5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me

Kev tagged me with the “5 things you don’t know about me” meme last week. I considered doing an “Amazing…But False!” selection (as the set of things that people don’t know about me encompasses more than just true facts), but I eventually decided on a David Cronenberg body horror version.

1. My thumb bends back at an abnormally large angle

My thumb bends back too far

I used to think that everyone’s thumbs did this. Apparently they don’t.

2. I can make freaky zombie hands by bending just the top joints of my fingers

Freaky zombie fingers

Many people find the sight of this to be the visual equivalent of nails scratching down a blackboard.

3. I can manipulate my eyebrows to an unusual extent.

I can do left and right independently, and an extreme innner raise. This is not too uncommon, but can you raise the outer edges of both eyebrows together? I can.

Raising both eyebrows at the outer edges

(Note: eyebrows + sneer = rather sinister!)

4. I can turn my left and right eyeballs inwards independently.

Left eye looking inwards Right eye looking inwards

Last year Liza showed me a trick for making the eyeballs look outwards rather than inwards, but I haven’t put in the necessary practice to pull this off yet. (What, you think maybe this kind of thing comes naturally?)

5. I can do a respectable impression of a Cardassian without any make-up or prosthetics.

Cardassian neck

Okay, that’s enough flesh for the moment. Out of spite, I shall now tag:

8 Replies to “5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me”

  1. I can do one and five.

    I was also convinced that everyone should be able to bend thumbs to that degree. I didn’t realise that it was abnormal until I was about 10.

    Are you also able to bend your other fingers (espc index fingers) back to an extraordinary degree? I can!

  2. Sorry about the double post – first time I got an “Oh sh1t” internal server error, so tried again later. Despite the error, it must have worked!

  3. Hi Martin,

    I couldn’t comment in the Old Skool section, and I couldn’t find an e-mail address…
    Remember me from Voerendaal/Bernardinus?

    Wonder what you are up to these days!

    Many greetings from over here (‘s-Hertogenbosch nowadays)…!


    I can do number 2 and 5…

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