NHS tops list of the coolest things in the world

nhs tops list coolest thing world
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The nation’s NHS has topped a list of the coolest things in the world.

This story is part of our Good News series – bringing you positive headlines every day to spread positivity during difficult times.

A poll of 2,000 adults also saw iPhones, astronauts, and vinyl records ranked as some of most awesome things to have been created.

Artificial intelligence and volcanoes also captured the imagination of respondents, along with the E-Type Jaguar, Bullet train and dinosaurs.

And when it comes to the coolest people, James Bond was the top choice, despite being a fictional character.

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He featured higher in the list than former US president Barack Obama, heart throb Tom Hardy, icon Steve McQueen and all-round smoothie, Idris Elba.

A spokesman from Andrews Air Conditioning Hire, which commissioned the research, said, “It’s certainly the ‘coolest’ top 50 we’ve ever seen.

“It’s nice to take a moment to stop and celebrate all of the best things in the world, particularly at the moment.

nhs tops list coolest thing world

“While not everyone might consider themselves cool, there are so many interesting things and amazing people who remind you just how lucky we are – with the NHS a worthy winner.”

It seems that 25 is considered the coolest age, but you lose it by the time you get to 35.

Despite this, 67 per cent of those polled agreed you can still be cool over the age of 70, as shown by the popularity of Colonel Tom Moore, who has raised millions for the NHS just days before his 100th birthday.

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It also emerged the nation is divided when it comes to Ed Sheeran, as while a third consider him to be cool - 56 per cent disagree.

Being rich doesn’t give you automatic ‘cool’ status either – with 64 per cent actually believing the opposite to be true.

Instead, having an air of confidence and not caring what people think about them is what gives people the edge in the cool stakes - as well as independence.

nhs tops list coolest thing world

Not trying to impress others, being positive and having great stories to tell are other things that make people cool, according to the research carried out via OnePoll.

When asked if Brits are cooler than those across the pond in the US, 31 per cent think the nation trumps America - though 35 per cent think we're on a par.

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It also emerged that the swinging 60’s is considered to be the coolest decade by a quarter of respondents, with the 1980's in second.

Wondering if any of your likes are considered to be cool? These are the things considered to be the coolest things in the world…

Top 50 Of The Coolest Things In The World

  1. The NHS
  2. Space travel
  3. Concorde
  4. iPhones
  5. Astronauts
  6. Vinyl records
  7. James Bond
  8. Volcanoes
  9. Artificial intelligence
  10. E-Type Jag
  11. Bullet Train
  12. Music festivals
  13. Dinosaurs
  14. Driving a convertible car
  15. Lamborghinis
  16. Barack Obama
  17. Video games
  18. Helicopters
  19. Fireworks
  20. Being able to do a backflip
  21. Steve McQueen
  22. Robots
  23. Levi’s jeans
  24. Headphones
  25. Trainers
  26. Leather jackets
  27. Huskies
  28. Idris Elba
  29. Scoring an overhead kick
  30. Record stores
  31. Tom Hardy
  32. Elvis
  33. James Dean
  34. Lasers
  35. The Fonz
  36. Motorbikes
  37. F1 drivers
  38. Instagram
  39. Aviator shades
  40. Staying up late
  41. Ray-Ban Wayfarers
  42. 'Indie' shops
  43. The Tesla Cybertruck
  44. Skateboards
  45. Chewing gum
  46. TikTok
  47. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
  48. The Ivy
  49. Tom Ford glasses
  50. Co-ord outfits
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Aleesha Badkar

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