That’s what I told my wife when she asked why I had tied an ear of corn to the tree in our front yard with some string. Well, technically, I tied it up there with dental floss, because we had just visited the dentist’s office and what else are you supposed to use it for?
“The neighbors are going to think there’s something wrong with us,” said my beautiful wife.
“No, they won’t,” I assured her. “If anything, they’ll think there’s something wrong with me. You are too pretty to have anyone think bad things about you.”
“Just explain to me the science part of what you’ve done here,” she said.
“Um,” I started. “I want to see if the squirrels want the corn badly enough to risk shimmeying down the floss to get it.”
It isn’t like I’m starving them. You’ll notice that I filled their regular squirrel feeder at the same time as I tied the experimental ear of corn up. I’m not cruel, you know. And so what if I’m going to hold off on restocking it for a few days after all the corn is gone? It’s my corn and my feeder and I don’t have to share if I don’t want to.
“You just want to see a squirrel fall off the tree,” she said.
“For Science!” I exclaimed again. “Besides, just imagine how funny it would be if we were here to see it.”
“Okay,” she agreed. “It would be pretty funny.”
*Portions of this conversation may or may not have happened like this in real life. I’m terrible at remembering how these things actually go.