Mr E Man’s quest to find the best ribs in Vancouver is over: he’s admitted that he’s unlikely to find anywhere that makes them better than Ouisi’s does, and so that’s where we found ourselves when a craving hit him on Saturday night.
These ribs really are good (yes, I tithed my usual amount, after donating a similarly sized amount of my yummy chicken). And naturally, a little of the sauce found its way onto Mr E Man’s face. Wishing to discreetly draw his attention to this fact, I touched my own face on one side of my mouth…
…and he promptly wiped the wrong side of his face with the napkin.
This always happens to us. The reason is that when Mr E Man’s telling me that I have something on my face, his instinct is to touch his face in a mirror image of mine. So if I have sauce on the left hand side of my face, he’ll touch the right hand side of his own, which is on my left as I’m facing him. But I do it the other way around: if Mr E Man has sauce on the left hand side of his face, my instinct is to touch the left hand side of my own face, which is on his right as he’s looking at me and therefore not directly opposite where the sauce actually is. I sometimes manage to remember that we do it differently, and so I do it his way, in a mirror image; however, this usually happens at the same time that he remembers that we do it differently, and he still goes to wipe the wrong side of his face. This double-bluff situation is what confounded us last week.
Naturally, Mr E Man thinks I’m a freak, and he may well be correct. But I did, of course, have to try and defend myself by explaining why I do things the way I do. What I came up with is that my training in the life sciences involved looking at lots of diagrams like this one:
where the appendix is on the left hand side of the drawing, but the right hand side of your actual body. Other possible explanations include gender- and country-specific practices.
So, O Wise Readers… am I a freak, or does anyone else do the “you have a little something on your face” thing my way? Do you think the difference has anything to do with gender, age, nationality, or scientific training?
I hereby agree to abide by my readers’ decision, and to allow Mr E Man to call me a freak if warranted by the results of this informal survey.