Apparently, people whose last name starts with a letter near the end of the alphabet react more quickly to opportunities to buy something than those whose surname starts with a letter closer to the beginning of the alphabet.

The researchers noted that ‘it could be a reaction to the ordered world of childhood, in which ‘Z’s tend to go last and sit in the back row at school while ‘A’s get first choice and front-row seats’.

I wonder if this explains why certain people rush to get onto an aeroplane when boarding begins, and end up waiting a further 15 minutes in the queue. Perhaps they were the Zilles and Zlotniks of the world. I’ve never quite understood that furious rushing towards the gate when boarding begins… it’s not like it’s a buffet and the smoked salmon is going to go first.  The ‘prize’ is getting to sit on the plane for an extra 20 minutes, on top of the hellish hours you’re destined to spend on that plane wishing you were asleep instead of listening to a baby cry or getting a whiff of the breath of the alcoholic sitting next to you.





  1. boldlybenny says:

    Never understood the aeroplane rush either. My fiance always wants to be first in the queue if we have carry-on luggage in case there won’t be any room for his stuff – so funny. Rather than disagree I let him queue with my stuff and I climb aboard later.

  2. dbawiw says:

    I doesn’t occur to me that there wouldn’t be enough space for my stuff…I just reckon I’d shove it on top of someone else’s breakables. Oh dear, ok, I can see why your fiance might hate someone like me.

    P.S. Don’t you think it would be nice if the airline offered passengers a smoked salmon with Philadelphia cheese bagel upon boarding?

  3. Chantal says:

    hah hah I like to be among the first to board to make sure I get space in the overhead compartment 😛

  4. dbawiw says:

    I have genuinely learnt something here, Chantal! Y’know, I think I’d rather have to sit with my bad on my lap than spend any extra time on a plane than I’d have to. Have you ever had a fight with somebody over the overhead compartment?

  5. boldlybenny says:

    Ha ha ha ha, I loved the idea of it being like a buffet hussle for the smoked salmon. I would LOVE a cream cheese and salmon bagel before I board a plane, although given kulula and 1times tardiness it might come with a side order of food poisoning *shudder*.

  6. Don't Believe a Word I Write says:

    I suggest you have a statue of, say, President JZ made purely of smoked salmon.
    Please take pics and don’t worry about paying me a wedding consultancy fee – for blog friends, I waive it.

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