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Thursday, 21 May 2015


The ancient Hittites of Western Asia cleaned their hands with plant ashes, dissolved in water.

A German knight named Götz von Berlichingen lost his right arm when enemy cannon fire forced his own sword against him in 1504. He had two mechanical hands made for him, capable of holding a shield to a feathered pen. From then n, he was known as Götz of the Iron Hand.

In 1589 John Stubbs was sentenced by Queen Elizabeth I of England to have his hand severed for seditious writing. Before the axe fell, he cried out, "My calamity is at hand!" - thus becoming the only known victim of Elizabeth to incorporate a pun at his dismemberment. Stubbs then fainted.

It took Austrian Johann Hurlinger 55 days to walk on his hands from Vienna to Paris in 1900. A distance of 870 miles. he ‘walked’ for ten hours a day, averaging 1.58 miles an hour.

On April 6, 1928 the authorities in Rome banned handshaking on grounds of hygiene and suggested people instead use the ‘Roman Salute’ — a symbol of fascism.

6.5 million Americans held hands for 15 minutes in a line from Los Angeles to New York on May 25, 1986. They raised $34 million for homeless and antipoverty charities.

The United States and Brazil are the only major countries where firm handshakes are expected in business settings.

A human hand has 27 bones, plus two more forming the wrist joint.

If you have nerve damage in your hand it won't wrinkle when submerged in water.

The skin on the foot or palm of your hand wrinkles when it is exposed at length to water because it expands.

After three months in the womb, a fetus already has a preference for which hand it uses the most.

A hand dryer can increase the amount of bacteria on your hands by up to 255%.

The opposite of ambidextrous is ambisinistrous, the trait of being clumsy with both hands.

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