Monday, August 22, 2005

Retiree Researchers Say Old People Lack Discretion

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Old people say the darndest things – like talking about their diarrhea.

Markus Schafer and Karis Pallone – two Purdue University students living amongst senior citizens in a retirement center as part of their studies – have heard the dreaded D-word a lot lately, especially during dinner.

Schafer explains that old folks have “a lot of eccentricities that magnify themselves at the dinner table.”

Pallone agrees. She says an elderly woman recently grabbed her hand affectionately, smiled and said, “I have diarrhea.” The startled student says, “I immediately went out and bought a gallon of Purell.”

Schafer was also surprised to find that old people are “not very discreet. They talk VERY loud about someone two tables behind them.”

As a result, it’s no secret that Schafer is desired by several of the center’s lady residents. He says they always ask him to dance and even invite him back to their apartments.

He doesn’t let it go to his head, though. He figures it’s because, “There’s not really a lot of men there.”

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