Thursday, 7 August 2014

Laundry Line Anthropology

It is a fact long acknowledged by my friends and family that I am wired up wrong.  I mean, my thinking can sometimes be a bit unorthodox...probably because I have too much free time on my hands.  


For example, this morning while hanging out the clothes to dry, I came up with a slightly mad idea about using people's washing as a tool for studying human cultural differences - LAUNDRY LINE ANTHROPOLOGY.


Our laundry line shows a couple who have been together for some time.  They are generally: A) conservative,  B) middle class,  C) comfortable in their own skins,  and D) Have no children. 

A)  Conservatism shown in the cut and colour of the clothing.

B)  Clothing is from middle market vendors and is of a good quality.

C)  Clothing is neither trendy or stylish.

D)  Noticeable absence of children's clothing on laundry line.



One or both of these people  love gardens and wildlife as demonstrated by ample plants in the garden and the obliging butterfly perched on the linen. 

Next time you see a washing line full of clothing, give Laundry Line Anthropology a try.  You say I've forgotten to explain one of my theories. How can you tell they have been together a LONG time?   Because they are beginning to dress alike...but not at the same time, thankfully! 




9 comments:

  1. what a brilliant idea..... am on it!

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    1. I am afraid this is what my Mom would have called 'airing one's linen in public'. ; )

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  2. Yes, sometimes we get the most mad ideas when we are pottering around house and garden. But it´s fun to have our imaginations about laundry and people.

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    1. I am afraid my imagination is running wild most of the time. ; )

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  3. Ha!!! I loved this! You have such whit friend! And you had me at they started to dress alike! I can relate to your thinking as I think I am wired this way as well!!!! Happy weekend to you! Nicole xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Nicole, I am glad you enjoyed it. : D Have a lovely weekend.

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  4. Fascinating and quite true! You can also tell a lot from peering into people's shopping trollies (discreetly of course!) It helps to pass the time whilst waiting in the queue at the supermarket.

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    1. Oh, I LOVE looking at other people's shopping! Unfortunately, their items often look much more interesting than my shopping. : D

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  5. Ok, I totally love this post! Genius! Are dryers not common in England? My Mom and I had one off and on while I was growing up (more off than on) and I spent many hours hanging out the laundry to dry. I drew the line at hanging my underwear outside. While I do think we live in a society that has way too much stuff, I wouldn't want to be without my dryer. :)

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