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Every have one of those weeks? You know, the ones where, no matter how hard you try, nothing meshes quite right.

I am living this nightmare.

It is my sworn solemn task each week to provide an automotive list, a top 5, 10 or so of supposedly interesting automotive fact or opinion. If you've visited before, you know well of what I speak. Halloween car movies, top car colours, bad driver habits, etc., etc. I scour the Internet and beyond for interesting and obscure tidbits, morsels which I can meld into magnificent, easily digestible meals.

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This week I have crumbs. Low-calorie tidbits. Teeny, tiny morsels.

But you shall not go hungry. Nay, this week it's potluck - bits and bites of unrelated information mixed together to make a fabulous feast.

Or maybe it's just leftovers. Whatever. Just eat.

1. I-Spy with my little eye ...

Forget Angry Birds. Ditch your DS. Text this: A survey reveals that a good old-fashioned I-Spy contest is still the most played car game used to fend off boredom on a long car trip. More than 40 per cent of British families admit to playing it while only 11 per cent while away the hours with Angry Birds, the supposedly hot iPhone app.

2. British scofflaws

Another U.K. survey shows that while the average Brit breaks the law 21 times a year, most of the top sins are all transportation related. Breaking the speed limit was the top crime, with 79 per cent admitting their guilt. Third was cycling on the sidewalk (70 per cent) and fourth was driving without a seatbelt (41 per cent). Further down the list, 34 per cent admit to having sex in a public place ... which, I suppose could be car related.

3. Meanwhile, south of the border ...

Insurance.com surveyed Americans about their driving habits and 39 per cent admitted to eating or drinking behind the wheel, 30 per cent say they talk on a cell phone, 10 per cent have driven without insurance, 9 per cent text and 3 per cent read or groom themselves (shave, apply makeup) while on the road.

4. Clever kids unbuckling car seats

A Yale School of Medicine team surveyed 378 parents only to discover that slightly more than half reported that at least one of their children had managed to unbuckle a seatbelt in a car seat at some point. Of those, 75 per cent were aged three or younger, some were as young as 12 months and boys were more likely to accomplish the feat than girls (59 per cent versus 42 per cent). Most frighteningly, more than 40 per cent of the kids unbuckled their seatbelts while the car was moving.

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