Quirky World: Sleepless Sundays caused by worries about week ahead

BRITAIN: Research suggests every Sunday night more than 58.2m hours of sleep are lost across Britain due to worries about the week ahead.

Quirky World: Sleepless Sundays caused by worries about week ahead

Online bed retailer Time4Sleep.co.uk found almost a third (31%) of the UK population loses the most sleep on a Sunday, with 50% losing between two and six hours more than on any other night.

Monday was voted the second most sleepless night (23%), followed by Tuesday (14%). Saturday is the best night to get 40 winks, with only 3% struggling to sleep, the survey of 1,019 people across the UK found.

Icy blast

USA:

Fjords crammed with ice from tidewater glaciers are the noisiest places in the ocean, a study says.

Glacier ice in seawater releases pressurised bubbles that gush and fizz, making more noise than storms, fish or ships, the study by Alaska, Washington and Texas researchers found.

Researchers recorded sound with underwater microphones at Icy Bay and Yakutat Bay in Alaska and at Andvord Bay in Antarctica, glaciologist Erin Pettit said. She said harbour seals may flock to the Alaska fjords because the noise offers them protection from killer whales hunting by sound.

Old as brass

ENGLAND:

A brass band in Oldham believes it might be the oldest and most experienced group in the world.

The Westwood Over-50s Band’s 30 members have a combined age of 2,229 years — and they boast 1,605 years of playing time between them.

The average age of band members is 74.3, the average playing time 53.5 years. The band’s oldest player is 84 and has been playing in various bands for more than 70 years. Band member Trevor Hughes is considering contacting Guinness World Records to see if they are the world’s most experienced and oldest brass band.

Back to the future

UAE:

The Gulf city with a skyline that looks like something out of a science fiction film is embracing its love of all things new with plans for a Museum of the Future.

The €125m museum in Dubai will showcase innovations in design and technology in fields such as transportation, health and education, said Emirati minister of cabinet affairs Mohammed Gergawi, and is expected to open in 2017.

The curving, oblong — and of course futuristic-looking — building will feature poetry written by the Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the Emirati prime minister.

Mr Gergawi said the museum aims to change its exhibits every six months, with a goal “to always be 10 years ahead of today”.

Mystery solved

BRITAIN:

A nondescript granite plinth in the grounds of a country park has been identified as a Roman artefact which once formed part of an emperor’s estate.

Archaeologists believe the pink granite column, thought to have been shipped back to Britain in the 1880s, dates back to around 150AD. Recent examination of the four-foot pillar — previously thought to be a piece of public art — suggests it originally supported a portico at the home of Emperor Antoninus Pius at Lanuvium, near Rome.

The monolith’s past has been pieced together by community archaeologists researching the history of Rufford Abbey Country Park, near Mansfield.

Bad call

USA:

An Ohio man called 911 to report his wife stole his cocaine — and was then arrested himself.

Officers discovered Robert D Collins, 39, from Alliance, near Canton, had a marijuana pipe and was wanted for failing to pay costs in an earlier court case

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