Interesting facts about dating

According to 2009 surveys by You Gov and Maestro, there are 8.6 million UK adults actively dating, roughly half the total number of singletons.

The cost of the average date is £206.87, the financial brunt of which is mostly borne by men, although women spend almost as much (£191.38) on clothes, hair and beauty products in preparation.

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So I did a bit of research to fill in the gaps in my understanding, and not surprisingly I found the details to be quite interesting.

What did surprise me was the huge number of Web sites and books vigorously attacking the legitimacy of what I had thought was a fairly straightforward, uncontroversial test.

At the national average of four dates each per year, this equates to a total dating market value of more than £8 billion.

The highest spenders on average are the Welsh; the highest ratio of single women to men is found in Glasgow; the lowest is in Reading.

Rejected by his former animal friends, he accompanies Shamhat to the city, "having acquired wisdom".

Kissing The Romans had three different words for kissing.

First date The first date in literature appears in the 5,000-year-old Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh.

In order to tame Enkidu, a Tarzan-like wild man who is terrorising his people, the king Gilgamesh sends Shamhat, a beautiful prostitute. They meet at a waterhole where "Shamhat loosened her undergarments, and he took in her attractions".

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