The intersection of optimism and delusion drives the parenting practice known as "Hint Staging."1 Here the cabinet door has been left ajar to suggest "someone needs to take the garbage out."
1Hint Staging is among the least effective2 methods of getting teenagers to participate in household chores.
2The difference between "least effective" and "most effective" among this age group is not measurable in whole numbers.3
3 Unless you are talking about the whole numbers that appear on the corners of U.S. currency.