You think your youngsters have the potential to be a certain something or achieve a certain thing?  Forget it. It has less and less to do with how hard you push them. Or with how long hours they practice. Or what breaks they get. Their success will have more to do with … their hands, DNA & belly button!

Researchers at Duke University checked out a hundred years of sprint records. They found that where a runner’s belly button is located determines how fast he or she will be able to run. That location tells them whether they have long or short torsos. The length of the torso is related to the length of the legs. And that, of course, determines their potential speed. 

This is why so many great sprinters are of West African origin. They have, on average, shorter torsos (higher belly buttons) and longer legs than runners of European origin.

If you are of European origin, take heart when it comes to swimming. Europeans’ longer torsos and shorter legs helps them swim faster.

My advice is that if you are white, and chased by a black, head for the water. And if you are black, chased by a white, run clear of the river.

Hold the presses. Jessica Bennett writes in Newsweek that handsome men earn, on average, 5 percent more than their less-attractive counterparts. Good-looking women, 4 percent more. Pretty people get more attention from teachers, bosses and mentors.

She says a majority of hiring managers say qualified but unattractive candidates have a harder time landing a job.

Various researchers claim your handedness – left or right – will get you into all sorts of fixes. Or get you out of them. They say mathematicians, musicians, architects and artists are more commonly left-handed. While only 10 percent of us are left-handed, 20 percent of the top performers in SAT tests are left-handed.

Meanwhile, if you are right-handed, you are more likely to develop arthritis. Sorry about that.

Next, we look at finger length. We compare the length of one to another. Researchers claim these lengths and ratios may determine if we are gay or straight. Or ambi-sexual.

Finger length may also predict our musical ability, say the researchers. Also our athletic ability.

Some reckon it predicts what speed we will be able to run at. (Stick that long finger in your high belly button and nobody will catch you.) They also believe our aggressiveness or passiveness is related to finger length. As well as our level of motivation. And our results on SAT tests. So is the likelihood of osteoarthritis and certain cancers.

Already parents-to-be are choosing the sex of their offspring. Imagine if docs ever offer them the chance to choose these other attributes. “We’d like a handsome boy with chops on the piano and top SAT’s. Straight, please. And make sure he can fix our cars. And support himself. And …”

And we have barely scratched the surface when it comes to predicting destiny fromour DNA. Nonetheless, it is already a brave new world.

A report by Tom Morgan.

SUGGESTION FOR FURTHER READING:

 Handedness & the hand-brain connection! 
 Finger length & athletic ability! 
 Finger length & musical ability!
Finger length & aggression!

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[tweetmeme source=”handresearch” only_single=false] Left-Handers Day was first celebrated on August 13th, 1976 by Lefthanders International). The purpose of the day is to both celebrate left-handedness and raise awareness of the unnecessary biases against left-handers. The holiday is still proudly observed by lefties every year on August 13th. Enthusiastic supporters may organize lefty vs. righty sports matches and encourage right-handers to try using left-handed products to experience the same awkwardness they are too often forced to endure. A few more lefty facts

What causes left handedness?

The factors that contribute to handedness, are not completely understood. Both genes & environmental factors are involved, but the brains play a significant role as well. The left brain, which controls the right hand, is dominant in most people and is the center of logical thinking. But in left handers is the right brain more dominant. And because the right brain is more associated with art, creativity, phantasy & emotional expression – the might explain why research has indicates that left handedness is about twice as often seen in artists than in the general population.

Where does left handedness excel?

Typical fields where left handers relatively often excell are:

>> POLITICS: 

7 Out of the last 14 US presidents were left handed, and Barack Obama’s final ‘rival’ – senator John Mc Cain – is left handed; in 1992 all three presidential candidates (George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton & Ross Perot) were left handed!

>> SPORTS: 

Left-handers excel particularly in tennis, baseball, swimming and fencing.

>> SCIENCE:

Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo & Isaac Newton were left handed, and 1 in 4 Apollo astronauts were left handed.

>> HISTORY:

A few other exceptional historical ‘lefties’ from various fields are:

Julius Caesar, Fidel Castro, Charlie Chaplin, Robert DeNiro, M.C. Escher, Mahatma Gandhi, Bill Gates, Alexander the Great, John McEnroe, Niccolò Paganini, Rembrandt van Rijn, Romario de Souza Faria, Mark Twain.

SUGGESTION FOR FURTHER READING:

• Left handedness in the news! 
• 7 out of the last 14 US presidents were left handed! 
• Left handed people are intelligent & creative!
The origins of left handedness!
Left handers day 2009!

Remember the ‘Spice Girls’?

The ‘Spice Girls’ became known as the most succesful girl group of all times. Their hands casts are available at Madame Tussauds in London!

[tweetmeme source=”handresearch” only_single=false] By the way, Madame Tussauds presents various hand casts of famous people – including e.g.: Michael Jackson, Robin Williams and many others!

Below are some hand print impressions from the ‘Spice Girls’: Emma Bunton (‘baby spice”), Mel B. (‘scary spice’), Victoria Beckham (‘posh spice’), and Mel C. (‘sporty spice’). For some reason Geri Halliwell was not included in the ‘Spice Girls’ hand cast project. You can even enjoy some larger versions of the pictures at:  Spice Girls hand casts at Madame Tussauds

SUGGESTION FOR FURTHER READING:

• Michael Jackson’s hand cast at Madame Tussauds! 
• Hand cast of composer Frédéric Chopin! 
• Hand casts of the composers Liszt, Beethoven & Rubinstein
The hands of many other famous musicians & celebrites!
What is wrong with the hands of Madonna?