Friday Random 10: Fast Fingers Edition

Pax Arcana

jesse_owensScientists spend so much time studying my unique athleticism — on several occasions I have been told that my body “just doesn’t make any sense” — that I sometimes forgot there are other scientists out there studying other elements of human physicality.

In Qatar, for example, they have found that people with ring fingers longer than their middle fingers tend to be faster runners:

Researchers say exposure to testosterone in the womb is behind the speedy kids and their finger-length ratios. The scientists studied 241 boys aged 10 to 17 at a talent-spotting competition in Qatar. Those with longer ring fingers were faster at every stage of a 50-meter sprint race, according to an article in The Telegraph.

Curiously enough, exposure to testosterone in the womb is also the driver behind my unique abilities.

Because my mom ate Chuck Norris. Believe that shit.

The songs:

Killed Myself When I Was Young — A.A. Bondy
Straumnes — Sigur Ros
Emblems — Matt Pond PA
Long Time Ahead of Us — The Walkmen
Holidays in the Sun — Sex Pistols
A Comet Appears — The Shins
Heavy Metal — Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Famous Last Words — Faces on Film
Bad Mouth — Fugazi
Higher Ground — Stevie Wonder

Bonus video:

Target Heart — Blue Giant (La Blogothèque’s Take-Away Shows)


The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.

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4 responses to “Friday Random 10: Fast Fingers Edition

  1. Perry Ellis

    She Floated Away, Hüsker Dü
    The Things That I Used To Do, G. Love & Special Sauce
    Well You Needn’t, Thelonious Monk
    Into The Fire, Bruce Springsteen (My iTunes must like this song, 2nd pick in as many weeks)
    Changes (live), Bob Mould
    Wasp in the Lotus, The Dandy Warhols
    Wild Flowers, Ryan Adams
    Don’t You Evah, Spoon
    Please Please Me, The Beatles
    Under Suspicion, Roy Orbison

  2. 1. Orchestra Baobob – Beni Baraale
    2. Mavis Staples – We Shall Not Be Moved
    3. Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – My Good Luck (def check out his album good stuff)
    4. My Morning Jacket – Tonight I Wanna Celebrate With You
    5. John Lee Hooker – I’ll Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive
    6. Bill Withers – Kissin’ My Love
    7. Richie Havens – High Flyin’ Bird
    8. My Morning Jacket – Xmas Curtain
    9. The Heavy – Who Needs Sunshine
    10. Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind

  3. I like the Target Heart song, it was a free download on emusic.

  4. Coach Football

    1. Clowne Towne–Xiu Xiu
    2. Rose Rose–Robots Please!
    3. You Got Me Hummin’–Sam and Dave
    4. These Arms of Mine–Otis Redding
    5. Cross Bones Style–Cat Power
    6. Revolution Blues–Neil Young
    7. High in a Room–The Smoke
    8. Transmission–Joy Division
    9. Ship of Fools–Doors
    10. Kathy’s Song–Simon and Garfunkel

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