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Posted: 12/23/2005 8:34:22 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/23/2005 8:36:30 AM EDT by Paul]
from: Link




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.
(edited to add: I prefer the theory of "resistentialism")

[made the link hot - Paul]
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 8:36:29 AM EDT
Please tell me this is the kind of stuff scientists do during their breaks. I'd hate to think that someone, somewhere, is paying them for this.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 9:41:49 AM EDT
Government Funded.

There is a PhD Thesis in this topic!


Link Posted: 12/23/2005 9:45:25 AM EDT
First, you have to realize that there is no spoon...
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 9:52:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Bostonterrier97:
Government Funded.

There is a PhD Thesis in this topic!





makes sence.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 10:50:55 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 10:53:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/23/2005 10:53:14 AM EDT by PBIR]
I just noticed the other day my teaspoon flock had shrunk. I marked it down as tablespoon predation but now it seems the ungrateful bastards might have just wandered off.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 11:03:01 AM EDT
Just like on SouthPark-the episode with the underpants nombs. This is positive proof of teaspoon nombs. Those little bastards! Or it's our Fore Father's still carrying out insergent attacks from the Boston Tea Party. Better yet, it is the work of a secret group of tea swiping kleptomaniacs.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 11:06:03 AM EDT
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