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The burning question*: What do you do with butter left on your knife?

It’s Monday, so let distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)

WE KNOW HOW you feel. The week is stretching out in front of you and you have a lot on your plate.

So do like we do here in HQ and get stuck into a serious debate on one of life’s most pressing questions.

This week: Domestic arrangements can be tricky – and none more so than when it comes to cleaning things up. How often? How clean? Does that REALLY need to be dusted?

So this week we’re asking about what you do when you take some butter (or margarine – we’re a broad church) out of a tub and find that you’ve got too much left on the knife after you’ve spread it. You don’t want to put more onto your bread, so what do you do? Subtly put it back into the tub? Or clean it off?

So do you:

A. Wipe the excess butter back into the tub, or…

(Photo: Christine Bohan)

B. Clean the knife off, either by putting the butter into the bin or onto the side of your plate?

(Photo: Larry Page/Flickr/Creative Commons)

Vote here: What do you do with extra butter left on your knife?

Poll Results:

Clean the knife, either putting the excess butter into a bin or onto the side of a plate (1596)
Wipe the excess butter back into the tub (1000)
Can't we all just get along? (636)

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