Unique? Or really rather similar to each other?
We all like to think we’re different and have new and fresh ideas. Yet research by rouletteonline.net reveals we may not be quite as different to each other. They looked at a range of topics including personal features, health, technology and travel.
If you have blue eyes, as I do, you are one of 50% of the British nation. Apparently, people with blue eyes are all genetically linked to the same ancestor, a person who experienced a genetic mutation sometimes between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago. Before this mutation, every human had brown eyes. Brown is the genetically dominant eye colour.
On the other side of the spectrum, green-eyed people account for 3 I every 10 people.
Other interesting facts about personal features:
- Two in 125 siblings are twins
- 22% of twins are left-handed (that’s many more than the 10% average among the general population)
- One in 50 is mixed race, which is the fastest growing ethnicity in the UK. It is estimated that by 2020, 1.24 million people in the UK will be of mixed race
- Three in 10 people can roll their tongue, with slightly more women able to do it than men
Health (and health apps)
While 44% of adults claim they never take part in moderate physical activity there are some rather interesting contrasting stats:
One in seven people in the UK has gym membership.
Six in seven people in the UK can swim, but there are still 9 million people in the country who have never learned to.
One in 10 Brits regularly plays a sport with swimming being the most popular.
More than one in seven adults in the UK owns a fitness tracker.
While many people have visited Europe on holiday, there is a growing number who are travelling further afield.
One in seven Brits have visited Central and South America, with the UK being the third biggest “tourist nation” when it comes to Mexico visitors, trumped only by the US and Canada.
50% of Brits have visited North America, with the most visited attraction being Times Square in New York.
One in seven Brits has visited Australia.
Closer to home, Tunisia has been visited by three British tourists for every 100 travellers. while one in four have visited Italy at least once. The British make up the 4th biggest tourist nation in Italy after Germany, the US and France.