Below is an email that's going around. Maybe it's been circulating for years, but I received it for the first time today. It makes a claim that seems dubious at first. But, upon experimentation, appears to be true. At least, it's true for me. There must be a scientific explanation for this phenomenon. The question is: does it hold true for everyone? And is it possible to counteract this reflex through force of will?
This is so funny that it will boggle your mind. And you will keep trying it at least 50 more times to see if you can outsmart your foot. But you can't!!!
1. While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles with it.
2. Now, while doing this, draw the number "6" in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction!!!
I told you so... And there is nothing you can do about it.
(it's the same as having your hands revolve in opposite directions, I never have a problem with that either, though it often takes concentration to get started)
But I can't do it either way with my left foot/left hand.
I was born a leftie but my parents forced me to use my right hand to write; now I'm mostly right-handed but also sort of semi-ambidextrous. Maybe that's a factor?
It's also a good workout for the inner thighs!
Maybe i just have a messed up brain. Either that or all of you are crazy.
First, I made a clockwise RECTANGLE with my right foot. It's 4 separate movements.
Then I made a rectangular-style "6" with my right hand.
Then I did both at the same time, synchronizing the movements.
After a couple of times, I found I was able to turn the rectangle with my right foot into a circle, and then turn the rectangular 6 into a rounded 6. Voila.
I also am a leftie, and was able to outsmart my foot on 2nd try by really focusing. Or better put, make my consciousness shift attention back and forth, overseeing what my hand is doing, and then to my foot, and then to my hand, kind of like the 'rectangle' idea mentioned by elguapo.
This stuff is probably more mind-expanding than drugs! Fear the master of the rotating foot trick!
It's probably exploiting the trend for a lot of people to favour one side of their brain than the other, and so they have trouble differentiating the movement paths involved in hand and leg motion.
It is easy for me to do.
By the way I play drums, so it is not difficult for me to move arms and legs independently.
What I could do:
-right foot circle, right hand "6"
-left foot circle, right hand "6"
-right foot circle, left hand "6"
-left foot circle, left hand "6"
It would be fascinating to see if non-geeks, er, people who don't use the computer a lot can do this with the same rate of success.
My foot doesn't even have a tendancy to change directions when I start my hand. Then again, I have done 8 years of marching band, which is very much a seperation of hands (playing music) and feet (marching). Also, I've done dance with flag, so that too my hands were doing flag work, while my feet were moving me around or doing cool dance steps.
And I had no clue that patting your head while rubbing your stomach was that kind of trick, I thought it was just people acting like retards.
What's next, you can't chew gum and walk at the same time?
I could outsmart my foot by writing "6" with my hand on a table, but not in the air. Odd.
(Inflammatory opening remark added to be cool like the other Tourette's people.)
I don't see any rule that says you can't start from the inside of the six and write it clockwise.
One of course now someone will try and change the rules mid game because they got beat.
I used to be able to do it really well, now it takes me three or four tries... I can move my hands in opposite directions with no effort at all, but it's kinda difficult for me to do this one
Every once in a while I have a hard time. But the majority time I can.
Who thinks of this stuff?