A new study shows that people with a certain gene have a better sense of humour. But that’s not the only thing genetics can explain
If people don’t laugh at your jokes, you can blame their genetics. That’s according to a study which suggested that people with a certain genetic variation smile or laugh more.
To be fair, the study was done with reference to a specific set of cartoons,
Turns out there are lots of things beyond humour that you can blame your genes for.
It’s totally illogical that so many people are terrified of harmless spiders, and yet think nothing of getting in a car and speeding down the motorway at 70mph, especially given that 1.3 million people worldwide die in road crashes every day.
But feel free to go forth and be irrational – because it’s all in your genetics. Or rather, your ancestors’ genetics. Thousands of years ago a lot more people were getting killed by snakes and spiders than by road crashes (unsurprisingly), so it was beneficial to survival to avoid said reptiles and creepy crawlies.
Here’s another thing to blame your genes for – being useless in the mornings. If you’re still sobbing into your coffee at 10.30am on a Monday, it’s because you don’t have the Thatcher gene.
It sounds terrifying but it’s actually very very useful. Most people need seven to eight hours of sleep, but the Iron Lady survived on just four.
So the Thatcher gene makes you one of those infuriating people who’s able to get just four hours of sleep, wake up in time for Farming.
Tone deaf? Blame your DNA. Identical twins have exactly the same amount of musical ability, a study found in 2001, whereas non-identical twins are less likely to have the same level of musical talent.
The study also concluded that musical talent could not be taught. If you’re totally tuneless, you’re doomed to stay that way. Sorry.