Ten things women know to be true

Shane Watson takes a tongue-in-cheek look at myths which any sane woman really, truly knows are fact not fiction.

I don’t know if you’re aware of the latest bulletin from the World According to Donald Trump, but it’s a good one. Apparently Trump does not like to exercise because he thinks it drains the boy’s supply of energy and ultimately you run out, like a battery. I know. Sounds like something your fat cousin used to tell you before sending you off to find more biscuits. Trump’s biology teacher has some explaining to do.

And yet, if we’re being honest, all of us have a stock of nonsense life rules: private beliefs that — in defiance of all scientific evidence — we accept as fact. They may not stand up to scrutiny, but we know them to be true. For example:

1. You can’t get fat from drinking alcohol.

This is absolutely true, for the following completely scientific reasons. Alcohol revs you up and leads to laughing, shouting, arguing, dancing, running up and down stairs, and moving furniture (the sudden urge to redecorate). So long as you only eat standing up (crisps, pizza, cereal), you’re fine. You may even lose weight.

2. You can wear almost nothing — dresses split up the thighs, skirts around your ears — so long as you’re wearing opaque tights.

Admittedly this works a bit like the ostrich putting its head in the sand. The sand is the opaque tights, and once you’re immersed in them, you are protected, beyond reproach, living in your own reality. You lose all perspective, basically.

3. Cashmere attracts moths.

True or what? Tell me you haven’t been thinking it? Back in the days when scratchy Shetland wool was the norm, or at a pinch angora, where were all the moths? Now that you can pick up a little cashmere toplet in Zara for the price of a pair of espadrilles … mothageddon. Any minute now scientists will discover cashmere is actively luring moths into our homes.

4. It’s impossible to connect to someone with perfect white teeth.

You think you’re doing it, then bam! — the thunder-flash smile — and it’s gone.

5. Champagne makes you very happy.

Last week, research established that alcohol doesn’t make you happy, only brings out the noisier version of you. But come on. Who are they kidding? Just the sight of champagne makes me feel joyful. And once you actually swallow the lovely, toasty bubbles, it makes you more amusing in about three minutes. If it weren’t true, they’d have been swigging kale juice at the Middleton wedding. (While we’re on the subject, white lady cocktails make you not just uninhibited but set-fire-to-your-hair crazy.)

6. All clothes you buy on holiday make you look good, even the cheesecloth ones from the market.

Crocheted maxi waistcoats, Thai fisherman’s trousers — so long as you’re on holiday, it works.

7. Too much yoga impacts your sense of humour.

You start to find more things, especially those to do with your own wellbeing, deadly serious.

8. Kilts have special powers.

A man in a kilt always feels more manly, and a manly man is at his most attractive in a kilt. Which is a shame, because you don’t see it much.

9. There is clean rain and there is greasy rain.

No telling why, or when, but if you get caught in the greasy sort, you need to have a bath rather than just the usual drip dry.

10. Cars are intimacy incubators.

Sharing a long car journey with someone is one remove from sharing a bed. You’d be safer letting your husband go on Strictly Come Dancing than letting him get a regular lift with the woman from work. – The Daily Telegraph

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