Friday, December 23, 2005


This was just too good to pass up. :-)

LONDON (Reuters) - Australian scientists have proved what is common knowledge to most people -- that teaspoons appear to have minds of their own.

In a study at their own facility, a group of scientists from the Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health in Melbourne secretly numbered 70 teaspoons and tracked their movements over five months.

Supporting their expectations, 80 percent of the spoons vanished during the period -- although those in private areas of the institute lasted nearly twice as long as those in communal sections.

"At this rate, an estimated 250 teaspoons would need to be purchased annually to maintain a workable population of 70 teaspoons," they wrote in Friday's festive edition of the British Medical Journal.

They said their research proved that teaspoons were an essential part of office life and the rapid rate of disappearance proved that this was under relentless assault.

Regretting that scientific literature was "strangely bereft" of teaspoon-related research, the scientists offered a few theories to explain the phenomenon.

Taking a tip from Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy books, they suggested that the teaspoons were quietly migrating to a planet uniquely populated by "spoonoid" life forms living in a spoonish state of Nirvana.

They also offered the phenomenon of "resistentialism" in which inanimate objects like teaspoons have a natural aversion to humans.

On the other hand, they suggested, people might simply be taking them.



At 3:04 AM, Anonymous me said...

An aversion to humans :-D oh that's too funny.

At 8:55 AM, Blogger Darren B said...

Douglas Adams (rest his soul) was a brilliant writer.

Humanity must mourn modern creative genius lost early. One thinks of Douglas Adams and Jim Henson in particular.

!!! 42 !!!

At 9:10 AM, Blogger Al Menezes said...

Good article. I would speculate that after a certain saturation point, the spoons would no longer need to be replenished. Everyone would have at least one at their desk and several would have actually been lost (garbage).

Thanks for the laugh.

At 12:02 PM, Blogger mrx65 said...

I see you now have more (much much more) time on your hands. :)

I talked to a guy who has been to Seoul. He built waterslides there. I guess he does alot in China and the 11th province of Canada. (They call it U.S. for short.) :) He did the Pirates of the Caribbean slide at Sea World in Orlando. There are pictures at the plant of it.

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