By Celia Rivenbark
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.
I don’t normally get around to reading my scientific journals until much later in the week…OK, never, but I did happen to read about new findings that low blood sugar can make husbands and wives behave aggressively toward one another.
According to the study which was published in a journal I can’t even pronounce so I will simply call “The Journal of the Most Obvious Stuff in the Universe” it finds that when women are hungry, they are more likely to stick voodoo pins into a doll representing their husbands.
Naturally, when I read that, I thought they were speaking metaphorically. But, no! Turns out the science community actually gave 107 married couples voodoo dolls and 51 pins each with instructions to stick a pin in the doll representing their spouse whenever they felt a, ha-ha, stab of hostility toward them.
It should be noted that some participants didn’t use a single pin, even when blood sugar levels were low.
These were, I’m guessing, Southern Baptist wives who think putting pins in voodoo dolls seems like it might be kinda Satanic, a sin on a scale of “definitely worse than dancing” but “not quite as bad as watching “Naked and Afraid” even though it is on the Discovery Channel which is quasi-educational.”
Scarier to me were the few participants who used all 51 pins when their blood sugar dipped and, I’m guessing here, offered to buy pins off the others so they could “finish what I’ve started.”
As part of a longstanding and deeply held conviction about this column, I do not want to bore you with facts. But you should know that if you don’t eat when you need to, your glucose levels will crash and this can lead to diminished self-control, which can lead to anger and a marked uptick in hateful behavior.