Thursday, October 25, 2007

How dumb is your right foot?

Sit in a chair. Pick up your right foot. Now start rotating your foot at the ankle, in a clockwise direction.

Ok, while doing that, draw a number 6 in the air with your right hand.

Your foot involuntarily changed direction, didn't it?

Weird. Happens every time.

Maybe we shouldn't rely on that appendage to control a ton or two of metal hurtling down the road, eh?

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8 Comments:

At 10/26/2007 9:24 AM, Blogger Chile said...

Ok, that's just freaky! It's fun to really slow down the drawing of the 6 to see where exactly the foot changes direction. It's always in the same place for me.

 
At 10/26/2007 11:08 AM, Blogger barefoot gardener said...

I sat here and did this about 50 times. I found that if I draw the 6 with my left hand and concentrate REAL HARD I can keep my right foot doing it's own thing. Right and right, though? No way.

That is SOOOO weird!

 
At 10/26/2007 11:09 AM, Blogger anna banana said...

(if i really slow down the drawing of the 6, i can keep my foot going clockwise)

i think your point is a good one, though :)

anna in nyc

 
At 10/27/2007 7:54 AM, Blogger JBTW said...

I've seen that in an e-mail before... Still amazes me though.

As far as the driving part -- I'm hoping no one would be making circles with their ankle at the time! At least movement of our ankle doesn't make our wrist change directions! That would be bad (Bad BAD)!

Interestingly, when my right leg is crossed over the left, I can maintain the circle direction when I draw the 6... Hmmm...

 
At 10/29/2007 8:53 AM, Blogger Wendy said...

Hmm? Bizarre. Good thing I don't draw sixes while I'm driving ;).

 
At 10/30/2007 10:36 PM, Blogger Morgan said...

My ADD abilities have caused me to over ride this problem. HAHAHAHAHAHA my brain is always confused! Yippy

 
At 10/30/2007 10:38 PM, Blogger Morgan said...

PS, I have no problems drawing a 6 and making my foot go in circles. Perhaps it's the Deslexia

 
At 10/31/2007 8:51 AM, Blogger Ornery's Wife said...

Very interesting. I am always amazed to learn about the things our brains do automatically.

I don't think I will be drawing sixes while driving any more. Gotta stop doing that! :-)
TM

 

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