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How smart is your right foot? Try this simple test

Posted Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at 1:08 PM

So you're having a busy day in front of the computer, and the friend sends an email with a trick to try.

Then instead of working, you've got a foot up in the air going in circles while trying to draw a number in the air with your hand. I fell for it, and couldn't do the trick, and then realized how silly I would look if anyone walked in.

Here's the trick from my email of the week.....

How smart is your right foot? This two-second trick comes from an orthopaedic surgeon to see if you can outsmart your foot. It has to do with something that's pre-programmed into your brain.

While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles. Now, while continuing to make the circles, draw the number "6" in the air with your right hand.

It seems your foot will change direction and there's not much you can do about it - at least that's what happened to me.

Here's another one I found online: Move your right leg in anti-clockwise circles, and simultaneously draw the number "8" with your right hand. My foot went haywire and changed direction on this one too.

My kids already knew about these tricks, more like body puzzles I think, and told me about a few more.

Next trick: Simultaneously rotate the index fingers of both hands clockwise. Do it slowly at first, but then pick up speed. Try to go faster and faster, and pretty soon your two fingers will be going in opposite directions!

They also knew about the floating arms trick: Stand in a doorway with the backs of your hands pressed firmly against the door jamb. Press really hard, as if you are trying to lift your arms above your head. Keep pressing while you slowly count to 60. Now walk away, out of the doorway, with your hands down at your sides. They won't stay there for long -- they will begin to move upwards without you doing a thing.

It seems kids know about a lot of body tricks, many which require a level of physical fitness that well, let's just say I'm not including them in this column.

Here's another called the stork stand: Stand on one foot and shut your eyes tightly. They must remain shut the whole time. Now keeping that same foot off the ground, slowly begin to count to 50 -- you probably won't get very far because it is almost impossible to keep your balance with your eyes closed.

Then there's the paralyzed finger trick -- one I heard about in college days: First take your hand, either one, and place palm side down on a table or any hard surface. Bend your middle finger beneath your hand so the tip is pointing back toward your elbow. With the middle finger bent and your other fingers spread out, try raising your pinky, no problem. Now try raising you index finger, well, that one works too. Now try raising your ring finger. You can't. No matter how hard you strain you are unable to pick it up.

Can you tell I wrote this column on a slow news day? Well, you know what they say about all work and no play. Have a fun day.

Anna Rochelle is a staff writer at the Greene County Daily World and can be reached by calling 812-847-4487 or by sending an email to indianarose@fastmail.us



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