Researchers reveal the sneaky thing women are doing in homes all over the world
You have probably heard it said that you don't truly know someone until you live with them.
After all, most of us are perfectly capable of faking good manners and charm over the course of an hour long dinner date, but covering up some of our more irritating habits over the long term is a pointless and nigh on impossible task.
Inevitably, laziness kicks in and we tend to revert to type; leaving the toilet seat up, failing to take out the bins and generally leaving scenes of utter devastation in our wake as lurch from room to room like some one man wrecking ball.
Living with others; either friends or a potential life partner, requires compromise on all sides if you are to have a happy home life, rather than a tour de force of passive aggression culminating in the bin being emptied into your bed after months of siege. We'd all rather avoid the carnage, wouldn't we?
Of course, many of us learn these skills of adaptation and compromise at college, when we thrust into the unknown with people we have never met before; it is then that we can get all the milk-stealing, fridge raiding and washing up failures out of the way, before we end up living with a significant other.
As the winter months draw in and the leaves fall off the trees, so too the temperature falls, leaving many of us poor souls shivering in our own homes, no matter how many layers we wear, nor how fur-lined our improbably expensive slippers.
Now, speaking personally, I do not do well in an empty house. Like some sort of unfortunate lab specimen, I wither and slow down to a snail's pace, unable to function as I would in more temperate climes.
Perhaps I am not alone, because new research has found that the temperature of the house is an issue that a third of couples disagree on. More astonishingly still, the study found that four in 10 women go rogue, and, unbeknownst to their partner, turn the heating up on the sly. Dastardly!
Picture the scene. You're curled up on the sofa watching some Christmas blockbuster or another - shivering, obviously, but determined to outlast the bleak midwinter without sending your energy bills through the roof.
Freezing, but slightly smug as you imagine the incremental savings you're making by resisting the urge to adjust the thermostat, your brief reverie is interrupted as your girlfriend stands up suddenly.
"Where are you going?" you ask, a little startled.
"Oh... Just.. The toilet" she replies, with a reassuring smile.
Imagine your chagrin then, when, returning suspiciously quickly, she sits down next to you and pretends not to notice as the temperature of the flat creeps suspiciously up over the coming minutes.
You shouldn't hold it against her, though, because a separate study has found that women's hands are on average three degrees colder than men when exposed to cold.
Science: fixing relationship disputes in 2017.