Engineers at Japanese electronics giant Hayagorraleet Corporation announced that all research into a functional robotic wife doll would be scrapped with immediate effect, despite scientists achieving massive breakthroughs in producing synthetic robotic wives.
It seems that there is a very limited demand for a robot that shops on eBay, complains incessantly about drinking, farting and smelly feet, and watches Tommy Walsh and Jeremy Kyle all day on TV.
"We got the nag quotient just right," scientist Iseo Krakafahto told us. "Maybe that was our downfall. That and the snigger response as the husband undresses in the bedroom."
But it's not all doom and gloom for the Hayagorraleet Corporation though, as advanced orders for its Prostitute 'Love You Long Time' Doll and its Good Time No Panties No Scruples Party Girl Robot continue to flood in.
Scientists have also started work on a male 'Sensitive Robot' that never drinks, farts, scratches its sack, swears, or watches football on TV.
Scientists predict that the male of the species will become redundant by the year 2525.
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