Statistics

Want greater diversity in the workplace? Try being less fair

26 August 2017 9:00 am

In its hasty dismissal of James Damore, Google showed a worrying disregard for one of the most important freedoms within…

The men who declare themselves princes

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Princes among men British DJ Mark Dezzani was hoping to be elected prince of Seborga, a self-proclaimed independent state in…

What past Buckingham Palace renovations cost (and who paid)

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Bucks for Bucks Buckingham Palace is to be renovated at a cost of £369m, funded through an increase in the…

How long can you expect to live...

22 October 2016 9:00 am

We can all expect to live longer than our grandparents so, statistically speaking, what have we got to look forward to?

Staines, Pile o’ Bones and other towns that changed name

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Name that town The representative of Slough in the UK Youth Parliament called for the town’s name to be changed…

Who killed murder?

19 March 2016 9:00 am

The mystery of violent crime’s dramatic decline

Henry Worsley and the annals of heroic British failure

30 January 2016 9:00 am

So near and yet so far Henry Worsley died in a Chilean hospital of peritonitis after being airlifted from Antartica,…

What to expect in 2016 (less mercy from the taxman)

2 January 2016 9:00 am

In with the new How the new year is being celebrated around the world. From 1 January…BRITAIN: Annual Investment Allowance…

There are things we don’t mind paying for – and things we do

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Here’s a challenge for film buffs: can anyone remember, from the entire canon of cinema and television, a single scene…

The war on pensioners

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Young people are being taught to resent their elders on the basis of tendentious claims and alarmist statistics

How common is adultery? Much more common than getting caught

29 August 2015 9:00 am

How many cheats? More data on members of extramarital dating site Ashley Madison were put online. How widespread is adultery?…

How many asexuals are there?

22 August 2015 9:00 am

No sex, please Several friends of the late Sir Edward Heath asserted that he could not be guilty of sexually…

How weird is it to have a second kitchen?

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Cooking statistics Ed Miliband was photographed in a miserable kitchen, but it turned out to be only a snack preparation…

Female bishops are very, very old news

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Female bishops The Reverend Libby Lane was ordained as Bishop of Stockport, the Church of England’s first female bishop. —…

The hottest year on which record?

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Did you know that 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded in the entire history of the world? Probably you…

Reasons for Ed Miliband to be cheerful (we had to stretch a bit)

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Election omens Reasons for Ed Miliband to feel confident in 2015: — Only three parliaments since 1945 have run to…

100 years of Pyrex, processed cheese and nudes in movies

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Marking a century Some things which celebrate their 100th birthday in 2015: 3-D films The first was shown at the…

Left-handed people are stupid (and everyone who worries about immigration is a bigot)

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Thoroughly cheering news emerged this week that left-handed people are likely to earn between 10 and 12 per cent less…

The price of seeing Santa (and what it gets you)

29 November 2014 9:00 am

Dear Santas A £22.50 a head Christmas theme park in Warwickshire designed by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen closed temporarily for improvements after…

Why your phone won't give you cancer (and why people still think it will)

22 November 2014 9:00 am

We can’t be certain yet, but the carcinogenic mobile phone looks more and more like a myth, writes Tom Chivers

Can GPs really keep up with the latest medical evidence? I couldn't

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Few doctors can penetrate the blizzard of statistics in a typical medical study, writes Theodore Dalrymple

Six rivals for the name Isis

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Not in their name The BBC decided to start calling the Islamic terror group Isis by the acronym IS instead.…

Who cleans skyscrapers?

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Tough at the top The clocks on Big Ben were cleaned by abseiling window-cleaners. Some other big cleaning/painting jobs: —…

If you thought this World Cup was weird, take a look at Brazil 1950

14 June 2014 8:00 am

Old world Brazil has struggled to get ready for the World Cup, even though it hosted it before, in 1950.…

If Alex Salmond is cutting bureaucracy, why does he have so many quangos?

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Escape committees An LSE/Institute for Government report estimated the cost of Scottish independence at £2.7 billion, a sum arrived at…