Single Britons are the most promiscuous, or so says an international survey of sexual attitudes. \nIt found that 59 percent of Britons thought it normal for a 30-something to have had 10 or more lovers before getting married. \nIn China the proportion was 17 percent, in France 30 percent, in the US 49 percent and in Germany 52 percent. \nLess than half of British respondents said staying faithful to one partner was natural: 42 percent believed monogamy was "the natural state for human beings," compared with 70 percent in China, 57 percent in the US and 44 percent in France. Only the Germans had a lower fidelity score. But 23 percent of Chinese thought "extramarital affairs in which nobody gets hurt" were acceptable, compared with 11 percent of Britons and 9 percent of Americans. \nIn all countries except Britain, men were more tolerant of affairs than women. In the US, 13 percent of men thought them acceptable, but only 4 percent of women did. In Germany it was 28 percent of men to 16 percent of women, while in Britain, 11 percent of both sexes said affairs which caused pain to neither party were acceptable. \nNearly 66 percent of British men thought they were entitled to expect regular sex with their partners, compared with 47 percent of British women. \nIn the US the ratio was 76 percent for men to 62 percent for women. But in other countries the expectation gap was narrower: in France it was 85 percent of men to 76 percent of women, in China 82 percent to 81 percent, and in Germany 79 percent to 77 percent. \nIn all countries women were more likely than men to think that same-sex partnerships should be given equal status to heterosexual marriages. \nIn Britain the proposition was backed by 52 percent of women and 37 percent of men. \nIn the US, 39 percent said their sexual behavior was influenced by religion, compared with 16 percent in Britain and 3 percent in France. \nThe online survey by Euro RSCG Worldwide, a New York marketing agency, used samples of 1,982 Americans, 2,127 British, 2,000 French, 3,158 Germans and 2,079 Chinese.
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Three Micronesian sailors stranded on a remote Pacific island have been found alive and well after a rescue team spotted their giant SOS message written into the sand on a beach. Australian and US military aircraft found the three men on tiny Pikelot island, nearly 200km west of where they had set off. Rescuers said that the men were “in good condition” with no significant injuries. The men had been missing for three days after their 7m skiff ran out of fuel and strayed off course. Authorities in the US territory of Guam raised the alarm on Saturday after the men failed to complete
A cat that went missing on a family holiday on the shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland, has been identified 12 years later. Tortoiseshell-and-white Georgie spent October half term in 2008 with her owners at the Rowardennan campsite, but vanished as they were due to return home to Greater Manchester, England. After a search of the site the Davies family departed without Georgie, hoping the three-year-old microchipped feline would be located by someone. Over the intervening 12 years, she remained close to the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park site, being fed and cared for by campsite staff and holidaymakers. After the COVID-19 pandemic hit and lockdown
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