A Weblog monitoring coverage of environmental issues and science in the UK media. By Professor Emeritus Philip Stott. The aim is to assess whether a subject is being fairly covered by press, radio, and television. Above all, the Weblog will focus on science, but not just on poor science. It will also bring to public notice good science that is being ignored because it may be politically inconvenient.

Friday, July 16, 2004

Blondes really are more stupid?.....
Well, it is Friday!
'Dumb blonde gags "self fulfilling''' (Ananova, July 15):

New psychological research in Germany (where else, one might add?) has demonstrated that blondes are more stupid after hearing 'dumb blonde' jokes.....

"Psychologists at Bremen University found that blonde jokes were self-fulfilling as they appeared to make blonde people perform poorly in tests. Jens Foerster said: 'We found people tended to perform poorly when less was expected of them and that jokes about stupid blondes were therefore self-fulfilling.
'The researchers submitted 80 students at Bremen University to a test of speed and accuracy, with 40 of the students blonde......" (read on)

Well, Gentlemen! Is this why you all prefer blondes, after all? So let's put it to the test with a few blonde jokes:

Q: Why did the blonde die in a helicopter crash?
A: She got cold and turned off the fan.

Q: What's the difference between a blonde and solar-powered calculator?
A: The blonde works in the dark!

Q: Why did God create blondes?
A: Because sheep can't bring beer from the fridge.
Q: Why did God create brunettes?
A: Neither could the blondes.

Q: How do blonde brain cells die?
A: Alone.

Q: What's the difference between a blonde and a supermarket trolley?
A: The supermarket trolley has a mind of its own.

Q: How do you get a blonde's eyes to twinkle?
A: Shine a torch in their ears.

Boom! Boom! And so on, and so on.....

So it's 'Blonde on Blonde', as Norm G. would say.

Philip, wincing at EnviroSpin's precipitate plunge into tabloidism! Luncheon!

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