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✿ Thinking it was a source of holy healing powers, thieves in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, severed the leg of an 80-year-old holy man and stole it! ✿ Two Americans, John Wood of South Carolina and Shannon Whisnant of North Carolina, went to court over Wood’s amputated and preserved leg! ✿ Moulin Rouge Australian star Nicole Kidman was cited by the People magazine in May 2002 as having the best legs in Hollywood! ✿ In 2004, Thailand’s prime minister brought out the fashion world’s longest pair of legs – German model Nadja Auermann with 44-inch legs which the Guinness Book of World Records touted in 1999 as the longest of any supermodel in the world – to kick off a campaign to make Bangkok one of the world’s trend capitals! ✿ A Peruvian, dubbed the ‘Little Mermaid’, was born in 2005 with a rare condition in which her legs were fused! ✿ Pop diva Taylor Swift has got her legs insured for $40 million! ✿ Dancing legend Fred Astaire insured his legs for $75,000! ✿ Ajit Jogi, former chief minister of Chhattisgarh, who turned paraplegic after a road accident in April 2004, became the first person in Asia to walk again with the help of e-legs in April 2013! ✿ Victims’ rights advocates in New Zealand in November 2013 condemned a defence lawyer who told a rape victim she should have “closed her legs” if she wanted to avoid having sex! ✿ A Florida woman, Heather Charlebois, says she was shot in the leg while sitting at a café on the 2015 US Independence Day, but she didn’t realise it until doctors found the bullet five days later! ✿ Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper faced a backlash on 28 March 2017 for comparing the legs of UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in its cover story entitled ‘Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it’! ✿ Spain’s capital Madrid has taken a stand in June 2017 against manspreading – banning men from indulging in the rude leg extending move in its trains and buses! ✿ Russia’s Svetlana Pankrotova, with 51.9 inches-long legs in the current Guinness World Record holder, having the longest legs in the world! ✿ Due to a condition, called Scoliosis, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt became the fastest man in the world despite having unequal legs. His right leg appears to strike the track with about 13 per cent more peak force than his left leg. On the average, Bolt struck the ground with 1,080 pounds of peak force on his right leg and 955pounds on his left leg! ✿ US researchers claim to have invented the world’s most advanced pair of robotic legs that accurately mimic human walking! ✿ There are seven children and a driver on a bus. Each child has 7 seats reserved, each with seven dogs. Each dog has seven puppies in the bus. How many legs are there in the bus? 10,992! don’t get revealed to that extent.” She adds, “Indian women don’t really care about their legs.”
According to a research study appearing in the Annals of Human Biology, British teenagers are towering over their parents because of the nation’s legs. Doctors, statisticians and clothes designers have long known that the population in general is getting taller, but the study reveals for the first time, that the increase in height is almost entirely due to longer legs. The extra growth could lead to improvements in the performance of sprinters and force makers of clothes, cars and chairs to redesign their products.
The change is thought to be the result of better nutrition between birth and three years, when a child’s legs grow faster than the upper body. Research found that the average 16-year-old today is 1.02 inches taller than she would have been in 1970 and 0.98 inches of that increase was due to her legs.
The average 18-year-old boy has grown overall by 1.5 inches, of which 1.1 inches is the result of longer legs. “The differences we found were significant because they occurred within a single generation,” said Dr Alan Dangour, who led the study.
And that leggy friend who looks better than you in shorts burns less fuel while walking or running. Researchers from Washington University found that a tall person walking the same distance as a short person of identical weight and gait, burns fewer calories because longer legs are more efficient. US researchers have also found that having short legs may raise a person’s risk of developing memory problems later in life. And the longer a woman’s legs from the floor to the knees, the lower her risk for dementia.
Research from the University of Bristol says having longer legs may put you at lower risk of heart
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