I was at Taco Bell (I know, I know, but I can't argue with an $0.89 burrito) and as I waited for my food to be assembled I caught the people behind me placing their order. It was a man and his wife, and I choose to phrase it that way deliberately. See, the wife appeared to believe she was invisible to all but her husband. She would say, "I'll take a number six," and then her man would repeat to the gentleman behind the counter, "She'll take a number six." "With nacho cheese." "She'll have nacho cheese." At one point she was asked directly if she wanted some modification or the other, and she looked at her husband and nodded, after which the husband said, "Yes, she'll have that." At no point was the wife speaking too quietly for anyone to hear.
What is wrong with these people? Is the wife so emotionally beaten down that she has to filter her entire output to the world through her husband? Is the man so utterly full of masculine vigor that he wouldn't dare allow his wife to be in communication with another y-chromo that might try to plant his seed in her? Or do they really believe that she is invisible, a woman in a man's world? I can understand if one partner told the other what they wanted before hand, so as to save time, but this was real-time instant replay action.