Owning an Android phone is officially this year’s biggest turn-off in the UK
Good to know…
If you’re the proud owner of an Android phone, look away now.
A recent study investigating turn-offs of the year (important work, I know), has revealed that owning one of these devices is officially the biggest turn-off in the UK.
The study, carried out by dating app POM, delved into what gives the 3,000 Brits the ‘ick’, their term for a quality or trait that people can be turned off by.
And, while the Apple vs Android debate has raged on for years, the results came out in favour of Apple, with the ownership of an Android phone cropping up consistently across all demographics surveyed.
Other top ‘icks’ include not having social media, smoking, commenting on celebrity social media posts, using pet names, wearing muscle fit shirts and people talking about themselves in the third person.
The study also found that 74% of men regard ‘dirty or unpainted nails’ at the top of their turn-off list, while 78% of women think refusing to learn how to drive is one of the more unattractive qualities.
Though it was apparent that the age of these singletons played a role with the answers, with 56% of singletons over the age of thirty regarding having a TikTok account is awful. Contrastingly, 24% of those surveyed under the age of twenty-one think not having social media is the ultimate red flag.
And, in a more topical icks, wearing a face mask incorrectly (with your nose exposed) somehow made it into the top ten turn-offs. Fair enough, if you ask me.
Anyway, here’s the top ten turn-offs:
- Owning an Android phone
- Refusing to learn to drive
- Commenting on famous people’s social media posts
- Speaking in slang
- When they are the only one to laugh at their own jokes
- Wearing gym clothes to a date
- Dirty or unpainted nails
- Getting food stuck in their teeth
- Singing the wrong lyrics to songs
- Wearing a face mask under their nose
Moral of the story? Get out and buy an iPhone sharpish… And wear your face mask correctly.
You can now get a cheese Easter egg to celebrate ‘Cheester’ properly
Call off the hunt…they’re back!
From the brand Butler’s Farmhouse Cheeses, these epic alternative Easter eggs come in two flavours: cheddar and blue cheese — sounds pungent!
Sold in a box to look exactly like their chocolatey Easter egg counterparts, you won’t feel odd opting for a cheesy seasonal delight rather than the accepted chocolate kind.
Displayed in the box, it looks as though you’ll have an awkward fully-round egg-shaped block of the creamy stuff, making it hard to slice. You actually get half an egg, so the back of it is flat and ready to be sliced lay down on a cheeseboard.
Weighing 120g, the Easter egg halves are made with the very best Butlers cheeses — their traditional Farmhouse Cheddar and their gold award-winning blue cheese, Blacksticks Blue.
At first glance they may look solid, but the cheeses have been blended to make a softer cheese consistency, so they’re easy to chop a chunk out of. The website says: “We’ve done it again and made something truly egg-cellent, the combination of award winning Farmhouse British Cheese and an Easter egg.
“Delicious and versatile, this half egg will make a sensational centrepiece for your cheeseboard, a gift for the cheese lover, or simply spread on a hot cross bun!
“Perfect for a savoury and cheesy gift this Easter and the perfect surprise for your children’s Easter egg hunt, or on the Easter Sunday cheeseboard. Available on their own, or as a letterbox gift complete with crackers and chutney!”
You can purchase Butlers Cheeseter eggs online at Amazon where the cheddar and the blue cheese versions cost £9.99 each, and can be delivered straight to your door.
The cheesy eggs also come in letterbox style packages accompanied with a chutney and crackers to complete your cheeseboard.
Cheese Easter eggs have actually been about for a little while now, but they’re still few and far between in supermarkets. Marks and Spencer had ‘Cheester’ covered a couple of years back when it sold some from Barber’s Farmhouse Cheddar. They came in an actual egg box and the eggs were filled with a ‘yolk’ of 18-month matured Red Leicester — innovative or what?!
If you or someone you know is a cheese lover, you know what to get them this Easter…a big cheesy egg.
Five planets to be visible in UK night sky this month in rare celestial event
Let’s hope for a clear sky!
Stargazers are in for a spectacular treat later this month as five planets of the solar system will be visible from Earth as part of a rare celestial event.
On March 28th, Jupiter, Mercury, Uranus, Mars and Venus are expected to appear to line up together in a small section of the sky shortly after sunset. While it’s not unusual to see two or three planets aligned, to see five is more uncommon — it happened last year, as well as in both 2020 and 2016 prior to that.
Two of the brighter planets — Mercury and Jupiter — will be noticeable near the horizon, while Venus is expected to shine higher in the sky. Although a pair of binoculars may be needed to be able to see Uranus, Mars should be visible to the naked eye, in the alignment near to the first quarter of the moon.
Last year, stargazers in the northern hemisphere had the amazing opportunity to gaze at Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn all at once.
To easily identify the planets this month, the educational astronomy app Star Walk recommends using the app Sky Tonight — which can be pointed at the night sky to give a live display of what is going on.
The planets are expected to be aligned in a 50-degree sky sector, which means that they will appear closer together from Earth in a small area above. This visual phenomenon differs from an astronomical alignment, which refers to when planets come together simultaneously on the same side of the sun.
Beth Biller, of the University of Edinburgh, told The MailOnline that some planets would be much easier to see than others, saying: “Venus and Jupiter are both very bright and easy to pick out and you may have already seen them close together over the past few weeks.
“Mars is a bit fainter, but still easily observed with the naked eye. Mercury starts getting tricky — you need to be at a dark site with a clear view of the horizon if you want to see Mercury. Uranus is the faintest and hardest to see – you’ll need binoculars or a telescope to see Uranus.”
Skywatchers don’t need to worry if they miss out on the spectacle, as Star Walk said a number of other planetary alignments will take place this year. Less than a month later Mercury, Uranus, Venus and Mars are expected to align once again in a 35-degree sky sector.
Then on April 24th, a 40-degree sector will take place seeing Mars, Venus, Uranus and Mercury gathering together — with even more planetary alignments happening throughout the summer.
Lizzo tried some of Gooey’s incredible food while in Manchester and she’s a fan
Lizzo is a fan!
Pop star Lizzo posted a TikTok of herself trying a treat from Gooey in Manchester while in the city as part of her UK tour.
The pop sensation stopped off at the city’s indulgent bakery – known for its heavenly cookies, doughnuts, pastries and savoury treats – to see what all the fuss was about. She bought herself a selection of goodies while enjoying some time off in the day before performing in her concert at the AO Arena on Saturday March 11th.
The singer then made an appreciation video on TikTok, with a caption saying: “Manchester got the good good.”
Known for hit songs ‘Good As Hell’ and ‘About Damn Time’, she started the clip saying: “I’ve got the bag…” before tucking into the well-loved Northern Quarter cafe and bakery’s tofu sando and hash browns, for which she seemed to very much approve.
Gooey has become a Manchester institution known for its New York inspired treats varying from warm doughy cookies, to various filled sugary doughnuts and sandwiches with fillings to die for, all made with extra TLC.
After a few years of pop-ups in the Northern Quarter and becoming a hit amongst the residents, it finally opened a cafe bakery last August which attracts people near and far — including some famous faces.
In the TikTok video, Lizzo said: “This is why I love the UK, because their hash browns are…ooofff”, as she gestured an approving chef’s kiss of perfection. She also described our hash browns — very different to the USA’s version — as ‘top tier, always crispy, never gloopy, always salty’.
She then dipped the potato delight into some ketchup and bit into it with a crisp, rolling her eyes to let us know it tasted very good indeed.
After treating herself to the breakfast because she had ‘been feeling unwell’, Lizzo rated the savoury goods as a ‘10 out of 10’. It’s not surprising she had been feeling a little under the weather and needed a little ‘pick-me-up’ after she performed at Glasgow earlier last week before coming to Manchester over the weekend.
She will head over to the 3Arena in Dublin and then back to London’s O2 to close her tour.