Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Why girls can't throw

After much research into this area, I am ready to reveal my shocking discovery. Have you ever wondered why girls are so bad at throwing overarm?
"In one of the better-known investigations, boys and girls were asked to throw a softball with their dominant and then with their nondominant hands. Surprisingly, at almost any age, when they throw with their nondominant hands, boys achieve only slightly better scores than girls. And boys, no matter how well they throw with their dominant hands, tend to "throw like a girl" with the nondominant."
This of course can only mean one thing: girls have two left arms! This doesn't mean they can't train it to throw well... Overarm throwing is clearly serious business, and a lot needs to be taken into account.

The only remaining question is in a competition of throwing (poo?) who is best, Man or Monkey: "This research examined hand preference and postural characteristics of aimed throwing in capuchin monkeys and humans. We sought to directly compare the throwing performances of these primates, particularly the extent to which target distance influences hand preference, throwing posture, and throwing accuracy. For both species we found positive correlations between target distances for throwing accuracy, direction and strength of hand preference, percentage of bipedal vs tripedal throws, and percentage of overarm vs underarm throws. Throwing accuracy did not vary as a function of right vs left hand use although for monkeys throwing accuracy was positively associated with hand preference strength. We noted a sex difference among humans as males threw more accurately than did females. Between-species analysis indicated that humans exhibited greater right- vs left-hand use, greater hand preference strength, a greater relative percentage of bipedal vs tripedal throws, and a lower relative percentage of overarm vs underarm throws than did monkeys. We believe that the capuchin monkey is an informative nonhuman primate model of aimed throwing in humans and that research examining the throwing behavior of capuchins provides insight into the neurological and behavioral characteristics that underlie coordinated multi-joint movements across the primate order."


Jonny the Monkey said...


I be Jonny the Monkey, #1 most famous celebrity in all Kazakhstan! Good friend Borat still just #4 celebrity, even after great success movie film...

I write because very interest in your article about throwing skill, because Jonny be a Capuchin monkey! Also train for many year to enter potato throwing event of Kazakh Olympics.

Jonny quite good thrower (definitely better than a girl!) because almost everyday at least one person make Jonny angry and me throw poop at them, fresh from anoos!

And that my two tenge about that. :)


NOTE: This comment was made by Jonny the Monkey using 'sign language', which his gypsy assistant Batyr then translated and typed in here.

Anonymous Coward said...

impostor, Jonny the Monkey is not even on wikipedia's list of famous monkeys...

Jonny the Monkey said...

It well known fact Wickedpedia run by sneaky Jews, so no surprise Jonny not appear there yet...

But you make Jonny angry by accuse be imposter! Now me will eat rotten goat meat so poop filled with pin worm, THEN throw at you fresh from anoos!

Check out Jonny the Monkey Myspaces page blog post to see video Borat introduce Jonny as Kazakhstan 'most famous actor' on "Saturday Nights Live".

Me come out with gypsy assistant Batyr near end of video while dress like Humphrey Bogarts.

After watch video, me expect you apology and also FedEx Jonny big screen TV.


NOTE: This comment was 'hand signed' by Jonny to his gypsy assistant Batyr, who then translated and typed those words here.

Bayman said...

Sorry Johny no can do on the big screen TV. Perhaps an official bayblab T-shirt?

Anonymous Coward said...

Time to spank the monkey!

Jonny the Monkey said...


That okay 'Bayman' about TV.. too big for Jonny suitcase anyway.

Officials Bayblab tshirt WOULD be more practicles for Jonny to make hide of redundant third nipple.

Tell what... Jonny seriously consider different promotions that use Youtubes video film website to make famous in U.S. and A. And make promise that if Jonny *do* go on Youtubes (no promises bout that), then me will wear tshirt.

And would also thank site for help make I better potato thrower in Kazakh Olympic event. :)

Re: Anonymous Coward say "Time to spank the monkey!"

In Kazakhstan, Jonny big childrens television star and also make pornos. In pasts months me in U.S. and A to make promotion of Telletubbies porno movie film (for now adults who grow up loving colorful animals on that show, and also for adult retards)...

But Jonny not able to do porno with receive spankings because have loose sphincter - any spanking quickly turn movie into Scatman Crothers biography! (if know what Jonny mean by that...)

Although for right money, Jonny *would* consider spank porno and prepare by eat only cheese for one months.

So let know about T shirt! Jonny may become biggest star in Kazakhstan AND in U.S. and A. if career take off like Borat did. So wear t shirt on Youtubes may bring visitor your fine site.


NOTE: Comment 'hand signed' to gypsy assistant Batyr who translate & type in here.