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Spanish women top online flirting league

Study of 90 million contacts reveals that they are "most likely to make the first move"

Spanish women are the world's "most flirtatious", according to a global study of online flirting.

The study also reveals that the women of Spain are more likely than those in any other country to initiate online contact with a man - in short, to make the first move.

The study of "flirtation behaviour" across the world analysed 90 million contacts made during a month on Badoo (, a "social dating" network, with 80 million registered users in over 240 countries.

Spanish women top the resulting "World Flirtation League", which ranks Badoo's 20 most popular countries by the number of contacts with a man initiated per month by the average woman in each country.

Next are Poland, Dominican Republic and Italy. Latin countries fill eight of the top 10 places, while Germany, France and the UK trail.

"Most of us still expect men to be the ones making the first approach towards the opposite sex," says Lloyd Price, Badoo's Director of Marketing.

"But we wanted to know whether women in some countries were more likely to approach men than those in others - and what this said about those societies."

The average Spanish woman initiates 1.33 contacts with a man per month; far more than women in Germany (0.81), the UK (0.78), France (0.69) or the U.S. (0.63).

The finding that Spanish women are twice as flirtatious as British, French or American ones might surprise some people. But Spain has changed dramatically in recent decades. The "Old Spain" of senoras dressed in black has long ago now given way to a "New Spain" of more confident, feisty women.

RANK COUNTRY              SCORE*
1.   Spain                      1.33
2.   Poland                    1.31
3.   Dominican Republic   1.25
4.=  Italy                      1.13
4.=  Argentina              1.13
6.   Brazil                      1.12
7.   Chile                      1.09
8.   Portugal                 1.04
9.   Canada                  0.96
10.  Venezuela             0.94
11.  Netherlands           0.86
12.  Germany               0.81
13.  Colombia               0.80
14.  UK                       0.78
15.  Czech Republic      0.76
16.  Mexico                 0.72
17.  France                 0.69
18.  Belgium                0.68
19.  United States       0.63
20.  Ecuador               0.62

* The number of men-per-month approached by the average woman in that country.

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"I can’t do it, I’m pregnant"

Situations in which women use pregnancy as an excuse

Pregnancy is used by 71% women as an excuse to get out of household chores while 68% use the fact that they are pregnant as an excuse to eat more food than they usually would, a new poll by the UK’s leading discount website, has found.

Some 1,192 mothers were asked if they used their pregnancy as an excuse to get them out of things that they didn’t want to do or in order to do things that they wouldn’t normally do.

More than three quarters of the respondents (78%), admitted to having used their pregnancy as an excuse to avoid doing something; the majority of which, 58% said they did so ‘regularly’.

A further 17% claimed that they regularly used the fact that they were pregnant to get out of social events and 12% used it as a reason not to visit family members.

According to the results by, below are the top 10 situations in which the women used their pregnancy as an excuse for something:

1. Household chores – 71%
2. Eating more food – 68%
3. Time off work "sick" – 66%
4. Being short tempered – 64%
5. Being less active – 59%
6. Lay in – 54%
7. Taking less care of their appearance – 51%
8. Carrying heavy bags – 48%
9. Driving – 47%
10. Cooking – 44%

Matthew Clifton, parenting expert at, commented on the findings: “Speaking on behalf of all the fathers out there, when your partner is pregnant you must be very careful about what you say and do as her mood can be temperamental at the best of times. Whilst pregnancy is of course a very real excuse for not doing certain things, like heavy lifting, I was surprised to see that many used their bumps as a reason for avoiding things like cooking."

He continued: “If you are expecting a new addition to the family, it can be very expensive time. Sites such as can offer great financial support, with money off vouchers for a variety of products, including clothing, furniture and toys.”

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More workers calling in sick with fake excuses due to stress

CareerBuilder releases annual list of the most unusual excuses for calling in Sick

The work break is taking on a new meaning with workers forgoing just a few minutes away from their desks in favour of, whole days away from the office to recharge their batteries. 

CareerBuilder's annual survey on absenteeism in the US shows that 29 percent of workers have played hooky from the office at least once this year, calling in sick when they were well. Twenty-seven percent of employers think they are seeing an increase in bogus sick excuses from employees due to continued stress and burnout caused by the weak economy.

The nationwide survey was conducted between 17th August and 2nd September 2010 and included more than 3,100 workers and more than 2,400 employers.

While the majority of employers said they believe their workers when they say they're feeling under the weather, 29 percent reported they have checked up on an employee who called in sick and 16 percent said they have fired a worker for missing work without a proven excuse. Of the employers who checked up on an employee, 70 percent said they required the employee to show them a doctor's note. While half called the employee at home, 18 percent had another worker call the employee and 15 percent drove by the employee's house or apartment.

"Six-in-ten employers we surveyed said they let their team members use sick days for mental health days," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "If you need to take some time away from the office, the best way not to cause yourself more stress is to be open and honest with your manager."

"Just not feeling like going to work" is the number one reason why workers said they call off sick with made-up excuses followed by "just needing to relax" and "catching up on sleep." Other reasons included doctor's appointments, needing to run personal errands, and plans with family and friends.

When asked to share the most unusual excuses employees gave for missing work, employers offered the following real-life examples:

- Employee said a chicken attacked his mom

- Employee's finger was stuck in a bowling ball

- Employee had a hair transplant gone bad

- Employee fell asleep at his desk while working and hit his head, causing a neck injury

- Employee said a cow broke into her house and she had to wait for the insurance man

- Employee's girlfriend threw a Sit 'n Spin through his living room window.

- Employee's foot was caught in the garbage disposal

- Employee called in sick from a bar at 5 p.m. the night before

- Employee said he wasn't feeling too clever that day

- Employee had to mow the lawn to avoid a lawsuit from the home owner's association

- Employee called in the day after Thanksgiving because she burned her mouth on a pumpkin pie

- Employee was in a boat on Lake Erie, ran out of gas and the coast guard towed him to the Canadian side.

Stress tops workers' safety concerns - TUC report

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Mother knows best when it comes to the name game

Average couple considers 12 names before selecting their favourite one

When choosing the baby’s Christian name, four in 10 dads are often forced to back down in the name game and let mum have her own way, new research shows.

The study of 3,000 parents, conducted by Bounty Parenting Club, also revealed that a third of couples fall out in a big way over one of the most important decisions they’ll ever make.

It also emerged that the average couple seriously considers 12 names before selecting their favourite but one in four of couples don’t make their final decision until after the baby is born.

Faye Mingo, spokeswoman for said: “The name game is a debate which often lasts the whole nine months of the pregnancy and causes the most upsets as couples fail to agree on the best name for their new born.

“It’s understandably one of the hardest decisions mum and dad will ever have to make – largely because we do judge a person by their name before we’ve even got to know them. As well as finding a name both partners like there are still loads of other factors parents have to take into consideration when choosing a name - like nicknames, what they will be called in the playground, how the Christian name will sound against their surname, and so on. All things considered it’s unsurprising that something as important as choosing a name leads to a lot of heated discussion!”

The poll reveals 15 per cent of couples argue every single day of the nine month pregnancy about what to call their tot. And for these indecisive new mums and dads, the new arrival remains nameless for an average of 11 days.

Seven in 10 new parents struggled to choose their baby’s name because they wanted to select something which didn’t clash with their surname. The same percentage wanted to avoid bad nicknames, and 42 per cent didn’t want any name associated with a celebrity.

A third of parents wanted their new baby to have a really original moniker, while 21 per cent didn’t want the name to be shortened or changed at all. Incredibly, one in 10 parents ended up drawing names out of a hat, and a further 14 per cent tossed a coin as a final decider.

Interestingly, a quarter of men and women are just as likely to consult their work colleagues about baby names as their partners. And when it comes to the final decision, a fifth of new parents named the baby after their favourite colleague or friend, while 37 per cent included a family name.

Four in 10 Brits took into account names approved by the grandparents, and 52 per cent avoided names of all friends and their children.

Mingo continues: “There are often so many more people involved in the name game than just mum and dad. In fact, if mum and dad are the only ones involved they are lucky – as most couples have input from friends, family members, work colleagues and even strangers in the hospital waiting room!

“Quite a large percentage of our respondents – a quarter – actually settle on the name they have wanted to call their baby since they were children. But 16 per cent of others are so indecisive they even change the name of the baby a few days after naming it – showing even if you have managed to agree on a name you may not feel it suits your child in the end.”

But the good news is that nine out of 10 parents now love the name of their child – the bad news is that the name game can cause major arguments between both partners and friends.

Some 21 per cent of people who had their hearts set on a particular name since they were little fell out with a partner who didn’t like the same name. Fifteen per cent of mums have fallen out with a friend after they copied or stole a name they liked, and another 15 per cent admit the fall out was because they chose their friend’s favourite name.

Incredibly 17 per cent of couples fell out after choosing the baby’s name, only for one of them to go and register a different name. And another 17 per cent of mums and dads agreed on a name, but one of them misspelt it on the birth register.

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40% of women jealous of their partner's being sound asleep

1 in 5 women argue with their partner because of their sleep differences

One in four women are so jealous of their hubby’s regular sleep patterns that they confess to intentionally waking them up on a regular basis, a new survey has revealed. And they’re not subtle about it either.

The survey, by Silentnight Beds - revealed the lengths ladies will go to, to wake a sleeping partner when the green eyed monster gets the better of them.

Almost half say they ramp up the tossing and turning to stir a sleeping partner, while one in five say they ‘accidentally’ prod or nudge them. Other tactics include talking to them until they respond, making a loud noise and turning either the light or TV on.

One in ten have even resorted to pinching their partner, if all else failed.

However, a whopping one in three say they go berserk if their partners dare do the same!

And it seems the men are well trained and know better, as 60% say they would never wake a sleeping partner on purpose.

However, that may have something to do with the fact that British men sleep easy. A quarter of them admit to nodding off within 10 minutes of their head hitting the pillow. Meanwhile, the same number of women take between 30 minutes and an hour to drop off.

This difference in sleeping habits, means a massive 40% of women become frustrated with their partners and a third say it leads to an argument.

Regionally, Scots take the longest to get to sleep averaging on over an hour once in the sack. While Geordies sleep easiest, dropping off within five minutes of their head hitting the pillow.

Pensioners are most likely to prod their partners to wake them, while teens are most likely to turn the TV or a light on.

Amanda Jones, Marketing Director at Silentnight, said: “Not being able to get to sleep can be frustrating enough, but our survey shows that it’s made worse when you’re laid next to someone who is sound asleep.

“However, this ‘Sleep Envy’ phenomenon is actually doing more harm than good and will only prevent you from getting to sleep longer. Sleepless Brits should try tiring themselves out by reading or having a warm drink in another room, so as not to disturb their partners.”

1 in 4 women admit to intentionally waking their sleeping partner up.
1 in 5 women argue with their partner because of their sleep differences.
Scots take the longest to nod off – averaging over an hour.
Geordies sleep easiest, dropping off as soon as their heads hit the pillow.
1 in 3 women take between 30-60 min to fall asleep once in bed compared to 1 in 3 men who fall asleep within 10 mins

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