Whaleoil’s Christmas Cracker “Winners are Grinners” tip

via The Guardian

via The Guardian

I can’t promise you riches.

But I can promise you an unfair share of the silly hats and useless plastic toys.

Bonus:  the research was paid for by the Australian tax payer!

Want to make sure you get the paper hat, joke and gift when you pull crackers this Christmas?

Just take a firm hold and let the other person pull, scientists say.

The technique gives you better than a nine out of ten success rate.

How do we  know?  

The researchers from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in Australia looked at two other methods. 

The ‘angle’ strategy – a firm two-handed grip, tilting the cracker between 20 and 55 degrees downwards and applying a steady force with no torque – had the worst result with a success rate of just 40 per cent.

And the ‘control’ strategy – where both participants pull at no particular angle, but roughly parallel to the floor – resulted in a near random 53 per cent success rate.

So don’t do those.   Instead, do this:

But the so-called ‘passive aggressive’ method won a huge 92 per cent of the time, the journal Significance reports.

So, just take a firm grip, and let the other person give it all they’ve got.   Nine of ten times, you’ll take home the spoils.

Only on Whaleoil will you get such life (and wealth!) enhancing tips.

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