Undercover secrets

6 November 2012
Saint Homobonus, patron saint of procurementSt Homobonus, the patron saint of shoemakers, tailors and purchasing, has a monthly column in SM… Undercover secrets Apparently our sleeping position reveals our personality. More than half of the UK sleeps in the foetal position, a sign they are seeking comfort. The ‘log’ is the second most common position and is adopted by rigid personalities. Those who sleep with their arms outstretched are longing to chase their dreams and the remaining 
17 per cent sleep in the ‘freefall’ position on their front, suggesting a lack of control over their lives. Can you relate to any of these traits? Revealing receipts Receipts from across the globe show that sales assistants and waiters are increasingly writing inappropriate and cheeky messages on customers’ receipts. One shopper looked at her bill once home only to find she had been served by Jesus, while another found they had ordered a drink called ‘Cat’s Pee’. Flirty compliments proved the most common additions to restaurant bills though. And they say romance is dead… Make up to make it Have you ever wondered why you didn’t get that job you went for? A survey has suggested that your beauty regime can make or break your chances at an interview. The worst beauty blunder is chipped nails, which is a sign of being nervous and unprepared. Next up is split ends. Translation? Lazy. Smudged mascara hints at a party animal and red lipstick isn’t a good look either, as it spells out ‘power crazy’. I wonder if men face similar conundrums in the morning? 1 x 6 + 2/3 = the future By 2020 companies will provide just seven desks for every 10 workers, according to Citrix’s Workplace of the Future report. Rather than a desktop PC, each employee will access the corporate IT network from an average of six different computing devices. Sadly, the 
report did not explain whether there will be room for six computing devices on two-thirds of a desk. 
Will the workers of the future need particularly large hands? Vacation vexation 1 A survey by lastminute.com has uncovered travellers’ most irritating in-flight habits. They include drinking too much, getting overly amorous and snoring. Sounds like the perfect holiday itinerary to me. Other irritations include passengers 
being overweight, loud and having children. One comment on the Daily Telegraph’s helpful picture gallery added another bad habit to the list: people who pass wind at 34,000 feet. “I think the word for it should be ‘flightulence’,” they wrote. Vacation vexation 2 Of more interest to busy professionals such as yourselves is the fact that 40 per cent of people admit to checking their emails while on holiday. Over half (51 per cent) of respondents to the TripAdvisor poll revealed that they check their emails daily or more. Perhaps this is because they already had all their fun on the flight out. Talk to the device Face-to-face communication is becoming a lost art. A survey by officebroker.com discovered that 
68 per cent of workers prefer to converse with their colleagues via email or phone rather than in person. Respondents said email had the advantage of leaving a paper trail 
of dialogue and meant they could avoid being cornered and coerced into undertaking new tasks. In other words, they’re untrustworthy bullies, which explains why no-one wants to be in a room with them. Anyway, what’s the point of having six computing devices if you’re then expected to talk to people? Close calls for UK mobiles Brits are either extremely unlucky or have rather vivid imaginations. Research into unusual insurance claims made by mobile phone owners has revealed the range of strange mishaps befalling the nation’s technology. One woman said she had absentmindedly mixed her Nokia 6303i into a Victoria sponge –and then baked it. Another woman said she lost her Samsung Galaxy after it was snatched from her hand by a rogue seagull on Barry Island beach, Wales. In one particularly romantic claim, a couple lost their handset while re-enacting a scene from Titanic, dropping it over the side of a cruise ship as they attempted to take a photo of themselves. But the most outlandish claim came from a Devon farmer, who said he damaged his iPhone while calving, inserting it into the rear of a cow in order to use it as a torch. Now surely that’s udderly unbelievable? Tweet of the month - Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it. @IM_pro  
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