Most men will recognize this situation. You’re staring blankly in the distance, just enjoying doing nothing at all, and suddenly your wife or girlfriend asks “What are you thinking about, honey?” The answer is always the same: nothing. If you’re lucky, she’ll leave it at that. If you’re unlucky, she’ll get annoyed because you must be hiding something or else you would tell her.

Well, for all female readers, here’s the answer once and for all. We actually, truly, really are thinking about nothing at all. Nothing coherent, anyway. We might have random fantasies involving being a superhero, fighting ninjas, becoming president, racing formula one cars, becoming professional wrestlers, hunting sharks or climbing mountains.

Of course, there are times that we seriously think about things. But those times are few and far between. Most of the time, we’re just thinking about nothing at all, and at best you’ll be disturbing a pleasant daydream if you ask us what we’re thinking about. Ask the question if you have to, but if we answer with “nothing”, accept that it’s probably the truth.