‘The Office’ Helps Determine Why Old People Are Always Saying Hilarious Things

Thursday, February 3 by

Who among us hasn’t had to deal with some embarrassing “Office“-style faux pas from one of the elderly individuals in our lives? Now, science is showing that this isn’t because old people want to embarrass the denizens of the next generation, but instead because they just don’t know any better. By taking a selection of over-60 senior citizens and having them watch the original British version of”The Office,” it was found that:

“[P]articipants over 60 were less able to determine when Ricky Gervais was behaving appropriately, whether he was making a fool of himself by dancing awkwardly or ‘abandoning a wheelchair-bound woman in a stairwell during a fire alarm'”

So the basic lesson here is not to depend on your grandparents to know what to do if a fire breaks out. No word on whether old people are more or less likely to prefer the original version of “The Office” to the American version. (via The AV Club)

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  1. February 3, 2011 11:18 am


    Similar study: Ricky Gervais is bloody genius

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