Robert Hampton

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24th June 2003

Adventures in Public Transport, Part IV
Posted by at 7.47pm | 2 responses | Uncategorised

Why is it that whenever a train door has a “Defective Door – Out of Use” notice pasted on it, witless commuters generally gravitate straight towards it?

I witnessed this behaviour at Moorfields station today. They stood there and stared at it for what seemed like ages. Eventually: “Oh, this door mustn’t be working.”


2 Responses
  1. Comment by lenardzelig
    26th June 2003 at 2:24 pm

    It’s a lesser known law of physics….it’s related to the law that states “Any hand-held portable carrying utility, regardless of the dimension, will be filled if given to a possessor of 2 X chromosomes”

    Which, roughly translated, means “Give a woman a handbag of any size and she’ll fill it”


  2. Comment by James Harrison
    29th June 2003 at 5:31 am

    It could all be related to the natural perversity of inanimate objects, a well established principle that predicts such events as when packing your car, there will always be just too little space for all of the inanimate objects to be comfortably packed.

    Because they’re naturally perverse.