This pie chart shows how young professionals living in London spend their monthly incomes.
Having employed and spoken to a number of fresh grads in London, I find this pie chart to be quite accurate for young people aged 22-25.
Most of the salary is spent on rent, which is very pricey in London. As you gain work experience and start earning more, by the age of 25-30, the rent normally drops to 30% of your salary.
Many in London try to reduce this expense by sharing rent with partners and flatmates.
Pie chart made by a Twitter user @qguk
Research suggests that if you are walking with a cup of coffee, tea or any other liquid, your chances of spilling it are the highest between your 7th and 10th step. It’s pure physics, nothing personal. This is when your coffee movement gains a high enough amplitude to spill over the rim.
Count your steps next time you carry an open cup of coffee in your office corridor.
Women have a wider pupil diameter than men. Although larger pupils are considered to be more attractive by men, there is no direct evidence to suggest that this is why women have larger pupils. It’s worth to mention that over 500 years ago, women in Italy used plant extracts to dilate their pupils because they believed it would increase their attractiveness.
You can see and touch works of Sweden’s most prominent artists for only £2.6. This is the cost of a sigle trip in Stockholm’s underground.
Almost every underground station there is decorated by professional artists, who made every station look like a museum of art. The underground is so beautiful that the city has arranged weekly guided tours for tourists.
With over 90 stations featuring artistic creations of more than 150 artists, Stockholm underground is rightfully called the “the world’s longest art exhibition”. Here are some truly breathtaking imagery from some of the stations.
Many houses in Bhutan, if not the majority, carry painted phalluses on their walls. The idea of decorating houses with phallic symbols came from a monk who lived in the 15-16th century and adopted blasphemous and unorthodox ways of teaching Buddhism.
A big fan of women and wine, Drukpa Kunley (also known as “Mad Saint”), believed that phallic symbols drive away evil and malicious gossip. Naturally, many of his followers decorated their houses with painted penises.
This practise quickly spread and became part of Bhutanese folk culture. It has survived till present days.
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It would be valuable indeed if divine providence blessed us with the gift to ‘see ourselves as others see us’ as Robert Burns mused in his famous poem ‘To A Louse’, but although we’ll never achieve this sort of omniscience, it’s still fun to sift through some of the most common stereotypes about Britain and the British and consider which have any basis in fact.
Naturally, it’s impossible to generalise over the beliefs, habits and attitudes of each and every Briton, and as a modern multicultural nation we also celebrate unity in diversity. However, one thing Britons have in vast reserve is eccentricity, as evidenced by their love of British themed fancy dress and their perpetual ability to combine a stiff upper lip with surreal and self-effacing humour.
So here follow five stereotypes about Britain which are false and five which have some basis of truth.
FALSE: Everyone in Britain is closely related to the Royal Family
Since Britain has a population of over 63 million this is not the case, but some unlikely Britons in line for the throne include Catherine Laing; a West Country travel agent’s wife and Chloe Felton, a farmer’s daughter from Devon. In fact, there are only around 20 people in the UK who bear the title ‘Your Highness’ or ‘Your Majesty’ and around a further 70 who can claim to be members of the extended Royal Family or Royal Household; so it’s a reasonably exclusive club!