In 1953, Cornell University scholars "re-engineered the most used room in the house." New Kitchen Built To Fit Your Wife is an earnest, five page article via Modern Mechanix detailing the amazing improvements made to kitchen cabinets after researchers used super slow motion to "show a housewife's actions." Imagine the time, money and brain power that went into this project, which basically determined that cabinets should be at a height women can reach! [ModernMechanix]
Well, apparently the influence of these revolutionary engineers never reached the builders of my apartment. I have the most annoyingly low kitchen sink ever and overly high cabinet shelves.
I like how they underlined the "your" in "your wife." Not custom built to fit anyone else's wife, mind you!