Saturday, February 27, 2010

Average handbag weighs same as 15-month-old toddler

Researchers asked 5,000 people what they carried around with them and used their responses to calculate that the average bag weighs 10.5 kilograms (23lbs).
A mobile phone was the most popular item with 85 per cent of women and 43 per cent of men saying they kept a phone in their bag.
Keys, pens, tissues, headache tablets, chewing gum, MP3 players, lip balm, a mirror and deodorant were also essential items to carry around, according to many of those questioned.
Some people even said they routinely carried a toothbrush, condoms, a bottle opener and a sewing kit.
One in 20 men (6 per cent) carry spare underwear, twice the number of women who pack an extra pair of knickers in their handbag.
Men were also more likely than women to carry their pet dog around in a bag. One in 20 men (5 per cent) said they had a dog carrier, compared with just one in every 100 women (1 per cent).
The What's In My Handbag? survey, commissioned by WindSetlers Gel Capsules, found 15 per cent of women and 10 per cent of men routinely carry an indigestion remedy.
5,000 people were surveyed online by OnePoll in January.

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