Man or the other thing?
Paradoxni, sorry I can't tell from your posting which gender you are. These are the official rules;
1) Only the eldest male member of a family may hold and operate the remote control of any item unless;
you own one of those fancy remote control fires and then the person who feels the heat the most may hold and operate that remote control.
you have remote control curtains and then the nosiest person of the house may hold and operate the remote control for those.
2) Should the eldest male member of a family be absent then other members of the family are NOT allowed to touch anything without telephoning the eldest male member for permission and advice.
3) Should any irregularities occur during the absense of the eldest male member then the equipment MUST be switched off straight away and the eldest male member contacted for advice.
These rules are taken straight from the recent government publication pushed through every household's door giving advice on what to do in an emergency, the fact that these rules are included in this publication shows how important this issue is.
The main problem has been caused by the making of programmes such as "Changing Rooms" and "What Not To Wear". These programmes DO NOT alter the level of remote control authority. The government are considering putting a warning symbol (in the shape of a Sky remote) in the corner of the screen when programmes such as these are shown to remind the viewers that such shows can ONLY be being viewed if the eldest male member is absent and his advice has been sought. If the eldest male member is in the room and these programmes are being viewed then an ambulance MUST be called because there is a risk he has passed away.