Thursday, February 25, 2016
Oh, what big feet you have: Myth and fact
Men with big feet do not necessarily have a large manhood, a study suggests. Researchers at University College London say there is no evidence linking a man's shoe size to the length of his penis. After measuring the vital parts of more than 100 men, they concluded the theory has no scientific basis. It has long been suggested that various parts of a man's body including his nose, hands or feet could reliably indicate their penis size. Dr Jyoti Shah and colleagues at UCL and St Mary's Hospital London disagree and say their findings dispel the theory around feet, at least.
The ability to predict the size of a man's penis by observing his shoe size is a common misconception. They examined 104 men attending a London urology clinic. They included teenagers and pensioners and the average age was 54. The researchers measured the men's penises when soft and gently stretched. Writing in the British Journal of Urology International, they said: "All lengths were measured by two urologists and recorded to the nearest 0.5cm. The age and shoe size was documented." While the true size of the penis can only be determined when erect, the researchers said that their method provided a good indication of length. The researchers found that the average penis was 13cm when soft and gently stretched. This figure ranged from 6 cm at the lower end of the scale to 18cm at the higher end. The men had an average British shoe size of 9 or 43 in European measurements. However, they found no correlation between shoe size and penis length.
On the heels of a previous report that debunked the notion that a man's shoe size could be used to estimate the length of his penis, a study claims those with inquiring minds need merely take a gander at a man's forefinger. According to Greek scientists, the length of a man's index finger can accurately predict the length of his penis. In the study researchers measured penile length and testicular volume in 52 healthy young males between the ages of 19 and 38 and compared them with other body measurements including height, weight, body mass index, and index finger length and waist/hip ratio. Age and (body measurements) were not associated with the size of the genitalia, excluding the index finger length, which correlated significantly with the dimensions of the flaccid, maximally stretched, penis.
Scientists are increasingly interested in what determines the length of fingers and have come up with a fascinating explanation. In males the length of fingers is determined by the levels of androgens (that’s male sex hormones) contained within the embryonic fluid, during early pregnancy. Scientists have associated the size of the index finger to the levels of estrogen bathing the fetus. This is also thought to be the time when the penis is being developed and hence the potential correlation. The index finger is used by those who read hands and says much about the person’s leadership abilities, ambition, and self-esteem. According to experts, each of our four fingers represents a different aspect of personality. People with average length index fingers are not especially dominating but neither are they easily led. A long index finger indicates assertiveness and driving ambition which is accompanied with self-confidence. A very long index finger was found in bossy people always pointing their finger at others. Natural leaders and athletes have long index fingers as a rule. People with shorter than average index fingers are somewhat timid. In the average hand, the index and ring fingers are about the same length but a noticeably shorter index finger may belong to a cold individual who probably dislikes having restrictions placed upon them. These people dislike criticism but are happy to give it out. The ring finger or soul finger is where the soul leaves the body, after death. But in life, it provides clues about a person’s creativity and sense of well being. Comparing the length of fingers is also thought to be revealing. When the ring finger is longer than the index finger then, according to scientists, men have high levels of testosterone and prone to male-pattern baldness, among other things. When the ring finger is the same length as the index finger, this indicates normal levels of testosterone. This is usually opposite in women. Now researchers believe men with longer ring fingers for their height are prone to suffer depression. The researchers have also found the ratio between the fingers on the right hand may be an indication of a person's sexual orientation. Of course these findings are merely a statistical relationship which means the probability is most men and women do not fit the pattern.
A study published by the British Journal of Cardiology, implied a correlation between the ring and index finger. In males where the ring finger was equal to, or shorter than the index finger this meant they were more prone to heart attacks in later life. This association is well founded since level of male sex hormones has been connected with cardiac behavior. Long ring fingered youths excel at sport, although they might struggle to communicate. Men whose ring finger is roughly the same length as their index finger tend to be poor at sport but are better able to express themselves. Among women, risk-taking and assertiveness are linked to a relatively long ring finger. A tendency to throw caution to the wind, coupled with relatively poor communication skills, may also be found among women with this shaped hand. Women with roughly equal ring and index fingers could tend towards being neurotic with an aversion to risk and low assertiveness, but are linked to good communication skills. Links between finger length and breast cancer, autism, dyslexia and fertility were also found. The middle finger shows how responsible people are and whether their attitude toward life is serious or carefree. A long middle finger indicates a very responsible person and sometimes a lonely individual. More relaxed people have short middle fingers and share a fun-loving approach to life. Medium-length middle fingers are seen in the well balanced.
While we are on strange but true foot or shoe size could be a reliable indicator of how long we will live. Two consecutive studies in 1997 and 1999, were conducted by a team of orthopaedic surgeons, in Umea, Sweden. When the researchers found a strong correlation between foot size and life span they were so incredulous they conducted a follow-up study with even a larger group. The findings confirmed those of the original study. While the foot/shoe sizes found no direct correlation with any particular diseases or causes of death, the link to life span was consistent and definite. Shoe width played no role in the findings. Persons with half sizes fell generally in the longevity ranges predicted for the next larger sizes. Interestingly, the longer life spans belong to men and women in the middle size ranges-sizes 6 and 7 for women, 10 to 12 for men.