Be­lieve it or not !

Woman's Era - - Short Story -

✿ 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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