The results of a ten year study into gloves by technicians and scientists at Roughborough University were released today.
The £6 billion government funded study announced that gloves were usually worn on or around the hands and that they serve a variety of purposes.
Millions of people wear gloves in cold weather to keep their hands warm. Thermally insulated gloves would appear to be the gloves of choice.
It was announced that gloves were also immensely popular among sportsmen and women. Gloves are a 'must have' item for boxers, both in actual fights and in sparring sessions.
Footballers, such as goalkeepers and Thierry Henry like gloves, as do hockey players, but rarely snooker players or ten-pin bowlers.
Gloves are also a firm favourite among gardeners, particularly when pruning roses.
Rubber gloves come in handy for surgeons, operating theatre staff, serial killers, hit-men, and for pharmeceutical industry workers.
Gloves have also provided a massive boost to the entertainment industry. Alvin Stardust sported leather gloves when he performed 'My Coo Ca Choo' on Top Of The Pops in the 1970's. Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly liked to wear elbow length gloves in a variety of motion pictures. And Albert Steptoe from Steptoe and Son always wore fingerless gloves.
Marigold rubber gloves remain popular among housewives for washing up and for vets who have to stick their hands up cow's fannies as on the BBC's 'All Creatures Great And Small.'
Gloves are also used for protection in a variety of industrial applications, where handling of hot or sharp objects is necessary. Plastics processing, steel making, glass blowing and glass manufacture are some that spring to mind.
The report concluded that gloves will perform a number of essential functions for many years to come.
More as we get it.