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Want to Work With a Superhero? Could Be Annoying

Tuesday, 3 Jul 2012 | 2:25 PM ET

Watching a movie like “The Avengers,” you can’t help but wonder what it would be like to be part of a super team with super powers.

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Super awesome, right?

Actually, it could be pretty annoying.

Consider that “Iron Man” is crazy narcissistic and consistently late. He doesn’t seem to work well in a team — even when it is a beautiful woman like Gwyneth Paltrow.

The “Incredible Hulk” — yeah, he’s super strong and could be great for intimidating the junior staff but that explosive personality would wear pretty thin.

“Captain America” — well, he’s just an over-the-top goody two-shoes who would probably be nothing but a kiss-up.

And “Batman,” yes, he’s the only one proven to work well in a team (though I wonder if Robin would say the same), but there’s that annoying voice. Imagine if the guy siting next to you talked in that low, gravelly whisper all day?

For Pete’s sake, Jimmy, stop talking like that! No one can understand you and Ima 'bout to go all Joker on your mask.

So which one would be the MOST annoying? Hourly-job web site Snagajob.com actually polled its readers. And after more than 1,700 votes, the winner by a shirt-ripping, chest-beating landslide was the Hulk.

The Hulk stormed off with the “most annoying title” with 51 percent of the votes, followed by Iron Man with 21 percent, Captain America with 19 percent and Batman with 8 percent.

“It’s simple, today’s hourly worker wants to work with dependable co-workers,” said Jason Hamilton, senior vice president of marketing for Snagajob. “Between The Hulk being a loose cannon and Iron Man consistently being late, the results speak volumes — the hourly workforce is willing to overlook an irritating voice or an alleged ‘kiss up’ for the sake of a reliable and pleasant co-worker.”

Snagajob suggests Batman’s least-annoying status could be reflection of how much communication is digital vs. face-to-face — you don't have to hear that voice!

A separate study showed that, of all the super co-workers, Captain America may be the happiest.

How a person feels about his country may affect his overall happiness, a team of researchers in the psychology department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found after surveying more than 130,000 people world-wide. The more patriotic, the happier the person seemed to be in life.

“National satisfaction was a strong positive predictor of individual-level life satisfaction, and this relationship was moderated by household income, household conveniences, residential mobility, country gross domestic product per capita, and region,” the team reported in its findings.

So there you have it. We’d all love it if you were you were a superhero, just don’t do it in an explosively tardy manner. And if you want to be happier — grab yourself a star-spangled paper plate this Fourth of July and get your America on.

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