Lifestyle & Belief

Polish man Tomasz Paczkowski mistakes hot iron for ringing phone and answers it


The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge iron artwork they had just made to silk, during a visit to the Dulwich Picture Gallery in south London.


John Stillwell

Tomasz Paczkowski from the northern Polish town of Elblag may be relieved of household duties after mistaking the iron for a phone when it rang.

According to London's Daily Telegraph, the 32-year old told the Polish newspaper Fakt that his wife had asked for help with the housework before heading to work.

He said that after breakfast:

"I turned on the boxing channel on the TV, opened a beer and started ironing. I was really getting involved in the boxing and was not really thinking about what I was doing. Suddenly the phone rang and I mucked things up: instead of grabbing the receiver I picked up the iron and put it to my ear." 

Realizing his mistake, Paczkowski rushed to the bathroom for water. On the way, he banged his head on a door frame, leaving an injury above his left eye.

An Australian study published in the British Medical Journal classified unpaid work around the home as a "potentially high risk activity" and potentially deadly.

The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Sydney, found that of 296 home duties deaths over the four year period, men were 10 times more likely to suffer a fatal injury than women.

Male deaths made up 83 percent of total deaths from work around the house, with the most common activities resulting in fatal injuries being home repairs, gardening, and car care.

For whatever reason, some women will go to great lengths to stop their male partners performing work around the house.

A mother of two from Australia's Gold Coast earlier this year reportedly sued Virgin Airlines for $500,000 after a suitcase fell on her head during a flight, forcing her husband and son to take over most of the domestic duties at home.

According to News Limited, Azadeh Laghai was injured when a 17-pound suitcase fell on her after a flight attendant opened an overhead locker.

Laghai, who is of Middle-Eastern background, said she felt extreme guilt that her male family members were forced to perform domestic duties.

Paczkowski, meantime, said while he was hesitant about watching boxing on TV any more, he would continue to iron.