Sunday, July 12, 2009

How To Get A Lost Wallet Or Purse Back

A lost wallet which contains a picture of a baby is more likely to be returned to its owner, scientists have discovered. A total of 240 wallets on the streets of Edinburgh last year to see how many were returned. Some contained one of four photographs – the baby, a puppy dog, a family and a portrait of an elderly couple. Other wallets contained a card suggesting the owner had recently made a charity donation, while a control batch contained no additional items. Professor Richard Wiseman, a psychologist who supervised the experiment, said 42 per cent of the wallets were posted back in total. Those containing the picture of the infant were most likely to trigger an honest reaction from the finder, with 88 per cent being returned, followed by those containing pictures of the puppy at 53 per cent.”

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