Friday, January 21, 2011
Blogland needs more pictures of Hugh Jackman
Quote du jour: When I became an adult I put away childish things, including the fear of seeming childish and the desire to be very grown-up.
- C.S. Lewis
Site du jour: Finger length indicates athletic ability. An odd study lifted from Dr Mirkin.
Having a ring finger that is longer than your index finger is associated with greater athletic ability in men (American Journal of Human Biology, Mar-April 2009) and in women (British Journal of Sports Medicine, December 2006). The longer your ring finger is compared to your index finger, the better athlete you usually are (Strength Conditioning Research, published online August 20, 2010).
The ratio of the ring finger to the index finger is determined by how high your testosterone levels were in the uterus before you were born. Testosterone stimulates bone growth. Men exposed to higher levels of testosterone in the uterus also tend to have higher levels of testosterone later on.
On the average, men tend to have longer ring fingers, and women tend to have longer index fingers. The higher the testosterone in utero, the greater the length of the ring finger and the more "masculine" the resulting child - whether male or female. The difference between men and women in digit lengths usually is greater on the right hand.
In men, a longer ring finger is also associated with increased risk for prostate cancer; see the 12/5/10 eZine.
Exericse du jour: Jogging 3.5 miles at lunchtime.
Photo courtesy of Nehmans2020.