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Compendium of Confusion

What are Brits most about? We've teamed up with Joey Essex to launch a national 'Compendium of Confusion', aimed at educating the British public about the issues they're most about. 

You’ve come to the right place for finding out what boggled the nation’s collective brain last month. And we have our final list of top confusions for 2014! Check out the leaderboard to the right to see what those questioned found most baffling.

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I'm How do I unlock my SIM?

SIM with padlock - teaser

28% of Brits were about how to unlock their SIM after Watchdog accidentally locked them out.

What was the UK about in December 2014?

A lady pondering, looking slightly confused

Why is Russell Brand getting into politics? How did the nation lock themselves out of their own phones? Check out what confused the nation in December 2014.

I'm Who is the Waeldstone Raider?

Wealdstone Raider

He's had over seven million views on Youtube and a top five music single, but 25% of Brits are confused about who this internet phenomenon is.

Quiz: How are you?

BRIAN the Robot asking how are you

How were you about the news in 2014? Take the quiz and find out! The fewer questions you get right, the more you are.

2014: The year of confusion

Compendium of Confusion

Let's take a look back at what the nation was most confused by in 2014.

I'm What is sandwich-gate?

Face on sandwich - teaser

26% of Brits couldn't figure out why we were accused of being unable to make a sandwich.

What was the UK about in November 2014?

A bloke looking

Tigers on the loose in Paris? Russell Brand marching with Anonymous? Find out what made Brits most in November.

I'm What do the different flu virus codenames mean?

Flu virus teaser

35% of Brits couldn't figure out what the different codenames for flu virus strains were. We explain how it all works.

I'm Who is the Superman of Macclesfield?

Plan flying past a plane

Can a man fly? 29% of Brits were baffled to hear about a man flying past a plane in Macclesfield without a parachute - 3,500ft in the air.

I'm about the Chuckle Brothers rapping

Chuckle brothers lines with microphone

The Chuckle Brothers are back, and this time they're getting down with the kids. But why?

What was the UK about in October 2014?

A lady pondering, looking slightly confused

Chuckle Brothers rapping? Students encouraged to pee in the shower? Find out what made Brits most in October.

I'm Can someone learn a language in their sleep?

Keyboard with languages on keys

An Australian man woke up from a coma and became completely fluent in Mandarin - how is this possible?

I'm Is the three-breasted lady real?

three melons

Jasmine Tridevil claims she spent £20,000 to give herself a third breast. Is this real or just an elaborate hoax?

I'm How are emojis and emoticons different?

A selection of emojis

A whopping 43% of Brits were about the difference between emoticons and emojis. Let's clear that up.

What was the UK about in September 2014?

A confused woman

What has Brits scratching their collective heads in September? We poll 2,000 people to compile our Compendium of Confusion and discover what made them

I'm Is Facebook Messenger spying on me?

An Apple iPhone with social media software

One in three Brits were confused and concerned about whether Facebook was spying on them through its Messenger app. Let's put that rumour to rest.

I'm What is the ice bucket challenge?

Steven Gerrard has a bucket of ice cold water poured over him

The internet has been awash with celebrities pouring buckets of ice cold water over their heads in the name of charity, but why?

I'm about the Ebola virus

Ebola virus on a map of Africa

Concerns about Ebola have spread faster than the virus itself, yet many people are still confused about what it is and the threat it poses.

I'm about the Oxford Circus octopus

Octopus on the back of a lorry

When a lorry carrying a giant plastic octopus broke down in the middle of London's Oxford Circus during a morning rush hour, Britain was

What was the UK about in August 2014?

A bloke looking

What befuddled Brits in August? We polled 2,000 people to find out what made them, and pieced together our Compendium of Confusion from their responses.

Joey Essex plays the Compendium of Confusion quiz

The Compendium of Confusion quiz with Joey Essex and BRIAN the Robot

Watch Joey Essex take part in the Compendium of Confusion quiz to help educate him on topics that he's about.

What was the UK about in July 2014?

Compendium of Confusion

What perplexed the nation in July? We asked 2,000 Brits what made them, and pieced together our Compendium of Confusion from their answers.

Did Paddy Power really cut down the Amazon?

Amazon - paddy power. Come on England!

When Paddy Power showed their support for England's World Cup team by seemingly carving up the Amazon rainforest, the internet was

7 things that made fans during the World Cup

Amazon - paddy power. Come on England!

From fake deforestation to bitey Uruguayans, here are the incidents that left fans during the 2014 World Cup.

Why was Jonathan Pearce by goal line technology?

Jonathan Pearce commentary teaser

When commentator Jonathan Pearce was by goal line technology during the France and Honduras World Cup game, the internet reacted.

Why does it always rain at Glastonbury?

Tents at Glastonbury - teaser

Every June, thousands of festival-goes get rained on at Glastonbury Festival. Why does it always rain?

What was the UK about in June 2014?

A lady pondering, looking slightly confused

For our Compendium of Confusion, we found what the nation found most confusing in June 2014. Discover what sent heads spinning here.

I'm about Yaya Toure's birthday row

Yaya Toure celebrates scoring a goal

When rumours started circulating that Manchester City footballer Yaya Toure wanted to quit because the club forgot his birthday, Britain was

I'm about the different dates of Mother's Day

Young boy celebrating Mother's Day

Keep your mum happy: Find out why Britain and America celebrate Mother's Day on different dates, and how you can remember which day is which.

I'm Would you wanna marry "Harry"?

Prince Harry 'lookalike' Matt Hicks In terms of what Brits were about in May, 'reality' TV show 'I Wanna Marry "Harry"' came in eighth place. So what's it all about?

I'm Why did Solange attack Jay-Z?

Beyonce, Jay-Z, Solange and Tina Knowles pose for a photo

When mysterious CCTV footage surfaced of Jay-Z being attacked in a lift by his sister-in-law Solange Knowles, the internet wondered why.

Who is the most expensive football player?

Most expensive football player teaser have the final say in who is the most expensive football player at the World Cup.

What was the UK about in May 2014?

Compendium of Confusion

For our Compendium of Confusion, we found what most confused the nation in May 2014. Discover what befuddled most Brits here.

I'm Who killed Lucy Beale?

Lucy Beale

When Eastenders' Lucy Beale was brutally murdered on Walford Common, it sparked the biggest whodunnit in the soap's history. We take a look at the suspects.

Why has Daybreak become Good Morning Britain?

Good morning Britain teaser For the Compendium of Confusion, we tackle the burning issue: Why has Daybreak become Good Morning Britain?

I’m What is the Heartbleed bug?


One thing confusing the nation during April was the Heartbleed virus. So what is it? And how might it affect you?

What the UK in April 2014

A confused woman In our Compendium of Confusion research, we discovered what most befuddled Brits in April 2014. Find out what boggled the nation here.

I'm about glow-in-the-dark roads

Glow in the dark road

What's the deal with these glow-in-the-dark highways which have been introduced in the Netherlands?

Joey Essex launches the Compendium of Confusion

Joey Essex launches the Compendium of Confusion

Watch Joey Essex describe topics, including the Scottish Referendum, to Mastermind champion Clive Dunning. Compendium of confusion leaderboard 2014 round-up