Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Interesting Observation

A friend who works at the local Woodcraft Store and who is a retired police officer noticed that if a woman comes into the store who is a woodworker or who is interested in learning woodworking, 95-98% of the time, she has blue eyes.

Now, that percentage is probably a bit of an exaggeration, but still, even if it were 75%...

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kari, thanks for the compliment. I do have quite large ones. Lynn

The Village Carpenter said...

The above comment from my Mom-in-Law is referring to #8 in my list of random things in the "I done been tagged" post.

You're welcome, Lynn!

Shazza said...

Do you have blue eyes as well?

You could probably get grant money to research why is it that 75 - 80% of all women woodworkers have blue eyes.

Then your grant findings will be posted all over the internet and you'll be famous!

The Village Carpenter said...

Yes, they're blue, thank heavens. Otherwise, I might have had to turn in my official woodworking badge.

They'll give grants for researching just about anything, won't they?

Wyldth1ng said...

I don't buy it.

The Village Carpenter said...

I'm not sure I do either Wyld, but I intend to perform an eye check at the next women's woodworking club meeting. : )

Presbyfruit said...

sounds like a bunch of cockamamie to me.

LadyBurg said...

Hum....maybe he just notices the blue eyes. I can't believe they are related. I have blue eyes afterall and would cut my hand off in your shop!

The Village Carpenter said...

Maybe he's color blind!

Gye Greene said...

If you live in a fairly "white-bread" part of the country, then maybe 95% of the females do, in fact, have blue eyes.

Or, could there be a ethnicity/social class thing? That it tends to be middle-class females -- most of whom are N. Euro/Anglo?

--GG

Gye Greene said...

BTW -- doing a study -- if you're willing to hang out at the store for a few hours (and this blog post is 2 1/2 years old, so maybe the demographics have changed), keep track of the percentage of female woodworkers who are blue-eyed (or, just take a tally at the next class you teach that has an appreciable number of woodworkers).

I'll run it through my statistical software, and tell you the probability that your proportion of blues differs from a baseline of 50-50. (It'd be stronger, of course, if you knew the actual proportion of all females' eye colors -- but that might be hard to come by.) ;)

You'd need a sample size of (roughly) 20 or more, though, for me to get any sort of stable result...

--GG