10 things you didn’t know last week

Courtesy of Ask10.co.uk

1. 89% of Britons believe phone hacking took place at newspapers other than just the News of the World. 84% think the Metropolitan Police should extend their investigation beyond the News International tabloid. YouGov
2. In an online poll, 53% of adults said they were upset when they couldn’t access the Internet for 24 hours and 40% said a lack of online access made them feel lonely. Times
3. With a year to go until the London Olympics, just 21% of the public think the event will inspire them to become more active, while 67% believe it won’t inspire them at all. 39% are excited about the Games taking place in the capital; 60% are not. Telegraph
4. The nation’s favourite dish is no longer chicken tikka masala. According to a new poll, the British have become more adventurous in their tastes and now prefer the jalfrezi – a far hotter curry made with lashings of fresh chili. Mail
5. 42% of working women under 30 say they may delay starting a family – or having more children – because of financial worries. 29% of working women in their 30s feel the same way. Mail
6. A driver in Monaco may have caused what may be the world’s mots expensive pile-up. The unnamed women, who was trying to park outside a casino, crashed her £250,000 Bentley Azure into a £75,000 Mercedes S Class, a £140,000 Ferrari, a £140,000 Aston Martin and an £80,000 Porsche 911. Observer
7. Since 1977, the share of national income going to those on the bottom half of the earnings ladder has fallen by a quarter, while the slice going to the top 1% has increased by a half. Mail
8. Jennifer Lopez is rumoured to be asking to be paid £21m for the next series of American Idol. The singer is a judge on the show but has asked to have her salary matched with Simon Cowell’s when he was a judge on the show. FT
9. The US spends more on healthcare than any of the rest of the OECD countries, at 17.4% of GDP in 2009. France spends 11.8% and the UK spends 9.8%, while Japan spends 8.5%. Yet life expectancy at birth in the US is 78.2 years, versus 81 for France, 80.4 for the UK and 83 for Japan. Science
10. Brits are working to save money within their households: 67% are buying more generic brands; 46% are bringing their own lunch to work; 31% have cancelled one or more magazine subscriptions; 33% have cancelled or cut their TV services. Finally, 22% have stopped buying coffee on the way to work. Observer

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