Are we there yet? Science pulls another blinder

Regular, and for that matter, irregular readers of Weekender might note that we are fond of the odd, quirky bit of research. This week, we’ve been inundated with literally two new surveys that have caught our eye.

First off, somebody with too much time on their hands at Latedeals has worked out that there are 80 ways you can travel around the world. These range from hovercraft and jet pack to electric milk float and ice skates. Yes, really.

The list unveils that it would take a total of 24 years and 61 hours to travel round the world using all 80 methods of travel.

The quickest way to make it round the globe would be by rocket, which would take just over eight hours, travelling at 3,100 miles per hour, followed by a magic carpet which would travel at 1,037 mph and take one day. (We’re not entirely sure where Latedeals does its shopping, but we suspect it’s somewhere that also sells hookah pipes.)

At the other end of the scale, the slowest way would be by canoe, which would take a time-consuming 1,037 days and 14 hours, travelling at 1mph, followed by travelling by camel which would take just under a year – 345 days and 21 hours

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Here’s some more trivia they’ve sent us:

It would take 12 days to travel the world in a Del Boy-style three wheel Robin Reliant.

A donkey could trot around the globe with you in 69 days.

Fancy a couple of months in the open air? A hot air balloon would take you around the world in 52 days.

You could zorb around the globe in 32 days.

Got 132 days to spare and strong legs? Travel around the world on a pedalo.

You could make 32 rocket trips to the moon in the time it would take to make one journey around the world in a canoe.

Bored kids

Most of us are likely to travel in a car, though, which brings us to the second sort-of-science of the week, by sat nav firm Tom Tom. We’re really not sure how they worked this out, but apparently, Australian kids between ages 2 and 8 years take an average of 23 minutes to get board on long car journeys. The worldwide average is 27.

The survey was conducted by a real research company, Ispos MORI, in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy and Spain. A total of 4,113 women were surveyed with children ranging in age from 2 to 8 and based on journeys more than 30 minutes in length, where children had no form of amusement such as a DVD player in the car. An additional survey was carried out in New Zealand by Horizon Research, making the total sample size around 5,000.

The average holiday car journey, apparently, lasts around five hours, so children will start to misbehave long before the first service-station stop.

With so much time spent in the car, mums are resourceful at keeping the kids amused. Nearly three quarters (74 per cent) make up games, 52 per cent offer treats and rewards, and 24 per cent admitted that they lie about the estimated time of arrival to make the journey seem shorter.

Whilst 60 per cent of mums said that “being together as a family” is the best part of a family trip, they also found it could be stressful. 41 per cent thought that being in the car with their children is far more stressful than the office, and 36 per cent said they are likely to argue with their partner during the journey.
That trip from East End to West Bay doesn’t seem all that long now does it?

Average time for children ages 2 to 8 to get bored on a long car journey:

Australia 23 minutes

UK 24 minutes

Spain 25 minutes

Italy 26 minutes

Netherlands 27 minutes

US 30 minutes

France 30 minutes

Germany 31 minutes

New Zealand 34 minutes