Society Police in Scotland dealt with more cases of alcohol-related trouble on planes or at airports in Scotland than anywhere else in the UK. In 2017 and 2018, 33 people were removed from planes and 66 were detained at airports because they were drunk and causing problems. Source: Airport Operators Association.
Elderly people are being targeted by scammers who claim to be from HMRC or the police, with threats received by mail order, online and phone calls. Around 150,000 people in Wales are conned each year for an average of £1,200 each. Source: Age Cymru.
Only 20% of Brits plan to make a New Year’s resolution. While 18-24 year olds are the most likely, those over the age of 65 are the least likely. Source: YouGov.
Jack and Olivia were the most popular baby names in Scotland last year. Jack has remained at the top for 11 years, while Olivia has been the most popular girls’ name for three years. In 1975, David and Nicola were the nation’s favourite baby names. Source: National Records of Scotland.
In the US, the most popular baby names in 2018 were Noah and Olivia. In 1975 they were Michael and Jennifer. Source: USA Today.
Economy The UK employment rate (workers aged from 16 to 64, with seasonal adjustments) for August to October 2018 was 75.7%. Twenty years ago, for the same period, it was 71.8%. Source: Office for National Statistics.
Shop prices rose at their fastest rate since 2013 in December, despite many items being discounted. Inflation increased to 0.3% compared with the previous year. Source: BRC-Nielsen.
Education By the age of 10, children in the UK have already consumed 18 years’ worth of sugar. They are believed to consume eight excess sugar cubes each day – totalling 2,800 excess sugar cubes each year. Source: Public Health England.
From 2020, all children leaving secondary school in England will have been taught how to administer CPR, the purpose of defibrillators, and basic treatment of common injuries. Source: UK Government.
Science Making products more energy efficient – such as using low-energy LED bulbs – has cut CO2 emissions more than renewable energy has. Source: Carbon Brief.
China has successfully landed a robotic spacecraft on the far side of the Moon. The craft landed in the South Pole-Aitken Basin – a huge impact crater over 2,500km in diameter and 13km deep. Source UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory.
At the annual Indian Science Congress, some academics dismissed the theories of Einstein and Newton, describing them as 'misleading'. Another claimed that ancient Hindus had invented stem cell research thousands of years ago. Source: BBC.
Rats were wrongly blamed for the third plague pandemic which affected Glasgow in 1900. Instead, the crowded and poor sanitary conditions of the Gorbals – where initial cases were reorded – were to blame. Some 35 people in Glasgw were infected during this outbreak, with 16 deaths. Source: University of Oslo.
Health The NHS in Scotland now spends £4m each year on private security. In 2013-14, the amount spent was £2.8m. Source: NHS Scotland.
The Scottish Government’s pledge to eliminate Hepatitis C in Scotland by 2030 could be achieved at an earlier date if made a national priority. The falling cost of treatment indicates that it could be eradicated in five years. Source: The Hepatitis C Trust.
Around 1,800 new cases of Hepatitis C are diagnosed in the UK each year. Source: BBC.
There are 30,000 incidences of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK each year, with less than 10% of those people surviving. Source: British Heart Foundation.
Missed GP appointments are costing the NHS in England £216m each year, with around 15m consultations wasted at an average cost of £30 per appointment. Source: NHS Digital.
Some 56 studies indicate that there is no evidence of any health benefits from using artificial sweeteners rather than sugar. Source: British Medical Journal.
Obesity should be classed as a disease instead of a lifestyle choice of greedy people. Source: Royal College of Physicians.
Gently stroking a baby reduces activity in their brain associated with pain. Before having a blood test, half of a group of babies were stroked with a soft brush. They showed 40% less pain activity in their brain. Source: Oxford University and Liverpool John Moores University.
Recreation The all-time most popular writer in Britain is Roald Dahl, followed by Charles Dickens, Beatrix Potter, William Shakespeare and J K Rowling. Source: YouGov.
Oddities A company in the Netherlands is offering an alternative type of anger and stress management – a car smash up. Customers are given sledgehammers and bats and can take out their frustrations on the wrecks. Source: BBC.