Five Lessons Learnt This Week

Time for another round up of the week’s news in Five Lessons Learnt This Week, from the bizarre to the hilarious.

This week, we’ve found out that men can wear the same suit all year (and no-one will notice), why bad hotel reviews can cost you, how to climb walls like Spiderman, why you should give up your day job and which country drinks the most beer…

1. You can wear the same suit all year

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 11.22.48And no-one will be any the wiser (although we don’t recommend it… could get smelly). Australian TV presenter Karl Stefanovic did just that to see how viewers would react – and, perhaps unsurprisingly, no-one noticed.

Karl completed the unusual experiment to make a point about the way his female colleagues are viewed, suggesting that while he could wear the same blue suit all year without anyone batting an eyelid, it would be a different story for his female co-presenter Lisa Wilkinson. He said that while he is judged on “my interviews, my appalling sense of humour – on how I do my job, basically”, Lisa is more likely to be called out on wearing the wrong colour, or how she’s done her hair.

Food for thought…

And if you don’t want to wear the same suit year round, Thread will help you spice up your wardrobe.

2. A bad review will cost you

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 08.42.54If you had a bad hotel experience, you might well turn to travel review site Tripadvisor to voice your complaints and warn off other visitors – but did you know it can cost you?

Tory and Jan Jenkinson were shocked to be fined £100 after leaving a negative review of their stay at Blackpool Broadway Hotel – which they described as “a rotten stinking hovel”. The hotel introduced the policy of charging customers for bad reviews to prevent customers from “defaming the business”, claiming that some customers would threaten them with bad reviews in order to get a discount.

But things didn’t quite go to plan after the Jenkinson’s plight went viral – and Blackpool Trading Standards warned the Broadway Hotel that their policy could be illegal. The hotel have since cancelled their policy, refunded the Jenkinson’s charge and vowed to improve facilities. Nice try…

3. How to walk up walls like Spiderman

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 08.55.00If you’ve always fancied scaling walls like Spiderman, now you can. Clever scientists have invented a system based on geckos to make it possible for a human to scale vertical glass. In an experiment, an 11 stone volunteer climbed a 12ft pane of glass using sticky attachments on his hands and feet.

The tech employs the same molecular forces that allow gecko lizards to scurry around on ceilings – causing neighbouring molecules to be attracted to each other. The research was carried out in collaboration with the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, who are investigating biologically-inspired climbing aids for soldiers. Pretty cool, right?

It won’t turn you into a superhero, but if you’re after some new tech to improve your trading game, we’ve got the best here.

 4. The UK is full of entrepreneurs

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 09.27.16If you’ve got a great idea for a start-up, you’re not alone – the UK has become Europe’s most entrepreneurial economy after climbing five places in the global list. The 2015 edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Index revealed that the UK is now the fourth most entrepreneurial country in the world.

The report also showed that the UK’s greatest entrepreneurial strengths were in the ability to provide unique products or services not offered by other businesses in the same market. In this regard, the UK came second in the world, topped only by the US and Denmark who came joint first. The report suggested that the UK’s improvement since the last report is down to increased government support for UK entrepreneurs.

Time to quit the day job?

To celebrate National Entrepreneurship Week, we’ve taken a look at the coolest new start-ups that will change your life

5. Which country drinks the most beer

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 09.42.44Would you be surprised to hear that neither the US nor the UK topped the beer-drinking charts – or even, in fact, made the top 10? We clearly need to try harder, as in terms of beer consumption per head, we’ve been put to shame by our fellow nations.

Top of the list was the Czech Republic, at 143 litres per head, while Germany and Austria came in second and third at 110 and 108 litres, respectively. Also in the top 10 were Estonia, Poland, Ireland (who would probably have been higher if they counted Guinness), Romania, Lithuania and Croatia, with Belgium rounding off the front-runners at 81 litres per head.

If that’s not a good excuse to go for a pint after work, I don’t know what is.

To help you out, we’ve rounded up the best new beers to try.