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know your place

Rate your husband/wife... 1930s style

American Psychological Association test gave you chance to score spouse on 50 negative and positive areas.

HUSBANDS, WIVES: Know your place.

Thanks to The Huffington Post for reminding us of the comprehensive – if completely outdated – ‘scientific’ test put together by US psychologist George W. Crane in 1939 to test a couple’s compatibility.

The test was republished and analysed in 2008 by the American Psychological Association but it’s always worth a read. Those of a sensitive nature may wish not to read further; among the ‘demerits’ listed for wives is:

  • Doesn’t like children
  • Wears red nail polish
  • Puts her cold feet on husband at night to warm them

‘Merits’ a wife might have include:

  • Lets husband sleep late on Sunday and holidays
  • Has meals on time
  • Can play a musical instrument, as piano, violin, etc.

Not that husbands escape the general sweep of the sexist brush. His ‘demerits’ can include:

  • Fails to come to table promptly when meal is ready
  • Leaves dresser drawers open
  • Snores

A husband’s ‘merits’ can include:

  • Leaves car for wife on days she may need it
  • Frequently compliments wife re. looks, cooking, housekeeping, etc.
  • Courteous to wife’s friends.

We’re saying nothing. See part of the test sheets for yourself:

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