Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Why men don't listen and women can't read maps

My husband bought himself this book this week. I can't believe such a blatently blasphemous title - I am a qualified mountaineer; show me a map and I can instantly point out any local feature of interest such as a shopping centre or a coffee shop.

I had a wee flick through it this morning to see what other kind of lies and rubbish it spouts, and was interested to find a short section entitled 'How to motivate a man to action'. This, I thought, might be useful and so for the edification of readers I will recount:

Apparently, when a woman ask a man to do something they say 'can you take the rubbish out?'. The man, apparently, interprets the question literally and hears 'do you know how to take the rubbish out?' thus believing the woman to be questioning his ability (what's so wrong so far??)

To motivate a man, apparently you should ask 'will you take the rubbish out?'

I don't know about all this mumbo-jumbo: 'take the fecking rubbish out' always works in our house ;-)

10 comments:

Pluto said...

Can I borrow that book when Mr Ali has finished reading it and put out the rubbish?

St said...

Thanks for the reminder. Have taken the rubbish out, made pancakes, cleaned the fecking house, made the bed, put the washing out, put the next washing on, phoned the boiler service people and am now off to do some vicaring for a bit. I lied about the panacakes and the cleaning both of which I paid someone else to do. Thanks for the laugh. Do you turn the map upside down when walking/driving south? Mrs T does.

Pluto said...

I've always thought it was quite sensible to turn the maps upside down when driving south - not when I'm actually driving, though ;-)

Ali said...

Steve

Now-a-days I use sat-nav, which I tend not to turn upside down when driving south.

BTW, I'm not joking about being a qualified mountaineer - I did a mountain leadership course many moons ago, so if you ever come across a mountain that needs led anywhere, I'm your woman! But hold the map upside down??? Sacrilege!

Dana said...

That is fecking hilarious!
Oh wait, can I say that?

And is that correct usage of the word?

Ali, you are my hero!

Nancy Mon said...

I wonder if I can find this book in the states?

Ali said...

Nancy

The book is by Allan & barbara Pease and is published (here anyway) by orion books. The ISBN is 978-0-7528-4619-4

Others in the series include 'Why men don't have a clue and women always need more shoes' and 'why men can only do one thing at a time and women never stop talking'

Dana said...

Oh, and Ali,tag, you are it.

Ali said...

I'm it am I ...

Dana said...

Yes ma'am. I tagged you on my blog.

:)