This week Tanya Chartrand takes a bow with her groundbreaking research. The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology has kindly pandered to her small contribution to the world.
“It’s been called selective deafness, passive aggressiveness and forgetfulness.
But spouses who apparently ignore their partner’s requests may be disobeying instructions on purpose.
The research findings show that often people do not follow instructions even if they are for their own benefit, simply to avoid doing what other people want them to do.”
Fancy that. Who knew, ‘ey?
Equally unremarkable, and not worth remarking upon, Chartrand was inspired to pursue this research after noticing that her very own husband appeared to ignore her requests for help around the house. Go figure.
The far more impressive
In the process, the clever-buggalugs professor has inadvertently uncovered where all the food that could feed the entire third world has been going – women’s work desks.
The good Prof went in search of germs at work and discovered that a woman’s desk harbors a squillion more bacteria than a man’s desk. This is partly attributed to women harboring all manner of grooming products on and around the place, such as hand lotion and makeup, but by far the biggest contribution is all the emergency food supplies that women have stashed away at work. The Prof found that 75% of women kept food in their work area.
“I was really surprised how much food there was in a woman’s desk” he said
“If there’s ever a famine that’s the first place I’ll look for food.”
The germiest thing about men is their wallets, which, when being held captive in warm clammy back pockets is the perfect incubator for bacteria.