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How Unique are You?

New research has uncovered the odds of you being one of a lucky few with certain appearances, possessions, and abilities.

Stressed for an interview and mentally comparing yourself to the other candidates in the waiting room, it can be easy to forget what makes you stand out from the crowd. However, very soon, and in life in general, you may have to face that very question: What makes you unique?

If you have red hair, your eyes are different colours, and you have a Ford Transit, you really are one in a million. Well, 1 in 2,083,333, to be specific.

In a new study from, you can see some of the most unusual features, life achievements, abilities, and possessions in the UK. From gym membership to countries you’ve visited, whether you can roll your tongue or if you can’t swim, there are some truly unique possibilities out there.

Knowing about yourself may not directly impact on how well you do in an interview, but it could make you a more self-assured, confident person. Do any of these apply to you?

  • 67% of the UK population own a car. This can sometimes be necessary for a job application, but it can also be useful for a commute, particularly if you are travelling outside of a city.
  • 42% of the UK population have been to University. This might seem more common than you think, but take into account the range of courses and institutions in the country, and work out what was special about your degree.
  • 25% of the population own an iPhone. Smartphones are great for business because they allow you to sync your calendar and email, allowing you to access them anywhere, anytime.
  • 14% of the population have a PhD. This is definitely an impressive attribute that you should bring up in an interview, as it shows your self-motivation and dedication to work.

Interview prep aside, have you got any of these unusual characteristics? Have a look at some of the rarest possibilities available – if they all apply to you, you could be the only one.

  • 1 in 5000: has a BMW R1200 GS motorbike, though it’s the best-selling bike in the UK.
  • 1 in 125: UK citizens have been to Japan, compared to 23 in 100 who’ve been to Italy, and 11 in 25 (44% of the population) who’ve been to North America.
  • Green eyes: are the rarest in the world, and only 1 in 50 people have them. And since having heterochromia – eyes of different colours – is even rarer, at 3 in 500, if you have one green eye, that makes you part of 0.01% of the population.
  • The AB- blood type: is the rarest, and only 1% of the UK’s blood donors can provide it.