Iran’s new finger-chopping machine may be touted as a punishment for thieves, but Mahmoud Amiry-Moghaddam (spokesperson for Iran Human Rights in Norway) thinks this cruel and unusual method of punishment is really just an attempt to crush political dissent!
Iran has unveiled its latest innovation in criminal punishment – a machine that cuts off the fingers of thieves. A series of photographs appearing to show a blindfolded man having his fingers severed by the mechanical amputation device, have been published latelly by an official Iranian press agency.
According to the INSA news service, the prisoner used to demonstrate the brutal contraption had been convicted of theft and adultery by a court in Shiraz last Wednesday. The series of pictures show three masked officials, clad entirely in black, holding the man’s right hand in a vice while one turns a wheel operating the guillotine in the manner of a rotary saw.
This warning, issued without explanation, is perceived by various authorities to deter public protest ahead of June’s general elections.
More impression from the published series of photographs is available at The Telegraph
June 16, 2011
Okay… a funny introduction to John Lajoie’s world!
NOTICE: This video includes some strong language, but be aware… this guy is claiming to have 6 fingers: 5 on his right hand + 1 finger on his left hand – he simply doesn’t count the other 4 – so maybe none of John Lajoie’s words should be taken seriously.
More of John Lajoie’s ‘hands nonsense’ is available here: http://www.jonlajoie.com/aboutme.html
Just in case you’re interested in more serious ‘funny’ reports about hands, you will probably enjoy reading about the international reports about people who have more fingers beyond your imagination:
HRITHIK ROSHAN – The first Madame Tussauds celebrity with an extraordinary hand: a double thumb tribute!
February 4, 2011
On january 22, 2011 Madame Tussauds (London) presented it’s very first celebrity who has an inborn hand condition: the Indian Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan has a double thumb on his right hand. In medical science this hand abnormality is known as: ‘polydactyly’.
Hrithik Roshan became the fifth Bollywood star to have his wax statue unveiled at the world-famous Madame Tussauds museum in London. Hrithik Roshan spoke during an interview in London, January 20, 2011 after he unveiled his wax double at Madame Tussauds museum there – see the video below (including impressions of his extra thumb).
Just like Megan Fox’s clubbed thumb, Roshan’s double thumb has never really been a handicap for his acting career.
October 1, 2009
The average ‘digit ratio’ is 0.98 among women (while 0.96 among men).
OK, you heard about those finger stories, but do you know how to measure your ‘digit ratio’?
Professor John T. Manning’s “digit ratio” – refers to the ratio between the length of your index finger and your ring finger. The following describes the basic findings of this ‘scientific’ finger research + a 3-step method on how to measure your ‘digit ratio’!
Studies have found that during gestation, testosterone has powerful effects on the developing body and brain, and can cause increased confidence, (financial) risk preferences and search persistence, as well as heightened vigiance and quickened reaction times.
The most common measure is the ratio of the index to ring finger (2D:4D) on the right hand. A relatively longer ring finger – lower 2D:4D – indicates higher prenatal testosterone levels. Men typically have scores below 1, women above 1.
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR ‘DIGIT RATIO’?
1. Place your right hand firmly on the plate of a photocopier with fingers straight. Close cover of place a sheet of paper over your hand to prevent glare from overhead lights. Ensure that the bottom crease and finger tip can be clearly seen in the photocopy.
2. Use a ruler of calipers to measure the distance from the middle of the bottom crease to the tip of the finger.
3. Once you have the measures for both your ring and index finger, then divide the length of your index finger by the length of your ring finger. The result is 2D:4D (2nd digit divided by 4th digit).
Source: University of Cambridge.
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING:
• Second to fourth digit ratio, testosterone and perceived male dominance!
July 29, 2009
• President: 2009-?;
Earlier this year TIME presented 9 large hand photos to US palm reader Robin Gile, and asked his to present a hand reading. Without knowing that it was Barack Obama’s hand, this is how Robin Gile described Obama’s hand:
“A Good Awareness of Theater”
“The curve of this head line shows the most imagination and creativity,” said Gile. “The little finger, the way it’s so straight, shows he’s very honest. He’s the most visual, with a good awareness of theater. The gap between the beginning of the head line and the life line show that he’s a very independent thinker — he can’t just be told things, he has to prove it to himself. The curve of his thumb, and the fleshy tip, shows that he remains constant — he’s a good starter and a good finisher.”
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING:
• Barack Obama: hand of power!
• Barack Obama is the 7th left handed US president!
• Barack Obama & the future in healing hands!
• The hands of Barack Obama: a hand full of power!
• How to recognize the hand of a US president?
WHAT IS HAND PALM THERAPY?
Below you will find a number of hand palm therapy exercises that can be made in your workplace. It is not always necessary to perform all the exercises and the order is not important. Each exercise should be a light ‘stretch-feeling’ generation. Hold each exercise 15 to 30 full seconds and repeat each exercise three times (a general guideline).
An importance point of the exercises: during the normal movement range of joints not to exceed. Make sure in any case that during the exercises only a slight sense of strain occurs and no pain. If there is pain occurs reduce the number of repetitions and shortens the duration of the exercise. Delete the exercise completely if necessary. Perform the exercises calm and avoid pulling or springing movements (not force). Breathe in quietly through the exercises.
HAND EXCERCISE 1:
Keep both hands in front of you, stretch them and them keep up for a few seconds.
HAND EXCERCISE 2:
Keep both of your hands in front of you, curl your fingers and thumb, and hold this position a few seconds.
HAND EXCERCISE 3:
Put your arms in front of you, lift your right hand so that the palm of your hand points out, and put the palm of your hand against the fingers. Push the fingers to you body (light pressure) until you feel a slight stretch.
HAND EXCERCISE 4:
Hold your arms in front of you, take the hand which you are using most frequently (look at the wrist). Place your other hand on the knuckles of your hand and put a little pressure until you feel a slight stretch to the top of the wrist. Change hands and repeat this exercise.
HAND EXCERCISE 5:
Keep your right hand in front of you with the palm up, and use your left hand to massage the right hand. Massage the inside and outside, also between the fingers. Change hands and repeat this massage excercise.
HAND EXCERCISE 6:
Put your fingers in front of you together. Turn your hands so that both palms directed away from each other, and push your arms straight.
Dutch source: RSI Hand oefeningen