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Why the glass is neither half empty nor half full.

by
Stephen Green

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September 30, 2013 - 3:46 pm

wine glassSo this is a thing:

A new study from Iowa State and Cornell revealed that individuals who use a narrow glass and pour wine while keeping the glass on the table drank less, compared to those who used a wide glass and poured wine while holding the glass, Nature World News reported.

According to the researchers, it all has to do with the drinker’s perceptions of quantity.

“People have trouble assessing volumes,” said Laura Smarandescu, an assistant professor of marketing at Iowa State. “They tend to focus more on the vertical than the horizontal measures. That’s why people tend to drink less when they drink from a narrow glass, because they think they’re drinking more.”

In reality then, the glass is neither half empty nor half full. It’s simply time to refill your drink.

(The engineer will tell you the glass is exactly twice the size it needs to be, but who the hell do they think they’re kidding?)

Salut.

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Cross-posted from Vodkapundit

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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52 weeks ago
52 weeks ago Link To Comment
Dumb study. The reason why somebody who pours while holding the glass will drink more is because they're more interested in drinking. THAT'S why they're holding the glass. Someone who puts the glass on the table doesn't have as high a priority on drinking.

If you doubt, simply watch some small children... the dynamic is the same, adults are simply better at masking it.
52 weeks ago
52 weeks ago Link To Comment
How much did it cost to learn this trivia? I wonder if this scientific study, conducted at two universities, was sponsored by the wine industry, or if was our tax dollars at work. I suspect the latter.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
I would suggest switching to a more potent fuel by volume such a Tequila and the you' d only need a shot glass. Save on weight and save on volume.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
(The engineer will tell you the glass is exactly twice the size it needs to be, but who the hell do they think they’re kidding?)

I resent that! We would simply observe that the glass has a 100% safety factor.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Engineering isn't cut and dry. We can come to different conclusions on what problems are and how to solve them.

For instance, I think you have a wine flow problem, and suggest sloping the bottle to pour more rapidly.
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