The surprising benefit of passive-aggressive behaviour at Christmas parties: being crowned king of the crackers

Huang, B. Emma, Clifford, David and Le Cao, Kim-Anh (2014) The surprising benefit of passive-aggressive behaviour at Christmas parties: being crowned king of the crackers. The Medical Journal of Australia, 201 11: 694-696. doi:10.5694/mja14.01392


Author Huang, B. Emma
Clifford, David
Le Cao, Kim-Anh
Title The surprising benefit of passive-aggressive behaviour at Christmas parties: being crowned king of the crackers
Journal name The Medical Journal of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-729X
1326-5377
Publication date 2014-12-15
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5694/mja14.01392
Open Access Status
Volume 201
Issue 11
Start page 694
End page 696
Total pages 3
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To test the effects of technique and attitude in pulling Christmas crackers.

Design, setting and participants: A binomial trial conducted at a Christmas-in-July dinner party involving five anonymous dinner guests, including two of the authors.

Main outcome measure: Number of wins achieved by different strategies, with a win defined as securing the larger portion of the cracker.

Results: The previously “guaranteed” strategy for victory, employing a downwards angle towards the puller, failed to differentiate itself from random chance (win rate, 6/15; probability of winning, 0.40; 95% CI, 0.15–0.65). A novel passive–aggressive strategy, in which one individual just holds on without pulling, provided a significant advantage (win rate, 11/12; probability of winning, 0.92; 95% CI, 0.76–1.00).

Conclusion: The passive–aggressive strategy of failing to pull has a high rate of success at winning Christmas crackers; however, excessive adoption of this approach will result in a complete failure, with no winners at all.
Keyword Christmas crackers
Passive–aggressive behaviour
Binomial trial
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2015 Collection
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