A Victorian-era competition likely would have been forgotten to history if not for the work of Dr. Bob Nicholson, who shared his find on Twitter. In 1889, Tit-Bits magazine offered a prize to the spinster who could provide the best answer to the question: Why are you still single? The results proved far too hilariously on point for the magazine to choose just a single winner. Instead, they published their favorites and gave each winner five shillings – the equivalent of about $26 today.
The Victorians are most commonly known for their morbid death and mourning customs, but the quotes found here prove they were no stranger to comedy. Though Tit-bits never picked a winner, you can, by voting on your favorite responses below.
Because Being A Wife Is Too Much Work
Because Being Single Pays Better
Because It's Hard To Find A Good Man In A Sea Of Fools
Because You Don't Need Another Pet In The House