researchers who polled 2,000 men found a large percentage of them to be comfortable enough with their sexuality to admit they envy, admire or even find other men attractive. [...]


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