Nicey at Nice Cup of Tea and A Sitdown does us tea-drinkers a great service by reporting the following story:
The British Medical Journal has just published a paper on its website on the troubling issue of teaspoon disappearance. The research was carried out in Melbourne at the Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health. The study involved the tracking of 70 specially tagged teaspoons over a five month period. The results showed that a staggering 80% of the teaspoons went missing during the research period with an observed teaspoon half-life of 81 days. In order to maintain a base level of 70 teaspoons it was calculated that an extra 250 teaspoons would need to be supplied over the course of the year.
The ground breaking study also found that the type and quality of the teaspoons had no bearing on how susceptible they were to loss, with cheap plastic ones just as vulnerable as posh stainless steel ones. The study also revealed that large communal tea drinking areas suffered much more than small group orientated tea areas.
Whilst the researchers conclude that teaspoons could be disappearing to a Spoonoid planet, little real attempt is made to explain where they are going to. Indeed the data presented does not refer to the accompanying incidence of yogurt eating or those little individual cheesecakes in pots.
Spoonoid and Sockoid must travel in the same orbit, eh? On this topic, I picked up a lovely set of teaspoons when I was in Sheffield last May. (Yes, they are real Sheffield-made spoons.) Fortunately, they're all accounted for.
And don't you love the word "whilst"? Wonder why we don't use it over here?