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Weird observation...

Saturday, March 23, 2013

I'm not short... 5'6.75". That being said, I have no problem storing things in high places. There are a few things that need a chair to retrieve, but not many. One item that is just at the edge of my reach is a basket full of pens and other office supplies. I reached up to put something back in it today, and made the strangest discovery.

Being right handed, normally I reach for it with my right hand. But as I had the items that were to go back into the basket in my right hand, I reached for it with my left. I was able to tip it to put the items in, but it seemed much more difficult than it aught to have been. So, I tested the theory that it would have been easier if my hands had been reversed... yup.

I did some further exploring and testing and have come up with two reasons, which may or may not be related to each other.

1. Since I normally reach with my right hand, that side of my body is more accustomed to the reach, and therefore slightly more limber.
2. My actual reach (at this time) is slightly different. I measured how high I could reach with each hand, and my right can reach slightly higher. Weird.

Now again, I don't know if the reason my reach is longer with my right hand is because of being slightly more limber with that arm? Or, perhaps my right arm is slightly longer than my left?


Just random thoughts for today.


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    How funny that you'd noticed and then followed up with "scientific" observations. I, too, have noticed that I am more limber on one side than the other, and a surgeon told me that we are all naturally slightly asymetric, so one side of you might be longer, one foot slightly larger, etc. Fun, huh?
    1758 days ago

    Interesting....I find the same thing actually and also, I am so much weaker on my left than my right...when I do anything that requires balance the same thing happens...I read that one way to boost our mental capacity is to do things with our non dominant hand...apparently the differences exist throughout our bodies!
    1765 days ago
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