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What was the UK about in May 2014?

We quizzed British people about what they found confusing in May, and have distilled the results into the latest Compendium of Confusion. This is what we found.

At, we’re investigating what British people find confusing on a month-by-month basis.

This is what muddled the minds of the nation in May.

The top five confusions

1. Solange Knowles attacking Jay-Z in a lift was what the nation found most confusing in May, with 36% of those quizzed finding it as much. Was it genuine ire? Was it a PR stunt? We still don’t know.

2. Brits found the European Parliamentary elections puzzling too (29%).

3. Are women-only parking spaces really necessary? This question was confusing for 27% of those polled.

4. Equally, 27% of Brits wondered what the Yaya Toure birthday fuss was all about.

5. In fifth place, 26% wondered why Mother’s Day is on different dates in the UK and US.

What else did Brits find confusing?

Google’s self-driving cars bewildered 23% of Brits.

Nigerian-based extremists Boko Haram confused 22% of Brits in May.

Equally, 22% of those questioned were confused by the US-based dating show ‘I Wanna Marry “Harry”’.

In the show, twelve American women vie for the affection of a man they wrongly believe to be Prince Harry.

Another month for internet security problems… Of those quizzed, 17% were confused about eBay being hacked.

And 14% of Brits were left scratching their heads, wondering what the deal is with this Nigel Farage guy.

The ‘Compendium of Confusion’ will keep you informed of what Brits are finding confusing each month. Stay tuned for what fried the nation’s brain in June. Or find out what made people in April 2014.

What do you think?

Did you find any of these topics confusing? Or is there something that puzzled you far more last month?

Either way, we’d love to hear from you. So feel free to leave your comment below. Compendium of confusion leaderboard May 2014 edition

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Owe Carter

Owe Carter

Owe Carter is a content producer who's worked for since 2007. He's the author of our Carless Cities report.

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