I can do it. Can you?

I can do this …



Can you?



Push your palms together like you’re waiting to hear the results of a long shot and then try to pull your fingers back.  You have to keep your palms touching while your fingers pull back.

I had no idea not everyone could do this.  I had no idea this was a “thing”, until my sister sat herself down on my living room couch to eat a piece of my pumpkin pie the other day.

For some reason she did this hand gesture.  Then I did this hand gesture.  Then my boyfriend tried to do this hand gesture and … nothin’.  It was so strange.  What was even stranger was the fact that he didn’t seem to care.  He tried it once or twice, said “hmm”, and went back to watching Mad Men.

That’s the exact sort of thing that would drive me crazy.  Would, in fact, drive me to tie ropes around all my fingers and have a team of wild house cats pull my fingers apart.

So I’m curious.  Give it a try.  Can you do this?  No ropes or cats allowed.

And Yes! I did know the thumbnail for this post looks like old man bum. 🙂 I had to crop it “just so” for that pleasant effect.


  1. Brittany says:

    I can do it, but not as far as yours!

    Can you do the trekkie hand thing?? I always bug my younger sis about this one, she can’t do it unless to uses her other hand to help.

    My ex boyfriend had the hitchhikers thumb thing going on… it just looks weird, mines straight as an arrow, couldn’t bend it backwards if I tried.

    Now the question is can anyone here touch their tongue to their elbow?? 😉

  2. Ecochic says:

    Another cool hand thing is:

    Press palms together.

    Keeping all fingertips touching, bend middle fingers down so first and second knuckle are touching and in between hands.

    While pushing on your middle fingers and other fingertips, separate your ring fingers.

    I can do it! And it freaks my friends out.

    I can also wiggle my nose, ears and make my eyes whistle.

  3. Alison says:

    I can do it!

    I also had ridiculously double jointed elbows and fingers… try this one- keeping the rest of your index finger straight, bend just at the top knuckle of your finger

  4. Natalie says:

    Hahaha I was totally going to make a comment on the apparent bum in the thumbnail, until I read the last line of your post 🙂 The first thing I thought when i saw it was can you show that?

    I can do it (make my hands look like a bum). 🙂

  5. martina says:

    I can’t do it but my husband can, like really really far. I thought it was a double jointed thing. I’m not too bothered.

  6. Alexandra Dare says:

    Weird, I didn’t know that was a “thing” either. But yep, I can do it!

    Ever heard of people who can touch their fingers all the way to the back of their wrist? Yeah, I’m not one of those people. LOL

    -Alexandra Dare

  7. Lesley H says:

    Perhaps your niece paid your boyfriend $2 to say he couldn’t do it, but he really can?! Thanks for the Friday giggle!

  8. Steph says:

    Mwhahahaha! (I’m in the Halloween mood, forgive me.) There are a lot of things women can do that men can’t do (the intense pain of childbirth, anyone?) For instance, cross your legs; then wrap your toes around the back of your calf. Women tend to be able to do this easily… men, not so much.

    BTW: I also can do the “thing”.

  9. elle says:

    I can, but not very far…. can’t do the tongue thing at all.. no curls, & can barely touch my nose tip…. I know the curl thing is genetic – learned that in school

  10. Patches says:

    I can do the fingers back thing. Not even close on the pinky to index finger though! And I don’t have any cool tongue tricks at all.

  11. Anj says:

    Yep I can do it! I can fold my tongue too.
    But can you tie a cherry stem in your mouth?

    I always showcase this trick whenever I have a black russian, I guess I’ve shown my daughter too many times because she told my mother in law “That’s why my daddy married mommy – because she can tie a cherry stem in her mouth” I thank my husband for saying that to her tongue in cheek at the Keg, not thinking she would repeat it, or maybe that was his plan?

  12. Laurel says:

    I can do it. Can’t touch my pinky and my index finder behind the others. Can’t touch my tongue to my nose. I’d like a picture of Rebecca folding her tongue in half.

  13. pat says:

    I can do it. And roll my tongue, but not front to back. Tongue rolling, in either direction, is also a thing.

  14. Karen O. says:

    I can do it! How about making your tongue look like a three-leaf clover. I can do that one too. Always freaks people out. 🙂

  15. I can do it. I can also fold my tongue in half Rebecca… and flip it over…
    My daughter can pull her thumb back and touch the side of her arm with it… it’s really gross. LOL

  16. Kate says:

    I can do it, husband can’t. Maybe it is girl thing?

  17. Ree says:

    I can do it, but my Husband can’t.

    He said it had to do with the length of the tendons in your fingers… I say it is all because of that pesky “Y” chromosome!

    BTW Did you know that it isn’t really a “Y” but a broken “X”? Really! I learned that in a university biology class 4 years ago. That bit of info explains a whole lot!

  18. Leigh says:

    I love that your picture on the home page looks like an old man flexing his butt….I kinda thought that is what it would be about at first….not that I was disappointed…well, maybe a little.

  19. Connie says:

    I can do it and curl my tongue and with arm straight palm facing down, turn the bent part of my elbow all the up.

  20. Lori says:

    I can do this too. I also have “Hitchhiker’s thumbs” where my thumbs can make a 90 degree angle in the middle (apparently it’s a recessive trait).

    And the thumbnail picture of this entry on the main page really freaked me out. I flashed back to a vacation on a Florida beach where every 90 year-old-man was in a thong. Tell me that doesn’t look like an aged bum…(no offense to your wrists, of course).

  21. Linda says:

    I can do this. Your boyfriend really can’t???
    This is the sort of thing that entertains the kind of people who like to measure their heads at parties. (wink).
    Actually when I saw the measuring heads post I remembered a family event when someone mentioned that your height is the same as your arm span…so we got out the measuring tape and started checking. It was pretty close for my family. Then one of our neighbours came over and we pinned him down to measure him and his arms were so short compared to his height. Laughing ensued and, well, he doesn’t like us anymore. How does your arm span compare to your height? Just wondering.

  22. Amy says:

    I can do it too! I am also one of the few that can touch the tip of my nose with my tongue. My grandma was the only other one in my family that could do it too.

  23. Tiana says:

    Yeah your boyfriend is weird. OR he CAN do it and is pretending he can’t to mess with you!

  24. I can do it – men, in general, do tend to be less flexible – I will have to check my 3 boys later!

  25. I can do it, but it makes my forearms burn.

  26. Janet says:

    The photo of your hands on the post looks like 1,000 year old mummy butt.

  27. izzy says:

    i can do this. and rebecca, i can do the tongue-fold-in-half trick too! i haven’t met anyone else that can do it either.

  28. amyjk says:

    the thumbnail pic on your homepage looked like clenched buttcheeks at the top of two thighs– so i was rather relieved when i opened the full post 🙂

  29. Jen A says:

    PS. From your home page, that pic looks like a very well-built old man bum. (A little saggy on the skin, but nice muscular definition).

  30. Jen A says:

    Oh, your Thanksgiving dinner was waaayyy too much fun! And … your sister was back on the couch … eating more pie? Had she not decided which was better yet?

    btw, I can. 😉

  31. The tongue to the nose thing is also called Gorlin’s sign. I got it from the Mater. She can go farther than just the tip. It’s kinda gross, kinda fascinating.

  32. maggie says:

    I am an Ennismoron from Ennismore, Ont and I can do all three of these tricks. Hee Hee

  33. michelle says:

    Me Too! I can do it.

  34. mbb. says:

    i can do it – and knowing that it’s a ‘thing’ makes me kind of happy… 🙂

  35. Ana says:

    I can do it. I can also roll my tongue into a U shape. I cannot, however, wiggle my ears : (

  36. KDot says:

    When I first saw the picture for this post, I thought it was a male behind. Woah, maybe it’s too early in the morning for me to be reading blogs.

  37. Liz says:

    I can do it. By the way, the picture on the title page for this post, to me it looked like someone with a really skinny butt, clenching their butt-cheeks. I thought this was going to be a rude post.

  38. Alisha says:

    By the way, is it only me or does the thumbnail of the first picture look like a haggard naked bum and legs if you glance at it quickly? Not to say your hands are haggard but if they were a bum … lookin’ a little lopsided and your bum wrinkles would be in awkward places.

  39. Alisha says:

    I can do it … but barely. If you put your pinky and your thumb together and flex your wrist a tendon should pop up in your forearm. Not everyone has that tendon, most people do. I however have only one. ONE! It’s so absurd. I’m missing a muscle, someone serenade me with a violin already.

  40. Michelle says:

    Maybe it’s just late at night but I swear when I first saw the post and the picture I thought it was a naked butt clenching and slightly …errr… less meaty than mine!

    Don’t know what it says about me that I clicked through anyway but I was glad to see a pair of hands… anyway! Prego-loco strikes again.

  41. Michael says:

    I can do that.
    My girlfriend cannot. Her fingers are totaly straightened and she cant even bend them a little. But she can reach her nose with her tongue what i cannot do. well, i can touch her nose with my tongue but not my own nose…

  42. Stephanie says:

    I can do it. I think your boyfriend has a problem he’s clearly denying.

    @Rebecca: My sister can do that front-to-back tongue fold thing. I can do the single and triple loop tongue thing, and the making out with strangers in college thing, but that’s about it.

  43. Adrienne Audrey says:

    I CAN’T do it 🙁 I can however do a variety of other Stupid Human Tricks including the “wave” with my tongue, wiggle my ears and do a freaky eye vibrating trick. And ya…that pic totally looks like an old man bum. LOL

    • Rebecca says:

      Adrienne, my dad does that eye vibrating thing and I’d begun to think he was the only person in the world who could do that! “Freaky” is a good way to describe it.

  44. Theresa says:

    yes – but the facebook pic looked like a strangely emaciated tush!

  45. Rebecca says:

    Yep, I can do it. And I can fold my tongue in half front to back. I read that only one in ten thousand people can do that and I am that one! You other 9,999 suck! Never met anyone else who can do that, and, believe me, I break that trick out whenever I get the chance.

  46. Lynn says:

    I also CANNOT touch my nose with my tongue. TMI?

  47. Lynn says:

    I can do it, too!
    Can you touch your index finger to your pinkie (pinky?) BEHIND your middle and ring fingers? I have trouble doing this one!

  48. Pati says:

    I can too…!!

    • Karen says:

      Won’t it be hilarious if my boyfriend is the ONLY person who can’t do this? O.K. Maybe not hilarious, but interesting. I’m sure his reaction will be “hmm”. ~ karen

  49. Norell says:

    I can do it!!

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