Tomas Paczkowski tried to show his wife he was a dab hand at chores but ended up mistaking the iron for a telephone and burning his face
It is a saying men have been trying - and failing - to shake off for centuries.
And husband Tomasz Paczkowski proved the age-old complaint still stands - men simply can't multitask.
Mr Paczkowski was determined to show his other half he was able to juggle several jobs at once when he accidentally ironed his face after mistaking it for the telephone.
Tomasz - from Elbag, Poland - wanted to show his wife Lila that he was a dab hand at chores around the home.
He said: 'I decided to do the ironing while she was out at work, just to prove a point.
'She always complained at me for not doing the housework so I thought I would do the ironing to save her a job and prove to her that I'm not as useless around the house as she thinks.
'Women are always going on about multi-tasking, so I set up the iron, opened a beer and put the boxing on the telly,' he added.
'It all started out well and I was beginning to think it wasn't that difficult at all. I put up the ironing board in front of the television and started ironing my shirts. The first few went ok.
But Tomasz, 32, added: 'Trouble was, I then got so involved in the boxing that I wasn't really thinking about what I was doing.
'So when the phone rang I picked up the iron by mistake and pressed it to my ear.
'I really don't know how I could make such a silly mistake. But I guess it proves men are not able to multitask as well as many women can.