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On Tuesday, a friend and I were stuck in Newcastle, and were rather bored. Having been to get some lunch, and having whacked seemingly thousands of moles on Holey Moley on the nearest iPlus Point, we decided to conduct a highly unscientific experiment.
Over the course of a couple of weeks, we’d noticed that people on the Tyne and Wear Metro look, almost without exception, unhappy. We determined to walk through the city smiling at people, to see how many would smile back. After about two-and-a-half hours of experimentation, we had counted five smiles. And some of those were questionable.
So: Why don’t the people of Newcastle smile?
It could, of course, be that two people suddenly smiling at you whilst walking along is more than a little unnerving, but that’s a boring explanation, and I want to think a little deeper. It sounds a perfect challenge for the people of the interweb – and where better to challenge them than the all-new Yahoo Answers?
Expect an update in three days’ time (I’ll bump the post up, too).
The Results: 17th September 2006
The definitive answer, according to the Yahoo community, is
Sorry, which Newcastle Upon Tyne is this then?? It is a far cry from the Newcastle that I love!! The people there are lovely and have a fab sense of humour. I work in Longbenton, Newcastle Upon Tyne and I love my job to bits!!! Maybe they sensed that you and your friend didn’t like their beloved City!!!
That’s a little unfortunate, becuase it implies I don’t like Newcastle which couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s a great city, with great people, and that’s why I was surprised enough to make the post in the first place. But hey ho.
Other notable contributions included these gems:
Because they are always drunk on Newcastle Beer.
They are depressed and you would be too if you had to live there.
Take a look in the mirror. I have never found this.
Don’t ever conduct your survey were I live they would probably thump you first then ask you why you smiled next
It’s called stress, anxiety, and all the other things that make up life in 21st century England, its wiped the smile off our faces.
Coz you should be in the Aussie Newcastle. Even with their problems with unemployment and what not, they still have a great football team (rugby league) and one of the prettiest women ever to win a beauty pagent (Jennifer Hawkins Miss Universe 2004).
Lots of food for thought, and most of all lots of fun.
Thanks to all who contributed.