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1) This strip and the
several that follow it are dedicated to a) anyone who has ever
helped me move, b) anyone who has ever helped my friend Uli move,
and c) my friend Uli. As many have observed, Uli's
room has to
havebeen bigger on the
inside; there is absolutely no way he could have fit all his stuff
into even a small house, let alone a moderate-sized residence
suite. Obviously, magic was involved.
2) The results of the
mayonnaise survey are in. Before I reveal them, I should note
that my methods were completely unscientific in every possible way.
I gathered only rudimentary data (as a friend of mine has
pointed out); I varied modes of information collection (pub
data...e-mail data...asking-everyone-at-a-certain-barbecue data);
Ileft the interpretation of "like" and "dislike" up to the
respondents. However, I am in English and therefore
unfettered by the requirements of the Scientific Method.
Let's move on.
The questions were:
What biological sex are you?
Do you like mayonnaise?
What I got was:
Eleven people were involved in the original pub survey.
Twenty-nine people responded via e-mail, and five of them also
mentioned the mayonnaise preferences of their SOs.
Two people responded as they walked past me in the library.
Sixteen people responded when I confronted them at the
In total, then, there were sixty-three respondents, thirty-two
female and thirty-one male. Their responses can be broken
down as follows:
Thirty-three people (52% of the total number of respondents) like
mayonnaise; 30 (48%) don't.
Seventeen women (27% of the total; 53% of the female
respondents) like mayonnaise.
Fifteen women (24%; 47%) do not like mayonnaise.
Sixteen men (25% of the total; 52% of the male respondents) like
Fifteen men (24%; 48%) do not like mayonnaise.
Interestingly, if I remove the data for the original pub group
(five women liking mayonnaise and six men not liking it) from
consideration, I end up with 44% of women liking mayonnaise, 56% of
women not liking it, 64% of men liking it, and 36% of men not
I am not sure what conclusions to draw here. People inclined
to visit the pub with me on the day I convocate are evidently more
likely to like mayonnaise if female and dislike it if male than the
general population...or at least the part of the general population
consisting of people who read WoB
and/or attend barbecues in the
Massey College quadrangle on Saturday evenings in June.
I do find it interesting that mayonnaise, a relatively mild-tasting
condiment that is not pickled, spicy, or deliberately left to rot
during the preparation process, inspires such strong feelings in
One interesting story gleaned from my mayonnaise survey:
A male respondent who likes mayonnaise writes that he only once
came close to being repulsed by it: when he ordered a sundae
and received a concoction that seemed to be made mainly of
mayonnaise, albeit with a small amount of ice cream and "other
liquid ingredients" (his phrase) mixed in.
I like mayonnaise, but...ew.
Thanks go out to all respondents, even those still puzzled as to
why I initiated this survey in the first place.
(P.S.: For some more
thoughts on condiments, see the June 30 entry on my Rants page.)