If you need a giggle…

Try this:

  1. While sitting at your desk in front of your computer, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.
  2. Now, while doing this, draw the number “6” in the air with your right hand.

Your foot will change direction.

And, try as you like, you won’t be able to stop it! If you DO get it right, though, PLEASE let me know!

12 thoughts on “If you need a giggle…

    • Seriously?! I thought maybe, if one practices really diligently, it may be possible? Richard and I even tried helping each other with it – I turned his foot the right way, while he ve-e-e-e-r-y slowly tried to move his hand to draw the 6… but that didn’t work either. It was hysterically funny.

  1. I had a lot of fun laughing disbelievingly. Then I devised a strategem. If you draw the “6” beginning with the loop and ending with the top part, you can do it, on account of you’re then drawing “backwards”!

    OK, so you can draw a “6” but you cannot, simply cannot, make opposite-direction circles with the hand and foot on the same side at the same time. (I just tried it with my left side, too; I like to be compulsive about these things.)

    It’s hard to believe that our wiring works this way.

    • Giggle – I just pictured you trying to draw the loops. It’s weird, hey? I wonder why the body is hard-wired that way, or whether it’s possible to train it? You know that thing where you draw circles on your stomach with one hat and pat the top of your head with the other (or was it the other way around?) – I think it’s the same kind of thing. But I do wonder what it’s for! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • LOL… that should be fun! Incidentally, I discovered the following by experimentation:

      (1) If you keep rotating your RIGHT foot clockwise, it is possible to draw a ‘6’ in the air with your LEFT hand
      (2) This works vice versa too, i.e. rotate your LEFT foot clockwise, and you can draw a ‘6’ in the air with your RIGHT hand.
      (3) BUT it’s not possible to rotate your LEFT foot clockwise, and to draw a ‘6’ with your LEFT hand at the same time.

      But WHY this should be the case, I have no idea.

  2. Hi Reg getting ready for the anatomy and physio class and tonight we are having the exam over eye ear and hormones Ta Da! I have showed the wonderous page blog you write to all the students! Love, BOBZ

  3. Odd – I managed it with no problem. I’ve fallen for some of these strange physiological tricks before, but this one just didn’t make my foot change direction!

    I tried it both rotating my ankle only, and rotating the whole leg.

    I wonder if it’s because of a concious switch of attention between the foot and hand activity. I tried to just zone out from both and put them on ‘autopilot’.

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