Do teaspoons leave staff rooms to live somewhere better or just to spite us?

teaspoons photoAnyone who has worked will find that teaspoons are always in short supply.  This is counter-intuitive, since they are purchased one day and then later no-one has a teaspoon to their name and there are none in the communal drawer.  Mercifully, a medical research centre published a peer-reviewed research paper back in 2005 investigating the disappearance of teaspoons in a research establishment.  They concluded that, if the workers surveyed were to be believed, the most likely conclusions were that either teaspoons were leaving to live somewhere more congenial or because they hated humans and wanted to leave them with nothing to stir their drinks.  This is perhaps the first time it has been suggested in the medical literature that cutlery might be self-aware and able to act independently.

Truly we live in wondrous and disturbing times.  That or someone was making a subtle point about the nature of peer review.

You can read the full article here in the British Medical Journal.

Photo by partycja

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