Surveys come and surveys go, but some simply command attention.
Such as the research by scientists at the Bielefeld University in Germany, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, on how to get served first at the bar.
Their finding, in short: “position [yourself] directly at the bar” and “look at a member of staff”.
Don’t chat with other punters, or glance at the menu. Gesticulating will help a bit, but simply staring is better.
The findings, based on taxing fieldwork in Germany and Scotland, were arrived at as part of an unlikely project: code for robot bartenders. “
The findings were used to produce an update to the robotic bartender’s programming to allow it to ask customers if they would like a drink when they display the right body language,” explains the Daily Telegraph.
“The robot, called James, is being funded under a grant from the European Union.”